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Upcoming events

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

    Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Adventure of Meditation and Flourishing
    with Dr. Itai Ivtzan

    Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular interventions in psychology, the interest in which grows year after year. Positive psychology (PP) is the fastest developing branch of psychology, whose expanding journey of investigating human flourishing has attracted great interest. What happens when these two are brought together?

    This webinar will inform you about the fascinating points of convergence between mindfulness and PP. We will explore several mindfulness programs focused on increasing positive variables, such as meaning, compassion, positive emotions, strengths, and gratitude. These programs are flourishing-focused, thereby embodying the spirit of PP.

    We will discuss some theoretical background to the convergence between PP and mindfulness, including the role of savoring and meaning in the creation of what I call the “positive mindfulness cycle”. Research will be addressed as well, and studies that bring to life the impact of mindfulness on the experience of flourishing, growth, and positive transformation will be highlighted. Finally, we will practice a mindfulness exercise designed to increase psychological wellbeing.


    Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. Isn't this an amazing prospect? Dr. Itai Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, an Associate Professor at Naropa University, teaching and researching at the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based. He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL). Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ivtzan has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats in the UK, US, and around the world, at various educational institutions and at private events. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences. He published several books, as well as more than 50 journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. Dr. Ivtzan is confident that mindfulness meditation has the power to change individuals – in fact, whole societies – for the better. Accordingly, he has been investing much time in studying mindfulness academically, writing books about it, teaching it, and training mindfulness teachers.

    As part of his work, he started the School of Positive Transformation, where you can study the popular Positive Psychology Practitioner Certificate: https://www.schoolofpositivetransformation.com/positive-psychology-practitioner-certificate/ and Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Training: https://www.schoolofpositivetransformation.com/meditation-and-mindfulness-teacher-training/

    He is the author/co-author of:

    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.

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

    Looking for "AND":  Navigating Polarities
    Brian Emerson, PhD

    The world is filled with polarities – seemingly opposite states that must coexist over time for success to occur. Candor and Diplomacy. Structure and Flexibility. Hope and Reality. Self and Other. While many approach these polarities with either/or thinking, research shows that leaders, teams, and organizations that navigate them using a both/and mindset significantly outperform those who don’t. The trick is knowing how.

    In this session, Brian Emerson will discuss his research that explores the many ways people, organizations, and political systems suffer when they treat polarities as an either/or proposition. And, he’ll share the Polarity Navigator, a practical tool that helps people reframe polarities with a both/and mindset which, in turn, leads to more positive relationships, more sustainable results, and greater resiliency.

    Join us for a rich discussion on how you can use this framework to harness the tension inherent in polarities to be a positive and creative multiplier in any system of which you’re a part.


    Brian Emerson, Ph.D.is Principal and Founder of Riverstone Endeavors, a firm committed to helping leaders navigate organizational complexity. He has an impressive history of partnering with organizations around the world to achieve sustained results in leadership development, aligning organizational culture and strategy, and harnessing the power of polarities— holding two seemingly-opposites at once, e.g., Structure:Flexibility, Decentralize:Centralize, etc. Clients attribute Brian’s success to his

    "uncanny insight and ability to balance human dynamics with business needs,"the way he "simultaneously challenges and inspires," and "getting results while having fun."

    His research led to the development of two related theories. Suffering Paradox theory explains what happens when groups have no objective way to deal with paradoxical situations, and the theory of Navigating Polarities outlines the dynamics of groups using the Polarity Navigator to effectively leverage paradoxical complexities.

    In addition to consulting and coaching, Brian teaches about polarities in leadership and organizations at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Maryland, and as co-director of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Navigating Polarities.

    He is the co-author of two books, A Manager’s Guide to Coaching, and Navigating Polarities: Using Both/And Thinking to Lead Transformation, the first book in the Navigating Polarities series, which he co- edits (due out fall 2019).

    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.

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • The Study Hotel, 2nd Floor. 20 S 33rd St. Philadelphia, PA

    Fete is an alumni-only event and a chance to reconnect, be inspired, and share best practices for how to apply positive psychology in our work and lives.

    Click here to present or facilitate.

    8:30am: Check in

    9am to 5pm:  Program

    5pm to 7pm: Happy Hour

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    Click here for hotel blocks.

    Remember to register for the MAPP Summit -- 
    a separate event to which you can bring guests.

    Huge thanks to our generous platinum sponsor!

    More huge thanks to our generous gold sponsors!

    Tracey Specter

    The Sudden Caregiver's Playbook:
    Navigating Your Caregiving Journey with Grit and Grace

    Theano Writers' Workshops


    More huge thanks to our generous silver sponsors!

    Thriving Women
    Thriving World

    The Positive Parenting Institute

    The Greatness Project

    • 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.

Past events

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.
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
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.
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
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
20 Oct 2012 MAPP Summit 2012
19 Oct 2012 MAPP Alumni Fete
22 Oct 2010 MAPP Summit 2010
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