Speakers and Sessions


Neuroscience and Social Psychological research has discovered that positive emotional behaviors (such as empathy, compassion, self-compassion, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, and kindness) are hardwired in the brain and are essential for human survival, especially in today’s caustic, chaotic world. Recent research has found that these skills can be taught and that they can significantly reduce behavior problems and bullying and enhance resilience, wellbeing, relationships, child cooperation, collaboration skills, and academic performance in schools. Discover the “Science of Human Goodness” and its findings on the importance of compassion, collaboration, and empathy, ways to teach and train these skills in children and teens, and why they are essential for academic and life success.

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Featured Speakers

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Principal Investigator, Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley; Author, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (2017), "The Magic of Hope: Hope Mediates the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement" (2017, The Journal of Educational Research) and Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life (2009); Co-Author, Understanding Emotions (2013); Co-Editor, The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness (2010)

Kelly M. McGonigal, PhD

Health Psychologist; Award-winning Psychology Lecturer, Stanford University, including the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the Stanford School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program; Co-Author of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Course; Author, The Science of Compassion: A Modern Approach for Cultivating Empathy, Love, and Connection (2016), The Upside of Stress (2016), and The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation (2012)

Abigail Marsh, PhD

Director, Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience; Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, Georgetown University; Author, "The Neuroscience of Empathy" (2018, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences) and The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between (2017)

John J. Medina, PhD

Developmental Molecular Biologist and Research Consultant; Affiliate Professor of Bioegineering, University of Washington School of Medicine; Former Director, Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, Seattle Pacific University; Author, Attack of the Teenage Brain! Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner (2018), Brain Rules (2014, 2nd Edition) and Brain Rules for Baby (2011)