Friederike Fabritius

Author of the Wall Street Journal Best-Seller “The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People Quit and How to Get Them to Stay”, Friederike Fabritius is a trained neuropsychologist, certified coach, and a popular speaker for international audiences.

About Friederike Fabritius

Friederike Fabritius, MS, is a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the field of neuroleadership. Her brain-based leadership programs have transformed how Fortune 500 executives think, innovate, and navigate change. Fabritius is a thought leader and keynote speaker, known for engaging global audiences at organizations like Google, Ernst & Young (EY), Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Adecco, Accenture, Deloitte, BMW, Bayer, SAP, Harvard Business Review, trivago, and Audi. An alumna of McKinsey & Company and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, she serves on the prestigious German Academy of Science and Engineering.

Fabritius is the award-winning and bestselling author of the book The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier. Her new book The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People Quit and How to Get Them to Stay was published on 11 October, 2022 and immediately made it to the Wall Street Journal’s Best-Seller List for non-fiction hardback. 

She is fluent in six languages and lives with her husband and five children in Heidelberg, Germany.

Most popular keynote topics

Although Friederike’s most popular topics deal with performance, wellbeing, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and change, Friederike can customize a keynote to fit the theme of your event or address the specific challenges your team is facing right now.

Fun, Fear, and Focus ®

How does the brain work? And how can you use this knowledge to transform your well-being and performance? Even better, how can you reach your peak performance? Well, don’t worry – this is the keynote you’ve been waiting for!

Using the latest insights from social cognitive neuroscience and with her reliable entertaining mix of humor and practicality, neuroscientist and bestselling author Friederike Fabritius shows her audiences how to work and live smarter, better, and happier.

By showing you how to put these science-based insights into practice in the right way, Friederike guides you on the path to thriving within your unique neurosignature. When you embrace Neurosignature Diversity and utilize the fail-safe combination of Fun, Fear, and Focus ®, you will learn what it means to truly live and work in a Brain-Friendly way, and to excel in the hybrid world!

Creating The Brain-Friendly Workplace

You can’t just say a workplace is open to diversity, you need to make the workplace somewhere where diversity is welcomed!

Gone are the days of the old-school managers expecting their juniors to work 80+ hours a week, to choose between the office and the home, or to miss out on important personal moments. Enter into The Brain-Friendly Workplace era – where diversity of thought and working styles are celebrated!

By embracing neurosignature diversity, companies will automatically create an environment which attracts more diverse talent across the board.

Don’t change the people – change the workplace! This keynote will show you how it’s done.

Using Neuroscience to Build Trust in the Hybrid World

We are wired to be social – our brains need human connection.

Whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between, in this keynote, you will learn how to foster trust and connection in all of your social interactions. Even in the hybrid world!

Great relationships are the foundation of living a happy and fulfilled life! By learning how to increase bonding and trust through science, you will create stronger relationships with both your colleagues and those in your personal life.

Jumpstart Your Learning With Neuroscience

Did you know that there is a science to how we learn?

In this keynote, I will share with you exactly how you can harness neuroscience to learn better! It’s easy to pick up new habits and learn new things once we have the right tools.

By making your learning Brain-Friendly, you will see just how easy it is to make the changes you desire. Neuroplasticity shows us that you can teach an old dog new tricks, and now I’m here to show you how.

The Neuroscience of Innovation

Innovation isn’t some random, spontaneous event – it’s SCIENCE!

When the environment is just right our brains are primed for innovation and deep, insightful thinking. Neuroscience has shown us exactly what is needed for our brains to reach a moment of “Aha!” insight and peak creativity!

The good news? You can create this environment practically on demand! This keynote will show you exactly what to do.

Creating Resilience – The Neuroscience of Leading Through a Crisis

Keeping your cool under pressure is great in theory – but how do we put it into practice?

As leaders, there is always going to be the risk of needing to lead well through a crisis, and learning how to be more emotionally resilient will enable to you do so.

In this keynote, you will learn exactly how to achieve this! 

Fail, Fail, and Fail Again – Creating a Positive Failure Culture

We all fail. We all have, and we all will again. It is one of the things that makes us human – that we are imperfect.

Failure isn’t a problem, but the way that we respond to and internalize it can be.

We need to be able to fail better, and that starts with being able to look at and accept our failures humbly, honestly, and objectively.

When we learn how to fail better and model failure not as a moral issue but as a human experience, we dramatically improve our relationships with others.

In this keynote, we will learn the benefits of failing honesty, and how this can empower us going forward.

What people say about Friederike Fabritius

“Friederike Fabritius took us on a fascinating journey into the human brain and helped us understand how to use the discoveries of neuroscience in the daily management of ourselves, our teams. and our organizations. Her stage energy, incredible passion and impressive knowledge hypnotized the participants of our conference and led to a completely different view on many issues related to leadership.”

“Friederike led a session for senior partners from over 50 countries that was very powerful – insightful and academically grounded yet very digestible and practical. It was a fascinating subject that was beautifully presented.”

“Mrs. Fabritius was invited as a keynote speaker to our annual management conference. She focused on creativity, our innovative capacity, and on the power of the organization. For the participants, it was a real eye-opener to examine these corporate subjects from the perspective of behavioral research, neuroscience and psychology. I was impressed by how Mrs. Fabritius was able to take her many years of experience in the field of behavioural research and psychology and apply them so well to a business context.”

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  • Fun, Fear and Focus®
  • Creating The Brain Friendly Workplace
  • Using Neuroscience to Build Trust in the Hybrid World
  • The Neuroscience of Innovation