We are thrilled to announce that journalist, author and presenter of the 2017 TED Talk titled “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy,” Emily Esfahani Smith, will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 conference.

In her recent book “The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness,” she draws on psychology, philosophy and literature to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are and how we can find grace and meaning in a world that is full of suffering.

Emily is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an editor at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a masters of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband in Washington DC.

An excerpt from “The Power of Meaning” is accessible from Emily’s website.

 

 

 

Past Keynote Speakers

Year
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Speaker
M. E. Kerr
Sarah Long
David Baldacci
Mick Foley
Roger Rosenblatt
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Susan Isaacs
Adriana Trigiani
Richard Paul Evans
Andrew Xia Fukuda
Nancy Pearl
Jack Gantos
Sarah Vowel
Jadeep Mansour
Tad Hills
K.C. Boyd

If you know the names of the speakers for 2005, 2006 or 2007, please send the information to Brian Adams at adamsbster@gmail.com