Your EQ Team
Supporting the global EQ community
Meet Your EQ Team
- Middle East, Africa & India
- North America
- Global Office
Lorenzo FariselliRegional Network Director, Italy
Behavioral Sciences Specialist with degree in Psychology and Master in Business Strategy.
Lorenzo’s area of expertise includes:
- Assessment and Theoretical model creation
- Emotional Intelligence and Change Management
- Network Management
He loves to assist clients developing customized solution for leader, team and organization.
Lorenzo is the coauthor of the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI) and of the Vital Signs Tools (VS) to measure the key drivers of performance and the author of several articles and white papers about the impact of emotions on performance.
In 2006 he started to focus his attention on the Italian market becoming first SEI Master Assessor (2006), Master Trainer for Six Seconds (2006) and VS Master Consultant (2011)
Since 2012 he covers an international role for Six Seconds, the Emotional Intelligence Network.
One of his favorite key concept is wonderfully explained by Steve Job’s statement: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”
Jayne MorrisonRegional Network Director, MEAI
Jayne is Regional Director of Six Seconds Middle East, Africa & India, as well as Founder and Executive Partner of Dynamic Learning. With a decade of experience in EQ, her passion is maximising the potential of people by supporting them to unlock their value and increase performance both personally and professionally.
Jayne comes from the hospitality sector and brings 25 years of operational leadership experience along with extensive expertise in consulting, coaching, and the design and delivery of powerful, scalable learning and development programs. She has a wide spectrum of experience in learning, organisational change, service, and building world-class teams throughout the Middle East in addition to Africa, India, UK, Europe, China, Russia and America. Her impressive list of clients include Qatar Airways, Jumeirah, Rotana, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Almarai, Kempinski, Allied Pickfords, Holiday Inn, Parsens Brinkerhof, Drydocks World, Aramex, Richemont, Novartis, Tecom and Emirates NBD.
She holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Human Resource Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Learning and Development. Jayne is amongst a handful of Six Seconds’ Advanced Practitioners in Emotional Intelligence in the world, a certified EQ Coach and a Master Trainer of the Six Seconds’ Certification Programs. She is credentialed to deliver Six Seconds’ tools including the Six Seconds’ Emotional Intelligence Assessment to help individuals develop core competence, and the Vital Signs range of tools to focus leaders and organisations on key issues for change. She is author of the “At the Heart of Service” programs, co-author of “At the Heart of Team Performance”, the “Fundaments of Management Workshops”, “the Brain Profiler Workshop”, and the EQ Advanced Trainer certification program. She is currently engaged in research into EQ and service in the hospitality industry.
Jayne’s infectious enthusiasm and strong commitment combine to create a rich learning environment that enable clients to increase personal, team and organisational performance.
To see Jayne check out this video.
Natalie RoitmanRegional Network Director, China
Natalie is an experienced trainer and consultant with over 18 years experience in training, learning and organizational development.
Natalie’s majors are Sociology-Anthropology and Chinese Studies. She speaks 5 languages and has been living and working in China for the last 9 years. She works and trains in English, Chinese and Hebrew.
While living in Israel and between the age of 15 to 20 years old she trained young people to develop self awareness, team work and commitment to the society to foster democracy and peace.
In the last 15 years Natalie has been working in the education and corporate sectors in China in organizational development and to promote effective EQ development programs.
Natalie also has broad experience in cross cultural training, train the trainer courses, group facilitation and team building, organizational development consulting and leadership assessment and development.
She has experience managing complex teams and projects in large organizations.
Among the clients she has worked with: IBM, GE, Perfect World, Nokia, NSN, Lenovo, Tiandi Energy, Bayer Healthcare, Novonordisk, Western Academy of Beijing.
In 2013 she opened a kindergarten integrating Montessori and Social- Emotional Learning. Her educational background includes
B.A in Sociology- Anthropology and Chinese Studies, Cum Laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Certified Consultant, Cultural Intelligence (CQ)
Certified Coach, Emotional Intelligence (6 Seconds, EQ)
Certified Trainer and Train the trainer (6 Seconds, EQ)
Certified EQ educator (6 Seconds)
Certified Consultant and Master Trainer, Inventory of Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM)
Speaker at Nexus EQ Global Conference 2013
Sue McNamara, PhDRegional Network Director, Asia Pacific
Sue McNamara, PhD
Sue McNamara has over 25 years of experience in the field of leadership and training and over 15 years in the field of education. She is passionate about supporting organisations to create climates where people thrive: Schools where students are encouraged and supported to flourish and mature as human beings, who will positively contribute to their own lives, their families, their workplaces and society; businesses where people “bring their whole selves” to work with passion, purpose, and high performance.
Sue works with leaders, educators, and change makers in education, business, and community organizations to integrate emotional intelligence into their programs. She advocates an evidence-based approach blending strong data with practical processes to improve learning and application of EQ skills.
Her work in education focuses on school-wide implementation of emotional intelligence – from measuring and developing student EQ, to supporting leaders, teachers, counsellors and caregivers to create a positive climate for learning. Projects range from introductory programs to raise awareness through to multi-year implementations to create an optimal climate for learning.
Likewise, in business and government, Sue supports change makers to go from introducing EQ as a performance driver, to integrating emotional intelligence into organizational systems and structures. Projects include assessment and coaching, strategic planning, customized program development, and train-the-trainer processes to build capacity.
Sue is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore and holds Ph.D. in Education. Her doctoral research investigated the relationship between teacher/student and parent/child emotionally intelligent behaviours. In addition Sue is a Mater Trainer with Six Seconds and has qualifications in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Tertiary Education, Advanced Child Protection, Neuro-Lingusitic Programming, Coaching EQ and Business and Finance. Sue has lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region for fifteen years.
