Twenty prominent scholars and innovative leaders will be speaking at the Mason Inn on Friday as part of the 2011 Leading to Well-Being Conference.

During the conference, speakers will discuss research breakthroughs in leadership and positive psychology. According to the conference website, the event will explore mindful processes which foster leadership and enable humans to prosper.

Psychologist and author Martin Seligman will be the keynote speaker. Currently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Seligman is considered by many to have founded the field of positive psychology. Positive psychology is a branch of psychology which deals with enriching lives and helping genius and talent to flourish.

In his speech, Seligman will highlight his latest book, “Flourish,” and discuss how accomplishment, meaning, positive relationships and positive emotion collectively contribute to well-being.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation and MasonLeads, will feature book signings, breakout sessions and interactive workshops. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pam Patterson, assistant vice president of University Life and the Dean of Students Office, as well as Nance Lucas, executive director of the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, who both co-chair the event, note that the Leading to Well-Being Conference is an initiative of a world-wide movement toward the vision of 2051.

Patterson and Lucas explain that by the year 2051, a world where at least 51 percent of the population experiences higher levels of well-being and flourishing can be envisioned.

Faculty, community members and students, especially those involved in on-campus student organizations, are encouraged to attend, and apply the knowledge they gain from the conference in their daily lives.

George Mason University professors will be represented at the conference as well.

Todd Kashdan, associate professor of psychology, will be leading a breakout session.

Kashdan, who has been recognized as George Mason University’s 2010 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year, is associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and author of “Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.”