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The calendar below includes positive psychology conferences and workshops.  Some are only open to MAPP graduates, but most  are open to the public.

Upcoming events

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar: The link to join will be sent to those that register

    Making Work Better: Microinterventions in Organizations with Theresa Glomb, PhD

    Many of us have focused on getting a good job. But how many of us have focused on making a job good? So often at work, we bumble through our days in unintentional ways. What if we recognized the power we have to improve our work lives? What if we directed our attention and intention toward the creation of purposeful and satisfying work?

    This session will present the science and practice of small, practical micro-interventions or “work hacks” designed to create more fulfilling, productive, and satisfying work lives. For the past 25 years, I have been studying work and workers. I am passionate about helping others create positive work experiences by fostering growth, happiness, and satisfaction. Along with my colleagues, I have conducted rigorous research showing how small changes designed to bring greater intentionality to one’s work can have a big impact on work and wellbeing.

    The session toggles between the punchlines of scientific literature along with the practical takeaways, woven together with rich examples from employees, executives, and my own efforts at crafting a meaningful and wholehearted work life. It is a unique and engaging blend of research highlights, personal stories, and practical disciplines, with a focus on simple, evidence based micro-interventions designed to improve working life. Ultimately, I’m trying to make work great (or at least a little better).


    Professor Theresa Glomb is the Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in social, organizational, and individual differences psychology from the University of Illinois and her BA in psychology from DePaul University.

    Theresa’s 25 years of research have focused on the well-being of workers, defined broadly to include psychological, affective, physiological, and familial effects. Theresa has conducted field research in dozens of companies with tens of thousands of workers and has shown firsthand that small changes can have a big impact on work and well-being. Her research studies micro-interventions, or work-hacks, small practices aimed at fostering greater reflection, mindfulness, and intentionality at work.

    She has published extensively in top journals including the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology and been cited in media outlets such as the Wall Street JournalThe Economist, and Huffington Post. In her TEDx talk, “Let’s Make Work Better” she shared simple, evidence based techniques to improve our working lives. You can read more about her at TheresaGlomb.com.

    Registration is free for Supporting and Lifetime members of the MAPP Alumni Association.  

    Registration for Basic members costs $20.  Want to get this webinar for free? If you are a Penn MAPP graduate, you can pay the $49.95 dues now to become a supporting member. You'll get free registration for this webinar and for other continuing education webinars coming up in the next 12 months.


    Registration for the general public costs $25.

    • 05 Dec 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar: The link to join will be sent to those that register


    For the first time, Dr. Ryan Niemiec will present using an approach in which YOU will decide the presentation content! As there are now over 600 studies on character strengths, on average a new study coming out each week, and many emerging best practices, there are plenty of possible areas to cover. Throughout this experience, there will be new content, opportunity for questions, a sneak peek at 2020 happenings in our field, and an insider-tour of the new VIA website for you to learn how you can use it to best help your clients and students. Integrated within this experience will be the classic "choose your own adventure approach." Here's an example of how this will work. Ryan might ask something like the following:

    "Would you like to hear about a new theory of character strengths or the latest on strengths overuse/underuse? I can send you the PDF of both 2019 papers so you can learn about each but in the CHAT BOX right now choose Path A for me to discuss the theory paper or Path B for the overuse/underuse paper. Choose now."

    So, let's have some meaningful fun and direct your learning at the same time. All aboard!


    Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He’s education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization in Cincinnati that leads the global advancement of the science of character strengths. Ryan is author of 9 books including the brand new consumer-oriented books The Power of Character Strengths (a #1 Amazon bestseller) and The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief, as well as practitioner-focused books that are leaders in their respective fields including, Character Strengths Interventions, Mindfulness and Character Strengths, and Positive Psychology at the Movies. He has two positive psychology books scheduled for 2020.

    Ryan is creator of the evidenced-based, 8-week program, Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice, used across the globe by practitioners; MBSP was the first positive-oriented mindfulness program, the only mindfulness program to target what’s best in us (our character strengths), and the only one to use positive qualities (our character strengths) to improve meditation and mindful living. 

    Ryan has penned around 90 scholarly/peer-reviewed articles and given more than 800 workshops, keynotes, and webinars on positive psychology topics across the globe. He’s a columnist for Live Happy Magazine and for Psychology Today, the latter which his column has 1-2 million reads. He’s an award-winning psychologist, certified coach, annual instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and adjunct professor at Xavier University. Ryan received a Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association in 2011, and was granted Fellow status of the International Positive Psychology Association in 2017. 

    On a personal note, Ryan lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three young, zestful children who travel the globe together. Ryan is an avid collector of vintage Pez dispensers, a passionate fan of The Walking Dead, only listens to 1990s alternative rock music, and is a zealot for his alma mater, Michigan State University. His highest strengths are hope, love, honesty, curiosity, fairness, and appreciation of beauty.

