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International Day of Happiness

with Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Alumni Association, University of Pennsylvania + 20 Experts
Listen and learn from the world’s foremost experts in the application of positive psychology. Each speaker will share usable, practical, evidence-based insights to enhance your well-being personally and professionally.  Celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness by learning how to create more happiness for yourself and others and increase the total tonnage of happiness in the world.

The Experts

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Above and Beyond Perseverance: Introducing Sisu

with Emilia Lahti
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Emilia Lahti is a mental toughness trainer and a researcher whose work is focused on understanding how individuals can rise above challenges and come out of hardship with a newly discovered, profound sense of strength, purpose and adaptability. Her ambition is to create practical, empowering solutions that alleviate human suffering and increase well-being on a global scale, leading to a more positive human future. Emilia wrote her MAPP master´s thesis on the Finnish construct of sisu, (meaning extraordinary determination in the face of extreme adversity) under the mentorship of Dr. Angela Duckworth, a pioneer in the field of grit and self-control. Emilia’s goal is to unearth possible ways for the cultivation of this universal strength potential, and also to ensure a culturally diverse vocabulary of the determinants of resilience and post-traumatic growth (as well as the good life) within the dialogue of positive psychology. She is also an outspoken anti-domestic violence advocate, an endurance athlete and an avid systems thinker. You can find her at www.emilialahti.com.
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Positive Leadership

with Michelle McQuaid
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Michelle McQuaid is an author, educator and playful change activator. She has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry.
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Positive Health: Creating a Healthy, Flourishing Life

with Marsha Snyder, MD
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Marsha Snyder, MD, is an author, consultant and expert in the field of physician health. She is the founder and Medical Director for the Center for Physician Success and Wellbeing in Bethlehem, PA.  
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Habit, Practice, Ritual: The Art of Daily Well Being

with Jan Stanley
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Jan Stanley was a director of leadership learning and development. Jan's focus is now squarely on her passion of applying positive psychology through poetry, mindfulness, collaboration and ritual.
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Positive Impact Leaders: What They do Differently & Why Every Organization Needs Them

with Giselle Nicholson
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Giselle Nicholson is a strategy and management consultant, leadership coach, and social entrepreneur. Her expertise lies at the intersection of strategy, management and organizations, and psychology.
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Marshmallow, Muscle, or Mindset? Self-regulation and The Power of Belief

with Sherri Fisher
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Sherri Fisher is an education management consultant, workshop facilitator, coach and the founder of Flourishing Schools, Education Director of Learn & Flourish and creator of the POS-EDGE Model.
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News Above the Line - Creating Constructive Journalism

with Cathrine Gyldensted
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Cathrine Gyldensted is an accomplished and skilled journalist. She specializes in innovating mainstream News and Newsrooms through Positive Psychology research, applications and methodology.
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Profit From the Positive

with Margaret Greenberg and Senia Maymin
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Margaret H. Greenberg is a sought-after executive coach by Fortune 500 executives and founder of The Greenberg Group. She holds a BA in sociology and Masters in Applied Positive Psychology.

Senia Maymin, PhD, is an executive coach to entrepreneurs and CEOs. Maymin runs a coaches network and is the founder and editor in chief of the research news site, PositivePsychologyNews.com.
 
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GoZen: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

with Renee Jain
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Known as a leading childhood happiness and resilience expert, Renee’s first-of-its-kind online animation programs, GoStrengths! and GoZen!, are systematically tackling the epidemic that plagues our youth today: mental health disorders. 1 in 5 children will struggle with depression before the age of 18, setting them up for a lifetime of unnecessary struggle. Renee has a plan–prevention. By teaching children well-being skills from a young age, it is possible to arm them with the know-how to live flourishing lives. Learn more at www.gostrengths.com and www.gozen.com.
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Beyond Self-Doubt and the Science of Self-Confidence

with Louisa Jewell
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Louisa is the Founder and President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (www.positivepsychologycanada.com) and principal of her own consulting practice (www.louisajewell.com). Louisa is considered one of Canada’s leading experts on positive psychology and she is a graduate of the ground-breaking Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. Louisa is an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Toronto and regularly delivers talks, webinars and workshops to audiences around the world. Louisa also has 16 years of experience as an organizational consultant working with leaders and teams to promote positive organizational culture. Louisa’s publications have been published in the European Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology at Work (Wiley, March 2011), Choice Magazine, Huffington Post and Positive Psychology News Daily. For three years Louisa co-hosted a weekly radio show on CIUT.FM where she interviewed a wide range of positive psychology experts and interesting guests on the topic of ‘energizing organizations’. She is currently writing a book on this very topic to be published in 2014.
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Interview with the Author

with Caroline Miller
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Caroline Adams Miller is well-known coach, author, speaker and educator in the fields of empowerment, change, well-being and the science of goal accomplishment. Her fifth book, “Creating Your Best Life” (Sterling 2009), was the first book to connect the science of happiness with the science of goal-setting. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology,” said in “Flourish,” that her book “added a major missing piece to the world of coaching” because of its ground-breaking and evidence-based connection between Positive Psychology and success.

