Speakers 2023 - WOHASU - World Happiness Summit

2023 SPEAKERS

Dr. Laurie Santos
Professor & Speaker who taught the most popular class at Yale

Dr. Laurie Santos

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar(New)
Speaker & Best-Selling Author who taught the Most Popular Class at Harvard

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Dr. Kelli Harding
Physician, Writer and Educator

Dr. Kelli Harding

Mo Gawdat
Former Chief Business Officer for Google [X], Author & Founder One Billion Happy

Mo Gawdat

Alberto Nobis
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DHL Express Europe

Alberto Nobis

Jen Fisher
Chief Well-being Officer, Deloitte 

Jen Fisher

Dr. Sandro Formica
International Speaker, Author & Professor

Dr. Sandro Formica

Karen Guggenheim
Co-Founder & Producer, World Happiness Summit® and Founder/CEO, WOHASU®

Karen Guggenheim

Dr. Raj Sisodia
Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc

Dr. Raj Sisodia

Maria Loi
Chef, Restaurateur, Author, & Healthy Lifestyle Expert

Maria Loi

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
"Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology," Author, Trainer & Coach

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Dr. Neha Sangwan
Physician, Author, Speaker, Coach

Dr. Neha Sangwan

Dr. Tayyab Rashid - PFP

Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Sara Blanchard
WOHASU® MC, Coach & Happiness Consultant

Sara Blanchard

Michael Steeger
Founder and Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, and Professor of Psychology

Michael Steger

Elina Teboul
Speaker, Lawyer, Executive Coach and Consultant

Elina Teboul

Dr. Fred Luskin
Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project

Dr. Fred Luskin

Allison Wagner
Former World Record Holder Swimming, Olympic Medalist & Anti-Doping Advocate

Allison Wagner

Elisa Juarez
Social Impact Program Officer & Corporate Responsibility Coach

Elisa Juarez

Ismael Cala
Life and human development strategist, best-seller author and international speaker

Ismael Cala

Lord RIchard Layard
Economist, Professor, Co-Editor World Happiness Report & Co-Founder Action for Happiness

Lord Richard Layard

Mark Williamson
Director of Action for Happiness

Mark Williamson

Dr. Howard Cutler
Psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading expert on the science of human happiness

Dr. Howard Cutler

Cassie Holmes
Professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management

Cassie Holmes

Ashley Whillans
Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School

Ashley Whillans

Diann Newman
Vice Dean, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University

Diann Newman

Dr. Itai Ivtzan
Positive Psychologist, Senior Lecturer, & Program Leader of MAPP

Dr. Itai Ivtzan

Alla Klymenko
Psychologist & co-founder of Upgrade Educational Project

Alla Klymenko

Professor & Speaker who taught the most popular class at Yale

Dr. Laurie Santos

Psychologist Dr. Laurie Santos is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices. She is also knowledgeable in how behavioral change through positive psychology can lead to a happy and fulfilling life.

Currently the big project of Dr. Santos is to positively influence the culture of Yale University by teaching happiness and well-being. She created a course so meaningful that it became the most popular class taken at Yale in over 316 years.

In her course, Psychology and the Good Life, Santos teaches her 1200 students about behavioral change through positive psychology. Dr. Santos wants her students to be more grateful, procrastinate less and increase social connections. She believes that those positive habits will decrease mental health issues on campus and create happier and more motivated students.

From her research, Santos speaks to how we are biologically programmed to be motivated by sex, to be deeply influenced by other people — and to repeat our mistakes. And while Santos often uses subjects from the animal kingdom to help explain our sometimes-illogical behaviors, she also provides advice on how to engage our uniquely human faculties to counteract evolution, choose more wisely, and live happier lives.

Dr. Santos was appointed Head of Silliman College on July 1, 2016 to a five year term. She is a professor of Psychology at Yale University, where she serves as Director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory as well as the Canine Cognition Center, a research facility that studies how dogs think about the world. She teaches one of Yale’s most popular undergraduate courses, Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University.

Her numerous awards for science, teaching, and mentorship include the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research.

Speaker & Best-Selling Author who taught the Most Popular Class at Harvard

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership.

