Travelling to Canada for Positive Psychology and Well-being

This July I am travelling to Montreal, Canada, to attend the 5th World Congress of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. Hosted by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), the purpose of the congress is to share progress in the science of positive psychology and its evidence-based practices.

I am looking forward to being among researchers, students, psychologists, educators and other professionals to learn more. I am especially interested in promoting the foundations of well-being to influence positive organisations that build positive cultures with supportive communication and relationships that are inclusive and embrace a diverse workforce. I am looking forward to bringing my learning back to share with the Diversity Inclusion team and you.

My passion is to influence a positive workplace culture where people feel valued and accepted for their contributions. This includes empowering individuals to own their self-care practices to reduce stress, improve and maintain mental health with the support of leadership and the organisation.

Self-care and developing skills to cope with everyday stressors enables us to be better leaders and co-workers, and go home to our families and communities better friends, spouses and citizens.

Congress speakers include, Martin Seligman PhD, thinker in residence for wellbeing in South Australia 2012/13, Angela Duckworth PhD on Grit, Kim Cameron PhD on Positive Leadership and Organisations, David Cooperrider on Appreciative Enquiry and Ellen Langer on Mindfulness. There are so many great presenters, these are just a few. The entire congress will cover organisations, education, lifespan development, wellbeing and more.

I look forward to sharing what I learn when I return and please let me know what you would be interested in learning if you were attending the Congress.


Leanne is an Associate of Diversity Inclusion and a facilitator for the Diversity Inclusion Call it Out Program in her workplace. She is passionate about well-being and its connection to diverse and inclusive workplaces.