Her newest book, “Positively Caroline,” (Cogent 2013) is a sequel to her best-selling “My Name is Caroline,” (Doubleday 1988) which was the first major autobiography by a bulimia survivor. “Positively Caroline” picks up where the first book ended, and includes a detailed look at how the science of flourishing can assist others with long-term addiction recovery.

Caroline is often in the media and has appeared in many radio, television and magazine stories, and was the first Positive Psychologist on satellite radio with XM’s “Positive Tip of the Day” between 2007 and 2009. She was named the 2012 Good News Ambassador by the Good News Network, and received the Mentoring award from the George Washington School of Business for her decades of helping others to achieve their goals.
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SOMO KNOW YO

with Louis Alloro
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Louis Alloro runs SOMO Leadership Labs, a place-based intervention to help change-agents build psychological muscle and accelerate impact.
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PERMA in Motion: Priming Strengths, Joy, and Well-Being

with Elaine Tarantin O'Brien
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A passionate trainer, speaker and author, Elaine O'Brien, MAPP, is pioneer in the field of group fitness, positive health, and well-being.  Elaine is completing her PhD in Kinesiology: The Positive Psychology of Human Movement, and is an Assistant Instructor in Social Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She encourages us to Move2Love.
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Happy People Have More Smarts and Stamina

with Marie-Josee Shaar
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Marie-Josée Shaar (MJ) designed a health promotion model that makes habits of health easy. She is a wellness program designer and facilitator offering continuing education to health coaches, and a keynote speaker for corporate wellness programs. She has a bachelor in Organizational Behavior from McGill University, and a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Personal Trainer and Wellness Culture Coach. In recent years, she has facilitated workshops in various universities, Fortune Companies, wellness organizations and governmental agencies, nationally and internationally. Along with Kathryn Britton, she co-authored Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance. You can find her at SmartsAndStamina.com, on Facebook.com/SmartsAndStamina, or on Twitter @gotsas.
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The Only Thing Constant is....Change Management

with Shannon Polly
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Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and speaker and founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in downtown D.C.

She has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work, has developed curriculum for the higher education version of the movie, Happy and is a facilitator for the Master Resiliency Training (MRT) program for the U.S. Army.  The Army is the largest consumer of positive psychology in the world today and has plans to train all 1.1 million soldiers in resilience. Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and speaker and founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in downtown D.C. - See more here.
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Positive Psychology Views and Coaching

with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya
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Emiliya is President and Founder of Flourish, an organization dedicated to utilizing research based tools to enable individuals and organizations to flourish. Emiliya fuses the best of Eastern philosophy with Western science to provide people with holistic tools for increasing their happiness, well-being and sense of flourishing.  She draws on research from positive psychology, neuroscience, sports psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, kinesiology, body mechanics, nutrition, yoga, complimentary alternative medicine, spirituality and energy sciences.
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Whole Body Wellness

with Kayleigh Pleas
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Kayleigh Pleas, MAPP, is a wellness & positive psychology coach and yoga teacher. Kayleigh completed her master in applied positive psychology (the science of wellbeing) at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. Her research and work rest at the intersection of how the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, and how their interaction can be leveraged for wellbeing. In her private coaching practice, Kayleigh employs scientifically proven methods from positive psychology, neuropsychology, nutritional science, and mind-body medicine to address the entirety of the human person—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. She has successfully guided hundreds of busy individuals towards optimal physical health, emotional balance, and happiness. In the yoga studio, Kayleigh teaches students to inhabit their bodies from a place of awareness and ease, effectively training the body as well as the mind for wellbeing. Kayleigh is also a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator for corporations and schools. Her expertise spans a variety of topics: nutrition, mental resilience, motivation, and happiness. For more information about Kayleigh, her approach and credentials, please visit her website at www.kayleighpleas.com.
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Coaching Using Positive Psychology

with Deb Giffen
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Deb Giffen is Director of Innovative Learning Solutions for Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania. As a lead program designer, she works with a wide range of Wharton's global clients to create highly-customized programs that not only build advanced leadership skills but also accelerate the achievement of the companies' top strategic priorities.
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Positive Education in Asia

with Emily Larson
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Emily Larson is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying for her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. Her interests in positive psychology revolve around National Well-being.
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Happiness From the Inside Out

with Robert Mack
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Robert Mack, M.A.P.P. is the best-selling author of Happiness From the Inside Out. He is a coveted speaker and an elite life coach. He has been seen on various television shows, including The Today Show, and in numerous magazines, including Oprah, Self, Health, Cosmopolitan, and others.

Your Host

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Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Alumni Association, University of Pennsylvania

The MAPP Alumni Association is pleased to host this conference on behalf of the graduates of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. These individuals come from all around the world and represent a wide variety of professional backgrounds including education, health care, military, coaching, business, fitness, research, humanities, and many others.