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Paula Davis


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Paula Davis JD, MAPP, is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational level.

Paula left her law practice after seven years and earned a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her post-graduate training, Paula was selected to be part of the University of Pennsylvania faculty teaching and training resilience skills to soldiers as part of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Penn team trained resilience skills to more than 40,000 soldiers and their family members.

Paula is the author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience, which is about burnout prevention using a teams-based approach. It is published by the Wharton School Press at the University of Pennsylvania. Beating Burnout at Work has been nominated for best Spring 2021 book by the Next Big Idea Club, which is curated by Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Malcom Gladwell, and Daniel Pink.

Her expertise has been featured in and on The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and in many other publications. Paula is also a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company and Psychology Today.

Paula is a two-time recipient of the distinguished teaching award from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Paula’s website is www.stressandresilience.com, and you can reach her directly at paula@stressandresilience.com.

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Davis Laack Stress & Resilience Institute
Job title
Founder & CEO
Primary Focus
I own a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations across industry to help them reduce burnout and build resilient teams, leaders and cultures.
Professional Area
  • Business
  • Law
  • Medicine
Professional Interests
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Care
  • Law
  • Military
Professional Skills
  • Consulting
  • Facilitating groups
  • Speaking
  • Teaching resilience
  • Writing
Coach Training
  • 60+ Hours Coach Training
Fluent in Languages
  • English


Degrees Before MAPP
JD (Juris Doctor) from Marquette University Law School (2002)

BS (with honors) in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (1997)

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Speaking Experience

Interested in Speaking Referrals
Speaking Topics
Burnout prevention and stress management at work

Resilience generally
Resilience & leadership
Resilience & teams
Experience speaking to large audiences


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Book 1 Title
Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience
Media: Radio, TV, or podcasts
See my website - www.stressandresilience.com - for numerous examples of my interviews on various radio shows and podcasts.
Capstone title and abstract
Resilience for busy professionals. The title is Resilience Secrets Every Busy Professional Must Know. Abstract: This capstone is a draft of a book proposal on resilience which will serve as a story-driven and comprehensive guide that will inspire busy professionals to thrive through challenge and change in work and in life. The working title is Resilience Secrets Every Busy Professional Must Know. More than ever, resilience is needed to help busy professionals recover from personal and professional adversities and setbacks, not IF they happen, but WHEN they happen. Disengagement from work and life, stress to the point of fatigue or illness, dissatisfaction with work, and disconnection are all very real obstacles busy professionals face. This book links the science of positive psychology to the field of resilience in an effort to offer busy professionals multiple pathways for building resilience reserves.

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  • USA - Midwest

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