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Dr. Luana Marques

Global Speaker, Author, Executive Coach, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Past President of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America

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Dr. Luana Marques Biography

Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth, Dr. Luana Marques has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit. She is known for her captivating presence and dynamic storytelling that weaves together the threads of her personal journey and professional expertise to inspire transformation in her audiences.

Dr. Marques’s personal story of overcoming adversity, trauma, and poverty while growing up in Brazil provides authenticity and depth to her message. As an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and best-seller author, Dr. Marques is a paragon of resilience, determination, and boldness.

Through decades of work as a researcher, clinician, author, and speaker, Dr. Marques has been relentless in her goal of equipping everyone everywhere with skills to thrive. True to her mission, Dr. Marques is devoted to igniting action. Everyone who attends her events leave with a personalized plan to overcome challenges and make the next bold move toward what matters most. Dr. Marques’s hidden superpower comes through during Q&A’s, where she meets people where they are and provides them with tools to get unstuck in real time. This commitment to actionable insight sets her apart, leaving her audiences not only inspired but armed with science-backed tools for change.

Her latest critically acclaimed book, "Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power," is a testament to her ability to translate complex scientific insights into actionable strategies. Whether she's addressing a roomful of CEOs, community leaders, or corporate teams, Dr. Marques empowers them with science-backed tools that they can implement immediately to catalyze change.

Dr. Marques's influential work has found recognition in numerous high-profile platforms, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, BIG THINK, Forbes, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Face the Nation. She is often featured in the top podcasts such as 10% Happier and The Mel Robbins Podcast.

Dr. Marques lives outside of Boston with her husband David and their son Diego.

Speaking Topics
  • The Bold Move: Three Simple Science-Based Steps to Move Boldly Through Change

    Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, companies throughout the world have shifted the way they work, and millions of individuals have changed jobs. On the home front, transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple times throughout our lives. Each transition—even the best kind—creates stress and instability that threatens wellbeing. Moving forward requires identifying the habits that hold us back and employing skills to get where we want in life. This action-oriented presentation on The Bold Move™ empowers audience members to overcome the one common obstacle preventing them from reaching their goals so they can move boldly through change, discomfort, and stress.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Struggling to be their best at work and at home.
    • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
    • Searching for proven skills to navigate change.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Learn how the biological system designed to keep us safe can increase discomfort and stress.
    • Identify the one common obstacle that prevents us from reaching our goals.
    • Understand how to turn anxiety into power by changing the way your brain processes information.
    • Discover your personal compass to help you navigate through the choppy waters of life.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, combat avoidance, and enhance your performance.
    • Be inspired and empowered to make your next bold move.

  • Bold Work: Transforming Workplace Anxiety into Your Superpower

    An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022). Many employees believe that eliminating anxiety and stress will improve their performance. However, Dr. Luana challenges this belief by identifying the actual enemy keeping employees stuck psychological avoidance. Drawing from her Harvard-based research, Dr. Luana provides actionable strategies that empower employees to overcome psychological avoidance and harness their anxiety to drive productivity and success.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Experiencing ongoing workplace stress, anxiety, or burnout.
    • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
    • Searching for proven skills to increase workplace productivity and improve performance.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Learn about the most common hindrance to work performance psychological avoidance.
    • Gain a clear understanding of how avoidance is impacting your productivity.
    • Discover evidence-based strategies to overcome psychological avoidance and turn anxiety into power.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage workplace stress, prevent burnout, and enhance your performance at work.

  • From Stress to Success: Transforming Team Anxiety into a Competitive Advantage

    With workplace stress costing US employers more than $300 billion in productivity loss, absenteeism, turnover, medical expenses, and legal fees (American Institute of Stress, 2022), managing anxiety becomes paramount to cultivating high-performing teams. The capacity of team leaders to skillfully navigate their groups through everyday workplace challenges and transitions is vital to an organization's success. In this keynote, Dr. Luana leverages her extensive research and clinical expertise to help leaders identify the real source of stress – psychological avoidance – and provides science-driven strategies to overcome it. By tailoring her teaching to address the distinct challenges each group faces, Dr. Luana will help teams foster resilience and build cohesion.

