Biography

How can we improve our relationships, performance, and well-being by harnessing our personal power and taking control of our own thoughts, feelings, and actions?

Dr. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. Her writing, research, teaching, and speaking focus on presence and performance under stress, the causes and outcomes of feeling powerful vs. powerless, prejudice and stereotyping, nonverbal
behavior, the delicate balance of projecting trustworthiness and strength, and most recently, the psychology of bullying, bystanding, and social bravery.

After earning her Ph.D. at Princeton University, she was a professor at Harvard Business School (2008-2017) and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (2006-2008). Throughout her academic career, she’s been honored with some of the highest commendations for both her teaching and her research, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard University (2018) and the Scientific Impact Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (2022) for her extensive research on intergroup conflict. She continues to teach as a guest lecturer in Executive Education at Harvard Business School and at UCLA-Anderson School of Management.

Her 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” is the second-most popular of all time, with more than 70 million views. Her NYT bestseller, Presence, described in the NYT Sunday Book Review as “…concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious – above all, truly powerful,” has sold more than half a million copies and been published in 35 languages. In 2025, she will publish her next book, Bullies, Bystanders, & Bravehearts (HarperCollins), on the psychology of bullying among adults — and how we find the courage and tools to stop it.

She’s also an avid roller skater and skier, live-music lover (actually, a devoted Deadhead!), adventuring partner to her husband Paul, and hype mom to her son, Jonah, a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and student at Berklee College of Music. She lives in Venice, California.

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Amy infused our Women@Goodwin event with energy, passion and levity as she talked about presence! She was such a gem and a pure joy to work with and was lovely to every member of our 200+ person audience – she took photos and signed books of every single person who was queued up to meet with her. We hope to have the opportunity to work with Amy again!
– GOODWIN PROCTER (LAW)
She was great! People were raving about her for hours! She was super easy to work with, arrived early, hung out and really did a killer job!
– REAL ESTATE
Amy was fantastic. She was great to work with beforehand and her closing keynote was a wonderful message with several ideas our attendees can implement in their school districts. She received a well-deserved standing ovation.
– PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION (EDUCATION)
I wanted to reach out on behalf of all of us at Automotive News to thank Amy Cuddy for a fantastic Automotive News Leading Women Conference. It was an outstanding event, with a sold-out, interested and engaged audience that really enjoyed her presentation. Words that kept popping up in relation to her and her presentation in our survey responses were “authentic,” “sincere,” “engaging,” and “real.” She knocked it out of the park. And the book signing afterwards was a huge success!
– AUTOMOTIVE NEWS (PUBLISHING)
So powerful to hear personal experiences from someone who is also so well versed in their field, and Amy just seems so down to earth and approachable. Everything she spoke about from imposter syndrome to bullying to being our best most confident version of ourselves resonated in some way.
– TECHNOLOGY
Amy was the perfect person for all of us to hear right now. These times have been challenging and her talking points were a good reminder of how we can stay strong and help others stay strong. Amy’s talk left me feeling energized and motivated to be my most authentic self and be present at work while helping others do the same.
– TECHNOLOGY
Amy Cuddy was a true inspiration to our audience and a joy to watch. Her work is interesting and relatable, and her presentation resonated with our attendees.
– PHI THETA KAPPA (FRATERNAL/MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION)
Amy Cuddy focused on her research of body language and how it changes people’s perceptions of us and also the outcomes that occur in our lives. But most importantly, body positioning can shape the way we see ourselves and how that may impact our confidence levels.
– WSUM.ORG TED TALK REVIEW

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Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

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