Dr. Mark Guadagnoli has worked in industry and academia for over two decades. He has lectured at several universities including Harvard University, UCLA, UNLV, and USC. He has been featured in several publication including The New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, GolfDigest, and appeared on programs such as, the History Channel and CBS Sports.
Academic: Dr. Guadagnoli received his undergraduate and M.S. degrees at Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. at Auburn University (Human Performance: Cognitive Psychology). He specializes in optimizing performance, communication, leadership, and learning. He has received numerous awards for this work in (multiple time Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Faculty of the Year, and Researcher of the Year) and out of the university. Dr. Guadagnoli has published more than 100 articles and abstracts and is the author of two books (Human Learning; Biology,Brain, and Neuroscience, and Practice to Learn, Playto Win).
Corporate: In addition to his university work, Dr. Guadagnoli has had an active consulting practice for nearly 20 years. He has worked in the area of corporate optimization with companies such as Zappos.com, where he developed their corporate university (Zappos University), developed and ran executive off sites, and worked on performance optimizations with their executive team. Dr. Guadagnoli has also worked with corporate optimization and executive development with companies such as DaVita Healthcare Partners, Gemvara, Grammarly, and Naturebox, as well as research and consulting for Bose, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Google, Sony, and Panasonic. This work includes, for example, executive advising/coaching, core and culture development, and feedback and assessment systems. Performance: Dr. Guadagnoli’s primary line of research is related to the Challenge Point Framework, which has been used to help corporate executives, surgeons, medical professionals, and others who compete in high performance situations. His model of learning shows that appropriate short-term challenges results in long-term and stress resistant learning. He has been invited to present this work around the world including such countries as Canada, China, France, Germany, and Scotland. Dr. Guadagnoli has also worked in performance optimization with athletes in several sports including the USA Olympic Elite Track and Field Coaches and PGA, and LPGA.