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Jenny Evans  

Stress Resiliency Expert, Speaker & Author

A cursed do-it-yourselfer, Jenny Evans started her business while still a student in college. Not happy with what opportunities were 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, performance, exercise physiology and nutrition. 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. She is also the creator of PowerHouse Hit the Deck, the ultimate tool for combating stress and increasing fitness.

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.

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. She has been quoted on National Public Radio, in Health Magazine, Women’s Health and Redbook, while being showcased on FastCompany.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Shape.com and Elle.com.

Further, 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 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.

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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 do-able in an always on, 24/7 environment—without adding addi-tional 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.

Half- or full-day. Includes up to 100 copies of the book, The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life, 60 Seconds at a Time and up to 100 units of “PowerHouse Hit the Deck”. Full-day program includes online Resiliency Survey, 3 months of follow-up emails, body fat testing, waist-to-hip-ratio measurements, blood work and exercise session.

Objectives:

  • Understand the stress response, how it affects your brain and body, and how you can better utilize your biological functioning to improve your resiliency, performance and health

  • Boost your threshold for stress

  • Train your body and brain to recover from stress more quickly and efficiently

  • Learn how to strategically use short bursts of movement to Play It Out and mitigate the negative side effects of stress

  • Understand common eating patterns and behaviors that add more stress to the body and ways to eat that will support sustainable performance and health

  • Design and implement micro climates full of optimal defaults that make positive behavior change automatic

  • Find out why willpower doesn’t work when it comes to making long lasting behavior change and what to do instead

Stress Proof Your Brain

We’re 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’re 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’s affecting your performance, both at work and at home. More importantly, you’ll learn how to counteract the negative effects as well as boost brainpower and positive mood states. You’ll 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’ll also improve your energy, fitness, sleep and resiliency.

Objectives:

  • Understand how stress affects brain function, structure and chemistry

  • Learn how to utilize advanced, intellectual portions of the brain during stress instead of the more primitive, reactive ones

  • Improve your mental capital and cognitive performance: decision-making skills, focus, memory, attention and conflict resolution

  • Enhance your ability to access positive emotional states while decreasing anxiety, negativity and reactivity

  • Keep existing brain neurons vital and healthy, while growing new neurons and increasing brain volume

  • Improve your health and resiliency

The Change rEvolution: How to Successfully Make Lifestyle Change Once and For All

Why do we vow each morning to eat healthier, exercise regularly, go to bed earlier, or drink less, only to find ourselves going back on our promises by the end of the day or week? Committing to a complete lifestyle overhaul creates stress, which makes us seek the comfort and security of habits and routines—often times the very ones we are trying to change. We are also living and working in environments that require us to act in complete opposition to how we are hardwired to function. Human survival has long hinged on both getting and conserving as much energy as possible: eat as much as you can, while you can, and don’t expend energy unnecessarily. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to resist eating high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar foods that are available at every turn. Making ourselves move and get regular exercise in environments that don’t require it also drains willpower. Willpower is a limited resource and becomes depleted very quickly and easily.

This program will teach you how to successfully make long-term lifestyle changes. Instead of experiencing stress, frustration and eventual failure, you will feel the satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from the success of positive, new behaviors that enhance your resiliency, performance and health. You will understand how the brain and body respond to change and create a strategic plan that works in any environment. Instead of only using the conscious part of your brain, you will also enroll the unconscious portion—creating a plan that uses 100% of your brain instead of only 50%. You will create a system of optimal defaults that make behavior change automatic, and you will soon be on your way to a healthier, more resilient life.

Objectives:

  • Understand how change stimulates the stress response, making change even more difficult

  • Learn how we are hardwired to deal with change and why most change models do not work

  • Realize how change affects our physiology and chemistry, not just our mental and emotional states

  • Discover the roles of our conscious and unconscious minds in dealing with change, and how to use each to their advantage

  • Understand why willpower has its limits, how to preserve it and use it strategically

  • Learn how environment influences behavior, and how to shape your environments to make behavior change unconscious and automatic

  • Create a series of Optimal Defaults that make change a no-brainer

  • Launch a successful action plan for long-term lifestyle change

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!

