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Alyssa Dver

  • Founder and CEO of the Confidence Institute


Alyssa Dver energizes, educates and empowers audiences as the recognized expert on the science of confidence. An acclaimed thought leader and Founder and CEO of the American Confidence Institute, Alyssa's powerful reach and commanding presence inspire people at all levels throughout organizations to radiate real confidence.

“Confidence is not a result of success—it's a requirement. Confidence is a learned skill—usually more important than competence. Using modern brain science, we can learn how to be confident by building essential neural pathways to think and behave confidently. My mission is to empower everyone with this life-changing knowledge so they can immediately be their confident best.”

Leveraging breakthrough evidence in brain function and high performance coaching, Alyssa demonstrates how confidence sparks achievement, leadership, and well-being—the exact skills practiced by professional athletes, Olympic champions, elite military, and seasoned C-suite executives. With data-driven research based in neuroscience, sociology, and psychology, she teaches how to literally change the mind's structure to think more confidently, regardless of position or perception.

In Alyssa's findings, confidence is a conscious decision that sets the stage for all behavior—how we act, react, and interact. Her five-point process includes: CLARIFY what confidence is (and is not), how it works in our brains, and how it impacts behavior. CALIBRATE confidence to understand what is helping or hurting it. CONTROL external influences constantly stealing confidence. COMMUNICATE confidence to exude presence and influence. COACH yourself and help others using practical techniques and tools.

Steeped in diverse academic and corporate experience, Alyssa's message captured national attention twice on the TedX stage, backed by seven award-winning books including Confidence is a Choice: Real Science. Superhero Impact. She trains executives and employees alike at dozens of leading institutions including Amazon, the US Tennis Association, and The World Bank.

In her high-profile role as Spokesperson and Confidence Educator at L'Oreal/IT Cosmetics, she created the initiative Confidence at Work, with free confidence-building resources accessible to everyone at the company while reaching female business owners in underserved communities. Recently named Confidence Educator for the American Distilling Institute, Alyssa expanded her reach with start-ups breaking big industry norms. Prestigious entrepreneurial incubators such as Wharton and MIT hire Alyssa to instill unshakable confidence to company founders and faculty.

Recognized by the Stevie Women in Business Awards for thought leadership, Alyssa's blend of wisdom, data and humor fuels her podcast Real Confidence as she continues to entertain and educate. She also chairs the Employee Resource Group/ERG Leadership Alliance—the ERG for ERGs—to actively support diversity, equity and inclusion. As a media go-to, her latest thinking appears regularly in Forbes, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, NPR, CNN Money, Thrive, and the Boston Globe.

Alyssa resonates with groups ready for change and individuals taking on new challenges and striving to perform better. Using interactive exercises, she captivates and motivates audiences coupling stories and science. Alyssa's cutting edge insights are ready-made for keynotes, workshops and customized small group coaching sessions. Programs can expand to accredited online classes and certification as added training. 

Keywords: confidence, empowerment, emotional intelligence, imposter syndrome, crsis of confidence, bullying, thought leader, change, innovation, entrepreneur, leadership, neuroscience, brain matters, DEI, organizational culture, women, young women, coaching, human resources

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