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Ben Dean, Ph.D.
Ben is a psychologist, coach, and a leading expert at the intersection of coaching and the new science of positive psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and has been coaching since 1981. From 1987 to 2000, he combined his clinical and coaching work in a managed-care-free practice in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1997, he founded MentorCoach®, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. In public presentations and in its training programs, MentorCoach has trained thousands of helping professionals to become part-time and full-time coaches.
Ben was one of the first coaches in the US to be designated an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC), the highest designation of the International Coach Federation and coaches a broad spectrum of clients (professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs). From 2003 to 2005, Ben partnered with legendary psychologist, Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., the founding father of positive psychology to cofound Authentic Happiness Coaching LLC. In those two years, AHC, a virtual university, trained professionals in 19 nations in the theory, tests, exercises, and interventions of positive psychology. He publishes Coaching Toward Happiness®, an eNewsletter focused on applying positive psychology to one's coaching, work and life with a current readership of 131,000 and the eMentorCoach, an eNewsletter for professionals transitioning to coaching. Ben speaks on coaching and positive psychology throughout the nation and lives in suburban Maryland with his wife, Janice, their two children and Dusty, their Norwegian Dwarf bunny.
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Anne Durand is an executive coach who specializes in life and business issues for executives working in corporate, non-profit, academic and small business spheres. Anne launched her private coaching career after 20 years as an executive for one of the world's major financial institutions where she worked directly for the CEO, coaching him and his staff through a delicate corporate cultural change. In addition, in 1985 she opened a gallery selling contemporary American glass art which has been featured in national magazines and the Washington Post, and filmed for the Travel Channel. She sold the gallery in 1999 and now exclusively focuses on her work coaching executives.
Anne serves as CEO and coordinates the MCP Training Team, the group of senior coaches who lead our MentorCoach® Programs, and leads our Business/Executive Coaching Master Classes, which are part of the MentorCoach® Certification Program. Her website is www.annedurandcoach.com
Scott Howard serves as Director of Learning and is responsible for working with Anne Durand to provide leadership to the trainer team and to every aspect of the MentorCoach learning community.
Scott is a Commander in the United States Coast Guard with over 20 years of experience leading individuals and groups in professional and personal development. He has specialized experience in advising and counseling senior leaders. Scott has used coaching techniques throughout his military career and has leveraged a combination of expertise, intuition and empowerment to bring out the best in team members and instill confidence to overcome leadership and technical challenges.
Scott loves coaching and is passionate about helping clients create actionable plans, move forward and achieve desired outcomes, he's worked with private, non-profit, academic, and military and government professionals. Coaching entrepreneurs, he's helped them establish a better life balance and avoid burnout. He's coached small business owners to broaden their perspectives, get unstuck, and move their business in new directions. Scott has coached executives and senior managers transitioning between roles, careers and preparing for increased responsibilities. His coaching expertise has helped clients enhance their leadership skills, improve communications, catalyze teams and increase effectiveness in the workplace.
Scott is also a lawyer admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland. As a military judge advocate, he served as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and a command advice attorney to several operational and support units where his duties included advising flag officers and senior civilian officials on sensitive legal, administrative, and ethical matters.
He is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) and a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) providing leadership and executive coaching services from his office in Baltimore, Maryland. His clients include executives, lawyers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and many others interested in achieving their personal and professional best. Scott is married to a wonderful man, also named Scott, and they have two amazing sons. Scott loves the outdoors, spending time with family and his dogs, and being near the water. You can visit his website at: scotthowardcoaching.com.
Conversation with Scott Howard, JD, CEC, PCC (17 mins)
Interview with Scott and his Foundations Graduates (15 mins)
Dr. Roy F. Baumeister is the Francis Eppes Eminent Scholar, Head of the Social Psychology Program and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and Special Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and teaches by teleconference the global MentorCoach Master Class, Finding the Power in Self-Control: How to Ignite Your Willpower in Work, Social Relationships, Addiction, Health, and Procrastination.
He grew up in Cleveland, the oldest child of a schoolteacher and an immigrant businessman. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton in 1978 and did a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He spent over two decades at Case Western Reserve University, where he eventually was the first to hold the Elsie Smith professorship. He has also worked at the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, the Max-Planck-Institute, the VU Free University of Amsterdam, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Russell Sage Foundation, and Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Roy's research spans multiple topics, including self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, and self-presentation.
He has over 500 publications, and his 31 books include Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty, The Cultural Animal, Meanings of Life, and the New York Times bestseller Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him among the handful of most cited (most influential) psychologists in the world. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and from the International Society for Self and Identity, and most recently the William James Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement given by the Association for Psychological Science.
Roy now lives by a small lake in Tallahassee with his wife and colleague, Dianne Tice. In his (very rare) spare time, he enjoys windsurfing, playing jazz guitar, and composing music on the piano.
Lisa Borchetta is a Certified MentorCoach, an ICF Professional
Certified Coach (PCC), owner of Firebird Life Coaching and a member
of MentorCoach’s International Trainer Team. She holds a Masters Degree
in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University - New England, and
previously enjoyed an active psychotherapy practice with individual
and group clients in a variety of clinical settings. Lisa’s coaching
practice has also been enriched by the years she worked as a program
manager/developer at multiple organizations including, overseeing a
multi-million dollar, federally funded research project to assist mothers
of young children for Wellesley College’s Stone Center for Developmental
Services and Studies.
Jo-Linda is a Clinical Psychologist and ICF Professional Certified Coach who came through the newly-opened door of MentorCoach 18 years ago into its inaugural Foundations class, MCP1. She immediately knew she had found her calling in coaching, and has been coaching ever since, even energizing her therapy practice with coaching approaches. She phased out her therapy work altogether after achieving her ICF PCC credential.
At MentorCoach, Jo-Linda enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for coaching with Foundations students, and her warm, interactive teaching style welcomes questions and creates lasting connections within groups. She highlights the wisdom and strengths students bring to coaching, helping them serve as resources for each other. She has facilitated groups and assisted trainers in numerous MentorCoach classes, and served for 6 years as co-leader of a resource group providing support to new coaches as they established their businesses.
Since 2008, Jo-Linda has worked extensively with each Blue Sky Visioning course, facilitating groups outside the class meetings to inspire continued visioning and set up planning and long-term support in the form of Mastermind groups. Jo-Linda actually created her first Mastermind group in 1992before they were labeled as such. That group of professionals has gathered for almost 25 years of meetings, all centered on the practice of interactive guided imagery as developed by the Academy for Guided Imagery, where Jo-Linda completed two preceptorships and multiple courses.
Jo-Linda is a Certified Wellness Coach, and has been attuned to and participating in integrative health and wellness practices for several decades, including meditation, imagery and mind-body work, acupuncture, and positive lifestyle changes for symptom and stress relief. Shes an outdoor enthusiast, avid walker and eager hiking companion.
As a transition coach, Jo-Linda specializes in Life Revisioning, using positive psychology and visioning strategies to help clients revise their lives, reach their most passionate dreams, and negotiate career and relationship transitions. Her wellness clients find health and enhanced well-being, and develop strategies and insight to maintain them. She helps clients navigate parenting and eldercare issues, complete dissertations, books, and other writing projects, and excel at planning and time management. And she coaches groups of rehabilitating disabled clients who work to accept a new normal-- by rediscovering meaning, purpose, and positive experience in their lives.
Jo-Lindas love of learning and curiosity are lifelong strengths, prompting constant exploration. She grew up in Northern Virginia, London, England and the San Francisco Bay area and has traveled widely and often in Europe, Asia and North America. She is an artist at heart, a gourmet cook and designing seamstress, who makes time to sing, paint, travel, and have fun with a wide circle of friends, many of whom shes known for 40+ years. She and her husband Steve have raised their 3 children to quasi-independent young adulthood, and are now looking forward to returning to Washington, DC, their hometown.
