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Featured Panelists Spotlight: The Paradox of Pursuing Happiness

November 9, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

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What is the Featured Panelists Spotlight?

Our Featured Panelists Spotlight will be held every first Wednesday of each month. During the Featured Panelists Spotlight, we invite guest panelists to share their experiences, insights, tips and strategies that they have found to be effective in their professional or personal lives when tackling the featured topic for the month.

November Featured Topic – The Paradox of Pursuing Happiness

This is the final “Featured Panelists Spotlight” event for our 2022 event lineup.

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.” – Carrie Snow, American stand-up comedian, writer, author, and host

What is happiness? We all yearn to be happy, especially if happiness means achieving the emotional state of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. Do we believe that we will reach that state of happiness if we have what we desire most, such as being rich, powerful, good looking, famous or even loved by many? Can we achieve complete happiness by pursuing these things that we desire?

Immanuel Kant, the great 18th-century philosopher, states that happiness “is such an indeterminate concept” and that even though “every human being wishes to attain it, he can never say, determinately and in a way that is harmonious with himself, what he really wishes and wills.” He believes it is a mistake to pursue happiness, because all the things we believe will make us happy are finite and once we get them, we would often want more or better.

The paradox of pursuing happiness is that the more we try to chase it, the more elusive it can become. When we tie our happiness to meeting certain milestones in life, we may become disappointed and disillusioned when we do not achieve those milestones, resulting in feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and unhappiness.

Studies conducted have shown that people who attributed great value to happiness felt more dissatisfied, even if they had excellent external circumstances in their lives, while those who were more neutral or did not attribute as much value to the pursuit of happiness felt more satisfied, even if they came from more difficult circumstances.

Our panelists will discuss how almost everyone seeks happiness but most of us don’t know what it is or why we want it. They will share their personal stories on how they may have attempted to seek happiness, and lessons they have learnt in life that have brought them to achieve their own happiness.


Carol Elizabeth Donahoe, Personal Development Coach for Women

My name is Carol Donahoe, I’m a leadership coach for high-achieving women (like you), a yoga instructor, a lifelong fitness professional, and your new best friend – but my life didn’t always look this fun. I’ve been through my own (sometimes self-inflicted) struggles, and if I learned anything, it’s this: The way that you feel is a direct result of your choices, actions, and behaviors. You want to put yourself and your own needs first, but you’re NOT. Well, that’s exactly why I’m here: to help you create a new behavior: one where you and your needs come first. Actually, I’m here to help you create a myriad of new behaviors, but it all starts with one important choice: YOU.

Connect with Carol on Linkedin: Carol Elizabeth Donahoe | LinkedIn

Michael McKnight,

Mike is a strategic business partner and trusted advisor with daily front-line responsibilities working with C-
Level executives on M&A, investment and financing activities, strategic business planning, Federal
contracting and compliance, enterprise risk management, IP protection, data privacy (US, EU and
Canadian), corporate governance & ethics, labor/employment law and disputes/litigation. His expertise leading growth and global expansion of business as well as leading and inspiring teams of attorneys and contract professionals to highest performance. Mike was formerly

Connect with Mike on Linkedin: Michael McKnight | LinkedIn

Robert Wert,

Rob is part of a team of dedicated, creative, and passionate professionals who help leaders and organizations around the world engage differently by using compassion in every interaction. It isn’t just about empathy. It’s about increasing engagement, productivity and profitability by creating cultures in which everyone is recognized and treated as a unique individual who is innately valuable, capable of contribution and responsible for his or her actions – where people struggle with one another to achieve excellence rather than against each other for self-justification.
Rob and his team are committed to helping people change their personal and professional relationships and communicate and lead more effectively. They teach about the processes that underlie our everyday interactions, including the different ways that each person experiences the world, prefers to be spoken to and is motivated into action, the ways in which we unconsciously engage in negative conflict instead of effective action and how to take that knowledge to use it to optimize every interaction. Rob is a former law firm partner and public company senior executive. In addition to being a certified Process Communication Model® Provider, he is one of only a handful of PCM Master Trainers in North America – certified to train and certify other PCM Providers. He created the PCM training courses for the legal profession and am certified to train the specialized PCM applications for educators. He is also a certified Leading Out of Drama® Provider and a co-creator and developer of The Compassion Mindset® leadership methodology.

Connect with Rob on Linkedin:  Robert Wert | LinkedIn

Who Can Attend & Fee

Public Event – Open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club

Location/ Date & Time

Online via Zoom only:

*****Zoom link will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email*******

Date:  Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Time: 12pm – 1:00pmPT/2pm-3pmCT/3pm-4pmET




November 9, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
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Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States