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Pre-summit Master Classes run April 30–May 1, Sunday–Monday. Choose one Master Class to participate in. View complete details.

  • The Effort and Ease of Goal Attainment, with Caroline Adams Miller [EPPSM-171:S:1]
  • Questions for Answers: Writing Toward Clarity, with Joan Borysenko [EPPSM-171:S:2]

Post-summit Master Classes run May 4–5, Thursday–Friday. Choose one Master Class to participate in. View complete details.

  • The Science and Practice of Positivity Resonance, with Barbara Fredrickson [EPPSM-172:S:1]
  • The Art of Teaching Positive Psychology, with Maria Sirois [EPPSM-172:S:2]

Daily Activity Schedule
Summit Session Schedule
8:30-9:00 am Meditation and announcements
9:00-11:30 am Summit Sessions
12:15-1:15 pm Meals with Mentors Coaching Circle
1:30-3:45 pm Summit Sessions
5:00-6:30 pm Speaker Showcase
7:00-9:00 pm Summit Sessions
Meals and Yoga Schedule
6:30–8:00 am Kripalu Yoga classes
7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
11:30-1:15 pm Lunch
12:00-1:00 pm Let Your Yoga Dance® for Positive Psychology
12:00-1:00 pm Kripalu YogaDance® and Kripalu Yoga classes
4:15-5:45 pm Kripalu Yoga classes
5:30-7:00 pm Dinner

Monday May 1, 2017

7:30–9:00 pm Opening Keynote: Cultivating a Growth Heartset
with Megan McDonough

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Psychologist Carol Dweck defines a growth mind-set as “the understanding that we can develop our abilities and intelligence.” In this opening keynote, Wholebeing Institute’s CEO and co-founder, Megan McDonough, introduces the concept of a “growth heartset”—the idea that you can develop your ability to open your heart and connect to humankind’s highest emotion of love. Starting with a foundational model of wholeness, Megan moves deeper into the heart’s role in well-being, setting the intention for the entire summit experience—connecting with self and others to give and receive more of what sustains human flourishing.

Megan McDonough, is cofounder and CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focusing on the science of whole-person well-being. She uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to lead, harnessing the best in people for the greatest good. She is the award-winning author of three books on mindfulness. Megan has a Nuclear Medicine certification from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center; a certificate in Systems Dynamics for Senior Managers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; two bachelor’s degrees, in natural science and biology; and two decades of senior leadership experience in health care, including directing numerous online-learning start-ups.


Tuesday May 2, 2017

8:30–9:00 am Meditation with Megha Nancy Buttenheim
Announcements with Ruth Pearce

9:00–10:00 am Morning Keynote: Seeing and Being Seen: The Virtue of Love
with Neal Mayerson

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The meaningfulness of love deepens when those giving and receiving love are showing their authentic selves and seeing one another’s authentic self. Seeing and showing authenticity can be understood in terms of signature strengths of character. Neal reviews VIA’s character science and discusses it in the context of loving relationships.

Neal H. Mayerson, PhD, worked as a psychotherapist in hospital, community mental-health, and private practice settings for 15 years, with specialties in chronic pain and eating disorders. In 1999, he created the VIA Institute on Character, whose surveys and classification of character strengths are considered to be among the most important outputs in Positive Psychology. VIA’s work has spawned hundreds of scientific articles and helped millions of people worldwide discover their character strengths and how to use them to improve their lives and the lives of others. Neal was founder of Hummingbird Coaching Services, pioneering online coaching services, and Mayerson Academy, a non-profit specializing in professional development of K–12 educators. He is president of the Mayerson Family Foundations and president of the Mayerson Company. Neal produced the award-winning CD Hidden Treasures: A Tribute to King Records, and helped establish hand sanitizers as a product category by introducing the Purell brand.


