Friederike Fabritius: Biography highlights
Friederike Fabritius is a neuroscientist, keynote speaker and award-winning author. She applies insights from neuroscience to guide and inspire organizations, teams and individuals towards achieving higher or peak performance, more innovation, and greater well-being. As a leadership specialist, she has extensive experience in working with top executives at Fortune 500 companies.
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Friederike Fabritius’ Background
Friederike is the award-winning author of The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier (Penguin/Random House, 2017). The book has been translated into multiple languages and has won many accolades as both fascinating and fun.
A neuropsychologist by education, Friederike focuses on giving keynote speeches to help leaders use solid scientific findings to increase their effectiveness. She is also an expert in brain-friendly learning. Friederike herself has used these methods to learn six languages that she now speaks fluently.
After starting at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and then continuing as a management consultant with McKinsey, Friederike now applies her unique expertise in leadership as a keynote speaker. She has empowered countless clients to reach their full potential and deliver peak performance at make-or-break moments.
Friederike serves on the council of Acatech, The German Academy of Technology, which advises the German government regarding new technology, digitalization, and artificial intelligence. She’s also a member of the advisory board of NeuroColor, a company that uses neuroscience to understand personality.
Building on the success of The Leading Brain in the workplace, Friederike is currently at work on a new book on the neuroscience of diversity. She lives in Germany with her husband and their five kids.
Watch Friederike in action
EY (Ernst & Young)
Friederike has the rare talent to convey a complex, scientific topic with childs-ease and engage and inspire her audience. It is always a pleasure to hear her present her theories and how these can be brought to life in the business world to drive our brains to top performance. It was an honour to have her give a keynote at our GSA Partner Meeting.'
'Mrs. Fabritius was invited as a keynote speaker to our annual management conference. She focused on creativity, our innovative capacity, and on the power of the organization. For the participants, it was a real eye-opener to examine these corporate subjects from the perspective of behavioral research, neuroscience and psychology. I was impressed by how Mrs. Fabritius was able to take her many years of experience in the field of behavioural research and psychology and apply them so well to a business context.'
'Friederike is a passionate leadership expert and a great storyteller! She delivered an impressive and engaging talk, which was both captivating and insightful! The talk has proven to be very useful in our ways of understanding team dynamics and increasing the productivity of project groups at trivago.'
UC Santa Barbara
'It was such a pleasure collaborating with Friederike on several workshops devoted to the neuroscience of leadership. She has a remarkable knack for identifying and communicating key findings and principles that can help leaders optimize their effectiveness.'
'Friederike has the power of a small tornado without blowing the audience over. It was precisely her combination of strength, humor and warmth that brought such a positive energy to the - digital - audience. And the way she uses her iPad to illustrate her ideas was an additional bonus for this important meeting. By sharing practical tools with us about how you can still be productive & interactive in a virtual working world, Friederike helped us to accomplish our mission for this kick-off meeting. If you are looking for a guest speaker to give your organization some fresh, science-backed and practical insights into how to deal with productivity and interaction during or after COVID-19, look no further, Friederike is your woman!'
Friederike's speaking topics
The Neuroscience of Trust
Our brains are intrinsically wired to be social. Good relationships will make you live 8 years longer and boost your profitability. In the end, it’s all about neurochemistry. Learn about ten ways to increase your levels of the relationship hormone oxytocin to give you the best possible relationships – at work or in life.
Fun, Fear, and Focus
Master Your Emotions
The Neuroscience of High Performing Teams
Don’t change the people, change the workplace
Many companies try to increase diversity - and fail. Why? They ask women and minorities to “lean in”, while keeping the workplace the same. Most people, don't enjoy working 80-hour weeks, taking red-eye-flights, and sacrificing their health and the time spent with their families for the sake of their careers. The good news is: It doesn't have to be that way. We can work much less, while getting done just as much or more. We can be multiple times more productive if we work in line with what our brains need. A brain-friendly workplace will automatically attract more diverse talent - across the board. Don't change the people, change the workplace!
The Neuroscience of Learning
How can you become fluent in a new language or master in a new field? Most people believe that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The key is to make your learning process “brain-friendly.” We will explore 10 rules for brain-friendly learning, based on the science of neuroplasticity.
The Neuroscience of Habit Change
How can you get rid of undesired behaviors and adopt new ones that suit you better? Neuroscience to the rescue! The key is to substitute old neuronal networks with new ones, and I will show you how. It’s easy once you have the right techniques.
The Neuroscience of Innovation
Do your best ideas come to you when you are taking a shower? I will show you what happens in your brain when you have an Aha Insight and how you can make it happen more often. Once you understand the underlying principles, you can set up an environment that allows your brain to be much more creative and innovative, based on neuroscience.
How to be Social in a Virtual World?
How can you build great relationships with your teams and clients when everybody is working from home? It all comes down to the neurochemical oxytocin. It's released when you fall in love, when a baby is born, and when you build trust in a business setting. I will show you how to set the ground rules for all those virtual meetings so that you can build trust and maximise the social element while minimising the dreaded 'ZOOM-fatigue'.
Switch off: How smartphones shrink our brains and how to reverse it
People check their phone on average once every 12 minutes.
If we look at how our brain handles social media, we can see that we are literally addicted to our devices. This constant distraction is a big productivity killer, and it literally shrinks our brains. We can use neuroscience to overcome it. You will learn ten strategies that help to disconnect, thereby improving your productivity, well-being, and ability to innovate.
The Perfect Day
How can you schedule your day in the most effective way? It’s not about spending more hours at work, but about using your brain in the smartest and most efficient fashion. Learn about the impact of sleep, nutrition, and exercise on your brain, and transform your day and effectiveness.
How to make better decisions
We like to think that we are rational, but when we look at how our brain works, we will see that our behavior is anything but rational. How can we use that knowledge to make better decisions? Find out in this keynote.