Dr. Alex Pattakos, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Meaning Group, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. He is the author of the international bestselling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl’s Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work, which was written at the personal urging of Dr. Frankl. Prisoners of Our Thoughts is currently available in 22 languages and is the inspiration for a movie in development. He is also the co-author (with Elaine Dundon) of The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work, a book to be released in the fall, that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. A former therapist and mental health administrator, Dr. Pattakos has worked closely with the White House under three U.S. Presidents and served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S Food & Drug Administration. A U.S. Army veteran, he also has been a full-time professor of public policy and management and was one of the initial faculty evaluators for the Innovations in American Government Awards Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Dr Pattakos will be presenting a Keynote on Tracing Meaning to the Greeks and a Workshop on Finding Meaning The OPA! Way.
Elaine Dundon, CEO of The Meaning Group, began her career in business strategy, including brand management at Procter & Gamble. She authored the best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation, as well as taught the ground-breaking Innovation Management course at the University of Toronto. Her work has been featured globally in numerous leading publications. Elaine has advised some of the world’s best businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations, including ADP, American Society for Quality, Astra-Zeneca, Citigroup, The Conference Board, Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Mayo Clinic, Ontario Public Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Singapore Civil Service College, and Vancity. As her work in Innovation Management evolved, her focus shifted to the “Human Side of Innovation” and specifically, Meaning, which her research has shown is the key to success. Now as a keynote speaker, advisor, and facilitator, Elaine is encouraging leaders to inspire meaningful engagement as well as encouraging all to live and work The OPA! Way®.
Elaine will be co-presenting a workshop with Dr Alex Pattakos on Finding Meaning The OPA! Way. Click here for the Workshop description and learning objectives.