Objectives: This program addresses the unique psychological and physical needs of the female leader and provides tools for building health, power, resiliency and confidence:

  • Build your resiliency to stress

  • Elevate your levels of energy, productivity and positivity

  • Increase your confidence and strength

  • Launch an action plan that is impervious to the busyness of life

  • Learn what, when and how much to eat, and how to do it easily

  • Quell emotional eating due to stress

  • Optimize your body fat levels and stoke your metabolism

  • Heighten your level of fitness with minimum time commitment

  • Increase the quality of your sleep

  • Improve your overall health

  • Create a solid foundation for a rewarding career and personal life

Are You Fit For Work?

You’ve been lectured before on why you should exercise: it improves your health…it reduces your risk of disease…it helps you manage your weight…blah, blah, blah. This session is NOT about your weight or your health. It’s about expanding your capacity to be able to perform well in the face of the stress in your life. There is a real connection between handling the stress of work and life and handling the stress of exercise, and you can use one to improve the other. Think of this as your resiliency training program.

Not only will you learn how to be more resilient and productive, you’ll be given an innovative new tool to start using immediately. PowerHouse Hit the Deck™ uses short bouts of intense physical activity that release endorphins – “the bliss molecules” – that flush out toxic stress hormones. PowerHouse Hit the Deck™ also provides a cardiovascular and resistance training program that can be done anytime, anywhere with no fitness equipment – the best program for anyone who travels or doesn’t belong to a gym.

This dynamic speaking engagement combines interactive exercises and enlightening information that provide simple, effective strategies to incorporate in to your lifestyle right away. The bonus lies in the fact that as your resiliency improves, so does your health!

The Nutrition rEvolution: Solutions for No-Stress Eating to Improve Resiliency, Performance and Health

Did you know that what and how you eat can increase your stress? And that stress can increase what and how you eat? Were you aware that many of your food choices are not made consciously? And did you know all of these things are affecting your ability to act and feel your best?

Eating is something we have to do multiple times each day, every day, and the wrong choices can take a toll on our ability to handle stress and perform well at work and home. Many of us inadvertently add more stress to our brain and body with our food decisions, having negative consequences on our energy, focus, concentration, productivity, sleep, health and weight.

This session reveals the physiological and hormonal connection between stress and our food deci-sions, and then provides simple, effective strategies that minimize stress on the body and brain. Participants leave with a different and more successful plan for making lasting change. Though these choices and changes are simple, their effects will be exponential. They will not only develop resiliency, but also improve energy, health and cognitive function.

Objectives- With a blend of humor and science, we will teach you:

  • How to eat in a way that increases your resiliency, energy, performance and health

  • The physiological relationship between stress, appetite and food choice, and how to positively influence it

  • Simple choices that will not only minimize the stress placed on your body and brain, but fuel them both for optimal performance

  • “No-Stress” eating and how to easily incorporate it into your daily life

  • How many of your food choices are shaped by your environment and made without you knowing it, and how to use this to your advantage

  • Why willpower doesn’t work, and what to use instead

  • The many opportunities you have, from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, that will improve your resiliency to stress

  • How to use these strategies so that no matter what food you have available, where you live, your travel schedule, or whether you cook, you can stay balanced during trying times

  • That dieting is one of the most stressful things we can do, and how to successfully reduce body fat without any psychological or physiological stress

  • The association between stress and body fat, and how you can positively influence both your lean muscle tissue and fat mass

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.

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.

Objectives:

  • Close the confidence gap in your organization and foster a culture of high-performing women on paths of improved self-assurance, performance and advancement

  • Empower women to step into leadership roles and develop their abilities to lead, take action, drive for results and improve the bottom line

  • Help women identify their values and purpose in order to guide their decision-making process

  • Embolden women to step out of their comfort zones, embrace challenge, take initiative and strategic risk

  • Balance stress and recovery in order to show up fully focused and energized, as well as to utilize their complete array of talents and skills in the workplace

  • Create opportunity for reflection in order to gain clarity, identify goals, strengths and weaknesses, and what actions need to be taken

  • Design and implement an individualized action plan that improves confidence, competence, energy, engagement and resiliency

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