Keynote Speakers 2018

Sunday, May 6, 3:50 to 5:00 pm

GFOA is happy to announce the opening keynote presentation for the 112th annual conference will be Shawn Achor. Shawn is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. He will speak to all GFOA conference attendees and their guests on how to transform their lives, raise both happiness and success rates, and become a “positive genius.”

In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. Shawn's research in the field of positive psychology has revealed how changes in our own brain due to mindset and behavior can have a ripple effect to a team, family, or an entire organization. This positive ripple effect can create a more productive, positive work culture making positive change easier.

Shawn Achor is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 14 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and taught in the most popular class at the University.

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.


Monday, May 7, 8:30 to 10:10 am

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Tuesday, May 8, 9:00 to 10:00 am

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