Speakers

Shawn Achor's picture

Shawn Achor, author of "The Happiness Advantage", is one the world's leading experts on human potential. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won more than a dozen distinguished teaching awards before founding Good Think Inc. to share this research with companies and schools.

Adele Diamond's picture

Adele Diamond, Ph.D., neuroscientist, psychologist and educational innovator, is one of the world's leading researchers in developmental science. Dr. Diamond studies how executive functions can be modified by the environment, modulated by genetics and neurochemistry, become derailed in certain disorders, and can be improved by effective programs and interventions. 

Goldie Hawn's picture

Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and children’s advocate. She is the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives. Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Goldie began The Hawn Foundation in 2003 to apply cutting edge scientific research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children.

Linda Lantieri's picture

Linda Lantieri, MA, is an internationally renowned expert on Social and Emotional Learning, and one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. 

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl's picture

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher, researcher and professor at the University of British Columbia. For more than 20 years, Kim’s research has focused on the social and emotional learning (SEL) and development of children and adolescents. She is current Interim Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC.

Rob Roeser's picture

Robert W. Roeser, Ph.D., is a prominent American psychologist who focuses on issues of human development and education - specifically, ways in which organizational features of schools, classroom teaching practices, and qualities of teachers affect the social, emotional and identity development of adolescents and emerging adults. 

Clifford Saron's picture

Clifford Saron, Ph.D., has gained worldwide attention for his research on the effect of meditation on attention, emotion regulation, brain function and physical health. In the 1990’s, he was a pioneer in the now famous studies of Tibetan Buddhist monks mind training. His research inspires us to seize the rich opportunities present in everyday moments to enhance well-being and understand and deepen our relationships. 

Paul Tough's picture

Paul Tough, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, challenges our culture’s belief that intelligence, measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. It’s not. In How Children Succeed, he ushers in a tidal change in thinking and argues that non-cognitive skills -- or, character -- are better indicators of success: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit.