Top 10 Positive Psychology Speakers

  • By Aaron Peterson
  •  Apr 09, 2024

Positive psychology analyzes the human approach to optimal functioning, which includes cultivating optimism, creating positive relationships, and developing interactive social skills. Positive psychology speakers specialize in nurturing safe and healthy environments for open communication and overcoming adversity. Engage has a wide array of positive psychology speakers who specialize in emotional intelligence, high performance, resilience, and more.

  1. Shawn Achor

    Shawn Achor is the NY Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. He has battle-tested his research in high-challenge environments, and in every place, Achor has found optimism can be increased through mindset and behavioral change, and that by creating an interconnected approach to happiness and success, we shine brighter together. His most popular TED talk, The Happiness Advantage, shows how happiness/mindset is a choice, happiness is an advantage (raising every business and educational outcome we know how to test for), and happiness is contagious in a culture.

  2. Tali Sharot

    Award-winning author, and acclaimed Professor Tali Sharot is a leading expert on decision-making, emotion, influence, and motivation. She is on the faculty of MIT and UCL and directs the Affective Brain Lab. Sharot’s thought-provoking insights have helped organizations induce behavioral change, create decision-making policies, and improve the well-being of employees and customers. Sharot’s ground-breaking work at the intersection of behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience has been used by businesses to improve leadership skills, rethink messaging, and refine strategy.

  3. Valorie Burton

    Valorie Burton, a life strategist and international speaker, is CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Her life-changing message has an intriguing, research-based emphasis in the pioneering field of applied positive psychology – the study of what happens when things go right with us. Since 1999, she has written 13 books translated into multiple languages and has spoken for hundreds of organizations around the globe. She was named one of the top 60 motivational speakers in America and one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in the field of personal development.

  4. Michelle Gielan

    Michelle Gielan is a positive psychology expert who specializes in uncovering the connection between happiness and success. She is a bestselling author and executive producer of “The Happiness Advantage” on PBS. Gielan’s areas of research are centered around happiness and resilience — specifically, the ways in which an optimistic mindset acts as the catalyst for success and well-being. By highlighting science-based case studies, Michelle Gielan helps people redirect common stresses and negativity into high performance, optimism, and sustainable resilience.

  5. Kiki Ramsey

    Dr. Kiki Ramsey is a sought-after Positive Psychologist and Executive Coach, with a passion for helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential. With a commitment to making a positive impact in the world, Dr. Kiki founded The Positive Psychology Coaching and Diversity Institute (PPCaDI), a leadership development firm that specializes in diversity coaching and leadership development. She is known for her innovative approach to coaching, and DEI called Positively Diverse Leadership, which is an evidence-based approach rooted in positive psychology that fosters the intentional use of strengths to relate and communicate as an inclusive leader.

  6. Amanda Gore

    Amanda Gore believes that success in business is always about feelings. Using the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, quantum physics, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence, she breaks down the barriers that separate people and helps business leaders keep people engaged in, enthusiastic about, and aligned with corporate goals and vision. Gore is one of only four Australians inducted into the USA Speaker Hall of Fame.

  7. Liza Pavlakos

    Liza Pavlakos has overcome immense challenges that have shaped her into a beacon of strength and resilience. Her personal insights have given her a deep understanding and empathy that allows her to connect with audiences on a profound level. Her compelling narrative, infused with self-awareness and unwavering determination, serves as a catalyst for transformation, inspiring individuals and teams to unlock their full potential and achieve remarkable success. Pavlakos is the founder and CEO of Positive Breakthroughs , which aims to connect a team of dedicated professionals in psychology and coaching to enhance mental well-being.

  8. Omar L. Harris

    Omar L. Harris is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, and founder of Intent Consulting and,, with over 20 years of experience building high-performance organizations on 4 continents. Having managed multibillion-dollar brands and led extensive organizations worldwide, he innovated blueprints for J.E.D.I. Leadership with 20 Team Performance Acceleration Principles (TPAPs) that can be applied by leaders at all levels of professional experience. His specialties include executive coaching, employee experience, applied positive psychology, and high-performance team leadership.

  9. Alyssa Petersel

    Alyssa Petersel is the founder and CEO of MyWellbeing, which seeks to connect people with the therapist or coach that best suits their mental health support needs. Petersel and her team have helped over 28 million users through their mental health journey. In 2016, she also released her award-winning book, Somehow I Am Different .

  10. Linda Roszak Burton

    Linda Roszak Burton is the Founder, and President of DRW, Inc., a leadership development and executive coaching firm. Burton writes for the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly feature series on gratitude, is a frequent blogger, and is the author of Gratitude Heals® - A Journal for Inspiration and Guidance. In addition, her Great Mills TEDx Talk on Gratitude - The Power to Heal the World was released in December 2022.