10:15–11:30 am
[EPPS-171:TUE-AM-01]
Love Your Life: How to Get Happier with Meaningful Goals and Grit
with Caroline Adams Miller

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Studies have found that the happiest people, those who love life, are those who wake up every day to clear-cut goals that give their lives meaning and purpose. Their goals are often quite challenging to achieve; however, they don’t quit or make excuses. Instead, they rely on the characteristic of grit to overcome and thrive. In this session, Positive Psychology expert Caroline Adams Miller shares her unique, comprehensive, and evidence-based approach to helping you create and accomplish tough goals with grit.

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is a pioneer in the areas of goal setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. She is the author of six books, including My Name is Caroline, Positively Caroline, and Creating Your Best Life, and Getting Grit, coming in 2017. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, she was one of the first graduates of the University of Pennsylvania master’s program in Applied Positive Psychology, and works with organizations around the world to help create positive change. A lifelong athlete, Caroline is a nationally ranked Masters swimmer, black belt in Hapkido, and yoga enthusiast. carolinemiller.com


10:15–11:30 am
[EPPS-171:TUE-AM-02]
Schools as Agents of Love: Fostering a Sense of Wholeness in Students and Teachers
with Alan Brown

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Our school system is increasingly moving toward testing, college placement, and other trackable outcomes as measures of success. One metric that is not often recorded is the extent to which schools nurture a sense of wholeness in their students. Yet a significant body of research now tells us that students who feel better do better. How do we create schools that prioritize students’ well-being? What would it look like if teachers spent as much time preparing for the relationships they have with students as they do preparing for the content they transmit? This workshop will present a framework through which schools can embed positive psychology and mindfulness into their practice and culture, with the goal of raising young adults who feel well and whole. We also look at recent research on the efficacy of fostering a sense of wholeness for teachers and caregivers, and best practices for doing so. This workshop is relevant to anyone with an investment in the education of young people, including teachers, administrators, and parents.

Alan Brown, is a dean at Grace Church School in New York City, where he leads mindfulness programs for students and parents. He runs Learning to Thrive, providing mindfulness-based coaching to students and families, and consults with schools on implementing programs in mindfulness, well-being, and positive education. Alan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago, and is a Fulbright fellowship recipient. A certified teacher in the leadership network of Mindful Schools and a Certificate in Positive Psychology graduate, Alan has taught in both public and private settings for 15 years. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. learningtothrive.nyc


10:15–11:30 am
[EPPS-171:TUE-AM-03]
Move2Love, Thriving, and Soaring
with Lisa Buksbaum and Elaine O’Brien

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When people move together, enjoy music, and share social support, it leads to a positive, cascading impact on wellness. Appreciative movement (both physical and through imagery) can transform people’s lives, leading them to health, healing, embodiment, greater compassion, and post-traumatic growth. Dr. Elaine O’Brien, creator of Move2Love Dance/Fitness, and Lisa Honig Buksbaum, creator of the Soaringwords program, have led thousands of participants of all ages through positive interventions built on the healing and energizing modalities of aerobic dance, movement, expressive arts, performance, and sports medicine. In this experiential workshop, they share hands-on, empirically validated exercises from their latest initiatives; guide the group in experiences of positive motion and imagery; and look at Wholebeing Institute’s SPIRE model of spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional well-being in the context of appreciative movement.

Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP, is a forerunner in the fields of positive psychology, lifestyle medicine, positive aging, and fitness science. Elaine celebrates embodiment and positive relationships via her positive energy breaks and with applied research in community movement programs, such as Move2Love/FitDance, serving vibrant seniors for more than 20 years. An inspiring speaker, dance/fitness instructor, educator, choreographer, and author, Elaine has presented for the American Psychological Association, also leading workshops at the International, Canada, Chinese, and European Positive Psychology Conferences. Elaine aims her doctoral training in the psychology of human movement/kinesiology, and her master’s in applied Positive Psychology toward helping to elevate, educate, and move people toward health, well-being, and more love.

Lisa Honig Buksbaum, is an inspirational speaker and creator of Soaringwords, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2001, which has provided more than 250,000 hospitalized children and their families and caregivers with programming based on positive psychology concepts that enhance well-being. Author of SOARING into Strength: The Positive Psychology Approach to Help Children Heal, Lisa has presented at numerous conferences, including the International Positive Psychology Association World Congress and the European Positive Psychology Conference. She has led employee engagement sessions at Google, Facebook, and JPMorgan Chase, and been featured by ABC News, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, Working Mother, and other outlets. Lisa holds an MBA from Columbia University and a master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. soaringwords.org.


11:30–1:15 pm
12:00–1:00 pm
12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch
Let Your Yoga Dance® for Positive Psychology, with Megha Nancy Buttenheim
Meals with Mentors

1:15–2:15 pm Afternoon Keynote: Love’s Biological Impact: The Cutting Edge of Mind-Body Medicine
with Joan Borysenko

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Intuitively, human beings understand that love heals. Sociologically and scientifically, we’re beginning to understand why. Data from the emerging fields of psychoneuroimmunology and neurobiology illustrate the effects of connection and compassion on health, emotional balance, and well-being. In this accessible, research-based presentation, you learn about the pivotal role relationships play in creating a healing field, and how your DNA, neurochemistry, immune function, and brain wiring respond to your narrative interpretation of events—in either a constructive or destructive way.

Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and the spiritual dimensions of life as integral parts of health and healing. A licensed psychologist with a doctorate in cell biology from Harvard Medical School, she synthesizes cutting-edge science with a deep humanity. Founder and president of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a New York Times best-selling author of 16 books, Joan has also produced a series of audio programs for meditation and stress management. Her work has appeared in newspapers including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. and she wrote and starred in the television special Inner Peace for Busy People, which was broadcast on PBS. joanborysenko.com


2:30–3:45 pm
[EPPS-171:TUE-PM-01]
Love and Work: Creating a Path to a Career You’ll Love
with Lynda Wallace

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As we move through our lives and work, many of us feel a desire to create new careers in fields we find deeply meaningful. In this workshop, certified Positive Psychology Coach and career expert Lynda Wallace leads exercises and discussions to help you

  • Clarify the priorities and values most important to you as you plan your next chapter
  • Consider the strengths, skills, experience, expertise, and resources you can marshal to make the change a reality
  • Begin to create a practical path in the direction of a career you’ll love.

Lynda Wallace, is one of the country’s most highly sought-after coaches and coaching teachers. She offers career, life, and executive coaching to clients in her private practice and teaches positive psychology coaching skills and practice building strategies to hundreds of coaches each year. Lynda holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global business that includes some of the world’s most iconic brands. Galvanized by the compelling findings of Positive Psychology researchers, she left the business world to create a new career doing work she genuinely loves. Lynda earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Wholebeing Institute and certification as a Positive Psychology Coach from Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener. She is is the author of the #1 Amazon self-help bestseller A Short Course in Happiness, the creator of the coach training program at Wholebeing Institute, and a mentor to coaches around the world.


2:30–3:45 pm
[EPPS-171:TUE-PM-02]
From Me to You: The Ripple Effect of Positive Psychology Learning
with Catherine Flavin and Karen Whelan-Berry

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In this workshop, we look at two important benefits of positive psychology training that are not often discussed in the literature: how learning and using positive psychology can lead to helping others, and how it can support the development of highly valued interpersonal skills in the workplace. Evidence for these benefits is derived from a multi-year, mixed-method evaluation in which Catherine Flavin and Karen Whelan-Berry collected data from 153 alumni of the year-long Certificate in Positive Psychology course. They share their research on how graduates’ learning and attention to their own happiness and well-being impacted others in their family, community, and/or workplace. They also discuss the effect of different learning activities, and zero in on data from the survey suggesting that these learning activities contribute to self-reported increases in happiness, relationship satisfaction, work skills, and health.

