Dr. Luana Marques

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  • Global Speaker, Author, Executive Coach
  • Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School
  • Author of 'Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power'
  • Former President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Researcher, clinician, and author Dr. Luana Marques radiates an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth. Dr. Luana has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit, with former hosts including the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom, Moody's Shared Services, NAMI, and more. She is known for her captivating presence and dynamic storytelling that weaves together the threads of her personal journey and professional expertise to inspire transformation in her audiences.

Dr. Luana’s personal story of overcoming adversity, trauma, and poverty while growing up in Brazil provides authenticity and depth to her message. Today, as an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and bestselling author, Dr. Luana is a paragon of resilience, determination, and boldness. Through decades of work, Dr. Luana has been relentless in her goal of equipping everyone, everywhere, with skills to thrive. Everyone who attends her events leaves with a personalized plan to overcome challenges and make their next bold move toward what matters most. Dr. Luana’s hidden superpower comes through during Q&A’s, where she meets people where they are and provides them with tools to get unstuck in real-time. Dr. Luana’s commitment to actionable insights sets her apart, leaving her audiences inspired and armed with science-backed tools for change.

Dr. Luana's influential work has been recognized in numerous high-profile platforms, including The Washington PostWall Street Journal, BIG THINK, ForbesThe New York TimesGood Morning America, and Face the Nation. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power – a testament to her ability to translate complex scientific insights into actionable strategies. Whether she's addressing a roomful of CEOs, community leaders, or corporate teams, she empowers them with science-backed tools that they can implement immediately to catalyze change.

 



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Past Hosts Include:
  • Ten Percent Happier
  • Fortier Public Relations
  • Harvard Club of the United Kingdom
  • Moody's Shared Services
  • Harvard 4 Public Health
  • Within Health
  • NAMI
  • Hacking HR
  • Heroic Productions
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
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A gifted public speaker, Dr. Luana merges her passion for her subject matter with ample experience and scientific research to offer useful insights that are relevant to every person in any audience. Her presentation was dynamic and interactive, responding in real-time to audience perceptions and questions.”

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Bold Work: Transforming Workplace Anxiety into Your Superpower

An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022). Many employees believe that eliminating anxiety and stress will improve their performance. However,  DR. L ...

An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022). Many employees believe that eliminating anxiety and stress will improve their performance. However,  DR. LUANA MARQUES challenges this belief by identifying the actual enemy keeping employees stuck - psychological avoidance. Drawing from her Harvard-based research, Dr. Luana provides actionable strategies that empower employees to overcome psychological avoidance and harness their anxiety to drive productivity and success.

This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

  • Experiencing ongoing workplace stress, anxiety, or burnout.
  • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
  • Searching for proven skills to increase workplace productivity and improve performance.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Learn about the most common hindrance to work performance – psychological avoidance.
  • Gain a clear understanding of how avoidance is impacting your productivity.
  • Discover evidence-based strategies to overcome psychological avoidance and turn anxiety into power.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to manage workplace stress, prevent burnout, and enhance your performance at work.

From Stress to Success: Transforming Team Anxiety into a Competitive Advantage

With workplace stress costing US employers more than $300 billion in productivity loss, absenteeism, turnover, medical expenses, and legal fees (American Institute of Stress, 2022), managing anxiety becomes paramount to cultivating high-performing teams. The capacity of team leaders to skillfully na ...

With workplace stress costing US employers more than $300 billion in productivity loss, absenteeism, turnover, medical expenses, and legal fees (American Institute of Stress, 2022), managing anxiety becomes paramount to cultivating high-performing teams. The capacity of team leaders to skillfully navigate their groups through everyday workplace challenges and transitions is vital to an organization's success. In this keynote, DR. LUANA MARQUES leverages her extensive research and clinical expertise to help leaders identify the real source of stress – psychological avoidance – and provides science-driven strategies to overcome it. By tailoring her teaching to address the distinct challenges each group faces, Dr. Luana will help teams foster resilience and build cohesion.

