Neuroscience for Everyday Life

The Neuroscience of Mindset


If you are an educator, social worker, parent or leader, this is the training that will skyrocket your understanding of neuroplasticity, growth mindset, and the influences of experience on our brain’s architecture.  These full-day interactive workshops present inspiring, mindset-shifting scientific principles that combine neurobiology, neonatology, physics, resilience and creativity research.


Stefanie Faye Frank


Stefanie Faye Frank’s research and graduate degree from New York University focused on the cross-section of neuroplasticity and social-emotional intelligence. Her research earned her an award at the 2010 NYU Graduate Research Conference. At Academia Stefanie teaches The Neuroscience of Mindset and Social Justice. Her counseling and teaching work in countries all over the world combine science research with insights from mindfulness, transformative education and social justice. She is currently a consultant and guest speaker for K-12 teacher development programs and various organizations across the US, Europe and Canada, including Google, Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design Thinking in Berlin, Northwestern and Northeastern University, Illinois State University and the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine. Before her graduate work, she enjoyed an award-winning career as a French teacher for diplomats, before becoming a linguist and intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense.

In Part 1 of the Mindset Neuroscience workshops, teachers, parents. leaders and innovators will learn:


  • How fear is learned and how we can use self-directed processes to perceive fear differently
  • How mistakes literally (neurologically) grow our brain, and how we can use this to increase courage and curiosity to approach new challenges
  • How the brain learns and how we can build mindsets that maximize our creative success
  • How to cultivate ‘neurodiversity’, which disrupts conditioned fears by igniting new brain activity
  • Participants who sign up for any of the Mindset Neuroscience workshops also get exclusive access to a follow-up Q & A session in May designed to help integrate what was learned from the previous session, with additional strategies for building growth mindset.

Students can choose from 1 day workshops or a 2 day workshop offered on two different weekends.

Mindset Neuroscience Part 1: A general session, where all students- whether educators, business innovators or parents –  are combined before continuing on to more specialized content on the second day of workshop.

Mindset Neuroscience Part 2: A tailored one day workshop, where students continue on to their chosen specialized content.

Students may sign up for both Part 1 (General Session) Only, Part 2 (Chosen Specialized Workshop) Only, or Part 1 + 2.

Part 1 is a pre-requisite for attending any of the specialized Part 2 tracks for Educators, Parents, and Business Innovators

Part 1 Only Registration:

Workshop Registration:

Mindset Neuroscience for Parents & Educators

We are the most nurture-dependent species that has ever existed on the planet. This means that massive areas and abilities of our brains are not biologically hardwired at birth, but are powerfully influenced by our experiences within the womb and onwards. In this full-day, interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to maximize environments and relationships that enhance executive functioning, growth mindset, flexible thinking and social skills.  We’ll be looking at the brain science behind why growth mindset helps children take on new challenges and lower their fear of failure.  Plus, learn how to promote executive functioning and explore how empathy, connection, and self-expression are ‘neurobiological imperatives’ for brain growth and maturity. Get concrete activities and ideas to maximize your child’s brain development and unleash their brilliance.

PART 1 + 2: $375.-
Part 1: Sunday March 25th 9:30a.m – 5:00p.m

Part 2: Sunday April 8th 9:30a.m – 4:30p.m 

PART 2 Only: $230.-
Part 2: Sunday April 8th 9:30a.m – 4:30p.m


Mindset Neuroscience for Business Innovators

“Fear of failure […] is the single biggest obstacle to creative success”. IDEO’s innovation experts, David Kelley and Tom Kelley.

Our world is transforming faster than many of our systems and structures can handle. The ability to innovate is one of the most important issues of our time: it is the only way we will evolve beyond our outdated systems, structures and problems and find solutions that promote species- and planetary-wide thriving.  We are not born afraid of failure.  We learn to become afraid of it. Neuroscience shows us that once we have been conditioned to be afraid of something, we will not passively forget that it is scary. We must actively learn that it is not.