Tal is a serial entrepreneur and has created and delivers the online Certificate in Happiness Studies.
HSA is the first and only program of its kind, with students from all around the world.

Today, 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. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

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Physician, Writer and Educator

Dr. Kelli Harding

Dr. Kelli Harding wants to make the world a kinder and healthier place. She believes everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and kindness.

Dr. Harding is a Columbia University trained board certified psychiatrist. She is based in New York City and specializes in the interplay between mental and physical health. Her goal is to care for every patient with a comprehensive, holistic approach. Dr. Harding is the author of THE RABBIT EFFECT: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness (Atria Books, Fall 2019).

In her work as a physician, writer, and educator, Dr. Harding explores the science of kindness and the social dimensions of health. These hidden factors affect the body in profound ways, altering metabolism, immune functioning, mental health, and the course of disease. In her work as a doctor, she combines the latest biomedical advances with big-picture public health research to help people live well, even with chronic disease or serious illness.

Dr. Harding works with individuals, groups, and the general public to foster emotional wellbeing. Her warm engaging style focuses on compassion and connection. She’s appeared on Today, Good Morning America, NPR, The New York Times, Medscape, BBC, Oprah.com, Thrive Global, Psychology Today, mindbodygreen, Refinery 29, Tracy Anderson’s PER4MANCE PROGRAM, Parents Magazine, Inc. and U.S. News and World Report.

Former Chief Business Officer for Google [X], Author & Founder One Billion Happy

Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat is the former chief commercial officer of Google [X], a serial entrepreneur, and the author of Solve for Happy.

Mo has an impressive combined career spanning 27 years, starting at IBM Egypt as a systems engineer before moving on to a sales position in the government sector. Venturing to the United Arab Emirates, Mo joined NCR Abu Dhabi to cover the non-financial sector. He then became familiar with the consumer goods industry as a Regional Manager for BAT. At Microsoft, he held various roles over a period of seven and a half years, in his last role at Microsoft he led the communications industry in emerging markets around the world.

Mo joined Google in 2007 to launch its business in emerging markets. He is fascinated by the role technology plays in empowering people in emerging communities and has dedicated years of his career to that passion. Over a 6-year period, Mo started about half of Google’s operations worldwide.

Mo is the author of “Resolve to be Happy: Designing Your Path to Joy” (2017). Through his 12-year research on the subject of happiness, he created a well-designed algorithm and repeatable model for reaching a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of life circumstances. Mo’s happiness model proved to be very effective. And, in 2014, it was put to the test when Mo lost his son Ali due to a preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. Solve For Happy is the cornerstone of a mission that Mo has committed to as his personal mission, a mission to deliver his message of happiness to 10 million people around the world. #unbillionhappy

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DHL Express Europe

Alberto Nobis

Overseeing almost 50 countries and territories, Alberto Nobis is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DHL Express Europe since 2019. He has been with the company for 15 years. First, he served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of DHL Express Italy, then as the CFO of DHL Express Europe and later – the CFO of DHL Express Global.

In 2013, Alberto took over as the CEO of DHL Express Italy. He is a graduate in Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy, where he obtained his management education. His mission as a leader is to ensure that everyone around him maximizes their own potential. He is very proud of the many accomplishments that DHL Express has attained including being named World’s Best Workplace in 2021 by Great Place to Work.

In his free time, Alberto loves to live in touch with nature, embrace his passion for yoga, practice sports and listen to podcasts. He was a professional volleyball player for Italy men’s national volleyball team.

Chief Well-being Officer, Deloitte 

Jen Fisher

As the Chief Well-being Officer, Jen drives Deloitte’s strategy and innovation around work-life, health, and wellness. She empowers Deloitte’s people to prioritize their well-being so they can be at their best in both their professional and personal lives. Jen also leads Deloitte’s Talent Engagement Center of Excellence.

Jen is a healthy lifestyle enthusiast and seeks to infuse aspects of wellness in everything she does. As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about advocating for women’s health and sharing her recovery journey.

