Performance & Stress Resiliency Expert
A cursed do-it-yourselfer, Jenny Evans started her business while still in college. Not happy with the opportunities available, she decided to define her job and success on her own terms, and PowerHouse Performance was born. Jenny is obsessed with human performance and has created a career and life designed around maximizing her own potential, and helping others do the same.
With a blend of confidence, creativity, stubbornness and some naïveté (which is sometimes key), she has gone headlong into following her passion and purpose…and figured out how to make a living while doing it.
Jenny is a speaker, award-winning author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, confidence and human performance. She is the founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the award-winning book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life–60 Seconds at a Time.
Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide, Jenny’s dynamic presentations move audiences to define and achieve success in both business and life…all in the face of the unrelenting demands of being a human in the 21st century. Audiences tap into their personal power and confidence, as well as learn how to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health.
The Resiliency rEvolution is your stress solution. Rather than letting stress diminish your life, you can become more resilient to it. Using your primitive hard-wiring to your advantage, you can learn how to recover from stress more quickly and raise your threshold for it. Utilizing realistic and manageable tactics, you will soon be on your way toward a more resilient life.
Jenny has spoken on the TEDx stage, writes as a blogger for The Huffington Post and was NBC KARE 11’s Health & Fitness expert for over four years. She has been quoted on National Public Radio, in Health Magazine and Women’s Health, while being showcased on FastCompany.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Shape.com and Elle.com.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Psychology from the University of Minnesota, has been an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for over 20 years, and is a certified Exercise Nutritionist. In her spare time, she is a competitive athlete, races duathlons and is an aerial arts performer…because you never know when you’re going to need a backup plan.
Jenny’s corporate client list includes Yale School of Management, AT&T, Estée Lauder Companies, Comcast, Nationwide, Ameriprise Financial, Procter & Gamble, Target and many other Fortune 500 companies.
Unstuck: How to Foster Change, Growth, Innovation and Risk
Companies want growth and profit. In order to keep up with the speed of business, they need engaged employees
who can pivot quickly, innovate, take calculated risk and embrace change.
Employees want a culture of growth, meaning and balance. They have a deep desire to continue to develop
their talents and skills, use them in a way that feels purposeful and not have to make sacrifices in their personal lives
for professional success.
Unfortunately, many businesses and employees are not achieving their goals. Using thought provoking and inspiring content – not to mention a surprising and unexpected aerial performance – Unstuck will demand your attention, yank you out of your rut and your seat.
Audiences will learn how to foster a mindset of growth and continuous improvement along with a strong sense of
purpose to break free from “business as usual”.
This creates a culture that:
• Both welcomes and initiates change
• Is innovative, responsive and ready to take action
• Has direction and clarity in a complex world
• Possesses the courage to take calculated risk
• Embraces improvement and development
• Is engaged in their work and their personal lives with a deep sense of fulfillment and happiness
As a business, you can’t afford to keep doing things the way you’ve always done them. You can’t keep thinking the
way you’ve always thought. Unstuck will teach your people how to think differently, act with purpose and work and live boldly. If the Harvard School of Business and Cirque du Soleil had a baby, this would be it – an experience your people will not forget!
*This one-hour keynote has height and rigging requirements.
It’s Time for a rEvolution: Build Your Resiliency and Conquer Your Stress, 60 Seconds at a Time
You can’t eradicate stress, but you can train your body to transform how you handle it. As part of the rEvolution, you are going to learn there are positive aspects to the stress response and how to use them to your advantage. You will understand and implement ways to get your brain and body to recover from stress more quickly and efficiently, as well as to raise your threshold for it.
You will discover how the brain responds to stress and change, and how to design and carry out a successful training plan that will work for the long term. You will also learn how to eat and move in ways that correct your chemistry and make you more resilient. Best of all, the steps are simple, quick and easy, making resiliency infinitely doable in an always on, 24/7 environment—without adding additional stress.
Joining the rEvolution means you will be able to realize your full potential and perform your absolute best—professionally and personally—in the face of stress. And if these benefits aren’t enough, your health will improve, you will have more energy, you will sleep better and you can lose weight.
Why is this topic important to your business and bottom line?
Stress carries a high cost not only personally, but professionally as well, costing U.S. businesses more than $200 billion per year. The challenging economy, layoffs, uncertain financial futures, working long hours and doing the jobs of two to three people are raising the level of stressors people need to deal with. Companies need to run leaner and meaner, yet healthcare costs continue to rise. People are busier and more stretched for time than ever, making a healthy lifestyle difficult to achieve.
This dynamic speaking engagement combines interactive exercises and enlightening information that provide simple, effective resiliency strategies people can incorporate into their lives right away. In addition to knowing how to become more physiologically resilient, they will learn nutrition strategies that minimize stress on their bodies that also improve energy, performance and health. Participants will also discover how cardiovascular interval training helps expand resiliency to stress and be given a unique tool to be successful with exercise. Lastly, a comprehension of how stress and change affect brain function and creating a strategy to utilize both parts of the brain ensures people make good business decisions as well as long-lasting, positive change.
Stress-Proof Your Brain
We are not just affected mentally and emotionally by stress—it radically alters the chemistry and physical structures of our brains. Stress diminishes our cognitive function while increasing negative emotional states. It makes portions of the brain relating to fear, anxiety and aggression larger and more active. It also kills cells in the brain related to decision-making, focus, attention, memory, learning and our ability to accomplish goals. We literally lose our minds when we are stressed, and it keeps us from performing well at our jobs and at home.