Lynette VaiveRegional Network Director, N.America
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.
Katharine RoffRegional Network Director, Europe
I serve and support individuals, communities and organisations across Europe to develop and practise emotional intelligence everyday. I inspire and enable people to bridge the gap between thinking and doing to activate positive change by applying the models and measures created by Six Seconds.
The focus of my work is on the power of emotions and behaviour to manage, lead and transform. Key change areas include emotional resilience, leading with empathy, culture change, managing challenge and developing thriving communities and organisations.
Hallmarks of my work include creativity, authenticity, learning through experience, insightful and astute facilitation, sophisticated yet simple content and practical strategies to activate change.
Specialties: Behaviour & attitude development, communication skills including neuro Linguistic Programming, creative thinking, accelerated learning, emotional intelligence and drama for learning.
Fiorella VelardeRegional Network Director, Latin America
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.
Yasuhiro TanabeRegional Network Director, Japan
Yasuhiro Tanabe is a National Certified Career Coach in Japan and leadership consultant, also member of National Career Development Association (GCDF-NCDA). He also brings over 15 years of organizational development, training and leadership coaching experience to his clients using EQ theory and concepts. He designs management and leadership programs for companies for all sectors including business, private non profits, governmental offices, and universities. His presentations are cross-cultural delivered in Japan, Asia, and North America. His focus is on helping people use emotional intelligence to reach their career goals.
A member of Six Seconds’ Master Trainer group, Tanabe holds a BA in Management from the Tohoku University Japan and an MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan, Graduate University. He also has a career in airline industry approximately 20 years.
Tanabe has been providing the EQ based management and leadership training programs to Japanese firms more than 100 times a year such as automobile industry, electrical manufactures, Banking, Tokyo City offices, several prefectures’ chamber of commerce, and so on. He is also providing lectures in the Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan.
Jim VaiveRegional Network Director, North America
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.
Joshua FreedmanChief Executive Officer
Six Seconds’ Chief Executive Officer, Master Certified Coach
Joshua is one of the world’s preeminent experts on developing emotional intelligence to improve performance. He leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners, researchers, and experts, creating positive change in over 175 nations. He is one of a handful of experts in the world with over 20 years of full-time experience in this emerging field.
Freedman is author of the best-selling At the Heart of Leadership, as well as The Vital Organization, and INSIDE CHANGE: Transforming Your Organization with Emotional Intelligence, Whole-Hearted Parenting, plus dozens of cases and articles including The Business Case for Emotional Intelligence, The Workplace Vitality Report, and The State of the Heart. Please see the archive of his publications on 6seconds.org. He is also coauthor of six validated psychometric assessments including the EQ Leadership Report and the Organizational Vital Signs climate measure, which form the basis of many of the case studies published here. Learn more about these powerful tools to measure what matters.
Anabel Jensen, PhDPresident
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.
Tom Procicchiani MBADesign Engineer
Tom Procicchiani MBA
Blending both “sides of the brain,” Tom brings the logic of management engineering and a passion for connecting with people to develop simply powerful tools that measure what matters.
Tom has a unique background with an MBA in Management Engineering, a unique program about business management and applied engineering. He brings together technical know-how and business logic to create innovative solutions and powerful tools to connect people and boost organizational performance. He leads “Design Engineering” at Six Seconds, in charge of the research and development of our world class assessments including specialized custom assessment tools with our Preferred Partners.
Patty FreedmanDirector of Marketing
Lize RechProgram Manager - Middle East, Africa & India
Lize is a dedicated educator, consultant and coach. She grew up and was educated in South Africa where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as an Honors degree in English Literature as well as an Honors degree in Teaching English as a Second or other Language (TESOL).
Lize has spent 20 years in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. Her journey into Emotional Intelligence began in 2012 when she first had the opportunity to attend the EQ Practitioner certification in Dubai with Regional Director, Jayne Morrison, while working for Dynamic Learning, a Six Seconds’ Preferred Partner.
In 2015 she attended the EQ Practitioner for a second time before starting to work for Six Seconds’ MEAI as Program Manager. In this role Lize is responsible for delivering virtual programs and certifying people in the Six Seconds Certifications. In 2018 she gained her credentials as one of a handful of EQ Advanced Practitioners in the world.
After completing the EQ Coach Certification in 2016, Lize became an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Having completed more than 500 coaching hours Lize achieved the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential with ICF in 2020. She now co-facilitates the EQ Coach Program which is an Approved Coach Training Program with the ICF. She also mentors the attendees of the program to achieve their coaching credentials.
Lize is also a Pilates Mat and Reformer instructor, as well as a Neuropilates instructor and enjoys exploring the mind-body connection in her free time.
Her Noble Goal is to be there to support and understand.
Contact Lize via Six Seconds:
Email: [email protected]
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Yoshie KatsumataOperations Director, Japan
"Emotions are like the nucleus of pearls. By looking at emotions, we can notice our message, sense our meaning, and expand our possibilities from there"
Through the personnel department of the financial institution, secretary, entertainment manager Since I met EQ in 2000, I have communicated "EQ utilization for career formation". My hobbies are visiting the halls and watching Rakugo.
Second-class career consulting technician (national qualification) from Shizuoka Prefecture
Experienced as president secretary after working in personnel department, finance department at financial institution.
Meet the EQ in the search for the key factors of "talent" and "career formation" when I was involved in the management and production of talents and actors after buying the secretarial experience.
