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
My Noble Goal is... To foster the building of places where everyone has the opportunity to improve themselves
My work is about... To support the growing of Italian network and to unblock the emotional efficacy inside organizations
Professional accomplishments include... I've been in Six Seconds since 2005 and looking back I'm proud to share my favorite milestones with you:
1. the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment started as my thesis. I was also in the developing and validating team of the Vital Signs for Organizational Performance and Brain Profiles assessments. Using these tools, I wrote 8 case studies and white papers, showing the relationship between emotional intelligence and performance
2. In 2013 I found and managed the first group of Preferred Partners in the history of Six Seconds. This step brought a lot of changes and in 2019 I founded a division focused on the corporate sector named EQ Biz, with the collaboration of all the Italian preferred partners. A collaborative network of partners ready to support and transform organizations through emotional intelligence!
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it gives people more clarity about what's really important in their lives and the freedom to remain the same or do something to change their own world. Emotional intelligence, if we want, is the key a human being has to take a transformative and evolutive step forward. We can do it if our actions will be the result of a perfect alignment of what, how, and why. Really hard...and at the same time POSSIBLE.
Favorite... “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs
I'd love to talk to you about ... past experiences, lessons learned, and future projects and goals. I love to live the present by doing sports and eating and joking with friends!
Jayne Morrison, PCCRegional Network Director, Six Seconds Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI)
Jayne Morrison, PCC
My Noble Goal is... To support myself and others to be more
My work is about... Together with the MEAI team, my key goal is to grow the Six Seconds network across the Middle East, Africa & Indian regions
Professional accomplishments include...
...Having started with a blank canvas 15 years ago, I've led the growth of a thriving network across the MEAI region. This has included delivering hundreds of certification programs, consulting with multiple international organisations and creating space for people to create ripples to support the practice of EQ throughout the region.
...In 2014 we held the first "EQ Cafe" in Dubai and it has been incredibly gratifying to see these community events spread globally, lead today by 100s of Network Leaders. In 2017 we hosted the first EQ Summit in Dubai, attended by people from over 25 countries.
...I am an ICF PCC coach and also the co-author of the Six Seconds' EQ Advanced Facilitator and EQ Consultant pathways, as well as author of the EQ Insights series of programs.
A few past experiences... Prior to joining Six Seconds, I worked in the hospitality sector gaining a wide spectrum of
experience in consulting, and supporting organisational change, service, and building world-class teams throughout the Middle East in addition to Africa, India, UK, Europe, China, Russia and America. In 2004 I founded Dynamic Learning in Dubai and this became the platform from which I joined Six Seconds.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. that I've seen how it can support people to live and lead their lives more purposefully
Background... I'm a global citizen, with a multi-cultural family, who's had the good fortune to live in six countries - and in the past 20 witness the dynamic change across the Middle East
Favorite... whether at home or far away, my favourite moments are spent making memories with my partner and our grown-up children
I'd love to talk to you about ... how EQ can support their journey to be more
Natalie RoitmanGreater China Regional Network Director
My Noble Goal is... co-create spaces abundant of care, wisdom and authenticity
My work is about... developing the EQ Network in the Greater China region
Professional accomplishments include... the team and I have grown the EQ network in China by 20x over the last 5 years, now with over 200 active certified coaches, assessors, educators and practitioners. We have an active, engaged group of volunteer Network Leaders providing free programs to 1000s of people, plus a large following on WeChat and our other online platforms. I support the growth of the network by facilitating Six Seconds Certifications in Chinese and with our team provide a platform for all our certified to support others practice EQ.
I am the co-author of the EQ Gym workbook and co-created the EQ Gym Book Club, including the EQ Gym Book Club for Parents. I am also a co-author of the new Self Science curriculum. I am an EQ Coach (ACC) since 2018.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds I worked in an HR consultancy firm in Beijing, training EQ Leaders and designing assessment centers for 500 Fortune companies and top 100 Chinese companies. I co-founded a French- Chinese Montessori Kindergarten.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I have seen how it can help individuals and organisations to transform themselves and create positive change
Background... I grew up in Argentina and Israel before moving to China for 13 years, and since 2017 I live in France, La Rochelle. My roots are in many different places and cultures.
Favorite... I love living close to the ocean and eating salty butter caramel crepes!
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you are interested in how EQ can help us to be better coaches and parents - I would love to connect!
Sue McNamara, PhD, PCCRegional Network Director - Asia Pacific
Sue McNamara, PhD, PCC
My Noble Goal is... To support people to create their own positive growth in order to thrive
My work is about... Supporting the Six Seconds network members, certified practitioners and partners in Asia Pacific to thrive in order for them to support others to flourish
Professional accomplishments include...
... I've led the growth of a thriving Six Seconds network across Asia Pacific, being joined along the way by a wonderful team of partners, certified practitioners, volunteer network leaders and advocates.
.. I've delivered thousands of assessments, certification, consulting and integration programmes creating positive growth in individuals, corporate and educational organisations.
... My Doctoral research used the Six Seconds tools and methodologies to investigate the relationship between parent/child and teacher/student emotionally intelligent behaviours. The results of which showed that when significant adults in children's lives enhance their own emotional intelligence, so too do the children in their care.
... I advocate an evidence-based approach, blending the neuroscience of change and learning, strong data with practical processes to improve learning and the application of EQ Skills.
