The Science of Thriving

with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

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Conference Overview

There’s a lot of advice out there – but where’s the evidence that it actually works? Join an extraordinary group of world-renowned scientists, psychologists, and experts as they explain how each of us can be happier and more effective in every area of our lives, by understanding the science of thriving.

The Experts

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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation. She is currently the Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. Heidi is also an expert blogger for 99u, Fast Company,, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. More


To Sell is Human

with Daniel Pink

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books– including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller. Dan’s books have been translated int… More


Choke: The Secret to Performing Under Pressure

with Sian Beilock

Sian L. Beilock is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Chicago. Her research program sits at the intersection of cognitive science and education. She explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations. Dr.… More


The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, Especially Ourselves

with Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight. Ariely's talks on TED have been watched over 4.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times b… More


Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence

with Tory Higgins

E. Tory Higgins is the Stanley Schater Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Professor Higgins works at the intersection of motivation and cognition and is most reecntly interested by the general question, "Where does value come from?", and the more specific question, "What makes a decision good?" In 2000, he was the recipient of both t… More


Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan

with Francesca Gino

Francesca Gino is Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations, & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School and the author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan. Her research focuses on judgment and decision making, social influence, and ethics and creativity. Her… More


Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt

with Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, consumer analytics, and talent management. He is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), Vice President of Research and Innovation at Hogan Assessments, and has previously taught at New York University and the London School of Econ… More


The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment

with Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover™ process. She is an expert on achieving more success with less stress. Real Life E® also incr… More


Ungifted: Intelligence Refined (The Truth About Talent, Practice, Creativity, & The Many Paths to Greatness)

with Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. is a cognitive psychologist interested in the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University,… More


Smart Thinking

with Art Markman

Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Art's research explores t… More


Compelling People

with Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, uses experimental methods to investigate how people judge each other and themselves. Her research suggests that judgments along two critical trait dimensions – warmth/trustworthiness and competence/power – shape social interactions, determining critical life outcom… More


The Antidote: The Power of Negative Thinking

with Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a writer for The Guardian based in Brooklyn, New York. His new book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection. Each week in his blog This Column Will Change Your Life, he writes about social psychology, self-help culture, produc… More


Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

with Kristin Neff

Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. In addition to her pio… More


Mindset: The New Science of Success

with Carol Dweck

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world,… More


Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

with Adam Grant

Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He has been recognized as Wharton’s single-highest-rated teacher, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and… More


Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

with Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova's first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 16 languages. Maria writes the “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American, where she explores the intersection of literature and psychology, and formerly wrote the popular psychology blog “Artful Choice… More


What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

with Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives. Laura is the author of All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio, March 1, 2012), 168 Hours: You Have More Time T… More


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, & The Hidden Power of Character

with Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has spent 12 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where h… More


Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

with Adam Alter

Adam Alter’s first book is Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors. Alter is an assistant professor of marketing and psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business and psychology department. His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing, and the psychology of judgme… More


Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

with Matt Lieberman

Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. is a Professor and SCN (Social Cognitive Neuroscience) Lab Director at UCLA Department of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Lieberman conducts research into the neural bases of social cognition and social experience, with particular emphasis on the neural bases of emotion regulation, persuasion, social re… More


Brilliant: The Science of Smart

with Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for, and also blogs about learning at,,, and Huffingt… More


The Myths of Creativity

with David Burkus

David Burkus is the author of The Myths of Creativity and assistant professor of management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. He is the founder and editor of LDRLB, an online publication that shares insights from research on lea… More

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Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, author of SUCCEED: How We Can Reach Our Goals, blogger for Huff Post, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, SmartBrief, and Psychology Today.

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