Providing marketing and solutions related to EQ development from the encounter with the 2000 EQ. Since 2010, he has served as director, marketing and sales manager, and has promoted the research and development of the global standard EQ in the US company Six Seconds Japan.
Conducted counseling and coaching as a career consultant and provided career counseling to a total of 800 people.
Based on the concept of “extracting talent and potential and building an independent career by utilizing EQ not only in work but also in daily life”, mid-career employees from new employees in a wide range of industries and industries such as government offices, finance, and general companies. Work on hierarchical training and career vision training for
Case study book for leadership and career formation "LD note" (Career Creators)
"Human psychology" "Theory" writing
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・ October, 2014 Issue "Loose related departments"-September
2015 issue "International standards and dilemmas"
Jenny WileyOperations Director
Jenny Wiley is the Operations Director of Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network and an EQ Trainer, SEL Education Consultant, Certified Coach (ICF ACC) and SEI Assessment Coach.
With a background as a business owner and educator, Jenny manages Six Seconds’ certification process and course registration, and is in charge of the EQ Store / Six Seconds’ products.
She hosts Six Seconds' webinars year-round, featuring a distinguished array of guests, such as Dr. Dan Siegel, professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-founder of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. She facilitates quarterly "Toolkit" webinars to help others learn how to use the powerful tools in the Six Seconds Toolkit with the goal in mind of getting a billion people practicing the skills of Emotional Intelligence by 2039.
Cherilyn Leet, M.Ed.Assistant Director of Education
Cherilyn Leet, M.Ed.
My noble goal is to awaken strengths for healing so that harmony floods the globe. As the Assistant Director of Education for the Global Office, I spread best practices for teaching EQ, champion the Six Seconds learning methodology, design innovative curricula and trainings, and advise our regional experts on their high-impact social emotional learning initiatives.
I also spearhead the Six Seconds' EQ Ambassadors Team. We partner with like-minded organizations to increase their efficacy, reach, and sustainability using EQ tools and methods. As United Nations' Action Partners for the Sustainable Development Goals, the EQ Ambassadors and Advisory Board Members forge alliances to multiply community organizations' capacity for positive change.
Nayla DoctorOperations Manager - Middle East, Africa & India
With a background in design and psychology, Nayla is a Deliverer with a deep commitment to EQ. She ensures Six Seconds’ operations run smoothly to support a world of growing EQ.
Michael EatmanDEI-EQ Strategist
Michael Eatman is a Certified Diversity Professional, Executive Coach, Advanced EQ, and Mindful Facilitation Practitioner. As an educator celebrating 28 years spanning Prek-20 learning environments, Michael has created the Leadership Edge, a framework that incorporates Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Cultural Competence, and Conflict Engagement to support educational leaders in leading successful organizations. He believes that successful institutions start with leaders, armed with visions that beckon collaboration.
Michael utilizes his EQ expertise to ground his diversity and educational leadership work. With Michael’s guidance, governing leaders of institutions have expanded their understanding of how emotional intelligence and diversity awareness impact their organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.
As an Inclusion Strategist, Michael works with organizations and educational leaders in identifying cultural competence gaps to develop robust systems that promote more inclusive learning and working environments. Michael uses an organizational inclusion change framework to demonstrate the value and presence of diversity at every level of organizational life.
Michael is the Founder Culture7coaching and currently resides in New England with his wife and three children.
Summer Guo 郭薇Operations Manager, China 中国区运营经理
Summer Guo 郭薇
Summer Guo, loves life, likes all beautiful things. Joined the 6seconds emotional intelligence network in 2018 and now works in Shanghai of China. She hopes that through the efforts of herself and her team, can support more people to practice and develop emotional intelligence skills, so that more people can apply emotional intelligence in work, study and life, thus making our life happier and our world more beautiful.
Ilaria Iseppato, PhDProgram Manager, Italy
Ilaria Iseppato, PhD
Principali ambiti di interesse e ricerca: disuguaglianze sociali e salute, esperienze di cura e vissuto dei pazienti oncologici, medicina narrativa, terzo settore/non profit, intelligenza emotiva.
Autrice di diverse pubblicazioni nell'ambito dei temi di interesse, ha ottenuto numerosi incarichi di consulenza, ricerca, tutorato e docenza presso Università, Aziende Sanitarie, Società private, Enti di Formazione.
John DoddsProject Manager
Need help with Six Seconds' tools and systems? John's the thoughtful soul behind Six Seconds' Help Desk, and he is the project manager coordinating with our team and partners around the world to bring Six Seconds' tools and systems to 27-and-counting languages.
Maria OlssonSenior Consultant
Maria Olsson-Bitschnau was the Executive Coach for Six Seconds Middle East (MEA) ‘till she relocated in 2013 to Austria where she is now spreading the EQ work. She brings over 10 years of experience in the field of business/executive coaching and consulting in the corporate, multicultural business environment
Having worked in lived with many different nationalities and in various countries, Maria has seen first hand that emotional intelligence is the crucial missing link between awareness and results. These are the essential leadership skills that fuel change and performance, enabling us to connect with ourselves and to connect with others.
Her passion is to inspire and support the network in developing and using emotional intelligence. The result is alignment between individual potential, values and choices. This integrity creates higher performance in business and life.
Maria is an accredited ACC/ICF Coach, certified Systemic Business Coach, NeuroLeadership Coach, certified EQ Coach and EQ Practitioner as well as VS Consultant. She holds a master’s degree in tourism management and leisure-time economics and was for several years in managerial positions in the field of Marketing and Product Management.
