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Todd Kashdan, Other Positive Psychology Experts to Speak at Living and Leading with Resilience Conference

February 16, 2012

Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation (CCT) and MasonLeads will present the Living and Leading with Resilience Conference on Friday, April 13, at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel.

The conference advances cutting-edge science and practices in well-being, positive psychology and leadership.

Among the featured speakers is Todd B. Kashdan, Mason associate professor of psychology, senior scientist at CCT and author of “Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.”

“Our goal is to provide avenues for individuals to find greater meaning and purpose in their lives and to experience higher levels of well-being,” says Nance Lucas, interim executive director of CCT and associate dean of New Century College.  “By the year 2051, we hope that at least 51 percent of the world’s population will report they are flourishing.”

Pam Patterson, co-chair of MasonLeads and assistant vice president of University Life, says, “Through this conference, I hope that people build a deeper foundation for resilience so that they better thrive during leadership challenges, are more agile in adverse times and experience a greater sense of well-being in their daily lives.”

The conference features many internationally recognized authors, scholars and practitioners who will address resilience, well-being, leadership and character strengths. Keynote speakers include:

  • Chris Peterson, one of the 100 most cited psychologists in the world and one of the founders of the study of positive psychology
  • Rick Hanson, a neuropsychologist and author of “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom” and “Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha’s Brain One Simple Practice at a Time”
  • Nansook Park, associate professor of psychology and co-director of the Michigan Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Those interested in attending should register by Feb. 29 for the early-bird rate. Enrollment is limited, and fees will increase on March 1.

More information on the conference can be found at the CCT website.