Discover the Science of Happiness at ISPA 2018 Conference & Expo

Shawn Achor has been announced as the opening keynote speaker of ISPA's 2018 Conference & Expo. // Photo Credit: Chiradech/iStock/Getty Images Plus (Chiradech/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

New York Times best-selling author Shawn Achor will be spreading happiness at the International Spa Association (ISPA) 2018 Conference & Expo this year. Achor has been announced as the opening keynote speaker for the conference, taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix from Sept. 24-26.

Shawn Achor

“Shawn Achor’s opening keynote presentation and his passion for achieving happiness will be an amazing way to kick off the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo,” says ISPA president Lynne McNees. “His message will bring this year’s theme ‘connect’ to life, as he shows us all how to find our own happiness and use it to reach our ultimate potential.”

The 28th annual event will open with Achor, who has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between

happiness and success. He is a New York Times best-selling author twice over, for his books Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage. A third book titled Big Potential, which focuses on the theory that small potential can only lead to limited success that can be attained alone, while big potential leads to success that is achieved in groups – a message that speaks directly to the ISPA membership.

Achor, who has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies as well as organizations including the NFL, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Treasury, holds the record for 15-most-viewed Ted Talk of all time; The Happy Secret to Better Work has been viewed nearly 17 million times. He has worked with people in over 51 countries on the science of happiness and meaning.

The second day and closing keynote speakers will be announced at a later date. More information about attending the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at


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