Steve enjoys his international coaching business working with people he considers "trailblazers" because they are developing personal leadership to discover their own path in life instead of following the crowd. Many of his clients are pursuing self-employment or custom-designed careers. He also loves to do life coaching and finds that it is included in some way in almost every coaching relationship. One of the things Steve loves most about being a coach and a coach trainer is having the opportunity to ignite people's hearts as he partners with them along part of their journey.
Steve coaches fulltime and is a Certified MentorCoach, a senior international Coach Trainer for MentorCoach, an ICF Certified coach, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Steve was in graduate school for clinical psychology before positive psychology was founded, but he was most intrigued by the small group of pioneers who are considered the forefathers of positive psychology. That group includes Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow, who introduced self-actualization to the world, and Victor Frankl, who wrote and spoke compellingly about the importance of meaning and purpose for well-being. For Steve it also includes Carl Jung, who he considers the original positive psychologist since the focus of his teaching was on self-awareness and personal development.
In a previous life, while working as a therapist, Steve became a partner in a preschool and child development center. Over the next ten years as he led the center, he helped many of his staff identify their dreams, set long-term career goals, and then take the steps to reach those goals. He didnt realize it at the time, but he was getting a taste of his next career as a coach.
After Steve sold his business, he seamlessly moved into a coach training program and launching his own coaching practice. He loves coaching and believes it embodies the positive, growth-oriented approach for working with people that he was looking for. Since coaching applies cutting edge discoveries in the field of positive psychology, its a wonderful fit for him.
Steve enjoys foreign and independent films and documentaries. He has a quirky sense of humor, which helps explain his peculiar tastes. He has served as president of a professional writers workshop, vice-president of a youth soccer club, and vice-president of a social service agency for families. His latest volunteer gig has been as an assistant in the middle school library.
Steve lives near Dallas, Texas, with his wife Diana, who is a family practice physician, and their younger son, who is in high school. Their older son seems to be successfully launched (so far!) and lives close by. Steves website is www.SteveCoxsey.com
Conversation with Steve Coxsey, LPC, CMC
do Steve’s students say about him
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D is widely regarded as the world's foremost expert in the study of gratitude. Dr. Emmons ("Bob" to his friends) teaches MentorCoach's Master Class on Gratitude ("Beyond the Letter and the Journal"). Bob was an early pioneers in the positive psychology movement. He continues to be a key leader.
He serves as the founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. His newly released, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier is drawing strong reviews and his extensive research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, The Paul Harvey Show, The Dr. Laura show, The Osgood Radio Files, and Reader's Digest.
He is also the author of nearly 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited four books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press) and The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press).
Bob Ph.D. is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. He is Past-President of the American Psychological Association's Division 36, The Psychology of Religion. His research focuses on personal goals and purpose, spirituality, the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness, and subjective well-being.
Bob has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John M. Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation. He received his Ph.D. degree in Personality Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine.
Dr. Barbara L Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (PEP Lab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology and the author of the new bestselling book, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become.
Born in the Midwest and raised by "a long line of stoics" who altogether discouraged emotional expression, Barb escaped into intellectual pursuits, and obtained her BA in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Minnesota's Carleton College. She earned her PhD from Stanford University and became a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley's Psychophysiology Lab.
After assuming Assistant Professorships, first in Psychology at Duke University, and then at the University of Michigan in both Business and Psychology, Barb moved back to North Carolina to assume Full Professorships at the University of North Carolina, both in the Department of Psychology and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Barb's research into positive emotions and human flourishing has been supported by grants from multiple agencies within the National Institutes of Health for 16 consecutive years. Her research and teaching have been recognized with numerous honors, including, in 2000, the inaugural American Psychological Association's Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology--for her theory of how positive emotions have functioned in human evolution-and in 2013, the Inaugural International Positive Psychology Association's Christopher Peterson Gold Medal for the scholar whose career exemplifies the best of positive psychology at the personal, professional, and academic levels.
She has become one of the most highly-cited psychological scientists with over 80 peer-reviewed articles to her credit. Her bestselling book, Positivity, and her new book, Love 2.0, have been translated into nearly 20 languages, and she is regularly invited to give keynotes, courses, and interviews both nationally and internationally.
