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 thousands of individuals at hundreds 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 Dell, Old Navy, L’Oréal, the American Heart Association, and Kaiser Permanente. She is a TEDx speaker, successful entrepreneur, and author of Personal Productivity Secrets and Work Without Walls. 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 appears weekly in business outlets such as Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review.

Read Maura’s work for the Harvard Business Review.

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).

Read more about Maura.


About The Team

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 speaker on the Empowered Productivity™ System. 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.


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
Sarah Beckham, Writing and Editing
Deena Silverman
Shana Burg
Freshly Cut Design
Rita Kerins
Jeanine Hemingway, CPA
Mark Land Law
Realize Consulting
Momentum Public Relations
Zilker Media