When Matt was a student at the University of Michigan, his Mentor, Dr. Christopher Peterson (one of the founding fathers of Positive Psychology), often asked: “What makes life worth living?” According to Matt and the current research, fulfilling work is a major part of the answer.
Considering that only a third of Americans are engaged in their jobs, there is a striking gap between what work is and what it could be. Matt's passion is to help others see their jobs as more than just work, but a source of meaning, connection, and self-actualization.
Matt is completing his Ph.D. in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University under the tutelage of Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the creator of flow theory. Matt studies how people can achieve flow at work in an 'always on' culture filled with constant distraction.
As a consultant, Matt has worked with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in a variety of industries, including entertainment, advertising, and finance. He is also the Head of Research at Why Millennials Matter, a consultancy firm in New York City focused on maximizing the potential of young professionals. Matt previously was the Manager of Organization Development and Training at FOX entertainment group.
Matt lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs. He loves all things basketball, playing guitar, and trying as many restaurants in LA as possible (and finishing everyone’s leftovers).
Matt's Core Values
Matt believes that identifying and applying your values at work is essential for success. Here are the values that Matt lives and works by:
1. Integrity: Uphold moral character in all situations.
2. Connection: Prioritize relationships.
3. Curiosity: Never stop learning.
4. Empathy: Try to understand what people are going through.
5. Potential: Keep developing yourself and others.