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About the Wake Up Happy guest speakers

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Dani DiPirro is an author, blogger, and designer living in a suburb of Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched the website PositivelyPresent.com with the intention of sharing her insights about living a positive and present life (something that didn’t always come easy to her!). Anything and everything focused on positive personal development has a home on Positively Present including: tips for being more positive; advice for living in the moment; articles on how positivity can improve you; information on positive personal development; insights on how to share positivity with others; and resources and inspiration for being positively present.

In 2012, Dani left her full-time job in Marketing to pursue a career with Positively Present. Since then, she has self-published Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present (learn more at StayPositive365.com) and published The Positively Present Guide to Life with Watkins Publishing. Dani has also created e-books on specific topics such as self-love, holiday planning, and organization. She is currently working on her next book.

Dani and her work have been featured in a variety of websites and print media, including GlamourThe Washington Post ExpressForbesThe Huffington PostThe Globe and Mail, and The Happiness Project. In 2015, Dani was featured by ELLE Magazine as a Coach of the Month, writing weekly articles for the publication on mindfulness.

While expanding her career as an author and blogger, Dani also began learning about graphic design and illustration. In 2012 she took her first Nicole’s Classes course online and fell in love with creating illustrations, typography, and design. She has since launched a design studio, Twenty3, in which she creates downloadable content on Etsy, designs products for Society 6, and works with individuals and businesses to help create modern, uplifting illustrations and designs.

When she’s not designing, blogging, or writing, Dani can be found with her head in a book (check out what she’s reading on GoodReads), creating images for Instagram (follow her on @positivelypresent), or pinning like a madwoman (take a peek at her Pinterest boards).

Arthur Woods is an entrepreneur, speaker and writer on the future of work. He is the co-founder and COO of Imperative, the first professional platform to help people manage a fulfilling career. Arthur's deep expertise engaging the millennial generation has enabled him to lead both the conversation and innovation around the next generation of work. His efforts have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Washington Post and ABC7’s Washington Business Tonight. 

Arthur previously led operations for YouTube EDU at Google where he oversaw operations of YouTube for Schools, managed the development of YouTube’s first guide for education and co-organized YouTube’s inaugural Education Summit. He previously co-founded the Compass Fellowship, the world's largest collegiate social enterprise training program, in over 18 universities worldwide. He also co-founded Out in Tech, the largest technology meet-up for New York's LGBT community. Arthur studied Operations and information Management at Georgetown University and Project Management at Stanford University. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and sits on the Boards of the Sierra Institute, Georgetown Technology Alliance and Compass Partners.

Mitchel Adler, Psy.D., CGP is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist and the creator of MindBody Intelligence™ (MBI).  He has served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine and is co-author of the book, Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (ASTD press) and other research articles.

As a professional speaker and consultant, Dr. Adler has worked with numerous organizations including the USDA Forest Service, the City of Sacramento, The UC Davis, Graduate School of Management, The Monitor Group, the Organizational Development Network of Sacramento, and Calgene, Inc.  As a member of the steering committee of California’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Program, Dr. Adler participated in reviewing and selecting organizations that supported their employees in outstanding ways.  He also has a private psychotherapy practice in Davis, California where he works with individuals and facilitates psychotherapy groups.

As a staff psychologist at the University of California at Davis, Dr. Adler co-developed the university’s mind-body wellness program and established the inter-departmental mind-body wellness task force.  He also created and facilitated mind-body workshops, seminars, and groups, as well as trained psychologists, social workers, physicians, and nurses in mind-body theory and interventions.

Dr. Adler has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University where he was the recipient of the GSAPP Scholar’s Award, the Graduate Scholar’s Award, and the GSAPP Alumni Scholarship.  He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he graduated with Distinction and was a James B. Angell Scholar.

Thomas Bradbury is a Professor of Clinical Psychology. After earning his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from the University of Illinois, he moved to Los Angeles to start the Marriage and Family Development Laboratory at UCLA. Since then, Bradbury and his team have conducted several longitudinal studies that help explain how marriages change and how couples can keep their relationship healthy and strong. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation, Bradbury and his collaborators have published more than 100 research articles and three edited books, including The Psychology of Marriage.
Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Psychology Department, Bradbury has also been honored with several awards for his research on marriage and intimate relationships, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Achievements from the American Psychological Association. Bradbury is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at eHarmony.com, and he is an affiliated professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He speaks regularly at universities and conferences in the US, and he has presented his research findings in London, Cambridge, Tel Aviv, Milan, Heidelberg, Zurich, Geneva, Wellington, Christchurch, Toronto, and Vancouver.
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