Barb's scientific contributions have influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education to business and beyond. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership, is President-Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association, and has presented her research at White House Workshops on public policy. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, The Times of London, The Atlantic, The Economist, CNN, PBS, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere.
In her PEP Lab, Barb has investigated the effects of loving-kindness meditation (self-generated tenderness, warmth, and compassion for others) on vagal tone, a physiologic measure of emotional regulation which has been associated with adaptability, social connection and bonding if high, and risk of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and stroke if low.
Findings suggest that people who were able to increase their vagal tone through meditation totaling about an hour a week were capable of experiencing more micro-moments of love in their days--a growing capacity to love. Focusing on increasing this kind of positive emotion can, in turn, contribute to an upward spiral of better coping responses to stress, improved health, and an ever increasing sense of connection to others.
In May 2010, Barb had the honor of being invited to personally
brief His Holiness the Dalai Lama on these research findings. Barb lives
in Carrboro, North Carolina with her husband, two sons and two cats,
from whom she continues to learn about love.
As a key coach, therapist, educator, author and lecturer, Alan R. Graham, Ph.D., has over three decades of experience helping thousands of children, adolescents, adults and their families, many with ADHD, navigate life's challenges, and gain the tools they need to effectively manage their lives. Initially trained as a secondary and elementary school teacher, Alan furthered his education by obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology at Northwestern University and completing his clinical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. On the professional staff at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, he has taught graduate courses in assessment and trained many medical students, psychiatric residents, psychology and social work students. Alan also led a discussion group about positive psychology as part of MentorCoach and Dr. Martin Seligman's Authentic Happiness Coaching Program.
Alan received his coach training at MentorCoach and currently is the Dean of the ADHD Coach Training Program for MentorCoach. He has been certified by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified coach (PCC) and as a Master Certified ADHD Coach (MCAC) by the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches.
Alan's experience has included working with difficult children, adolescents, adults and their families in therapeutic day schools, inpatient, outpatient and coaching settings. While creating his group practice, ACP Consultants, he also held the position of adjunct professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Alan's executive coaching and consulting experience has included contributing to the success of many individuals and organizations. His clients include many large and small organizations such as Deloitte Consulting, W. Wrigley & Co., Leo Burnett, Abbott Labs, PNC, Zebra Technologies, Exelon, Datamars, Vanguard and LaSalle Network. Alan's coaching specialties include working with executives with business and organizational challenges; and adults, teens, and parents impacted by ADHD. Since, 2006, Alan has helped many individuals benefit from Cogmed Working Memory Training.
As a way of giving back to the profession, Alan has served as the chair of the steering committee for the American Psychological Association Psychology in the Workplace Network (PWN). Alan was asked to serve on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Attention Disorders and is on the board of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC). It is in this spirit of service that, with Dr. Bill Benninger, Alan created ADDvisor.com as a means to share practical information to families and individuals who live with ADHD every day. For six years, ADDvisor.com had been chosen by CHADD to be honored as an Innovative Practice at the CHADD national conference.
Recognized for his work by peers and clients alike, Alan presents and writes on positive psychology, ADHD, child and family, coaching and business issues throughout the United States and internationally. He is the lead author of Lemonade: The Leader's Guide to Resilience at Work, published in 2012. Alan co-authored the RAW-A, the Resilience at Work Assessment which has been taken by over 3000 leaders worldwide. Alan is married and has three adult children.
Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a Certified MentorCoach (CMC), a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and a Professor of Psychology. The theme that unites both his coaching and teaching is helping people recognize and honor what is most important to them so that they can live the life they want.
Kevin was initially drawn to coaching after spending years in college teaching and in his therapy practice because he was looking for a way to combine his skills with the science of Positive Psychology. Thats how he initially found MentorCoach. Hes gone on to develop a thriving coaching practice that help clients achieve their dreams regardless of where they might live or work. He’s also an extraordinary member of the MentorCoach Faculty.
