Interview with Business Leader - Alyssa Dver - Cofounder & CEO of the American Confidence Institute

Updated: Sep 27

Alyssa Dver is a world renowned expert on The Neuroscience and Social Secrets of Confidence. She’s the co-founder of the American Confidence Institute, and author of seven books, including her latest “Confidence is a Choice: Real Science. Superhero Impact.”

In her keynote speeches and workshops, Alyssa entertains, educates and empowers audiences so they can better manage their own and other people’s confidence.


In our Q&A session with Alyssa Dver, we explore her career journey as a Confidence Crusader and expert. We also look at her career influences, perspectives, and the value proposition of her company, the American Confidence Institute.

Alyssa Dver Business Anecdote

Hi Alyssa. Thank you for participating in this Q&A session. We would like to start by exploring your origin story. Please give us an overview of your background, career milestones and your journey as a business leader?

Alyssa: My journey is best summarized as a professional, passion-driven pilgrimage to understand precisely how and why people are confident, or not. I have an unwavering commitment to help myself and other growth-minded people to be comfortable in their own skin. Life is too short to feel uneasy, and when you are confident, you can do and be more of what you really want to be.


With a business degree in hand, I entered the corporate workforce as a product manager and soon moved into marketing management. I led both types of functions at software companies back in the 90s, and early 2000s when the internet was emerging. I started my career in the Boston area, then moved to the South of France, and later Cincinnati, OH, before coming back to Boston where I live now.


In the past 15 years, I’ve had 5 successful startups of my own, advised several hundred companies from around the globe, and had a few interim CMO engagements that reminded me how much I appreciate being an entrepreneur! In addition to the startups, I am also an author and I have written 7 books to dates. My latest book “Confidence is a Choice: Real Science. Superhero Impact” was written in 2020 and is an International Book Award Finalist.

I am very proud of the work I put into this book. It was endorsed by Harvard Medical School, Harvard Management School, MIT, Wharton’s Entrepreneurial Centres, Yale’s Office of Diversity, UC Berkeley Executive Ed, and many other academic, business and non-profit leaders.