Yoshimi leads Six Seconds’ global network of emotional intelligence assessors providing training and support to coaches, consultants, and educators world-wide. A master trainer in the SEI Assessment, she has supervised assessment of thousands of individuals and trained hundreds of professionals in a robust methodology to effectively measure and develop emotional intelligence.
As a certified addictions counselor and clinical supervisor, Yoshimi brings a rich background in a career spanning three decades focused on helping people change behavior to live healthy, positive lives. Prior to joining Six Seconds in 2007, Yoshimi led a variety of counseling and treatment programs focused on addiction recovery using client centered, strengths based and cognitive behavioral approaches. She has facilitated groups and educated clients in substance abuse and directed programs. Her broad client base included seniors, adolescents, and men and women with diverse multi cultural, economic and sexual preference backgrounds. This milieu augmented her EQ skills in a natural dynamic manner that has led to Yoshimi to train clients to use the Six Seconds premier assessment tool, the SEI, in the SEI 1:1 Online Certification course.
In 30 years of building and running a successful business, Jim Vaive learned that leadership is all about people – and that the same interpersonal skills which let people lead in business are essential to leading in personal life. This insight led Jim to pursue Emotional Intelligence, a science he’s brought to dozens of businesses and social ventures to support the creation of value for all stakeholders.
As a “serial entrepreneur,” Jim’s built and sold multiple companies that have done well financially – and done good in their communities. In conjunction with his work in prison ministry, Jim hired and coached ex-offenders to new beginnings.
Blending his business experience with background as a Spiritual Director, a stint in the military, and an emotional intelligence Advanced Practitioner, Jim brings a unique perspective. These “lenses” help him help others to see possibility in people and situations. This allows him to support leaders and changemakers to a greater depth and understanding of themselves and their clients.
In business venues, Jim speaks the language of CEOs and uses his personal experience to connect with the decision-makers that can escort emotional intelligence through their doors. He is a consummate salesman and communicates the value of emotional intelligence to business audiences in ways that only a former successful business owner can.
Beyond the business arena, Jim has led multiple projects with nonprofits, education, and prison ministries. In one recent project, Jim worked with individual leaders of a large nonprofit to achieve breakthrough personal and professional growth, blending practical skills to move ahead with the insight and nurture that comes from working at the intersection of emotional and spiritual intelligences.
Jim completed extensive training in Spiritual Direction with the Dominican Sisters and the Spiritual Formation Academy of the United Methodist Church. Jim also holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation as well as both Emotional Intelligence (EQ, Six Seconds) and Spiritual Intelligence (SQ21, Deep Change, Inc.) coaching certifications.
An advocate and teacher with extensive experience applying EQ in all sectors, Fio supports the effective implementation of Six Seconds’ methods in Latin America.
Fiorella Velarde, M.S; M.Ed, Florida-based psychologist, educator and trainer, is committed to create Value with emotional intelligence by assisting organizations and individuals to reach their full potential in her role of Regional Network Director - LATAM with Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network.
Fiorella Velarde is a deeply experienced integral leadership trainer and strategic facilitator; clients have described her as “compassionately insightful.” She builds trust quickly, evoking courageous conversations through the art of skillful questions, mindful attention, and a thoughtful curiosity of each team’s unique experiences and aspirations. As a seasoned organizational consultant and certified Six Seconds EQPC Certified Practitioner in the United States and Latin America, Fiorella Velarde exhibits a high degree of intercultural understanding that allows her to create momentous integration with the teams she works with.
Her favorite motto? “Emotions Drive People, People Drive Performance”
From corporate directors, complex organizational teams to physicians and academic leaders and parents, she partners with clients’ guiding transformational learning through neuroscience best practices, evidence-based methods and a wealth of professional and practical knowledge. Through high engagement facilitation, Fiorella taps the collective intelligence of groups with a strengths-based, solutions-focused approach. Clients benefit from greater alignment, engagement, creativity, innovation and the energy to move from vision to action and reach their performance and resilience goals.
Lynette Vaive supports the effective implementation of emotional intelligence coaching and training for individuals and organizations. Recent projects include bringing emotional intelligence (EQ) assessments and coaching for…
- A large team of millennials to develop self-awareness to step forward as future leaders, earning recognition as a transformational leadership experience.
- The senior executive leadership of a regional food service company to redesign their business strategy for full engagement by discovering their shared Noble Goal.
- An individual in a coaching case study to take action, making major decisions to intentionally move forward his personal relationships, education, and career.
Drawing on over 25 years of experience in healthcare technology (as a Microbiology Lab Supervisor, Infection Prevention Practitioner and Credentialed Trainer for medical software), Lynette blends hard science, business acumen, and coaching expertise. Framing EQ in data-oriented language and combining process improvement experience with EQ business applications allows Lynette to effect change and develop processes and training that resonate within the business context.
Lynette serves as a Mentor Coach for Six Seconds’ coach certification training, supporting new coaches to strengthen their coaching presence and integrate emotional intelligence fully into their practice. She mentors emotional intelligence practitioners to utilize effective experiential learning design and to make training both powerful and meaningful.
