My Noble Goal is... To inspire compassionate wisdom.
My work is about... People! Coaching, storytelling, aligning, researching.
Professional accomplishments include...
... As a cofounder of Six Seconds, I've led emotional intelligence programs in 50+ countries, and supported the startup of dozens of team to grow EQ around the globe, and together we've built a thriving community that's engaged over 7 million people to learn & grow emotional intelligence.
... Partnering with leaders, I've cocreated numerous EQ development programs for organizations such as FedEx, the US Navy, HSBC, Intel, Amazon, and the United Nations, all with measurable results in strengthening the people-side of performance - I hope you'll check out the case study library.
... Together with an incredibly heartful global team, I'm proud that we are partners with UNICEF World Children's Day to bring emotional intelligence insights to millions of young people for free. This joyful and creative program supports wellbeing and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: POP-UP Festival
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds I started multiple businesses, including becoming a licensed building contractor. I first learned about emotional intelligence as a middle school teacher and administrator at Nueva School the same year Daniel Goleman came to visit (and then he wrote about the approach as one of two model programs in the world). I also worked as a stage manager and technical director in theater.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. There's a moment when people realize their emotions matter... and they have choice about their own feelings, thoughts & actions... and I relish the spark that shines in those times. Freedom. Authenticity. Purpose.
Pronouns... he/him. Background... I grew up in Berkeley, California, and now live in a small rural town. For the last 10 years pre-pandemic, I was traveling internationally, 'on the road' for more than half of each year.
Favorite... I love cooking, and recently learned to make a great pizza.
I'd love to talk to you about ... Emotions, neuroscience, change, leadership, the SDGs... and coaching.
Anabel Jensen, PhD
With over 30 years of pioneering work in emotional intelligence education, Anabel is an inspiring and caring speaker who helps people find the best in themselves and each other. Anabel says people pay attention to less than 30% of what you say, but 70% of what you do, so she models the lessons she teaches.
Anabel was the principal of Nueva School when Daniel Goleman came and wrote about the model emotional intelligence program there; under her guidance the school also won two Federal Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education. She’s started two schools, together with Karen McCown, founded the remarkable lab school educating future change makers: Synapse.
As the Founding President of Six Seconds EQ Network, Dr. Jensen has co-authored four books on teaching EQ, written numerous articles, and trained over 15,000 educators and leaders around the globe. She has taught the principles of emotional intelligence all over the country and beyond.
Anabel is the lead author of the SEI-YV, Six Seconds’ emotional intelligence assessment for children. She’s coauthor of Self-Science, the emotional intelligence curriculum, as well as numerous articles, books, an programs including Trust or Doubt: Essential Strategies to Co-Create Thriving Teaching Teams, the Think Feel Act Cards, and A Teacher’s Daily Dose of Optimism: Your EQ Prescription for Thriving, as well a numerous articles offering practical inspiration to use emotional intelligence -- please see this archive of Anabel’s blog on 6seconds.org
In addition to her leadership at Six Seconds, she is Emeritus Professor of Education at Notre Dame de Namur University. Her background includes the teaching and supervising of instruction from preschool to the university level. Anabel received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include a passion for reading, the building and consuming of gourmet desserts, the construction of various hand-crafted projects, and surfing the net for new ideas. She is very active in a variety of church and community service projects. She has one son, Caleb.
My Noble Goal is... To use my voice so that others may use theirs
My work is about... telling stories with colors, data and words to help people make friends with their emotions
Professional accomplishments include...
... Director of POP-UP Festival in partnership with UNICEF World Children's Day reaching 3M children and families to support their emotional wellbeing and take action for the Sustainable Development goals
... Keynote Speaker at the first United Nations conference on Emotional Intelligence
... Co-Creator Six Seconds Youtube Channel
... Leading a fantastic team of people in Six Seconds' marketing and communications team - reaching over 1.5 million people per year on our website alone
A few past experiences... I'm a visual thinker and endlessly curious about the world. I'm an avid podcast listener and love to bring new ideas, research and stories to our team.
Nothing makes me happier than working on a big creative project. I especially like opportunities for Six Seconds to partner with other organizations to deliver experiences to a global audience.
