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Authentic leadership is about being grounded and real and, at the same time, aspirational in vision and action. Being rooted in who you are, knowing how you best perform, and having the skills to build teams and alliances for bold, meaningful action is the stuff that moves mountains.

This series of free webinars features leaders across disciplines and researchers in the field of positive psychology, including Sharon Salzberg, Robert E. Quinn, Dr. Brian Little, and more. We explore what it means to be an authentic leader—with strength that comes from self-awareness and the experience of living in accordance with your values; flexibility that comes from mindfulness; power that comes from high-quality relationships; and intentional, focused action that brings vision to reality.

You’ll learn how

  • A leading consultant brings value to the leaders she advises
  • A sports icon defines leadership on and off the field
  • A meditation teacher improves work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity.

Whether you’re leading others, consulting, part of a team, or simply a leader of your own life, you’ll learn how to tackle leadership with focus, inspiration, and ease—and accomplish more.

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Authentic Leadership Defined with co-hosts Megan McDonough and Karissa Thacker

Karissa Thacker is a management psychologist who has served as a consultant for 200 Fortune 500 companies, including UPS, Best Buy, and AT&T. Her specialty is executive coaching, with a focus on increased performance combined with increased individual satisfaction at work. Karissa is the founder and president of Strategic Performance Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm creating innovative solutions in the space of human performance and job satisfaction. She serves as adjunct faculty for the Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware, is a graduate of the Certificate in Positive Psychology program and is the Author of The Art of Authenticity, to be released in February of 2016.

Megan McDonough, CEO and co-founder of Wholebeing Institute, uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to harness the best in people for the greatest good. With a degree in nuclear medicine, senior leadership experience in Fortune 500 health-care companies, and a background that includes directing numerous online-learning start-ups, Megan focuses on how to get from point A to point B through whole-person engagement. She’s a core teacher and the program manager for the Certificate in Positive Psychology world-wide. The award-winning author of numerous books, Megan is a national media source for Fast Company, Yoga Journal, and Woman’s Day.


Leadership That’s Changing the World Through Yoga with Edi Pasalis

MBA, MTS, Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, champions the use of yoga throughout society, particularly in the education and health-care sectors. She brings more than two decades of corporate and entrepreneurial experience and a deep study of yoga to this work. Edi’s academic background includes an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, where she explored the impact of yoga on spiritual life. Edi is also a 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Certificate in Positive Psychology program.


An Academic Perspective on Authentic Leadership with Robert E. Quinn

Robert E. Quinn holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Management and Organization at the Ross Business School. He is a co-founder and the current co-director of the Center for Positive Organizations. Quinn’s research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational change, and effectiveness, and he has published 18 books on these subjects. His paper on positive leadership was recently selected by the Harvard Business Review as one of the 10 all-time classics in self-leadership.


Leadership in Life with Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports—the NFL and major league baseball (MLB); according to ESPN, he is the greatest athlete of all time. Recruited by the New York Yankees in high school, he instead entered Auburn University, where he led his football team to a Sugar Bowl victory and qualified for the U.S. Olympic track and field team. He joined MLB in 1986 and joined the NFL and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1991, where he played for four years until an injury ended his career. Since then, he has pursued acting and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in family and child development at Auburn.


The Role of Authentic Leadership in Successful Nonprofits with Sarah Durham

Sarah Durham founded Big Duck in 1994 to help nonprofits increase their visibility, raise money, and achieve their missions. She is a self-proclaimed “total nonprofit communications nerd.” Sarah was named a “top fundraiser under 40” by Fundraising Success magazine in 2006, and one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company magazine in 2010. The author of Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise Visibility and Money Through Smart Communications (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010), she has offered expert opinions for NPR, NonProfit Quarterly, and other media outlets. Sarah serves on the boards of the National Brain Tumor Society and the New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).


The Power and Perils of Authenticity with Dr. Brian Little

Dr. Brian Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. His pioneering research on how everyday personal projects and “free traits” influence the course of our lives has become an important way of explaining and enhancing human flourishing. Professor Little is currently at Cambridge University where he is a Fellow of the Well-Being Institute and Director of the Social Ecology Research Group in the Department of Psychology. He is affiliated with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge. Brian is also the author of the book Me, Myself and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being.


The Mindful Leader with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg cofounded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. She is the author of Real Happiness and eight other books, including the best-sellers Lovingkindness and Faith. A teacher for 40 years, she has been a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, and has written for Time, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Self, Yoga Journal, More, and others.