This keynote is ideal for managers and team leaders that are:

  • Experiencing stress, burnout, and anxiety.
  • Seeking to increase the productivity and impact of their team.
  • Guiding teams through change.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand the critical role of resilience in managing change and stress within teams.
  • Learn to identify signs of psychological avoidance within your team and implement evidence-based strategies to overcome it.
  • Develop a comprehensive action plan to maintain team performance during periods of transition and stress.

Power Moves: A Senior Leader's Guide to Transforming Anxiety into Organizational Power

Leaders today are grappling with unprecedented challenges. From adapting to rapid technological changes to managing multi-generational workforce dynamics, leaders face constant pressure that can foster stress and anxiety. A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders ...

Leaders today are grappling with unprecedented challenges. From adapting to rapid technological changes to managing multi-generational workforce dynamics, leaders face constant pressure that can foster stress and anxiety. A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders reported feeling 'burnt out' to some degree, with a third describing their burnout levels as extreme. In this transformational keynote, DR. LUANA MARQUES demystifies the role of psychological avoidance in decision-making and leadership effectiveness, equipping leaders with her scientifically proven, 3-step strategy to harness anxiety as a catalyst for innovation and progress. With her transformative insights, leaders can reshape their leadership style to create a culture of resilience, creativity, and growth.

This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

  • Passionate about performing well, but feeling stressed, stuck, or drained.
  • Seeking to increase their impact and promote organizational growth.
  • Leading organizations through challenging times, transitions, or workflow changes.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on decision-making and leadership effectiveness using cutting-edge research and real-world data.
  • Learn how to identify and overcome avoidance in leadership, applying evidence-based strategies to harness anxiety as a driving force for change.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for cultivating a bold leadership style that sparks innovation, strengthens culture, and boosts revenue.

The Bold Move: Three Simple Science-Based Steps to Move Boldly Through Change

Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, companies throughout the world have shifted the way they work, and millions of individuals have changed jobs. On the home front, transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple ...

Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, companies throughout the world have shifted the way they work, and millions of individuals have changed jobs. On the home front, transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple times throughout our lives. Each transition—even the best kind—creates stress and instability that threatens wellbeing. Moving forward requires identifying the habits that hold us back and employing skills to get where we want in life. This action oriented presentation on The Bold Move™ empowers audience members to overcome the one common obstacle preventing them from reaching their goals so they can move boldly through change, discomfort, and stress.

This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

  • Struggling to be their best at work and at home.
  • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
  • Searching for proven skills to navigate change.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Learn how the biological system designed to keep us safe can increase discomfort and stress.
  • Identify the one common obstacle that prevents us from reaching our goals.
  • Understand how to turn anxiety into power by changing the way your brain processes information.
  • Discover your personal compass to help you navigate through the choppy waters of life.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, combat avoidance, and enhance your performance.
  • Be inspired and empowered to make your next bold move.

Boldly Go: Transforming Anxiety into Academic Success

Anxiety is a significant mental health concern among students. With three in four students reporting anxiety (Lee et al., 2021), there is a prevailing belief that anxiety is the primary hurdle to academic success and personal development. Harvard- based psychologist,  DR. LUANA MARQUES enlightens he ...

Anxiety is a significant mental health concern among students. With three in four students reporting anxiety (Lee et al., 2021), there is a prevailing belief that anxiety is the primary hurdle to academic success and personal development. Harvard- based psychologist,  DR. LUANA MARQUES enlightens her audiences to the fact that it is not anxiety per se, but rather psychological avoidance, that prevents students from unlocking their full potential. In this transformative keynote, Dr. Luana introduces her comprehensive 3-step method to help students and educators understand and overcome psychological avoidance. Drawing upon her extensive experience working with students in both private and public schools across the globe, she empowers participants with science-driven skills to elevate academic performance, enhance resilience, and adeptly navigate personal and professional growth with a newfound sense of confidence.

This keynote is ideal for students that are:

  • Feeling unfulfilled, stressed about school, or anxious about their future.
  • Passionate about achieving their academic goals.
  • Seeking lifelong skills to reach their full potential.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand how psychological avoidance is impacting student
    performance and personal growth, leveraging the latest scientific research and real-world data.
  • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance using science-based strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for academic success.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, overcome psychological avoidance, bolster resilience and promote academic achievement.

