CHATTER: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters and How to Harness It

Ethan KrossThis year's keynote, ETHAN KROSS will show how to turn your inner voice into a powerful coach and teammate—plus boost motivation, overcome impostor syndrome, and hone your mental fitness. Ethan is a leading expert on the science behind your self-talk. He provides a scientifically backed set of tools to help anyone lead themselves and build resilience.. “Changing the conversations we have with ourselves has the power to change our lives,” Ethan says.

We have everything we need to stop overthinking, embrace introspection, and use our inner voice to motivate and propel us forward. Ethan Kross says we can change our lives by changing the conversations we have with ourselves. He shows us how we can strengthen our emotional and mental fitness to find more meaning, satisfaction, and success in all areas of life. Ethan’s concrete strategies have proven to be an invaluable resource in any challenge or stressful situation. His science-based toolkit for avoiding overthinking helps to build wisdom and coach ourselves through every circumstance.

Ethan provides simple, immediately actionable tools for distancing ourselves from negativity and harnessing our self-talk. He gives tools that you can use on your own, like using your own name to give yourself a pep talk, that you can use to lead yourself and calm your anxieties in stressful moments. He also provides tools that you can use with other people help them work through their chatter and reach their full potential. Finally, he gives you tools that involve the environment, like increasing your exposure to green space, that will help you improve the overall mental fitness of your entire organization.

An award-winning professor at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, Ethan is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory, where he studies how people can control their emotions. Using an integrative approach to study these issues, Ethan draws on multiple disciplines within psychology, including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience. He is also the faculty lead for the Research Innovation Core at the Eisenberg Family Depression Center, where he uses his vibrant ideas and strategic mind to focus on facilitating research innovations in the field of mental health.

He completed his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at Columbia University.