Big Potential: Transforming the Pursuit of Success

  • Room: ACC North, 200 Level, Keynote Ballroom
Wednesday, May 24, 2023: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Shawn Achor
NY Times bestselling author


In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we’re measuring and pursuing potential incorrectly. Pursuing success in isolation not only limits our potential, it makes us more stressed and disconnected than ever. Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor reveals a better approach. With new research combining neuroscience and psychology with Big Data, Achor shows that our potential is not limited by what we alone can achieve. Instead, it’s determined by how we complement, contribute to, and benefit from the abilities and achievements of people around us. When we—as individuals, leaders, and parents—chase only individual achievement, we leave vast sources of potential untapped. But once we put “others” back into the equation, and work to make others better, we ignite a Virtuous Cycle of cascading successes that amplify our own.

Shawn Achor is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 25 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential.