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).


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.

Upcoming Webinars:


How and Why to Develop Character
with Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.
December 18th* 5:00pm EST – 6:00pm EST

Abstract: Aristotle defined character as the intentions and actions that benefit the individual and society at large. Character is not one thing—it’s many. In this talk, Character Lab Founder and CEO Angela Duckworth explains the importance of three different kinds of character strengths: Interpersonal strengths like gratitude enable harmonious relationships with other people. Intrapersonal strengths like grit and self-control enable achievement. Intellectual strengths like curiosity enable a fertile and free life of the mind. To develop any of these character strengths requires motivation, skill, and opportunity. Using grit as a case study, Duckworth shows how young people can learn both.
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Webinar Archives

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Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

New Findings in the Science of Happiness

 May 2019

Diana Whitney, Ph.D.

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership

March 2019


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