I'm endlessly grateful for our Six Seconds community and the time I've spent traveling learning how much we have in common. Although I've spent less time in airports in the last couple of years, I've been energized by the innovative ways we've learned to connect using technology.
As a former 4-6th grade classroom teacher and professor of Education, I love writing project based curriculum giving students real life outcomes. Helping students make meaning from books, mentors, and lived experience was the thread that led me to emotional intelligence.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I've seen how children and families benefit from learning more about emotions. Emotional intelligence is like love-- the more you have the more you can give to others.
Pronouns... she/her and I hope you'll feel comfortable to share your's with me
Favorite... My favorite podcast is.... Radiolab. I know that I'm rockin oldschool with that but they craft science, music, smart writing and wonder together in just the right inviting mix
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking about data visualizations. I am a sucker for a great infographic
Ask me about... chocolate banana bread with chocolate ganache. It's our staff's favorite celebration cake
Cherilyn Leet, M.Ed.
My Noble Goal is... to awaken strengths for healing so that harmony triumphs over hate
My work is about... To partner with mission-aligned organizations to achieve our goal of 1 billion people practicing emotional intelligence
Professional accomplishments include...
... Orchestrated a youth-led celebration at UNICEF headquarters for the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child
... Authored peer-reviewed texts on systematic SEL implementation for youth and adults
... Led a team to design the Six Seconds Certified Social Emotional Learning Specialist (CSELS) pathway with corresponding school climate and EQ assessments
... Partnered to launch a consultancy that builds capacity in schools to support strategic initiatives around wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I was a teacher. I’ve taught third and fourth grade (all subjects), middle-school technology, high-school English, and undergraduate English and a Second Language. Throughout my career, I have lived in Italy, Mexico, Colombia, and Silicon Valley, before settling in the Grand Canyon State, Arizona.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….it is never too early or too late in life to build emotional intelligence skills!
Favorite... live theater productions. Watching the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Winter's Tale performed at Christmastime in Stratford-upon-Avon was a pinch-me moment. I hope to see all ten plays of August Wilson's Century Cycle performed in my lifetime.
I'd love to talk to you about ... bringing new emotional intelligence products/services to market and culturally-responsive social emotional learning implementation.
My work is about... Engaging people in North America in the EQ Network to support their continued work with emotional intelligence.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I was a middle school math teacher for 9 years, a website UI designer in a start up, and a business manager in the healthcare industry.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I'm passionate about emotional intelligence because at the end of the day relationships are what matter most in my life and I have seen the positive impact EQ has had in my life firsthand.
Pronouns, ... she/her/hers
Favorite... My favorite ice cream is mocha almond fudge. My favorite place to travel is France. My favorite flower is the dahlia!
I'd love to talk to you about ... How Six Seconds tools and methods can serve your work -- and the remarkable professional certification pathways
My Noble Goal is...Learning to accept and appreciate everyday
My work is about...Supporting Business with the advancement of emotional Intelligence
Professional accomplishments include...I have led multiple change efforts, centered around EQ, for FedEx during the last 15 years. I have been a host speaker for the SHRM conference on the topic of emotional intelligence.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I worked as a Managing Director for Learning and Development for FedEx serving both domestic and international locations, also during this time I served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for South Florida, and volunteered for the Tech to Youth program for Miami.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I advocate so strongly for emotional intelligence because I have seen a tremendous difference it has made in my life both professionally and personally. Prior to learning through Six Seconds, I had no ideas of the patterns in which I reacted to life's situations. I know I still have much to learn, but now I better understand my life choices. It does make a difference.
Favorite... My favorite past times are playing golf, especially with my son, and hopefully one day with my grandkids and traveling with my wife (and any other family member) to new and old adventures.
I'd love to talk to you about ... Actually I ask questions and listen better than I talk, so if you ever want to bounce some ides off of me, feel free to strike up a conversation. I promise I will do my best to keep up.
"Whether you think you can or think you can't... either way you are right"
- Henry Ford
My Noble Goal is... Equanimity.
