TED Speaker Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School. Her incredibly impactful TED Talk from the TEDGlobal 2012 event titled Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are has been viewed over 31 million times and currently ranks 2nd among the most-viewed TED Talks ever delivered. Amy has dedicated her life to studying the way we humans perceive and influence each other including topics such as stereotyping, discrimination, nonverbal behavior and communication patterns.
Today, Amy is one of the top Keynote Speakers requested for women’s conferences and leadership summits. While she’s not traveling the country for keynote speaking engagements, Amy teaches business administration classes at Harvard Business School. She is a former graduate of Princeton University where she holds a PhD and a Masters in Social Psychology.
Before joining the staff at Harvard, Amy worked as an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as an assistant professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. Her research has produced a number of crucial discoveries in figuring out how humans think. She has developed what is called the Stereotype Content Model and the Behaviors from Intergroup Affect and Stereotypes Map. Both are used to track judgements of participants and find out how these judgements shape human emotion and behaviors.
In December of 2015, TED Speaker Amy Cuddy published her first book titled Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. In it she teaches readers how to access their personal power and turn anxious and nerve-wracking situations like job interviews and work conflicts into shining moments of confidence. She calls it finding your presence, a state one can achieve in which you stop worrying about people’s impression of you and focus on adjusting the impression we have of ourselves.