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Emily and Amelia Nagoski

Authors of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

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  • About Emily and Amelia Nagoski

    Emily and Amelia Nagoski are both highly accomplished in their fields– Emily as a well-known sex educator and Amelia as a conductor in the competitive world of classical music. Despite (or perhaps because of) these accomplishments, the two struggled with stress, feelings of inadequacy, and veering towards burnout in their careers, and have since dedicated themselves to educating female professionals on the factors that lead to burnout and the best ways to avoid it.

    While pursuing individual careers in sex education and classical music, sisters Amelia and Emily Nagoski saw how they and the women around them contended with heavy and often contradictory expectations in work and life and took on an outsize amount of stress trying to meet those expectations, whether intentionally or subconsciously. In a world where most popular media project an idealized female body, how are women supposed to fulfill the equally pervasive demand to love themselves no matter how they look? In the workplace, how do women pushing themselves in male dominated fields “lean in” when they’re running on fumes as is?

    The Nagoski sisters quickly saw they weren’t alone in these feelings. These paradoxical demands are the primary contributor to burnout among women across all ages and careers. In their talks, the Nagoskis encourage women to change their relationship to these expectations and use actionable strategies to enact positive change in their lives. Their upcoming book, Burnout, presents scientifically-based solutions that go beyond platitudes to help women manage stress instead of ignoring it, better regulate self-criticism, and find a sense of peace in a world insistent on telling women who they should be and how they should be it.

    Both Emily and Amelia have backgrounds studying and lecturing on behavioral science and psychology, and their expertise is delivered with warmth and wit. Emily Nagoski is the author of Come As You Are. She has a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University, and a MS in Counseling, also from IU, including a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has been a sex educator for 20 years and currently works as the inaugural Director of Wellness Education at Smith College. Amelia Nagoski is a conductor with a DMA in conducting from the University of Connecticut. An assistant professor and coordinator of music at Western New England University, she regularly presents educational sessions discussing applications of communications science and psychological research for audiences of other professional musicians, including “Beyond Burnout Prevention: Embodied Wellness for Conductors.”

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    Burnout: The Science of Thriving in a Stressed-Out, Unpredictable World

    In talks and workshops that expand on their book, the Nagoski sisters fearlessly lead audiences through the science behind psychological burnout and give them meaningful ways to prevent it. Though aimed at female audiences, this topic applies to everyone struggling to navigate a world that's been made more stressful than ever before. Through a combination of actionable advice, scientific evidence, and helpful exercises, the Nagoskis provide audiences with a one-of-a-kind experience sure to have lasting effects on their lives.

    The #MeToo Movement at Work

    As revelations of widespread harassment across industries continue to unfold, Emily and Amelia Nagoski have discovered that in addition to implementing effective inclusivity training for the future, women need a space where they can contend with the unseen damage caused by years of mistreatment. For those already frustrated by an insidious culture of sexism in the workplace, or those grappling with the complex emotions that come from surviving harassment and assault, the Nagoskis reveal how to maintain an inclusive and supportive workplace community where women can advocate and care for themselves and others.

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