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David J. Pollay’s Bio

written by David J. Pollay 24 December 2006

David J. Pollay, MAPP ’06 helps his clients make more money, get promoted, enjoy better relationships, drive positive organizational performance, and find more fulfillment at work and at home. He achieves this by serving as an executive coach to business leaders from the world’s top companies, where he distinguishes himself through his expertise in positive psychology and his
own experience in leadership roles at Yahoo!, MasterCard, and other leading organizations. David is a pioneer in applying the science of positive psychology to fuel organizational performance and personal transformation. David's signature coaching methodology, The Relationship Bottom Line™, enables his clients to accelerate their own growth and success as
they simultaneously activate the productivity, creativity, and collaboration of the people in their organizations. The result is healthier and more sustainable business results. Through the power of investing in positive work relationships, David's process builds and develops the strengths of each leader, and evokes and amplifies the positive core of their organizations.

David was a co-founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). For nearly a decade he has served as the on-air host of the Positive Psychology Leader Series, where he has been dubbed “the voice of IPPA.”

In addition to executive coaching, David shares his experiences and insights in other forums. He is the best-selling author of two books: The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others, which is now translated into thirteen languages. David’s trademarked method has liberated millions from the shackles of other people’s negativity. David’s second book, The 3 Promises: Find Joy Every Day. Do What You Love. Make A Difference., has attracted an international following of readers who are committed to fulfilling The 3 Promises every day.

David is also a keynote speaker to audiences around the world. He gave a TEDx talk on his mantra, “Spread Gratitude. Not Garbage.?” David has been featured on ABC, NPR, Univision, and in Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and media worldwide.

Much of David’s knowledge stems from practical experience. He was the first director of customer care at Yahoo!, Inc. and the first director of Yahoo!’s learning and development organization. He partnered with the Gallup organization in 2000 to bring strengths-based leadership and management development to Yahoo!'s top performers worldwide. Previously, David held leadership roles at MasterCard, Global Payments, and at AIESEC (the world's largest student-run, university-based leadership development program).

David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University. He also has completed the academic program for certified professional coaches at the University of Miami.

When he’s not coaching executives, writing books or speaking, you can find David devoted to his family. He coaches his daughters’ sports teams, spends time with his parents, and has fun enjoying everyday moments with his wife, Dawn, and their two daughters, Eliana and Ariela.

David, an avid Green Bay Packers fan, is an athlete himself. He was a college football running back and attended Yale after breaking Shorewood (Wisconsin) High School's all-time career rushing and scoring records.

Each week David keeps upping the game by sending out a free newsletter with his latest and best strategies for improving organizational performance and increasing personal fulfillment on the job. Sign up today.

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