April 17, 2014

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is a positive psychology practitioner, coach, resilience educator, author, and speaker who specializes in stress, work, and lifestyle issues for high-achieving women and girls. Paula also speaks to organizations and law firms on the topics of work/life balance, stress, and resilience.
After seven years practicing commercial real estate law for a large law firm and then as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, Paula decided to change careers and pursue the study of what causes people to thrive and perform at their best. Paula is one of the first 200 people in the world to have earned a master’s degree in applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
She is a member of an elite training team that provides resilience training for the U.S. Army, the first training of its kind in the military designed to improve leadership and performance and reduce the effects of stress within the soldiers’ day-to-day lives. In addition to her work with the military, Paula has developed and conducted resilience, mentoring, and strengths training workshops and presentations for teachers, attorneys, law students, high-school students, and other professionals.
Paula frequently writes about the topics of resilience, stress management, and work/life issues. Paula has written for the Huffington Post, and over 70,000 people have read her Psychology Today blog called “Pressure Proof.” Paula’s Psychology Today blog can be found at www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof.
Paula’s website is www.marieelizabethcompany.com and she can be reached directly at paula@marieelizabethcompany.com.

About Paula Davis-Laack

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is an internationally-published writer and travels the globe as a stress and resilience expert. She has trained thousands of professionals on how to manage their stress and increase their happiness by building a specific set of skills designed to develop personal resilience and prevent burnout. Paula is available for speaking engagements, training workshops, media commentary, and private life coaching. Contact her at paula@pauladavislaack.com or visit her website.

Profit from the Positive: 5 Strategies for Career Success


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Maxed Out – 6 Sources of Work Stress for Moms and Non-Moms

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Moms know how much stress they’re under, but what does a non-mom work stress expert think? We really appreciate that Paula took a look at stress through a mother’s eyes in today’s post where she reviewed the new book by Katrina Alcorn, Maxed Out. Along the way, Paula teaches us all about stress management, whether […]

Want More Happiness and Less Stress? Get FAT

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You may think you don’t want to get fat, but you DO want to be a FAT thinker. Paula breaks down the secret to the brain games behind building a “less stress” life. How many of these games are you already playing? How many more can you learn to reduce the stress in your life? […]

Burned out? 7 Strategies to Make It Stop


Everyone who works hard dances with the possibility of burnout, and sometimes we succumb. We love Paula’s 7 strategies for preventing burn out before it takes over your life. Our favorite? “Get real and go ‘there.’” What can you do more of to take care of yourself and hold off the burn out? – InPower […]

5 Strategies to Help You Forgive


Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive?  Have you reached out or are you still hanging onto the hurt?  I reconnected with a friend of mine, who I’ll call Mary, earlier this week.  Thanks to a big miscommunication about a job search nearly a decade ago, Mary and I parted ways […]

9 Steps to Changing Careers and Getting the Life You Want


There are two questions I get asked most frequently when I meet new people and tell them my story. The first is, “Why did you decide to leave law?” and the second is, “How did you make the change?” I recently got an email from a woman explaining that she was stuck in her career […]

Women and Happiness: Is It Still Declining?


This is a great time for women. Women all over the world are running countries, companies and universities. The most recent U.S. Secretary of State and Speaker of the House were women. Women make up about half of the workforce and can now fight side-by-side with their male counterparts in the military. But, given all […]

Put Your Stress Into Words


Three years ago I began my master’s degree in positive psychology. My classmates and I, new to each other, were waiting for our first class to start. Everyone was a little anxious because one of us was about to be called on to tell their “You at Your Best” story about a time when we […]

High-Achieving Women Think Differently


People carry with them a set of rules or beliefs about the way they feel the world should operate.  These beliefs are shaped by your experiences, the way you were raised, your values, your friends, popular culture, and more.  For many successful women, their deeply held beliefs about how they should live and work produce […]

Quick Strategies to Bust the 10 Most Common Stressors


Managing stress and the fast moving pace of life is a constant challenge.  Too much stress and you burn out; too little stress and you become bored.  Performing at optimal levels requires that you take stock of what stresses you and utilize specific strategies for managing those stressors.  Recently, Harvard Medical School published a list […]

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