    This keynote is ideal for managers and team leaders that are:

    • Experiencing stress, burnout, and anxiety.
    • Seeking to increase the productivity and impact of their team.
    • Guiding teams through change.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the critical role of resilience in managing change and stress within teams.
    • Learn to identify signs of psychological avoidance within your team and implement evidence-based strategies to overcome it.
    • Develop a comprehensive action plan to maintain team performance during periods of transition and stress.

  • Power Moves: A Senior Leader's Guide to Transforming Anxiety into Organizational Power

    Leaders today are grappling with unprecedented challenges. From adapting to rapid technological changes to managing multi-generational workforce dynamics, leaders face constant pressure that can foster stress and anxiety. A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders reported feeling 'burnt out' to some degree, with a third describing their burnout levels as extreme. In this transformational keynote, Dr. Luana demystifies the role of psychological avoidance in decision-making and leadership effectiveness, equipping leaders with her scientifically proven, 3-step strategy to harness anxiety as a catalyst for innovation and progress. With her transformative insights, leaders can reshape their leadership style to create a culture of resilience, creativity, and growth.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Passionate about performing well, but feeling stressed, stuck, or drained.
    • Seeking to increase their impact and promote organizational growth.
    • Leading organizations through challenging times, transitions, or workflow changes.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on decision-making and leadership effectiveness using cutting-edge research and real-world data.
    • Learn how to identify and overcome avoidance in leadership, applying evidence-based strategies to harness anxiety as a driving force for change.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for cultivating a bold leadership style that sparks innovation, strengthens culture, and boosts revenue.

  • Boldly Go Transforming Anxiety into Academic Success

    Anxiety is a significant mental health concern among students. With three in four students reporting anxiety (Lee et al., 2021), there is a prevailing belief that anxiety is the primary hurdle to academic success and personal development. Harvard-based psychologist, Dr. Luana enlightens her audiences to the fact that it is not anxiety per se, but rather psychological avoidance, that prevents students from unlocking their full potential. In this transformative keynote, Dr. Luana introduces her comprehensive 3-step method to help students and educators understand and overcome psychological avoidance. Drawing upon her extensive experience working with students in both private and public schools across the globe, she empowers participants with science-driven skills to elevate academic performance, enhance resilience, and adeptly navigate personal and professional growth with a newfound sense of confidence.

    This keynote is ideal for students that are:

    • Feeling unfulfilled, stressed about school, or anxious about their future.
    • Passionate about achieving their academic goals. \
    • Seeking lifelong skills to reach their full potential.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand how psychological avoidance is impacting student performance and personal growth, leveraging the latest scientific research and real-world data.
    • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance using science-based strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for academic success.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, overcome psychological avoidance, bolster resilience and promote academic achievement.

  • Bold Steps Beyond the Cap and Gown: Transforming Anxiety into Action for a Powerful Future

    Graduation is a time of celebration, accomplishment, but also significant uncertainty. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021). It's easy to assume that the stressful unknown is the primary roadblock to stepping into the future with confidence. Harvard-based psychologist Dr. Luana debunks this commonly held belief and enlightens audience the true obstacle to taking the next step in life – psychological avoidance. In this empowering keynote, Dr. Luana equips the graduating class with her scientifically proven, 3-step method to transform anxiety into action, turning uncertainty into a stepping-stone for personal and professional growth.

    This keynote is ideal for students that are:

    • Uncertain about their future.
    • Transitioning into post-graduate life.
    • Seeking lifelong skills to navigate change, tame anxiety, and move boldly toward their goals.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on navigating postgraduation life decisions, drawing upon scientific research and real-world data.
    • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance, utilizing science-backed strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for taking confident action.
    • Create a personalized roadmap for navigating the thrilling twists and turns of post-college life, building resilience, and setting the stage for a future filled with success.

Videos
Books
Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power

Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power

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  • HOW TO BOOK Dr. Luana Marques?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Luana Marques for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Luana Marques, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Luana Marques or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Dr. Luana Marques?