Maria JacksonProgram Manager & Author
Author of the acclaimed ILLUMINATE blog, Maria support Six Seconds' marketing & communications globally, including the POP-UP Festival, in partnership with UNICEF, which is the largest emotional intelligence program in the world.
Maria Jackson enjoys writing about the personal side of practicing emotional intelligence. Her noble goal is to “nurture inner illumination,” and she feel grateful to work and live in a world where she can practice daily. She shares stories, tips, and inspirations for living EQ in Illuminate, a free, weekly e-mail column (6sec.org/illuminate).
David TubleyDirector of Accreditations
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.
Chamie HuangMarketing Manager, China 中国区市场经理
I’m Chamie, very excited to join Six Seconds emotional intelligence network in 2019 and now working in Shanghai. I like traveling, running and raising pets. In Six Seconds' training, I deeply experienced KCG -- know yourself, choose yourself and give yourself. It’s inspired me with more energy and positive change. I hope that we can support more people to practice EQ and achieve positive change together, which is one thing that also can bring me a sense of accomplishment and happiness.
Tomofumi SuzawaOperations Manager, Japan
“Tomo” brings his experience as a competitive athlete to support effective implementation of emotional intelligence — wellbeing comes when body, mind & heart work together see グローバルネットワークSix Secondsの日本オフィスです
A sound mind in a sound body (The healthy mind is in the healthy body) With a career as a football director and sports instructor, researching the effective use of the EQ to foster people's "Well Being". In addition, as an EQ coach working on "heart muscle training" and "heart diet", we support the use of EQ in daily life for all people, young and old.
Lorea Martinez, PhDSEL Consultant
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.
Kelli TebbeProgram Manager, Education
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.
Muhammad NomanIT Team Manager
Drawing on extensive experience in application development, Noman manages Six Seconds’ IT processes and AGILE implementation with a focus on security, customer care, and developing people.
Sereen Abu MaizerArabic Program Manager
Sereen Abu Maizer
Sereen is a leader in the field of emotional intelligence (EQ) in Jordan. She first realized her strengths in this area while working in the banking sector. She had a talent for diffusing conflict and improving communication which led her to training others to do the same.
Recognizing that managing relationships is a combination of knowledge, skills and attitude, Sereen sought further information and stepped into the world of emotional intelligence.
Sereen’s path of self-discovery prompted her lifelong commitment to supporting people to succeed in their personal and professional lives. A Certified International Professional Trainer, Sereen has spent the past 11 years developing and conducting trainings for leaders in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as educational institutions across the Middle East.
In 2013, Sereen was certified as an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and as an Emotional Intelligence Assessor, facilitator by Six Seconds in the following years.
She has spoken at numerous events and conferences including at the World EQ Summits held in the U.A.E and India in 2017 and at Jordan’s 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Sereen holds a BA in Business Administration and MIS and is completed a higher degree in Child Education, She lives with her husband and twins in Amman, Jordan. As the first female to bungee jump at the lowest point on earth and one of the few female motorcyclists in Jordan, Sereen leads by example when encouraging others to step outside their comfort zones to discover who they really are.
“I feel privileged when someone allows me to join their awareness journey. It’s my greatest passion in life – to be a part of change for the greater good, a better future for all of us.”
- Sereen Abu Maizar
Alice TubleyProgram Manager
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.
Yoshimi MiyazakiSEI Program Manager
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.
Huong VuOperations Manager, APAC
Huong’s noble goal is to connect with people to spread kindness
She has more than seventeen years of experience in the area of learning and development. She is specialized in facilitating and designing training material, including translation and customization to ensure relevance to the participants’ specific industry and current working situation. Her approach to learning and development is to provide an environment where participants feel safe to challenge themselves to move out of their comfort zone. Huong believes emotional intelligence is the key to help people do that.
Huong’s focus on emotional intelligence starts with her long-time fascination with the psychological aspect of how and why people behave the way they do.
Currently in her role as Six Seconds’ Operations Manager for Asia Pacific, Huong is in charge of growing a team of volunteer Network Leaders in the region to contribute to Six Seconds’ global vision of working toward 1 billion practicing EQ. Her own vision is to continue developing expertise in the area of emotional intelligence practice to add values to Vietnamese people for their personal and professional success.
- Six Seconds’ Operations Manager for APAC
- Six Seconds’ Certified EQ Practitioner, Assessor
- Advanced Diploma, TAFE News South Wales, Australia
- HR Management Certificate - Swinburne University, Australia
- TESOL Associate Diploma - AIT Australia
Fiona 照片和介绍Development Manager, China 中国区运营经理
I am Fiona Ai. I like photography, painting, and doing planks. I joined Six Seconds China in March 2020, and prior to that, I worked in the financial industry for over 20+ years working in sales and management, and as an in-house EQ facilitator.
I started my Emotional Intelligence journey at Six Seconds in 2017 and never thought at the time that I would unknowingly take all the certification classes, and even less that I would go from being a participant to an employee! Why? Rumi said, "What you seek is seeking you." I guess that's why.
EQ is an ability worthy of lifetime training, and I am honored to be able to continuously train myself in such a high EQ organization, and to support more people to practice emotional intelligence!
Paul Stillman, PhDMaster Trainer, Vital Signs
Paul Stillman, PhD
Paul Stillman has over 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive and consultant. He has held leadership positions in rural, suburban, and inner city hospitals, with responsibilities ranging from strategic planning and marketing to divisional operations. Paul was a Vice President at the largest Catholic hospital in New England, overseeing a campus that included a 60-bed acute rehabilitation hospital and the system’s inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services. In addition, he had responsibility for system-wide, university-affiliated ambulatory care programs.
