About the Speaker: Vanessa Loder
Vanessa Loder is a renowned keynote speaker, leadership development facilitator and sought-after expert on the inner game of leadership, mindfulness and sustainable success. Vanessa’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, the Huffington Post and Glamour magazine. Her Tedx talk “How To Lean In Without Burning Out” has over 135,000 views.
As part of our Inclusion & Diversity journey, SCI decided to host our very first Women’s Conference. We brought Vanessa in to speak with our top women leaders of our company on How to Lean in Without Burning Out. Needless to say, her presentation, personality, as well as professionalism, made such a powerful impact on our attendees. We still have associates, three months later, sharing, referencing and utilizing the tools Vanessa provided.
When we set out to launch our first customer conference, we wanted to include a session that would wake people up and get them to think different about their lives and their purpose in the world. Including a session on mindfulness for hundreds of Fortune 500 data & analytics leaders felt like a gamble, but it paid-off in spades. We received amazing feedback about Vanessa’s talk. People told us that they were surprised at how much they loved it and that it helped them relax. Many felt transported to a happy place where they could put all their pressures on hold and see the bigger picture. If you want to offer your employees, partners, or customers a truly unique experience, Vanessa is someone you should absolutely engage.
Over the last 10 years at Google, myself and my team have attended hundreds of hours of corporate trainings. When I saw what Vanessa did differently, and heard about her other Fortune 500 clients that have had tremendous success, I knew I had to hire her to bring something unique. Vanessa and I worked hand in hand to create a customized 6 week plan for my team, based on their specific needs and personalities. Each week had a theme, actionable follow up, and was full of energy and enthusiasm to start using the tools Vanessa taught immediately. I have never gotten such positive feedback from Googlers before. I will hire Vanessa again hands down.
Vanessa excelled as a Thought Leader at the Watermark Lead On Conference for Women in Silicon Valley. Based on participant feedback, the session she led was the highest rated of the conference. With her leadership and insights, I look forward to leveraging her skills for future conferences.
Our company hosted their first annual Wellness Week. Vanessa was truly a powerhouse. She captivated both our on-site and remote employees through storytelling, interactive activities and her charismatic personality. Based on the engagement and feedback received, we look forward to having Vanessa speak at future events.
Vanessa’s presentation at our Dailey Method Owner’s Summit was a highlight for all of our attendees. Her ability to share her background and experience from a place of vulnerability resonated strongly with our group. I know I continue to be inspired by what she taught and the exercise she guided us through. I would love to spend more time learning everything her beautiful soul has to offer!
More About Vanessa
Vanessa Loder is a women’s leadership and mindfulness expert and a renowned keynote speaker and leadership development facilitator. Vanessa’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, the Huffington Post and Glamour magazine. Her guided meditations have been streamed over 350,000 times around the globe. Vanessa’s Tedx talk “How To Lean In Without Burning Out” has over 135,000 views
Vanessa has taught at AirBnB, Bain & Co, Castlight Health, Charles Schwab, Cisco, Dreamforce, Emerging Women, Flextronics, Goldman Sachs, Google, LinkedIn, Mattel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, PA Conference for Women, PG&E, PwC, Salesforce, SCI Women’s Leadership Conference, StubHub!, The Dailey Method, The North Face, The Stanford Graduate School of Business, ThoughtSpot, Stanford MSx Women Leaders, Uber, Watermark Conference for Women, Women in Private Equity and many other organizations.
Vanessa received her MBA from Stanford University and her BA in Economics from Columbia University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude.
In her previous life, Loder was a successful private equity investor who advised fast growing companies. She is a self described over-achiever whose unfulfilling experience of continual career climbing left her burned out, exhausted and eager to find another way.
After spending close to a decade working in finance on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, Vanessa felt that she had climbed to the top of the ladder only to realize it was the wrong ladder. Her personal transformation, subsequent research and work have led to thousands of ambitious leaders creating more sustainable success.
Vanessa is certified as a Coach by the Hendricks Institute and trained in hypnosis and regression healing with Brian and Carole Weiss at the Omega Institute in NY. She is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) by Carl Buchheit at NLP Marin. She has studied mindfulness and meditation with a variety of teachers including Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock. Vanessa currently lives in Lafayette, CA with her husband, two children and one cantankerous cat.
Sample Speech Topic: How to Lean In Without Burning Out
Women today feel a lot of pressure to succeed in all aspects of their lives. This pursuit of “having it all” coupled with advances in technology which enable 24/7 connectivity, cause many women to feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and burned out.
Recent research shows that while women are now outpacing men in educational attainment in North America, there remains a persistent gender gap with women lagging behind men in earnings. Women’s roles in leadership positions in most sectors of business and government have not improved in the last twenty years. Many women, and men, are talking about the importance of “leaning in” and making choices that are both personally and professionally rewarding. And yet, women are simultaneously experiencing a backlash of exhaustion, overwhelm and additional stress and anxiety as they take on more responsibility inside and outside the home.
With astonishing clarity and prescience, Vanessa discusses the ever-shifting roles of men and women in society and, more importantly, what women can do to claim their power without killing themselves in the process.
Vanessa has a new solution for women who want to lean in without burning out – it’s called Success with Ease. Loder teaches the core tenets of this radical new approach with grace and humor, leaving her audience inspired and empowered.
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Past Speaking Engagements
Bain & Co
Bay Area Discovery Museum
CDA (Convenience Distributors Association)
Emerging Women Live
Junior League of San Francisco
PA Conference for Women
SFMAMA (SF Mother Attorney Mentoring Association)
Stanford Graduate School of Business
The North Face
Watermark Conference for Women
Women in Private Equity