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James Maas

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Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, author and sleep expert James Maas shares the impact of sleep on performance

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Our keynote speaker Dr. James Maas has been teaching for more than 40 years and holds the record for teaching the most students. He also spends a lot of his time travelling as a keynote speaker, delivering talks on sleep and success. His popular book, Sleep for Success! has sparked a huge interest in the impact of sleep on performance and success.

Dr. James B. Maas is a leading authority on sleep and performance. 

He has served as the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He has was also a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the rather unique university teaching record, having taught more than 65,000 students in his 48 years on the Cornell faculty.

Four times Professor Maas has been recognized as the faculty member most influential in mentoring a Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholar, so designated from the top 1% of the student body. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is also the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation’s outstanding educator.

In addition to his incredible work as an educator, Dr. Maas is a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for organizations such as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.

Dr. Maas is one of the world’s most sought after corporate, medical, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell’s Soups, Pepsi Cola, Google, Goldman Sachs, Raymond James, John Hancock, CitiGroup, JP Morgan Chase, ING, Merrill Lynch, Million Dollar Roundtable, Pictet, USAA, The GAP, Young President’s Organization (YPO), World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Mutual Life, Maytag, the Naval War College, US Navy, Beyer Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, American College of Facial and Plastic Surgeons, American College of Rheumatology, American Urological Association, Urban Land Institute, United States Figure Skating Association, the National Basketball Association, NFL New York Jets, NHL Philadelphia Flyers, NHL Ottawa Senators, S. C. Johnson, Quaker Oats, Nestle, Simmons Company, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.

Dr. Maas’ book, Power Sleep, published by Random House and HarperCollins, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 12 languages. His children’s venture, Remmy and theBrain Train, is an award-winning children’s bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance.

One of Dr. Maas’ very popular books, Sleep for Success! is a book designed for business executives, students, parents, seniors and athletes. In the past two years there have been over 200 articles in the popular press about Dr. Maas’ work relating to sleep and performance. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, ABC’s 20/20 and Oprah. His new book for athletes, Sleep to Win!, will be published in spring 2013.

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    Everything you must know about sleep, but are too tired to ask!

    • Most students and adults are sleep deprived, causing reduced concentration, productivity and quality of  work, as well as an increase in moodiness, stress,  accidents, illness and shortened life span.
    • Several leading Fortune 500 companies and professional associations, as well as professional sports teams, are learning that it is neither “macho” nor smart to operate on less than the required amount of sleep; in fact, recent medical research proves that sleep deprivation literally “makes you stupid, clumsy, stressed out, unhealthy and will shorten your life.”
    • To be a peak performer you need to be fully alert, dynamic, energetic, in a good mood, and cognitively sharp. You must be able to concentrate, remember, make critical and creative decisions, communicate persuasively, and be productive all day long. None of this is possible without quality sleep. Furthermore, healthy sleep has been proven to be the single most important determinant in predicting longevity. It is more influential than diet, exercise or heredity-but our modern culture has become a study in sleep deprivation. We must learn to value sleep, yet most of us know very little about the incredibly varied activity that occurs during the course of each night, and how it affects health, happiness and performance.
    • This multi-media keynote presentation consistently receives standing ovations and highest accolades for “great take-away value” from corporate, association, professional, academic and general/family audiences.
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