Ann Herrmann-Nehdi's bioAnn Herrmann-Nehdi is CEO of Herrmann International, the originators and trailblazers of Whole Brain® Thinking and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®). She applies the principles of Whole Brain® Thinking to her varied responsibilities, including global leadership, strategic consulting, ongoing research, learning design and speaking engagements.

Ann’s personal goal is to promote a better understanding of how people, teams and organizations think and become more effective so they can get better individual and business results through the application of the Whole Brain® Thinking System. Her thought-provoking TEDx Talks, The One Thing You Need to Know About Your Brain That Will Change Your Life and Think Like Your Future Depends On It, Because it Does, have influencing the way people approach their work and their lives and continues to capture the attention of thousands of viewers across the globe.

With her unique, engaging style and ability to “walk the talk” of Whole Brain® teaching and learning, Ann is an in-demand speaker who has presented keynote addresses and leadership sessions for Fortune 100 corporations and other major global organizations. She has delivered hundreds of domestic and international keynotes and featured presentations at conferences ranging from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), The Leadership Challenge Forum and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to the American Creativity Association, the Neuroleadership Summit and the Project Management Institute, among many others.

The co-author of The Whole Brain Business Book (2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill), Ann is currently at work on her next book, a field guide for applying what we know about the brain and thinking to increase everyday agility. A thought leader in her field, she has written for and been interviewed by such media outlets as Business News Daily, CIO, Chief Executive Magazine, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, HR Executive Magazine, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, Management Today, T+D Magazine, Training Journal, Training Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, in addition to contributing to dozens of books in the learning and leadership field.

Ann has worked with many hundreds of organizations around the world of all sizes and industries, helping them increase their thinking agility to improve profitability, leadership, productivity, innovation and overall business results. She is management expert for AthenaOnline and the Institute for Management Studies, a Eureka Ranch board member, a member of the SmartBriefs on Workforce Advisory Board, a founder of the Hickory Nut Gorge Community Foundation, and serves on other non-profit and for-profit boards.

“Thank you for speaking at the Coca-Cola Enterprises Sales & Marketing Leadership Conference III meeting…You were an integral part of the success of the meeting. I cannot thank you enough for spending the day with our top 200 leaders.  They found the workshop to be very impactful and have been talking about if for days following the workshop.”

Julia FrancisCoca-Cola, North America Vice President, Sales & Marketing

“You hit the  bull’s eye with the Family Business Network-International Summit in Chicago! Perhaps the best way to demonstrate how effective your presentation was to fast forward to the end of  the summit, when the committee for the Singapore Summit next year took the stage. Their spokesperson referenced you and “Analyze”, “Strategize”, “Organize”,  and “Personalize”.”

Terry PlochmanOwner, Family Business Network
“Without question Ann Herrmann-Nehdi is a dynamic and engaging speaker. She is authentic and takes great
care to tailor and align her experience and content to the needs of the audience. Her message is relevant
particularly in today’s complex world. Some of the core feedbackmessages I have received about Ann’s
session are listed below. Ann showed us how to:
  • Capitalize on the diverse perspectives of the talent in our organization so that we could leverageencourage creative and innovative thinking.
  • Engage and unleash the strengths of a team so we can be more effective leaders with loyal followers.
  • Embrace multiple perspectives so our team will look forward to contributing in meetings.
  • Provide support for productive and innovative outcomes through participation of diverse styles, cultures,experience, and training.
  • Help our team enjoy that every individual has something to contribute to the power of the whole company.”
Pam SchmidtISA, Executive Director

“Ann was so  knowledgeable and gave an incredible presentation and created such  an engaging learning experience that I will be purchasing the book and researching the subject much further in an attempt to  fill in the gaps that we weren’t able  to cover in the given time.”

Confidential Attendee May 2015Association of Training and Development International Conference

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Speech Topics

  • Creativity & Innovation

  • Employee Engagement

  • Leadership Agility

  • Leading Through Change

  • Thought Diversity & Inclusion

  • Power of Thinking Teams

  • Productvity & Decision Making

  • The Secrets of Thinking in Business

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The Whole Brain® Business Book Press Release
If you think business can’t get any better, think again!

What is IBM doing to quickly build the agility of its next generation of global leaders? How has IHG Hotels been able to successfully manage complex, highly technical projects while still maintaining a creative, customer-focused culture?

Thanks to the power of Whole Brain® Thinking, you can apply what we know about thinking, performance, and the brain to transform your organization at every level. Read more.

“Whether you’re new to the Whole Brain model, or ready for a 21st century update to the classic volume, this book is a must-read for anyone with a brain. You will learn how your mind works, how to improve and expand your thinking style, and how to better understand and communicate with the brains around you.”

Daniel H. Pink Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Ned Herrmann and Ann Herrmann-Nehdi know more about the brain than anyone.  If you want to function better, this is a must read.”

Ken Blanchard Co-Author of the One Minute Manager

“This book is rich in ah-ha moments and a treasure trove of practical tips on how to apply Whole Brain® Thinking at work, home, and in the community. This is an extraordinary performance, a tour de force, and a must-read for everyone who wants to apply their whole selves in whatever they do.”

Jim Kouzes Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge, Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Learn More About The Whole Brain® Business Book

The ultimate guide to better thinking in the 21st Century