Neuroscience of Leadership and Well-Being

March 19, 2021
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Well-Being and Resiliency Community 

Neuroscience (or brain science) can be applied to coach leaders into more productive behaviors. This session focuses on strategies to identify key anatomical parts and functions of the brain that play a significant role in how we function and organize (pre-frontal cortex), manage stress and emotional regulation (amygdala), develop trust, connection, and empathy (mirror neurons), and analyze/synthesize conflicting information and manage cognitive dissonance (anterior cingulate cortex). When combined, and when adding appropriate coaching strategies, leaders can use understanding of these functions to accelerate and optimize their leadership development. 


  1. Describe the neuroscience behind how we perceive and react/respond to others, regulate emotions, and manage conflict, and how these relate to leadership skills.
  2. Apply practical neuroscience-based coaching, stress management, and wellness strategies to situations commonly encountered by leaders. 
  3. Develop one personal strategy in order to optimize personal and leadership development. 


David G. Fuentes, PharmD, MSOL, SHRM-CP, EdD.c.
Academic Consulting and Leadership Coaching 
Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach 
Lean Systems Six Sigma Master Black Belt 


Rebecca Castner, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP
Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences
Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy

Angela Chu, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Interprofessional Education - South Jordan Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Brooke Griffin, PharmD, BCACP
Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy