As an experienced speaker, Dr. Hanna has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. She is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs for organizations, the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress, and a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Hanna’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014) and Recharge: 5 Shifts to Energize Your Life (Synergy, 2015). Her next book, What’s So Funny About Stress is expected to release in 2017.
Dr. Hanna is actively involved with several non-profit organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association, and is a National Board Member for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Dr. Hanna created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor. She is a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.
Dr. Hanna holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For over a decade, Dr. Hanna has partnered with Janus Capital Group to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.