A social impact organization dedicated to substantially improving quality of life for all people living with chronic conditions/diseases.



Online Training 

The HEART Initiative offers programs in resilience building designed to both buffer against the unique challenges that living with chronic disease in the larger scope of life can create, and provide strategies and interventions scientifically proven to increase hope, happiness and human flourishing.


Support & Resources

In addition to our paid courses, we offer free live events and monthly Q&A sessions that are open to the public as well as access to a video library of interviews and information relevant for those living with chronic disease and their family members.


Personal Consultation

For those looking for a more personalized plan, Jennifer Cory offers 1-on-1 consulting. This is not a subsitute for mental health or medical treatment, but an opportunity to design a strategic plan specific to your needs for thriving with chronic disease.

Sustainable well-being is not the absence of disease, but the presence of positive human capacity and the ability to thrive in the face of health challenges. This is the right of all human beings. This is the mission of the HEART Initiative.  

- Jennifer Cory, Chief Hope Facilitator

Past Events

Atlanta, Georgia


During this annual conference individuals living with inherited arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy and their families, have an opportunity to learn about these conditions from medical experts, hear about the latest research, and connect with other people who are on the same medical journey.

New York City


This half-day workshop provides an up-to-date understanding of the science of well-being and self-actualization to equip you with knowledge and tools to live more deliberately, consciously, and in line with your most deeply cherished values and strengths. Spanning theories in both humanistic and positive psychology, the session will cover essential human needs including health, security, growth, mindfulness, self-esteem, connection, love, creativity, resiliency, purpose, flow, gratitude, awe and self-transcendence.



This event brings current MAPP class members, alumni and their guests together for presentations by renown researchers and invited alumni speakers, to share new ideas and stimulating discussions in the field of Applied Positive Psychology.

We attended the Johns Hopkins 20th Annual ARVD/C Patient and Family Seminar on May 4th, 2019, where the latest research and developments in the field was presented. In this session, we shared the highlights from many of the presentations including ARVC and exercise by Cynthia James and Andre La Gerche, the 36-Year Perspective on ARVC by Dr. Frank Marcus, and current ARVC management recommendation by Dr. Hugh Calkins. 

In this session, we explored the interconnection between the heart, the mind and the nervous system, including how they both overlap and impact one another, and the use of the breath as a pathway for creating harmony between these three vital networks.

During this live webinar, Jennifer Cory, founder and Chief Hope Facilitator of the HEART Initiative, introduced our upcoming course : Inherited Cardiac Disease - Beyond Coping. Jennifer talks about the science of human flourishing and it's implications for improving quality of life while living with chronic disease.

05 May '18

Johns Hopkins ARVD/C Seminar 2018 

A unique opportunity to meet families affected by ARVD/C and to learn the latest advances in the field.

14 Apr '18

SADS NYU Family Seminar

Inherited Arrhythmias: Recent Advancements in Therapies and Diagnosis

Board of Advisors

Hugh Calkins, MD Dr. Hugh Calkins is Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an internationally recognized expert on catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, syncope, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/ cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) and arrhythmia management.  

He received his MD from Harvard before training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and in cardiology and electrophysiology at Johns Hopkins. After completion of his cardiology fellowship he joined the faculty and received further training from Dr Fred Morady at the University of Michigan.

Samuel Sears, PhD Leading authority in the world on the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Sam is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University, and serves as the Director of Doctoral Studies in the Department of Psychology. In 2013 he was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Governors of the University of North Carolina, the O. Max Gardner Award, given to the faculty member who has made the greatest impact to the welfare of the human race in the past year. 

Susan Hwang

Susan Hwang, MAPP Susan Hwang is an experienced leadership advisor and executive coach. She's worked closely with senior executives across technology, health care and financial services for more than 15 years. Her engagements with leaders at both large firms and startups benefit from her practical business acumen and background in behavioral psychology. Susan leverages years of experience as an executive helping grow SNL Financial, a young SAAS data platform, into a thriving multi-national. Susan is currently an investor and adviser to a number of startups and a Director at the Alliance of CEOs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, and a Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on positive organizational leadership and behavioral science.

Scott Barry Kauffman

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD Author, researcher, speaker, and public science communicator. Scott is a humanistic psychologist at Barnard College, Columbia University where he explores the depths of human potential and teaches The Science of Living Well (Beginning Sp. 2019). Scott writes the weekly column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American, and hosts The Psychology Podcast,. Scott is the author and/or editor of 8 books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review. In 2015, Scott was named one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.

Jan Stanley

Jan Stanley, MAPP Business strategist who has developed leaders with Fortune 100 companies, Silicon Valley, universities, the US Army, NASA and Harvard Business School. Jan helps leaders and organizations identify and live their values while placing purpose and ethics at the center of their leadership actions. The result— leaders who inspire those around them to excellence in all they do. Jan spent seven years as a facilitator with the Penn Resilience Program developed by the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the United States Armed Forces training leaders in resilience skills to foster optimal individual and organizational performance.

Daniel Tomasulo

Daniel Tomasulo, PhD Author and international speaker on mental health, group dynamics, intellectual disabilities, and positive psychology. Dan is a faculty member with the Spirit Mind Body Institute (SMBI) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and assistant instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. He is a regular contributor and resident expert for Psychology Today and PsychCentral.com, and in 2016 was honored as one of the top ten online influencers on the topic of depression.

Carlton Galbreath, MAPP Business professor, entrepreneur, growth (sales, marketing, & strategy) consultant, and the CEO of a virtual incubator program that focuses specifically on positive psychology ventures. His professional background is a mix of sales and finance. His formal education is comprised of an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Finance from Gonzaga University and a MAPP degree from Penn. He’s held roles at Boeing’s Defense Space and Security department in finance, at Tableau Software in small business and enterprise sales, at HubSpot in enterprise sales, in his own venture as a Co-Founder & CEO, and at Missoula College as a Program Director and tenure-track Professor.

Donna Hemmert, MAPP Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Positive Voices, a platform delivering science-backed, self-help strategies and practices via video and other media. She spent over 20 years in the Internet industry driving marketing programs, forming strategic multi-million-dollar partnerships, and leading high-tech companies (including Internet pioneers: Netscape Communication, PSINet, and InterCon). In 2012, she co-founded Positive Business DC, a 700-member organization dedicated to informing and inspiring leaders to increase well-being in the workplace. Donna has received her Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania. She embraces Michael Argast’s philosophy: “The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude.” and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children investigating the world.  

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