In many ways, Mary has been a mentor in my life since high school. Mary first helped me with SAT prep and the college application process which led me to attend George Washington University. She also helped me prepare for GREs for my Ph.D. program. I got into Maryland Medicine and received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. We connected again when Mary helped me apply for an MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. After I was married, Mary supported my wife as she prepared for the Series 65 exam. We have two young children now, and while there are very few people in life you can trust with your kids, Mary is one of them and she will soon begin working with my children. When I was younger, Mary’s teaching knowledge, patience and empathy mattered a lot. As an adult, her evolving skill set and ability to teach at all levels set her apart. Mary’s diagnostic abilities helped a kid with extreme dyslexia, who wasn’t supposed to graduate high school, acquire some of the highest degrees from the world’s leading universities. Mary can do it all.
Online course topics
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Executive Functions: Our Brain's Conductor
Are we really left or right brained? In this very basic overview of brain anatomy, we explore common myths and misconceptions of how the brain functions and why understanding how our brain works is critical to harnessing its power.
Sleep-Deprived & Goal-(DIS)oriented: A MYTH
We all know sleep is important – so why don’t we make it a priority? Learn how sleep impacts executive functions, what your sleep style is, and how to use it to maximize cognitive control.
Cognitive Control: Finding Your “Flow” to Get Stuff Done
Do you feel like you’re working more and producing less? Do you feel overwhelmed or losing motivation? Learn some tools to get to and stay in ‘flow’ to produce value for yourself and your work.
Hijack Your Brain: Recharge your Willpower
Anxiety and the Brain: How to Calm Ourselves for Maximum Achievement, Happiness and Harmony
How does anxiety sabotage? It doesn’t go away, so learn to make peace with it and override the fight, flight, or freeze mechanism in your brain.
Defrag Your Brain: How to Manage Your Mind in a Distracted World
Never Good Enough: Cultivating a Growth Mindset
Adults get caught up in the mindset they developed during adolescence. Whether a fear of success or failure, we get stuck in thought patterns, and it is hard to break free. Learn ways to override how you speak to yourself and create new neural pathways to success.
Dropping the F Bomb: Failure is My Favorite F Word
Why do we avoid failure? If you haven’t failed at something you’re either lying or not trying. Why is there such stigma around the word failure? Learn why you should invite failure into your life and why failure is necessary on the path to success.
Myth of the 8-hour Workday
You can provide value in fewer hours! Most of us feel we’re working more than we should, but at the end of the day feel we haven’t accomplished anything we set out to do. Learn to use cognitive control so you can leave work at work and truly shut off. Constantly thinking about work zaps happiness and drains energy.
Executive Functions: Pulling it all Together
Setting your path for goals and accountability and becoming the expert of your own life. You have made an investment in yourself that most of the population isn’t even aware of. Congratulate yourself and feel good about being the driver of your own life.