As the only conference in the country dedicated to advancing women through using neuroscience (hard science to advance performance) the Woman Up January 2020 conference invites WNY men and women to participate in this extraordinary event in Buffalo on January 30!

The brain and movement
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University and a best-selling author will be literally kicking the New Year off right. Her recently featured speaking engagement was at The Wonder of Women Summit at UCLA where she discussed the connection between movement and memory alongside Julianne Hough. From stress to eating to exercise, Suzuki offers scientific evidence for what habits will make us the happiest while facing resolution season.

Can you stimulate creativity through exercise? What about your overall health and happiness? Research suggests that physical activity can have a wide range of positive effects and that these outcomes can be immediate and support long term healthy habits. However, the key to it all resides in one particular place: the brain.

For companies committed to aligning to the most comprehensive program for a person’s well-being, this conference sets the framework for investing in the future of men and women at the same time.  This hands-on event shows men and women how to strategically use their strengths and abilities while mastering positive behaviors for healthy growth including well-being, caretaking, careers, financial confidence, and living a meaningful life. The presenting sponsor would also be a voice for this ground breaking research. The day will include our keynote speaker along with other conference speakers that will provide practical tools for immediate application in real life scenarios promoting diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness. This is the one place where all generations are warmly welcomed to converge and commit to the continued development of men and women across our region. After all, we’re at our best when solving problems collaboratively.

As Wendy has focused her speaking engagements across the major metropolitan cities, the WomanUp conference will also serve as an avenue to connect Buffalo to the nationwide neuroscience community. This event will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to see the impact of movement on the brain and how it can lead to making more well-informed values-based decisions, which can also impact other facets of decision making including investing with confidence. Invest in the future of men and women with us by supporting this initiative which, will connect attendees with the tools and resources for entrepreneurship and empowerment for the future.

Where the science comes from:

APA’S NEUROLEADERSHIP TEAM: APA Solutions is the premier brain-based human capital consulting firm of the northeast developing cutting edge, on-demand solutions to the leadership, training and development needs of organizations today.

As the President and Owner of APA Solutions, Joan Graci understands the importance of integrating math and science into APA’s work as well as the WomanUp initiative. She leverages her continued education in the field of neuroscience combined with three decades in the recruiting space, to develop on-demand, science-based solutions. Joan provides an outlet for women from all walks of life to engage in personal and professional development through a neuroscience lens. Her time is focused in the training and development trenches alongside research, educator and WomanUp supporter, Dr. Erikson Neilans. Erickson received his doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He specializes in sensory perception and the impact of decision making. Matt Graci, Ph.D. also brings a unique perspective to team APA as a trusted consultant in the cognitive psychology space, while Jean Filipiak gives additional behavioral guidance as the in-house assessment expert. Together the APA team assists in the development of innovative talks and workshops for not only organizations, but also the community of women who attend this WNY summit.

Event details:

Conference date: January 30, 2020

Conference theme: The Brain and Movement

Location: 500 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Dress code: Casual (physical exercise friendly)

Expected attendees: Will be able to support 300 from Western New York and beyond.


8:00 – 9:00am: Kickoff event (history of conference, thank sponsors)

9:00 – 9:30am: Presenting sponsor (share company info, talk about supporting general and workforce wellness, introduce keynote)

9:30 – 11:30am: Keynote, Dr. Wendy Suzuki (keynote talk, lead attendees through INTENSATI class)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Dr. Wendy Suzuki book signing (opportunity for networking)

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch and networking

1:30 – 2:30pm: Roundtable discussions (general wellbeing)

2:30 – 3:30pm: Impact of Stress session with Erikson Neilans, Ph.D.

3:30 – 4:00pm: Closing remarks (takeaways, thank sponsors)

The mission of Woman-Up is to educate and empower young adults through experiential learning by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to discover ones’ innate abilities and pursue fulfilling career opportunities. While millennials represent the largest demographic in the workforce, they also boast the unfortunate reality of the highest level of underemployment. With the overall educational system focused on the technical tools for success there has been a huge gap for resources that prepares students for the true reality of the workforce.

Our founders collectively have spent 50 years in the employment sector and have collected mounds of data from hiring authorities. They wanted to use this knowledge to give back to future generations by creating a nonprofit educational system that is technology based with a gamification feel to it. Employers across America emphasized the self-directed way in which they expect young people must to develop a sustainable career path yet there is no road map for which to do so. Our career boot camps and training resources are designed to provide the current and future generations of students and young professionals with the knowledge and resources necessary to attain soft skills, career strategy and self-advocacy.

To ensure female students and young professionals have the opportunities at an early age or stage in their careers, APA Solutions actively gives back to the organization through curriculum development, professional coaching and scholarships for conferences such as WomanUp. If you too want to support the growing population of our female youth within WNY, you can sponsor 5 Student Scholarships through Be Your Own Hero (501c3).

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Sponsorships are still available. Call 716-626-0070.


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