Keynote Speakers from the 53rd Annual WADA Conference

Daniel Lerner – Psychology Professor and Author of U Thrive 

A psychology professor, and phenomenal storyteller, Daniel Lerner currently teaches the NYU’s largest, most popular non-required course, “The Science of Happiness”. According to Dan, we’re happiest when we pursue “harmonious passion”. When we become “obsessively passionate”, self-critical, and over-committed, things go awry. How can we avoid this? How can we balance our passions, in order to be happier and more resilient? One of the most emotional, funny speakers in the game, and very popular, Dan paints a picture of what positive balance looks like, and how to feel more fulfilled, whole, and happy.

Dr. Nicole Lavoi, Tucker Institute

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi is the Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. LaVoi frequently speaks around the world on a variety of topics related to coaching, gender and sport, and recruiting and retaining women coaches.


School Safety Presentation - The 2nd shift, Dr. Louis Marciani

The presenter will identify and develop an increased understanding of risk mitigation and protection activities for after school activities and interscholastic athletics. The overall goal of the presentation is to enhance the safety and security awareness of individuals responsible for organizing, supervising, and supporting after school activities and interscholastic athletic events. Those responsible for organizing, supervising, and supporting the activities and events will learn and apply best practices for risk management, professional development, communication, and planning.

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