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Wayne Sotile, Ph.D.

Dr. Sotile’s extremely entertaining programs examine high performers - how they think, act, and interact with their peers to stay on the cutting edge.


  • Relationships
  • Healthcare
  • Psychology
  • Family
  • Humor
  • Performance Improvement

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  • North Carolina, United States
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Meet Wayne Sotile

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Letting Go of What's Holding You Back

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Understand the Questions

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Dr. Sotile’s extremely entertaining programs examine high performers.  How they think, act, and interact with their peers to stay on the cutting edge.  His high energy presentations empower audience members to let go of what’s holding them back, take charge, and make a difference at work and home. His model for keeping the flame alive at work and home has national television and corporate audiences throughout the country raving.  His presentations combine humorous anecdotes along with practical advice from:

  • cutting-edge research in health psychology
  • common-sense lessons learned from 60,000 hours of counseling   
  • experiences with 7,000 high-performing people, and
  • consultations with 400 leading corporations and health care organizations

Clinical Psychologist Wayne Sotile has delivered over 4,000 keynotes to professional and lay audiences worldwide, including invited addresses to the Million Dollar Roundtable, the Entrepreneurship Institute, Conde Nast Publishers, State Farm Insurance Co., AMA Leadership conferences, and numerous health care systems and Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Sotile has authored or co-authored eight books, including his latest Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, with his wife and partner in practice, Mary; he is Co- Founder and Co-Editor-In-Chief of The Resilient Physician Newsletter. His work is featured frequently in the international print media and on national television, including appearances on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Dateline NBC.  Educated at Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, and Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Sotile is a former faculty member at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He and Mary co-direct Sotile Psychological Associates and Real Talk, Inc., in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He also serves as Director of Psychological Services at the Wake Forest University Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs and as Special Consultant in Behavioral Health to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.  Dr. Sotile serves on the editorial advisory panels of several leading professional journals. He is an Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Fellow in the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Dr. Sotile has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Academy of Medical Administrators and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  

“Dr. Sotile charms you, then grabs your attention and teaches what you need to know about thriving while you live your BIG LIFE.” John C. Campeau, Jr., Host of ABC’s Good Morning Connecticut Business Brief  

“Dr. Sotile’s presentation was the best, most inspiring I have heard in 30 years of attending corporate functions at IBM, Xerox, and in the insurance industry.” State Farm insurance executive   

“This is the first standing ovation I have seen a group of physicians give a speaker.” C. J. McAllister, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, DaVita Corporation 



How to Shape Collaboration and Collegiality in the Medical Workplace

Wayne and Mary Sotile know how to help medical organizations become positive interpersonal cultures. In this program, they teach physicians, administrators, nurses and other medical staff the secrets of effective emotional management. As a one-hour, motivational keynote or in extended workshop formats ranging from two hours to two days, this high-energy, informative program will empower you and your colleagues to truly make a difference.

Thriving With Change:
Resilient Leadership Through Toxic Stress and Difficult Times

In this motivational, content-rich presentation Wayne and Mary Sotile teach today’s leaders the secrets of staying resilient and “bouncing forward” through challenging times. Combining pearls of wisdom from their work as counselors and consultants for the past 25 years, they explain practical strategies for coping with change while promoting collegiality, collaboration, and work/family balance through all the stages of career and organizational development.

This presentation will empower you to transform your workplace into a positive interpersonal culture and to manage the emotions, attitudes, and relationship processes that come with professional, organizational and personal changes. You will learn how to facilitate communication, conflict resolution, interpersonal harmony, and work/life balance. Emphasis is placed on highlighting practical applications of the best findings from the past 50 years of research in the fields of health psychology, organizational development, resilience, and marriage/family systems.

The New Stress Management
Practical Solutions For Busy People

In this new look at an age-old topic, the Sotiles teach the most practical lessons gleaned from over 100 years of stress research and their collective 50 years’ of counseling experiences with high-performing individuals, families, and work teams. Learn to “diagnose” burnout at work and home, and what you can do abou

Physicians and Their Loved Ones
A Couple’s Survival Guide

In this entertaining and thought-provoking presentation, Wayne and Mary Sotile shed light on the inner workings of contemporary medical families who manage to have it all: productive careers and thriving personal lives. Drawing on material from their two books published by the AMA Press, The Medical Marriage: Sustaining Positive Relationships for Physicians and Their Families and The Resilient Physician: Effective Emotional Management for Doctors and Their Medical Organizations , the Sotiles discuss insights from their more than 20 years of experience as a counselors for physicians and their loved ones and as consultants regarding interpersonal behavior in hospitals and medical practices.

Helping Heart Patients Thrive: Brief Interventions That Really Work

In his groundbreaking new book, Thriving With Heart Disease: A Unique Program for You and Your Family / Live Happier, Healthier, Longer, Dr. Wayne M. Sotile offered a new paradigm for understanding the psychosocial aspects of cardiac care and recovery. In this presentation, Dr. Sotile summarizes key points from the best health psychology research over the past 30 years. Designed especially for busy medical professionals who are not trained in a mental health specialty, this presentation teaches Dr. Sotile’s practical model for delivering brief interventions at bedside or during routine, office-based cardiac care that can shape resilience in recovering medical patients.

Great News for Heart Patients!
Thriving with Heart Disease: Live Happier, Healthier, Longer

Based on his groundbreaking new book, Thriving With Heart Disease: A Unique Program for You and Your Family / Live Happier, Healthier, Longer, Dr. Wayne M. Sotile offers a message of hope, challenge, and inspiration for anyone whose life was ever touched by heart disease. This motivational presentation teaches common-sense strategies for understanding and coping with the psychological and family aspects of cardiac rehabilitation – those factors that too-often are omitted from routine cardiac care.

Marriage Skills for Busy Couples
How To Avoid Supercouple Syndrome

With humor and common sense, the Sotiles share the secrets of resilient couples and families of all forms and every age. Learn how you can juggle work and family and enjoy each other in the process. Based on their experiences as counselors to over 10,000 couples, the Sotiles teach you how to become a source of positive emotions for all the generations in your family.

How Caring Relationships Aid the Body, Mind & Soul

This heart-warming presentation shows how caring connections preserve health and happiness throughout the life-cycle. Elaborating on the notion that heroes create safe spaces for others, this presentation teaches the secrets to controlling yourself and nurturing your relationships, even during uncontrollable times.

Happy, Healthy, and High-Performing!
The Keys to Resilience at Work & Home

Happiness is a choice that yields big dividends - personally and professionally. This presentation combines practical advice from cutting-edge research in health psychology with common-sense lessons learned from 60,000 hours of counseling experience with 7,000 high-performing people and consultation with 400 leading corporations. (Plus, Dr. Sotile sprinkles in a good dose of Cajun humor!) The Sotiles' model for keeping the flame alive at work and home has national television and corporate audiences throughout the country raving. Come and learn how being a hero at work and home go hand-in-hand, and find out how you how can do it!

Understanding & Managing Our Differences: A Lifeskills Mandate
"You've got to match before you can lead." These words set the stage for this fast-paced, content-rich presentation that teaches you to assess and manage coping patterns - your own, and those of your clients and colleagues. Drawing material from his 30 years of experience as counselors and consultant to high-performing people and organizations, psychologist Wayne Sotile teaches practical ways to manage relationship dynamics. Come learn what drives men, women, and the four generations you live and work with.

Crawfish, Gumbo, and Bonadana: Cajun Life Lessons You Ought to Know About, Yea!
Pioneering clinical and health psychologist and Louisiana native Dr. Wayne Sotile teaches Cajun life-lessons. Learn how lagniappe (giving "a little something extra"), protecting your relationships, and paying attention to ducks, chickens, and dogs can save your life and help you to thrive! The perfect keynote for teaching serious people how to laugh at themselves, this is a talk that will leave you smiling, thinking, and reaching out to help each other.

Healing the Hearts of Men

"I was born into a family of nurturing men." With this statement, Dr. Wayne Sotile opens a presentation teaches what it takes to transform the lives of men today. Drawing insights from his experiences as a counselor to thousands of male heart patients, from contemporary research on men's health, and from his own rich, Italian/Cajun heritage, Dr. Sotile offers a message of hope, compassion, and motivation as he teaches healthcare providers how to influence men to take better care of themselves.

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