Alexi Pappas is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and Olympic athlete.Her bestselling book, Bravey, with a foreword by Maya Rudolph, has received critical acclaim for its unflinching and ebullient insights into mental health, mentorship, and high performance. Pappas has spoken at the Pentagon with US Army Resilience Directorate about mental health and goal-setting; she has also been a speaker for corporate clients like Bank of America and a fixture at CEO summits across the country. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Running Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Outside, among others, and she has been profiled in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, and Rolling Stone. As a filmmaker, Pappas co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film Tracktown with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley. Most recently, she co-wrote and starred alongside Nick Kroll in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to ever be filmed at the Olympic Games. A Greek American, Pappas holds the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters and competed for Greece at the 2016 Olympic Games. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Alexi Pappas: I Made It to the Olympics. I Wasn’t Ready for What Happened Next.
Alexi Pappas on Navigating through Mental Health Issues
Alexi Pappas on Opening Up About Mental Health
Alexi Pappas on Being a Champion of Your Situation
Alexi Pappas on Competing for Greece in the Olympics
Alexi Pappas on Pacing Yourself
Alexi Pappas’s Speech Topics
The Fearlessness in being a Bravey: Chasing Dreams and Achieving Success
Mental and physical health are both essential elements to high performance, but organizations and our vocabulary around mental health is far less evolved than it is for physical health. Teams need Alexi’s innovative concepts around vulnerability and courage to learn how to harness the unrivaled power of teamwork. Pappas offers a practical guide in how to do this after learning the hard way through suffering personal grief and post-Olympic depression after competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She wanted to keep chasing the next goal, but her mind — just like her body — needed to recover. Everything turned around when she learned she needed think about anxiety and depression like a “scratch on the brain.” It was an injury. From that moment on, Alexi began approaching mental healing with just as much dedication, time, and energy she approached Olympic training and massive success and personal growth followed. She motivates and inspires organizations to recognize that the mental health of any individual is central to performance. Organizations who consciously choose to embrace this perspective shift will see game-changing results in the performance of their teams.
Pappas shares innovative concepts which provide actionable takeaways for audiences. Willpower budgeting radically reengineers how individuals think of resilience and perseverance. Willpower is a finite, depletable resource, and consciously managing this precious resource is the key to a productive and positive day. In order to be the best versions of ourselves, we need to understand what depletes our willpower, what replenishes our willpower, and how to minimize things that can drain willpower away from important activities and key decisions that must be made. The more individuals understand their own willpower, the more effective they can be in their work and more satisfied with the overall balance in their lives. Alexi will also share the most valuable lesson she learned while training for the Olympics: “the rule of thirds.”