Paul was also a Consultation Services Specialist with Planetree, a world leader in patient-centered care. As a Planetree consultant, Paul conducted leadership retreats and facilitated focus groups, with the goal of fostering cultural transformation around an ethic of patient centeredness in a healing environment. He worked with network hospitals throughout the United States, as well as healthcare organizations in Canada, Brazil, and Japan.
Paul has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. His doctoral research was on sustainability as organizational culture. He also holds a Master of Science degree with a concentration in health administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Paul is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Paul is a member of the Global Office Team, leading efforts to foster organizations in which people and business can thrive. He also certifies and supports coaches and consultants in Vital Signs, Six Seconds’ organizational model and suite of assessment tools.
Susan Stillman, EdDEmeritus Director of Education
Susan Stillman, EdD
With years of experience as an educational leader, scholar-practitioner, K-12 school counselor, and higher ed faculty, Susan brings a diverse background and set of skills to bear on her mission to build and sustain the Six Seconds’ educational programs.
Susan has been an advocate and leader promoting SEL in education since the mid 1990’s when she chaired her district’s strategic planning subcommittee on “personal and social responsibility” and implemented an SEL initiative in her Connecticut public school. Since then, she has frequently presented at local, state, and national conferences, published widely, and consulted globally in emotional intelligence and social emotional learning.
Susan coaches practitioners in the teaching, modeling, and measuring of EQ, enabling them to create optimal conditions for learning and success. In addition, Susan provides strategic planning and professional development for educators who wish to integrate EQ into their schools and universities.
Promoting the value of EQ data for individual development, classroom management, and school climate, Susan directs Six Seconds’ grants program, guiding researchers who wish to use Six Seconds’ assessments in their studies. Susan loves connecting and supporting Six Seconds’ volunteer Network Leaders to establish global EQ communities of practice.
As an adjunct faculty member in the School of Leadership Studies, Infant and Early Childhood PhD program at Fielding Graduate University, Susan teaches students in social emotional development and learning, educational leadership, and grounded theory, and appreciates the excitement that her graduate students feel when they recognize the power of using emotional intelligence in their educational or clinical practice.
Stillman holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Social Emotional Learning from Vermont College, and a Master’s degree in Education from Antioch New England. A K-8 public school counselor in Connecticut for over 20 years and an independent high school counselor at the Putney School in Vermont, Susan’s certifications include National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), K-12 Certified School Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor.
Marilynn Jorgensen, MCCMaster Trainer, Coach Certification
Marilynn Jorgensen, MCC
Marilynn is an accomplished coach, consultant and educator with over 30 years of experience in learning and emotional intelligence. Her work supports transformational change through increased self-awareness, enhanced ability to make powerful choices and the development of a purpose-driven future.
Marilynn delivers Six Seconds Certification programs around the globe, and leads the development of Six Seconds’ coaching programs. Marilynn earned her Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential from the International Coach Federation. Her original coaching training was with The Hudson Institute. She holds a BA in Education and an MA in Counseling Psychology, and taught at Santa Barbara City College for 11 years.
Ilaria BoffaProgram Manager
Ilaria has worked for 15 years as Human Resources Manager in multinational corporations.
Her passion and expertise in Performance Management, People Satisfaction & Development and Ethical Leadership guided her towards the world of Emotional Intelligence.
After diving into the sea of business organizations, she consolidated the profound awareness that a change is needed and possible and this should start from Education.
She became EQ Assessors (SEI, VS) and EQ Educator focusing on training the trainers (coaches, counselors, teachers, educators) internationally.
She provides EQ Certifications and actively works with the Global Office and European team to support and deploy worldwide events and projects.
Ilaria holds a qualification in Economics, she is a Viet Tai Chi Instructor and author of two books of poetry.
Tiffany VartyEQ Ambassador
Tiffany is passionate about change-making, she is particularly interested in helping people see things from different viewpoints, outside of their own. She believes that “it’s the little things “ like starting conversations with people on the streets, smiling at them, and assuming the best rather than the worst, are some of the best ways to begin a journey in understanding how to practice EQ and enhance the quality of relationships within herself, and with others. She is an EQ Ambassador for Six Seconds, has been with the team for one-year, and finds herself most “at home” when speaking on this topic and its evolution in her own life while at various events helping to grow Six Seconds’ community of practice.
Tiffany was born in São Paulo, Brazil, lives in Arizona and travels as often as possible. She would love to grab an espresso, or non-dairy ice cream with you sometime to start / continue the discussion of how to practice emotional intelligence in your organizations, and in your homes! You can reach Tiffany at [email protected]
Tiffany is also a Managing Partner for her Single Family Office, Varty and Partners’, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. She holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Business from Arizona State University in Tempe (Go Sun Devils!), and recently completed education in Portfolio Management and Investments at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Previously, she was working alongside her twin sister Natalie as a choreographer in the dance industry for 15 years where she received numerous choreography awards. She loves working and mentoring kids and is admired for her integrity, honesty, and high level of patience. The genesis of her training in EQ, outside of her amazing mother, most likely started, here: mentoring and teaching children! Patience and active listening, while maintaining a calm, cool composure and learning to place your own situations “outside the studio door” allowed for her to practice EQ without knowing that she was a part of a growing, larger community.
She is the creator of DancerSound, a boutique music-editing studio, providing creative solutions and ideas for choreographers, studio owners, dancers, and lovers of music. She still choreographs for her long-time studio, All About Dance in Scottsdale Arizona, is an advocate for the arts, and a member of Nexus Global.
