SASA Annual Conference

2022 Virtual Conference: A New Day, A New Way

January 6, 2022 | View Schedule

You’ve done the impossible in the past, now be a part of what’s possible for the future of College and University Auxiliary Services!



Can success and happiness coexist? According to positive psychologist Daniel Lerner, we can all accomplish our career goals and live well. Drawing from his “Science of Happiness” – the most popular elective course at NYU— and his cutting-edge research into high-performance professionals, Lerner’s talks show us how to create a life of well-being and excellence, at work and at home.

A psychology professor, strengths-based performance coach, and expert on all things positivity, Dan Lerner studies the ways happiness influences our success.  He currently works with everyone from Fortune 500 executives to Metropolitan Opera Singers, helping them manage stress, rediscover their strengths, and realize their individual potential. With charisma and wit, Lerner shares just how important a healthy psychological state is for increasing performance and fulfilling your goals. His talks cover best practices on thriving under pressure, avoiding burnout, and reaching peak levels of success without sacrificing well-being.

Lerner consults for companies like Deutsche Bank, Oppenheimer Funds, UBS Switzerland, and, where he works with staff ranging from new hires, to high potentials, to senior executives, optimizing opportunities for them as individuals and for the firm as a whole. Following a decade at International Creative Management and at 21C Media Group, where he was a co-founder and the director of artist development, Lerner studied closely with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Nathaniel Zinsser—a Director of The Center for Enhanced Performance at the United States Military Academy at West Point—focusing on coaching and performance enhancement techniques employed by professional and Olympic athletes. He holds a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania and is on the teaching staff for their Applied Positive Psychology graduate program.