Tara Swart

Senior Lecturer


Tara Swart Tara Swart is an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist and frequent keynote speaker. She is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and their lives.

Swart has authored or co-authored over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching. She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT.

She holds a BsC in Biomedical Science and PhD in Neuropharmacology from Kings College London, and a BM BcH in Medicine from Oxford University.

Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Books by MIT Sloan Executive Education Faculty

    MIT Sloan's world-renowned faculty are experts in a vast number of subjects. Catch up on their latest research and breakthrough concepts in these books, authored or edited by the faculty themselves.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] How Exercise and Diet Impact Your Brain Health

    Most executives would agree that they could benefit from a sharper, more agile mind, but how realistic is that goal? MIT Sloan's Tara Swart advises.

  • [TEDx] Technology and the Future of the Human Brain

    In this Tedx video, Neuroscientist Tara Swart reflects on the question: "What is technology doing to our brains?"

  • 3 Sexist Myths About the Brain, Debunked

    From succeeding in a man’s world, perhaps it is now women who are wired for success? As technology disrupts and levels the playing field, leaders need to be emotionally intelligent, able to handle...

  • Body, Brain and Peak Performance

    As much as executives might jet around the world in well-cut corporate suits and make decisions that affect thousands of people and millions of dollars, we are still all hunter gatherers from the...

  • The Neuroscience of Business with Dr. Tara Swart

    Dr. Tara Swart is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience to business.

  • 3 Rock-Solid Tips to Help Introverts Lead More Effectively

    An MIT expert helped me learn a few techniques to deal with new situations, meet people, and lead more effectively.

  • What Happens In Your Brain During The Two Critical Stages Of Sleep

    The average person spends one-third, or 36%, of their lives sleeping. That means if you live to be 90, you spend about 32 years asleep.

  • Stress: It's a Mind-Body Connection That Affects Us All

    No matter what we do in life, we all deal with some level of stress. As an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist, frequent keynote speaker and MIT Sloan Senior lecturer, Tara...

  • Silenced By Fear - A Survey

    It is widely accepted now that we humans do nothing – nothing at all, from breathing, to thinking to acting – without neurochemical activity creating those things.


Contact Information

Email: Swart@mit.edu
Website: http://www.taraswart.com/
Support Staff


Are Leaders Born or Made?
Dr. Tara Swart is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience in business. In this podcast, she discusses the importance of neuroscience in business today, how it can benefit companies, and its application in developing the current and next generation of leaders.