My work is about... Helping to bring EQ to the center of leadership, teams and systems
A few past experiences... Before joining EQ, I held roles as an operations manager for non-profit organizations, Media Specialist as well as a small business owner for my online clothing brand. I'm deeply committed to fostering growth, equanimity, creativity, and business development. My personal values center around family, community, and the power of active listening.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I was raised in a household where EQ was important and pivotal to my growth. I was raised by two beautiful immigrants of Haiti in the U.S. Patience and resilience expand your emotional bandwidth in my experience, so I do my best to reserve space for EQ in my life.
Preferred Pronouns... He/Him
Favorite... Music & mediation in any form always helps in my metaphorical marathon. Cooking on a slow Sunday isn't bad either.
I'd love to talk to you about ... How donating a kidney during covid grew my understand of emotional intelligence and life.
Michael Eatman, MAE, CDP, PCC
My Noble Goal is... Living, Leading, Lighting the way for the world we need
My work is about... Supporting intercultural capacity building through emotional intelligence and cultural awareness
Professional accomplishments include... I have co-developed Coaching Equity Essentials, which helps coaches expand their coaching presence, practice, skillsets and toolboxes for justice & equity -- and is ICF accredited. I work with Six Seconds on a variety of initiatives supporting schools and other organizations to build leadership capacity. I co-authored the Disrupting Bias EQ Café which introduced concepts around EQ+Equity to 1000s of people in 200+ cities around the world. Through our partnership with Columbia University, I've been honored to support cohorts of educational leaders as they work to create great places to learn.
A few past experiences... I served as a director of diversity in K-20 learning environments for over 2 decades
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it has supported my ability to communicate more clearly the impact of cross cultural collisions.
Favorite... My favorite genre is personal development
I'd love to talk to you about ... how to engage emotions in intercultural situations
My Noble Goal is... To inspire sustainable joy
My work is about... To make helpful information about emotional intelligence accessible to all.
Professional accomplishments include... I am the author of hundreds of blog posts and case studies on emotional intelligence (please see the archive).
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I worked on an organic farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I also traveled widely with my lovely wife, Maria, in Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I'm personally passionate about emotional intelligence because I think most cultures' expectations and norms around emotions drives suffering - and is totally preventable.
Favorite... My favorite places to travel are Italy and Guatemala.
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you're interested in optimism and its limitless potential to change our lives, I'd love to talk to you about it!
Daniel Choi, M.Ed.
My Noble Goal is... To bridge the research-to-practice gap in psychology and education.
My work is about... Support and facilitate the effective use of Emotional Intelligence tools and assessments.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I worked as a behavioral therapist at a clinic in Southern California, administering ABA services to child, adolescent, and young adult clients. Shortly after, I moved out to Texas to pursue a doctorate in the field of School Psychology. There I had the opportunity to learn about psychological assessments and evaluations, as well as practice therapy as a Graduate Student Clinician. During this time, I also worked as a research assistant, studying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the use of assessments for improving student outcomes.
Favorite... My favorite simple pleasures are a cup of coffee in the morning and watching sunsets. Bonus points if either is happening at the beach!
Fiorella Velarde, M.Ed, PCC
My Noble Goal is... I want to model and infuse joy, laughter and inclusion throughout the planet
My work is about... Increasing our community members in LATAM so we can benefit more people with our assessments and EQ Model
Professional accomplishments include... I started building the foundation for Six Seconds's presence in Latin America making resources available in the local language, reaching out for new members, forging exciting alliances, and bringing to the region live and virtual certifications fully in Spanish. I have also co led and co organized the first Leaders Worth Following Conference in Lima, Peru (2019) and the very first EQ Six Seconds summit in the Latin American region which congregated participants, network members and preferred partners from all continents in Mexico City. (2020). My intention for 2022, aside from working on keeping growth in the LATAM region, is about harnessing the relevance and powerful influence of EQ to expand the conversation to more topics related to wellbeing such as relationships, parenting, and aging.
A few past experiences...I started my life as an entrepreneur when I was 17 years old, becoming really profitable by the age of 23, and always invested my hard earned savings traveling around the world. Also, I, once, was a stellar sales director for a company selling soulless high end watches.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….the way in which I've been invited to connect with feelings intentionally; not just driven by impulse or whim. EQ has brought an immense sense of self worth and belonging that has empowered me to be ME, and keep working actively and committedly in healing my body, mind and heart.
