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Rebecca Heiss

Author of Instinct (Kensington)

Evolutionary Behaviorist, CEO of Icueity, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rebecca Heiss is dedicated to helping us overcome our evolutionary limitations – the ancient fears that hold us back, fears that we’re often not even consciously aware we have. Her research has been designated “transformative” by the National Science Foundation and it is waking up audiences around the world. She has been honored to speak internationally on her work, including multiple TEDx talks, and is the founder and CEO of Icueity, a continuous 360 review app providing users ongoing fearless feedback and challenging them to grow in self-awareness. She taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and later was recruited to be among the founding faculty members to develop a startup school to nurture entrepreneurial minds and approach learning through impact. Rebecca is a full-time speaker and lives in South Carolina. Her book, Instinct, was published in April 2021.

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Keynote Lecture Topics

  • Fear(less) Leadership

    As leaders it’s imperative that we are self-aware. And yet research finds that nearly 90% of us… aren’t. We have to find new ways of understanding our fears, our strengths, our shortcomings, and all of the ways that our brains keep sabotaging us from being the most effective leaders we can be. That’s where Rebecca comes in by providing immediately applicable strategies to intervene with our self-limiting instincts.

    Key Takeaways:

    1. Break through barriers to optimal performance.
    2. Build self-awareness and fear(less) culture.
    3. Drive your company to be more profitable and productive.
  • Fear(less) Mindset

    Our brains believe the stories we we tell them. Without conscious effort, they are negativity seeking missiles, but we have the power to change that. Science demonstrates that more positive people enjoy better relationships, higher quality of life, improved health and longevity, and they far outperform less optimistic peers at work with increased sales, promotions, and engagement. Optimism is a lucrative investment for every organization. Rewire your brain to optimize the power of positivity!

    Key Takeaways:

    1. Understand how negative thought patterns decrease productivity.
    2. Adopt a common external enemy to decrease internal conflict and squash ANTs (automatic negative thoughts).
    3. Increase and enable positive communication, ideation, and creative collaborations.
  • Fear(less) Diversity

    No blame. No finger pointing. No guilt.  Fear(less) diversity is all about understanding the instincts that drive us to carry bias.  No matter our background, we all carry some shortcuts and biases about others (and ourselves!). It doesn’t make us bad people – it makes us human! But when we understand the instincts that drive these stories, we can be more effective in intervening before they negatively affect our relationships and performance.

    Key Takeaways:

    1. Learn how to neutralize fears that lead to ineffective decision making.
    2. Understand the root of subconscious bias and stories that lead to unproductive behaviors.
    3. Engage with comfort in the language to talk about what is often a highly difficult conversation.

Rebecca Heiss travels from South Carolina.



Kensington, April 27th, 2021