Emma Seppälä keynote speaker
Emma Seppälä keynote speaker

Emma Seppälä

Expert on the Science of Happiness

Speaker Themes

  • The science of happiness
  • How happiness leads to business success
  • Creating positive organisational cultures
  • Thriving in an age of overload
  • The importance of social connection
  • The impact of culture on emotion
  • Women in in leadership

Travels from

Connecticut, USA


Dr Emma Seppälä is a leading expert in the science of happiness and how its insights can improve our well-being at work and also make us more productive.

In 2016 she published The Happiness Track: How To Apply The Science Of Happiness To Accelerate Your Success. Drawing on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience, she argues that happiness is the driver of success, not the other way around. 

An acclaimed academic, Emma is currently Faculty Director of the Women’s Leadership Program at Yale School of Management. She has also been Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. 

Emma Seppälä regularly advises Fortune 500 leaders and employees on building a positive organisational culture. She has delivered several TEDx talks and spoken at firms including Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, Ernst & Young, and a United States Congressional Hearing.  

Her research and opinion pieces have featured in leading academic and mainstream publications, including Harvard Business ReviewThe Washington PostQUARTZ, Business Insider, Stanford MedicinePsychology TodayFast CompanyForbesHuffington PostMindBodyGreenGreater Good Science Center, and Scientific American Mind, to name but a few. 

She is also featured in the documentary films The Altruism Revolution and What You Do Matters, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular web platform dedicated to the science of happiness.

For more information on Emma Seppälä’s speaking topics, availability and fees, contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@vbqspeakers.com.


How do a company’s values impact the well-being of their employees? How does someone’s approach to their work affect their well-being? How crucial is social connection at work? The latest scientific research is showing that happier workplaces are also more profitable.

A pioneer in this growing field of enquiry, Emma provides fascinating insights from her research as well as practical steps every organisation and individual can take to improve their happiness, and thereby also their performance.


“Backed by extensive research in psychology and neuroscience, THE HAPPINESS TRACK offers a wealth of insight for changing how we approach our work, our personal lives, and our relationships. It’s a carefully researched, engaging look at how to improve ourselves without losing our authenticity or our sanity.” —- Adam Grant, Wharton Professor and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Give And Take

“Through her research-backed strategies, Emma Seppälä not only teaches us how to thrive in our chosen profession, but how to stay true to ourselves—and enjoy every moment of the process.” —- Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

“Your ideas about success are probably all wrong—and you need The Happiness Track, Dr. Emma Seppälä’s investigation into the counterintuitive factors that create career and life success. The best news of all? All these skills are well within your grasp.” —- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Emma Seppälä convinces us that reconfiguring our brain for happiness can change the way our lives unfold and the way we approach success. A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to achieve a successful and fulfilling life.” —- Amy Cuddy, professor at Harvard Business School, and author of Presence

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