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Berkeley Engineering Executive & Professional Education

Positive Leadership and Innovation

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This three-day experience unites the innovation process, leadership strategies and positive psychology to create positive work cultures where innovation can flourish. Using case discussions, hands-on collaborative exercises, and applied industry examples participants will explore the power of positive psychology and their own character strengths, understand the process of innovation, and utilize various leadership strategies to develop a personalized leadership development plan. The program will also incorporate networking opportunities that enables participants to create a community of like-minded professionals to foster continued learning and application of knowledge far beyond the three-day program


  • Explore the basic principles of positive psychology and its application in organizations
  • Understand the Innovation Process (idea generation, promotion, and realization)
  • Learn how to cultivate the antecedents of innovation (creativity, engagement, and positive emotions)
  • Develop a leadership strategy using cutting-edge delivery methods (appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, and mindfulness)
  • Create your own leadership development plan to utilize program concepts immediately



Be exposed to cutting-edge scientific research on positivity and innovation.

  • Positive Psychology basics as they relate to organizations
  • Understanding the Character Strengths framework and its application to Leadership
  • The Innovation Process (idea generation, idea promotion, and idea realization)


Understand how certain cultural building blocks help create fertile ground for innovation.

  • Creating a Culture of Engagement
  • Fostering Creativity in the Workplace
  • Building a Culture with Positive Emotions


Discover various leadership tools that will help you foster a positive innovative culture, high-performing teams, employee retention and impact ROI.

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Neuroscience for Leadership
  • Mindfulness as a leadership Tool


Create a plan of action to establish a Positive Innovative Culture

  • Overcoming Obstacles to Creating a Positive Work Culture
  • Create a Personal Leadership Development Plan
  • Industry Mentors to help focus your Leadership Development Plan
  • Certificate in Positive Leadership and Innovation
  • Program is credit bearing (1 unit)


Unique to this executive education program is the industry advisory board. Comprised of diverse professionals who are interested in promoting the value of a positive workforce and its impact on innovation, the board provides input from an industry perspective on the program’s development and helps disseminate information about the program to the public.

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Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for over 20 years. In 1997, he joined Pixar Animation Studios, where he worked as an animator on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, among other feature films. The cha...


Lee Fleming

Professor Lee Fleming joined the IEOR Department at UC Berkeley in Fall 2011 and is the Faculty Director of the Coleman Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership. He teaches engineering leadership and a capstone lab within the Masters of Engineering curriculum. His research applies machine learnin...


Keith Gatto

As the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership’s Positive Psychology fellow, Dr. Gatto focuses his research and teaching on the intersection of Innovation, Leadership and Positive Psychology. He works extensively with Silicon Valley experts on the application of positive psychology to organizat...


Brynn Harrington

Brynn Harrington leads the People Growth team at Facebook, which is focused on talent management, employee engagement, career development, and culture. Prior to joining Facebook, she worked as a strategy consultant, managed programs at a national foundation, and began her career in public relati...


Brynn Harrington

I have the uncommon privilege of leading recruitment for the company that has and continues to completely redefine and transform the world of talent…LinkedIn. I have been in recruiting and HR for 15+ years and am fortunate to have had amazing experiences working in markets across the globe from c...


Jessica Amortegui

Jessica Amortegui is currently the head of Global Talent Development at Logitech where she brings a multi-disciplinary approach to her work operating at the intersection of various organizational and leadership disciplines. Jessica has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journ...


Dan Radecki

Dr. Dan Radecki is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Academy of Brain-based Leadership (ABL), and serves as Executive Director of Research and Development at Allergan Inc., where he is a Global Leader for drug development programs. Working as a leader in the corporate world allows Dan the un...


Maya Carter

Maya Carter’s passion lies in strengthening the capabilities of leaders and teams to heighten positive potential. Her work in Leadership Development and Appreciative Inquiry has proven to be particularly effective in helping achieve group and team success. Maya has a background uniquely suited t...


Sajel Bellon

Sajel Bellon presently serves as a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University & Seneca College in Ontario, Canada. At Wilfrid Laurier University, Sajel created Canada’s first Positive Psychology Certificate program for the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being, promoting well-being to the...


Ruchika Sikri

Ruchika has spent her last 10 years at Google focusing on People Programs and Development. In her current role, she and her team equip & empower Googlers to live fully and perform sustainably through learning opportunities i.e. Search Inside Yourself, a Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligenc...


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