Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

How Kids Can use The Science of Happiness

Tal Ben-Shahar is the creator of Harvard’s most popular course ever: Positive Psychology, lecture and author of many books including: Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world.

Michelle Gielan, MAPP

Create Contagious Optimism with Kids

Michelle Gielan is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness and mother of two children with husband Shawn Achor. She is a top 10 author on resilience, featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course, Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” (PBS) and former anchor on The CBS Morning News. She runs the Institute for Applied Positive Research, investigating how mindset fuels happiness and success at organizations including Google, Boston Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Pepsi Co.—and the results have been remarkable.

Christine Carter, PhD

Raise joyful, successful, and fulfilled kids

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D. is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is syndicated on the HuffingtonPost and

Best known for her happiness and parenting advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, and neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

Amy B. Scher

Energy Healing for Anxious Kids

Amy B. Scher is a leading voice in the field of mind-body-spirit healing and the best selling author of How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can  and This Is How I Save My Life. As an energy therapist, Amy uses energy therapy techniques to help those experiencing illness and those in need of emotional healing. She has been featured on healthcare blogs, CNN, Curve magazine, Elephant Journal, and the San Francisco Book Review. Amy was also named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013.

Renee Jain, MAPP

Teaching Kids to "Stress Better"

Renee Jain is one of the nation’s most respected childhood happiness and resilience experts, and the founder of GoZen! She uses her many talents, specialized education, and business acumen in pursuit of her life’s mission: To provide whole-brain education to all children, regardless of where they live or of their families’ socioeconomic background. Renee earned her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology – the scientific study of optimal human functioning – from the University of Pennsylvania. She is one of fewer than 450 people to attain that degree.

Justin Coulson, PhD

Parenting Styles to Raise Resilient Kids

After a successful radio career Justin Coulson returned to school in his late 20’s where he earned his psychology degree from the University of Queensland and his PhD in psychology from the University of Wollongong. Since then he has written multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly book chapters, as well as several books including the 21 Days to a Happier Family and 9 Ways to a Resilient Child.  He is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience.

Amy Blankson

Mindful Technology Practices for the Family

Amy Blankson, bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she has focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is currently working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness. Most recently, Amy has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx, as a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.

Lea Waters, PhD

Strength-based Parenting Strategies

Lea Waters, Ph.D., is President of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds an affiliate position with Cambridge University’s Well-being Institute (UK) and the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan (USA). Waters was the Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne and was listed in the Top 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review in 2015. She has also served as a consultant to a wide range of businesses. Waters lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Matthew Scholes; her son, Nicholas; and her daughter, Emily.

Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

Positive Discipline for a Positive Outcome

Dr. Jane Nelsen is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author or co-author of 18 books, including Positive Discipline, Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World, Serenity, and 12 other books in the Positive Discipline Series. Her latest book, Positive Discipline Parenting Tools, was written with two of her children, Mary Nelsen Tamborski and Brad Ainge, who share their examples of using PD. Jane earned her Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco, but her formal training has been secondary to her hands-on training as the mother of seven and grandmother of 22, and great-grandmother to 11. She now shares this wealth of knowledge and experience as a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader throughout the world.

Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP

The Science of Healthy Family Relationships

Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a freelance writer and well-being consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple,” was the catalyst for this book. Suzie blogs for Psychology Today and writes the “Science of Well-being” column for Live Happy, where she is also a contributing editor. She has given “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops around the world with her husband James. Previously, she directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall and was an associate producer for HBO Downtown Productions and The Joan Rivers Show.

Caroline Miller, MAPP

The Science of Effective Goal-Setting

Caroline Miller is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. For more than 30 years, she’s been sharing her research-backed, actionable strategies to help people cultivate more grit and dig deeper to clarify and achieve their toughest goals. Caroline is the author of six books, including the bestselling My Name is Caroline. Live Happy magazine named her book Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017.

Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program.

Ger Graus, OBE

Children Can Only Aspire to What They Know Exists

Dr. Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education and is the first Global Director of Education at KidZania. Dr Graus started at KidZania London in 2014, where he has been responsible for developing the UK-wide education strategy, including partnerships with schools, higher education, commercial and third sector learning partners. Dr. Graus is spearheading a ‘Futures Awareness’ campaign to globally introduce career education into the primary school phase.

In 2007, he became the founding Chief Executive of the Children’s University, a multiple-award winning international charity providing 5 to 14-year-olds with exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours. The Children’s University’s global reach now extends as far as Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East. Dr Ger Graus OBE is a member of the Bett Global Education Council, chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Education Advisory Board, has recently joined Junior Achievement Worldwide’s Global Council, and has been invited by His Highness Sheikh Hamadan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Price of Dubai, to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils.