Background...I am human going by she/her
Favorite... Mint chocolate. Passion. Cold Showers. Always learning something new.
I'd love to talk to you about ... emotional intelligence, trauma informed coaching, power of neuroplasticity and somatic experience. And, also, about art, travel, and philosophy.
Joanna Brewster, ACC
My Noble Goal is... to foster Empathy, Love and Kindness for deeper connection and understanding of ourselves and others
My work is about... Building community and supporting NL's to share EQ within their communities
Professional accomplishments include... I've been honored to co-create and lead EQ workshops for individuals (youth and adults) and organizations on a variety of EQ topics; my favorite being Empathy and Leadership. I am a cofounder of some EQ projects and collaborations including- EQ in You and The Empathy Incubator, both which seek to share EQ with individuals and organizations. As part of Six Seconds Climate of Emotions online conference in 2021 I co-created and led a creative workshop on Empathy and I've facilitated many activities with youth for World Children's Day Pop Up festival in 2020 and 2021.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, while navigating life and exploring my purpose, I had the pleasure of gaining and sharing knowledge in several different roles which included: facilitating body image and leadership workshops for youth, studying and teaching yoga (also a part of my healing journey for managing chronic pain), a run as a marketing manager for a top Microsoft partner, and a fashion designer and production manager for an athletic wear company. Before I learned the art of slowing down, I also juggled several of my own business ventures including a handmade jewelry business, a greeting card company, that used quotes and my fashion illustrations to promote confidence and self love, and was co-owner of a landscaping company. Each experience has given me an unforgettable reward.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….we all want to feel seen, heard and understood. Imagine if we all got that chance and learned how to offer that and feel that from a young age...What would our world look like? Emotional intelligence allows me (us) to take the moment to pause and respond rather than react... get curious rather than judgmental... That's the moment we're given to use the wisdom of our emotions to make a choice, and offer each other this gift of feeling seen, heard and understood. This is just one reason I love EQ so much, there are SO many.
Favorite... my favorite way to restore and come back to balance is alone time next to the ocean
I'd love to talk to you about ... Emotions, relationships (all kinds), human experiences- hearing and sharing stories, human behavior, the big vision, coaching and personal growth, and uncovering your truest self- What does the whisper in your heart say?
Passion project... I love creating and sharing digital stories that connect us or allow us to learn from others experience. I have created two short videos: one about finding my voice, and one about being a white mom of bi-racial children. What would your story be about?
My Noble Goal is... Sharing the skills of emotional intelligence for more compassion, love, joy and happiness in the world
My work is about... Supporting educators, facilitators, coaches and members in the Six Seconds EQ Network to utilize the tools and resources available
Professional accomplishments include... ICF ACC Coach. I joined Six Seconds in 2009 and have supported the growth of our EQ Store since then, as well as countless courses, conferences, and learning programs. I've conducted training and webinars on emotional intelligence, but my real passion is helping others find the tools they need to create transformational learning.
A few past experiences...With a lifelong passion for holistic health, the power of empathy and an optimistic outlook, I was enchanted and thrilled to find the community of Six Seconds. After growing up in Sacramento, CA, I earned my BA at UC Santa Barbara, moved to Kauai, becoming a personal vegetarian chef, and spent time traveling in South East Asia where I studied Nature Cure, Ayurveda and Yoga, in Almora, India. After returning to California, I met my husband and became Co-Proprietor of Roses of Yesterday, where we specialize in growing old, rare and unusual roses. While raising my son, I spent a few years earning my teaching credential and teaching Adult Education at Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Watsonville, CA. In 2009, I joined Six Seconds, becoming an ICF ACC accredited EQ Coach and continue to work supporting the incredible network of change makers.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….these skills help youth and adults find more peace, joy, love and purpose.
Pronouns, background... She/Her, lover of beauty, art, good food and swimming
I'd love to talk to you about ... how to better support youth, utilizing the tools and resources Six Seconds has to offer.
