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Monday, June 24 – The Power of Emotion

8:30-9:00 Registration

Welcome: Joshua Freedman – The Vision of NexusEQ, Spark Positive Change; reading remarks from Peter Salovey

Opening Keynote: Anabel Jensen – Calling Change Makers

At Six Seconds, our mission is support people to create positive change-everywhere–all the time.  What is ‘positive change’ and how can we support it?  What are the essential ingredients to being an EQ Change Maker?  What do we need to develop ourselves so we can, in turn, support others?

We live in times of complexity and challenge.  Economic pressure.  Stress.  Disconnection.  In the face of these forces, it’s easy to retreat to find comfort and convenience.  And, yet the words, actions of one can have a significant impact. Come, see, share, and do.

Key Point:

1.  Why do we need emotionally intelligent change makers?

2.  How can we equip ourselves to more powerfully take on this responsibility?

3.  What is next for us individually and together?

10:45-11:15 Networking Break

Keynote: Daniel Shapiro – The Power Of Diplomatic Emotions

You negotiate every day – and whether you are trying to negotiate a deal or dispute, emotions inevitably affect your success. It is all too easy to get stuck in the emotional messiness of the situation.  Distrust, fear, and anger can make you less inclined to resolve the conflict in a productive way. And you may miss opportunities to draw on the power of positive emotions to improve your relationship and your negotiation results.  

This session will equip you with essential insights, tools, and proven strategies to overcome emotional obstacles to negotiation success.
Key Takeaways include:
·    Gain an essential framework for negotiating the emotional challenges you face every day
·    Learn ways to build a better working relationship with even a tough counterpart
·    Identify ways to check your personal biases, assumptions, and emotions in order to achieve better agreements
·    Learn powerful tools to stimulate positive emotions that can enhance your negotiating success
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:15
Cases: Performance EQ Talks: ePowered Workshop: Education EQ Talks: Past & Future   Workshop: Youth & All

Lauris Woolford –  ECI in Banking

Senior Leadership and Cultural transformation at Fifth Third Bank:  In an ongoing development program, as senior leaders develop EI, the context for business and the results show accelerating value.

Erin Velie & Geetu Bharwaney – EI for Global Sales

Whilst emotional intelligence is a topic many coaches are familiar with, there have been few client case studies of how coaching based on emotional intelligence is applied in a global context. This case at Schlumberger documents the first year bringing a focus on emotional intelligence within a global sales context.

Kim Kniveton – Supplying McDonalds: The Amadori Case

Three plants at Amadori, a supplier of poultry products McDonalds in countries in Europe, show that there is a direct relationship between emotional intelligence, organizational climate, and the bottom line.

Yvette Bethel Organizational Soul

Emotion drives organizational climate – because at its core, morale is the result of collective fluctuations of feelings. The Emotion Map identifies directly links workplace and personal causal factors, and helps identify patterns of behavior that emerge. These are critical factors that strengthen or inhibit trust, collaboration and accountability.

Robin Hills Images of Resilience

Resilience is essential in performance, and it comes from applying emotional intelligence to transform stress.  What does it look like to do so?  How do metaphors help us unlock this essential ingredient to performance?

Sue Langley Genius at Work

Creativity and learning in the brain is the sweet spot of EQ science and practice. New research and simple strategies enhance the way people use their emotions and brain to increase creative output. These insights create simple ways to engage people, open minds and make more impact.

Katie Morgan & Cherilyn Leet – Pattern Match: The Stunning Self-Awareness of 8-year Olds

Come learn about a case study of EQ activities at Synapse, a school in Menlo Park, California, where students as young as eight were able to identify their habits, set goals, monitor their progress, and–in doing so–develop self-awareness. This presentation will include strategies and techniques from teachers, video reflections of students, and EQ self-assessment data.

