Marie-Josée Shaar, MAPP, CPT, CWCC
Wellness / Motivational Speaker, MJShaar.com
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Finding the right mix of awareness, motivation, skills and environment is what keeps us, wellness professionals, up at night. Did we do those right? Should we invest our resources differently to achieve greater impact? But what if there was something much bigger at play, a trump card that rallied and eclipsed all other factors? In this talk, I will review many different sources of information: from WW2 concentration camps survivor accounts to longitudinal studies, from individual to anthropological studies and from medical to psychological research, all of which point to the same hypothesis: love may very well be that trump card. Love makes lives worth living, and it improves health. Additionally, companies rooted in genuine care are today’s best value creators – both socially and financially. Why should wellness programs be any different?
Marie-Josée Shaar designs and delivers positive psychology-based workshops, trainings and motivational speeches to wellness professionals and organizations of all kinds. Her professional journey started when at only 21 years old, she taught organizational behavior at McGill University (Canada) while also hosting some group fitness classes in a local martial arts school.
To better understand the pressures of corporate life, MJ worked for a bank. After a short time as a financial counselor, she gained experience in the regional offices leading Quality of Service programs. MJ was later promoted to Branch Manager, where she had an opportunity to see first hand that when you take good care of your people, good things happen. In only 2 years, MJ turned the branch from 24th to 5th position in its region.
MJ moved to the US in 2006 to complete a Master in Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She studied directly under Martin Seligman, the Founder of the field. She then served as Seligman’s Assistant Instructor and was quickly demanded as a Curriculum Developer and/or Guest Lecturer at various other academic institutions, including University of East London (UK), Hitotsubashi University (Japan) and Temple University (PA). Since then, MJ has taught positive psychology in multiple settings. She is most interested in wellbeing, particularly corporate wellness. To continue to deepen her understanding of this field, she became certified as a personal trainer, a nutrition and wellness consultant, and a wellness culture coach. To perfect her craft, she was also trained at the National Speaker’s Association’s Professional Speaking Academy.
Today, MJ is a sought after facilitator and keynoter in the wellness industry. In recent years, she has worked for various wellness companies, including WELCOA, Wellcoaches, National Wellness Institute and Health Enhancement Systems. To date, she has provided trainings in 3 languages over 10 countries and 4 continents for various Fortune Companies, universities and governmental agencies. Her book Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance appeared on the Amazon Healthy Living Bestseller list many times in the US and in Canada.
MJ takes great joy in her work, which is her true calling, but her proudest accomplishment is to be the mother of her wonderful little “Baby James”.