Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Tuesday Opening Keynote

Tia Graham, Chief Happiness Officer at Arrive at Happy!

photo of Tia Graham Tia Graham is an Inspirationist and the Founder of Arrive At Happy, the first-ever Los Angeles-based company with a mission of inspiring transformation through the science of happiness. Tia partners with organizations and individuals to increase their daily happiness and, in turn, increase success in all areas of their lives. She has a Certificate in Happiness Studies and a Certificate in Teaching Happiness from Harvard’s Tal Ben-Shahar and The Happiness Studies Academy. Tia is a Certified Chief Happiness Officer from Woohoo Inc., Europe’s premier Happiness At Work organization and is a speaker and coach at the annual World Happiness Summit. Relying on science-backed empirical data, she has gained the insight needed to prove and teach that happiness indeed leads to success.

Tia’s natural state has always been upbeat and full of gratitude for the experiences and relationships that have helped shape and define her life. However, she faced unexpected turbulence once she had her second daughter and found herself struggling to “stay balanced” while juggling motherhood, work, marriage, friends and her sense of self.  Graham had always dreamed of creating a happiness company and being a catalyst for positivity in the world. When she saw her own happiness dwindling, she knew it was time to grab hold of her life in a new way, and work to turn this entrepreneurial vision into a reality. Tia found her inner clarity during the time of real struggle and knows that this is her calling. She inspires leaders and people to reach their full potential, live life to the fullest and to arrive at happy – every day.

Infused with compassionate, loving, hopeful, gracious energy and her bubbly sense of humor, her thought-provoking presentations incorporate music, video, audience experiences, movement and the spoken word to elevate the consciousness of the entire room. Tia uses her rich life experiences, positive mindset, open heart and love of life to guide each speaking engagement. She knows happiness leads to success in life and not the other way around. Her talks intertwine her personal stories, the science of happiness, cultural learnings, optimism and authentic passion. Audiences leave inspired and empowered to Arrive At Happy daily with actionable steps they can implement immediately.

Tuesday Lunch Keynote


Wednesday Breakfast Keynote

Dan Parham, Head of Public Agencies, Nextdoor

Dan Parham is Nextdoor’s Head of Public Agency. Nextdoor’s Public Agency platform empowers thousands of city, county, state, and federal agencies to communicate more effectively with their constituents. Our purpose is to help public agencies build stronger and safer communities.

In 2010, Dan co-founded Neighborland, a communications platform that empowers government agencies, real estate developers, and civic organizations to collaborate with the public in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way. As a social enterprise, Neighborland has worked with over 200 government agencies, universities, foundations, and nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada. Over 3,000,000 residents participated on Neighborland, and these projects have yielded over $3 billion in social and economic impact. Previously, Dan was a Director of User Experience at Yahoo, working for the Marketplaces and Advertising Platform teams. He led product research and design teams across offices in Silicon Valley, New York, and Los Angeles.

Dan serves as an advisor on civic engagement technology for the Obama Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. He has also mentored government technology startups at Matter, Hangar, and Code for America, including Dan has presented his experience with the practice of civic engagement at the White House, Smart Cities World Congress, American Institute of Architects and Stanford University Center on Philanthropy among others.