Key take aways:

1. Self-assessment tools for teachers to use with their students (tool)

2. Students can begin to recognize patterns at a very young age (insight)

3. How to schedule and make the development of self-awareness a priority in your classroom (technique)

Emma Freedman Jungle Heroes

My first trip to Borneo, at 10 years old, was an awakening because I understood for the first time the role I play in our planet’s destruction.  I was devastated to learn that trees have been cut down, fires set, land burned, and peat bogs drained to make room for miles of palm oil plantations.

This is one of many complex problems facing the world – yet that isn’t an excuse:  Either we find the heroism to fix the problem, or we destroy our world.  It’s time for Jungle Heroes.

Billy Zima The Magnum Moment

Billy Zima shares real life experiences and how he used the development of emotional intelligence to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, getting kicked out of school, homelessness, jail and eventually death at the age of nineteen. He turned his life around and went on to study fine art at University, has a successful career and eventually formed Identity to deliver his learning in emotional intelligence to the fine people of Scotland.

Katie Gibbons Teaching Without Aching Feet

As a vulnerable young teacher, Katie felt disconnected from her students and community while grappling with her own identity. Using EQ made all the difference, helping her become more authentic. Her vision and noble goal is to work with teachers to strengthen authenticity and to know, choose, and give themselves in their school classroom and community and transform the traditional structure of education today.

Andre Earl-Clive Bisasor –  Negotiating Your Future

The team at the Institute for Negotiation Leadership & Diplomacy has sought to crystallize the most valuable negotiation and diplomacy skills taught at Harvard into practical insights for equipping the next generation with tools to tackle the world’s most pressing problems and to create positive change for themselves and for society. These skills can be directly applied by young people — and all of us — for personal advancement as well as for future economic and social prosperity. 

Key Take-Aways:

1. A practical framework for understanding conflicting viewpoints and moving toward agreement.

2. Insight into handling difficult conversations and situations including de-escalating violent scenarios.

3. Tools for using social, emotional and ethical intelligence more effectively to make better decisions.

4. Strategies for using negotiation as an economic empowerment tool for entrepreneurship or career development.


2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30

Keynote: Wendy Wu – The Power of EQ in Developing Economies

The ‘second world’ is transforming at an incredible pace. Look at the skyline of Shanghai or Sao Paulo today compared to just a few years ago. In this rapidly evolving, chaotic business and social context, attention is on the short term, the urgent, the visible forces of the economic engine.

Yet some leaders are beginning to see that real, sustainable success requires something deeper. In this entrepreneurial context, emotional intelligence seems to be rare – and invaluable. How do we bring it to center stage to sustain our growth?

Key Take Aways:

1. Gain insight into the current social and economic forces in developing economies.

2. Consider ‘frames of reference’ that allow emotional intelligence to be seen as valuable in these environments.

3. Identify key practices from success stories for EQ.

3:30 – 6:00

Emotional Intelligence Fair Adventures in Emotional Intelligence

In this dynamic, interactive celebration of EQ learning, you will have the opportunity to engage in two dozen practical, proven exercises for developing emotional intelligence. 

Wander the halls of the Harvard Medical School Conference Center and tour the latest tools from around the globe. Gamble on the Emotion Flower, deal yourself a hand of Body Language cards, or craft a symbol of transformation.  You’re free to choose your own adventure, embrace serendipity, and dive into the world of emotion.

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Tuesday, June 25 – Leading Transformation


Keynote: Marco Iacoboni   Imagination, Empathy, and Transformation

Recent neuroscience discoveries reveal that the brain implements powerful mechanisms of ‘simulation’ that can take many forms and be used for social understanding and transformation. Among these many forms, the process of imagination sparks new potential.  When we imagine a future, or when we imagine another’s experience, we may literally change our brains. These neural pathways become a bridge from the present into transformation.  In this talk I will especially focus on recently discovered neural mechanisms for empathy, and the role empathy may play in concept learning and shaping our understanding of our social environment, and, perhaps, our vision of the future.

