Gallup Strengths in Education Conference to Be Held Next Month

Posted: January 13, 2012 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: January 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

By Mary Frances Forcier, Colonial Academic Alliance

Boost your well-being — and get great ideas for energizing strengths — at the Gallup Strengths in Education Conference on Feb. 9-10 at the Mason Inn.

The conference, “The Impact of Strengths on Hope and Well-Being,” is hosted by Gallup, Mason Leads, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation and the Colonial Academic Alliance in partnership with ACPA: College Student Educators International.

Nearly a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. More than three million people have since taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment, which forms the core of several books on this topic, including the No. 1 international bestseller, “StrengthsFinder 2.0.”

Sessions will feature experts in strengths, hope and well-being, and attendees can learn from other higher education professionals who have successfully incorporated strengths development in many types of programs.

The keynote address, “How We Hope,” by Shane J. Lopez, research director at Clifton Strengths School and senior scientist for Gallup, will focus on how to turn wishes into hopes to meet the demands of school, work and life. Sarah Pressman of the University of Kansas will discuss the critical importance of fostering positive emotions in ourselves and others — and the implications of feelings of optimism, happiness and satisfaction on physical health.

For Mason attendees, two registrants can attend for the price of one; those interested should register one attendee online through the registration site and email information regarding the second attendee to The conference brochure and registration information can be accessed online.



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