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Anne Therese Gennari

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Founder of The Climate Optimist, Educator & Author of "The Climate Optimist Handbook"

Founder of The Climate Optimist, Educator & Author of "The Climate Optimist Handbook"

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Anne Therese Gennari Biography

Anne Therese Gennari is a TEDx speaker, educator, and author of The Climate Optimist Handbook. As a workshop host and communicator, Gennari focuses on shifting the narrative on climate change so that we can act from courage and excitement, not fear. She has taught courses and lectured on climate optimism in various forms at numerous schools, including City College of New York, Columbia University, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

She has also worked collaboratively with companies like BMW and Tetra Pak on a collection of projects and has hosted motivational workshops for many more. "The Climate Optimist Handbook" is the product of almost ten years of Gennari's passionate pursuit of knowledge and understanding about climate change.

Anne Therese Gennari Speaking Topics

  • Radical Transformation That Starts From Within

    The inner leadership and bold rethinking that will activate our future today

    In a world that faces unfolding uncertainties, many feel the need to take a step back and hold on to what they know. Although a primitively rooted behavior developed to keep us safe, it’s a response we can no longer afford. Instead, we must muster the courage to venture out and explore – to seek opportunities for new and even better ways.

    Just because changes are upon us doesn’t mean we have to succumb to fear and regret. Instead, recognizing the climate crisis for what it is puts us in an incredibly empowering position – the ability (and right) to think again. It’s about finding the courage of choosing change.

    We must learn to ask ourselves:

    • What does it look like to seek happiness in new realities?
    • How do I find the strength to see, accept, and embrace change?
    • What if these seemingly challenging times are opportunities for innovation, growth, and positive change?

    This session/keynote will touch on the main reasons we retreat and hold on tight when letting go and moving forward will unlock possibilities and growth. By understanding the underlying psychological behaviors that keep us stuck, we can begin to tell a new story; one that holds the potential for leadership, innovation, and transformative change.

    This workshop/keynote is suitable for:

    • Companies that want to activate their employees and infuse a culture of possibilities and positive change
    • Organizations and communities looking to support and uplift their members
    • Schools and classrooms in need of tools to assist their students and to set them off on an empowering path toward a meaningful career (can be hosted for teachers and/or students)

  • 3 Necessary Narrative Shifts in Climate Communication

    It's about time we get super intentional about how we communicate the climate crisis. Adapting a mindful and uplifting approach has nothing to do with denying our climate reality and everything to do with understanding how our brains perceive and respond to different information.

    We desperately need change, and we need it fast. For that we must activate inner leadership and resiliency that can keep us grounded through these times, while nurturing the curiosity and courage necessary to try new things. Doom and gloom won't activate that for us, for that we need informed and empowered optimism.

    In this keynote/workshop, we will cover the three profound narrative shifts that will help you rewrite the story of the climate crisis – and your place in it:

    • From responsibility to opportunity
    • From minimizing to maximizing (our footprint)
    • From saving the old world to creating a new one

    Included in this keynote/workshop:

    • The mental barriers for why we haven’t acted more on the climate crisis, as well as steps for overcoming them
    • Tips for communicating the climate crisis in an empowering way
    • The path to compassion/awareness overload and how to navigate that challenge
    • Three narrative shifts that will ensure that you forever see the climate crisis in a different light
    • Tips, tools, and inspiration for activating impactful and grounded leadership (in leaders, employees, grassroots activists, or students)
    • This workshop is suitable for corporations, teachers, students, and organizations. We will work together to make sure it fits perfectly with your goals!

  • The Power of Possibility: Why Climate Optimism is Necessary in Your Company Culture

    How do you communicate the climate crisis from a lens of possibilities instead of responsibility and shame? Understanding the difference can be game-changing for a brand trying to position itself on the path toward a net zero world. Although climate change is becoming a more and more present topic in most of our minds, the ability to act, or the motivation to do so, is rarely there.

    This keynote/workshop is aimed to help leaders and communicators at companies of any size better understand the psychology behind climate communication and how to plant seeds of curiosity, hope, and excitement for a better world. Brands and corporations can play a pivotal role in the green transition and the ability to position oneself as a climate-forward company will put you ahead of your competition, attracting valuable talent while speaking to customers shifting demands.

    Included in this keynote/workshop:

    • The main barriers to climate action and the messaging that drives them
    • The science of optimism and how it plays a role in marketing and communication
    • The role companies play in fueling the transition to a greener world and how to leverage that opportunity to build customer loyalty and engagement
    • Tips for sparking climate conversations that kindles creativity and hope over doom and despair

  • Change Your Narrative On…

    … you name it! From climate change to zero-waste and circular design, how we talk about these challenges (or should I say possibilities) plays a huge role in our ability to successfully implement changes and pave new paths.

    Shifting the narrative means:

    • Recognizing that words and framework matters
    • Understanding the underlying behavioral psychology and messaging that shapes change
    • Accepting that doom and gloom, as well as fear and a shame-based narrative, will never spark the long-term, sustainable change we’re aiming for.

    Whether you’re a school, company or grassroots organization, I’d love to shape an impactful narrative that will leave your students, employees or members feeling inspired and uplifted in their ability to enact positive change.

  • Dealing with Climate Anxiety

    Tools for Growing Emotional Resilience in a Changing Time

    What does it mean to live with climate change awareness without losing oneself to hopelessness to despair? Is it possible to understand the complexities of climate change and still feel inspired, optimistic, and motivated to take action?

    The answer is yes and it starts with shifting the narrative on climate change so that we can act from courage and excitement, not fear. This workshop will cover what it means to grow emotional resilience in the face of climate change, tips for nurturing optimism that sustains, and the mental blocks that stop us from taking action.

    Attendee results:

    • Understanding for the psychological reasons to why we aren’t acting more on climate change
    • Underlying drivers of climate anxiety and what it does to your ability to take action
    • The difference between toxic positivity and grounded optimism
    • Tips and tools for nurturing optimism, resilience and hope – while keeping a fact-based and awareness-driven approach to climate change
    • Climate anxiety shows up differently for different people and settings. We will work together to make sure this session best speaks to your audience.

Anne Therese Gennari Videos

  • Anne Therese Gennari_Speaker MOME Forest Tree Planting
    Anne Therese Gennari is a speaker, author, and educator on climate optimism. To learn more, visit www.theclimateoptimist.com. Speaker inquiries:...
  • Biophilic Solutions | The Case For Climate Optimism | Anne Therese Gennari
    An optimistic outlook on life tends to make people happier, more successful, and even healthier - but how do we apply optimism to a situation that...
  • The Climate Change Narrative: Fearful, or Full of Possibility?
    “Climate Optimism.” Now those are two words you don’t see together very often! In this episode, Anne Therese Gennari(mercifully) gives us a...

Anne Therese Gennari Books

  • The Climate Optimist Handbook: How to Shift the Narrative on Climate Change and Find the Courage to Choose Change
    The Climate Optimist Handbook: How to Shift the Narrative on Climate Change and Find the Courage to Choose Change

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Anne Therese Gennari is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Radical Transformation That Starts From Within, 3 Necessary Narrative Shifts in Climate Communication, The Power of Possibility: Why Climate Optimism is Necessary in Your Company Culture, Change Your Narrative On… and Dealing with Climate Anxiety. The estimated speaking fee range to book Anne Therese Gennari for your event is available upon request. Anne Therese Gennari generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jasmine Crowe-Houston, Amali Tower, Natalie Kyriacou OAM, Bruce Bekkar, MD and Jamie Margolin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Anne Therese Gennari for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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