The Positive Psychology Leader Series is a member-only program that features virtual presentations, interviews and audience Q&A with leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

IPPA members register to attend these free presentations and enjoy unlimited access to all past webinar recordings.


Jenny C. Brennan, MAPP
Creative Director/Supervising Producer, Positive Psychology Leader Series

 Jenny C. Brennan, MAPP, is a research-practitioner, nonprofit consultant and strategist, whose work advances the application of positive psychology at both the individual and systems levels to support human well-being and social good.

Currently, Ms. Brennan serves as Director of Year-Round Programming to the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) where she oversees the Divisions Program and Learning Library, contributes to numerous capacity-building and communication initiatives, and produces the Positive Psychology Leader Series.

For 15 years prior, Ms. Brennan managed award-winning integrated marketing and public education campaigns for organizations such as the American Red Cross, University of Pennsylvania, and Lifetime Television’s Stop Violence Against Women initiative. Her work helped to inspire measurable action on the part of consumers, and impact public policy. She earned a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.


Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Guest Host, Positive Psychology Leader Series

Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. Caroline used grit to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, and today she has more than three decades of unbroken recovery. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program. Caroline is the author of six books, including Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).


Sydney Rubin
Tech Producer, Positive Psychology Leader Series

Sydney Rubin is a graduate student in the Interactive Media and Games Division at the University of Southern California. In Spring 2019, she will become the second person to ever graduate with an MA in Games & Health. Sydney brings her experience in applied positive psychology to the design of interactive entertainment including video games to bring positive interventions to more people.

Sydney has been providing technical and promotional support for the Positive Psychology Leader Series since 2014.


Ann Carrick
Associate Producer, Positive Psychology Leader Series

As a current M.A. Student at Claremont Graduate University, I am working on a dual degree in Positive Psychology and Public Health. I have an applied focus on health promotion and mass communications/media with the goal of evidence-based, macro-level dissemination to workplaces, schools, and other communities/institutions. This mission starts with making sure that those of us in the field of positive psychology are all working together effectively and communicating frequently, which is why I love being a part of the IPPA community and serving as an Associate Producer for the Positive Psychology Leader Series.


Jodi Wellman
Associate Producer, Positive Psychology Leader Series

Jodi Wellman is a co-founder of the coaching firm Happy Work Spectacular Life, where she helps individuals and companies create stunningly spectacular success through their work. Jodi is a leadership coach and consultant with 17 years of corporate experience spanning executive roles in operations, sales and customer retention.

Prior to starting Happy Spectacular, Jodi was Senior Vice President of Operations at a leading health and lifestyle organization. Jodi was also a Chair at Vistage International, where she led a private CEO advisory board and coached executives to improve bottom-line results, execution and leadership performance. She has successfully led strategic initiatives focused on culture development, growth/new business development, organizational change and restructuring, and has general management/P&L accountability.

Jodi is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with CTI and a Professional Certified Coach with ICF. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Athabasca University. Jodi and her firm work with Reebok, HCSC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Payday Loans, and a host of privately held financial services, REITs, and professional services firms.

Jodi brings to clients a corporate executive’s perspective and understanding of their issues, along with the coaching expertise that challenges clients out of their comfort zones in order to grow, think differently, get out of their own way, solve their issues, and win.


David J. Pollay

David J. Pollay, MAPP

David J. Pollay is committed to helping people live fulfilling lives every day at work and at home. He is the author and creator of the international blockbuster, The Law of the Garbage Truck®, now translated into twelve languages. His latest book, The 3 Promises: Find Joy Every Day. Do What You Love. Make a Difference, has been selling out across the country in stores and online.

David is a leader in the science of Positive Psychology. He has spoken to audiences around the world, and he was a featured TEDx speaker. David served as the co-founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been featured on ABC, NPR, Univision, and in BusinessWeek SmallBiz Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Business Digest, Florida’s Sun Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and media worldwide. His new book, The 3 Promises was just recommended by Live Happy Magazine.

David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University. He has held leadership positions at Yahoo!, MasterCard, Global Payments, and AIESEC. He is also a former college football running back, coming to Yale after breaking Shorewood High School’s all-time career rushing and scoring records and serving as Team Captain.

For more information, visit his website: http://www.davidpollay.com/


What’s Next:

IPPA Members, Register for these Free Webinars!

