Founder, Project Happiness
Randy Taran is the founder of Project Happiness, a non-profit that specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of all ages and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Randy is also co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, an interactive journey that illustrates best practices in promoting social and emotional learning.
Randy is passionate about the inner life of young people. To address the issues of rising stress among youth, Randy produced Project Happiness, an award-winning documentary where students from three continents ask the question “What is lasting happiness?” Along the way, they talk with George Lucas, Richard Gere, neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson and come together in India for a private audience with the Dalai Lama.
An experiential-learning curriculum grew from the film and book, integrating current research in positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness. These programs are currently used in classrooms and youth programs in all 50 states and over 80 countries.
Randy speaks regularly on various happiness and youth-related issues, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Edutopia. She is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and holds her MBA in International Business and Marketing from New York University. Randy serves on the Board of the Dalai Lama Foundation, and lives with her family near Palo Alto, California.