    Speaking fees for Dr. Luana Marques, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Dr. Luana Marques charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Luana Marques, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Dr. Luana Marques Biography

Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth, Dr. Luana Marques has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit. She is known for her captivating presence and dynamic storytelling that weaves together the threads of her personal journey and professional expertise to inspire transformation in her audiences.

Dr. Marques’s personal story of overcoming adversity, trauma, and poverty while growing up in Brazil provides authenticity and depth to her message. As an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and best-seller author, Dr. Marques is a paragon of resilience, determination, and boldness.

Through decades of work as a researcher, clinician, author, and speaker, Dr. Marques has been relentless in her goal of equipping everyone everywhere with skills to thrive. True to her mission, Dr. Marques is devoted to igniting action. Everyone who attends her events leave with a personalized plan to overcome challenges and make the next bold move toward what matters most. Dr. Marques’s hidden superpower comes through during Q&A’s, where she meets people where they are and provides them with tools to get unstuck in real time. This commitment to actionable insight sets her apart, leaving her audiences not only inspired but armed with science-backed tools for change.

Her latest critically acclaimed book, "Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power," is a testament to her ability to translate complex scientific insights into actionable strategies. Whether she's addressing a roomful of CEOs, community leaders, or corporate teams, Dr. Marques empowers them with science-backed tools that they can implement immediately to catalyze change.

Dr. Marques's influential work has found recognition in numerous high-profile platforms, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, BIG THINK, Forbes, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Face the Nation. She is often featured in the top podcasts such as 10% Happier and The Mel Robbins Podcast.

Dr. Marques lives outside of Boston with her husband David and their son Diego.

Dr. Luana Marques Speaking Topics

  • The Bold Move: Three Simple Science-Based Steps to Move Boldly Through Change

    Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, companies throughout the world have shifted the way they work, and millions of individuals have changed jobs. On the home front, transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple times throughout our lives. Each transition—even the best kind—creates stress and instability that threatens wellbeing. Moving forward requires identifying the habits that hold us back and employing skills to get where we want in life. This action-oriented presentation on The Bold Move™ empowers audience members to overcome the one common obstacle preventing them from reaching their goals so they can move boldly through change, discomfort, and stress.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Struggling to be their best at work and at home.
    • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
    • Searching for proven skills to navigate change.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Learn how the biological system designed to keep us safe can increase discomfort and stress.
    • Identify the one common obstacle that prevents us from reaching our goals.
    • Understand how to turn anxiety into power by changing the way your brain processes information.
    • Discover your personal compass to help you navigate through the choppy waters of life.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, combat avoidance, and enhance your performance.
    • Be inspired and empowered to make your next bold move.

  • Bold Work: Transforming Workplace Anxiety into Your Superpower

    An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022). Many employees believe that eliminating anxiety and stress will improve their performance. However, Dr. Luana challenges this belief by identifying the actual enemy keeping employees stuck psychological avoidance. Drawing from her Harvard-based research, Dr. Luana provides actionable strategies that empower employees to overcome psychological avoidance and harness their anxiety to drive productivity and success.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Experiencing ongoing workplace stress, anxiety, or burnout.
    • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
    • Searching for proven skills to increase workplace productivity and improve performance.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Learn about the most common hindrance to work performance psychological avoidance.
    • Gain a clear understanding of how avoidance is impacting your productivity.
    • Discover evidence-based strategies to overcome psychological avoidance and turn anxiety into power.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage workplace stress, prevent burnout, and enhance your performance at work.

  • From Stress to Success: Transforming Team Anxiety into a Competitive Advantage

    With workplace stress costing US employers more than $300 billion in productivity loss, absenteeism, turnover, medical expenses, and legal fees (American Institute of Stress, 2022), managing anxiety becomes paramount to cultivating high-performing teams. The capacity of team leaders to skillfully navigate their groups through everyday workplace challenges and transitions is vital to an organization's success. In this keynote, Dr. Luana leverages her extensive research and clinical expertise to help leaders identify the real source of stress – psychological avoidance – and provides science-driven strategies to overcome it. By tailoring her teaching to address the distinct challenges each group faces, Dr. Luana will help teams foster resilience and build cohesion.