    Registration is free for Supporting and Lifetime members of the MAPP Alumni Association.  

    Registration for Basic members costs $20.  Want to get this webinar for free? If you are a Penn MAPP graduate, you can pay the $49.95 dues now to become a supporting member. You'll get free registration for this webinar and for other continuing education webinars coming up in the next 12 months.


    Registration for the general public costs $25.

Past events

19 Oct 2019 MAPP Summit 2019
18 Oct 2019 MAPP Fete 2019: Connect. Inspire. Apply.
10 Oct 2019 Looking for "AND": Navigating Polarities with Brian Emerson, PhD
19 Sep 2019 Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Adventure of Meditation and Flourishing with Dr. Itai Ivtzan
29 Aug 2019 Values Coaching with the Schwartz Values Framework Jacob Morris, Founder, DiscoverYourValues.com
09 May 2019 Strategy and Strategic Plans that SOAR with Dr. Jackie Stavros
03 Apr 2019 Conversations Worth Having: The Key to Positivity with Dr. Jackie Stavros and Dr. Cheri Torres
28 Mar 2019 Determinants of Human Happiness with Dr. Matt Killingsworth
21 Feb 2019 Humor & Playfulness: Training and Interventions! with Jennifer Hofmann, PhD
17 Jan 2019 Light & Dark - the Cutting Edge of Humor Research with Jennifer Hofmann, PhD
14 Nov 2018 A Few of My Favorite Things with Kate F. Hays, Ph.D.
27 Oct 2018 MAPP Summit 2018
26 Oct 2018 CAMP FETE 2018: A Day of Connection and Experience
18 Oct 2018 Business Impact of Positive Leadership with Dr. Kim Cameron
20 Sep 2018 Middle School Learning and Beliefs about a Just System: Research Report & Caveats Psychology with Erin Godfrey, PhD
16 Aug 2018 Systems Informed Positive Psychology with Peggy Kern, PhD
26 Jul 2018 Why don't I do what I know I need to? Immunity to Change and the 4-Column Exercise with David Zeitler PhD
14 Jun 2018 Positive Psychology and Money: interventions that shift from money anxieties to wellbeing in eastern and western cultures with Pradnya Surana
30 Apr 2018 Thinking About the Future and Behavior Change with Dr. Gabriele Oettingen
20 Apr 2018 Happiness Studies with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
15 Mar 2018 MAPP Somatics: Let Me Hear Your Body Talk with Elaine O’Brien, Ph.D., MAPP, CAPP
15 Feb 2018 Weaving Appreciative Inquiry into Everyday Conversations with Maureen McKenna
25 Jan 2018 Should Therapists and Coaches Be Doing More to Help Their Male Clients? with John Barry
30 Nov 2017 Rebuilding Meaning after a Work-Related Trauma with Sally Maitlis
28 Oct 2017 MAPP Summit 2017
19 Oct 2017 Character Strengths Update - Nuances and Applications with Dr. Ryan Niemiec
21 Sep 2017 Psychological Capital: Recognizing and Developing the HERO Within with Fred Luthans, Ph.D.
17 Aug 2017 Psychology: The Least Reproducible Science? with Neuro Skeptic
20 Jul 2017 Change Your Questions, Change Your Results with Marilee Adams, Ph.D.
14 Jul 2017 MAPPster Gathering at IPPA - hosted by Melbourne MAPP
22 Jun 2017 The Cycles of Change in our Lives with Pam McLean, PhD.
18 May 2017 Positive Experiential Cartography: Mapping Wellbeing through the Study of 'UIntranslatable' words with Tim Lomas, PhD.
21 Mar 2017 Scott Sonenshein on: The Science of Being Resourceful: Success and Achievement by Making the Most of What You Have
02 Mar 2017 Measuring the Health and Well-Being of Populations through Social Media with Johannes Eichstaedt, PhD candidate
26 Jan 2017 Encouraging Generalization from Success Using a Directed Abstraction Writing Intervention with Pete Zunick, PhD Candidate
17 Nov 2016 Hope as a shared resource: The case of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes with Spencer Harrison, PhD
27 Oct 2016 Applied Compassion: Beyond Warm and Fuzzy - Overcoming Obstacles, Encountering Shadows with Monica Worline PhD
21 Oct 2016 MAPP Fete Social 2016
22 Sep 2016 Respect at Work with Kristie Rogers PhD
18 Aug 2016 Heroic Humility: How Humble Models Can Contribute to Better Relationships and a More Civil Political Process with Everett Worthington PhD
25 Jul 2016 Applied CAVE: Assessing Explanatory Style through Content Analysis of Verbatim Explanations with Greg Quinting, PhD
30 Jun 2016 Primal World Beliefs: Mapping a Final Frontier of the Cognitive Revolution Finds that Safety is Not Enough with Jer Clifton
19 May 2016 The Impact of Spirituality and Meditation on Health - Amy Wachholtz, Ph.D., M.Div., MS
21 Apr 2016 Sustainable Work - Mari Kira, PhD
17 Mar 2016 New Science of Compassion in Organizations - Monica Worline, PhD
18 Feb 2016 The Benefits of Feedback For Creative Work and The Principles For Giving Feedback For Creativity ~ Spencer Harrison
10 Dec 2015 Applying Insights into Learning from Success: The LiftExchange.com Application ~ Ryan Quinn (12-10-15)
05 Nov 2015 Insights into Learning from Success: Appreciative Inquiry and the Genetic Algorithm ~ Ryan Quinn (11/5/15)
16 Oct 2015 MAPP Fete Social
16 Oct 2015 MAPP Alumni Fete 2015
17 Sep 2015 Boost Strength and Resilience by Cultivating Positive Identities ~ Jane Dutton (9/17/15)
23 Jul 2015 Change the Music, Change the Dance ~ Bob Quinn (7/23/15)
26 Jun 2015 IPPA Gathering
18 Jun 2015 The Power of Being Present ~ Mel Rudd (6/18/15)
04 Jun 2015 Positive Guidance ~ Jolanta Burke (6/4/15)
22 Apr 2015 Positive Leadership Game ~ Gretchen Spreitzer
02 Apr 2015 The benefits of frequent wellbeing assessments by Aaron Jarden
15 Jan 2015 Science of Human Values ~ Dr. Mark Konty
12 Dec 2014 How to be a good listener ~ Kate Muir
18 Oct 2014 MAPP Summit 2014
17 Oct 2014 MAPP Fete Dinner
17 Oct 2014 MAPP Alumni Fete 2014
10 Oct 2014 Traits are only a Sliver of Who We Are ~ Todd Kashdan
12 Sep 2014 Large Scale Change at the Level of Communities, States, and Nations ~ with Clare Huntington
05 Jul 2014 Applied Positive Psychology for Coaching, Leadership and Business
27 Jun 2014 The Power of Positive Emotions and Love: How a Positive Attitude can change your Life
13 Jun 2014 MAPP CPE: Raising Achievement By Promoting Adaptive Beliefs by Jacquie Beaubien
12 Jun 2014 Wellbeing and Public Policy
06 May 2014 A Dose of Positive Psychology for Psychiatry
02 Apr 2014 Happiness at Work: Measure it for Success
24 Mar 2014 Exploring the Role of Environmental Coherence in the Experience of Meaning - Samantha Heintzelman
11 Feb 2014 Positive Diversity by Donna Hemmert
14 Jan 2014 Profit from the Positive Webinar
09 Jan 2014 Asia-Pacific Conference on Applied Positive Psychology
12 Dec 2013 Psychological Barriers to Success for Students by Carissa Romero
04 Dec 2013 Join the Firestarter movement: Help create a MAPP superorganism
07 Nov 2013 Positive Diversity by Donna Hemmert
30 Oct 2013 Improv for the Business Stage by Kat Koppett
26 Oct 2013 MAPP Summit 2013
25 Oct 2013 MAPP Alumni Fete 2013
01 Oct 2013 How Understanding Lawyer Personalities Can Help Coaches, Colleagues, and Co-Habitors By Larry Richard
29 Sep 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup - Boston Area
27 Sep 2013 Harvard Coaching Conference
26 Sep 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup Online
12 Sep 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup - Carolinas
30 Jul 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup - NYC Area
30 Jul 2013 Build Buzz for your Business by Leslie Hughes
21 Jul 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup - DC Area
29 Jun 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup at IPPA - Lunch
27 Jun 2013 IPPA Third World Congress
26 Jun 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup at IPPA (cocktails & dinner)
18 Jun 2013 MAPP Firestarter Meetup Online
19 Jun 2013 Happiness and its Causes
22 May 2013 The 2nd International Conference on Positive Psychology in the Czech Republic (CPPC 2013)
17 May 2013 1st International Conference on Positive Psychology in Poland
25 Apr 2013 Work and Well-being
25 Apr 2013 National Convention on Positive Psychology
12 Apr 2013 Living and Leading to Well-being Conference
04 Apr 2013 MAPP Firestarter
09 Nov 2012 Second China International Conference on Positive Psychology
20 Oct 2012 MAPP Summit 2012
19 Oct 2012 MAPP Alumni Fete
20 Jul 2012 Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference
12 Jun 2012 Adam Grant Webinar: Rings of Reciprocity
28 Apr 2012 Applications of Narrative Therapy by Margarita Tarragona
22 Oct 2010 MAPP Summit 2010
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