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Neil Pasricha

Leadership and Happiness Expert, Bestselling Author of ‘The Happiness Equation’ and ‘Two Minute Mornings’

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books and journals which have sold millions of copies including The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, and The Book of Awesome.

After receiving his MBA from Harvard, Neil spent a decade as Director of Leadership inside Walmart, the world’s largest company.

He is one of the most popular TED speakers of all time and his work has been featured by CNN, BBC, and Oprah Winfrey

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We live in a world where we’re bombarded by change, expectation, and uncertainty. News media hijacks our brains while social media tells us we are never good enough. Anxiety, depression, and loneliness rates are at record highs. What we need is a splash-of-cold-water talk that is science-backed, story-laden, and full of laughs. Audiences learn how it is possible, despite larger tectonic plates they cannot control, to use specific research-backed tools and practices to cultivate a habit-based positive mindset every day. Based on Neil’s #1 international bestseller The Happiness Equation.

After Neil’s wife left him and his best friend took his own life, he crash-landed in an empty downtown bachelor apartment. Just twelve months later, he was working directly for the CEO at Walmart, running the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s “Best Blog in the World”, and had just published The Book of Awesome, which stormed the New York Times bestseller list and sold over a million copies. The lesson was clear: resilience and growth can come from challenge and change. An inspiring talk that shares action-based ways to lift performance to new heights.

Does great work lead to happiness? Or… does happiness lead to great work? Neil Pasricha shares counterintuitive research-based answers in this fun, fast-paced, research-grounded tour of the emerging neuroscience and positive psychology landscape. Neil shows how cultivating a positive mindset results in 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and 300% greater creativity – and then shares how to get there. Based on fresh research Pasricha published in Harvard Business Review, this is a high-energy, takeaway-laden talk that gets audiences buzzing.

Which company is #1 on the Fortune 500 and has been for over a decade? Walmart. The retail behemoth’s rise to half a trillion dollars in sales with over two million employees has been well-documented. But what hasn’t been documented is how they develop, nurture, and grow leaders up through those ranks. Neil served as Director of Leadership Development at Walmart and worked for the CEO while partnering with Harvard Business School to develop the first global leadership program inside the retail giant. In this talk he shares how leaders can use science-backed practices to help themselves show up to lead teams of two, two thousand, or two million. It starts with yourself. Neil will show you how.

Why do so few people say, “I love my job”? Gallup reports a whopping 79% of the global workforce is disengaged. But what if there were simple habits that could help turn employees into their most engaged, creative, and productive selves? It’s not crazy talk. It’s actually happening. Using his unique blend of science-backed models and lean-in-and-laugh stories, Neil shares simple happiness habits and, more importantly, teaches audiences how to make them stick. The result is an easy and research-backed way to build small, simple habits to help create workplaces where people show up inspired to do their best work every day.


Neil is the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books and journals including The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, and The Book of Awesome. His books have been published in dozens of languages, spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists, and sold over two million copies.

His first book The Book of Awesome was based on his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, which scored over 100 million hits and twice won the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences’ award for “Best Blog in the World”.

Neil has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School and spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart.

As a speaker, Neil has delivered one of the “Ten Most Inspiring” TED Talks of all time. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world from Ivy League Deans to Fortune 500 CEOs to Royal Families in the Middle East.


“Neil joined the Audi Executive Team across the United States and his happiness lessons were the highlight of the show, engaging dealer associates, and invigorating the audience. He is always on point, thought-provoking, and receives near-perfect ratings. Listen to him!”



"Neil was incredibly attentive and intentional about delivering a message tailored to the needs of our group of over 2000 people. He shared valuable insights with humility, humor, and authenticity. He was inspirational and thought provoking. People were moved to laughter and tears at different times throughout his presentation. They were 100% engaged the entire time he spoke, and have continued, even a month later, to talk about the lessons they learned from him. I’ve heard lots of feedback and interest in beginning practice of the “2-minute morning” routine and I think everyone really appreciated having these types of practical suggestions. I could not be more happy with the outcome! Neil is truly amazing!"

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""I cannot tell you the buzz in our meeting still after your presentation. People cannot stop talking about you and even people who have seen you for the third time commented on how it’s just amazingly valuable every single time! Our employees saw in you what I saw many years ago in your first TED talk -- your authenticity, strong values, kindness, and incredible wit and intelligence. You are a real talent and I feel so proud to have shared your voice with my company - I know you help our people be better."


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