IDEAcademy Fuels Insights Through World-Class Leadership Development Training

IDEAcademy Fuels Insights Through World-Class Leadership Development Training

“Presence builds a sense of power and confidence within ourselves...and power cultivates presence.” - Dr. Amy Cuddy at #IDEAcademy 2018

“Our body language not only signals messages to others and affects how they see us, it affects how we see ourselves. Small tweaks lead to big changes.” - Dr. Amy Cuddy #IDEAcademy 2018

How do you start a new job? “Build a leadership team that’s principle to the core, passionate and persistent.” - Dr. Gregory Aloia, East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University head basketball coach Steve Forbes, “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.”

"Curiosity is at the heart of science...We are taking what nature has given us and crafting it to meet society’s needs." - Dr. Natalie Kuldell, MIT

“Without daring things, you miss out on wonderful experiences.” - Tim McAfee

“Listening and being listened to changes us. Empowers us. Listening and empathy are two superpowers of leadership.” - Allison Myers, StoryCenter

"Your perspective changes when you choose how you respond to life." - Greg Porter, PowerSchool

“What is motivating teachers to transform classrooms into unique experiences? We must prepare students for the real world of the future.” - Jill Zande @matecenter

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Social psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Amy Cuddy inspired more than 500 attendees to be their boldest selves at IDEAcademy hosted by @eastmanchemco and @etsu. #FuelingInsights #DrivingTransformation
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:30pm

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CONTENT: Press Release

September 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Social psychologist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Presence, Dr. Amy Cuddy, inspired more than 500 attendees to be their boldest selves at the 2018 IDEAcademy event held in Kingsport, Tennessee. Featuring thought leaders ranging from storytellers and sports enthusiasts to scientists and students, IDEAcademy had something for everyone around the theme of “Fueling insights. Driving transformation.”

Dr. Cuddy discussed the impact nonverbal behavior can have on a person’s own thoughts, performance, and psychological and physical well-being. She shared how individuals can be more present, confident and satisfied in their professional and personal lives by tweaking their body language.

“Presence builds a sense of power,” shared Cuddy. “This isn’t a sense of power over others, but power within ourselves. Confidence. Feeling powerful activates how we approach the world. Power cultivates presence. Our body language not only signals messages to others and affects how they see us, it affects how we see ourselves.”   

Cuddy shared how “victory poses” or “power poses” are a universal expression of confidence and pride that crosses cultures, encouraging attendees to strike a power pose before entering a challenging situation to build confidence and sense of power. Dr. Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” has been viewed more than 48 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk.

The free leadership development event endowed by Eastman in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology also featured Dr. Gregory Aloia, East Tennessee State University; Jos de Wit, Eastman; Steve Forbes, ETSU Basketball Coach; Natalie Kuldell, MIT/BioBuilder; Annie Malcolm, ETSU Roan Scholar; Tim McAfee, Extreme Sports Enthusiast; Allison Myers, StoryCenter; Greg Porter, PowerSchool; Austin Ramsey, ETSU Roan Scholar; Kiran Sirah, International Storytelling Center; and Jill Zande, Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE).

“The heart of IDEAcademy’s mission is to create an opportunity for thought leaders, professionals, students, community members and educators to come together to discover how fueling insights and driving transformation can create a positive impact on our communities,” said David A. Golden, senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and corporate secretary at Eastman. “We are excited to be a part of IDEAcademy, and we look forward to further collaborations that spark from this event.”

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