Keynote Speaker Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor

Positive Psychology Expert, Author of The Happiness Advantage

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $40,001 + i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Texas, USA

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Some of Shawn Achor’s Key Accomplishments Include…

Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Why Shawn Achor?

Shawn is a BigSpeak favorite for his energy and contagious positivity. On one occasion Shawn received not one but TWO standing ovations followed by the company founder/event host grabbing the mic to say “That was some of the best 90 minutes I’ve ever spent!”

Shawn has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. 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 11 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

Testimonials 3

  • Shawn’s presentation on happiness was absolutely amazing! Funny, engaging, smart, optimistic, and practical, Shawn inspired us to shift the way that we look at the world, and to make simple yet powerful changes in our own lives. His uplifting message had a positive impact on those who attended – the feedback we’ve received has been extraordinary, and people are still talking about his presentation!

    Goodwin Procter


  • We have used Shawn globally to deliver workshops for our Managing Director and Executive Director audiences. Shawn never disappoints. The feedback from the seminars he has run for us is amongst the best across any of the training courses we deliver (from memory over 95 per cent of this audience would recommend the training to peers). Shawn has partnered exceptionally well with us to tailor his materials and research to our needs.


  • Shawn Achor is funny, self‐depreciating, and devastating to the notions of what his field is all about. He’s got research that makes the ‘genes + environment + potential for success’ mode look like an idea only Flat-Earthers could harbour. Even better, he’s got tips for how we can improve our brains.

    Boston Globe

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