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Marc Cordon, MPH gets this. Marc coaches misfit entrepreneurs and leaders who march to the beat of their own drum to claim joy as they make a difference for others.

A positive psychology coach and founder of The Joy Revolution™, he’s appeared on national television and radio and delivered two TEDx talks on positive psychology and social justice – not to mention being a Speaker Who Dares in 2019 in NYC.

The author of Beyond Resilient: The Coach’s Guide to Ecstatic Growth, March served as Associate Director of Multicultural Programs & Services and Health Promotion at Emory University, where he developed programs on social justice, positive psychology, and community engagement.



Hey now!

I'm Marc.

Don’t think you are a misfit?

Have you ever felt the need to go against the status quo to experience greater levels of personal freedom? Have you ever taken someone else’s advice on how to be happy and it didn’t work? Have you reached levels of material success but don’t feel completely fulfilled?



“Society tells us the only thing that matters is matter; the only things that count are the things that can be counted.” – Laurence Bolds


Philosophers argue that happiness is the greatest currency. While billions of people innately know what makes them happy, very few actually go after it. So, the virtuous rebel is one that pursues his or her passions, even if they are unconventional. As a coach, I am committed to challenge and support my clients on their heroic journeys. Coaching is a process unique to each. As we dig deeper into your life purpose, I want you to experience sustained joy.



It has been fun to guest lecture at colleges and universities such as Harvard, UCLA, and University of Florida. As well as facilitate mini-courses on happiness, flourishing, meaning-making and community organizing at Emory University. I picked up a few accolades such as Advisor of the Year and contributed to Emory University earning the 2009 Presidential Award for General Community Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service.



I love applying all aspects of my education in my coaching, particularly:

  • BS, Neuroscience
  • MPH, Policy & Management
  • Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner (iPEC)
  • Certified Professional Coach (iPEC)
  • COR.E Dynamics Certified in Four Niches – Transitions, Leadership, Wellbeing, & Performance (iPEC)
  • Certificate in Positive Psychology (WholeBeing Institute)
  • Fascinate Certified Advisor

Yet accolades alone would drive me into utter depression.


I’ve had the privilege of coaching entrepreneurs, Ph.D.’s, public servants, musicians, parents, other coaches and just cool people who want to make a difference. It is an insane feeling to share the collywobbles and goosebumps that someone gets when he has an “AHA!” moment or to hear the deep sigh of relief that is released when a client figures out that she is no longer stuck.


When I joined I knew I would learn something that would benefit my business but I had no idea how deeply this group and this content would be integrated into my life! 

I was blown away by the content that was being shared. The depth of the knowledge, the conversations; there were so many “ah-ha” moments we experienced as a community. It
 changed the way I viewed the world from the inside out.

Liz Landrum

Life & Leadership CoacH

what's in store for 2020



Welcome to the Revolution! The first week of curriculum is all about establishing a growth mindset, connecting with your new community, and familiarizing yourself with the course platform.

January 22 – January 26

First week of the course and we’re not holding anything back! Dive right into problem-solving; eliminating and managing mental and emotional clutter so you can focus on what’s is most important to you and your growth. Throughout the week, we’ll work together to address your core fears and frustrations. From there, you’ll learn how to hack your mindset so you can keep from feeling overwhelmed and begin to explore problems as potential opportunities and new possibilities.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients

January 22

Learn how even the most mundane experiences can spark creativity and connection. This LIVE workshop is sure to get your creative juices flowing as we dive headfirst into the art of inspiration and channeling creativity.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients

January 22

Starting a new program while keeping up with daily life can be stressful.

We’ve created a handy little guide designed to hook you up with our top tech tips and tricks. In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate the course platform and student community with grace and ease. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients

January 22

Marc, George, and Shaun share their top ten productivity hacks and the practices they use personally and professionally to fuel growth mindsets and create environments that nourish success. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Underground Participants


Uncover unparalleled approaches to joy that empower choice and lead to transformational shifts. Learn how to shift your reaction to stress and overcome obstacles while developing your abilities as a leader. 