    This keynote is ideal for managers and team leaders that are:

    • Experiencing stress, burnout, and anxiety.
    • Seeking to increase the productivity and impact of their team.
    • Guiding teams through change.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the critical role of resilience in managing change and stress within teams.
    • Learn to identify signs of psychological avoidance within your team and implement evidence-based strategies to overcome it.
    • Develop a comprehensive action plan to maintain team performance during periods of transition and stress.

  • Power Moves: A Senior Leader's Guide to Transforming Anxiety into Organizational Power

    Leaders today are grappling with unprecedented challenges. From adapting to rapid technological changes to managing multi-generational workforce dynamics, leaders face constant pressure that can foster stress and anxiety. A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders reported feeling 'burnt out' to some degree, with a third describing their burnout levels as extreme. In this transformational keynote, Dr. Luana demystifies the role of psychological avoidance in decision-making and leadership effectiveness, equipping leaders with her scientifically proven, 3-step strategy to harness anxiety as a catalyst for innovation and progress. With her transformative insights, leaders can reshape their leadership style to create a culture of resilience, creativity, and growth.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Passionate about performing well, but feeling stressed, stuck, or drained.
    • Seeking to increase their impact and promote organizational growth.
    • Leading organizations through challenging times, transitions, or workflow changes.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on decision-making and leadership effectiveness using cutting-edge research and real-world data.
    • Learn how to identify and overcome avoidance in leadership, applying evidence-based strategies to harness anxiety as a driving force for change.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for cultivating a bold leadership style that sparks innovation, strengthens culture, and boosts revenue.

  • Boldly Go Transforming Anxiety into Academic Success

    Anxiety is a significant mental health concern among students. With three in four students reporting anxiety (Lee et al., 2021), there is a prevailing belief that anxiety is the primary hurdle to academic success and personal development. Harvard-based psychologist, Dr. Luana enlightens her audiences to the fact that it is not anxiety per se, but rather psychological avoidance, that prevents students from unlocking their full potential. In this transformative keynote, Dr. Luana introduces her comprehensive 3-step method to help students and educators understand and overcome psychological avoidance. Drawing upon her extensive experience working with students in both private and public schools across the globe, she empowers participants with science-driven skills to elevate academic performance, enhance resilience, and adeptly navigate personal and professional growth with a newfound sense of confidence.

    This keynote is ideal for students that are:

    • Feeling unfulfilled, stressed about school, or anxious about their future.
    • Passionate about achieving their academic goals. \
    • Seeking lifelong skills to reach their full potential.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand how psychological avoidance is impacting student performance and personal growth, leveraging the latest scientific research and real-world data.
    • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance using science-based strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for academic success.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, overcome psychological avoidance, bolster resilience and promote academic achievement.

  • Bold Steps Beyond the Cap and Gown: Transforming Anxiety into Action for a Powerful Future

    Graduation is a time of celebration, accomplishment, but also significant uncertainty. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021). It's easy to assume that the stressful unknown is the primary roadblock to stepping into the future with confidence. Harvard-based psychologist Dr. Luana debunks this commonly held belief and enlightens audience the true obstacle to taking the next step in life – psychological avoidance. In this empowering keynote, Dr. Luana equips the graduating class with her scientifically proven, 3-step method to transform anxiety into action, turning uncertainty into a stepping-stone for personal and professional growth.

    This keynote is ideal for students that are:

    • Uncertain about their future.
    • Transitioning into post-graduate life.
    • Seeking lifelong skills to navigate change, tame anxiety, and move boldly toward their goals.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on navigating postgraduation life decisions, drawing upon scientific research and real-world data.
    • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance, utilizing science-backed strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for taking confident action.
    • Create a personalized roadmap for navigating the thrilling twists and turns of post-college life, building resilience, and setting the stage for a future filled with success.

