The speakers and theme for the 2nd annual World Happiness Summit™ have been announced, as the summit plans to return to Miami on March 16-18, 2018, at the University of Miami’s Shalala Center. This three-day event unifies people from around the world to listen to the leading experts in the different disciplines that compose happiness and well-being.

The World Happiness Summit™, organized by WOHASU, is an inclusive forum designed to expose individuals to the practical implementations of the science of happiness by providing scientifically proven tools that people can use daily to build resiliency and maximize human flourishing.

This year’s Summit theme is “SUSTAINABLE Happiness: Developing Balanced Personal, Interpersonal, Career & Environmental Ecosystems One Person at a Time.” WOHASU CEO and Founder, Karen Guggenheim, felt timing for such dialog couldn’t be more appropriate as she states, “We live lives based on the choices we make, our choices matter. Let’s collectively decide to construct positive mindsets one person at a time that will impact our homes, workplaces, communities and world in a powerful and uplifting way.”

Highlighted Speakers (Full speaker list available here)

  • Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, renowned expert in Positive Psychology who taught the most popular course at Harvard University
  • President Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico
  • Lord Richard Layard, Programme Director – Wellbeing, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, Co-Editor of The World Happiness Report
  • Ismael Cala, Motivational Speaker and former CNN en Español Host
  • Mo Gawdat, Chief Business Officer, Google (X) & Author,
  • Dr. Mark Williamson, Director, Action for Happiness
  • Dr. Emma Seppälä, Science Director, Stanford Center For Compassion And Altruism Research and Education
  • Howard Martin, Executive Vice President, Heart Math
  • Luke Lorio, CEO iPEC Coaching
  • Romero Britto, International Pop Artist
  • Dr. Fred Luskin, Director, Stanford University Forgiveness Projects
  •  Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist Brand Marketing, Google
  • Dr. James Pawelski, Director of Education, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis, & Founding Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology

The inaugural World Happiness Summit™ 2017 was a success welcoming over 1,250 daily attendees (84% outside Florida), from over 30 countries and 40 U.S. states garnering international media coverage from dozens of outlets. WOHASU™ was supported by over 80 sponsors and partners and was awarded the key to the City of Miami by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, proclaiming March 19 “Make Miami Happy Day.”