Catherine Flavin, has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, engagement, diversity, and organizational development across industries, including financial services, professional services, pharma, health care, insurance, hospitality/gaming, foundations, and higher education. She is cofounder of Thrive Leadership, whose clients include BioTelemetry, Citi, Globoforce, The Hartford, Rochester Regional Health Systems, and Virtus Investment Partners. Catherine spent 15 years as a principal at the Leadership Research Institute, executing leadership development programs, global employee surveys, and culture-building initiatives. She also held positions at Everyday Democracy and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. A graduate of the Certificate in Positive Psychology Catherine earned a master’s in political science from the University of Connecticut. thriveleadership.com.

Karen Whelan-Berry, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner who focuses on creating individual and organizational change; positive and effective individuals, teams, and leaders; and work-life balance and integration. She has shared her award-winning research in more than 20 publications and at numerous national and regional management academic conferences. With expertise in curriculum development and assessment, Karen has taught undergraduate, graduate, and certificate courses, and provides training and facilitation for corporate, non-profit, government, and higher education organizations. She holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology, a PhD in organizational studies from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College, and an MBA from Bentley College.


2:30–3:45 pm
[EPPS-171:TUE-PM-03]
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Connection and Courage for Positive Action
with Stephen Redmon and Mina Simhai

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Cross-cultural and interracial interaction and communication are at an all-time low, according to recent polls. Increased awareness of race-related violence and policy brutality has inflamed pre-existing institutional and individual racism. Wholebeing Institute and Multicultural Bridge are collaborating to improve understanding and communication between people in all communities. Their work strives to make a positive difference and support those who desire to create change in their personal and professional circles. In this workshop, Stephen Redmon and Mina Simhai facilitate an interactive discussion on cross-cultural communication, with a focus on improving self-awareness. They share deeply personal and professional experiences to guide us in enhancing self-awareness, recognizing our blind spots, and developing ways to improve and sustain cross-cultural communication and collaboration. In the words of Daniel Goleman, “Clarity begins with realizing what we do not notice.”

Mina Simhai is a positive psychology educator, consultant, facilitator, speaker, writer, and former lawyer. Her signature strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, appreciation of beauty and excellence, and love. Mina serves as an adjunct instructor at George Washington University, giving students tools for thriving in school, work, and life; and teaches lawyers, busy professionals, and parents how to shift from surviving to thriving in their careers and personal lives. She facilitates monthly book discussions for Wholebeing Institute and is a teaching assistant for the Certificate in Positive Psychology. Mina’s teachings draw from her research in positive psychology and neuroscience and her experience working for top law firms and the US government.

Stephen Redmon is a retired military lawyer who served in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps for 20 years. Upon retirement, he was appointed Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and now serves a senior attorney/advisor with the VA’s Office of General Counsel Information Law Group. A certified mediator, he received the VA’s Secretary Excellence Award for exemplary national efforts in integrated alternate dispute resolution. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, Stephen holds three law degrees, a master’s in strategic intelligence, and a PhD in human and organizational systems. He was an assistant professor at the US Military Academy at West Point and is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. He is a volunteer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A graduate of the Certificate in Positive Psychology, Stephen holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification.


4:15–5:45 pm
5:30–7:00 pm
5:45–6:45 pm
Gentle Yoga for Positive Psychology
Dinner
Book Signing and Speaker Showcase

7:30–9:00 pm Evening Keynote: Heart Intelligence: Connecting with and Experiencing the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart with Howard Martin and Megha Nancy Buttenheim

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Learning how to better utilize the amazing gift of emotion represents the next frontier in human evolution. In a world where disruption has become a constant, our capacity to regulate our emotions is being challenged like never before. As a result, feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and derision are at epidemic levels. The good news is that we can access the intelligence we need to navigate life and the myriad of emotions we experience: the intelligence of the heart—intuitive, dynamic and wise. Heart intelligence provides insight, understanding, and the capacity to make emotional choices that regenerate us, reduce turmoil, and provide greater fulfillment in everything we do. Howard Martin, executive vice president of HeartMath, shares breakthrough research on human health and performance, and speaks on the power of positive emotion, practical intuition, and how to increase your ability to catalyze global change. Extrapolating key teaching tenets from Howard’s talk, Megha Nancy Buttenheim guides us in an experience of embodied positive psychology, using Let You Yoga Dance and moving meditation to delve into the heart of compassion. This is an opportunity to appreciate and witness the brilliance of our heart intelligence. Through evocative music, spontaneous movement, and user-friendly dances, we connect as a community, creating a family of hearts.

