Daniel Lerner Delivers Jacobs Residency Lecture

Sunday, May 1, 2022
Daniel Lerner addresses students during the lecture

Speaker, author, and consultant Daniel Lerner delivered the Jacobs Residency Lecture Monday, May 2, in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. His talk was the final event in the Academy’s endowed lecture series for the 2021-2022 academic year, and he also connected with students, faculty, and staff for dinner prior to the lecture and as part of a Q&A on Tuesday, May 3.

“What does happiness have to do with achieving excellence and success? I have spent over two decades pursuing the answer to this question,” Lerner says.

As a strengths-based performance coach, speaker, author, and instructor of one of the most popular undergraduate courses at New York University (The Science of Happiness), Lerner has become known for his exploration of how positive psychology can affect personal development. He particularly focuses on how to leverage the advantage that a healthy psychological state can bring to performance excellence both at work and at home.

Lerner works with students, established and high-potential performing artists, athletes, and numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives around the world to help them manage stress and anxiety, achieve well-being, uncover their core strengths, and define and realize their own brand of success.

Along with co-author and teaching partner Alan Schlechter, Lerner wrote U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), which helps students handle the stresses of college and prepare for success in life.

The Jacobs Residency Lecture is endowed in memory of John Alfred Morefield, the father of John Morefield ’52 and Fred Morefield ’53, in recognition of Wilmarth I. Jacobs, the school’s former assistant headmaster and director of admission (1915 to 1962), who personified a strong quality of non-elitism. See previous speakers for the Jacobs Residency Lecture.

Additional endowed lectures this year have included the Schaff Lecture on Ethics and Morals (Chris Herren) and the Joseph Hilliard Beauregard ’18 Memorial Generosity of Spirit School Meeting (Calvin Sun). 

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