My Noble Goal is... Co-design and collaborate to enable sustainable landscapes using Poetry, EQ and Ecological Agency
My work is about... supporting EQ Communities around the world and designing & facilitating programs for Educators and Network Leaders.
Professional accomplishments include... I am one of the co-authors of the latest release of Self Science (the Six Seconds SEL curriculum) and one of the co-designers of the new EQ Educator pathway. I have onboarded over 400 Network Leaders since this Six Seconds role has been created.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds I worked as an HR manager inside multinational corporations for 15 years. I'm a poet and a tai chi teacher.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. It unlocks our full potential as human beings
Favorite... My favourite living poet is Anne Carson
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you're interested in knowing more about the power of connection, community and collective co-creation through EQ, I'd love to talk to you about it!
Maria Miller, ACC
My Noble Goal is... to nurture inner illumination
My work is about... Making emotions research practical through writing & social media
Professional accomplishments include... I write Illuminate, an EQ personal growth newsletter with over 5,000 subscribers. I am an ACC-level coach & facilitator whose clients include Harvard University, Google, and Columbia University.
A few past experiences...I completed my yoga teacher training, traveled the world on a shoestring, and gained degrees in psychology and women's and gender studies.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it has helped me take practical action to release patterns that have held me back
Favorite... My favorite food is a sun-warmed strawberry eaten in the field
I'd love to talk to you about ... where EQ & mental health intersect!
Brian C. Armbrust
My Noble Goal is... Nourish & Embolden Our Spark
My work is about... Connecting with partners to build communities to grow emotional intelligence around the world
Professional accomplishments include... I'm working to create workshops that connect youth from the QUILTBAG community to the power within. My work in EQ has included workshops in community healthcare helping leaders and managers make more effective decisions. I have also worked to integrate approaches to using EQ within Lean/Six Sigma change efforts.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I walked many paths. I was a professional opera singer and adjunct instructor of music, I am a published composer, I have started three nonprofit organizations (two in music and one in EQ), and I was the Artist Liaison at Houston Grand Opera and a Managerial Associate at IMG Artists.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I love without hesitation, with no reservations. EQ has helped me feed that love and grow my own spark, allowing me to connect deeply and unabashedly with the people around me. Let's connect, let's love, let's grow!
Pronouns, Background... My pronouns are he/they. I identify as a queer gender-expansive person
Favorite... My favorite movie is Bedknobs and Broomsticks
I'd love to talk to you about ... I believe in practicing radical love. I focus on empowering members of the QUILTBAG community. Let's connect and talk about identity and EQ!
Mariaelena Welch, MA, PCC, EQCC
My Noble Goal is... To empower and connect us to the wisdom that will bring peace
My work is about... Supporting coaches and coaches-in-training to grow their skills, confidence, joy, and impact
Professional accomplishments include... I've co-created and continue to co-facilitated Six Seconds' Coaching Equity Essentials course - a course that alumni have expressed was transformative in their relationship with their own identity and helped them become more courageous and equity-conscious in their coaching conversations.
A few past experiences...Prior to coaching, I was an executive and leader for 20+ years in companies both large and small. I began my career as a mechanical engineer, but my talent for managing complex people and issues led to leadership roles, where I gained extensive experience in management, sales and business development, software and product development, and operations.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I've seen first hand how leaning into our own and others' emotions builds trust and creates a bridge for deeper connection and more sustainable change
Pronouns, background... She/Her. I identify as female, mother, wife, Latina, multi-racial, and change-maker
Favorite... My favorite guilty pleasure is trashy, historical romance novels. Open to any and all recommendations 🙂
I'd love to talk to you about ... how our emotions contain wisdom about ourselves and about others and how to really feel and evoke that wisdom
Reflection... I'm a better mom, daughter, sister, wife, friend, and colleague because of the generosity of spirit in Six Seconds and their extended EQ community that feels like family
Issac M Carter, PhD
My Noble Goal is... To partner with people to make a better world
My work is about... Expand our understanding of culture, emotional intelligence, and coaching
Professional accomplishments include... I have created and implemented with clients a working model for culturally responsive emotional intelligence. Using the Six Seconds emotional intelligence assessment, I have supported the growth and increased productivity of C-Suite leaders. I lead retention initiatives for students of color at a number of institutions that have increased retention and graduation rates.