Carin Rockind, MAPP

Guiding Kids to Uncover Purpose & Meaning

An international speaker and coach, happiness expert Carin Rockind inspires people to live inspiring lives. She teaches you to own your power, transform your pain into purpose and claim your purpose in the world. She is one of the first 250 people in the world with a Masters degree in positive psychology, the science of happiness, from the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder of PurposeGirl LLC, a movement to empower girls to become healthy, successful women. Carin walks her talk. After following Midwest picture perfect happiness, Carin left her unfulfilling marriage and lucrative corporate career to pursue her purpose. Carin has been on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Marti College and the NY Open Center. She is a dairy queen lover, marathon runner, painter and avid writer who lives in New York City with her mutt puppy, Henry.

Dominic A.A. Randolph

The Keys to Educating Kids on Good Character

Dominic A.A. Randolph is head of school at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx and a leader in the international character education movement. Randolph is a co-founder of the nonprofit educational research organization, Character Lab, along with Dave Levin ’88, founder of the KIPP charter schools, and Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the best-selling book, Grit. Randolph is a steering committee member of the International Positive Education Network, and a board member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium. Randolph has written on character and opportunity for the Brookings Institute.


Dr. Abdulla Al Karam

The Future of Positive Education

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), is responsible for a wide spectrum of education in Dubai’s private sector, spanning early learning, school, and higher education and training Institutes. Dr. Abdulla has the distinction of holding key positions across the United Arab Emirates, as well as being a Board member of the National Qualifications Authority, of the UAE Federal Government. He was also appointed to the Board of the Social Sector, Government of Dubai. He has recently been nominated a member of the Higher Committee for Protection of the Rights of People with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai.

Prior to the formation of KHDA, Dr. Abdulla held the post of CEO of Dubai Knowledge Village, which ushered in the International Branch Campus, with a remit to diversify the educational landscape in Dubai. Before that, Dr. Abdulla headed the Research Unit at Dubai Internet City and began his career working as a software engineer in the United States and France. Dr. Abdulla holds a PhD in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina.

Mark Williamson, PhD

Taking Actions for Happiness

Mark Williamson is Co-Founder and Director of Action for Happiness – a movement of people taking action to create a happier and more caring society. Mark has taken Action for Happiness from a concept on paper to a mass participation movement with hundreds of thousands of members and a wide range of activities. Mark has a long-standing interest in happiness and well-being and is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on helping people and communities thrive. Mark has an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, where he received the Presidents Award for outstanding achievement. He also holds a PhD and first class honours degree in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a Sainsbury Management Fellow and a Chartered Engineer.

Kim West, LCSW-C

Helping Kids Sleep Better and Thrive

Kim West is a mother of two and a Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than twenty years. Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, over the past eighteen years she has helped tens of thousands of tired parents all over the world gently teach their child how to go to sleep and back to sleep, without letting them cry-it-out alone! Kim is the bestselling author of Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep and Wake Up Happy.

Rebecca West

Designing your Home for Happiness

Design psychology coach and author Rebecca West helps people live happier, more successful lives by changing their personal environments. With a degree from the University of Washington in Community and Environmental Planning, she comes to design not from a love of sofas, but from a desire to create supportive and nurturing spaces. In fact, she doesn’t really care if you ever buy a new sofa, she just cares that your home really works for you!

Matthew Scholes

Positive Sports Strategies for Kids

Matthew Scholes lives in Melborne Australia and has over 15 years experience working in the sporting industry in the areas of athlete development, event management, sports marketing and training and education. Matthew is considered a leader in developing innovative experiential training models for athletes, volunteers and administrators in the sports sector.

Matthew  is a leader in embedding Positive Psychology into sports organizations. He has worked with schools, sporting clubs and corporations. He is a currently the Director of Education at AFL SportsReady, in charge of AFL Executive level courses, YMCA Victoria Leadership Programs, and Cricket Australia’s Executive courses. He is also a Visiting Scholar in La Trobe University’s Research Centre for Sport and Social Impact (CSSI), as well as being a life member of the Victorian Commonwealth Games Association.

Emiliya Z, MAPP

Applying the Science of Vitality to Kids

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya holds a Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC) accreditation through the International Coaching Federation. She is a speaker, coach, consultant and an experiential learning curator. She is the founder of The Flourishing Center, based in New York City. She is the creator of the Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) Program, which has trained over 1,000 practitioners in 28 countries, and is now being offered in 12 cities across North America and Canada, and the Continuing Education in Positive Psychology (CEPP) program offered worldwide. Emiliya has over 700 hours of training in yoga teaching, as well as other complimentary alternative approaches to well-being including biofeedback, Thai massage, Reiki, intenSati and more.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Bonus: Help Kids Cultivate a Yes Brain

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, which focuses on the development of mindsight, and teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being HumanBrainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and three books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain ChildNo-Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain.

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