Dr. Luana Marques Videos

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    Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth, Dr. Luana has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit. She...
  • How to Make Anxiety Your Best Friend | Luana Marques | TEDx
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FAQs on booking Dr. Luana Marques

  • How to book Dr. Luana Marques?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Luana Marques for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Luana Marques, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Luana Marques or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Luana Marques?

    Speaking fees for Dr. Luana Marques, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Dr. Luana Marques charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Luana Marques, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Luana Marques?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Luana Marques for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Luana Marques for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Luana Marques or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Luana Marques or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Luana Marques is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Bold Move: Three Simple Science-Based Steps to Move Boldly Through Change, Bold Work: Transforming Workplace Anxiety into Your Superpower, From Stress to Success: Transforming Team Anxiety into a Competitive Advantage, Power Moves: A Senior Leader's Guide to Transforming Anxiety into Organizational Power, Boldly Go Transforming Anxiety into Academic Success and Bold Steps Beyond the Cap and Gown: Transforming Anxiety into Action for a Powerful Future. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Luana Marques for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Dr. Luana Marques generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Kristen Lee, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, Marci Shimoff, Amanda Gore and Anim Aweh. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Luana Marques for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dr. Luana Marques Speaking Topics

  • The Bold Move: Three Simple Science-Based Steps to Move Boldly Through Change

    Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, companies throughout the world have shifted the way they work, and millions of individuals have changed jobs. On the home front, transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple times throughout our lives. Each transition—even the best kind—creates stress and instability that threatens wellbeing. Moving forward requires identifying the habits that hold us back and employing skills to get where we want in life. This action-oriented presentation on The Bold Move™ empowers audience members to overcome the one common obstacle preventing them from reaching their goals so they can move boldly through change, discomfort, and stress.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Struggling to be their best at work and at home.
    • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
    • Searching for proven skills to navigate change.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Learn how the biological system designed to keep us safe can increase discomfort and stress.
    • Identify the one common obstacle that prevents us from reaching our goals.
    • Understand how to turn anxiety into power by changing the way your brain processes information.
    • Discover your personal compass to help you navigate through the choppy waters of life.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, combat avoidance, and enhance your performance.
    • Be inspired and empowered to make your next bold move.

  • Bold Work: Transforming Workplace Anxiety into Your Superpower

    An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022). Many employees believe that eliminating anxiety and stress will improve their performance. However, Dr. Luana challenges this belief by identifying the actual enemy keeping employees stuck psychological avoidance. Drawing from her Harvard-based research, Dr. Luana provides actionable strategies that empower employees to overcome psychological avoidance and harness their anxiety to drive productivity and success.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Experiencing ongoing workplace stress, anxiety, or burnout.
    • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
    • Searching for proven skills to increase workplace productivity and improve performance.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Learn about the most common hindrance to work performance psychological avoidance.
    • Gain a clear understanding of how avoidance is impacting your productivity.
    • Discover evidence-based strategies to overcome psychological avoidance and turn anxiety into power.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage workplace stress, prevent burnout, and enhance your performance at work.

  • From Stress to Success: Transforming Team Anxiety into a Competitive Advantage

    With workplace stress costing US employers more than $300 billion in productivity loss, absenteeism, turnover, medical expenses, and legal fees (American Institute of Stress, 2022), managing anxiety becomes paramount to cultivating high-performing teams. The capacity of team leaders to skillfully navigate their groups through everyday workplace challenges and transitions is vital to an organization's success. In this keynote, Dr. Luana leverages her extensive research and clinical expertise to help leaders identify the real source of stress – psychological avoidance – and provides science-driven strategies to overcome it. By tailoring her teaching to address the distinct challenges each group faces, Dr. Luana will help teams foster resilience and build cohesion.

    This keynote is ideal for managers and team leaders that are:

    • Experiencing stress, burnout, and anxiety.
    • Seeking to increase the productivity and impact of their team.
    • Guiding teams through change.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the critical role of resilience in managing change and stress within teams.
    • Learn to identify signs of psychological avoidance within your team and implement evidence-based strategies to overcome it.
    • Develop a comprehensive action plan to maintain team performance during periods of transition and stress.

