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

Positive Leadership Faculty

  Beth Cabrera

Beth Cabrera is a senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. She works with companies to help them create positive work environments where people thrive. Her approach, based on the latest research from the field of positive psychology, is extremely effective in developing leaders, building teams, and advancing careers.

Dr. Cabrera’s expertise was gained through years of experience teaching, conducting research, and advising organizations on how to maximize employee engagement and performance. Her research has been published in over 30 articles in some of the world’s leading academic and professional journals.

After earning her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Cabrera joined the faculty of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, one of Spain’s top universities. Upon returning to the United States she continued her academic career as a professor of management at Arizona State University and later as a senior research fellow at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2009 she founded Cabrera Insights to help organizations achieve peak performance by increasing workplace positivity. Dr. Cabrera writes a blog about positivity at work: Cabrera Insights.

  Steve Gladis

Steve Gladis serves as president and CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners (SGLP), an executive communications firm focused on helping leaders communicate for success. Offering professional development and training programs, executive coaching and advising, and corporate consulting, SGLP abides by one basic value-respect for our clients and our strategic partners. Dr. Gladis has taught hundreds of clients from a host of companies in the Northern Virginia Region, including Cox, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Anteon, FBI, Justice, DEA, Labor, EPA, The Washington Post, Gannett News, and many others.

A former member of the University of Virginia's faculty, Dr. Gladis served as an associate dean in the School of Professional Studies and the director of the University's Northern Virginia Center. In a previous career as an FBI special agent, he taught at the FBI Academy, was the editor of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and the chief of speech writing for the director of the FBI, and held a number of both headquarters and field-agent assignments around the country. Dr. Gladis has published numerous magazine and journal articles as well as 19 books; his most recent book is Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work. A regular lecturer and speaker, Dr. Gladis received his master's degree and PhD from George Mason University and teaches communications classes at George Mason.

A committed civic and academic leader, Dr. Gladis serves on the Executive Board of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, serves on the School of Professional Studies Advisory Board at the University of Virginia, is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School, and is a former member of the University of Virginia's Faculty Senate. He is also a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and a Vietnam Veteran.

To learn more about Dr. Gladis please visit his website or check out his Survival Leadership Blog.


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