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Public Speaker Paula Allen

Paula Allen

Paula Allen is teaching a course at the International Center of Photography called, “Why I Photograph: The Relationship Between Self and Subject.”

Following a performance of Eve Ensler's play In the Body of the World at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Allen will participate in “Beyond the Stage” (a series of post-show discussions) with James Lescene (Founder of the Trevor Project) and Tony Montenieri (Producer for Eve Ensler).

Allen is working with V-Day and ABC Home on exhibits highlighting and celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues.
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Public Speaker Marc Ian Barasch

Marc Ian Barasch

Barasch is co-founder of “Regenerate 2018,” which will be held May 1-4 in San Francisco: A landmark event in the work of many hands to establish a network (and a global civilization) to heal both people and planet. 
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Public Speaker Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

Ben-Shahar and Angus Ridgway's new book, The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World (Wiley), has been shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2018.
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Public Speaker Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs

In his latest project, Briggs turns to the people of Ferguson, Missouri to explore what made their community such a flash point for the conversation around civil rights, racial justice, and equality following the death of Michael Brown in 2014. These collected oral histories will appear in a Voice of Witness book, Ferguson Voices, slated for release in 2018.
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Public Speaker Beatrice Fernando

Beatrice Fernando

Fernando describes her heartbreaking experience as a victim of human trafficking in her memoir, In Contempt of Fate. She recounts being tricked into becoming a domestic slave in Lebanon, being held prisoner, and her decision to choose freedom by risking her life in a dramatic escape.
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Public Speaker Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer

Langer is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and founder of The Langer Mindfulness Institute which provides consulting, workshops and lectures. She is the recipient of four Distinguished Scientist Awards and, most recently, the Liberty Science Genius Award. Known as the "Mother of Mindfulness," she has written 12 books, including the best-seller, Mindfulness, and over 200 research papers. Langer is also a gallery exhibiting artist.
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Public Speaker Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky

World-renowned happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky's current research findings include:

  • Happy people are more successful at work: Lyubomirsky's 2018 review of hundreds of studies showed not only that success leads to happiness, but that happiness leads to success. Employees who are happier or experience more positive emotions receive higher earnings, exhibit superior performance, and obtain more favorable supervisor evaluations than their less happy peers.
  • Kind acts influence the body: California community members who were asked to do acts of kindness over the course of 4 weeks not only felt more connected to other people but showed changes in their gene expression profiles associated with stronger immune function.
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Public Speaker Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek

Matousek continues to expand his personal transformation writing program through online offerings and personal appearances around the world in both educational and corporate settings.

His much anticipated book Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery was published by New Harbinger in July, 2017. Writing to Awaken is an inspirational investigation of the self through expressive writing, guiding the reader along the path of awakening through radical truth-telling and self-inquiry. In November, 2017, Random House published a second book, Mother of the Unseen World.

This year, Matousek will collaborate with positive psychologist Dr. Maria Sirois for a series of five-day events exploring loneliness, longing, and human connection. In June, his company, Mark Matousek Media, releases a 15-part series of self-study courses drawn from Writing To Awaken. He will re-launch TheSeekersForum.com, his global online community, in summer, 2018. TSF is dedicated to expanding conscious dialogue across ideological divide and deepening social connection.

Matousek's next book, Breakfast With Emerson: Lessons From An American Sage, will be published in Winter, 2019.
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Public Speaker James Pawelski and Suzann (Suzie) Pileggi Pawelski

James Pawelski and Suzann (Suzie) Pileggi Pawelski

James Pawelski, Ph.D. and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski are positive psychology experts and husband and wife whose book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts was recently released to excellent reviews. They present four key areas that are crucial for building and sustaining love over the long run: passion, positive emotions, savoring, and strengths. Readers will learn how to apply the principles of positive psychology to create and enjoy healthy, successful, and satisfying relationships that last. More at: www.buildhappytogether.com
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Public Speaker Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois

Sirois was interviewed by Catherine Plano from Australia for her I Am Woman Series: You don't have to lead from pain with Dr. Maria Sirois.

Sirois and Mark Matousek have joined forces together to integrate her positive psychology perspectives and his work on writing to awaken. They explore the fields of loneliness and belonging in a writing retreat, Writing to Awaken: Explore Longing and Belonging, coming soon to Kripalu Yoga Retreat Center, May 18 – 20.

Sirois is a member of a unique steering committee to create a worldwide positive education summit. The summit, headed by world thought leaders Martin Seligman and David Cooperrider and hosted by IPEN (the International Positive Education Network), will take place in June in Dallas, TX. The World Positive Education Accelerator will bring together students, parents, educators and innovators to elevate the benefits of positive education for children across our world.
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Public Speaker Alison Wright

Alison Wright

Wright's latest photography book, Human Tribe, was recently published. This collection of global portraits from 150 countries celebrates our diversity and the visual tapestry of humanity in all its splendor. She recently returned from covering the South Sudan refugee situation in Uganda. Wright will be launching a photo exhibition for International Women's Day at USAID in Washington DC based on her recent assignment, photographing women at work in Tunisia. She will be covering a number of assignments in South America, Asia and Africa in the upcoming year.
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