Previously, Jen served as Chief of Staff for the CEO of Deloitte LLP and as a Director in Deloitte’s Market Development organization. From 2007 until 2011, Jen was a Senior Manager and primary support for the Managing Partner of Operations. She joined Deloitte as marketing manager for the Southeast region, providing marketing leadership in the Life Sciences and Health Care industry. 

Jen frequently speaks with clients and media about building a culture of well-being at work with and is a regular contributor to Thrive Global and curator of their Work-Life Integration hub. She has coauthored several Deloitte Insights research reports on workplace well-being and hosts WorkWell, a podcast series on the latest work-life trends.She sits on the Advisory Council for the Chief Well-being Officer program at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-being and serves as a lieutenant on the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable. She received her Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Miami.

Accomplishments:

– 2017 Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award and the 2018 Well-being 100 Award for creating a lasting impact on Deloitte’s culture, benefits, and the well-being of Deloitte professionals. 
– Recognized as a Changemaker by Bright Pink, a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
– Coauthor of the Deloitte Insights reports Does scarcity make you dumb? A behavioral understanding of how scarcity diminishes our decision-making and control, Positive Technology: Designing work environments for digital well-being, and You snooze, you win: Why organizations should prioritize having a well-rested workforce.

Areas of expertise:

– Holistic well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and financial 
– Workplace culture and talent engagement 
– Workplace flexibility 
– Preventing employee burnout
– Destigmatizing mental health
– Technology and well-being 
– Purpose at work
– Diversity and inclusion

International Speaker, Author & Professor

Dr. Sandro Formica

Embracing his unconventional path in academia and life, Sandro Formica, Ph.D., lives every day in full commitment to his Life Purpose, “To integrate the science of happiness in firms, educational institutions and governments.” For that reason, he created a business format that aligns personal development processes with the goals and mission of positive organizations. Sandro’s work aims at increasing individual and organizational performance based on applied, scientific evidence.

Sandro contributed to the development, analysis and testing of a strategic management model named “Co-Alignment” and modified it to integrate values, talents, imagination and purpose in the context of positive organizations managed by self-aware executives.

Sandro has provided consulting and executive education services to global and regional hotel corporations such as ACCOR and Intercontinental, coordinated transnational European Union projects in hospitality and tourism, and conducted “Think Tanks” with leading decision-makers in the Middle East, New Zealand, France, Spain, Italy, and the U.S.

As an academic, he published in international peer-reviewed journals on human motivational factors and behavioral decision-making in the context of travel, executive education needs, United States vs. Europe education systems, and predictability of human preferences in future global travel. His research papers were presented at several international conferences, such as the World Business Congress and the Quality of Life World Conference.

Currently, Sandro teaches The Science of Happiness and Personal Empowerment at Florida International University. Also, he teaches The Economics of Happiness in selected European universities.

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Co-Founder & Producer, World Happiness Summit® and Founder/CEO, WOHASU®

Karen Guggenheim

Karen Guggenheim is a pioneer in the global happiness movement, a leader in promoting the science behind wellbeing to an international audience, and a motivational speaker inspiring people about how to grow post trauma and rebuild a life focused on passion, purpose, and happiness. She is CEO of WOHASU®, the comprehensive wellbeing ecosystem that produces the World Happiness Summit and is inspiring a fast-growing movement sending a positive rippling effect around the world.

When her husband died suddenly, she still found her way to the discovery that happiness was not only attainable after loss – it was teachable. In 2016, she drastically altered her career path and invested her time, talent, and treasure to create WOHASU® to foster  a global community for optimism, positivity, and  happiness.

Amidst the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Karen activated the WOHASU® network of leading experts to create unique virtual programming including developing and hosting 40 masterclasses, and supporting schools districts with access to wellbeing content and webinars.

She founded the H-20 Government Meeting, which discusses wellbeing economics and policy, and has ideated, produced, organized. She has promoted several global events attended by thousands of people from over 40 countries and 45 US states. Along with fellow experts, Karen has also created unique trainings like the WOHASU/Florida International University Chief Happiness Officer Certification, the only CHO program in the world certified by a university.

