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Modupe Akinola, PhD

Transforming Your Relationship to Stress

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What You'll Learn

  • Understand the physiology and psychology of stress, and learn how changing your stress mindset can optimize your performance in challenging situations

  • Explore how introspection and “tuning into yourself” can help you connect with your outer and inner resources and increase your empathy for others

  • Explore powerful research which shows that women in professional leadership positions are less likely to delegate than men, and how reframing women’s relational stress triggers can help shift this pattern

  • Hear Modupe’s personal story about how she became interested in stress research as a result of her experience as a woman and a person of color

About Modupe Akinola, PhD

Modupe Akinola examines how organizational environments—with the pressures of deadlines and multitasking—can lead to stress, and how this stress can spill over to affect performance. She studies why some people thrive under stress while others buckle, looking at how we react psychologically and physiologically to stressful situations and how these responses can affect outcomes like negotiations and creativity. She also studies workforce diversity, including the biases that affect the recruitment and retention of people of color and women in organizations.

To learn more about her work you can visit her website and listen to her TED Business podcast.

About Daniel Goleman, PhD

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist and science journalist. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was a bestseller and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His most recent book, Altered Traits, was co-authored with Richard Davidson and reviews the best meditation research. Dan has also organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, which resulted in the books Healing Emotions, Destructive Emotions, and Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence. For the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday Dan wrote A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for our World. He is a former board member and a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.

You can learn more about Dr. Goleman's work on his website.

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  1. Tricia May 3, 2021 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Hello, the sound is not working for me–it is for the other videos. Looking for some advice.
    Thank you!

    • Kaleigh Isaacs May 3, 2021 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you Tricia, I tested the video and the sound is working well from this side. You may want to try refreshing the page.

  2. Pam Maccabee May 3, 2021 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Just listened. Very useful as well as interesting.

  3. Nancy Lamers May 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    No sound.

  4. Truth May 3, 2021 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I am curious if they are ever going to have speakers i.e. men who are affected by cancel culture and the forced representation quotas that force men, especially white men, out of the work place and Asians.

    • Roghieh Dehghan May 4, 2021 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      I wonder what this comment (that sounds racist to me and has gone unchallenged by organisers) has to do with this talk on managing stress!

    • Ingrid Otepka May 5, 2021 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      It’s interesting for me that this talk obviously triggers in you the thoughts you wrote in the comment. I’m just asking myself which emotions support thoughts like this. Maybe you have an answer?

  5. Erika Poo Rivara May 4, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I just loved it!!! Many notes 😃 Stress can be one of our beautiful monsters.

  6. Joy May 4, 2021 at 11:30 am - Reply

    The sound is low on all of the videos. Bar is full right and my computer sound is full on. I don’t have this problem with other webinars or zooms.

  7. Rodica Zimbru May 4, 2021 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I really got fascinated about the presentation! Congratulations!

  8. Els May 4, 2021 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Nice to hear, that stress also can be my friend. Thank you very much

  9. Bob Nixon May 4, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Excellent presentation with provoking content. I am an elderly man who seems to have lost the ability to manage stress as well as I used to be able to. Identifying good stress from bad stress seems to be the first step in successful management. Each type needs different reactions on my part. The more information I am finding now is gradually giving me a increased effective technic to bring it back under control. Thank you both for your inputs into this video.

  10. Marion Storer May 4, 2021 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much.
    Lots of interesting explanations.
    In a way, a permission and encouragement to engage with stress and use it as a resource and challenge.
    It also occurs to me that there might be a need to explore,whether it in fact always actually my own stress, or whether there may be others dumping their stress or imposing values on me ,that make me feel stressed unnecessarily.
    And conversely ,if I am able to evaluate my own stress, I am less likely to stress others out around me, because I can own it and have a working relationship with it.
    Thanks for very much.

  11. Zoraida Diaz May 4, 2021 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    What a powerful statement.

  12. Lucía Cañizares May 4, 2021 at 10:00 pm - Reply


  13. Yin May 4, 2021 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Useful and interesting. Tq so much. Metta.

  14. Julie O’Devlin May 5, 2021 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Thank you. I just caught up with this and I really appreciated Modupe’s explanations and insights. They were very clear and easy to relate to. I especially like the way she spoke about women and delegation. Will be listening to you more Modupe!

  15. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 5, 2021 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Thank you for this very interesting conversation on ways to handle stress. Several tips to create self – awareness and self – regulation will surely come handy. Loved the energy and vibes you brought to the conversation Modupe . Shine on !!

  16. Juliana May 5, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

    No sound, it’s a pity

  17. Allison Joe May 5, 2021 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Excellent! So helpful! Thank you!

  18. Sarah May 5, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

    left side audio is working, maybe try changing output settings

  19. Anjali May 5, 2021 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Modupe Akinola, thank you very well put up. Stress management bugs me at times, makes me panic and my heart pounds. My take away is analysis of the suitation and change your mindset.

  20. Myrddin May 5, 2021 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Vipassana!! so great

  21. Chris May 5, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful insightful interview. I really appreciated Modupe Akinola’s research and personal journey on reframing and responding to stress. I also value hearing her insights on gender and racism…welcome to hear more. Warm thanks.

  22. Patricia Hauser May 5, 2021 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I have been enjoying this presentation a lot. There is a professional chemistry going on I also really like, makes it even richer. Thank you so much.

    from Alaska

  23. Heather O'Donnell May 5, 2021 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Reframing stress… so helpful to hear, and such warm personalities delivering the message. Thank you!

  24. Mair Potter May 5, 2021 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    How strange I could hear this earlier but now there is no sound! I have refreshed but it’s not working.

  25. Pao May 5, 2021 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    OMG love it! thank you!

  26. Ingrid Otepka May 5, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this talk! For me, it’s very brave also to talk about stress from a social perspective where systematic injustice is a part of the present life. Thank you so much, Modupe Akinula

  27. Iris Ilona Lieber May 9, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    It is well explained, and it depends also of our thoughts if we think that something is stressful, that for others if is not, it depends of our mindset. Thank you.

  28. Ydalia May 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Gracias me pareció muy interesante la propuesta de reevaluar considerando como utilizaste tus recursos en las experiencias pasadas, incluso preguntar a tus allegados y con ello cambiar de perspectiva, siendo más optimista y teniendo buenos resultados. Desde Tijuana México

  29. Chopa Tenzin Lhadron May 10, 2021 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Hello and big thank you for everyone

  30. Chopa Tenzin Lhadron May 10, 2021 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Deepest appreciation for the organizers and speakers from UT Lhadakh India

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