A few past experiences... Prior to joining Six Seconds, I have worked in many sectors, including; learning and development, consulting, education, hospitality, travel, marketing, sales and shipbuilding! Through these roles I have gained a wide range of experience supporting, individuals, leaders, teams and organisations to grow and thrive.
... During my time in Asia, in addition to leading the Six Seconds team, I was an Adjunct Associate Professor and Programme Lead of Soft Skills with the Institute for Engineering Leaders and a Consultant Advisor to the Centre for Future Ready Graduates at the National University of Singapore.
... I am a long standing Board Member and Chair of the Pastoral and Safeguarding Committee at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I have seen the positive difference practicing EQ brings to people of all ages and to those around them.
Background... I identify as a global citizen, growing up in the UK and having lived and worked in Spain, Austria, USA, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.
Favorite... My favourite thing to do is spending time with my family, particularly when combined with skiing!
I'd love to talk to you about ... How you can create your own positive growth, through utilising EQ, to thrive.
Lynette Vaive, MBA, PCCRegional Network Co-Director, North America
Lynette Vaive, MBA, PCC
My Noble Goal is... Helping others be their best, while remaining true to myself
My work is about... Supporting transformation in people and organizations as deeply as possible, as often as possible, resulting in improved lives and workplaces.
Professional accomplishments include... In five years as Regional Network Director, Master Trainer, Certified EQ Facilitator and EQ Coach, I've trained hundreds of people to use the powerful assessment tools of Six Seconds. More importantly, I've been privileged to witness the transformation that results from deeply and consistently practicing the skills of emotional intelligence.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I had various roles in the healthcare field, including Medical Technologist, Microbiology Supervisor, Infection Prevention Practitioner, Medical Software Credentialed Trainer. I also completed Lean Six Sigma training while working in healthcare, which highlighted for me the need to bring the rational and the emotional sides together in making change anywhere!
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. the opportunity for personal transformation that it offered to me. It has made such a difference in my own life, that it brings me great joy when I see that transformation happening in the lives of others.
Favorite... place to be is home with the people I love
I'd love to talk to you about ... how's your spirit doing these days? What do you need right now to sustain or improve your spirit?
Katharine RoffRegional Network Director, Europe
My Noble Goal is... Growing meaningful generosity
My work is about... Bridging the gap between thinking and doing and getting people practising EQ moment by moment
Professional accomplishments include... Growing the EQ community in Europe. Supporting a range of effective EQ implementation projects across Europe with measurable impact on performance. Creating EQ Connects, a UK based annual emotional intelligence conference.
A few past experiences...Establishing fair trade principles in Scotland. Wrote nearly 200 scripts for theatre and film. Worked offshore in behavioural safety.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….it enables people to grow, especially when they're highly emotional.
Favorite... My favourite suitcase is old, battered and heavy but would pass the drop test every time.
I'd love to talk to you about ... Collaboration, creativity and communication.
Fiorella Velarde, M.Ed, PCCRegional Network Director, Latin America
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.
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 J VaiveRegional Network Director, North America
Jim J Vaive
My Noble Goal is... To love people unconditionally, while maintaining healthy boundaries
My work is about... To build business and help those in our network grow in the ways that they want to grow
Professional accomplishments include... I have delivered over 600 SEI 360s and over 1400 Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment debriefs. I am a co-author of the Spiritual/Emotional intelligence assessment (SEQ) that will help people understand where they belong in the big picture. Along with Lynette we have helped to grow the NAMER region by over 100% even in the pandemic.
A few past experiences...Before Six Seconds I have owned several companies that have grown to include 7 states in the US. I once owned some bakeries and went in to help bake. I am on the executive board of a national non-profit entrepreneurial organization that helps companies grow and thrive.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….It is the other side of the coin for the spiritual part of who we are and without it we are not whole
Favorite... My Fav flower is the foxglove. My fav place to travel to is Italy. My fav art to create is oil. My fav ice cream is gelato
Aspiration... It is important to keep learning and I am
I'd love to talk to you about ... your own journey, what makes your hearts sing
Joshua FreedmanChief Executive Officer
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, 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.
Tommaso Procicchiani, MBADirector of Product Development
Tommaso Procicchiani, MBA
My Noble Goal is... To create harmony and alignment
My work is about... Creating emotional intelligence data driven visual stories to spark transformation
Professional accomplishments include... Co-created more than 15 emotional intelligence assessment reports used in +120 countries around the world. Co-author and lead researcher for academic journal publications on emotional intelligence and global research studies as State of the Heart and Vitality. I manage the product development, including the systems and infrastructures that allows Six Seconds to be the leading emotional intelligence network.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I studied management engineering in Bologna, Italy, a fascinating stage of my life where I learned many valuable lessons about business, innovation, processes but also about myself. University is also where I first met the Six Seconds family and started to understand the transformative value of emotional intelligence.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it is THE key differentiator. Regardless of the context, work, personal life, friendships, mentors, high performing team, emotional intelligence is what makes us able to really connect with one another and with ourselves, to understand what we or others need, and hopefully be more aware of what we have, who we are and what we truly want.
Favorite... My greatest passion in life is music, I love seeing live shows and I have played in bands for almost 20 years and I love the journey of discovering this art and enjoying every minute of it.