A popular speaker, happiness educator and community builder, Karen concentrates on taking an evidence-approach to wellbeing, purpose-driven communities, and post-traumatic growth. She believes in cultivating inclusive communities of changemakers committed to making the world happier, healthier, and more sustainable. Her mission is to make a case for happiness by highlighting the opportunities for win-win scenarios created by learning and implementing evidence-based tools and policies that make people, organizations, and communities thrive.

Karen is an invited professor by the University of Lisbon in their Executive Master in Positive Psychology program, a mentor for Endeavor Miami and a featured guest on a variety of podcasts focusing on wellbeing, policy, and work. A frequent speaker at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a creator on Marc Cuban’s Fireside Chat podcast platform, her work has been featured in a variety of media including CNN Español, VICE, Outdoor Magazine, and The Miami Herald. In 2019, she was invited by the U.S. State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, Netherlands and her work has inspired many others to create happiness centric organizations, services, and foundations.

Under her leadership, WOHASU® LLC was awarded with the “Key of the City of Miami” by the Miami Mayor and the members of the Miami City Commission.

Karen is a mom of two.

Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc

Dr. Raj Sisodia

Raj Sisodia is Distinguished University Professor of Conscious Enterprise and Chairman of the Conscious Enterprise Center at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. He is FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business (on leave) at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Business from Columbia University. Raj is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2013) and Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters (2015). He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. Raj received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016 and the Business Luminary Award from Halcyon in 2021. He has served on the boards of Mastek and The Container Store.

Raj has published fifteen books, including Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, which was named a top business book of 2007 by Amazon.com. His most recent books are The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World and The Global Rule of Three: Competing with Conscious Strategy, and the forthcoming Awaken: A Journey to Purpose, Wholeness and Healing. Raj has consulted with and taught at numerous companies, including AT&T, Verizon, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Tesoro, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, McDonalds and Southern California Edison.

Chef, Restaurateur, Author, & Healthy Lifestyle Expert

Maria Loi

Chef Maria Loi is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, author, television personality and philanthropist working to change the world – one healthy bite at a time. Known as the Julia Child of Greece, she isthe founder and face of a lifestyle brand that nurtures a healthy body and soul, melds the inspiration of ancient Greece with a modern approach to the Mediterranean diet, cooks up a heaping dose of happiness, humor and joy and helps people boost their immunity and improve their health, wellness and longevity.

Chef Loi is passionate about sharing the magic of all things Greek – especially the culinary treasures, recipes and practices passed down through the generations and from her grandfather. Deeply popular and beloved inGreece and a food superstar in the U.S., she exudes kindness, friendliness and warmth, makes a friend of everyone she meets and lights up rooms with her bountiful energy, infectious smile and hearty laugh.

The founder of Loi Food Products, a specialty brand built on traditional ingredients from Greece; her pastas, beans, botanical herbs, refrigerated dips, honey and olive oil are sold on QVC, at Whole Foods Markets and in other stores.

The author of more than 36 cookbooks, she is also host of a new show, THE LIFE OF LOI, debuting on PBS in 2021. It aims to build an inspirational and educational movement around the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle – from ancient to modern, food to culture and everything in between.

The namesake of three restaurants, including the current Loi Estiatorio in Manhattan, Chef Loi has cooked for celebrities and Presidents. But she most enjoys gathering with a roomful of diners over a good meal filled with laughter and stories and passing out smiles and homemade cookies to children who visit her restaurant.

Named an official Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy by the Chef’s Club of Greece, Chef Loi is also a passionate and dedicated philanthropist who supports a wide variety of causes focused on children and the underserved.

"Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology," Author, Trainer & Coach

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of positive psychology” because his research on happiness, empathy and other topics has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya and Israel. Robert’s interest in happiness focuses on culture, material simplicity, and public policy. He has written more than 50 scholarly articles on these topics and is author of eight books including Happiness (2008), The Courage Quotient (2012), and The Upside of Your Dark Side (2015).

Robert is also a leading authority on positive psychology coaching and widely recognized as a pioneering voice in this field. Robert occupies a unique position in the world of positive psychology as he is both a published researcher and a practicing ICF certified coach.  He regulatory trains professionals around the world in the application of positive psychology. His clients have included Standard Chartered Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Australian Department of Defense, Deloitte, and many others.

