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Speaking Events & Conferences

Alvaro_Fernandez “Alvaro Fernandez synthesizes and translates the latest neuroscience into provocative, compelling, and entertaining stories of mental fitness and the future of the brain.” –David Pescovitz, Research Director, Institute for the Future.

 “I want to thank you for your keynote dinner presentation at our recent meeting of the Councils of Human Resources Executives. You provided key insights into the linkages between brain health, resiliency and creativity. Members appreciated your knowledge, the examples you provided, and your sense of humour! Job well done!” –Judith L. MacBride-King, Network Executive, The Conference Board of Canada.

Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains’  CEO & Co-Founder, speaks regularly to a wide range of audiences. Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Alvaro has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AP, CNN, and more. He co-authored the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Ageand is the Editor-In-Chief for the market report The Digital Brain Health Market 2012-2020. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­si­dad de Deusto in his native Spain. Together with his wife and daughter, he currently enjoys living in Washington, DC. To check out his LinkedIn profile, with dozens of endorsements as an innovator and public speaker: Alvaro Fernandez


(For general audiences) How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age

Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, attention and proper exercise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on the new book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness –named a Best Book by AARP — co-author Alvaro Fernandez will discuss exactly how to “use it or lose it,” offering a groundbreaking new approach to improving brain health and performance at any age, from children to younger and older adults. With practical tips for preserving and enhancing brain function throughout life, this talk combines a user-friendly tutorial on how the brain works with advice on how to choose and integrate lifestyle changes and brain training exercises to improve mental focus, build emotional resilience, enhance memory and ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

(For leaders and corporate audiences) Train Your Brain to Become More Innovative and Resilient 

How can we train our core brain-based capacities to inno­vate and to thrive in today’s work­place? What can we do to invest in our most pre­cious human resource –our amaz­ing brain– and boost individual and collective resilience? Discover the practical applications of emerging research on brain func­tion­ing and neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, based on the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age, and learn how to become a “mental athlete” ready to face professional and personal challenges.

(For health and wellness innovators) When Digital Health Meets Applied Neuroscience

Brain health is a rapidly evolving field and all health and insurance providers should be aware of the far-reaching impact this transformation will have in the near future. Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, the CEO of the lead­ing inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence, will discuss a brand new mar­ket study and fore­cast on how digital platforms will revolutionize brain health by 2020. Discover how the growing mainstream demand for “brain fitness” is creating a significant demand and opportunity for web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing.


LarryKing_TheSharpBrainsGuideA FEW CLIPS

> Larry King interview on the present and future of brain fitness: click Here in the US and Here elsewhere (28 minutes)

> Post-keynote interview at the Digital Health Summit (9 minutes).

> Presentation of Practical Advice to Keep Your Brain Sharp at New York Public Library (87 minutes)



> New York  City: How Can We Invest in Our Brains to Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience?, at Mid-Manhattan Library.

> Coral Gables, FL: Cómo invertir en su cerebro, at Books & Books.

> Los Angeles: Marriage of Science & Industry – How to create a sustainable business model that proves end-user value, at ESCoNS2 (Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society)

> Lima, Peru: Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind, at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013

> Toronto, Canada:  The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13

> Victoria, BC, Canada: How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Innovation and Resilience, at the Con­fer­ence Board’s Coun­cil of Human Resource Exec­u­tives

> San Diego: I’ll Take Brain Health for $6 Billion, at the Dig­i­tal Health Sum­mer Sum­mit

> San Francisco, CA: Cortical Plasticity: Where Brain Health Meets Digital Health, at the Neurotech Leaders Summit

> Toronto, Canada, Canada: Breaking the Silos and Boosting Our Brains, at McMaster University

AlvaroFernandezNYPL> San Francisco, CA: Brain Fitness for Adaptive Organizations, at the NeuroLeadership Summit.

> Los Angeles: Brain Fitness Today and Tomorrow, at the UCLA Technology & Aging Conference.

> San Francisco, CA: The Consumer Market for Neurotechnology, at 2011 Neurotech Leaders Forum.

> San Francisco, CA: Translating Neuroscience Into Marketable Therapeutic Interventions, at ESCoNS.

> Barcelona: How and Why Digital Tech­nology Will Transform Education, Training and Brain Health, during the “Evenings with…” series at Esade.

> June 22nd, Barcelona: La salud en el siglo XXI — Como combatir el envejec­imiento cerebral, at Fundacion Edad y Vida.

> San Francisco: Harness Your Brain Plasticity for Lifelong Brain Fitness, during the series “The Amazing Brain: Anatomy & Function organized by California Pacific Medical Center.

> San Diego: Brain Fitness Offerings to Attract and Retain Baby Boomers, at the Convention of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

> San Francisco: Teaching Brain Fitness in Your Schools and Communities, at the Learning & the Brain Conference.

> Ontario, Canada: Maintaining Autonomy – the Brain Fitness Movement, during the Ontario Innovation Summit.

> San Francisco: Brain Fitness For Peak Performance, at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Speaker Series.

> Palo Alto, CA: Brain Fitness – Fad or Revolution?, SmartSilvers MIT Northern California event.

> New York Public Library, Stephen Schwarzman Building: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.

> Stevens Point, Wisconsin: Brain Fitness in Senior Housing, at WAHSA’s 2009 Senior Housing Conference.

> University of North Carolina Greensboro: Cognitive Fitness and the Aging Workforce: Opportunities and Challenges, at the Silvering Workforce Summit.

> Stanford University: How Neuroscience Will Impact Education and Healthcare: A 5-10 Year View, at the Stanford SELA Summit.

> New York Academy of Medicine: Brain Fitness Software – Consumers Guide to distinguishing hope from hype, at the Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Symposium sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center.


If you are interesting in securing Mr. Fernandez for your upcoming event please Contact Us indicating the details of your Speaking Inquiry.

> September 8th, Petaluma, California: Physical and Mental Exercise for Brain Fitness, at the Club One Fitness Center. More information here.

> September 9th, San Francisco: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, at San Francisco State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). More information here.

> September 11th, Oakland, California: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, at ASA Brain Health Day

> September 23rd, New York Public Library, Bronx Library Center: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness. More information here.

> September 25rd, New York Public Library, Stephen Schwarzman Building: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness. More information here.

> October 6th, Palo Alto, CA: Brain Fitness – Fad or Revolution?, SmartSilvers MIT Northern California event. More information here.