Amy Cuddy | One of Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing The World,  Harvard Business School Associate Professor

Amy Cuddy

One of Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing The World, Harvard Business School Associate Professor

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Amy Cuddy

A bold and captivating voice and award-winning researcher and teacher in the field of social psychology, Dr. Amy Cuddy demystifies the science behind power, presence, body language, and social bravery – and their influence on human interactions and outcomes. The question that drives her work: “How can we take control of our own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in ways that boost our confidence, presence, performance, courage, and overall well-being?”

Cuddy is widely recognized for her enduringly popular TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are” — the second-most-watched TED Talk of all time with over 70 million views, named by The Guardian as ‘One of 20 Online Talks that Could Change Your Life,’ and for her best-selling book Presence, which has sold more than half a million copies and been published in 35 languages. As described in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Cuddy brings an abundance of humility and charm to the page. Her presence itself – her openhearted desire to help the insecure and the uneasy in this age of anxiety – shines through. Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious – above all, truly powerful.”

No matter the forum or topic, Amy conveys a rare combination of wisdom and deep expertise — along with an honest, warm-hearted accessibility and openness. Whether she’s talking to a group of 100 or 20,000, she creates an unparalleled intimacy with her audiences. Engaging deeply with listeners and bestowing advice that is both practical and profound, she enthralls and inspires audiences with evidence-based and immediately-actionable tips for achieving greater success – demonstrating how harnessing our personal power can liberate us from fear and connect us with others, making us more present, compelling, and courageous.

She has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in live audiences all over the world, in addition to thousands of students in classrooms at Harvard University, where she taught for ten years, winning an Excellence in Teaching Award, and Northwestern University.

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Featured Keynote Programs

The Science and Social Impact of Bravery — and How We Can Use it to End Bullying

Social media is a rocket fuel for our worst impulses, says Amy Cuddy, exacerbating incivility and bullying among adults both online and offline. But the same psychological mechanisms that elicit bullying – tribalism, the influence of norms, and desire for status – can just as easily be used to decrease bullying and increase bravery. The same human tendencies that are activated for bad, argues Cuddy, can be activated for good.

“Now, more than any other time, we have the science – and the stories – to build a brand-new program to fight against this menace,” Cuddy says.

In this talk, based on her forthcoming book, Bullies, Bystanders, and Bravehearts (HarperCollins, 2025) she covers the staggering psychological, physical, and socio-economic costs of bullying to individuals, organizations, and societies – and the unprecedented and surprising opportunities we have to engage in and lead through social bravery. She compellingly demonstrates that when we understand the psychology of these dynamics, virtually all of us will have the power to be bravehearts, rather than passive bystanders.

A renowned social psychologist, Cuddy shares an acute combination of scientific expertise and first-hand experience, drawing both from her personal journey and the stories of others to communicate important human truths.

Personal Power & Presence
Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Many of our biggest challenges call for us to be calmly confident, focused, and open to hearing others. Too often, we approach these high-pressure interactions with fear, execute with anxiety and distraction, and leave with regret. Based on her best-selling book Presence, Amy draws from psychology and neuroscience research, personal narratives, and her own challenges, focusing on:

* What holds us back from being present and effective in these challenging situations?
How does feeling powerless (vs. powerful) affect our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, in turn undermining our ability to be smart, creative, attentive, and effective when we most need to be?
* How do we retrain our nervous systems to liberate us — rather than inhibit us — in these moments?
* How does our own presence help others to be present — and facilitate the building of trust in stressful interactions?
* What does powerful vs. powerless body language look like?
* Can we adapt our own body language — breathing, speech patterns, simple and complex posture, and movement — to directly affect how powerful we feel (and how powerful we appear to others)?

Audiences will be moved and inspired, leaving Amy’s keynote with a fresh, life-changing perspective on themselves and their interactions, and a concrete and immediately-actionable set of simple techniques to harness their own personal power and presence, freeing them to perform and interact at their very best — and empower others to do the same.

Moving Forward in the Flux Era
From Flux Syndrome to Flux Recovery

The pandemic and concurrent economic and cultural shifts have propelled workers and leaders into a new “Flux Era.” This new and ongoing flux has created a stew of conflicting emotions — hope, fear, excitement, dispiritedness, relief, and tension. And although human beings are more resilient than we generally appreciate, this psychological tilt-a-whirl has caused many of us to feel a loss of agency, leading us to make rash decisions. With her extensive background in cutting-edge behavioral science and research, Amy Cuddy offers answers in this groundbreaking and energizing talk on the workforce’s most top-of-mind questions around returning to work, such as:

* How do we approach returning to the office in this new era?
* How do we handle contentious conversations about how to return to work?
* How do we create workplace environments and cultures that are welcoming and inclusive to people working both in-person and virtually?
* And how do we re-empower and reset our employees so that they can thrive in the Flux Era?
* How do leaders better understand and respond to mental health challenges?
* Combining her openness and warmth with her deep expertise, Amy delivers this timely speech on how to come to terms with and thrive in these tumultuous times.

Identity and Intergroup Conflict
Exploring the Anatomy of Bias in a Divided World

For more than twenty years, Amy Cuddy has been studying and writing about intergroup bias and the psychological underpinnings of how we judge and treat others.

She breaks down who and why we envy, pity, admire, and hate. Why do we bend over backwards to help some people – while turning a blind eye to the mistreatment of others? Why do we assume some people will be allies and others, predators? And how do those feelings and interactions affect how we see ourselves, and how we feel and behave in the future?

As her primary area of research, Cuddy draws from a deep well of knowledge and science to present a powerful and provocative evidence-based discussion that helps audiences understand how bigotry often plays a starring role in prejudice and workplace mobbing.

Our biases – whether simple or complex – impact the quality of our interactions and our productivity at work, says Cuddy. With potency and warmth, she shares with audiences how to reject and transcend stereotypes that divide and disempower, so that we can band together to categorically reject harassment and bullying at work.

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Featured Book

Presenceby Amy Cuddy


by Amy Cuddy

MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD: Learn the simple techniques you'll need to approach your biggest challenges with confidence.  

Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same.

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious — above all, truly powerful." —New York Times Book Review

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