Massachusetts Women’s Forum member Ellen Langer, a social psychologist who is regarded as the “mother of mindfulness” will receive the Genius Award from Liberty Science Center on May 20th.
Langer was the first female professor to gain tenure in Harvard University’s Psychology Department. Her work has created influential new doctrines in psychology on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among her distinguished honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology.
This year the award will also honor architect Frank Gehry, paleontologist Jack Horner, and astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Past recipients of the Genius Award include Jane Goodall, Temple Grandin, Oliver Sacks, Richard Branson, Sylvia Earle, Jeff Bezos, Vint Cerf and Cori Bargmann.
Langer was part of the 2015-2016 IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program Orientation and Training at the 2015 IWF World Leadership Conference in Boston this past October, presenting on mindful leadership, health and well-being. She shared her insights on topics such as reducing burnout, greater efficiency through less waste of resources and human creativity, taking appropriate organizational and personal risk as a natural function of changing world and work contexts, and overall greater job satisfaction.
To learn more about the Genius Award visit the Liberty Science Center website.