About Maura Nevel Thomas, Founder

Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker, trainer, and author on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management.

She helps driven, motivated knowledge workers control their attention and regain control over the details of their life and work. Maura has trained tens of thousands of individuals at thousands of organizations on her proprietary Empowered Productivity™ System, a process for achieving significant results and living a life of choice.

Maura’s clients include the likes of Google, Old Navy, L’Oréal, and NASA, although businesses in the $50mm-$200mm range are a specialty. She is a TEDx speaker, successful entrepreneur, and author of six books on the topics of attention management and personal and organizational productivity. She is a media favorite, featured in hundreds of national business outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, US News and World Report, and the Huffington Post. She also is a regular columnist for both Forbes and the Harvard Business Review.

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Maura earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and has studied the field of productivity all over the world for more than two decades.

Maura believes that every person has unique gifts to offer the world, and her purpose is to support them in offering those gifts in a way that is joyful and inspiring. She strives to have an impact that is relevant and unique, presenting new ideas and ways of thinking that are applicable to changing times.

Maura believes that her work should have a social impact on the world, so she is very active in her local community of Austin, Texas, where she has held volunteer leadership positions in a variety of different community organizations and charities. This belief also leads Maura to offer quarterly pro-bono presentations to nonprofits, to donate a percentage of all her revenues to charity, and to have volunteered as a Climate Project speaker (personally trained on the subject by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore and his team of leading climate scientists).

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About The Team

Shawn Thomas

Headshot of Shawn Thomas


Shawn Thomas is a speaker, researcher, and fine art photographer who uses photography as an external representation of self-reflection and personal growth, and as a tool to help others discover their own path to self-mastery.

Shawn has spent his career in the fields of statistics, higher education, and social sciences, until joining forces with his wife, Maura, and becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Regain Your Time and a certified Empowered Productivity™ System coach and speaker. His presentation style has been called heartfelt, funny, and inspirational, and he’s been published in multiple academic journals and business publications, including the Harvard Business Review. His art is represented by a gallery and selected by both discerning interior designers and global retail outlets.


The Team

Always looking to be efficient and productive, Maura’s extended team consists of a group of talented freelance professionals and outsourcing companies. Outsourcing is the growth model that has been the best fit, eliminating the time, effort, and overhead involved in retaining a staff. This is a list of individuals and companies employed and recommended by Maura:

Infinite View Images
Design it Please
Shana Burg, Writing and Editing
Deena Silverman
Freshly Cut Design
Rita Kerins
Jeanine Hemingway, CPA
Mark Land Law
Realize Consulting

Maura Nevel Thomas, Creator of Empowered Productivity

Recognized by Global Gurus as one of the Top Ten Time Management Experts of 2024.

Maura Thomas is a Certified Speaking Professional

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Maura Thomas has seen in Havard Business Review, Fast Company, The Wall Steet Journal

D’Aura, Maura’s Digital Avatar


This is D’Aura, Maura’s digital avatar.

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