A few past experiences...Designed and taught courses linking music to social change: The Rhythm of Resistance; and Hip Hop and the Black Experience in America. Wrote and recorded a Blues album in a garage with my friends.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it has key to surviving and fighting against systematic inequality in our world, and EQ will lead our social transformation
Pronouns, Background... Oun (he/she) / Un (him/her); Black Male Feminist
Favorite... A Me'Shell Ndegeocello bass line; James Baldwin and Schitt's Creek
I'd love to talk to you about ... Culture, Music, Intersectionality, BBQ and Spirits
Blossom Beatty Pidduck
My Noble Goal is... Helping people and systems leverage emotions to find and fulfill their best purpose
My work is about... Helping to bring EQ to the center of leadership, teams and systems
Professional accomplishments include... I've built a high school advising pilot around Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence assessments, employed the 360 assessment in team building and faculty professional development, the Education Vital Signs tool for culture development, and helped to develop a customized student leadership assessment based on the SEI.
A few past experiences... I've spent my life in schools, with teachers and teenagers. I've been teacher, coach, mentor, administrator and leader.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. because I know from experience that feelings drive people. The more we understand about feelings, the better we can live in the full capacity of our humanity.
Favorite... My favorite place on the planet is playing in the ocean waves.
I'd love to talk to you about ... Where EQ meets leadership is my sweet spot--and a conversation I'm eager to have with you.
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.
Dr. Ajene Wilcoxson
My Noble Goal is... Inspiring a life of self-love, transparency, authenticity, vulnerability, and presence!
My work is about... Helping to create and support Emotional Intelligence within the Community College, High School, and Elementary Schools in North America -- I am one of the instructors in the EdD x SEL Specialization, a partnership of Six Seconds and Antioch University
Professional accomplishments include... I've led and continue to support change via emotional intelligence education to students, classified professionals, and management using what we call The EQ Academy. I regularly present at educational conferences across North America.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I worked in Higher Education (still do), briefly as a stockbroker, and in the Mental Health field.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. Emotional intelligence is intertwined with who I am, as Jung would say, at a soul level. One moves the other. From this perspective, I am passionate about living and teaching how to experience a soul-centered emotionally intelligent life.
Pronouns, Background... he/him/ele
Favorite... I love to travel, read, and build lego sets. My favorite destinations are Rota, Spain and all of Portugal.
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking to people about EAR in education. How do we engage our students and assist them in activating the learning process and the personal growth that results from reflection.
Aleasa Word, CTSS
My Noble Goal is... Inspiring hope while holding onto my own even in challenging times and spaces
My work is about... Supporting the evolution of personal growth as a foundational component of diversity, equity, inclusion and trauma healing
Professional accomplishments include... I support the personal development of new leaders and teams, implement trauma healing strategies for BIPOC communities through my Chapter 2 Living, Embrace EQ and Embrace AR programs as well as educate others about living with life threatening food allergies. Additionally, I have coached hundreds of individuals and spoken at events with 1000 people in attendance. This has afforded the opportunity to represent food allergic families on the Dr. Oz Show, share my voice on Black Women Own the Conversation on the OWN TV, and appear in a documentary about the impact of pharmaceutical costs in America entitled Drugs: The Price We Pay.
A few past experiences...Prior to joining Six Seconds I founded A. Word & Company a full service coaching firm and diversity and inclusion consultancy. I also spent over 15 years in the Wealth Management industry and founded a non-profit outreach organization. I have written 2 books and work as a certified trauma support specialist.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I see the need for it in both our professional and personal live as it is a holistic approach to unifying humanity
Favorite... My favorite animals are giraffes
I'd love to talk to you about ... Imagine what life would look like if you could re-ignite the passion you have for the one goal that you've always wanted to accomplish. Let's talk about that.
