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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:

Positive Society – Wellbeing for All Through a Wellbeing Economy Approach

with Dora Gudmundsdottir


Jan 26, 2022, 5pm EST*

Abstract:From the beginning, positive psychology was aimed at increasing wellbeing for individuals, groups and society. Nevertheless, the importance of looking beyond individual wellbeing has received less attention. The contexts in which we live, love, work and play profoundly impact who we are and how we act. There is an increasing recognition that positive psychology has the potential to make a broader contribution to a more positive society. Positive aspects of health and the matters of happiness and wellbeing have been raised in policy making all over the world. WHO, OECD, UN and EU have encouraged countries to focus on happiness and wellbeing, to develop reliable measures on wellbeing and collect population data as well as to develop actions to increase health and wellbeing. The adoption of these wellbeing measures by states, policymakers and other members of the international community are now paving the way towards the concept now known as the wellbeing economy. In this webinar the topics of positive society and wellbeing economy will be explored with real examples from countries that have implemented a wellbeing economy in order to create a more positive society which aims at wellbeing for all.

Speaker Biography:

Dora Gudmundsdottir is Director of Public Health at the Directorate of Health in Iceland. She is trained clinical and organizational psychologist and holds a PhD in public health. Her research interests focus on the epidemiology of wellbeing and finding reliable measures to evaluate the wellbeing of a population over time. Dora´s passion lies in finding effective ways for individuals, institutions and societies to flourish. She has served as a governmental expert on mental health for the EU. She leads the work on health promoting communities – wellbeing for all, which collaborates with the prime minister´s office on UN´s Sustainable Development Goals and Wellbeing Economy. Her current research projects focus on evaluating wellbeing programs in schools and primary health care. She one of the authors of the book “Creating The World We Want To Live In – How Positive Psychology Can Build a Brighter Future”. Dora has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, e.g. at the World Health Organization’s conference on Health in All Policies, the European Conference on Positive Psychology, IPPA World Congress and the African Positive Psychology Conference. She is Director of Graduate Diploma program on Positive Psychology at the University of Iceland, and the current president of the European Network for Positive Psychology (ENPP).

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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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