Stress-Proof Your Brain will help you understand what happens to your brain and cognitive function during and after stress. This comprehension will help you hone in on how it is affecting your performance, both at work and at home. More importantly, you will learn how to counteract the negative effects as well as boost brainpower and positive mood states. You will be able to stay focused, make strategic decisions, have sound judgment, and not be a victim of anxiety in the face of stress. In doing so, you will also improve your energy, resilience, fitness and sleep.
Why is this topic important to your business and bottom line?
According to the report The Burden of Stress in America, employees report that stress makes it hard to concentrate at work, more difficult to get work done on time, and challenging to take on extra responsibilities. The pace of business is moving faster than ever. Multiple critical, strategic decisions need to be made quickly, and avoiding costly mistakes is imperative. Multitasking keeps our brains in overdrive. These influences and changes can have significant consequences on what decisions employees make, the way they interact with coworkers and clients, whether they can accomplish long-term goals, and their ability to successfully deal with daily challenges.
Employees’ professional and personal lives are demanding and result in years and years of accumulated stress, which alters the brain and its ability to think and feel appropriately. These resulting brain changes dramatically hinder performance. They can create a vicious cycle where the brain becomes predisposed to be in a constant state of fight-or-flight. They diminish our ability to learn, remember and make decisions. We become short-tempered, short-sighted and emotionally reactive. These changes also make it more difficult to successfully manage stressful situations in the future, creating a downward spiral.
Crushing the Confidence Gap: Four Ways for Women to Make the Leap
In the workplace, confidence matters as much as ability—the higher the confidence, the higher the performance. Confidence is the foundation for becoming a strong leader, pursuing challenge, taking risk and putting one’s self in positions to learn and grow. Lack of confidence drives risk aversion and makes employees less willing to pursue challenges. Businesses lose out on innovation, productivity and strong leadership, while individuals miss out on opportunity, career advancement and personal development.
Lack of confidence not only holds women back, it holds companies back. According to one of the most comprehensive business case studies ever conducted, companies that perform best financially have the greatest numbers of women in leadership roles. Yet statistics suggest that lack of confidence is holding women back from leadership opportunities. While more than 50 percent of women hold college degrees and close to 40 percent have MBAs, they comprise less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and only about 15 percent of senior executive positions. Improved confidence allows women to step into and excel in these roles.
While there is no shortage of information around The Confidence Gap in the workplace, there is shockingly little on what to DO about it. That is why this program is essential.
Confidence comes from taking action. This interactive and engaging program teaches women how to develop daily practices that embolden confidence and competence in the workplace and beyond, thus helping companies to have their female employees unleash their untapped potential. Rich with discussion and inner reflection, this course utilizes the wisdom and experiences of the entire group. Attendees leave with personalized plans for taking action in the interrelated areas of inner reflection, thoughtful consumption, strategic movement and regular recovery.
Why is this topic important to your business and bottom line?
When the Institute of Leadership Management surveyed managers about how confident they feel in their work, half of female respondents reported self-doubt in regards to their job performance and careers. Self-doubt, fear and lack of belief in one’s abilities result in hesitation and inaction. In today’s constantly changing and highly demanding work environment, employees who confidently step up to a challenge and rise to the occasion are a competitive advantage.
Confident leaders take initiative, make bold decisions, drive for results, and are more innovative and purposeful. They create trust, communicate concisely and passionately, drive productivity, and motivate and inspire their teams. They have a clear vision of who and what they want to become, what they want the business and their team to achieve, and how to execute in a bold and successful way.
Closing the confidence gap means employees contribute to the organization more fully, manage well through crisis, and move themselves and the business forward. They not only make up a strong, resilient and energized workforce, they are inspiring role models, transforming the future of the business.
Well on Heels: The Strong, Balanced Woman
Many women have three overlapping workdays: The first day is scheduled work time consisting of meetings, servicing clients and customers, managing communication and connecting with colleagues around the globe. The second workday is made up of the one before, after and in-between—getting up early to get a jump on emails, staying late to get the work done there wasn’t time for between meetings, and multitasking during the day in an effort to be as productive as possible. The third workday begins when you leave the office. Dinner needs to be picked up on the way home, if you have kids, they need to get to practice, laundry has to be done and the house must be picked up. After everyone goes to bed, there is an opportunity to get more work done. No wonder you are often stressed and exhausted by the end of the day!
Well on Heels provides strategies for making yourself a priority that are realistic and doable—not more stressors on your to-do list! In fact, you will leave with a customized action plan that requires very little energy, self-discipline or willpower to accomplish. You will not only improve your health, energy, sleep, productivity, confidence and body fat, you will also become more resilient to stress.
Not a lot of time for exercise? No worries—you will get a tool that gives you a great cardiovascular and resistance workout with no equipment. It is two workouts in one you don’t have to go to the gym to get and you can do anywhere.
Do you struggle with making the right nutrition choices—especially when you are stressed? You will learn what, when and how much to eat to become more healthy and resilient to stress, and how to do it in a way that is fast, easy and convenient.
Is sleep an issue? The strategies you acquire in this session will improve the quality of your sleep, allowing you to get the precious recovery you need for your busy life.
Do you wish you had more energy? Well on Heels will increase your stamina, vitality and power. You will discover how to fuel your body and mind in a way that keeps you energized all day.
Is consistency with self-care a challenge? You know what to do and how to do it, but that doesn’t make it easy. You will learn how to consistently take action on your goals despite the sheer number of commitments you are dealing with each day.
This dynamic speaking engagement combines interactive exercises and enlightening information that provide simple, effective strategies to incorporate into your lifestyle right away. You won’t believe how fun it is to become Well on Heels!