For over fifteen years, Dr. Andrea Bonior has been helping people find their best selves and get motivated to live their best lives. A psychologist, professor, author, columnist, and friendship expert, she is passionate about the health and wellness benefits good friendships can bring to our lives, and speaks to audiences large and small about how to make them happen. Determined that fulfilling relationships shouldn't be a luxury and "work-life balance" shouldn't be a charade, she uses cutting edge research to explain why the things we sometimes pay the least attention to in our lives can actually be the most important for our motivation, energy, and happiness. Dr. Bonior has found that personal development and business development are much more intertwined than people realize, and she uses cutting edge principles of psychology, anecdotes, and laughter (it's good for you!) to inspire people to unblock what's keeping them from their best selves, and go after their goals with gusto.
"I absolutely loved your talk; it was as informative as it was engaging.
Perfectly pitched to the audience, as shown by their Q & A participation and desire to talk about it afterward. Really wonderful job."
David Haaga, Ph.D., American University
"A lot of inspiration jam-packed in such a short talk.
I could have listened for hours."
Attendee, 9Y9 Talks, Yale University
"That was an extremely well-received seminar on friendship—
it's been a year and we're still talking about it!"
Diane Brown, Hospital Sr Association Event Planner, Washington, DC
"Far and away my favorite speaker. You're not supposed to laugh
so much while learning so much. Amazing."
Attendee, "Wednesday Morning Group," Bethesda, MD
Dr. Andrea Bonior is a licensed clinical psychologist, popular Georgetown psychology professor and longtime author of the advice column "Baggage Check" for the Washington Post Express, and the book The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends (St. Martin's Press.) A frequent commentator on television and radio, her written expertise regularly appears in venues from the New York Times to Cosmopolitan to USA Today to Buzzfeed, and she blogs for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post on everything from parenting to procrastination to social media—and the intersections within them.
Dr. Andrea Bonior has been giving talks for more than a decade, from intimate groups in sorority houses to large crowds in high-tech auditoriums and conference halls. Her speeches, lectures, and seminars draw raves, and she is frequently praised for seamlessly tailoring her talks to her audiences.
Dr. Bonior lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband and three children.
From Friendship to Defriending: The Surprising Science, and Why You Should Care
Drawing from her book, her most requested talk is an hour-long, insightful romp that explores the true meaning of our relationships to other people. From caveman weddings to "friends with benefits," from the physical effects of laughter to Twitter, Tumblr and texting, she breaks down the psychology of friendship and makes an inspiring case for why it might be what gives our lives the utmost meaning—if we can bring our modern selves to do it right.
Goal-Setting: Less Cliche, and More "Go!"
The vast majority of us make goals, but few of us can maximize our chances of meeting them. This talk is jam-packed with actionable tips that will flip everything you thought you knew about goal-setting on its head, and teach you not only how to create goals that will stick, but how to keep yourself on track and increase your efficiency, energy, and motivation.
Unblocking and Unlocking Your True Potential
What's keeping you from the life you want? How can some people fully utilize their skills and talents while many others struggle with doubt, procrastination and self-sabotage? This fast-paced primer will bring you closer to the person you've always wanted to be, and spur creativity and productivity by busting down the obstacles you've created for yourself without even knowing it.
Mom Friendships: Ditching the drama, and reaping the rewards
Reaping the Rewards and Ditching the Drama. Drawing from her book, Dr. Bonior discusses just how complicated friendships can get once you become a Mom. She argues, though, that more than virtually any other health habit, they can help you live your very best life if done right.
Engaging More Fully With the Life You Make
Mindfulness isn't all meditation and incense, and it takes surprisingly little effort to put into practice: this talk shows you how to tweak your thinking most meaningfully. What is your true purpose in life, and how can you get past the auto-pilot of the daily grind to live authentically in a way that reflects that? This inspirational talk will help you get to know yourself better than ever before.