The Positive Psychology Leader Series features presentations, interviews and Q&A with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of positive psychology.

IPPA members are invited to participate in these live webinars, and can then enjoy unlimited online access to the videos posted in our archive below.

David J. Pollay

David J. Pollay, MAPP

Host, Positive Psychology Leader Series

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’sSun 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/


IPPA members are invited to log into the website below to register for upcoming live webinars and watch recordings of 37 presentations in the archive. 


Upcoming Webinars:

Felicia Huppert PhD
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 5 pm EST
Mindfulness and Compassion as Foundations to Well-being

Dr. Huppert will argue that two mental practices are foundational to well-being: mindfulness and compassion. Mindfulness trains the skills of awareness, attention, and self-regulation, while compassion trains the skills of empathy and kindness. Evidence suggests these skills are so fundamental that mindfulness and compassion training alone can cause powerful and wide-ranging positive effects on our lives, and are likely to magnify the benefits of other programs designed to enhance well-being.

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Everett Worthington PhD
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 12:00 noon EST
Humble Leaders in Business, Religious, and Political Contexts

For leaders, humility is not always a popular aspiration today, yet it is linked to positive outcomes in business, religious, and political activities. I define humility emphasizing its three aspects–accuracy of self-concept and teachability, modest interpersonal presentation, and orientation toward elevating others. I suggest practical ways, based on research, of cultivating humility as power under control.

Michael Steger PhD
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:00 PM EST
Meaning in Life and Work

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. For more than 15 years, he has researched how people flourish by living a meaningful life. Dr. Steger will present his latest research on meaning – the conceptual refinement of the construct, its relationship to quality of life, and current theory, assessment, and research on meaningful work.

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John Helliwell PhD
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 12:00 noon EST
Trust and Well-being

Trust is the magic ingredient for building and maintaining a strong and flexible social fabric. The social and pro-social features of humanity are revealed by evidence that people are happier when they live in high trust environments, that they happily give up personal advantage in order to demonstrate and build trust, and that trust is facilitated by face-to-face connections and shared social identities. Trust provides a primary support for subjective well-being at the community, national and world levels. How can it be built, and how is it destroyed?

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Webinar Archives

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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