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Dr. Kristin Neff | Author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself | Co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
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Dr. Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of inner strength training and self-compassion—the first to empirically study the concepts and create a simple, actionable guide proven to increase motivation, boost resiliance, and improve mental health. Our society teaches us that self-compassion is the enemy of productivity, that to be kind to ourselves is to invite complacency when in fact, the opposite is true—and in the midst of a global pandemic, when near catastrophic burnout is threatening the happiness, success, and productivity of us all, we need self-compassion more than ever.  

“A portable friend to all readers―especially but not only women―who need to learn that the Golden Rule works only if it’s reversible: We must learn to treat ourselves as well as we wish to treat others.”

— Gloria Steinem
Described by Brené Brown as “a transformative read,” Neff’s first book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself quickly became the handbook for truly actionable wellness advice. Using solid research, personal anecdotes, practical exercises, and humor, Dr. Neff was able to clearly explain how to rewrite your own destructive scripts so that you can be healthier, happier, and more productive. Its companion, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, went on to become a bestseller, providing science-backed, step-by-step guidance for tapping your inner resources and transforming the way you work and live.    
 
In her much anticipated follow-up, Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive, she braids a wealth of new research with her personal life story and empirically supported practices, in order to prove that women can use fierce and tender self-compassion to succeed in the workplace, provide caregiving without burning out, be authentic in relationships, and end the silence around sexual harassment and abuse.
 
Dr. Neff is an Insight Meditation practitioner and an associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review, among others, and her TEDx talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times. She’s also the co-developer of an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of people worldwide, and the co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also co-founder of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Speech Topics

Mental Health
Inner Strength Training How to Cope With Stress Without Burning Out

Over two thirds of employees are feeling burnt out working from home due to COVID. There’s the stress of juggling childcare, the loss of routine, the anxiety that more layoffs are just around the corner. Research has shown us again and again that self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of inner strength, and the key to the kind of emotional resilience required for focus, productivity, and mental well-being. It's a superpower, says Dr. Kristin Neff, hidden in our own back pocket that we don't even realize is there.

 

In this talk Dr. Kristin Neff explains the theory behind cultivating inner strength, and provides a set of concrete tools that employees can use to deal with the stress of the pandemic and their jobs, as well as increase motivation and productivity, and prevent burnout.

Mental Health
Self-Compassion How to Effectively Motivate Yourself with Encouragement Rather Than Criticism
Our first instinct when we fail, suffer, or feel inadequate may be to criticize or to judge ourselves—but there is a better way to get through life's hardships, says Dr. Kristin Neff. A way that enables us to achieve our highest potential and lead more contented, fulfilling lives. And that's through self-compassion.
 
Some people fear self-compassion is a form of self-pity, and obsessively chase high self-esteem instead—their self-worth fluctuating with every success and failure. But research shows us that people who are self-compassionate lead healthier, happier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical. These people also have the resilience needed to cope with traumatic or stressful life events such as divorce, parenting, pressures at work, or the collective health crises we're going through now with COVID-19.
 
In this talk, she walks audiences through practices designed to increase motivation, foster grit and growth mindset, and rebound from failure, all through the cultivation of self-compassion.
 
Gender
Fierce How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive
Although kindness and self-acceptance allow us to be with ourselves as we are, in all our glorious imperfection, the desire to alleviate suffering at the heart of this mindset isn't always gentle, sometimes it's fierce. We must channel this fierceness in order to protect ourselves from harm and injustice; in order to say no to others so we can meet our own needs; in order to motivate necessary change in ourselves and society. Gender roles demand that women be soft and nurturing, not angry or powerful, but like yin and yang, the energies of fierce and tender self-compassion must be balanced for wholeness and wellbeing.
 
In this wise, caring, and enlightening talk Neff demonstrates how women can use fierce and tender self-compassion to succeed in the workplace, engage in caregiving without burning out, be authentic in relationships, and end the silence around sexual harassment and abuse. In order to create a healthier society, and find lasting happiness, women must reclaim their power, says Neff. And this talk will show you how.