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Keynote - Dr. Shane Lopez

Our keynote speaker is Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., the world's leading researcher on hope. His mission is to teach people that investing in their future pays off today.

Dr. Shane LopezDr. Lopez is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He is coauthor of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer. He is also the author of Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want in Business and Life, which details how hope can be learned and spread to others. Read more at his website,

With its cutting-edge research and inspiring true stories of people who create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities, Making Hope Happen is the first practical guide to the anatomy of hope—how to create, use, and share it.

Hope is the leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business—as well as of a healthier, happier life. Now, in his first popular book, Shane Lopez reveals the results of his revolutionary research on the psychology of hope together with new findings from around the world. Making Hope Happen is the first scientifically based blueprint for mobilizing the energy and power of hope in every area of an individual's life. It details proven strategies and techniques for building a high-hope mindset that is also effective for meeting short- and long-term goals. Readers will take a hope quiz, learn to find where their best hope lies, and define what matters most to them in order to drive hope today and into the future.

The newest evolution of positive psychology, Making Hope Happen also tells the inspiring stories of real people—parents, educators, entrepreneurs, young and old people with health challenges, and civic leaders—who create hope and who transformed their own lives as well as their schools, workplaces, and communities. The message is clear: Hope matters. Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned and spread to others. How well we hope determines how well we live.

Making Hope HappenDr. Lopez also has published more than 100 articles, chapters, and nine books. These include Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, winner of the Sage Press Book of the Year Award (with C.R. Snyder and Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti); The Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People; The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury).

Dr. Lopez has spoken at numerous companies, universities, schools, and conferences. His talks are lively, highly accessible introductions to the science of human motivation that appeal to people who are curious about their own behavior (and that of others), who try to figure out why we do what we do, and who will put this information to use in their own lives. Ideal clients see themselves as change agents (this includes teachers, managers, community leaders, business executives, politicians – and, of course, parents). Presentations help them increase and sustain their own reserves of hope, develop hope-related skills in themselves and others, and transform their personal strengths into a public resource. Audiences are encouraged to examine the role of hope in health outcomes, academic and business success, and leadership.

Dr. Lopez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was a professor of psychology and education for a decade at the University of Kansas.