John Dodds, BS, MIS
My Noble Goal is... Laughter liberation
My work is about... Supporting technologies that engage for a more emotionally intelligent world
Professional accomplishments include... Coordinating with our IT team to develop numerous Six Seconds tools, including implementing our assessments in over 25 languages, the creation of the online Think-Feel-Act app, and our global events calendar.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I traveled the world playing music and making friends.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I've learned many useful tools that have improved my personal and professional life
Favorite... My favorite music is filled with energy and good storytelling
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you're interested in talking about process improvement or technical issues, I'd most likely love to talk about it.
Kelli M Tebbe, M.Ed., CSELS
My Noble Goal is... to inspire positivity, creativity, and curiosity in all
My work is about... Supporting educators as they develop their EQ through SEL learning and application
Professional accomplishments include... A member of the Global Education Team where we work to grow and enhance Six Seconds methods, lessons, and tools. I have held webinars to increase our reach to educators and define 'the Six Seconds Way'. I have helped to bring SEL and EQ awareness as well as Self-Science to many educators in North America.
A few past experiences...I have been in education for 20 years working both in the classroom and as an administrator, taught with grades K-8 and focused mostly on gifted education, spent some time as a truancy officer in an online credit recovery school, worked with 13 school districts as an administrator of gifted education and curriculum., and currently work as an administrator in a school district.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. the light is provided me in my own life which I now would like to help others find.
Background...I am a life-long Ohio resident in North American mostly living in a rural setting.
Favorite... Mint Chocolate Chip. Outdoors to the woods and waterfalls. Sci-fi. Yellow Roses
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you are interested in talking about the changes needed to help our young people learn best and get them ready for their future, I'd love to talk to you about it!
Liliana Rodríguez, MEBC
My Noble Goal is... Provide knowledge to others, in a way that can help their overall well-being
My work is about... Supporting and building a good community of Emotional Intelligence Skills in LATAM
Professional accomplishments include... I have translated Six Seconds material to Spanish (assessments, articles, books, manuals, etc). I've already use assessments for children and adults as psychological support, and for organizations for recruiting. Currently, I am a volunteer Network Leaders Coordinator & POP UP Festival Super Mentor for LATAM.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I was working with children at a school teaching resilience and emotional intelligence skills, before that, I was learning about education as parent to apply with my own kids, and because my original Bachelor is in Computer Systems and Administration, I was working as Project Manager and Project Leader.
Favorite... A love to be curious, learn of a lot of new things, and my favorite activity is to read. I like mystery, sci-fi, poetry and good content genres
I'd love to talk to you about ... the things around us, classical & different music genres, books, international traditions, food, history... I like to talk a about interesting things that makes me feel good and give me knowledge, and more important, things that other people wants to share, because I love to hear what the others think and feel.
Sarah Benis Scheier-Dolberg, EdD
My Noble Goal is... To radiate joy, love, and vitality every day
My work is about... Leveraging EQ with teachers, families, and school administrators to expand capacities, energize teams, and deepen relationships
Professional accomplishments include... Co-author of SEL curriculum for teens. EQ Coach for 250 teachers and school administrators in New York City
A few past experiences... I have completed two marathons, home-school my child, and learned to play competitive Pokémon
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I love the doors that EQ opens in myself and in my communities.
Pronouns, background... Please use the pronouns she/her for me. I was born in rural Vermont.
Favorite... My favorite book genre is SciFi
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking with people about food and the beauty and peace found in nature
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.
Muhammad Noman, PMP®
My Noble Goal is... I must strive to reform myself and people of the entire world
My work is about... managing Six Seconds’ IT processes and AGILE implementation with a focus on security, customer care, and developing people
Professional accomplishments include... led Six Seconds' IT services, expanding the scope of our systems to deliver over a dozen assessments in 25+ languages to 1000s of people per month
Passion... promote conflict management and peacebuilding
A few past experiences... I have played an instrumental part in project management, ETL, software architecture, DevOps and software development with commitment to provide people centered solutions for financial, telecommunications and telematics systems worldwide.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I am interested in the human sides of things, because humans are at the heart of every business and emotions drive people, people drive performance, and performance drives profit.
Marilynn H Jorgensen MA, MCC
My Noble Goal is... To nurture and inspire my SELF and others to create a more caring world.
