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

2016 Leading to Well-Being Conference

LWB Word CloudApril 14-15, 2016

Location: Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA

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Now in its seventh year, George Mason University’s Leading to Well-Being Conference gathers the nation’s top experts in organizational leadership for deep and substantial learning.

Widely regarded as the region’s top conference on the intersection of leadership and well-being, our keynote speakers and presenters consult with the country’s top companies, CEOs, organizations and agencies to create meaningful and lasting culture shifts that move them to greater levels of thriving.

2016 Leading to Well-Being Keynote Speakers:


Dan Seigel

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute, and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for the professional audience. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx. He lives in Southern California with his family.


David Cooperrider

David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Professor Cooperrider is past President of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others. Currently David serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The center’s core proposition is that sustainable value creation is the business opportunity of the 21st century, indeed that every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry leading innovation, eco-entrepreneurship, and new sources of value. David is best known as the co-creator and creative thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). His founding work with AI is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and collaborative design. David has published 15 books and authored close to 50 articles.


Annie McKee

Annie McKee is a bestselling business book author and advisor to top global leaders, from CEOs of Fortune 50 companies to government officials South Africa. In 2005, BusinessWeek named her in their Top 100 Leaders issue as an Executive Coach, but Annie's journey to becoming one of the world’s top advisors on leadership has hardly been conventional. It has been full of risky moves and unconventional choices. McKee will tell you it is a journey in which she learned to believe in the power of hope. Annie McKee received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and her baccalaureate degree, summa cum laude, from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She serves as Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania, and teaches at the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education as well as Brookings Executive Educationwith leaders in the U.S. Federal government. Annie also serves on the Board of Center for Social and Emotional Competency at University of the Pacific as well as the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

Optional Thursday Half-Day Pre-Conference Intensives

For those looking to go deep with some of the most sought-after experts on organizational well-being, we have expanded our optional Thursday Pre-Conference Intensives to include half-day sessions with:

  • Dr. David L. Cooperrider on Apreciative Inquiry - SOLD OUT!
  • Dr. Rollin McCraty with the HeartMath Institute
  • The Chopra Center with Manjula Nadarajah and Dr. Gregory C. Unruh on Mindfulness and Resilience
  • Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler of the Strozzi Institutue on Somatic Leadership - SOLD OUT!

Pre-Conference Intensives Facilitators

Join us as we dive into this year’s theme, Cultivating Resilience, to learn about prospering during times of great challenge and uncertainty as a leader, employee, organization, or individual.

Please Note: Capacity for each of the optional Thursday half-day intensives is LIMITED, so we encourage you to register early.

The Leading to Well-Being Conference is co-sponsored by George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and MasonLeads.

This year's conference will be hosted at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. The hotel offers complimentary parking as well as free convenient shuttle service from the Dunn Loring Metro. Note: From George Mason University, you can take the Mason Shuttle to the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU metro, and then go one stop to the Dunn Loring Metro.

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Cancellation Policy: Cancel prior to March 20 for a full refund minus $20 handling fee. Cancel between March 20 and April 3, and we will refund you 50%. After April 3, sorry, no refunds.

Note: Lunch can be purchased separately for Thursday Intensives. Friday Full-Day Conference ticket includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.


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