January 29 – February 4

What is happiness? Seriously. We tend to view happiness as the reward at the end of a pursuit. Happiness is earned. It’s external to our being and more often than not feels completely circumstantial. 

This week, you’ll dive headfirst into uncovering the true definition of happiness and joy, exploring ancient philosophies and extrapolating personal life experiences to distill your own unique definition of soul-quenching joy. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients

February 5 – 11

With life’s ups, downs, all-the-way-arounds, it’s critical to develop a mental model for personal growth. Without a personal compass for growth, we subject ourselves to the mercy and whims of our environment.

In this lesson, you will learn five elements of growth that can be applied to any situation so you can create a compass for growth that moves you from struggle to strive, and strive to thrive.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients

February 19- 25

It’s long been said that laughter is contagious. Turns out … so is happiness! (We’ve got the studies to prove it.) As we move from personal development to community activation, we’ll discuss the science behind the phenomenon of collective happiness and how you can leverage your definition of joy to create social revolutions. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients

February 26 – March 10

We know how mentally taxing personal development, self-analysis, and radical growth can be. So while it’s tempting to dive headfirst into revolution theory and community building, taking time to process and absorb everything you’ve learned over the last month is essential to your growth. 

During this two-week period, Core Curriculum students will have continued office hours with Marc and Shaun. 

Writer and Speaker’s Track students will meet with their respective track coach (George or Shaun) for their first small-group breakout session. Together, they’ll begin to define and develop potential narratives and story outlines for their written exposes and ‘TED’ events. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writer & Speakers’ Track Students Only 


This is where the rubber hits the road as we begin to take practical steps toward making the invisible visible and your revolution reality. In this phase of the course, we move beyond personal development and into the sphere of leadership and community activation.

March 11 – 18

Together, we’ll begin to create your own personal theory and methodology for creating social change as we translate your unique experience of joy into an actionable roadmap that you can use to guide your movement and amplify your cause. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writers/Speakers Track Students Only

March 18 – 24

This week is all about learning how to take charge and lead teams. Gather round the campfire as our very own sergeant at arms, Shaun, teaches you the core leadership philosophies and principles that have guided some of the greatest revolutionaries and military leaders through the toughest circumstances.  

This week you’ll also uncover your “Fascinate Advantage Profile.” The results of this assessment will help you to better understand how the world sees you and how you can use your unique “advantages” to guide your revolution and leadership style as we move into the next phase of the course.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writers/Speakers Track Students Only

March 25 – 31

All right team, it’s time to make your revolution a tangible reality! This week is all about launch mapping and goal planning. Now if you’ve learned anything about The Revolution, you know we like to do things a little differently. Goal-setting is no exception. So this week will begin with an exploration of Hope Theory, what it means to set a “big hairy audacious goal,” and how you can generate the willpower to make your dream a reality. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writers/Speakers Track Students Only

April 1 – 14

You’ve made your way through the toughest two-thirds of the course. Give yourself a pat, but don’t quite kick back just yet. Now is the perfect time to check-in with yourself, assess your progress, and catch up on sessions you’ve missed. 

During this second phase of implementation, Core Curriculum students will have continued office hours with Marc and Shaun. These office hours will be more personally tailed as you work on taking specific action. It’ll be less Q&A about curriculum and more hands-on coaching (which we LOVE!)

Writer and Speaker’s Track students will meet with George and/or Shaun as for their second small-group breakout session. These sessions will also be personally tailored and focused on providing custom feedback and guidance as it relates to your coursework submissions

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writers/Speakers Track Students Only


From the Latin word, inspiro which means “to breathe into and excite,” you experienced radical change on the inside, and growth as a leader, now you’ll learn how to master the magical fairy dust that motivates others to take collective action.

April 15 – 21

Belongingness is one of the most powerful psychological forces that keeps individuals engaged and attached to movements. Failing to create a sense of belonging within your community almost guarantees its dissolution. 