Kevin is not only a great coach but an amazing teacher of coaching whose students love him. This was not a surprise. Kevin has a longstanding passion for teaching and has been an award-winning college professor. He teaches and mentors students from community college through graduate school and has always loved working with adult students. In fact, in 2009, the Virginia Community College System gave him the prized distinction of Commonwealth Professor for his excellence in teaching and service to student learning. While in recent years, he has developed coaching strategies to help students with test anxiety and who are at risk for academic failure, he is intensely interested in the broad range of coaching issues. He regularly teaches and lectures in continuing education workshops and webinars.
Kevin and his wife Julie live in Fredericksburg, VA with their three young children.
Conversation with Kevin Handley, Ph.D.
Jul has 32+ years of experience in coaching, certification and curriculum development for Toyota University, an elite, corporate-academic setting. She traveled globally for Toyota working with associates at all levels--from executives to administrative staff and assembly line workers--in diverse work environments, roles, and responsibilities.
She has over 6,600 hours of coaching various levels within the company around leadership, human resources, legal, business and strategic planning, and associate development.
Educational interventions included values and strengths, conflict, team work, retention, coaching and development, career and succession planning, employee engagement, strategic and business planning, facilitation, creating a positive culture, communication, diversity and inclusion, and a wide variety of assessments.
After a long and rewarding career, Jul left Toyota in August, 2012 to focus on her coaching practice where she continues to provide both executive and personal coaching around the world.
Jul created and teaches our Coaching Assessments Master Class. In addition since 2008, she has partnered with Anne Durand, MentorCoach CEO, to teach MentorCoach's Executive Coaching Master Class.
Jul has degrees in business administration, international business, and public administration. She serves on six non-profit boards for private schools and other child-centered organizations. She provides coaching and strategic business planning for small businesses within the US and globally.
Jul is about to launch a new career program for high-school students in Malaysia. She is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in Torrance, California which is located 15 miles south of Los Angeles.
Jul lives in Torrance with her husband, Lloyd. They have three children ranging in age from 12 to 24.
Judy Krings, Ph.D., PCC
Judy Krings, Ph.D., PCC, is a uniquely human personal/professional positive psychology coach and clinical psychologist. Judy has zestfully spent over a decade immersed in positive psychology (PP). She is a blissful writer/blogger and LOVES teaching PP classes to coaches who creatively blend theory and practical applications.
She joyfully dived into her coaching career in 2007 and is proudly MentorCoach trained and certified by the International Coach Federation. She is also certified as a Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach.
Judy's down-to-earth, creative and upbeat coaching style helps you find meaningful positive psychology solutions to your most difficult problems. Judy empowers you to maximize your happiness, whip up well-being, and bask in your best self. She is known for her intuitive metaphors and innovative coaching applications. Judy's energy, humor, and passion set her apart as a coach who truly "walks her talk". She authentically inspires you to ignite and have fun maximizing your character strengths. To flourish and thrive, not just survive. She puts heart in helping you and joy in your journey. Her vigilant support fortifies your personal and business relationship-building. With zip and zest, you evolve and problem-solve.
With a professional career spanning four decades, Judy has assisted individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations worldwide. She created and hosted three radio talk shows, including her nationally syndicated Chicago "Dr. Judy Show". She also produced and hosted a TV show and aided international disaster relief efforts. A prolific writer, Judy originated self help and teen advice columns.
Recently, Judy authored positive psychology articles for premier issues of India's PsyInsight magazine and The Coach Exchange's Published! magazine. She also penned a relationship article for tce's Insights magazine and wrote an ebook on empowering relationships. In 2013, she was a featured coach in First for Women magazine. She also recorded a positive psychology program for the 2nd International Conference in India on Psychology and Applied Sciences. In 2014, she presented a keynote in New Delhi, India. She also authored her second book, Rev Up Your Relationship Resilience ~ 7 Positive Psychology Tips to Make Love Last. in 2015, Judy was featured as "Coach of the Month" for the Institute of Social and Emotional Intelligence. She was also honored to be interviewed in a podcast hosted by famed Appreciative Inquiry guru, Robyn Stratton-Berkessel.