My work is about... Supporting the Coaching Community around the world as we share our unique EQ perspective.
Professional accomplishments include... I am the co-creator of the EQ Coach Certification with Josh Freeman. This ICF Certified ACTP has informed my next steps in adding EQ to the world of Coaching. I have built a practice within Six Seconds and also blend both adult learning/coaching and work in the field of education in my local community.
A few past experiences... Before Six Seconds I was a private school owner, therapist and Mother of a young child. He is now 45 and a very EQ citizen in the world! I also have some history in growing organic food and a passion for creating healthy foods for my family and friends.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. Emotional Intelligence informs all the ways that I show up in my world. Family, friends, acquaintances, clients and informal connections out in the world. I feel that I can contribute EQ moments that might fill a space while caring for others in a world of possibilities.
Favorite... My favorite activities are gardening, playing Pickleball and walking in the hills of Santa Barbara with my Standard Poodle, Zola
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love to discuss the process of aging gracefully. Being over 70 years young, it is fun to discuss the changing landscape of aging with grace, knowledge and enhanced health!
Susan Stillman, EdD
My Noble Goal is... To support others to live lives fueled with empathy and optimism, to create a more compassionate and just world
My work is about... As Emerita Director of Education, I work with others to develop and strengthen social, emotional, and equitable teaching and learning environments and tools for K-20 educators, students, and community
Professional accomplishments include... I worked with others to grow and develop the Six Seconds Education focus, Benchmarks, Self Science global curriculum, and EQ Educator certification. I certified many Six Seconds global network members in EQPC, EQE, Brain Profiles, and YVAC. I've engaged in numerous research projects demonstrating the power of emotional intelligence and 6S process, tools, and methods, and I've published numerous articles and books supporting this vision.
A few past experiences...
... After college, I moved to Vermont, lived for a while on a commune, worked as a mental health clinician and an independent school counselor and enjoyed the birth and early years of my two sons.
... To advance our careers, my husband Paul and I moved to a rural suburb in Connecticut where I became a school counselor at a K-8 school, spearheading the first social emotional learning initiative there.
... In my first faculty position at a university, I was mentored by extraordinary educators and discovered the joy of teaching social emotional learning to adults.
... After completing my doctorate, one evening, to my great surprise, I received a phone call from Josh Freedman, asking me to become the first Director of Education for Six Seconds.
-... An awesome experience for me is to have traveled and hiked extensively in Europe, and I hope to spend more time in France this summer and in the years to come. "
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I’ve seen the power of emotional intelligence in my own family, to transform communication, reduce conflict, promote reconciliation, and develop empathic, caring, sustaining bonds
Background...My parents were born in Europe and, escaping the Holocaust, were able to emigrate to New York, where I was born. I am a first generation university graduate.
Favorite... Travel and I am grateful to have the health and opportunity to do more
I'd love to talk to you about ... developing your expertise in social emotional learning, in K-12 and Higher Ed. I also like to discuss the work of the Non-Human Rights Project
Paige Dest, EQPC
Paige passed away suddenly at the start of November, 2022. She was a dear colleague, a champion of the POP-UP Festival in partnership with UNICEF World Children's Day, a mentor, and a tireless advocate for a more emotionally intelligent world. The words colleagues used to describe Paige: generous, committed, kind, supportive, giving, humble, enthusiastic, joyful.
Our condolences to Paige's family and friends. We will miss you.
My Noble Goal is... Champion the expansion of people practicing EQ around the world
My work is about... Support Super Mentors in guiding POP-UP Festival Hosts
Professional accomplishments include... Growing the community of "Super Mentors" for POP-UP Festival in partnership with UNICEF World Children's Day. I created an Emotional Self-Care program that has been translated into Spanish. I'm also a Guest Facilitator for the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence.
A few past experiences...I worked almost 30 years in banking; I was Teacher of the Year for CFT in 2008 (Southeastern CT). I founded a non-profit to support social emotional learning for youth in Connecticut.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….because I've experienced the empowerment of managing my thoughts and behavior through understanding my emotions.
Favorite... season is fall
I'd love to talk to you about ... the physiology of emotions