Key Points:

  1. Why do we connect with others?
  2. What is the “Mirror System” and how does it appear to function as the basis of empathic connection?
  3. How does imagining unlock transformation?



Keynote: Tony Wagner – Creating Innovators

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure our economic future: the capacity for innovation. What must parents, teachers, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more people to be the innovators that they want to be—and that we need them to become? What do the best organizations, schools and colleges do to develop the skills of innovation? What are the workplace and school cultures, and the emotional ingredients, that foster breakthrough thinking?

Key take aways

1. Why does innovation matter?
2. How are some schools and businesses successfully fostering innovation?
3. What can we do to immediately bring more innovative thinking into our businesses, schools, and families?




Keynote: Myles Munroe – Global Change Leadership

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:30
Keynote Panel: Biz Workshop: Ed Workshop: Ed EQ Talks: Brain & Body (All)

Shannon Brown, SVP, Chief HR & Diversity Officer, FedEx Express

Richard Hazeltine, Tech Leadership Development Manager, Zappos IP, Inc.

Melkart Rouhana, Corporate Director of Global Learning, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (ret)

Elizabeth Priestman, Chief Marketing Officer, Fuse Powered Inc.

Caron Harris, CEO, Forward African Transport Services

Jean Dyer, Interim Dean, Division Health Sciences, Mass Bay Community College

Hajj Flemings, Founder of Brand Camp University

Massimiliano Ghini, Moderator

Why is EQ Important in Business?

How do corporate leaders view the importance of EQ in creating value by building a people-driven culture? 

Marc Brackett –  RULER Approach to SEL

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning: Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools

This session will focus on the implementation of RULER in school classrooms. We will discuss the four anchor tools of emotional intelligence—the tools that help educators and students develop their “RULER” skills, as well as provide a common language and set of strategies that can be easily integrated into all aspects of learning, including the standard curriculum.

Key Take Aways:

1. Theoretical background on the influence of emotion and emotional intelligence on all aspects of school communities

2. Social and emotional learning programs – RULER in particular – enhance emotional intelligence, build compassion, and transform school climates

3. Specific approaches and tools for enhancing emotional intelligence and shifting emotional climates in educational settings

Brian Bicknell –  Middle School Innovators: Breakthrough Solutions to Real-world Problems

This session will demonstrate how real students can be guided through a creative design process to create solutions to real problems in the world. The audience will receive anecdotal evidence, student accounts, visual and graphical examples, and specific lesson content to inspire their own students learning. 

Key Take Aways:

1. Innovative lesson ideas for Middle School students

2. Techniques to suspend judgment and allow students to reach full creative potential

3. Insights on how students can use EQ to increase consequential thinking and empathy to do meaningful work 

Rana Chudnofsky –  High Tech Meditation

Coupling digital health technology with ancient meditation practices, Chudnofsky uses a health track device to demonstrate what it means to live in a scientifically measurable state of harmony in psychological and physiological processes.  Attendees will discover that by using only the power of their minds, they can alter their heart rate  and heart rate variability which research shows may decrease such stress-related conditions as anxiety, migraines, sleep disorders, PTSD – even addiction.

Lipi Paul –  Emotional Exhaustion

In the complexity of our 21st Century global world, people need to be better able to handle uncertainty and manage emotional complexity.
How can we use our thoughts, feelings, and actions to move toward mastery? What resources do we have to regain confidence, calm, and a health?

Valencia Ray –  The Art and Science of NeuroReInvention

Knowing about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and actually applying EQ skills can be two different things. The little known secret to optimizing EQ is learning how to think differently – to innovate – about the way that we perceive emotion and gaining insight into how to change how we perceive our feelings.  The electromagnetic energy of feeling far exceeds that of thought alone and is critically influential in our decision-making and ability to relate to others.

Learn ways to optimally operate your emotional brain so that you can improve your emotional intelligence, leadership skill and performance at the office and in everyday life.




