Silvia Damiano is a charismatic and thought provoking speaker and facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Neuroleadership, Wellbeing and Engagement.
Silvia is a scientist, educator, author, speaker, executive coach and the Founder & CEO Founder & CEO of the About my Brain Institute. She is also creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model, Methodology & Assessment Tools, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and producer / director of the 2018 award-winning documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’.
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.
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
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.
Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations to improve business performance, concentrating on key areas around leadership development and cultural change.
"Silva is spectacular! I had the pleasure of meeting Silvia in person in Sydney recently at the i4 Neuroleader Practitioner Workshop. I was initially in awe of Silvia's cutting edge, subject matter expertise, her commitment to excellence and total passion for sharing her knowledge . After three days in Silvia's company, I remain inspired and excited to have the opportunity to continue to learn and to be part of Silvia's extended About My Brain community. Silvia is clear, direct and challenging whilst being compassionate, empathetic and a great deal of fun. I am personally immensely enriched for having met Silvia and by association with Silvia and her excellent product, am positioned to enrich the lives of my clients, family and friends too."
Johan Barton, Director at Barton Ross, September 29, 2017
"We engaged Silvia and About My Brain to support the development of our high performance executive team with a new and innovative approach. It proved to be the right decision. Silvia's work was outstanding, providing a new and creative way to look at our leadership and personal effectiveness. Her scientific credibility, combined with an engaging and approachable personality, made the program both useful and enjoyable. The 360 degree assessment and Silvia's debrief helped all of us to understand our capabilities, but more importantly gave us the tools to make positive changes in the way we lead. Silvia was a joy to work with and we have decided to engage her to support further leadership development programs."
Kim Ellis, CEO Botanical Gardens Sydney, August 24th, 2017
"As a Conference Producer, I'm always on the lookout for talented speakers who can speak authentically about and inspiring story. Silvia meets each of those requirements and was an incredible addition to our event. She speaks with passion and purpose about her subject and connected with the audience. We were thrilled to include her as a keynote speaker at our conference. Her style and content are universal to any crowd. In this instance, she spoke to an audience of maintenance and reliability professionals and made as much of an impact as any other speaker. Silvia has spoken at our conferences around the world and we're always lucky to include such a renowned expert."
Eric Randolph, Conference Producer, The Eventful Group, June 12, 2017
“Silvia is one of the most dynamic and creative people I have worked with in a long time. Her passion and enthusiasm immediately engages her audience and encourages them to do their best and to transform. I have had the pleasure of seeing Silvia in action and she delivers her programs with great gusto! Silvia is always very professional in her business approach and gets the agreed results!”
Helen Smirniotis, Head of Organisational Development, Caltex, June 9, 2014
“Silvia Damiano is a shining light in the field of human development. Her work is extremely well-researched and bears the hallmarks of the trained scientist that she is. As a consultant she is instinctive and highly creative. She has lead organisations along fascinating development journeys, from myth-making to salsa dancing; everything with a purpose and offering deep personal and group insights. As a facilitator she has a warm and highly personable style that disarms and engages even the most resistant participant. As a collaborator she is generous, inspiring and exacting. I find it easy to be creative when working with Silvia.” David McCubbin, Managing Director, coup, November 2, 2013