Howard Martin helped Doc Childre found HeartMath in 1991, and serves as a key spokesperson and executive for the organization. He is coauthor of The HeartMath Solution and a contributing author for Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart. Howard played a key role in launching the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart-focused care and intention, and serves on GCI’s steering committee. He has been instrumental in delivering programs to tens of thousands of people worldwide, and has conducted keynote presentations and trainings for Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the US Military, school systems, ecumenical organizations, and events in more than 50 cities on four continents.

Megha Nancy Buttenheim, MA, E-RYT 1000, is a pioneer in the emerging field of embodied Positive Psychology. Founding director and CEO of Let Your Yoga Dance LLC®, she is the director of yoga, movement, and meditation at Wholebeing Institute (WBI), and a longtime teacher trainer and mentor at Kripalu. Megha has spent more than 30 years helping people to value, use, and understand the miracle of their bodies. She has worked with all populations, including elders, children, and teens. Her signature training, Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training, has birthed more than a thousand Let Your Yoga Dance instructors around the world. Megha has been on the faculty for WBI’s Certificate in Positive Psychology since its creation, extrapolating the teaching tenets of Positive Psychology into the body. letyouryogadance.com


Wednesday, May 3

8:30–9:00 am Meditation with Megha Nancy Buttenheim
Announcements with Ruth Pearce

9:00–10:00 am Why Friendship Matters: The Role of Deep Friendship in Optimal States
with Stephen Cope

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As our understanding of human functioning deepens, we see more and more clearly how “the self” is actually a socially and interpersonally created phenomenon. In this talk, psychotherapist and author Stephen Cope, founder of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, dives deeply into the six interpersonal mechanisms by which the self is evoked, affirmed, and sustained—and the precise way in which these mechanisms, when fully experienced in deep friendship, produce optimal states of human experience. He offers examples from his personal experience, from the historical record, and from recent research done by the Institute, which is leading the field in research into optimal performing states.

Stephen Cope, MSW, is a psychotherapist, national best-selling author, and Kripalu Yoga teacher. During the summer of 2005, he launched a pioneering music and consciousness program in conjunction with the Tanglewood Institute to study the effects of yoga and meditation on performance anxiety, physical health, and states of optimal performance. Stephen is the founder and former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and the author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life?, and The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living. He was named by Yoga Journal as one of the top 25 innovators in yoga in America in the last quarter of a century.


10:15–11:30 am
[EPPS-171:WED-AM-01]
Authentic Strengths: Positive Psychology Coaching to Maximize Resilience and Well-Being with Fatima Doman

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Drawing on the science of positive psychology and from her two decades of experience as a coach and trainer, Fatima Doman, best-selling author of Authentic Strengths, shares practical, strengths-based coaching tools and embodied techniques to boost resilience, life satisfaction, and well-being. Research shows that people who use their strengths daily are six times more likely to be engaged. Focusing on using strengths rather than correcting weaknesses results in greater energy, enthusiasm, adaptability, and fulfillment in every aspect of our lives. This workshop is designed to bring out the best in you and in those you seek to positively influence.