2:45 – 3:45
Cases: Leadership (Biz) Cases: Ed EQ Talks: All Workshop: Youth & All

Jimmy Daniel –  People Leaders at FedEx

FedEx Express is fully committed to developing leaders who build great teams – by building great relationships.  Now every new Express manager worldwide is receiving a six month development program with EQ as a central pillar — because these skills increase productivity — and make us a the kind of company that engages real commitment.

Len Wysocki –  Dr. EQ & the MSCEIT

How do senior doctors respond to emotional intelligence?  25 chair-level physicians at a major North East hospital received the MSCEIT, and a cohort completed a six-month coaching program.  The doctors increased their capabilities to recognize, use, understand, and mangage emotions – resulting in reports of stronger leadership, better patient interactions, and increased wellbeing.

Vanessa Druskat –  Global Team EI

In order to increase collaboration and innovation within a global leadership team of a business services organization, we surveyed team members using the team emotional intelligence survey. In an off-site meeting, survey results were discussed and team members confronted the costs associated with their current norms about interpersonal interaction. Members agreed to concrete changes that have opened up communication, trust, and collaboration. In a short time these results far surpassed the effects of member individual coaching in EI.
Stillman & McNamara –  Graduating EQ
How are colleges and universities integrating emotional intelligence into higher education?  We will share several cases and an evidence-based implementation framework to bring the value of EQ to students and faculty.

Donahue-Keegan & Craddock –  Margin and Center

Blending research and experience, we will explore the integrative benefits of paying attention to the contemplative dimensions of social emotional learning, with attention to current neuroscience research (specifically, interpersonal neurobiology) — focusing on the constructs of race and culture, with attention to research on social identity contingencies and psychological resistance to marginalization & why exploring the areas for overlap – SELD and race and culture – is key to deepening the discussion

Ed Woodd –  Embedding EQ in the Curriculum: A Case Study

Valley Academy Charter School has embedded Social/Emotional Learning in the K-8 curriculum by training all staff members using the Six Seconds Social Emotional Inventory. Data is being collected measuring individual student EQ progress which will be compared to annual academic growth.
Lea Brovedani –  Rebuilding Trust
We do business with people we know, like and trust. But what happens when the trust breaks down?  Harvard Business Review wrote about the high cost of distrust and showed that even a small increase in trust increases productivity and profitability. But how do we actually build and rebuild trust in our professional and personal relationships?

Carlos Rossi –  Waking Up to Life

 I was successful and working hard — until I spent 5 days in a deep coma.  When I returned to life, I decided it was time to change.  To find purpose and to focus on what’s truly important. Now I’m practicing EQ, moment by moment, rewiring the synapses to focus on relationships.  Before, I lived for myself first.  Now, I’m working to be fully alive and connected with others, and to discover the emotional equilibrium necessary to lead a life in peace.

Carol Hopkins –  The Four Directions: Welcoming Emotional, Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Health

 Working with teens, adults, and myself to create health, I’ve learned to see the Medicine Wheel as a pathway to wellness. There are ‘rascals’ that block our progress, but when we balance the four directions and move around this wheel, something changes – everything changes.
Emotional intelligence provides a process for working through the South direction of the wheel, without which we end up lost in resentment (re-feeling) instead of moving to respect (re-seeing). In this framework of my traditional culture, practicing the skills of EQ has helped me transform my own life and opened the door for many First Nations teens — and now I’m working to open this kind of opportunity for our people and all people across Canada and beyond.
Brent Darnell –  Change NOW
Do you want to make a change? Maybe you’re ready to shift a relationship to be more positive, or to finally move away from a destructive habit? In this session, we will combine the latest applied improvisation techniques along with the latest neuroscience of how people learn, apply, and retain information to create a fun, interactive session filled with ‘aha’ moments and learning techniques that can be applied immediately.

