Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2014 Leading to Well-Being Conference

Our center is committed to providing annual conferences and workshops supporting the science and application of well-being within individuals, communities, organizations, and globally.

2014 Leading to Well-Being Conference: Thriving Together



 Co-sponsored by MasonLeads and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: The Mason Inn & Conference Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Thriving Together. Imagine if this was the vision for everyone around the world. We predict that the quality of our relationships, the world’s economies, and human flourishing would increase exponentially.  This short yet powerful, two-word theme for this year’s Leading to Well-Being Conference – Thriving Together - brings resonance to the value of being in community with others, of contributing to something greater than oneself, and accomplishing a positive change or goal using the unique talents and strengths of members of a team or organization.   

These same approaches can enhance individual, organizational, and community well-being. Some of the recent discoveries on the factors that increase human well-being reveal that being engaged with others and making contributions toward a greater cause or purpose positively affect well-being.  

Thriving Together includes building a life of vitality, purpose and resilience. This year’s conference program is complete with expert scholars, industry leaders and executive coaches, and educators whose work reveals strategies and applications that create and sustain conditions where people can thrive together in increasingly complex organizations and communities.

The 2014 conference format facilitates the engagement and expertise of all participants and presenters.

The conference features presenters who are leading well-being experts, including the following keynote speakers:


      Mariel Hemingway         Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky           Dr. Rollin McCraty

Mariel Hemingway, prolific author, adventurist, eco activist, healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate, yoga video star, food brand entrepreneur, and a much sought-after keynote speaker focused on mind-body-spirit optimization and purposeful living. Mariel is considered an expert in offering high-touch solutions to finding the greatest sense of balance, peace, joy, fitness, integration, and authenticity possible.

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, and the upcoming book, The Myths of Happiness, isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both successes (marriage, children, wealth) and challenges (divorce, financial ruin, illness) to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being. 

Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research of the HeartMath Research Center at the Institute of HeartMath. Dr. McCraty’s research interests include the physiology of optimal function with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health. Findings from this research have been applied to the development of tools and technology to optimize individual and organizational health, performance, and quality of life.

Visit the conference website for more details and a full list of speakers!

Session descriptions are now available.



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