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The Joy of Working—Positive Psychology at Work - Karen Zong

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Time and Location

November 25, Wednesday
Registration: 6:30 - 7:00pm
Talk and Q&A: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)


Ticket: ¥60; free for those who graduated in 2013 or later or are currently studying at UPenn and Yale Colleges. Please follow the link below to register before November 24.

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The language of the event will be Chinese

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The Event

The science of positive psychology focuses on the study of happiness and well-being. In the past twenty years, positive psychologists across the world have researched and discovered empirical evidence on what works and what doesn't in building and sustaining happiness. These practical applications can help guide psychological well-being, character development and organizational development, unleashing our potential to live a joyful and meaningful life.

In the session, we will begin by discussing concrete challenges facing Chinese people in present-day China. We will then introduce the study of happiness and how it can help us to face these challenges, building optimism and a belief system to fully enjoy work and life. We will talk about the newest model of positive psychology, specifically focusing on 5 main aspects of building a flourishing life. We will conduct self-evaluations on how well we are doing in relevant areas, learn the “happiness formula”, and explore practical strategies for building a flourishing life.

The Speaker

Karen Zong, managing director of Integrated Development Group, is an experienced management consultant who specializes in executive coaching, leadership and team development, and workshop facilitations. Karen provides services designed to help individuals and organizations be successful in the workplace.

Known for her highly interactive facilitations and in-depth knowledge of Chinese and American cultures, Karen has 18 years of experience in management consulting, OD, HR management and psychological counselling. She has consulted for a number of global and national organizations including Microsoft, AMD, Sanofi, Covidien, HP, Cisco, GE, Baidu, Kabam, Novo Nordisk, Texas Instruments, Google, and Ebay.

Karen has held several senior management positions including Managing Director for PDI’s China operations, People Director for Wal-Mart Global Procurement overseas operations, and Director for People & Organization Capabilities for Microsoft Greater China region.

Karen holds an MBA and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She studied with Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, and was his first graduate student in China. Karen has worked in the US, Hong Kong, and mainland China, and speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She currently resides in Shanghai.

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