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Janice Kaplan is widely known for her achievements as a writer, television producer and magazine editor. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Parade, the most widely read publication in America, was deputy editor of TV Guide magazine and executive producer of the TV Guide Television Group, and began her career as an on-air sports reporter for CBS Radio and went on to be an award-winning producer at ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. Janice is author and co-author of twelve books and her bestselling novels have been translated and published in more than a dozen countries.
Dr. Robert Emmons is Professor of Psychology at the "University of California, Davis” where he has taught since 1988. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Emmons is the author of nearly 200 original publications in peer reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier and Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity. A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology and his research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets.
Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at the Greater Good Science Centerat UC Berkeley. She earned her doctorate at Berkeley, using behavioral and neuroscientific methods to examine how emotions influence thinking and decision making. During her postdoc, Emiliana’s work focused on the biological underpinnings of pro-social states like compassion and love of humanity. Currently, Emiliana runs the GGSC’s Expanding Gratitude project, the Research Fellowship program, and co-leads GG101x: The Science of Happiness, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the EdX platform that has reached over 300K people. Her current work examines the advantages of authentically connecting with others, being kind, and belonging to a community with regards to physical health, well-being, psychosocial functioning and performance. Emiliana’s work aims to fully explore the potential for – as well as the benefits of – living a more meaningful life.
Kristi Nelson is the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, which runs the wonderful website Gratefulness.org. Kristi has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, support and develop organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.