This full-day, interactive training will teach business leaders and innovators how to engage in:

  • ‘Rapid Prototyping’:  understanding the brain mechanics behind failure creates a space for staff and leaders to take action on ideas they have had but were too afraid to implement.
  • Purpose:  learn how to lower the self-oriented focus on fear of failure and clarify a sense of purpose, which then increases perseverance after setbacks and rejections.
  • ‘Micro-Progress’: learn how to become more attuned to the micro-movements of progress and processes, rather than only focus on the final ‘results’.  This is a key ingredient that drives innovators to continue to refine and work towards their vision.
  • Psychological Safety:  psychological safety is cited by Google to be a main ingredient in their ability to foster innovation. Learn the two key components that create a sense of psychological safety, which lowers the recruitment of defense systems, and allows for employees’ most evolved, creative brain architecture to be more accessible.

PART 1 + 2: $430.-
Part 1: Sunday March 25th. 9:30a.m – 5:00p.m

Part 2: Sunday April 15th. 9:30a.m – 4:30p.m

PART 2 Only: $275.-
Part 2: Sunday April 15th. 9:30a.m – 4:30p.m

The Neuroscience of Social Justice

“Our great challenge is to apply the lessons of neural plasticity, the flexibility of brain circuits, to rewire the brains and re-organize the minds of people who have been programmed by life itself to experience others as threats and themselves as helpless.” Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. The Body Keeps the Score.

Without safety, the human brain cannot access its most creative and flexible capacities. Safety, therefore, comes BEFORE ‘mindset’.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to foster two key types of safety: one that addresses the conditions and social structures around us. The other as it relates to the human capacity to use our minds to regulate our internal states. We must nurture both kinds of safety in order to transform a person’s trajectory.  This training will teach you the neurobiology of how adverse conditions affect brain architecture, how talent and potential are not innate or genetic, and what concrete things anyone can do to help others benefit from the positive effects of both physiological and psychological safety.

This intensive one-day training is designed for any professional—working with youth or adults in any context—to understand the neurobiology of human behavior in terms of how our own personal histories, and the evolution of human society, affects our current behaviors and worldviews.  You’ll learn about the ‘mechanics of oppression’ and how power structures maintain status quo systems through mechanisms that affect us on deeply primitive and neurobiological levels. We’ll explore various forces that prevent humans from accessing their most evolved brain architecture, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, digital depression, social media addiction, ‘peer-reared’ societies (excessive peer-to-peer orientation), fixed mindsets, fear-based and inadequacy-based marketing, and ‘in-group’ and ‘out-group’ mentality. Resilience is the power to ‘become transformed by that which we cannot control’ in ways that increase our sense of agency to make a difference in the overall conditions of the world we live in. To empower those we work with as well as ourselves, we will explore how to increase this sense through the concepts of growth mindset, self-regulation, and ‘self-transcendent purpose.’

This full-day workshop is the equivalent to the general Part 1, but with a specialized focus on social justice.  It serves as a pre-requisite for any of the Part 2 trainings.

Saturday May 5th
9:30 – 5:00pm


Intentional Technology & the Teenage Brain

A 1.5 hour workshop discussing how the brain works with respect to technology.  Learn about the stress technology can create and how makers of apps can manipulate your behavior based on what scientists know about addiction.  You’ll also get ideas for using technology intentionally to gain the benefits and minimize the undesirable effects.–

Sunday April 22nd
10:30am – 12:00pm

$95 for adults, $65 for middle or high school students (enter STUDENT upon checkout for student discount).

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“[…] fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training […] I want to experience it again. I benefited more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multi-day educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks”. – Michele, Kansas City MO

“One of the best Professional Development sessions I’ve attended in my 5 years at CCC”. – Jonathan Keiser PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Educational Quality, Office of Strategy and Academic Governance, City Colleges of Chicago

“If you are looking for ways to help your students understand themselves better as a way to learn better, then look no further!  Stefanie’s workshops will explain how your students think and give you accessible ways to transfer that knowledge to your students. This helps them see struggle as a normal and necessary part of learning”. – Samantha Martin, teacher, Chicago IL





  • Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Google
  • Northeastern University, Chicago
  • Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking, Berlin
  • Illinois State University, Department of Education – Chicago Teacher Pipeline
  • University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Tutoring Chicago (formerly Cabrini Green Tutoring)
  • EHOVE Career Training, Ohio
  • Blue Valley School District, Missouri
  • Horizon Science Academy, Chicago
  • Christopher House Chicago
  • Empowerment through Education and Exposure, Chicago
  • Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Canada
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital, Canada
  • Independence School District, Missouri