Bold Steps Beyond the Cap and Gown: Transforming Anxiety into Action for a Powerful Future

Graduation is a time of celebration, accomplishment, but also significant uncertainty. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021). It's easy to assume that the ...

Graduation is a time of celebration, accomplishment, but also significant uncertainty. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021). It's easy to assume that the stressful unknown is the primary roadblock to stepping into the future with confidence. Harvard-based
psychologist  DR. LUANA MARQUES debunks this commonly held belief and enlightens audience the true obstacle to taking the next step in life – psychological avoidance. In this empowering keynote, Dr. Luana equips the graduating class with her scientifically proven, 3-step method to transform anxiety into action, turning uncertainty into a stepping-stone for personal and professional growth.

This keynote is ideal for students that are:

  • Uncertain about their future.
  • Transitioning into post-graduate life.
  • Seeking lifelong skills to navigate change, tame anxiety, and move boldly toward their goals.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on navigating post-graduation life decisions, drawing upon scientific research and real-world data.
  • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance, utilizing science-backed strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for taking confident action.
  • Create a personalized roadmap for navigating the thrilling twists and turns of post-college life, building resilience, and setting the stage for a future filled with success.

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<p><strong>Watch Dr. Luana Marques’ speaker sizzle reel to see how she motivates audiences to transform anxiety into power</strong></p>

Watch Dr. Luana Marques’ speaker sizzle reel to see how she motivates audiences to transform anxiety into power

Innovative psychotherapist Dr. LUANA MARQUES brings contagious energy to her events, motivating audiences to transform anxiety and stress into POWER. In her engaging speaker sizzle reel, you can experience a preview of the impact she has through her critically acclaimed book, Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power, and her workshops and keynotes with groups like Moody’s, NAMI, Hacking HR, and more.

Dr. Marques inspires audiences to become bold by sharing her personal story. After immigrating to the U.S., Dr. Marques faced her fears to become an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and former president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). She is now a foremost expert on workplace stress management and change. Fortier Public Relations shared, “She has all the credentials you could ask for, but her best quality is making a talk a human and meaningful experience that everyone will leave with a sense of being moved, challenged, and inspired.”

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<p><strong>Dr. Luana Marques brings her expertise in psychological flexibility to an employee-centered course through Versity</strong></p>

Dr. Luana Marques brings her expertise in psychological flexibility to an employee-centered course through Versity

In a unique and growth-focused offering, DR. LUANA MARQUES brings her expertise in psychological flexibility to an employee-centered digital course through Versity. As an add-on opportunity following her speech, organizations can join Dr. Marques, who is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of the critically acclaimed book Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power, as she further illuminates science-based strategies for building the vital work and life skill of psychological flexibility. Dr. Marques shares relatable examples of how we may avoid stressful situations and challenges at work, guiding learners to explore mindsets and strategies for adapting to change, leading to deep and continued growth. The interactive course features a candid conversation with WWE superstar, actor, and author JOHN CENA, and Dr. Marques and Cena create an engaging and thought-provoking dialogue that enhances the lessons learned.

Through “Building a Winning Mindset: Flexibility & Resiliency at Work,” Dr. Marques offers a master class in critical workplace skills like increasing self-awareness, shifting perspective in difficult moments, and building adaptability in the face of change. The course is presented through Versity, which offers companies a customized library of premium, interactive content featuring a novel combination of renowned professors like Dr. Marques and celebrity talent like Cena. Dr. Marques’ compassionate and expert guidance through this action-oriented material ensures accelerated employee growth and connection. Through her keynotes, Q&As, and in this add-on opportunity to continue the conversation through Versity, Dr. Marques makes a lasting impact that will transform your organization and promote thriving.

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<p><strong>Dr. Luana Marques inspires readers to create a more confident and meaningful life in ‘Bold Move’</strong></p>

Dr. Luana Marques inspires readers to create a more confident and meaningful life in ‘Bold Move’

Psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES converts anxiety into strength in Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power. Echoing lessons learned while growing up in challenging circumstances in Brazil, Bold Move is Dr. Marques’ scientifically proven guide to overcoming anxiety. Her clinically proven approach to stress management has inspired her clients, from CEOs to at-risk teens, to reach a wide range of goals. She combines concrete examples, actionable exercises, and the most recent clinical and scientific research into a groundbreaking, transformative program that can help anyone overcome internal barriers to success.

