Session Details

KEYNOTE:
The Happiness Advantage

MEMBER EXPERIENCE
Wednesday, May 15 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Grand Ballroom BC

Presented by Shawn Achor, Chief Experience Officer, BetterUp

Most companies and schools follow this formula: If you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. This formula is scientifically backward. A decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work first actually fuels greater success second. In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. By researching top performers at Harvard, the world’s largest banks and Fortune 500 companies, Shawn discovers patterns that create a happiness advantage for positive outliers—the highest performers at the company. Based on his new book, The Happiness Advantage (Random House), Shawn explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and practical applications for reaping the happiness advantage in the midst of change and challenge.

Shawn AchorAbout Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor is the best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Shawn has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and school children in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 16 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

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