Lynette is one of Six Seconds’ Advanced Practitioners and has authored several case studies on this methodology. She holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coach Federation as well as both Emotional Intelligence (EQ, Six Seconds) and Spiritual Intelligence (SQ21, Deep Change, Inc.) coaching certifications. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from Otterbein University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from The Ohio State University. Lynette also completed a Master Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University, as well as various healthcare certifications and medical software credentials.
Lorea Martinez, PhD
Lorea’s noble goal is to develop emotionally intelligent schools: places where children, youth and adults feel safe, included and connected with the world around them. In order to meet this goal, Lorea supports schools to implement Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs and teaches educators the principles of emotional intelligence. Her favorite emotions are curiosity, courage and serenity.
Lorea approaches the implementation of SEL programs with the expertise of a practitioner and the rigor of a researcher. A former special education teacher, Lorea has served students and adults in Spain, Nicaragua, and California, and has led several successful innovative initiatives in schools. She developed the first Special Education Program for 8 charter schools in the San Francisco-Bay Area and created a training-of-trainers program to enable 500+ school data leaders to interpret student achievement results to make instructional decisions.
Lorea’s doctoral dissertation received highest honors from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and won the 2014 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in SEL Research from the American Association of Educational Research (AERA). A testimony of the impact SEL can have on students and teachers, her research identifies the conditions that make SEL implementation possible in schools. Lorea is an active member of the SEL research community, currently conducting research on school climate, SEL implementation and school principals’ emotional intelligence. She is part of the leadership committee at AERA’s SEL Special Interest Group.
A published author, Lorea’s work can be found in the International Journal of Emotional Education, the Advances in SEL Research, the Manual de Orientación y Tutoría, and the well-known educational website Edutopia. She frequently blogs about how to incorporate SEL in teaching practices.
Lorea is a big fan of Bossa Nova, school supplies and salsa dancing. She has two daughters, Teresa and Clara.
With extensive experience bringing EQ into practice, David is an ally to leaders and change makers seeking to create positive change with emotional intelligence. He works with Six Seconds’ practitioners on the Accredited Continuing Education opportunities to develop excellence. He’s based in South Carolina
A veteran US Navy chaplain, David spent 22 years developing individual and family resiliency within the institutions of the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. He is passionate about utilizing emotional intelligence to create positive change in organizations and in the lives of individuals.
David championed emotional intelligence training at various venues within the Navy, personally training thousands of individuals in the Six Seconds EQ competencies in formal classroom and retreat style events. He is also a contributor in the development of the curriculum, The Inside Path to Change, Six Seconds application of EQ to organizational change
David’s accomplishments include:
- Facilitating an 18-month intervention for emotional intelligence skills to support change efforts in the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard (see the case study: http://www.6seconds.org/?p=3461).
- Design & development of research measuring the impact of EQ resiliency training on the retention of first-time members of submarine crews.
- Keynote address on EQ and Spiritual Fitness at Harvard University’s Negotiation and Leadership Conference.
David is an EQ Master Trainer and a member of Six Seconds’ Advanced Practitioner group and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, a Masters of Divinity Degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College and post-graduate work in Organizational Development from the University of South Florida.
Alice is a committed advocate for emotionally intelligent communities; an educator and ally, Alice supports EQ practitioners to integrate the concepts into their life and work.
Drawing on 17 years in education as a teacher, coordinator, director, speaker, and educational leader, Kelli works with both adults and students to bring emotional intelligence (EQ) awareness and practice into classrooms and other educational settings.
Kelli earned her Emotional Intelligence Practitioner Certification in 2016 and shortly after began working as a Network Leader for Six Seconds. Prior to her work with Six Seconds, she spent most of her career working with gifted students. It was in this work she realized the importance that emotional intelligence must play in education to achieve long lasting success. In a world where answers are at the tip of our fingers, she understands and is able to communicate that we must learn how to problem solve, communicate, and navigate the continuous feed of information we receive daily. Working with students who have a natural gift to process academic information, it was her role to help them discover the social and emotional elements that were more of a struggle. As this awareness continues to spread to all students and classrooms, it lead to her work with teachers, administrators, and other adults to increase their capacity to use EQ in their daily lives and interactions with students. Currently she also works as a curriculum and gifted director in a local school district in Ohio where she is able to continue this work.
Drawing on her knowledge of student engagement, Kelli is able to work with both large and small groups of student and adult learners to create experiential and meaningful sessions to increase awareness of EQ using Six Seconds materials and assessments. Her passion for educating others and seeing the power of EQ in creating long-lasting success has helped numerous school organizations implement social-emotional learning to classrooms.
Besides holding the Emotional Intelligence Practitioner Certification (EQPC), Kelli is also certified as an EQ Educator Trainer and is in progress to hold her certification as an EQ Assessor for the adult and youth versions of the Six Seconds SEI Assessment. She has presented on Six Seconds and social and emotional learning in the classroom at several conferences. Kelli has a Master of Education in Gifted Education as well as earning a principal and superintendent license from Bowling Green University.