In 2012, Judy's vibrant positive psychology travel memoir book, Photo Adventures in Cuba ~ Unlock Your Power of Positivity became an Amazon best seller in both print and kindle and resumed that status again in 2015. Dr. Martin Seligman's review graces the cover. Dr. Seligman also honored Judy by embracing her acronym "PERMA" highlighted in his bestselling book, Flourish.
With her beloved husband, Ken, Judy divides her time living on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, WI, and overlooking the Pacific in sunny Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, MX. They have three children and four grandchildren. Judy also cherishes communicating with her adopted family in Nepal. An avid gardener and photographer, Judy enjoys traveling, reading, collecting psychological cartoons and metaphors, scouring the Internet for positive psychology articles, blogging, and appreciating art. She loves animals and never met a dog she didn't like!
Positive psychology flourishing awaits you at Judy's website, www.coachingpositivity.com.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is author of the best-selling The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (Penguin Press, 2008), which has been translated into 15 languages. Dr. Lyubomirsky is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Russia, she received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as the Department of Psychology's graduate advisor. Her teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards.
In 2002, Lyubomirsky was awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize. Currently, she is an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and (with Ken Sheldon) holds a 5-year million-dollar grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness. Her research has been written up in dozens of magazines and newspapers and she has appeared in multiple TV shows, radio shows, and feature documentaries in North America and Europe. She has lectured widely to a variety of audiences, including business executives, life coaches, retirees, students, and scholars.
In her work, Lyubomirsky has focused on developing
a science of human happiness. To this end, her research addresses three
For example, she is currently exploring the potential of happiness-sustaining activities - for example, expressing gratitude, doing acts of kindness, visualizing one's "best possible selves," and reflecting on happy moments - to durably increase a person's happiness level. She has been conducting research on happiness for 18 years and has published widely in the area.
Lyubomirsky lives happily in beautiful Santa Monica, California with her husband, Peter Del Greco, and their two children, Gabriella and Alexander.
Kevyn Malloy enjoyed an active psychotherapy practice
for 24 years specializing in family relationships and individual life
transition counseling. She closed that practice in December, 2004, to
devote full time to executive and personal coaching.
Before receiving an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University, she taught high school English and then became the owner/manager of a popular resort area restaurant.
She is the co-founder of Evergreen Seminars, a leadership development company that helps medical executives to recognize and develop leadership potential through coaching. She conducts workshops for members of boards of non-profits on leadership development and strategic planning. Through her company, Extremely Rare Coaching, she coaches partners in family owned restaurants to balance family and business needs, achieve restaurant success, and have great fun doing it. Kevyn is on a select executive coaching team that provides executive coaching to the senior business leaders who comprise the student body in the Smeal College of Business of Penn State University's Executive MBA program.
Kevyn is passionate about teaching Foundations classes, and loves helping students to experience the excitement of coaching others to rediscover their dreams and act on them. She is energized by the enthusiasm that students display when they gain confidence in their level of skill and ability to attract clients.
Kevyn brings a great curiosity about and love of people to coaching and is awed by coaching's power to change people's lives. She has a raucous sense of humor, enthusiasm for adventure, and a passion for encouraging others to live life to the fullest.
Coaching allows Kevyn and her husband to live and work in Vermont for five months and in Bucks County, PA for seven months of the year. Her website is www.drkevynmalloy.com.
A luminary figure in Positive Psychology, Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. (February 18, 1950 - October 9, 2012) was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Templeton Senior Fellow at the Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Chris work and teaching has been a central influence for Ben and for the trainer team of MentorCoach since our initial contact in early 2003. Chris regularly taught "North of Neutral -- The Positive Psychology Immersion Master Class," Positive Psychology Applications in Action", and "Positive Psychology and Well-Being," by global teleconference from his office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The classes were extraordinary.
A longtime friend of MentorCoach, Chris repeatedly appeared in public and private teleconference calls, taught multiple classes, and with his colleague and collaborator, Nansook Park, Ph.D., gave a long and hilarious keynote for our 2009 MentorCoach Conference in Bethesda.