Physician, Author, Speaker, Coach

Dr. Neha Sangwan

Dr. Neha Sangwan, CEO of Intuitive Intelligence is an Internal Medicine physician, international speaker and corporate communication expert who empowers people toward better health by teaching them practical communication tools to strengthen their relationships, decrease their stress, improve their health and save them time.

Neha earned a B.S. in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Michigan State University, attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for medical school, and completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital. She worked in the hospital for a decade before founding Intuitive Intelligence, her private practice and corporate consulting firm, where she integrates the science of medicine and the art of communication to empower her clients to improve their health and their lives.

Neha is also the author of TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health and Happiness. To learn more, visit Doctorneha.com.

Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is senior lecture at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, University of Melbourne.   Dr. Rashid is also a faculty associate with the Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University.  Dr. Rashid’s expertise includes strength-based clinical psychotherapy with complex mental health challenges, resilience and post-traumatic growth. Dr. Rashid has also worked with individuals experiencing severe trauma, including survivors of the Asian Tsunami of 2004, with refugee families and journalists who have worked in high conflict zones and with survivors of mass shootings.  Dr. Rashid has delivered more than fifty invited talks and keynotes and trained mental health professionals and educators internationally. Published in academic journals, Dr. Rashid’ book Positive Psychotherapy (2018), co-written with Martin Seligman, is considered one of the most comprehensive clinical resources in the field and has been translated into several languages so far. Dr. Rashid won the Outstanding Practitioner Award (2017) from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

WOHASU® MC, Coach & Happiness Consultant

Sara Blanchard

Sara Blanchard helps communities build connections through conscious conversations, which she does as a podcaster, facilitator, writer, and happiness consultant. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and taught positive psychology at Harvard, Sara speaks the language of traditional accomplishment, but for over 10 years, Sara has also pursued the science and techniques of well-being as a life coach, mother, author of Flex Mom and TEDx speaker. In addition to emceeing events and facilitating meaningful panel discussions, Sara now co-hosts the award-winning show Dear White Women, a social justice podcast that highlights humanity in the history, identity, and happiness of the United States.

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

Dear White Women is an award-winning social justice podcast for busy people – not just for women, and not just for people who identify as white (that said, we bet the name grabbed your attention!). Fortune magazine listed us as “according to y’all,” one of the must-listen podcasts on race and history; we were also awarded “Best Episode” by the inaugural Colorado Podcast Awards for our illuminating conversation with Native American Crystal Echo Hawk. Our underlying philosophy is that we rise by lifting others, and we need to open our eyes to see the humanity all around us.

Pls subscribe to the show to get a dose of intelligence that will carry you through cocktail hours and boost your knowledge before the 2020 elections. Find us at https://www.dearwhitewomen.com or on Instagram @dearwhitewomenpodcast or Twitter @dwwpodcast.

Founder and Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, and Professor of Psychology

Michael Steger

Speaker, Lawyer, Executive Coach and Consultant

Elina Teboul

Elina is an executive coach with The Preston Associates and the founder of The LightUp Lab, through which Elina seeks to inspire and empower people and organizations through positive psychology, mindfulness and executive coaching. Elina firmly believes that finding meaning and purpose in work is integral to happiness and works with individuals, teams, and organizations to ensure that purpose is at the center of the conversation.

Elina is passionate about entrepreneurship and works closely with founders and leadership teams of dynamic growth businesses. She zealously helps visionaries and disrupters to build rocket ships – and do it with personal purpose, authenticity, and balance.

Elina partners closely with female leaders, facilitating inspiring peer coaching conversations and creating impactful women leadership programs to foster wisdom, growth, and tangible business results.

Elina built her executive experience as an investment management attorney at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and the Global Markets Department of Credit Suisse. She is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where her course “Positive Lawyering” is an innovative integration of positive psychology principles into the legal profession. Her article “ Positive Psychology Coaching Model for the Legal Profession” will be published in the Journal of the Legal Profession in early 2022.

Elina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She also holds her M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University, Teacher’s College and has completed the Columbia Executive Coaching Certification Program.

Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project

Dr. Fred Luskin

Fred Luskin serves as Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on a variety of populations. The forgiveness project has successfully explored forgiveness therapy with people who suffered from the violence in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone as well as the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

In addition, Fred’s work has been successfully applied and researched in corporate, medical, legal and religious settings. He currently serves as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University and is a Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He presents lectures, workshops, seminars and trainings on the importance, health benefits and training of forgiveness, stress management and emotional competence throughout the United States. He offers presentations and classes that range from one hour to ongoing weekly trainings.

Former World Record Holder Swimming, Olympic Medalist & Anti-Doping Advocate

Allison Wagner

Allison Wagner is an Olympian in its original sense – she pursues excellence in all aspects of her life by continually working on developing her mind, spirit and body. By working to improve yourself with integrity and honor, everyone can be an Olympian. As a competitive swimmer, Allison won a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in the 400 Individual Medley. The Individual Medley consists of all four strokes and combines all of the disciplines of the sport of swimming into a single race. She held the World Record in the 200 short course meter I.M. for 15 years.

She is a 13-Time National Champion and NCAA Champion, she has decided to speak out as an anti-doping advocate. Allison studies the body continually and uses her knowledge of body mechanics and health to help people improve efficiency, optimize their experience in sport, and rehabilitate injuries through correction of movement patterns. She uses this knowledge and experience in her practices of wellness coaching, body and movement analysis, pilates instruction and swim instruction. Allison is also an artist and is developing an outreach program called World-Wide Water Safe (WWS) for people and countries with high drowning rates and a need for water safety education. This effort stemmed out of the belief that everyone has the right to be safe in water. Wagner is a painter and founding member of the International Olympic organization called Art of the Olympians.

Social Impact Program Officer & Corporate Responsibility Coach

Elisa Juarez

Elisa Juarez is a social impact program officer and corporate responsibility coach for small and medium size businesses. In this capacity, she has a proven record of helping company’s develop local corporate engagement strategies that is good for team, community and business.

Elisa sits on the board of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation where she helps promote high-profile sustainable programs including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, and Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT).

Elisa graduated with Honors from Brown University, and has an MBA from the IAE. She also has a Corporate Social Responsibility certificate from Harvard’s Business School Executive Education.

Life and human development strategist, best-seller author and international speaker

Ismael Cala

Life and business strategist, best-selling author, journalist and international speaker specialized in personal development and mindful exponential leadership. He has received personalized training from renowned international leaders such as Robin Sharma, John C. Maxwell, Deepak Chopra, Brian Tracy, and Tony Robbins, and completed the Executive Program in Exponential Leadership at one of the most prestigious and advanced universities in the world, Singularity University in Silicon Valley. Through his conferences, workshops and inspirational retreats, he has touched the personal and professional lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Cala has positively impacted more than 400 companies in over 25 countries. The New York Times has identified him as “the Latino Larry King”. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) in USA. Founder and president of CALA Enterprises Corporation, a content production company focused on leadership, mindfulness, happiness, productivity, and excellence as a culture. President & Founder of Ismael Cala Foundation.

Economist, Professor, Co-Editor World Happiness Report & Co-Founder Action for Happiness

Lord Richard Layard

Richard Layard is a British labor economist, currently working as program director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. His early career focused on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. Richard was Senior Research Officer for the famous Robbins Committee on Higher Education. This committee’s report led to the massive expansion of UK university education in the 1960s and 1970s.

Following research on happiness begun in the 1970s by economists such as Richard Easterlin at the University of Southern California, he has written about the economics of happiness, with one theme being the importance of non-income variables on aggregate happiness, including mental health. Richard is co-editor of the World Happiness Report and Global Policy Report, and co-founder of Action for Happiness.