Victor FergusonEQ Ambassador
"You can faster alone but further together"
Victor is a Community Healer that helps to establish communities of wellness through Restorative Health Sessions. Victor has over 10 years in the health and wellness sector as a trainer, wellness coach, along with training in occupational therapy. He readily researches the newest in wellness studies and performs presentations that are always interactive and informative. He seeks to spread the community model as far as possible to help to improve people's overall health.
Victor believes that an essential part of most of our health is community. He believes that "we are communal beings that experience joy and healing while interacting with each other. This is made intentional with the establishment of wellness communities. Emotional intelligence is a key element that allows people within a community to be able to accept varying views and even constructive criticism without feeling attacked. Healing has so many different aspects, with emotional intelligence being an element that is rarely discussed but having a profound impact in our lives. A healthy community leads to a healthy environment which leads to optimal growth collectively."
Eduardo GonzalezEQ Ambassador
“ I truly believe in peoples potential and that everyone can have the life they dream about if they only have trust, leadership, and know how to communicate as well as manage and navigate their emotions”
During my life, I started to look what to do; Initially I started to live off law, working closely with the first case of civil repair from Peru to USA and fight protecting the rights of the Peruvian families. After that, I started to dedicate my life to photography and from there I got a step closer to my real passion. Photographing, for me, was starting to see different perspectives of what or who I had in front of me; that let me realize there are many different ways and angles to see life.
After working with organizations and having titles as Director and CEO, run and broke my own business and built a new one; I decided to focus on my dream: Make this world a place where it's worth living, where my kids can feel comfortable in being part of.
I've worked on transformational coaching since 2013, studied Ontological Coaching on The Newfield Network, Transsacional Analisis in COPERAT, Theta Healing and more specializations on emotions, body and theater.
Liza JohnsonEQ Ambassador
Dr. Johnson is the author of the emotional intelligence curriculum published by Six Seconds called Know. Choose. Give.: A practical guide for personal and professional success using the Six Seconds emotional intelligence framework. Tested with university students, the workbook provides an implementation plan that can be adaptable for use as an academic course offering as a general education or major requirement and integrated across the institution. Ideal for higher education, the workbook also works in various business and organizational settings that provides a highly effective experiential learning experience.
Her educational background includes B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in School Counseling, M.A. in Organizational Management, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
Breana WoffordEQ Ambassador
Breana "Bre" Wofford is a Master educator, EQ informed leader, mental health advocate, black woman, baby-sister, daughter, Godmother, auntie, and so much more…
My name is Breana Wofford, some people call me Bre. I am currently serving as an Assistant Principal of the West End Community of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2018 the Charter School Association honored me as the Teacher of the Year for Georgia. My passion for bringing learning to life, teaching innovative and trauma-informed instruction, high achieving work, and simply ensuring joy lives in the classroom every day will always be my first love.
My noble goal is to assure myself, students, families, and other school leaders observe the best model of emotionally intelligent leadership in the most sustainable way. Resulting in increased empathy for all, with compassion first, and removing the idea and practice that “burn-out” is a part of being successful in education. I believe the future is full of endless possibilities. Still, one thing remains true; I will forever ground myself in values of emotional well-being, collaboration, risks, excellence, and growth.
Molly JensenEQ Ambassador
Do what you love and love what you do.
Molly’s focus is to have meaningful interactions with others while creating spaces to connect and study how people work with each other. She has previously attended Google’s SIYLI (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute) which is a two day mindfulness training program rooted in the neuroscience of the brain and emotions. She was offered the opportunity to learn more about the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and MSBR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at Lincoln Center in the Winter of 2018 and most recently had an opportunity to hear Daniel Goleman speak about his research in Emotional Intelligence and how the field is changing at a United Nations conference in early 2019.
Molly is a dynamic and passionate woman ready to help pioneer the field in collaboration with Six Seconds as a Global EQ Ambassador. Her goal is to share cutting edge information and assist others in discovering how to live more meaningful lives through elevated people skills. Her first project with Six Seconds will be the POP-UP Festival in partnership with UNICEF for World Children’s Day in Fall of 2019.
In her spare time, Molly enjoys traveling and experiencing new things. She was a Division 1 Goalkeeper and holds a degree from the George Washington University in Washington DC. She is currently based in New York.
Bakeel YamaniEQ Ambassador
I am a 24 year old global citizen living in Saudi Arabia; when I'm not at work, I am a diver, a blogger, and wherever I go, a people person.
I believe clear is kind... and empathy is the key for a better tomorrow! We rise by lifting others and real change happens when we connect: Connect with ourselves, people around us, communities, and connect to nature.
The two Sustainable Development Goals I'm focused on supporting for the world are SDG1: No Poverty and SDG14: Life Below Water
Karla Garcia-TeruelEQ Ambassador
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Karla is a Personal & Team Development Coach with experience as a global leader with blue-chip companies, as an impact investor, a board advisor and a C-level executive and founder of start-ups. Her purpose is to create flourishing societies through catalyzing impact initiatives while building emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing. As a coach, she partners with social entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, and teams to shift perspective, manage change, overcome challenges and harness opportunities to obtain the growth, impact, wellbeing and fulfillment they seek. Her approach is influenced by systems thinking as well as evidence-based methodologies from the fields of positive psychology, cognitive behavioral psychology, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence in order to help create a deeper understanding and generate change.
Her passion for change management, development and growth is a result of her own lived experience growing up as a ‘third-culture’ kid and working across diverse work environments. She left her home country of Mexico at the age of two, and has since lived in nine countries across America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Professionally, she has experience and understanding of a broad range of work environments, from large corporations, to family business, to startups. Prior to becoming a Coach, she worked for 10 years, at both the local and global levels, in the areas of brand strategy, innovation and market research, for companies such as Avon Products and Reckitt Benckiser. In these roles she led cross-functional and culturally diverse teams. Her search for more impactful work led her to the field of impact investing as an investor, social entrepreneur, and board member. The impact investing industry not only helped her grow as person, but also solidified her commitment to social impact.