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love strategic thinking and looking at a situations for it's many angles. Come to me for bouncing off new ideas or breaking down a complex issue.
Patty FreedmanCreative Director
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.Director of Education & Partnerships
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.
Rawish AhmadStrategy and Planning Analyst
My Noble Goal is... to empower people to use their inner power through EQ and knowledge
My work is about... expanding our network so more people can benefit from EQ
Professional accomplishments include...
- Supporting sales and building strategies with the Asia Pacific and Europe network directors to help expand our network in those regions.
- Member of the POP-UP festival organizing team reaching 3M children and families to support their emotional wellbeing and take action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
A few past experiences... I previously worked as a Relationship Manager for multiple clients. These clients were community banks. I delivered training to empower users and drove client usage and software adoption. Prior to the above, I worked as a Finance and Marketing Analyst where I conducted market research and developed marketing strategies to target potential clients and boost sales.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….it impacts every one of us and together we can make this world a better place to live in.
Pronouns... she/her. Background... I grew up in Pakistan and Brunei. I got a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Curtin University, Australia. In the US, I lived in the East Coast for 3 years before I moved to California in 2019.
Favorite... Travelling and exploring new places. I love being in nature – either hiking with my family/friends or just reading a good book by the beach (my favorite book is ‘The Alchemist’).
I'd love to talk to you about ... New ideas we can implement to help solve problems.
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
・ January, 2014 issue "Evaluation and responsibility"
・ October, 2014 Issue "Loose related departments"-September
2015 issue "International standards and dilemmas"
Ilaria Iseppato, PhD, ACCCommunication Manager, Six Seconds Italia
Ilaria Iseppato, PhD, ACC
My Noble Goal is... Supporting people to free themselves and spread authenticity
My work is about... Increasing Six Seconds Brand Awareness
Professional accomplishments include... PhD in Sociology and Master in Quality Assessment of Health Services, my main area of expertise includes: narrative based medicine, sociology of health, social research methodology, communication, social marketing, coaching. I'm author of several scientific publications in these areas.
A few past experiences... I worked for several years first as contract researcher at University of Bologna, and afterwards as member of General Affairs and Major Donors Department at ANT Foundation.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I've seen first hand that Emotional Intelligence brings people freedom to flourish... starting with me!
Favorite... I love eating, traveling, reading!
Quote... "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer" A. Camus
I'd love to talk to you about ... Social construction of emotions, sociology of emotions, coaching with Emotional Intelligence
Jenny WileyOperations Director
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.
Michael MillerSenior Content Manager
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!
Michael Eatman, MAE, CDP, PCCDEI-EQ Strategist
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
Summer Guo 郭薇Operations Manager, China 中国区运营经理
Summer Guo 郭薇
My Noble Goal is... Make the world more harmonious and happy
My work is about... Supporting the healthy development and expansion of Six Seconds China Emotional Intelligence Network
Professional accomplishments include... Organizing POP-UP Festival in China every year. Keeping the volunteer force growing and let more people know about EQ and emotion value.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, my work includes working in supply chain management in a Germany company.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I really feel that emotional intelligence can make people wiser and make our lives happier
Background...I am an EQ practitioner, a mother of a child, and a lover of beauty
Favorite... Favorite the beautiful and wonderful things around us together
I'd love to talk to you about ... Parent-child relationship
Mary GioffrèProgram Manager, Network Leaders Coordinator
My Noble Goal is... spreading kindness and learning
My work is about... Increase the number of people practicing EQ in the EQ Cafés in Italy
Professional accomplishments include... I supported more than 70 Network Leaders in Italy and trained more than 30 people in the EQ Gym Program since 2019. I was one of the moderators at the EQ conference hosted by CoachUrself (Preferred Partner) and Six Seconds at the Italian Parliament in 2019
A few past experiences...I worked as ESL teacher in Cambodia and Turkey and lived in different countries. In Istanbul I was also a board member of an international organization promoting women’s empowerment and fighting against gender-based violence.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I found out about EQ while in Istanbul and immediately felt it was the missing piece for BEING a supportive and effective teacher. I think it's the key to create a more peaceful and intentional world.
Favorite... I love reading, learning and traveling
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you're interested in purpose and empathy, I'd love to talk to you about it!
Valentina VirciglioOffice Manager, Six Seconds Italia
My Noble Goal is... Encourage people to recognize themselves in others and recognize others in themselves
My work is about... Support people in their certification journey as well as my colleagues in their day-to-day work.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I worked as a receptionist in a beauty salon and as an office manager in a digital marketing company.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I have seen the difference it has made for me and I want others to improve their well-being as well.
Favorite... I love reading thriller novels that keep me awake way past my bedtime. I look like a zombie the day after but hey... you only live once and there are too many good stories to read out there!
Lize RechProgram Manager - Middle East, Africa & India
My Noble Goal is... Being there in support and understanding
My work is about... Supporting the practice of EQ to change the world
Professional accomplishments include... I've facilitated Six Seconds EQ certifications both virtually and in person since 2017. I am a co-author of the new Self Science curriculum. I'm a graduate of the EQ Coach Certification and a PCC coach with the ICF since 2020.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds I worked in Education. I have taught in Kindergarten, Primary School, Secondary School and Tertiary Education specializing in English. I designed and facilitated English language programs in Hospitality.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I'm profoundly passionate about EQ as I have experienced how it can make a difference first hand.
