Belonging. How can it help us all to thrive?

Join thousands of us, and more than 60 Agora Hosts and Guides from around the world. Sharing wisdom and tools that unlock the power of belonging. We are looking for community builders with SOUL. Individuals with a deep sense of responsibility towards self-compassion and social impact. If you want to share your insights and actions, and to learn from like-minded people, this is the summit for you. Just through the act of registering, you already belong.

During this 2-day high positive energy summit you will learn how to:

  • Build extraordinary, deep relationships that will support you throughout your life

  • Reduce constant anxiety/stress and live an emotionally balanced life under Covid

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging that will unlock your full potential

  • Boost your positive emotions on demand

  • Develop a culture of belonging and inclusion within your workplace, family and community

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Learning from Experience

Founder

Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo is the Founder of the World Happiness Fest. He is the President of the World Happiness Foundation and the Founder and Author of the TEOH Lab and Happytalism.

Actress and Good Will Ambassador

Gabriella Wright

Gabriella was trained as a Shakespearean actor and works out of Los Angeles. Her long-standing humanitarian engagement dates back to 2004. Both her acting and humanitarian projects bring her closer to understanding human nature and what binds consciousness to the reality we live in. Born in London into a family of artists, Gabriella is of Anglo-French and Portuguese-Mauritian descent and was influenced by her many cultures on her journey of understanding. She is the founder of the production company Conscious Intent which supports different media formats to promote The Human Story. In 2019, she produced ‘I am Never Alone’, which was the impetus for the Never Alone global campaign co-founded with Deepak Chopra, among others, a mental and suicide prevention movement which also offers support for loved ones left behind. Again, with Chopra, she contributed the series titled ‘Telepathy and Autism’ to the Mind Dive App which she co-developed in 2019 as a tool to reduce stress and relieve trauma through meditation, science, yoga and films. She shares her meditational practice with parolees in the greater Los Angeles area, facilitated by the Amity Foundation.

Creator of the Gene Keys

Richard Rudd

An international teacher, mystic and poet, Richard Rudd attended Edinburgh University where he gained a Master’s degree in literature and metaphysics. A born explorer, he has studied with great teachers in the East, traveled through the Himalayas, the Pacific, the Americas and the Arctic. He worked in the film industry in Australia, trained as a teacher of Chi Kung and meditation in Thailand and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a small yacht. Throughout his adventures Richard has explored his love of writing and in 2006 he won the FISH international poetry award in Ireland. Richard's mystical journey began early in life as he experienced strange energies rushing throughout his body. This catalyzed his spiritual search. All his studies became synthesized in 2002 when he began to write and receive the Gene Keys - a vast synthesis exploring the miraculous possibilities inherent in human DNA. It took 7 years to write the book and understand its teachings and applications. Today Richard continues to extend and embody the wisdom he receives, sharing it with an ever-growing audience around the world. His work has been translated into many languages, and in 2019, Richard was named on the Watkins list of The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.

CEO of the Chopra Foundation

Poonacha Machaiah

Poonacha Machaiah is a global leader among a new breed of social entrepreneurs, having chosen to apply his corporate expertise from 25 years as a business executive in multiple Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial initiatives to addressing societal and wellbeing challenges. Poonacha is the CEO of The Chopra Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace. He is the co-founder of the Never Alone Movement for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health along with both world-renowned mind-body medicine pioneer and New York Times best-selling author Deepak Chopra, M.D, actress and humanitarian Gabriella Wright.

Author, Co-Founder and Executive Director at No Barriers

David Shurna

David Shurna has been the executive director, co-founder, visionary, and chief growth architect of No Barriers USA for the past decade. Building both organizational and corporate partnerships, Dave has guided No Barriers to historic levels of both impact and revenue. An innovative entrepreneur and seasoned educator, Dave has spent more than twenty years in the nonprofit sector. He lives in Colorado with his wife Gina, and their two children, Clara and James.

Founder of Pandemic of Love

Shelly Tygielski

Shelly Tygielski is the Founder of Pandemic of Love, a global, grass-roots volunteer-led mutual aid community that has directly matched over 700,000 people since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, accounting for over $42 million in direct transactions. She is a trauma-informed mindfulness teacher, a community organizer, self-care activist and an author, with a forthcoming book, “Sit Down to Rise Up” due out in the Fall of 2021 from New World Publishing.

Psy.D. Positive psychologist

Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for twenty years. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, Maria brings a depth of experience in personal and leadership development for corporate and non‐profit professionals, as well as community members, parents, and those who serve in the health and wellness arenas. Her work in the medical, legal, human service, financial, technology and educational sectors focuses on building capacity and engagement around chronic stressors such as conflicting goals, difficult conversations, unrealistic expectations and moments of failure — using such moments to leverage sustained positive shifts in perspective and ability.