Fatima Doman,, founder and CEO of Authentic Strengths Advantage®, is passionate about coaching people to use their strengths for greater resilience, performance, happiness and fulfillment. During 20+ years as a coach/speaker, Fatima has worked successfully with organizations and clients on every continent. Her bestselling book, Authentic Strengths, has been featured by the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and on TV/Radio. Fatima holds the Advanced Executive Coaching Certification from Columbia University. She has served as Co-Founder of FranklinCovey’s Global Executive Coaching Practice, and Faculty of the FranklinCovey/Columbia Business School Executive Coach Certification Program. Her strengths coaching workshops have been licensed globally. authenticstrengths.com


10:15–11:30 am
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Rooted and Winged: Integrating Intentions and Best Self
with Karen Whelan-Berry

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It’s a uniquely human capacity to positively focus and shape our personal and professional identity and self. This reshaping frequently means setting a goal and then working toward it. In this hands-on workshop, we explore an integrated approach to setting intentions in alignment with our best self, with goal setting as a subsequent, related outcome rather than a singular, isolated pursuit. Integrating intentions with the psychological construct of the best self is different and more positive than either of these alone, and this connection can facilitate flow and strengthen goal attainment. When we root our actions in this understanding, our intentions take wing. There will be time to practice integrating intentions with the best self, using a setting or experience of your choosing.

Karen Whelan-Berry, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner who focuses on creating individual and organizational change; positive and effective individuals, teams, and leaders; and work-life balance and integration. She has shared her award-winning research in more than 20 publications and at numerous national and regional management academic conferences. With expertise in curriculum development and assessment, Karen has taught undergraduate, graduate, and certificate courses, and provides training and facilitation for corporate, non-profit, government, and higher education organizations. She holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology, a PhD in organizational studies from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College, and an MBA from Bentley College.


10:15–11:30 am
[EPPS-171:WED-AM-03]
Love in the Community: Opening the Happiness Toolbox
with Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant and JV Hampton VanSant

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Social justice depends on happiness in family and community, which starts with creating safety and valuing and understanding both our similarities and our differences. This, in turn, leads to mutual respect and love. Multicultural BRIDGE is a social justice organization, founded and rooted in the Berkshires, which infuses positive psychology tenets into its work with children, youth, and families. Its focus is on embracing diversity through the lens of our shared character strengths, and developing the skills of “filling the bucket”—for each other and ourselves—with gratitude and kindness. Come experience

  • The tools that young people in the Berkshires are using
  • Ways to tackle tough conversations with openness and mutual respect
  • The community-building effect of embracing shared and diverse values
  • The joy of having our buckets filled and filling each other’s buckets.

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, is CEO, cofounder, and director of Multicultural BRIDGE, an organization that works to promote cultural humility and competence and to educate communities to overcome bias and barriers. Services offered include a Women to Women Project, positive education and leadership programs for youth, and facilitated community conversations working toward social and racial justice. Gwendolyn, an expert in diversity leadership and cultural understanding, curates trainings, workshops, and programs designed to unify Berkshire County and surrounding communities. She is also Director of Equity and Inclusion at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, her alma mater. multiculturalbridge.org

JV Hampton VanSant has worked with Multicultural BRIDGE in many capacities since 2008, first as a volunteer and later as an intern. Since graduating from Lesley University in 2012 with a degree in holistic psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy, he has served on the administrative team and as the organization’s primary youth leadership trainer, working to encourage young people to make positive choices around diversity, environmentalism, and leadership. JV received his diversity training certification from the National Coalition Building Institute in 2012. He is also a professional merman performer, teacher, model, and children’s book author and illustrator. multiculturalbridge.org


11:30–1:15 pm
12:15–1:15 pm
Lunch
Meals with Mentors

1:15–2:15 pm Panel Session
Moderator: Maria Sirois

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In this open conversation, panelists share perspectives on questions relating to the theme of love and connection.


2:30–3:45 pm
[EPPS-171:WED-PM-01]
A Wholebeing Approach to Care During Illness
with Darshan Mehta and Maria Sirois

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As the science behind mind-body medicine has demonstrated, human beings have an innate capacity to move toward health, ease the experience of suffering, and prevent illness. This work is further bolstered by emerging research in positive psychology, the study of human beings at our best. In this workshop, Darshan Mehta and Maria Sirois invite you to engage in a facilitated conversation about how to take a compassionate approach to our own care and the care of others. You take away strategies, tools, and perspectives that support an integrated understanding of health.