Chris was widely regarded as one of the seminal figures in Positive Psychology. He was a member of the Positive Psychology Steering Committee, a member of the board of directors of the Gallup Organization Positive Psychology Institute, a consulting editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology, and the positive psychology series editor of Oxford University Press and Co-Director of the Michigan Positive Psychology Center.
He was the research director of the Values in Action (VIA) project, the most ambitious undertaking to date from the explicit vantage of positive psychology; the VIA project describes, classifies, and measures important strengths of character. Chris' VIA Survey of Signature Strengths has been taken by more than a million people throughout the globe. It is currently being translated into Chinese and Spanish as well.
Chris was twice named best teacher at the University of Michigan and in 2010 won the Golden Apple Award--the most prestigious teaching award at the University of Michigan. He held the Arthur F. Thurnau Chair in honor of his teaching accomplishments and considers himself to be first and foremost a teacher. The author of more than 350 publications, he was among the world's 100 most widely-cited psychologists during the past twenty years, Chris was the co-author of the landmark work Character Strengths and Virtues (2004), and the author of A Primer in Positive Psychology (2006) and Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology (2013).
A social psychologist, Gayle served on the faculty of St. Lawrence University and SUNYs vanguard Empire State College. Her knack for developing innovative curricula earned her a spot teaching in a SUNY FORUM management program, where she developed popular seminars in corporate innovation, stress reduction, gender issues, and diversity. Her penchant for leverage research findings that students could apply to optimize professional and personal success and well-being--well before positive psychologys formal advent--catapulted her into Marty Seligmans Authentic Happiness Coaching Program and MentorCoach training.
An eight-year resident of Argentina, Gayle helped found the award winning
ICF Argentina Chapter and served as the ICF Expatriate Coaching SIG
chair. (She attributes her Professional Certified Coach credential to
tenacity as she relied on at least a dozen Argentine public phones to
complete her training since copper thieves kept stealing neighborhood
Her international clientele includes doctoral candidates, executives, and fledgling coaches who appreciate her integration of evidence-based strategies with nuanced, individualized coaching. Passionate about issues of positivity, productivity, and well-being, Gayle is regularly invited to address corporate, academic, and professional audiences on topics of positive psychology, coaching and mentoring, motivation and goals, communication, and volunteer leadership.
She has settled down near the Chesapeake Bay, savors her time with her Argentine husband Roberto and her American adult children, Sara and Eric. She enjoys weaving positivity into her day by exploring nature, deepening her spiritual practices and community ties, and playing a good game of Scrabble. Her website is www.essencecoaching.com.
Bob Siegfried is a coach, consultant, and trainer who specializes in engaging individuals, groups, and organizations in embracing and embodying strengths-based change. He draws on appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, and narrative and solution-focused practices in his work. His most rewarding experiences come in the aha! moment when clients realize that not only is positive and appreciative change possible in their life spaces, they are already engaged in the process.
He holds a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and has worked as a psychologist and taught graduate courses in the areas of lifestyle and career development, psychology, performance enhancement, human organization science, planning, action research, and technology innovation. Throughout his career, Bob’s colleagues, students, workshop participants, and clients alike have consistently commented on his warmth, his respect for them and their ideas, his playfulness, and in his ability to communicate clearly and to spark interest and insight.
Dr. Siegfried has consulted to, facilitated training for, or worked with clients from World Bank, General Motors, National Institutes of Health, Southern Regional Education Board, AICPA, Riggs Bank, General Electric, Carnegie Mellon University, Medical College of Pennsylvania and numerous of other public and private sector organizations.
Bob appreciates engaging in activities with his family, making music with his friends and making friends with his music, fly-fishing, and tinkering about the Harmonyville, PA country home he shares with his wife and partner Lisa, two cats, and the occasional country critter daring enough to risk sneaking into the house. His website is www.Learning2Connect.com.
"The ultimate test of an approach to change is in the impact we've experienced from embodying that approach in our own life spaces. And, the more engaged we are in embodying and appreciating positive change in our own life spaces, the better able we are to support others in embodying and appreciating it in theirs."