Favorite... My favourite hobby is pilates.
I'd love to talk to you about ... the body, mind and heart connection
John Dodds, BS, MISIT Project Manager
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.
Ilaria BoffaProgram Manager, Europe
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, ACCProgram Manager & Author
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!
Hannah BowersProgram Coordinator
My Noble Goal is... Create PALs 🙂 (Positivity, Authenticity, Love, and Friendship)
My work is about... Supporting teams and reaching new audiences
Professional accomplishments include... I share emotional intelligence tools with the entertainment industry, showing creatives how EQ can foster a healthier relationship with their creativity. I've also facilitated several courses on how emotions can teach us how to write songs, even if you've never written one before!
A few past experiences...While furthering my emotional intelligence journey and working with Six Seconds, I am also pursuing a music career. I've released 45 songs, and play shows throughout the state of California. Songs of mine have been placed in some TV shows you may have seen (Elementary, Instinct, The Arrangement, and Champions) as well as several independent films!
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….it has the power to change the world.
Pronouns... She/Her, Mountain Kid-turned-Big City Gal, 100% Pure Organic Californian
Favorite... My favorite artist of all time is The Beatles
I'd love to talk to you about ... music, wellness and podcasts
Chamie HuangMarketing Manager, China 中国区市场经理
My Noble Goal is... Light your life with passion
My work is about... Marketing in China
Professional accomplishments include... I've 70+ coach hours and create "EQ gym" online reading club in China
A few past experiences...Online training project manager in Enterprise
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it has changed my life and my family for the better
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.
Kelli M Tebbe, M.Ed., CSELSProgram Manager, Education
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!
Sereen Abu MaizerArabic Program Manager
Sereen Abu Maizer
My Noble Goal is... To inspire people to create a life worth living
My work is about... Facilitating certification courses and growing the EQ community in Arabic
Professional accomplishments include... I've delivered Arabic certifications across the region,
300+ emotional intelligence assessments and debriefs, and presented on emotional intelligence in Arabic to a wide range of audiences.
A few past experiences... I facilitated training courses focusing on EQ , Wellbeing and Customer service Since 2012, and spoken at numerous events and conferences including:
• The World EQ Summit held in India in 2017
• The World EQ Summit held in the U.A.E in 2017
• Jordan’s 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
• Jordan’s EQ summit 2018
• Grow U festival 2020
• UNYP Hope campaign 2021 and many more
Previously I worked in banking. This opened the door for comprehensive communication and customer service relevant skills where I found myself responsible for spreading the expertise built and acquired over these years.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. EQ helped me in my personal journey, It made me be more aware and intentional which was reflected on my wellbeing and relationships .. When I was introduced to Six Seconds model ... all my life made sense which encouraged me to do the same with people around me.
I'd love to talk to you about ... Listening to your stories.. discuss ideas... Neuroscience... Behavior
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.
Mariaelena Welch, MA, PCC, EQCCEQ Coach Faculty
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, PhDDEI & EQ Consultant
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
Sharon Gainforth, PhDProgram Manager, Education
Sharon Gainforth, PhD
My Noble Goal is... My purpose is to be a ray of sunshine to warm each individual's heart and nurture authentic growth in others and self
My work is about... I want to spread information, knowledge, and application of EQ by partnering with educators and institutions committed to the next generation
Professional accomplishments include...
... I completed a study that delivered an adapted version of the Self Science (Six Seconds) curriculum to all students in a school (those with functional diversities/on the Autism Spectrum and neurotypical students). The results for all the students was profound.
... I teach a course that empowers parents with the tools required to promote their child's SEL skills.
... I work for Six Seconds teaching the EQ Educator, Insights for Great Teachers, and Insights for People Management certifications.
A few past experiences... I took a team of individuals to Haiti each year to work with an orphanage to foster EQ skills. I created an agency that provided intensive intervention to over 200 preschool children with autism each year. I started a non-profit foundation focused on promoting communication and well-being. I love travel-At the Great Barrier Reef, I chased a shark until I realized that my excitement to see a shark may not end well!
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….The immense amount of research that sheds light on the outcomes of developing SEL skills initially sparked my attention. After providing the Self Science SEL program (Six Seconds) when working on my doctoral dissertation, I was sold!!! The quantitative results were amazing but the qualitative results were heart rendering. I realized that I had found my new late-in-life niche/passion. As well, growing my own EQ has changed my life!
Background... I am a red-head, freckled faced individual that grew up in a small city in eastern Canada. Presently, I cover my freckles with make-up, my hair looks more blond than red, and I live in an extremely rural community (blink and you'll miss it) in Maritime (East coast) Canada where I have to take a ferry boat to get to civilization
Favorite... Besides spending time with my family and friends, my favourite thing to do is to travel! I especially love Venice and Santorini-truly magical
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking to people and learning about their favourite travel destinations. In reference to EQ, I enjoy talking/learning about other people's personal journey and how EQ has impacted that path
Appreciation... I am grateful for the people that I have met through Six Seconds. They have made a powerful impact on my life!
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 - Asia Pacific
My Noble Goal is... to grow authentic connections with myself and others
My work is about... supporting APAC Network Leaders and grow EQ community in Vietnam
Professional accomplishments include... As Six Seconds EQ Practitioner, Assessor, Facilitator, and Coach, I've supported the growing of APAC team of Network Leaders for the past 2 years. I also helped building a team of 4 Network Leaders and one Preferred Partner in Vietnam. I facilitated the first Six Seconds Unlocking EQ and EQ Assessor Certification in Vietnamese last year.
A few past experiences...My focus has been in facilitating and designing training material, including translation and customization to ensure relevance to the participants’ specific industry and current working situation. I’ve had opportunities to provide training services and worked with HR team from multinational corporations in Vietnam such as Coca-Cola, Intel, and BAT.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I’ve been intrigued by what really differentiates great teachers from good teachers. I have seen that practicing EQ helps teachers and educators to provide an environment where students and participants truly learn and grow.
Background...I identify myself as a cultural bridge of Western values of openness, freedom thinking, diversity and Asian values of harmony, community, and traditions. As someone who has the privilege of working and living in a cross-cultural environment, and is bilingual, I’m enjoying the best of both worlds and also learning to navigate through the challenges they bring.
Favorite... My favourite places to travel are anywhere with mountains, waterfalls, and forests
I'd love to talk to you about ... I'd love to talk to you about practicing EQ in coaching and training, especially the challenges and some of the approaches to overcome them
Fiona Ai Hong 照片和介绍Development Manager, China 中国区运营经理
Fiona Ai Hong 照片和介绍
My Noble Goal is... Spend a meaningful life with EQ
My work is about... Support for expanding impact and certification course enrollment in China
Professional accomplishments include...
1. I have built a Six-Seconds EQ city community of nearly 300 people;
2. I have shared 6-second EQ lessons to a total of over 1000 students and teachers in different primary and secondary schools for four consecutive years;
3. I have applied EQ to family, interpersonal relationships, training, sales, team management, etc., and continue to influence everyone around me;
4. I have supported graduates of the Six Seconds community in China to put EQ competencies into practice within their organizations
5. Applying my practical experience of EQ in course consultation, which has attracted more people to learn.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I was working as a sales leader in the financial industry and part-time internal trainer
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I have personally experienced and seen first-hand the happiness and positive growth that these skills have brought to myself and others
Background... I was born and live in the same big city - Xi'an, China
Favorite... I enjoy photography, writing, painting and reading
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking to people about brain science, psychology, emotional intelligence, the relationship between photography and emotions.
Peter Hatherley-Greene, PhDFacilitator, Consultant
Peter Hatherley-Greene, PhD
My Noble Goal is... Provide impactful learning moments
My work is about... Raise awareness and practice of EQ in the MEAI region
Professional accomplishments include... Presenter at the World EQ Summit (18-20 November, 2017), Dubai, UAE on the
topic of “Debunking Arab Stereotypes.” Facilitated a week-long workshop on EQ and other soft skills for members of the Parliament of Ghana (20-25 September, 2021). Consistently receive excellent feedback from participants across a diverse range of business sectors.
A few past experiences...I pioneered the introduction of student-centred learning using computer technology at Waihi School, New Zealand (1987-1995). Chaired a very busy Foundations Department at two Higher Colleges of Technology Men's colleges for six years.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I've witnessed the positive impact of EQ upon people's professional and personal lives
Favorite... My favorite summer activity is hiking in the European Alps. In winter, skiing in the European Alps
I'd love to talk to you about ... I'm hugely interested in neuroscience
Aleasa Word, CTSSProgram Manager, Trauma Support
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.
Susan Stillman, EdDEmeritus Director of Education
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
Marilynn H Jorgensen MA, MCCMaster Coach
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!
Liliana SelvaMaster Trainer and SEI Program Manager
My Noble Goal is... Encouraging individuals and organizations to explore alternatives for making sustainable choices
My work is about... Increasing the number of professionals using the Six Seconds tools in Italy
Professional accomplishments include... In the last 2 years, I delivered Six Seconds EQ Practitioner to more than 100 participants, certified about 100 EQ AC Assessors, introduced to Six Seconds Partners, and was part of the editorial team for the KNOW, CHOOSE, GIVE, curriculum.
A few past experiences...I was HR Manager of a company with more than 2.000 workers and I am the co-owner of the first Glamping in Sicily.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….practicing it makes possible creating options to connect feelings with purpose
Favorite... My favorite food is food, favorite season spring, favorite place my home and favorite travel the one I haven't done yet
I'd love to talk to you about ... My life partner suggests me "whatever comes out of your mind" 🙂
Alessia PeraccaProgram Manager presso EQ Biz - Efficacia emotiva per il business
My Noble Goal is... Co-create freedom to live emotions
My work is about... Portare l'IE nei processi aziendali
Professional accomplishments include... Experienced Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in HR Consulting, Organization, Executive Coaching, and Performance Management
A few past experiences...Prima di Six Seconds ho vissuto varie vite: dai primi anni nel Marketing e Comunicazione per poi approdare a funzioni Tecniche e Commerciali. Timidamente, negli anni, si è fatta strada la consapevolezza della passione di costruire progetti con gli interlocutori che spesso passa dalla funzione commerciale. Ho toccato direttamente e dall'interno svariati settori: dal tessile, al mondo del vino, la moda, la produzione, i servizi alle imprese, il turismo, lo sport, la grande distribuzione, il retail, la redazione, l'organizzazione eventi, la pubblicità, l'IT.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….ho toccato con mano la potenza di saper gestire le proprie risorse, personalmente e attraverso i miei interlocutori
Favorite... "Amami ma non fermare le mie ali se vorrò volare…" - Viaggi: Islanda, Malesia, Singapore, Viet Nam, Giappone
I'd love to talk to you about ... Qualsiasi cosa sia interessante per gli altri...ascolto, senza la necessità di capire i dettagli tecnici. E ancora: logica, musica, danza, numeri, emozioni (e IE), innovazioni e progetti, società, libri, viaggi, persone, moda
Andreina LitricoProgram Manager, Italia
My Noble Goal is... To help people to rediscover the value of kindness, so as to create a domino effect
My work is about... Helping as many people as possible to use EQ in their lives, both at work and at home
Professional accomplishments include... I engaged many people in the value of our assessments and certification pathways. I became a "go to person" for many assessors, they often call me for tips on using the tools.
A few past experiences...I got a Modern Literature degree, then I worked in a few training companies as Courses Planner
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I experienced myself that practicing emotional intelligence can change our perception of the word and eventually our life. I'd like all of us to try it
Favorite... I love the sea, rock music, travels, reading
Manuel Caviglia, PCCProgram Manager, Life & Education, Italy
Manuel Caviglia, PCC
My Noble Goal is... Give my contribution in spreading awareness to facilitate the growth of environments inspired by harmony and respect
My work is about... Bring EQ to people to help them living a better life, starting with schools & education
Professional accomplishments include... Bringing the Self-Science program to schools and watching the amazing effects it had on the people involved (kids, teachers, parents). Being part of the Six Seconds team is a big accomplishment for me as well!
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds I started as Financial Supervisor, then got boring with finance (I understood I was bored after I broke an arm and I was happy I couldn't go to work for a while) and started as a Consultant/Project Manager in an IT company while studying and attending coaching school and Six Seconds EQ courses.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it can help people to be more aware and find their way without the need of breaking an arm (like happened to me) It also really help to be more open minded, loving and compassionate with the world and with other people. I really think it's a starting point for a better world.
Favorite... My favorite music band is New Order
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking about big questions, where do we really come from, what's our mission on the planet and thing like that. I am fascinated by the big mysteries of our lives.. Aren't emotions one of those?
Story... I understood that everything is possible when I met Klaus Kinski in my living room (he was visiting a friend in Rome and rang the wrong door) short after watching Nosferatu and being fascinated by his acting. Then years later I had the chance to meet and talk to my musical hero, Bernard Sumner from New Order after a gig of the band and he told me his favorite movie of all time was Nosferatu with Klaus Kinski. Sincronicity is something really interesting, isn't it?
David Corcoran, MSc ACCEU Business Advisor
David Corcoran, MSc ACC
My Noble Goal is... To provide a space where people can become a better version of themselves.
My work is about... To bring in more clients and increase sales. More certifications and corporate clients.
Professional accomplishments include... I have facilitated some EQ workshops for current clients. I participated in Grow U sessions as a Network Leader before I joined the Europe team.
A few past experiences...I was a professional Opera Singer with Opera Australia for 8 years.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….Emotions are central to my work in opera, voice and effective public speaking and presentations.
Favorite... My favourite drink is coffee.
I'd love to talk to you about ... the business case for emotional intelligence -- and how emotions come through in our voices and how we can work with singing techniques rot discover more of our emotions.
Liliana Rodríguez, MEBCNetwork Leader Coordinator - Latin America
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, EdDConsultant
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
Muhammad Noman, PMP®IT Team Manager
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.
Maria Olsson, PCC/ICF, CEQCSenior Consultant, Six Seconds Europe
Maria Olsson, PCC/ICF, CEQC
My Noble Goal is... Inspire and energize myself and others in a human way to succeed from within - for increased success at work and in life
My work is about... Supporting individuals and individuals in organizations in effective EQ implementation and application - by EQ coaching and consulting and the effective use of the EQ SEI assessment - for increased performance and wellbeing
Professional accomplishments include... I have delivered over 600 emotional intelligence SEI Leadership assessments. I led several EQ programs for business leaders and Executive EQ Coaching Programs in multinational organizations with outstanding results. Speaker at: Int. Conference on EQ in Organizations, Salzburg Austria, EQ World Summit, Dubai ( 2017), HRC Conference Barcelona ( 2018), EQ Connects Conference Newcastle ( 2019)
A few past experiences... After my masters degree in tourism management and economics I held various managerial positions in the field of Marketing, Product Management in various fields and countries from dental industry to tourism. I joined the 6seconds team in Dubai in 2008, where I have lived 8 years prior joining the 6seconds Europe team. Being an accredited PCC/ICF Coach, EQ Coach but also certified Systemic Business Coach, Neuroleadership Coach. I'm also certified in Six Seconds' Vital Signs tools.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. working over 18 years in a multicultural business environment where I have seen firsthand that EQ is the crucial missing link between awareness and results, in various countries around the globe. EQ is the essential skill that fuels change and growth, strengthens relationships, effectiveness and wellbeing. EQ enables us to lead ourselves and lead others in a human and professional way for a better quality of life.
Favorite... I love spending time in nature, with my family and friends, doing sports and staying curiously connected with people from different cultures and nationalities
I'd love to talk to you about ... EQ Coaching and how to apply EQ SEI tools in your coaching and leadership approach as well as EQ Mentor Coaching
Stef Picheca, PCCEQ Coach and Facilitator
Stef Picheca, PCC
My Noble Goal is... To invite you to embrace the courage of vulnerability.
My work is about... To enable EQ's power of transformation
Professional accomplishments include... I have coached leaders and teams in Hospitality as well as other industries using EQ model and assessments. During the pandemic years, I have launched workshops to support hospitality leaders navigating the great uncertainty that impacted the industry.
A few past experiences... Before joining Six Seconds, I was as a consultant and facilitator for 5* Hotels in the Middle East and in Europe. Besides facilitating training, I worked as an instructional designer preparing learning interventions for our internal and external clients. A key focus of my career has been to develop and implement on boarding programs for leaders moving across cultures.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. because it helped me and my family grow stronger. This has been an inside job first, that prepared me to move towards supporting others growing through their journey.
Favorite... My favorite sport is riding my road bike
I'd love to talk to you about ... Neuroscience, Instructional design, Moving across countries, Triathlon, Italian food
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.
Dawn WolfingtonAdministration Manager, Six Seconds Europe
My Noble Goal is... To live in truth and harmony
My work is about... Collaborating & Supporting the EQ community
Professional accomplishments include... Networking & developing long term relationships at conferences to stimulate interest and help grow EQ.
A few past experiences...In my past experiences I have worked for a firm of solicitors in the accounts department. Prior to joining Six Seconds I worked for PANDORA Head Office UK, as an operations manager before the company moved to Germany.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….Navigating my emotions in past events was very difficult to control when in stressful times. However, practicing EQ has help me grow, not only in knowledge and confidence but also helped me to explore and validate my feelings.
Pronouns... she/her Background...I have always lived in the UK from birth with my Family. However my youngest son has now moved the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, USA.
Favorite... My favourite past time is Athletics as I trained in my early years winning many competitions and medals in the 100m & 200m sprint track events. I love going to the theatre and my favourite show is 'The Jersey Boys'. Favourite place to travel is the USA.
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love to talk about building confidence and self belief.
Gwyneth JonesCommunications Europe, Coach and Practitioner
My Noble Goal is... Reconnecting people to themselves, each other, and to nature
My work is about... Raising awareness of EQ in Europe
Professional accomplishments include... I've woven in EQ with 'eco anxiety' to deliver workshops on how understanding our emotions can help us face the climate crisis. I have delivered workshops around EQ for Times of Crisis for companies and the public.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, my life involved a lot of teaching and traveling (it still does)! I'm a TEFL teacher and I lived in Japan for some time, before moving to Prague. I also teach Welsh and have a semi-popular Youtube channel!
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I believe that it's a vital tool for bringing humanity into a greater space of consciousness and self-awareness, which we really need if we are to address the huge problems of our times (pandemics, climate crisis, social injustice etc).
Pronouns... she/her Background... Welsh!
Favorite... My favourite genre is dystopian fiction
I'd love to talk to you about ... I'm always talking about nature and gardening, the climate crisis (and exciting responses to it!) and human relationships
Paige Dest, EQPCMentor Coordinator, POP-UP Festivals
Paige Dest, EQPC
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
Joanna Brewster, ACCNetwork Leader Coordinator- North America
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?
Tiffany Varty, PMBAEQ Ambassador
Tiffany Varty, PMBA
My Noble Goal is... Helping others kindle their emotional intelligence ignites growth to live truthfully and boldly in this ever-changing world.
My work is about... Supporting the Six Seconds Ambassadors Team
Professional accomplishments include... I helped create the Six Seconds Ambassador program!
A few past experiences...Before meeting Six Seconds, I worked in the Arts, professionally choreographing, dancing, and instructing children ages 6-17. In dance, our purpose is to express emotions, communicating physically, allowing those feelings to move through the body, out of the body, and in doing so, to move others. Emotions and movement play an integral role in understanding the self and others, in becoming more AWARE. Aware of how we move, of our habits of sensing, thinking, feeling, and emoting. By enabling dancers to develop a passion and purpose to their movements, emotional authenticity is developed and learned, and we can embrace movement in a more emotionally connected way. I also work in Portfolio Management, and am completing my PMBA in May 2022 at The George Washington University.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….it teaches how to speak openly and passionately, to the self and to others, with kindness and compassion, while helping navigate life's everyday nuances with grace and empathy
Pronouns, Background... She/her. I also identify as a Brazilian American, an American first, who wishes she knew her Portuguese better!
Favorite... I love to travel and I love to read. My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I live to see lighthouses, I love my dog Brooklyn, and my favorite place I have lived is New York City!
I'd love to talk to you about ... If you have any questions or are interested in the Ambassador Program, please connect!
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
My Noble Goal is... Support people to achieve their transformation, through my own transformation
My work is about... Generate that more people access and practice emotional intelligence in Latin America
Professional accomplishments include... Be with more than 5000 professionals and teenagers on the way to discovering their passion, vision, and mission. Be part of the first Latin American emotional intelligence summit in 2019 in Mexico. Being able to integrate the Six Seconds model with the Ontological Coaching Model to create programs, accompany people and organizations from there.
A few past experiences... 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.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is….I think emotional intelligence can get you out of any mess you can get into! It can help you save lives and above all save yours
Pronouns, Background... He; I'm a dreamer
Favorite... My favorite is take photos, and imagine what the final photo would be like after each training session. This is why what I create I do thinking or composing that moment
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking people about happiness and dreams, and after that I start talk about EQ
Liza Johnson, Ed.D.EQ Ambassador
Liza Johnson, Ed.D.
My Noble Goal is... To ignite the power of choice
My work is about... Advancing social emotional learning in higher education
Professional accomplishments include... I authored one of the first social emotional learning (SEL) programs for college students. I created and developed a campus-wide SEL program for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Dubuque. I led community-wide SEL trainings including the Dubuque Police Department and the Dubuque Community School District.
A few past experiences...Before joining Six Seconds, I was in my current position as Director of Personal Empowerment at the University of Dubuque. It was not until I was in the midst of undergoing my doctorate program I came across Six Seconds. My dissertation was focused on SEL in higher education. After researching, I quickly found out that Six Seconds was one of the few organizations that provided resources in this vital area. This rest is history and now I am proud to serve as an EQ Ambassador to further the resources for SEL in higher education.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it changed my life. It allowed me to find inner happiness and unlock my full potential as a person
Favorite... My favorite day is Sunday because it takes me back to one of my favorite childhood memories of "pasta night" with my family
I'd love to talk to you about ... how to advance SEL in education
Brittany BrooksEQ Ambassador
My Noble Goal is... to create spaces of belonging, wellness, equity, and achievement -- because we all are deserving of such freedoms
My work is about... Supporting educators in creating social and emotional safe spaces for children
Professional accomplishments include... My professional experience includes completing the UEQ Certification and participating in the CEE (Coaching Equity Essentials) course, a learning experience that was life-changing. I’ve been a guest on a few of Six Seconds' online shows located on YouTube, and I’ve had the amazing opportunity of being a Live Stream Host on “Good Morning Emotions” a platform where we discuss and dissect emotions in life and Pop Culture. More recently, I’ve had the honor of partnering with Six Seconds to create SEL Lessons for the Red Nose Day Foundation, and have raised money for the Annual World Children’s Day Fundraiser which gives children across the world an opportunity to participate in POP-UP Festival.
My work with Social Emotional Learning and Six Seconds is a continuous journey of learning and growing with myself and with others!
A few past experiences... While continuing to be an ambassador and champion for emotional learning, I show up everyday to serve children and teachers as an Assistant Principal here in Memphis, TN.
I also have the honor of being a wife, and mother to two amazing children.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it is truly the path way to understanding self, others, and our interactions in all spaces. It provides tools that give us permission to pause, reflect, and ask the hard but necessary questions while also leading and learning with empathy.
Favorite... My favorite flowers are Calla Lilies and I love to indulge in Crazy Cookie Dough Ice Cream by BlueBell
I'd love to talk to you about ... how emotional intelligence can be a vital tool in schools and classrooms
Breana Wofford, MS. Ed; Ed. MEQ Ambassador
Breana Wofford, MS. Ed; Ed. M
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.
My work is about... Modeling and supporting the effective use of EQ in North America
Professional accomplishments include... In 2021 my most rewarding experience was facilitating the global event, Lift Every Voice. I hosted Good Morning Emotions, a LiveStream on several topics relating to emotional intelligence and the "trendy world." Additionally, I have been a guest participant on several Six Seconds LiveStream shows streaming now on YouTube! UEQ Training is completed, and shortly after, I completed the Coaching Equity Essentials course and have almost completed the Brain Profiler course! Last but not least, I have raised over $500 for the annual World Children's Day POP-UP Festival Fundraiser.
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. it gives me the tools I need to process the ever-evolving world around me in the most productive way.
Favorite... My favorite pastime includes brain teasers... especially 'dot-to-dot' books!
I'd love to talk to you about ... I love talking with people about emotional intelligence and how it shows up in professional work spaces
Plus... I am currently serving as Atlanta Unbound Academy's Founding Associate Director of Academics in addition to my work as an Ambassador for Six Seconds.
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.
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.
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 in Memoriam
Ayman Sawaf was one of Six Seconds' pioneering board members; he founded Feel.org which he merged with Six Seconds, and together we committed to bring emotional literacy and emotional intelligence to millions of children. For over thirty years, Ayman built foundations for new ways of thinking, working, and feeling to transform human potential. Ayman passed away in March 2022, and we join his wife, family and friends all around the globe in honoring his memory by staying awake, playfully engaging in learning, and connecting with heart.
Ayman's passion and vision sparked new maps to evolve our relationships with ourselves, our emotions, and the workplace. His 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 was 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.
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)
My Noble Goal is... to help people wonder
My work is about... to help keep the books balanced
A few past experiences... I received my 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. I was a member of the GGU adjunct tax faculty from 1983-2019, and served as Dean. Before that, I was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
One reason I’m personally passionate about emotional intelligence is…. I've seen too many wonderful young people lose hope.
Favorite... tennis - - a zero-sum game where everybody wins!
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.