Speaker Bio

Shankar Vedantam
Guest keynote

Shankar Vedantam

Creator & Host of Hidden Brain, Journalist, and Author
Shankar Vedantam is the host and executive editor of the Hidden Brain podcast and radio show. Shankar and NPR launched the podcast in 2015, and it now receives millions of downloads per week, and is regularly listed as one of the top 20 podcasts in the world. The radio show, which debuted in 2017, is heard on more than 400 public radio stations across the United States.

Vedantam was NPR’s social science correspondent between 2011 and 2020, and he spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post.

Vedantam and Hidden Brain have been recognized with the Edward R Murrow Award, and honors from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Austen Riggs Center, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Webby Awards, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the American Public Health Association, the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship on Science and Religion, and the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship.

From 2009 to 2010, Vedantam served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Shankar Vedantam speaks internationally about how the “hidden brain” shapes our world and is the author of two non-fiction books: The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives, published in 2010, and Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain published in 2021, an exploration of deception’s role in human success.
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Monday, June 12, 2023 / 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM PDT
Book Signing with Guest Keynote Speaker Shankar Vedantam

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to meet Guest Keynote Speaker Shankar Vedantam and receive a complimentary signed copy of his book Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain. (Please note that quantities are limited, and participation will be first come, first served)

Monday, June 12, 2023 / 04:45 PM - 05:30 PM PDT
Guest Keynote: The Challenge of Change

Humans owe their success on the planet to one skill above all others: No, it’s not intelligence (although that helps.) It’s our ability to adapt. Uniquely, humans have learned to thrive at altitude, in frozen wastelands, even underwater and in outer space. So why is it so hard to get your organization to adapt to a new IT system? Or to pivot to a new business opportunity? Why do institutions ranging from schools to Fortune 500 companies find that as they get big, they also get stuck doing things the same old way? In this presentation, Shankar Vedantam explains how the “hidden brain” shapes our capacity for change, and how to overcome common mistakes leaders and managers make as they implement their vision.

Join us to hear from Gartner experts and thought leaders.