Speakers and Sessions


Many educators are familiar with Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” and his theory that certain needs must be met before people are motivated to move up to become self-actualized – or the best you can become. Unfortunately, many students’ basic needs are not being met so that can move up Maslow’s scale from safety, to love, belonging and social acceptance, to self-esteem, confidence and compassion, to cognitive needs such as curiosity, purpose, and meaning. However, brain and psychological research is finding that meeting these needs is essential for improving academic achievement, school climate, wellbeing, and self-actualization. This conference will explore the science of love, belonging, and social connections, self-esteem and self-compassion, mindfulness, and meaning; how they are connected to academic achievement and wellbeing; and ways you can help your students, and yourselves, feel secure, accepted, connected, confident, and successful.

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Featured Speakers

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Cognitive Psychologist; Adjunct Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University; Columnist, "Beautiful Minds," Scientific American; Author, “Self-Actualized People in the 21st Century: Integration With Contemporary Theory and Research on Personality and Wellbeing” (2018, Journal of Humanistic Psychology) and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2015); Co-Author, Wired to Create (2016), “The Development of the Awe Experience Scale” (2018, The Journal of Positive Psychology), and “Imagination is the Seed of Creativity (2018, The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity)

Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD

Kenan Distinguished Professor; Director, Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Author, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become (2013) and Positivity (2009); Co-Author, “Do Contemplative Moments Matter? Effects of Informal Meditation on Emotions and Perceived Social Integration” (2019, Mindfulness), and “Mindfulness Broadens Awareness and Builds Eudaimonic Meaning: A Process Model of Mindful Positive Emotion Regulation” (2015, Psychological Inquiry)

Jonathan Haidt, PhD

Social Psychologist; Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University; Author, The Coddling of the American Mind (2018),The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006) and Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived (2002); Co-Author, “The Varieties of Self-Transcendent Experiences” (2017, Review of General Psychology), “Finding Self in the Self-Transcendent Emotions” (2009, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), and “Moral Psychology in the 21stCentury” (2013, Journal of Moral Education)

Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD

International Mindfulness/Meditation Expert; Clinical Psychologist; Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Santa Clara University; Author, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity and Joy (Forthcoming, 2020); Co-Author, The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions (2017, 2nd Edition), Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child (2014) and the audio book with Kristin Neff, PhD, The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: How to Build New Habits to Transform Your Life (2019)