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The Positive Psychology Leader Series features live webinars and audience Q&A with leading practitioners and researchers in the field.

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Featured speaker:

Life Stories, Identity Construction, and Psychosocial Adjustment across Adolescence and Early Adulthood

with Jordan A. Booker, PhD, University of Missouri


Oct 13, 2021, 5pm EST*

Abstract: Storytelling is a uniquely human and universally human activity. Specifically, our life stories provide opportunities for us to share important events with each other, pass along meaningful lessons and values, and to build self-continuity and identity. We tend to differ in the ways we organize, frame, and draw meaning from our life stories, whether due to development, cultural upbringing, or individual differences. These ways we integrate and present our life stories are important for identity development and psychosocial adjustment. This talk will introduce concepts about life stories and present research showcasing the importance of life stories for identity development and psychosocial adjustment across adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Jordan Booker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. His work addresses emotional, personality, and identity development. Much of his work centers on family interactions and storytelling, as well as the ways older teens and young adults independently frame stories of their lives. Dr. Booker’s recent projects have addressed the ways autobiographical storytelling informs psychosocial adjustment over time, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for older adolescent and early adult identity development and functioning, and the importance of family and individual storytelling among Black Americans.

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Meet the Production Team

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
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.



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