Don Sandel is a dynamic speaker and facilitator linking happiness, optimism, and positivity to high performance.

Don Sandel
keynote Speaker

Don is a dynamic presenter, a self-proclaimed pathological extrovert, and brings a fun and irreverent brand of humor to all his engagements.


Don Sandel is the founder of GoPositiv. He’s been leading talent development efforts for small and large organizations for the last few decades and has transitioned those skills and experiences into GoPositiv.


He began studying the brain and its effect on learning about a decade ago, discovered compelling and irrefutable research around positivity, “I researched how positivity impacted learning and development, literally enabled the brain to learn more effectively, and was immediately hooked!”

Empowered by the neuroscience that supports positive psychology, Don created a program called Positive Performance for a large pharmaceutical company, to huge success.  Not long after, he was presenting and keynoting at conferences around the globe.“This is a lifestyle dedicated to improving employee and organization performance through science!"

"Every relevant business metric goes
up when the brain is positive."
Shawn Achor, world-renowned happiness researcher, and best-selling author

business impact

A large non-profit experienced employee attrition drop from 
48% to 19%

as a result of program implementation


business impact

A pharma company business area saw engagement scores increase 4.3% to 7.9% on a 10 point scale following program implementation.

Research Scientist,
Pharmaceutical, Chicago

This was the best class to date that I have taken. I truly believe having a positive attitude in your life will help you both personally and professionally. Awesome experience!

Regional Sales Manager, Pharmaceutical, Florida

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Positive Performance class facilitated by Don Sandel. This class has been one of the most useful learning experiences I have had in quite some time! What really makes this class worthwhile is learning the science behind positivity and happiness. I've applied many of the concepts to my professional and personal life. So helpful in leading my team and creating a more positive culture!

Manufacturing/Tech, Portland

What a compelling experience! I walked in skeptical and left motivated to improve my performance simply by adjusting my mindset. What a pleasant surprise! Don was engaging, at times self-deprecating, but always thought provoking. I'd recommend this for anyone wishing to create an engaged workforce!

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Engaging with Don


90 min of socially distant positivity

We're leveraging the best of live, virtual, interactive platforms. Thousands of participants have learned how to shift to a positive mindset, increasing well-being and engagement for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.


1-2 hours

Don has been thrilling audiences worldwide in multiple industries with his unique, positive message and rare stage presence. In a fun yet compelling way, Don highlights the latest research that demonstrates how a happy, optimistic, and positive mindset improves business metrics and every domain of our lives, including work performance!


2-8 hours

In our highly interactive and inspiring workshops, we’ll examine the research, take a fresh look at how the brain affects behavior and performance, teach you how to change bad habits, and develop an aggressive action plan to put these new skills into your work life.

learn more

Learn more about how Don can work with you and your team. Download the brochure or flyer to start a conversation with your team.

Join the GoPositiv
Facebook Community Group


We've sought to change the idea that much of social media is negative and depressing. Join our group of like-minded people who share positivity and life-affirming posts almost on a daily basis – sending us a boost right when we need it.