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Founder & CEO About my Brain Institute


Silvia Damiano is a scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, entrepreneur, award-winning leadership specialist and filmmaker.

Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Current Work

Silvia Damiano founded the About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Personal Leadership, Culture Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement

Previous Experience

Media: In her ground-breaking book ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Talking Points

Brain-Friendly Leadership & the 9 habits of a future-fit mind

As the world changes, our understanding of how the brain works is also changing. Learning about our biology can give us a competitive edge when it comes to leading ourselves and others. After all, it is the ability to learn new things that allows us to face different challenges, overcome them and achieve our dreams.

In this mind-blowing keynote presentation, Silvia Damiano will discuss the relevance of re-skilling for the future and how to support this process with brain-friendly habits.

Leading in the Imagination Age: How I Used Data to Diagnose Common Problems in Leadership

Leading in the Imagination Age requires leaders to navigate complexity, to quickly pivot in uncertain times and to switch on their imagination to have a competitive edge.

The Neurobiology of Innovation (& Creative Thinking)

Creativity, originality and innovation are in high demand in the 21st Century and the biggest asset when it comes to differentiating a thriving organisation from the rest.
Silvia Damiano is a brilliant presenter and leader in the field of neuroleadership. I am thrilled that we were able to present her techniques to the broader firm McCabe Curwood Lawyers

Silvia's work is outstanding. It provides a new and creative way to look at leadership and personal effectiveness. Her scientific credibility, combined with an engaging and approachable personality, makes any presentation both useful and enjoyable.

Australian Antartic Division

Silvia Damiano has just finished delivering 13 workshops for us at NAB and has been an absolute delight to work with. It’s not just her knowledge of neuroscience but also her passion for the brain that shines through in her delivery and leaves people wanting more.

National Australia Bank
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