Emma Seppala

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is a research scientist and lecturer at Yale University, a bestselling author, and an international keynote speaker. She teaches leadership at the Yale School of Management’s and is bestselling author of The Happiness Track (2017) and Sovereign (2024).

She is also Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Seppälä’s work and research have been featured in top media and television outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ABC News. She is a repeat guest on Good Morning America, a TEDx speaker, and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and Psychology Today.

Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind. She is also featured in a number of other documentaries like The Altruism Revolution and What You Do Matters.

She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.