Abdullah AbuznadahEQ Ambassador
My name is Abdullah Abuznadah. I am 17 years old. I Invest in developing myself, mainly by improving my emotional intelligence skills to become a more effective person, as I owe this to myself and the people around me.
I took multiple courses recently, including Unlocking Emotional Intelligence, Open Water Diving License, Night Dive License, Design for Change and Leave No Trace Certification.
I was fortunate to become the youngest ambassador in Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network in ever selected. I volunteer, enjoy learning new things and new hobbies, I am an enthusiastic dive and a knowledge and opportunity seeker. I spare no effort in positively influencing the people around me, whether through support or encouragement, to put the interest of others ahead of myself.
I strive for continuous learning and self-development. I have developed a passion for interacting with people and offering help and support. As Helen Keller said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much,” this is one of the reasons I joined the ambassador program to work with a group of people to expand the emotional intelligence network.
I aspire to become a person who is internationally appreciated and considered a role model. I decided to support the world by supporting my country in vision 2030 and supporting the world through the United Nations Sustainability Goals, Quality Education and Peace and Justice.
Maria Angelica Malpica OlveraEQ Ambassador
Maria Angelica Malpica Olvera
Angie s the first daughter of Dr. Alfonso Malpica Cardenas and Dr. Angelica Olvera Garcia. She has a younger brother, Alfonso Malpica Olvera. Angelica has two great kids Fernando and Angelica. She was born in Tlalnepantla Estate of Mexico on March 3, 1979.
Angelica is the CEO of Grupo CUDEC, a Mexican academic institution with 45 years’ experience in the field of education. Grupo CUDEC provides service to more than 7000 students starting from Pre-school to Doctoral degree. She has a Bachelor of Science Education with a degree of specialist in pedagogical strategies from La Salle University; she has a Masters in Systemic Pedagogy from Universidad Multicultural CUDEC and is currently studying a PhD in Systemic Pedagogy.
Angelica Malpica Olvera has stood out as an international speaker with topics about Systemic Pedagogy, The Colors of Talent, Family Constellations and Emotional Intelligence. She has inspired thousands of parents, teachers and students from different ages in 18 countries around the world with her charisma and deep way of being. Angelica is the author of “Los Colores del Talento” from Cudec´s publishing house, her book has been distributed in Europe and Latin America.
Founder of Talemted Elementary School in 2013, which is inspired by a constructivist –Systemic pedagogical model. In Talemted students are acknowledge for their inherited talents taking their parents support into consideration.Talemted Elementary School has increased its enrollment 360% since it was found.
During her career, Angelica has coordinated different academic projects in Grupo CUDEC and in other international forums like Six Seconds. She has gained experience as a teacher and teacher trainer.
Angelica who sees things clearly has strong convictions and an innate leadership talent. She spends her everyday life with the self-conviction of going beyond what is already established inspiring people with her firm and loving style.
Eternal student, assiduous reader, friend, good food fan, admired and loved by all those who are part of her staff. The love of her professional life is without any doubt her community.
Courtney KessenichEQ Ambassador
Courtney Kessenich is Mrs. District of Columbia International 2019. Her platform is “Hope for Invisible Wounds.” She is a mental health advocate, who works to provide help for healing from mental anguish caused by trauma. Her goal is to bring understanding and awareness to invisible wounds and help fight the stigma surrounding seeking care.
Invisible wounds can be post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness associated with traumatic events.Courtney is a strategic communications consultant and works as a speechwriter for a federal contractor. She has more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience in communications programs, brand management, strategic development, public relations and executive communications.
She has a Master of Science in Marketing and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.In her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling to new places with her husband, trying new restaurants around the District, going to spin classes with friends, getting outside and hiking when the weather is nice and watching SEC football, especially the LSU Tigers!
Susan CharlesBoard Member
Dr. Charles is a member of the Board of Directors at Six Seconds, leads the MA program for aspiring school leaders at Notre Dame de Namur University, and served as an educator and educational leader for three decades. In 2009, Susan retired from K-12 after 12 years as principal of Ohlone School in Palo Alto, CA, where she led a robust implementation for social emotional learning to create a high performing school culture. She went on to train future principals at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. Born in Antigua in the West Indies, Charles was educated at Santa Clara University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Ayman SawafBoard Member
Ayman Sawaf has spent the last thirty years building the evolutionary foundation for entirely new systems and industries that will transform human potential by providing new maps to evolve our relationships with ourselves, our emotions, and the workplace.
His latest book Sacred Commerce: A Blueprint for a New Humanity, which he co-authored with his wife Rowan Gabrielle, puts focus on evolving the business world one person at a time.
An international visionary entrepreneur, published musician, and best-selling author, Ayman Sawaf is one of the original creators of the discipline now known as Emotional Literacy and was an early pioneer in Emotional Intelligence. His book Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, which he co-authored with Dr. Robert Cooper, was the book that introduced Emotional Intelligence in the business world. Aymansawaf.com
Deborah LustigAdvisory Board
Deborah Lustig is the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research has focused on gender and education in the United States and Kenya, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2004-5.
Dr. Lustig received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her articles about teenage mothers have been published in the journals Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Childhood and in the new book Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice(Columbia University Press, 2009).