Through Bold Move and in her actionable talks, Dr. Marques provides the courage to create a more confident and meaningful life by pinpointing the anxiety at the root of avoidance. Dr. Marques’ candid discussions of her own story, ability to mold complex scientific concepts into relatable and realistic advice, and actionable solutions connect to anyone looking for the tools to reach success. Dr. Marques’ three-step method helps everyone from teens in crisis to executives experiencing burnout jumpstart their dreams.

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<p><strong>Dr. Luana Marques’ life story inspires listeners to overcome stress</strong></p>

Dr. Luana Marques’ life story inspires listeners to overcome stress

Innovative psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES draws from her personal experiences to teach others to overcome stress. After decades of research, teaching, and clinical practice, Dr Marques realized that the coping techniques she learned from her mother and grandmother while growing up in challenging circumstances in Brazil aligned seamlessly with science-based CBT therapy. The skill set Dr. Luana teaches is the same she used to overcome overwhelming circumstances and become an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Founder and Director of Community Psychiatry Pride at Massachusetts General Hospital, and former President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Dr. Marques’ stress management strategies aim to improve performance and provide alignment while improving mental health, physical health, and relationships. She helps everyone, from anxious teens to burnt-out executives, get out of their rut and onto the path towards success.

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Watch Dr. Luana Marques in conversation with The Mel Robins Podcast here >>

<p><strong>Dr. Luana Marques provides actionable strategies for stress management</strong></p>

Dr. Luana Marques provides actionable strategies for stress management

Innovative psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES recognizes that change often leads to stress and discomfort. She has spent her career developing a science-based skill set to contend with discomfort. Using a universally applicable three-step method, Dr. Marques teaches individuals and organizations how to overcome stress and achieve their goals.

Dr. Marques specializes in helping organizations and individuals move boldly through changes. Leaders can empower team members to build the specific skills needed to maintain wellbeing within the challenges of change. Dr. Marques’ three-step plan centers shifting perspectives, approaching instead of avoiding discomfort, and aligning actions to values. By following Dr. Marques’ three-step plan, teams can create long-term resilience resulting in the ability to weather any storm.

Watch Dr. Luana Marques' keynote on transforming anxiety here >>

Watch Dr. Luana Marques in conversation with The Mel Robins Podcast here >>

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Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth, Dr. Luana has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit. She is known for her captivating presence and dynamic storytelling that weaves together the threads of her personal journey and professional expertise to inspire transformation in her audiences.

Dr. Luana’s personal story of overcoming adversity, trauma, and poverty while growing up in Brazil provides authenticity and depth to her message. Today, as an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and bestselling author, Dr. Luana is a paragon of resilience, determination, and boldness.

Through decades of work as a researcher, clinician, author, and speaker, Dr. Luana has been relentless in her goal of equipping everyone, everywhere with skills to thrive. True to her mission, Dr. Luana is devoted to igniting action. Everyone who attends her events leaves with a personalized plan to overcome challenges and make their next bold move toward what matters most. Dr. Luana’s hidden superpower comes through during Q&A’s, where she meets people where they are and provides them with tools to get unstuck in real-time. Dr. Luana’s commitment to actionable insights sets her apart, leaving her audiences inspired and armed with science-backed tools for change.

Her latest critically acclaimed book, Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power, is a testament to her ability to translate complex scientific insights into actionable strategies. Whether she's addressing a roomful of CEOs, community leaders, or corporate teams, she empowers them with science-backed tools that they can implement immediately to catalyze change.

Dr. Luana's influential work has been recognized in numerous high-profile platforms, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BIG THINK, Forbes, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Face the Nation. She is also often featured in the top podcasts such as 10% Happier and The Mel Robbins Podcast.

Dr. Luana lives outside of Boston with her husband, David and their son Diego.