Psychologist, Author Seligman Keynotes ‘Leading to Well-Being’ Conference

Posted: February 16, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm

This information was provided by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation

Well-known positive psychologist and author Martin Seligman will be at the Fairfax Campus on Friday, April 8, when he serves as keynote speaker for the Leading to Well-Being Conference sponsored by Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation and MasonLeads.

“Now, more than ever, we need ways to focus our organizations and communities on practices that increase well-being,” says Nance Lucas, associate dean of New Century College and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, who is co-chairing the Leading to Well-Being Conference.

“This conference will provide participants with the tools to go out and jumpstart well-being practices in their own organizations and with their clients.”

According to conference organizers, the world and societies are calling for new ways of thinking about and practicing leadership — processes that are generative, engaging, inclusive, nimble, authentic and mindful, and that result in human flourishing. The concept of Leading to Well-Being starts with the individual and then engages others in the exploration of meaning, purpose, positive relationships and accomplishment.

The conference includes featured keynote speakers, invited panels, breakout sessions, interactive workshops and a closing reception with a book signing by authors who attended the conference. Participants will hear from notable authors, scholars and practitioners on the latest research and applications on leadership and positive psychology.

“The strength of the conference is the vast breadth of the keynote speakers and program presenters, as well as the opportunity for participants to explore what well-being means from an individual and societal perspective,” says Pam Patterson, assistant vice president and dean of students in University Life, who is the other conference co-chair.

In addition to Seligman, other featured speakers and presenters include:

  • John Astin, health psychologist and researcher, California Pacific Medical Center
  • Felicia A. Huppert, director of the Center for Well-Being; University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Angus Deaton, economist, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • James Flaherty, founder of New Ventures West
  • Jonathan Foust, senior teacher, Insight Meditation Community of Washington; founder, Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington
  • Todd Kashdan, associate professor of psychology and senior scholar, Center for Consciousness and Transformation, George Mason University
  • Shane Lopez, senior scientist, The Gallup Organization
  • Richard Lucas, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University
  • Sonya Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Bill Robertson, former CEO, Weston Solutions; chair, Center for Consciousness and Transformation External Board
  • Karen Silien, co-founder, Well-Being Institute for Mental Health Professionals; counseling and consulting psychologist; adjunct professor of human development and counseling, Vanderbilt University
  • Neil Stroul, partner, Kenning Associates; faculty, Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program
  • Richard Strozzi, President, The Strozzi Institute
  • Chris Wahl, former director and founder of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program

Conference attendees can expand their professional networks, enjoy discussions and learn practices related to increasing well-being. Authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

The conference will be held at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. Register at the conference website. Early-bird prices are in effect until March 1, when fees will increase. Last year’s Leadership and Positive Psychology conference from the same organizers sold out.

Initiated in 2009, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center at Mason. Its mission is to understand the nature and effects of individual and group consciousness and their role in transformative learning, social change and well-being.

MasonLeads is a committee comprising faculty and staff members who have a special interest in leadership. The organization’s purpose is to inspire the development, emergence and recognition of leadership throughout the Mason community.

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