More: Dr. Lustig’s website
Peter SaloveyAdvisory Board
Peter Salovey and his colleague Jack Mayer defined and tested the concept of emotional intelligence; they wrote the seminal papers in the field in the early 1990s that launched the international scientific EQ movement.
Dr. Salovey is now President of Yale University, as well as Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology and former chair of the Psychology Department at Yale.
He has written or edited eight books and has authored more than 200 scientific publications – including The Wisdom in Feelings, The Emotionally Intelligent Manager, and Emotional Development and Emotional Intelligence. Professor Salovey is a founding editor of the Review of General Psychology and an associate editor of the new APA journal, Emotion. His course in Psychology and Law was the most popular course in Yale University history. He is a Justice of the Peace and a licensed psychologist in the State of Connecticut. In his leisure time, he plays stand-up bass with the Professors of Bluegrass.
Karen Stone McCownBoard Member, co-Founder
Karen Stone McCown
Karen began her involvement with emotional intelligence when she founded the Nueva School (Hillsborough, California) in 1967. In planning the school she met with educators, political & business leaders and Nobel Laureates to consider the educational needs of our society. She saw that the central foundation of a school should be not simply giving students knowledge, but giving them the opportunity to develop wisdom. She created the nation’s first emotional intelligence curriculum, Self Science, a program she facilitated for nearly 3 decades. Karen is the Chairman of the Board for Synapse School, started by Six Seconds.
Fred SrokaTreasurer (CFO)
Fred Sroka, JD, CPA (retired), recently retired as the Dean of the School of Accounting & Taxation at Golden Gate University. He received his JD from UCLA, practiced as a tax lawyer for 18 years, worked as a tax accountant for 18 years, and managed a couple of years as a management consultant. He was a member of the GGU adjunct tax faculty from 1983-2019, and a member of the tax advisory board.
Previously, Fred was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he led the the consultancy on tax. He holds an retired CPA license in California and Colorado and is an inactive member of the California State Bar. Fred and his wife Ronda have two kids (both off in grad school), who provide constant coaching on the world from a millennial student’s perspective. Fred loves to play tennis and golf and is constantly puttering around the house with his tools.
Paulina OlssonAdvisory Board
As a Co-Founder and CEO at Peppy Pals, she is devoted to changing the educational system for children to make sure that EQ and IQ goes hand in hand. Peppy Pals, founded by Rosie Linder in 2013, is a pioneer within the field of digital, play-based social and emotional learning (SEL/EQ) for children.
They are the first company in the world that has gamified EQ for children without using text or language, and has since start developed a series of educational, award winning apps, books, movies and activities that nurture children’s ages 2-8 Social & Emotional Intelligence using story-telling and humor. The Swedish company is, since September 2018, supported by LEGO Brand Group.
George McCownBoard Member
George E. McCown was chairman, co-founder, and managing director of McCown De Leeuw & Co. Inc. LLC (“MDC”) of Foster City, California and is a co-founder and operating director, American Infrastructure MLP Funds. He spent his early years with Boise Cascade Corporation, ultimately as senior VP, building materials group and president, Boise Cascade Home and Land Corp.
His current business affiliations include chairman of the board, Oxford Resource Partners, LP (NYSE: OXF), Tunnel Hill Partners, LLC, Gold Run Aviation LLC and Sequoia Corp. and a director of United Bridge Partners, LLC. Previously he has been a chairman, vice chairman, and/or a director of over 40 private and public companies.
He is a founding director of ChrysCap, a leading private equity firm in India; chairman emeritus of the World Business Academy; immediate past chair of Outward Bound USA and a director of the American Himalayan Foundation, the Bay Area Council, and Six Seconds, Inc.
He is a former trustee of Stanford University; overseer of the Hoover Institution; director of the Packard Children’s Hospital and president of the Stanford Alumni Association. He currently is a member of Stanford Associates, the World Presidents Organization (presiding member of WPO/NCC Investors LLC), the Chief Executives Organization, Explorers Club and the Bohemian Club.
He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University, where he worked as an assistant to Professor Georges F. Doriot, founder of American Research & Development Corp., following service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command.
He is married to Karen Stone McCown, founder of the Nueva, Six Seconds and Synapse Schools. They have 8 children, 13 grandchildren and reside in Portola Valley, CA.
Mark HarrisonAdvisory Board
Mark Harrison, M.A., M.B.A, is an expert on business strategy & product innovation focused on consumer internet. After earning his MA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, then MBA with Distinction at Harvard, Mark served on a range of strategy, payments, and innovation projects at Boston Consulting Group and BCG Digital Ventures. He went on to run Corporate Strategy & New Ventures for PayPal and the Mobile business for eBay, N. America.
Candace PertAdvisory Board in Memoriam
Dr. Candace Pert was an internationally recognized pharmacologist who has published over 250 scientific articles on peptides and their receptors and the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system. Dr. Candace Pert received her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, served as Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), held a Research Professorship in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and then served as the Scientific Director of RAPID Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
In the mid-1980’s, while researching the function of classical immune cell receptors, such as CD4, in brain, Dr. Pert, with her collaborator Dr. Michael Ruff, developed the first of a new class of treatments for HIV/AIDS, the viral entry inhibitor Peptide T. This non-toxic experimental therapeutic blocks the virus from binding to its cellular chemokine receptor CCR5 and infecting the cell. Recent human studies show that Peptide T substantially reduces HIV in the blood and the treatment resistant, persistently infected cellular reservoirs which do not respond to current therapies.
Dr. Pert holds a number of patents for modified peptides in the treatment of psoriasis, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, stroke and head trauma. One of these, peptide T, is currently undergoing research, in the United States, for the treatment of AIDS and neuroAIDS.