Director of Action for Happiness

Mark Williamson

Dr Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness, a movement of people taking action to create a happier and kinder world, with an active community of over a million supporters. He is passionate about creating a more balanced and caring society that focuses more on helping people and communities thrive. Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously Director at the Carbon Trust and Senior Manager with Accenture and has also worked for HP Labs and Orange. He holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Bristol. He is a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading expert on the science of human happiness

Dr. Howard Cutler

Howard C. Cutler, MD, is a psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading expert on the science of human happiness. He is coauthor with the Dalai Lama of the internationally best-selling series The Art of Happiness. Dedicated to helping people find happier, more rewarding lives, Howard works with individuals privately and has given presentations on happiness throughout the United States and abroad. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and television programs, and in Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Psychology Today. He holds degrees in art and zoology, and a medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management

Cassie Holmes

Cassie Holmes is a professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and author of Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most. Trained as a social psychologist, Professor Holmes earned her PhD at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and her BA at Columbia. An award-winning teacher and researcher on the role of time in cultivating happiness and satisfaction in life, Professor Holmes’s work has been widely published in lead academic journals and featured in such outlets as NPR, the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post.

Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School

Ashley Whillans

Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, where she teaches the Negotiations and Motivation and Incentives courses to MBAs and Executives. Whillans’ research has been published in top academic journals and popular media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Her first book, Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life, was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing. She earned her BA, MA and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation research on time and happiness won the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for being the best PhD thesis in Canada across the fine arts, humanities and social sciences.

Vice Dean, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University

Diann Newman

Diann Newman has been an educator/administrator at Florida International University since 1975. She has had administrative responsibilities ranging from the Director of Admissions to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies to her current role as Vice Dean for The Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Professor Newman also teaches Leadership Training for Teambuilding and Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Newman is a professional speaker and workshop facilitator. She conducts seminars on topics such as self-esteem, and communication skills and a frequent presenter at Rancho La Puerta. Dr. Newman is licensed in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. She has co-authored the book, Human Resource Management: A Customer-Oriented Approach (Prentice-Hall). She has received recognition in the University for her excellence in advising and teaching and for her work in promoting the appreciation of diversity.

Positive Psychologist, Senior Lecturer, & Program Leader of MAPP

Dr. Itai Ivtzan

Dr. Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. Isn’t this an amazing prospect? Itai is a Positive Psychologist, a Professor at Naropa University, teaching and researching at the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based. He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL).

Over the past 20 years, Itai has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats in the UK, US, and around the world, at various educational institutions and at private events. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences. He published five books, as well as more than 50 journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality.

Itai is confident that mindfulness meditation has the power to change individuals – in fact, whole societies – for the better. Accordingly, he has been investing much time in studying mindfulness academically, writing books about it, teaching it, and training mindfulness teachers.

His passion towards personal transformation and growth led him to establish the School of Positive Transformation.

Psychologist & co-founder of Upgrade Educational Project

Alla Klymenko

Alla Klymenko is known in Eastern Europe and abroad as a psychologist and happiness educator who has been studying well-being, goal setting, and mindfulness for over ten years. Her lectures, workshops, and seminars help thousands of people become more successful, happier and radically change their outlook on life. Her goal is to make a billion people around the world happier.

Alla believes in cultivating equal access to education on positive psychology, depression prevention, and well-being for populations across the globe. Being a pioneer in Eastern Europe’s happiness movement, her every speech and presentation is aninspirational show. As a motivational speaker with live audiences ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands, her unique presentations and classes touched the hearts of thousands of people.

Alla is the author of workshops, seminars, and online courses attended by participants from Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Northern America. She also published several unique self-improvement workbooks and inspirational journals – Happy Me Journal, Thank You Diary, and Dream Year Book. Sheis the co-founder and head coach of Eastern Europe’s largest self-improvement summer camp, Upgrade Yourself Camp.

A featured guest on a variety of podcasts, she hosts Alla and Happiness YouTube channel (with 158 thousand followers) with motivational speeches and interviews with the world’s leading experts in the fields of happiness and well-being – Karen Guggenheim, Tal Ben-Shahar, Mo Gawdat, Fred Luskin, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Michael Roach, Joe Vitale, John Gray, and many others.

Shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alla joined forces with the world’s leading speakers, Tal Ben-Shahar, Marci Shimoff, and others, to create the Two Happy Weeks online course aimed at maintaining a positive attitude amidst challenging global events to support the affected population during the period of turbulence.

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