Key Take Aways:

1. A fun, interactive way to step toward change.

2. Insight on the latest neuroscience of how people learn, apply, and retain information.

3. Tools for creating a powerful space where others can learn.

3:45 – 4:15

Networking Tea/Coffee

4:15 – 5:15

Keynote Panel: Deborah Ahenkorah, Emma Freedman, Kathryn Hall-TrujilloAndre Bisasor, Fran Johnston, Anthony Dio Martin – Moderator Max Ghini Being Change Agents

What does it mean to create change in your community, and in our world?  How have you succeeded and failed as a change agent?  Based on your experiences of leading change from around the world, what are the key ingredients in making change successful?

Key Take Aways:

  1. Insights from real change leaders, of many ages, and many cultures.
  2. Clarity about the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in galvanizing change.
  3. Models of successful, and unsuccessful, change efforts.
5:15 – 6:00

Voices from International Delegations

NexusEQ is not a conference, it’s a shared vision for positive change.  How are delegations from around the globe working to make this vision real?  What are the pressing questions and massive obstacles we’re facing around the globe?  What are the amazing successes and hope-creating moments that show is this is working?  

And most of all, what are our commitments to the world-changing work needed to build this movement?

Wednesday, June 26 – Being the Change


Keynote: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang – Embodied brains, social minds: How emotions shape learning, motivation and self

From moments after birth, people develop within social relationships – we come to the world biologically ready to engage with other people, and the emotions we feel in social contexts shape how we feel about ourselves and how we experience our own lives.

What is neurobiology of social emotions like compassion, admiration and gratitude?  They have deep visceral roots in the feeling and regulation of the body and consciousness, which are tied to one’s own subjective sense of self-awareness. By examining neuroimaging data from young adults alongside creative and scientific works by children, we can see that children’s early thinking is grounded in the feeling of emotions that foster social connectedness and self awareness, and is driven by an inherent desire to make culturally appropriate meaning of one’s experiences in the world.

Key take aways:

  1. Understanding of how the fundamental connection between people is both biological and cultural, and how social emotions co-opt systems for consciousness and survival;
  2. Insight in the social nature of morality and self awareness, as well as individual and cultural differences;
  3. Awareness of how neural systems underlying reflection and self-directed attention and how factors like technology use and certain educational environments may undermine them;
  4. Feeling inspired!



Keynote: Herbert Benson – Mind-Body Vitality

In 1975, Dr. Benson wrote a remarkable book called The Relaxation Response, articulating the biomedical antidote to stress. He later founded the Mind/Body Medical Institute which became the pioneer in researching and advocating treatment that works with the human mind and body. Today if we go to the doctor due to stress (and 60-90% of all medical visits are stress related), we’ve been affected by Benson’s work, and a simple, powerful idea: Just as we have a stress response, we have a relaxation response. We can learn to trigger this response and facilitate the human mind to bring for the emotions that open us to the positive influences in life. After explaining the concept, Dr. Benson will take us through a demonstration of this powerful process.

Key Take Aways:

·    At a neurobiological level, what is stress, and what is relaxation response ?
·    What are the benefits of learning to evoke the relaxation response?
·    How can we do so?



11:30 – 12:30
Cases: Growing EQ (Biz) Workshop: Biz Workshop: Ed EQ Talks: Parenting

FC Law –  Constructing Vital Leaders

How can EQ be positioned in a large construction and property management firm?  Starting with the goal of world-class performance, then moving to leadership capabilities, this “hard” company is embracing the value of emotional intelligence.