  • Power Moves: A Senior Leader's Guide to Transforming Anxiety into Organizational Power

    Leaders today are grappling with unprecedented challenges. From adapting to rapid technological changes to managing multi-generational workforce dynamics, leaders face constant pressure that can foster stress and anxiety. A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders reported feeling 'burnt out' to some degree, with a third describing their burnout levels as extreme. In this transformational keynote, Dr. Luana demystifies the role of psychological avoidance in decision-making and leadership effectiveness, equipping leaders with her scientifically proven, 3-step strategy to harness anxiety as a catalyst for innovation and progress. With her transformative insights, leaders can reshape their leadership style to create a culture of resilience, creativity, and growth.

    This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

    • Passionate about performing well, but feeling stressed, stuck, or drained.
    • Seeking to increase their impact and promote organizational growth.
    • Leading organizations through challenging times, transitions, or workflow changes.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on decision-making and leadership effectiveness using cutting-edge research and real-world data.
    • Learn how to identify and overcome avoidance in leadership, applying evidence-based strategies to harness anxiety as a driving force for change.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for cultivating a bold leadership style that sparks innovation, strengthens culture, and boosts revenue.

  • Boldly Go Transforming Anxiety into Academic Success

    Anxiety is a significant mental health concern among students. With three in four students reporting anxiety (Lee et al., 2021), there is a prevailing belief that anxiety is the primary hurdle to academic success and personal development. Harvard-based psychologist, Dr. Luana enlightens her audiences to the fact that it is not anxiety per se, but rather psychological avoidance, that prevents students from unlocking their full potential. In this transformative keynote, Dr. Luana introduces her comprehensive 3-step method to help students and educators understand and overcome psychological avoidance. Drawing upon her extensive experience working with students in both private and public schools across the globe, she empowers participants with science-driven skills to elevate academic performance, enhance resilience, and adeptly navigate personal and professional growth with a newfound sense of confidence.

    This keynote is ideal for students that are:

    • Feeling unfulfilled, stressed about school, or anxious about their future.
    • Passionate about achieving their academic goals. \
    • Seeking lifelong skills to reach their full potential.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand how psychological avoidance is impacting student performance and personal growth, leveraging the latest scientific research and real-world data.
    • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance using science-based strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for academic success.
    • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, overcome psychological avoidance, bolster resilience and promote academic achievement.

  • Bold Steps Beyond the Cap and Gown: Transforming Anxiety into Action for a Powerful Future

    Graduation is a time of celebration, accomplishment, but also significant uncertainty. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021). It's easy to assume that the stressful unknown is the primary roadblock to stepping into the future with confidence. Harvard-based psychologist Dr. Luana debunks this commonly held belief and enlightens audience the true obstacle to taking the next step in life – psychological avoidance. In this empowering keynote, Dr. Luana equips the graduating class with her scientifically proven, 3-step method to transform anxiety into action, turning uncertainty into a stepping-stone for personal and professional growth.

    This keynote is ideal for students that are:

    • Uncertain about their future.
    • Transitioning into post-graduate life.
    • Seeking lifelong skills to navigate change, tame anxiety, and move boldly toward their goals.

    Audience Outcomes:

    • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on navigating postgraduation life decisions, drawing upon scientific research and real-world data.
    • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance, utilizing science-backed strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for taking confident action.
    • Create a personalized roadmap for navigating the thrilling twists and turns of post-college life, building resilience, and setting the stage for a future filled with success.

Dr. Luana Marques Speaker Videos

  • Dr. Luana Marques | Sizzle Reel
    Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth, Dr. Luana has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit. She is known for her captivating presence and dynamic...
    How to Make Anxiety Your Best Friend | Luana Marques | TEDx
    Hear how Dr. Marques, a talented behavioral therapist, teaches her patients to fight and become comfortable with their anxiety. She explains the biological background of anxiety, and how her family...

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