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Here at the Science of People we love people. Not only are we all about studying people, we are also about helping people.  In our heroes program we offer scholarships to students who can’t afford courses, we feature body language heroes who have used our courses to change the world around them, we give free courses to veterans and we donate a portion of our proceeds to entrepreneurs on Kiva.

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Scholarship Heroes

Our scholarship heroes have used our courses in interesting and unique ways to impact the world around them and showcase their inner awesome. If you would like to apply to a scholarship, please email us your name, age, location, why you want to take the course and what impact you hope to

Kiva Heroes:

Thanks to your support, we are able to donate a portion of our proceeds to the Kiva loan program. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Maria, Dominican Republic

We are helping Maria pay for college:

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Eugenia, Peru

And Eugenia who is trying to buy organic fertilizer for her family business:

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In honor of my two cousins currently serving in the US Armed Forces, we offer free courses to US Veterans as a thank you for their service.  If you are interested please email us with your full name, years in service and service location.

I started this program in honor of my two twin cousins, Casey and Lindsey Van Petten. It is important to me to make sure that upon return from service, veterans have as many opportunities as they need to get back into the workforce and lead happy lives in the country they fought for.

Sending love, come home safely Casey and Lindsey!

Science of People Heroes:

Our Science of People Nation is incredible! Readers have submitted their inspiring stories to us to share. We call these awesome readers our Science of People Heroes. These are featured members of our community who have used Science of People techniques to make positive impacts or changes in their world.

If you want to share your story, email us:


Liliana Galo

“In my late teens I was struggling to connect with individuals. I was often left wondering about people’s intentions and would become upset and/or uncomfortable. This usually led to people pushing me away or seeing me as paranoid (thus unpopular). Sometimes I would come off as a very shy, quiet, and naïve person (which I am not). Other times I would come off as a mean, judgmental, and negative person (which I am not either). This ultimately led me to the Science of People. From the courses, I started applying what I had learned and slowly was able to communicate and become more approachable.

The most amazing part was when I became aware of all this information and was able to take action to change it for the better. For the first time, I felt like I had control in the way others perceived me. Science of People helped me in so many ways that I am so grateful for. It has helped me in my professional and personal life tremendously. The more I learn about myself and others, the more open minded and understanding I become–it has truly changed my life.

–Liliana Galo, Florida


Camille Hollingsworth

“I had no idea how I was communicating with others. Vanessa was so lovely and graceful in her body language coaching. She unlocked how I communicate my unspoken messages and provided me with a deeper understanding of my colleagues through her insightful, and science-based coaching. The tools Vanessa has equipped me with have grown my confidence and ability to command my meetings in a powerful way! I have achieved incredible results in my professional life. These tools were the missing link in understanding my audience.”

–Camille Hollingsworth, Portland, Oregon

Shashidhar Sharma

I got an email from Shashidhar right after he started our Secrets of Body Language course. He was in the heat of a job search and wanted to better understand people as well as improve his own body language.

Two weeks later, he wrote in with this wonderful news:

“I landed a job as a Server Support Engineer in Unisys! I would like to thank you as after I was hired, I struck up a conversation with the operations manager who took my round and he revealed that I came across as “a very confident candidate who was very positive”. Positivity is something that comes naturally to me, but confidence was something I portrayed based on your body language tips! Actually, I was very nervous. Thanks to your course, I was able to land this job. “

–Shashidhar Sharma, Senior Server Engineer, Unisys India

Lee Peyton


“Being a socially broken person I learned a lot on things I’ve always had suspicions about but was unsure if running with my gut feeling was accurate. In social situations our ego and thoughts will get the best of us, thus making your social experience different from another person’s. So by being able to read to ground what they are saying to what they emote feeling wise will allow better assessment of social situations in the future. This series also made me realize why people don’t know how to feel about me as a person.

All of my body language is out of wack to what people think and accept sub consciously or described in this course. I will smirk when thinking to hard alone way from the world. During intense intellectual conversations I would assume that bleeds through. Which would explain a lot of conflict with brainy topics in the past. So the last few days I’ve been applying to what humans like to respond to and I would say it’s been working well, also allowing me to read them better. Thanks for the course and I’m stoked to take this next one. From learning the stuff I definitely was able to understand how some could see me as egotistical or condescending when I feel neither. It’s my body language. My tenacity comes off as aggressive like my thinking or contemplation faces come off condescending, or at least your definitions of these things. All of your stuff is dead on, it’s just a matter of correcting my body language I suppose. Sorry for the long winded response. It was just some what life changing for me.

I liked your Secrets of Body Language course so much I signed up for the Human Lie Detector course. ”

–Lee Peyton

If you want to share your story and be featured as a hero, email us:

About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a national best selling author & lead investigator at her human behavior research lab, Science of People. Her groundbreaking book, Captivate: Use Science to Succeed with People was chosen by Apple as one of the most anticipated books of 2017. She writes a monthly Science of Success column for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. As a professional people watcher her unique work has been featured in CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Business Insider and more. Vanessa leads innovative soft skills trainings for Fortune 500 companies including Google, Dove, Facebook, Intel, MillerCoors and American Express.


  1. Sabra Ann Huber

    I would like to share with you all what a generous kind enlightened ,and amazing woman VANNESSA VAN EDWARDS is……

  2. Bryan Paul

    So looking up Vow of Silence I have made it here to you… I have already begun not speaking & am already observing a more focused in the moment. I am a Veteran with the United States Air Force OIF/OEF & was stationed at Robins AFB, GA… Unsure of what comes next as I am at day one just wanting to share a moment in my life with you. Take care.
    Peace Love Recycle Support.
    Bryan Paul

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Bryan, how exciting! We would love to hear more about your Vow of Silence as you progress. Way to go!

      Danielle | Science of People Team

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