Motivate for Success with New Insights from the
Science of Goal-Setting!
with Gary Latham, Ph.D. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 
12:00 pm ET – 1:00 pm ET

Abstract: Set yourself up for success in the new year by joining us for the next Positive Psychology Leader Series webinar featuring Gary Latham, Ph.D., a pioneer in goal-setting theory (Locke & Latham, 1990). Dr. Latham will discuss useful goal setting and motivation strategies, as well as recent research findings on the effects of priming on unconscious goals. He will also share applications of his research in business and education. This presentation will help individuals and leaders to reach their goals and become more evidence-based managers. Members are encouraged to register and come with questions ready to ask Dr. Latham!

Presenter Bio: Gary Latham is the Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is a former President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and President of Work and Organizational Psychology, a division of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Academy of Management, CPA, National Academy of Human Resources, SIOP, and the Royal Society of Canada. He is the only recipient of both awards: Distinguished Contributions to Science and to Practice from SIOP.

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Applying Positive Psychology in the Helping Professions: A practical framework.

Dr. Margarita Tarragona: Presenter, Dr. Caroline Miller: Host

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 
12:00 pm ET – 1:00 pm ET

Abstract: In this webinar, Dr. Margarita Tarragona, a leader in positive psychotherapy and coaching, will share a conceptual framework that she developed to help practitioners organise the various ways in which they can apply positive psychology in their work. She will illustrate her approach by sharing several examples of practitioners using positive psychology in clinical and coaching situations. Margarita is especially interested in dialogical practices and narrative approaches, and in how using a positive psychology lens to generate conversations may help clients enrich their life stories and identities. Members are encouraged to register for the webinar and come prepared with questions for Dr. Tarragona!

Presenter Bio: Dr. Margarita Tarragona is a clinical psychologist and coach, and leading expert in the application of positive psychology science in therapy and coaching. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and obtained her clinical training at The Family Institute of Northwestern University and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Margarita has created and taught some of the leading undergraduate and postgraduate positive psychology programs in Spanish in the world. She is the president of the Mexican Positive Psychology Society, is on the board of advisors of IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association), and is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Positive Psychology of the University of Melbourne. She also serves on the Executive Clinical Council of IPPA’s Positive Clinical Psychology Division, where she co-developed and facilitated a  Virtual Positive Peer Consultation Group Pilot. Margarita co-founded Grupo Campos Elíseos, a training center for therapists in Mexico City, she is adjunct faculty of the Wholebeing Institute, and teaches in the CIPPLA program (Certificate in Positive Psychology for Latin America). Margarita incorporates scientific findings on wellbeing from positive psychology with dialogical and narrative practices in therapy and coaching. She publishes in professional journals and popular media and is the author of Positive Identities: Positive Psychology and Narrative Practices(2012).

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Webinar Archives

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Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD
The Context of Well-Being

February 2018

Ilona Boniwell, PhD
Playing Positive Psychology

October 2017

Lea Waters, PhD
Strength-Based Parenting

September 2017

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D
Character Strengths Research & Interventions

August 2017

John Helliwell, Ph.D.
Trust and Well-being

June 2017

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.
Meaning In Life and Work

May 2017

Felicia Huppert, Ph.D.
Mindfulness and Compassion as Foundations for Well-being

February 2017

George Vaillant, M.D.
An Interview and Q&A with George Vaillant, M.D.

December 2016

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.
The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

November 2016

Chiara Ruini, PhD
Clinical Applications of Positive Psychology

June 2016

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz, PhD
Interview and Q&A about Why We Work

March 2016

James O. Pawelski
Defining the “Positive” in Positive Psychology

December 2015


Kelly McGonigal

An Interview and Q&A

August 2015

SteveColeJanxin Leu

Steve Cole and Janxin Leu, HopeLab

Positive Technology

August 2014

Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D.

Amy Wrzesniewski

Crafting Meaningful Work

May 2014


Stephen G. Post

It’s Good to Be Good

January 2014

Shane Lopez, Ph.D.

Shane Lopez

Making Hope Happen

May 2013

Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

Richard Davidson

The Emotional Life of Your Brain

April 2013

Adam Grant, Ph.D.

Adam Grant

Give and Take

April 2013

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson

Love 2.0

(Archive not currently available)

March 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Myths of Happiness (Interview)

February 2013

Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Robert Emmons

Gratitude Works

November 2012

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

Jonathan Haidt

How to Work with Righteous Minds

May 2012

Carmelo Vázquez, Ph.D.

Carmelo Vázquez

Adversity, Resilience, and Positive Emotions

(Slides & Transcript Only)

February 2012

Robert Vallerand

The Psychology of Passion


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow and the Quality of Life

(Slides Only)


Ed Diener, Ph.D.

Ed Diener

Question and Answer


Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson

Using Positive Emotions to Enhance Human Flourishing

(Slides Only)


Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Martin E. P. Seligman

Positive Education