Board of advisors

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Dr. Tal Ben Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national organizations, the general public, and at risk populations. The topics he lectures on include: leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated to more than 25 languages and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.T.V. He obtained his PHD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli national squash championships. Today for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices yoga. 


Luyi Lien

Academic Director of Yinghua Academy since 2006, Dr. Lien received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota and has taught and developed curricula at Yinghua. Her duties include overall design and alignment of Chinese curriculum with national and State of Minnesota academic standards; collection and evaluation of all Chinese materials; planning and conducting all-school, total-subject assessments; and developing and creating materials for Mandarin Literacy Assessment Tools. Dr. Lien has made presentations at national conferences, covering various topics in her field of expertise, such as Chinese language learning, language immersion programs, curriculum development, action research and Chinese literacy instruction.


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