Visiting Faculty Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness

Saamdu Chetri

Saamdu Chetri (Mr), is married and is the father of four children. He was born in a cowshed in rural Bhutan and has a PhD in commerce. After working for 25 years in private and development sectors, and five years in PMO of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Y Thinley, he then instituted the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan as one of the founding members and headed it for six years, as it's Executive Director under the aegis of HRH Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck.

Professor at University of Texas. Author of HappySmarts

Raj Raghunathan

Raj is a Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring the impact that people's judgments and decisions have on their happiness and fulfillment.

Founder and Executive Director of the ACL Global Project

Mavis Tsai

Mavis is the Founder and Executive Director of the ACL Global Project. She is the co-creator of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), is a clinical psychologist in independent practice, and a research scientist at the Center for Science of Social Connection at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and received the Washington State Distinguished Psychologist Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of Psychology. She is proud to be named by New Harbinger Publications as one of “13 Badass Psychologists… Who Happen to be Women”, has co-authored five kick-ass books on FAP and over 65 articles, and literally kicks ass as an advanced practitioner of the martial art of Kajukenbo.

Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Dr. Javier Garcia Campayo

Javier García Campayo is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He trained at the Hospital Clínico in Zaragoza, Spain, and at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge, United Kingdom, and McGill, Montreal, Canada. He is currently Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Zaragoza. He has been chairman of the Spanish Society of Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a visiting lecturer at universities in Spain (UNED, Alcalá de Henares, Basque Country) and abroad (Rochester in the USA and Sao Paulo in Brazil). He has written more than 200 scientific articles, a number of books and chapters in books, and takes part in the main Spanish and international scientific conferences on mental health and psychotherapy. García Campayo leads the Master of Mindfulness at the University of Zaragoza, the first in any Spanish-speaking university. He has published books such as “Mindfulness y ciencia”, “La ciencia de la compasión” y “Mindfulness y educación”, with Alianza Editorial, “¿Qué sabemos de mindfulness?” y “El Guerrero Atento” with Editorial Kairós and “Nuevo Manual Práctico de Mindfulness” y “Mindfulness y compasión” with Editorial Siglantana. Every two years, he organizes the International Meeting on Mindfulness in Zaragoza with over 500 participants.

Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dr. Dan Tomasulo

Dr, Tomasulo is the Academic Director and core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Sharecare honors Dr. Tomasulo as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit  (2018) tells of the first experimental group home releasing inmates from America’s most notorious asylum, Willowbrook. His most recent book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression, is hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.”  by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Flourish, adds: “This is the best go-to book on how to use hope to relieve your depression.”

Distinguished Visiting Professor Humanities and Social Sciences IIT KGP

Professor Manas Kumar Mandal

Dr. Mandal’s research contribution to the field of psychological science spanned over 35 years with primary focus on affect processing in the brain, in general, and in schizophrenia, in particular. His doctoral work on affect (emotion) processing in schizophrenia has been an original work that paved the way for the formulation many research hypotheses later. Dr. Mandal continued his endeavor in later part of his research in uncovering the role of cerebral hemispheres in emotion processing.

Principal Analyst at Forrester

Katy Tynan

Katy works at the intersection of people and technology. With a strong focus on leadership and organizational development, Katy supports CIOs, CMOs, and chief human resources officers in their work to optimize customer experience through a highly engaged, inclusive workforce. The author of numerous books and publications, Katy has deep expertise in the practice of leadership at all levels of the organization. Her most recent book, How Did I Not See This Coming? A New Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster, was published by ATD Press in 2016. Katy helps Forrester clients build a science-based approach to delivering industry-leading employee experience.

Chief executive officer of R Systems

Satinder Singh Rekhi

Satinder Singh Rekhi is Chief executive officer of R Systems, a software product engineering listed public company in India. Having graduated from the prestigious IIT – Kharagpur (India) with a bachelor’s degree in technology, Rekhi also possesses an MBA degree from the California State University (USA), and has attended several leadership programs from the University of Berkeley and Harvard Business School. Rekhi is a champion in teaching and spreading Happiness and Well- Being and strongly believes in a simple motto – Happy People Are More Successful. In fact, Mr. Rekhi is known for partnering with premier educational institutions by partnering with them in preaching the Science of Happiness, where the primary objective is to teach the importance of happiness – to enable them to be happier, and in turn be more successful. He has sponsored teaching research and studies in the Science of Happiness in California State University, Sacramento and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Founder and CEO of Kinnd

Laura Whitney Sniderman

3X Founder, Tech Executive, and International Community Builder Laura Whitney Sniderman is thrilled to offer a Keynote on "Embracing the Future of Friendship" at The Power of Belonging Summit. Currently, Laura is the Founder and CEO of Kinnd, a pioneering digital friend-making platform, as well as The Rainbow List, a weekly newsletter of vetted real estate listings and events by and for members of Toronto, Canada's thriving LGBTQIA2S+ community. She consults with the World Happiness Foundation, acting as the VP of Business Development and Marketing. Laura was previously the Founder of The Get Together, an internationally renowned womxn's empowerment initiative and recently completed her Masters at Columbia University in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Mind-Body Spirituality.