David Cory –  Bulls in the China Shop

This case focus on leadership development for senior executives

Tony Mayo –  From Knowing to Being

 Harvard Business School has incorporated Hay Group’s ESCI-U into its new required first-year MBA course, FIELD, Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development. FIELD includes two demanding long-term team exercises (one focused on globalization and one focused on entrepreneurship) that bridge the gap between theory and practice. The ESCI-U is used at the beginning of the course to help MBA students gain greater self-awareness of their individual leadership style, as well as insight into their role and impact on teams.  
Ben Palmer –  The Game Changer at Sanofi
Sanofi emotional intelligence development: Game changing for their business, life changing for their people.Can the development of sales reps emotional intelligence improve their sales performance? This is the question Sanofi, a French multinational pharmaceutical company set out to determine via an emotional intelligence development program. On average, the emotional intelligence of participants in the program improved by 18 percent. This was found to facilitate a 13% improvement in their sales performance returning approximately $6 for every $1 invested in the program. In this session Dr Ben Palmer, founder and CEO of Genos International, will overview the learning methodology; share some of the development exercises utilized; and outline how the program was game changing for the Sanofi business and life changing for those involved.

Key Take Aways:

1. Evaluate best practices approaches to sales reps emotional intelligence development

2. Experience emotional intelligence development exercises

3. Discuss the benefits of emotional intelligence development in the workplace.

Sandeep Kelkar & Sudha Srikanth –  The Psychological Vaccine

The statistics on children’s mental and physical health shows a dangerously deteriorating situation.  Meanwhile, the latest research on Mind-Body medicine shows that emotion is the missing link.  We’ll show how attending to emotions and building emotional literacy skills can act as vaccination against emotional problems in kids.

Key Take Aways:

1. Attending to emotions is the key to wellbeing

2. Vaccinating kids with EQ skills can prevent a range of serious problems

3. Practical ways to start giving this “EQ vaccine”

Sue McNamara –  Parental EQ and Flourishing Kids
Did you know that simply by increasing your emotional intelligence as a parent, your children will increase theirs?  Did you know that when parents practice the skills of emotional intelligence there is less conflict and stress at home?  Now that you know, what will you do?

Michele Royan The Optimistic Family

What happens when optimism and emotional intelligence become central components of your family?

Jim Eagen  But I'm a good parent!

 How to keep motivated and positive when your kids need it most

All parents face challenges, even the good ones. Knowing this goes a long way. Jim Eagen will discuss how knowing your preferred style of motivation will help inspire your child and how paying attention to your own emotions can influence your ability to stay focused on being a good parent when you need it most.



12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:30
EQ Talks: EQworks (Biz) EQ Talks: Learning (Ed) Workshop: All Workshop: Youth & All
Ray Phoon & Jon Low –  Vital Change
Most change fails – but using Vital Signs resourcefully we’ve found success guiding an emotionally intelligent approach to change — strategically and personally.  We’ll share details from the actual interventions and key outcomes achieved.

Cynthia Kivland –  The Seven Emotions

 Consider the traditional formula for workplace success — cognitive intelligence plus an analytical, often detached, interaction style. Perhaps that formula does not work anymore? Maybe that’s why our research indicates employers want and hire employees with emotional and social intelligence skills! Learn the seven positive emotional skills that bring out the best in self and others to achieve success and significance.

Patryk & Kasia Wezowski  How To Read Emotions from the Face

One of the most important skills for Emotional Intelligence is being able to identify what somebody truly feels. “Micro expressions” are small facial muscle movements that allow you to recognize seven basic emotions: anger, contempt, disgust, happiness, fear, sadness and surprise. 

Our studies have shown that the best sales professionals are excellent in recognizing facial expressions. Moreover, we discovered a correlation between EQ and the ability of being able to read body language just by looking at the face. 
During this workshop you will learn how to use Micro Expressions to improve your Emotional Intelligence, resulting in being able to quickly recognize feelings and intentions — so you can respond more effectively.
Deborah Havert and Barbara Fatum –  Putting EQ to the Test
The results of this study will demonstrate how students understand and use their EQ Skills to provide an optimal environment for themselves and others for taking standardized tests. The audience will receive anecdotal evidence, student accounts, visual and graphic data, and procedures for replicating this program in their own schools.

