Medal Lecture 2019
Name of medal lecturer: Emilia Lahti (MSc, MAPP)
Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:10–11:40h.
Title: Back to basics: How the ancient Finnish wisdom of sisu can elevate you to the next level
Emilia Lahti is an international presenter on topics related to positive psychology such as the power of fostering psychological safety through our daily encounter and developing excellence in leadership within ourselves and in the many domains of human life (work, entrepreneurship, coaching, sports, activism, and community building). She is a transformation and awareness coach supporting individuals who are committed cultivating inner awakening, compassionate leadership and integrity in their lives
Currently, Emilia is finishing her Ph.D. dissertation for the Helsinki based Aalto University School of Science and Technology in which she is pioneering the research on the ancient Finnish construct of 'sisu', denoting courage and determination in the face of adversity and the ability to unlock latent inner strength (you can access the research paper on embodied fortitude here). Her work on has been featured by The New Yorker, Business Insider, Scientific American, BBC and Forbes among others. Emilia has given talks at Fortune500 companies such as Facebook and Salesforce, as well as Stanford University, The International World Congress on Positive Psychology, The Consciousness Summit, TEDx, and Singularity University at NASA Ames in Mountain View, where she studied futurism and exponential technologies in their Global Solutions Programme. She also ran a start-up in Palo Alto in 2015–2016 that she was a co-founder of.
Emilia has a master's degree in social psychology and a master of applied positive psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a former student of Dr. Martin Seligman and began researching the Finnish construct of sisu under the mentorship of MacArthur Fellow recipient and research professor Dr. Angela Duckworth in 2012.