With 25 years experience in helping people find solutions and make positive life changes, Carol is a natural teacher and coach. She loves to help people identify and use their strengths to incorporate a healthy lifestyle, decrease stress, lose weight and strengthen their resources.
Carol is the author of five ebooks and an email newsletter with over 16,000 subscribers. Her first website brought her 25 coaching clients in the first year as a coach. She trains coaches to leverage the internet to develop compelling websites, streams of passive revenue and a sustainable coaching practice. Carol has a warm and genuine personal style and an enthusiastic love of learning. She enjoys a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.
Carol is a licensed clinical psychologist and ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC). She was one of the first MentorCoach Foundations Trainers and routinely received rave reviews. (She is a member of Ben's elite MentorCoach Trainer Team Hall of Fame.) Carol presented on marketing on the MentorCoach Alaska Cruise and at a plenary session of the MentorCoach Conference in Bethesda and has taught dozens of internet marketing classes over the last ten years. Carol was also a pod leader in the Authentic Happiness Coaching program and a graduate of MCP 14. Her website is www.CarolSolomon.com
Dr. Patricia (Pat) Hinton Walker is Founder of Stepping Stones Coaching and has successfully added a distinguished coaching career to her already successful nursing and inter-professional career in higher education and administration. A graduate of the MentorCoach Training Program, Pat is a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) and an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and coaches clients from throughout the US and internationally. She has also achieved Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing (comMIt Motivational Interviewing Certification) and integrates this into her health and wellness coaches teaching/training in health care settings.
Pat is an RN from the University of Kansas, with a masters in nursing and PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Mississippi. She is also a leader of a national coalition, Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (called TIGER) focused on major changes occurring in the health care and health professions education related to the use of technology and tracking health-related data for improved health and outcomes of care. This has contributed to her knowledge and expertise in integrating mHealth (mobile health) devices in coaching practice for 'just-in-time evidence' of health behavior change for both the client and the coach. She presents at national and international meetings on health/wellness coaching and the use of mobile health devices (such as the Fit Bit) which clients use to track bio-behavioral changes toward improved health, wellness and chronic-care management. She successfully integrates her coaching with a high profile position as Professor and Vice President for Policy and Strategic Initiatives at a major university--the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
Her work on our MentorCoach Trainer Team is enriched by her more than 25 years of coaching, mentoring and consulting with senior professionals across many disciplines. She is brilliant, incredibly organized, warm and a great coach and teacher. She has successfully mentored students interested in being generalists to such diverse areas as executive coaching, career coaching, small business coaching, life coaching, health and wellness coaching within a variety of professional niches and more. Hailing from a small farming community in Kansas, she is very down-to-earth and her students love her.
Through her coaching firm, Stepping Stones Coaching, Pat coaches individuals, groups and organizations. Many of her individual coaching clients seek career-focused coaching in executive coaching, entrepreneurial and/or small-business coaching, or transitioning into retirement-related careers. Pat focuses on two important areas of growth, identifying career changes that would provide meaning, purpose or a "calling" and then taking the steps needed for career-life transitions that follow. She also attends in her coaching to stress management using emerging knowledge and research about neuroscience and neuroplasticity to assist her clients with behavioral change. She uses these strategies when working with health care organizations to assist nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals in learning to use coaching and ComMIt motivational interviewing strategies.
One of the strengths of Pat's coaching is her attention to balance in personal and professional time/relationships and stress management. Her coaching is enhanced by the rich background and expertise she brings to her coaching practice. She has a strong history as an entrepreneur and business woman, founding Hinton Walker Associates in the early 1980's. Since then through that business and Stepping Stones, and an emerging health/wellness training initiative with large health care institutions, she continues to provide consultation nationally and internationally in both rural and large healthcare settings. In the past, she has provided consultation and presentations throughout the US and in Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and most recently Brazil.
Pat has edited four books. She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband, John, and enjoys being with their three adult children and their families which include three grandchildren. Her websites are coachingsteppingstones.com and phintonwalker.info.