Founding Director, UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

Mohit Mukherjee

Mohit is an innovator in the learning and development area, with nearly two decades of experience working with professionals from around the world in the areas of innovation, leadership, and well-being. Since 2006, he has been leading the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the United Nations. Mohit’s background includes management consulting with A.T. Kearney, working with a global non-profit with a focus on sustainable development, leading a private-public partnership, and starting a profitable education enterprise. Mohit is also committed to youth entrepreneurship and recently authored a handbook for social innovators. Mohit has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently resides in South Florida.

Yoga Teacher

Leslie Glickman

Leslie teaches a broad spectrum of yoga, from the dynamic flow of Vinyasa, the deep experience of yin, and the stillness of meditation. Her Pause, Breathe, Notice, Feel ideology is the basis for this comprehensive approach to teaching. Safe, intelligent, creative, classes are always the priority, but intuition and connection are what inspires her. Growing the community is Leslie’s passion, she’s worked diligently to create opportunities that make yoga accessible to all. Leslie is always seeking to elevate herself, the community and the collective energy of the world through the practice of yoga.

CEO and Founder of WholeBeing Institute Brasil

Henrique Bueno

Como CEO e fundador do Wholebeing Institute Brasil e do World Happiness Fest Brasil, Henrique é palestrante internacional, facilitador de programas de felicidade, liderança e comunicação e professor convidado em diversas universidades. Suas palestras, workshops e projetos de transformação positiva são conhecidas por mais de 50 empresas, escolas e órgãos públicos, além de eventos no Brasil e exterior.

Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happiitude

Karan Behl

A specialist in merging together workplace happiness with revenue, profitability, and business growth, he is famed among top global happiness and thought leader communities. He has been a speaker at Happiness & Mindfulness conferences around the globe. He has worked with more than 50,000 people, 150 companies from 35 countries. Karan has been featured by BBC World, Zee Business, The Weeks Magazine, Indian Express, Mid Day, TOI, The Hindu, and many other leading media platforms.

Co-founder Earthodyssey.org , Founder Zen Resort Bali, Senior Advisor United Nations and World Bank, Sustainable and Inclusive International Holistic Wellness Tourism Development

Mahendra Shah

Dr Mahendra Shah participated in the three World Sustainable Summits, Stockholm 1972, Rio 1992, Johannesburg 2002 and contributed to major studies such as Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2001, World Bank and FAO Food Security 2000, Un Afghanistan Office 1989, UN African Famine 1984 etc. Shah as founder of Zen Resort Bali, a sustainability and inclusive holistic wellness resort with a focus on transformation of modern lifestyles to sustainable and responsible lifestyles in harmony with Nature, based on the principles of Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Nature Immunity and Harmony Scuba Diving will share his contributions through “The Earth Odyssey ” project and his views on the world’s sustainable development and Sustainable Human beings imperatives to “find Global Solutions to securely continue our Journey through Time and Space aboard the only Ship we have, the Planet Earth”

Award-winning author

Megan McDonough

Megan McDonough is the award-winning author of Infinity in a Box and A Minute for Me. Megan uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to build organizations and networks that harness the best in people for the greatest good. With a degree in nuclear medicine, senior leadership experience in healthcare, two decades as a yoga practitioner and teacher, and experience directing numerous online-learning start-ups, Megan focuses on how to get from point A to point B through whole-person engagement. A national media source for Fast Company, Yoga Journal, and Woman’s Day, Megan is an explorer at heart, working with the WBI team to navigate the path from dreaming about the summit to actually climbing the mountain.

Facilitator

Vibha -

Vibha is an international Facilitator for Organization Health and Harmony, Whole Systems Approach Specialist and Flow of Life Guide. She has worked in social development sector for more than 15 years in the areas of public health communication and life skills education, for capability building and program leadership, with Johns Hopkins University-CCP, UNFPA, PSI and other international organizations. In her role as a Facilitator, in last ten years, she has led more than 400 workshops in India, USA, Russia, Netherlands, Thailand, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Periodista

Aldara Martitegui

Periodista, coach y formadora en inteligencia emocional y reducción de estrés basado en mindfulness (MBSR). Dirige la sección de Coaching en el diario digital NIUS. Fundó The Coaching Post con el propósito de elevar el nivel de conciencia en el campo de la comunicación y la educación. Antes de eso trabajó durante 20 años como redactora en Noticias Cuatro y en CNN+.

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With the support of:

World Happiness Foundation
University for Peace
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education
IIT KGP
Wholebeing Institute
Instituto de Bienestar Integral
My Happiness
No Barriers
Prosocial Institute
TransTech
Forrester
The Chopra Foundation
IEPP
T-Solar
LatinBiz Today
Petit Bambou
Ipsos

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