Konstantinos Mougios  Leading With Your Whole Self

By integrating emotional intelligence in our MA level course, “Developing International Business Leadership Skills,” we aspire to assist future leaders to be capable of building values-driven, thinking organizations. The course, at the Swiss Hospitality Management School, begins with an EQ assessment and feedback to give a concrete picture of current capabilities. Students integrate this data into a personal SWOT analysis to support and enhance their career goals in the next five years. A high percentage (50-60%) identify that this knowledge acts as a catalyst for designing their career targets. One of their other assignment is to show, with evidence, how they have applied the EI skills into their daily life in school the effects. Students identify that they have “new tools” to deal effectively with various situations that arise. The emerging result is students who are more focused and capable.

Tish Jennings –  CARE for Teachers

 CARE for Teachers is a unique professional development program that helps teachers handle the stresses and rediscover the joys of teaching. Combining mindful awareness practices and emotion skills training, CARE provides tools and resources for reducing stress, preventing burnout, enlivening teaching and helping students thrive socially, emotionally and academically.
Marilynn Jorgensen –  The Spark of Presence

We bring our authentic SELF into the coaching session. As an instrument of CHANGE we strive to be adept and aware of our own thoughts, feelings and actions in order to provide a safe place for the client to explore their growth. Listening intently & openly, asking powerful questions and connecting insight into action leads to purpose driven outcomes. We will address the development of SELF as Coach as we strive to go beyond what we can DO and get at how we can BE. Emotional Intelligence provides us with the internal foundation of authenticity. We will explore presence as a state of awareness with a felt experience of connection to our client’s process of transformational learning.

Take Aways:

1. We will learn about your signature strengths and how you can use them to enhance your coaching relationship.

2. We will explore how you nurture and care for your self so that you can be your best for others.

3. How do you maintain and accelerate your own development as coach?

Noa Mendelevitch & Cindy Handler –  Your Creative Brain
Join us for a hands-on introduction building EQ through art.   Explore how your emotions and sensory experiences come together as the neurological basis for your creativity and authentic expression. We will guide you on a journey to engage your intrinsic motivation as you discover the artist already living within you.  Leave with your own creative masterpiece as well as a deeper understanding of the synaptic dance between your creativity and your emotional intelligence. .

Key Take Aways:

1. Understand how creativity and emotion come alive in your body and brain

2. Unlock your intrinsic creativity

3. take home a unique “masterpiece” that demonstrates how emotions and sensory input impact the networks of your life

2:30 – 2:45



Keynote Panel: Global Vitality (Jayne Morrison, Yasuhiro TanabeCarol Hopkins, FC LawNatalie Roitman – Moderator: Max Ghini) Global Vitality

We hear a lot about the staggering pace of change, but what if we transform our feelings about change and say:  It’s time for global vitality.  What are the needs we can meet with emotional intelligence?  Where are the challenges and opportunities for this important work?  Our vision is 1 billion people practicing the skills of emotional intelligence:  Where will they be, and how will that practice change the world.

Key Take Aways:

1. Understanding of the need and opportunity for global EQ.

2. Practical insights on “what works” from leaders around the world.

3. A shared vision of the pressing needs for the next steps in our EQ community.




4:00 – 5:00

Keynote: Joshua Freedman – Inside Change

Globalization.  Disruption.  Sustainability.  Every day we hear about an intensifying pressure to create transformation at work, at school, and in our lives.  Yet 9/10 of us won’t change even when our lives are on the line.  Ut oh!  If we’re going to unlock human potential at work and in life, we MUST solve this basic puzzle… a problem that won’t yield to traditional analytic approaches — it’s not an issue of data, it’s about emotions.  That’s why we need emotional intelligence.  In the ’90s, we learned about EQ.  In the ’00s, we tested the concept.  Now in the ’10s, the third decade of EQ is about application:  Using this powerful science to unlock a new wave of positive change.

Key Take Aways:

1.  Why almost all change fails, and why we need to find a new approach.

2.  How we can harness the insight and energy of this conference to change the game.

3.  What it means to be an EQ change leader.