Heidi Hanna, PhD

Fellow- California

As a performance coach and keynote speaker, Heidi has trained thousands of individuals on practical ways to incorporate nutrition, exercise, and positive psychology strategies to improve their health, productivity, and performance. Her vast coaching experience and passionate coaching style help motivate individuals and teams to develop sustainable success at both a personal and professional level. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, a coaching and consulting company that specializes in customized health and wellness solutions for individuals and organizations.

Heidi’s publications include SHARP: Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brainpower, and the NY Times best seller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, 2013), and Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress (Wiley, 2014).

From 2003 through 2011, Heidi worked as a trainer, coach, keynote speaker and consultant for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit. Heidi has fundraised, trained, and served as a mentor and nutritionist for several non-profit organizations, including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Livestrong Foundation, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She also is an advocate and volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress.

Heidi holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. Since 2006 Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance program, which teaches financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress, and the BrainWorks program, based on her SHARP book series.


Dr. Hanna participates in the AIS Speakers Bureau and can speak on the topics of Health and Wellness, Leadership and Motivation Strategies.