Helping People Thrive Using the Science of Positive Psychology

Lea is a psychologist, researcher, speaker and author. She’s one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive. Lea is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association, and founding director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Strength Switch. Lea’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and more.


  • Strength-Based Teaching: Bringing Out the Best in Students & Teachers
  • Strength-Based Parenting: Small Shifts Can Make a Positive Difference in Your Kids
  • Positive Psychology in Schools: Positive Education Boosts Wellbeing & Achievement
  • Build a Visible Wellbeing™ Culture in Your School


Professor Lea Waters helped to bring two disparate investment teams together. Each had a proud and sometimes oppositional culture. Lea utilised many technical and personal talents to alleviate challenges and develop potential. Many of us looked forward to our periodic conversations where Lea held complete trust. From these candid discussions she could assess cultural priorities effectively. Our working environment improved immensely and Lea was the difference. Our Global Chief Investment Officer, on one occasion, remarked that discussing his wider business circumstances with her when he first arrived made his whole trip to Australia worthwhile already. That was just a normal day for Lea.
- Managing Director Equities, Black Rock Investment

Lea Waters is a terrific speaker. As an educator and parent, she brings real-life experience to her presentations. As an experienced speaker, she knows how to connect with diverse audiences with warmth and humor. I always enjoy being in the audience when she is on stage; I know I’m in good hands and that I’ll leave the talk informed and inspired.
- Executive Director, International Positive Psychology Association

Dr. Lea Waters is a substantive and inspirational speaker. She is also one of those rare speakers who brings research to life so that it can be directly applied in practice. She is engaging, informative and impactful, providing lasting impacts on the audience who is fortunate enough to hear her speak.
- Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

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