This week you’ll learn how to use four empirically tested elements of community to empower a sense of loyalty and belonging, regardless of the size, scale, and scope of your movement.  

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writer & Speakers’ Track Students Only

April 22 – 28

It’s one thing to flourish as an individual, but how do you create flourishing organizations? Organizations and institutions that  create thriving cultures are few and far between. But it’s not a pipe dream. In this module, we’ll explore you five foundational principals you can use to create robust cultures that promote thriving within individuals.

Open to Core Curriculum and Writer & Speakers’ Track Students Only

April 29 – May 5

Identifying goals and managing conflicting priorities and objectives can become overwhelming even for the most capable of leaders. Learn how to grow your community and sustain momentum while nourishing balance and personal wellbeing. This week we’ll uncover practices and principles that will help you to create a proactive and long-term plan for growth without sacrificing sanity or self-care. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum and Writer & Speakers’ Track Students Only

May 6-20

You did it! This last week of curriculum is dedicated to you. As we bring the course to a close Marc and Shaun will hold routine and extended office hours. 

Writer and Speaker’s Track students will meet with George and/or Shaun as for their final small-group breakout session. 

 Open to Core Curriculum & Writer & Speakers’ Track Students Only

& VIP Tracks


Conquer self-doubt and find your writer’s voice. Emmy-nominated documentary producer and combat journalist, Shaun Hostutler, unveils the nuance that goes into writing descriptive prose and compelling narratives. 

February 26

Uncover the psychology and art of storytelling and learn how to share your story in a compelling way that connects with the heart and soul of your audience. Learn how to find your voice and overcome the fear of using it. 

Access: Open to Writers Track & VIP Students Only

April 1

The words you choose to express yourself with are as important as the colors of paint an artist chooses to fill a canvas with.  In this session, students will take the feedback they’ve received on their first submissions and will learn to edit and write with descriptive prose, breathing new life into their copy.

Access: Open to Writers Track & VIP Students Only,

May 5

Shaun shares her thoughts on how we can find balance as a passionate (but humble) storytellers and what you can do to stay in the habit of writing as you move forward. Engage in a final conversation regarding the artist’s responsibility to share the stories that make up the human condition and the role we storytellers play in guiding humanity.

Access: Open to Writers Track & VIP Students Only


George Andriopoulos shares his exclusive insights as a 2x TED speaker and the producer of TEDxFarmingdale. Turn your Joy Revolution into a well-crafted narrative that engages and entertains audiences while delivering a powerful message.

March 5

Find the “why” behind your message and learn how to craft a story for the stage that is concise, measurable, and engaging. In this session, George will teach you the precise formula you need to captivate audiences and create “an idea worth spreading.”

Access: Open to Speakers Track & VIP Students Only

April 8

It’s time for the hot-seat! In this session, students will receive feedback on their speeches (and tough love as needed), learning what makes or breaks a TED application while simultaneously developing an appreciation for the value of their voice. 

Access: Open to Speakers Track & VIP Students Only

May 13

In this final “ask me anything” session, George opens himself to answer just about any question you can think of regarding the TEDx application process and what producers look for when vetting applicants.

 Open to Speakers Track & VIP Students Only

DISCLAIMER: TED and TEDx are registered trademark of TED Conferences, LLC. The Joy Revolution is NOT affiliated with or sponsored by TED Conferences, LLC. or any affiliated entities. While some of our coaches have spoken at and produced TED events, The Joy Revolution is a separate entity. We will share the tools and skills that worked for us and our clients, insider information on the application process, and how you can edge out the competition; but participation in this course does not guarantee selection for the TED stage or any stage for that matter. We’ll teach you how to create the opportunity but it’s 100% on you to do the work and earn your spotlight.

Still unsure? No worries!

You want to make sure you’re making a sound investment, and we don’t believe in doing anything half-assed, or half-heartedly. So this year we’ve come up with something special. 

We believe in The Joy Revolution mission and message so much . . . we’re  opening the door for students to apply for a special scholarship and test the first three mods of the course at no cost whatsoever. 

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