Maria Sirois, PsyD, is the Vice President of Curriculum for Wholebeing Institute and an inspirational speaker, seminar leader, consultant, and author. She has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for nearly 20 years. As a presenter, Maria has been invited to keynote internationally at conferences for wellness centers, hospitals, hospices, philanthropies, and business, academic, and corporate institutions, as well as for the general public. She is the author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times).

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, is medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and education director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His educational and research interests include curricular development in complementary and integrative medical therapies, mind/body educational interventions in health professions training, and promotion of professionalism in medical trainees. He directs medical student and resident rotational experiences in integrative medicine and sees patients in a consultative role for use of complementary and integrative medical therapies, as well as mind/body interventions for stress management and stress reduction. He is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.


2:30–3:45 pm
[EPPS-171:WED-PM-02]
Windows to the Soul: The Impact of Eye Contact on Health, Happiness, and Well-Being
with Linda Jackson

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The eyes are truly windows to the soul, as well as portals to expanded well-being. In this workshop, Linda Jackson, a life coach, acupuncturist, and massage therapist, focuses on how eye contact, as a means of connection with others, releases oxytocin, the versatile neuropeptide that promotes bonding, trust, and maternal behavior. Oxytocin is one example of how our inner ecosystem is designed for positivity: When we make positive choices and practice positive action, chemicals are released that enhance our resilience, our sense of purpose and meaning, and our ability to adapt to whatever we encounter in our daily life. We have within us everything we need to expand our happiness, health, trust, motivation, courage, and celebration.

Linda Jackson, is owner/operator of the Centre for Acupuncture, Herbs & Massage in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A positive psychology coach, she is a graduate of the Certificate in Positive Psychology and is certified in life coaching. Her professional background includes directing a federally funded preschool in Pennsylvania and serving as a founding member of Kripalu, where she designed and taught programs in yoga, meditation, massage, and healthy living to thousands over 25 years. In addition to seeing clients at her clinic, she teaches workshops on health, happiness, and full-body well-being. centreforacupuncture.com


2:30–3:45 pm
[EPPS-171:WED-PM-03]
Love in Teams: The Foundation of Workplace Well-Being
with Phoebe Atkinson and Ruth Pearce

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Ongoing positive psychology research into groups, morale, and teamwork increasingly reveals the importance of connection in energizing and engaging teams. Blending experiential learning with practical examples and case studies, Phoebe Atkinson and Ruth Pearce explore how character strengths impact our interactions, as well as how positive emotional and social contagion can transform teams into communities. A community spirit and sense of connection, in turn, lead to increased well-being, more effective work relationships, and higher productivity. Ruth and Phoebe lead individual and group activities framed in the context of real-life teams that implemented positive psychology tools with great success—including a team that was transformed “from troubled to triumphant” by creating a safe, loving environment based on mutual understanding and respect. Such an environment fosters innovation, resilience, and successful outcomes for individuals and organization alike. You leave with practical ways to enhance your own and your colleagues’ work experience.

Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R, is Teaching Assistant Mentor for the Certificate in Positive Psychology (CiPP) program in the United States. A graduate of the inaugural CiPP program at Kripalu, she is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. Phoebe’s areas of expertise include design and facilitation of clinical and corporate training programs. As a certified coach, she delivers executive leadership programs for Fortune 500 companies and, for the past 13 years, has co-facilitated a signature program at Rutgers University Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Ruth Pearce, is Business Unit Director of Conferences and Special Events at Wholebeing Institute, where she is currently working on the 2017 Embodied Positive Psychology Summit. She also runs ALLE LLC (A Lever Long Enough), where she works on ways to integrate project management and positive psychology. With a focus on character strengths, ALLE’s mission is to build a world of engaged teams. Ruth is currently working on a book for project managers, The Project Manager Effect: From Organizing to Energizing. As part of the background for the book, she has been researching the role of the project manager as well as the attitudes that project managers have to team engagement. alle4you.com


