2021 Confirmed Speakers

Check back often as confirmed speakers and presenters are frequently updated.  The 2021 SVWFC line-up will include over 30 presenters.

James Nestor

James Nestor is a is a science journalist and bestselling author.  In his most recent book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,  Nestor lays out his ten-year personal investigation of breathing in a spellbinding, comedic, and riveting fashion. The book explores the history of how humans shifted from the natural state of nasal breathing to chronic mouth breathing. Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. But the COVID-19 pandemic has put a new spotlight on respiratory illnesses and the breaths we so often take for granted.  Nestor argues that this shift (due to the increased consumption of processed foods) has led to a rise in snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, autoimmune disease, and allergies. He also worked with scientists at Stanford whose research suggests that returning to a state of nasal breathing will improve an individual’s health.

Matthew Walker, PhD

Dr. Matthew is a former Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Walker is the author of the New York Times best seller, Why We Sleep. Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses.