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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

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar: The link to join will be sent to those that register
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    Talk Abstract 

    Dr. Matt Killingsworth

    In this talk, I'll share empirical evidence from my research on the determinants of happiness. We'll examine how happiness is shaped by two key domains: (a) our remarkable and important but sometimes dangerous ability to think about what isn't happening (also known as mind-wandering or task-unrelated thought), and (b) our interactions with our friends, partners, children, co-workers and the other humans we see in our daily lives, what properties of those interactions add to our happiness, and how our social experiences are shaped by our personalities. I hope you'll find it interesting, and useful in advancing your understanding of happiness and its causes.


    Speaker:



    Matt's research focuses on understanding human happiness. He is a Senior Fellow at Wharton People Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania and the creator and director of trackyourhappiness.org, a global research project that uses smartphones to collect real-time happiness data and track the lives of people around the world. Matt's research investigates many aspects of people's lives, including happiness at work, the relationship between money and happiness, the impact of social connection on happiness, how a person's thinking affects their experience and productivity, and other topics. The goal of his research is to create an integrated statistical model of human happiness and its causes, with insights that can guide the measurement and improvement of happiness at personal, organization, societal levels.

    His scientific research has been widely covered in the national and international media, including the New York Times, Good Morning America, NPR Science Friday, Time Magazine, the BBC, and many other outlets. His TEDx talk on the relationships between mind-wandering and happiness has over 3,000,000 views. Matt earned his doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, where his dissertation on human happiness was awarded a university-wide prize for scientific excellence and originality. He also holds degrees in Engineering and Economics from Duke University.



    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.

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Webinar: The link to join will be sent to those that register
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    Conversations Worth Having: The Key to Positivity 

    Dr. Jackie Stavros and Dr. Cheri Torres

    Conversation is a crucial part of everything we do. It influences our well-being--a good conversation can leave us ready for anything, a bad one can ruin our whole day. But most of us are unaware of the nature of our conversations, let alone how to make them consistently affirming and empowering.

    Conversation is at the heart of how we interact and it is pervasive. We are almost always in dialogue with ourselves or others. It's essential to everything we do, yet most of us don't realize how much it influences well-being. Just like the water in which fish swim, if conversations are toxic, the health of individuals and organizations suffer. The good news: two simple Appreciative Inquiry practices —positive framing and generative questions--can ensure we have conversations that support positivity and well-being. When conversations are fueled in this way, any conversation can become a conversation worth having, no matter how big or complex the challenge.

    This webinar will show you how to foster poster positive change and to dramatically improve the outcomes of your conversations.


    Speakers:

    Dr. Jackie Stavros


    Dr. Cheri Torres

    Drs. Stavros and Torres are authors of Berrett Koehler's bestselling book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. The Preface and Introduction, by David Cooperider, along with their Conversation Toolkit, can be downloaded free at www.conversationsworthhaving.today.

    Dr. Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Her passion is working with others to bring AI into their daily conversations and meetings to create productive and meaningful results. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading (www.soar-strategy.com). She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. She has worked in over 25 countries using AI to affect the lives of thousands of people and their organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance.

    Dr. Cheri Torres is a Lead Catalyst at Collaborative by Design and guest lecturer at Lenoir Rhyne University. The foundation of Cheri's work is Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used approaches for systems change. She offers workshops and courses on communication and facilitative leadership, grounding her material in the research on neuro- and positive psychology. Working with her, leaders learn to engage members of their organization in ways that deepen connection and well-being, enhance creativity and innovation, build shared ownership in outcomes, improve productivity, and generate individual and organizational success.



    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.

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

    Strategy and Strategic Plans that SOAR 

    Dr. Jackie Stavros

    SOAR is a positive framework for engaging your organizations in strategic conversations that move strategy formulation to strategic plans and execution. SOAR, stands for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results, is a profoundly positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading. SOAR invites an organization's stakeholders to construct its future through collaboration, shared understanding, and a commitment to action to achieve positive results. SOAR leverages the Appreciative Inquiry paradigm to shift and amplify the energy and dialogue of stakeholders to what is possible.

    Strengths: What are we great at?

    Opportunities: What are the possibilities?

    Aspirations: What are our dreams and wishes?

    Results: What are meaningful outcomes?

    Jackie will share what she has learned from the thousands of organizations using SOAR that builds trust and positive connections, creates innovations, fuels productivity, inspires action, and generates positive change. R-based conversations create a positive frame for strategic directions, plans, innovations, leadership, day-to-day operations, and the well-being of an organizations' stakeholders.

    This webinar is designed to introduce you to SOAR to help you, your teams, and organization cope and thrive with increasing change. In this session, we will cover the essence of SOAR, how it emerged, and how to use it at multiple levels from coaching, teams, project development, department, and organization wide.

    Before our session to learn more visit: www.soar-strategy.com


    Speakers:

    Dr. Jackie Stavros

    Dr. Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Her passion is working with others to bring AI into their daily conversations and meetings to create productive and meaningful results. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading (www.soar-strategy.com). She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. She has worked in over 25 countries using AI to affect the lives of thousands of people and their organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance.



    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

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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