4:15–5:45 pm
5:30–7:00 pm
5:45–6:45 pm
Gentle Yoga for Positive Psychology
Dinner
Book Signing and Speaker Showcase

7:30–9:00 pm Evening Keynote: The Science and Practice of Cultivating Healthy, Meaningful, Loving Relationships with Todd Kashdan

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Gain insight into key findings on the topic closest to our hearts: relationships. Todd Kashdan, an internationally recognized authority on well-being, strengths, and social relationships, shares cutting-edge science on appreciating and harnessing the personality strengths of our romantic partners. Learn how the brain responds to other people and how that understanding can help us alter our relationship patterns. Take away new insights, practical skills, and ways to experiment with new modes of relating. Neal Mayerson of the VIA Institute on Character introduces Todd’s presentation.

Neal Mayerson, PhD, worked as a psychotherapist in hospital, community mental-health, and private practice settings for 15 years, with specialties in chronic pain and eating disorders. In 1999, he created the VIA Institute on Character, whose surveys and classification of character strengths are considered to be among the most important outputs in Positive Psychology. VIA’s work has spawned hundreds of scientific articles and helped millions of people worldwide discover their character strengths and how to use them to improve their lives and the lives of others. Neal was founder of Hummingbird Coaching Services, pioneering online coaching services, and Mayerson Academy, a non-profit specializing in professional development of K–12 educators. He is president of the Mayerson Family Foundations and president of the Mayerson Company. Neal produced the award-winning CD Hidden Treasures: A Tribute to King Records, and helped establish hand sanitizers as a product category by introducing the Purell brand.

Todd Kashdan, PhD, is a world-recognized authority on well-being, strengths, social relationships, stress, and anxiety. He has published more than 165 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is author of The Upside of Your Dark Side; Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life; and a forthcoming book on business. Todd is a professor and senior scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University and scientific advisor for Time, Inc., National Geographic, Merck, and the Templeton Foundation. He gives keynotes and workshops for organizations as diverse as the US Department of Defense, the World Bank, General Mills, and the Gap. Todd’s research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and Washington Post. toddkashdan.com


Thursday, May 4

9:00–10:00 am Morning Keynote: Love 2.0 with Barbara Fredrickson

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Our everyday experiences of shared positive emotions have a significant and lasting impact. They are perhaps the most essential emotional experiences for thriving and health. Barbara Fredrickson’s findings on the benefits of social connections have inspired her to redefine love as micro-moments of positivity resonance between people—even between strangers. A steady diet of love influences how people grow and change, making them healthier and more resilient day by day. Barbara describes how the heart’s capacity for love can be measured and strengthened, and illuminates the implications of her research for promoting individual and communal well-being.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and her books for a general audience, Positivity and Love 2.0, have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she serves as president of the International Positive Psychology Association. positivityresonance.com


10:00–11:30 am Closing Session: Practicing a Growth Heartset with Megan McDonough

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Having a heartset experience (also known as the “retreat high”) does not ensure sustained change. In this closing session of the summit, Megan McDonough takes you through steps to help you integrate your learning—looking at what you’ve received throughout the week and selecting the seeds to sow upon your return to “real life.” We take time to

  • Savor the week in review and consolidate gains
  • Make connections within the summit community to support us going forward
  • Create a plan of action to sustain change at home.

Megan McDonough, is cofounder and CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focusing on the science of whole-person well-being. She uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to lead, harnessing the best in people for the greatest good. She is the award-winning author of three books on mindfulness. Megan has a Nuclear Medicine certification from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center; a certificate in Systems Dynamics for Senior Managers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; two bachelor’s degrees, in natural science and biology; and two decades of senior leadership experience in health care, including directing numerous online-learning start-ups.


 

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