Essentials of Emotional Intelligence

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Join 4 virtual, one-hour sessions starting on September 30th at 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET  to learn the essentials of emotional intelligence. Sessions continue on October 7, 14 and 21.

Dr. Keegan Walden will begin each session to create the learning container. Following that, Daniel Goleman will delve into the leadership science of Emotional Intelligence. Next, Michele Nevarez will introduce practical strategies for implementing emotional intelligence drawn from the insights of neuroscience. Sessions will end with time for Q&A between participants and Daniel Goleman.

In between live sessions, you will be part of an online EI Training designed by Goleman EI and delivered  through Torch’s learning platform. These learning paths will allow you to take a deeper dive into the leadership science at the heart of Emotional Intelligence and apply it in the context of your own life. By the end of the 4-week course, you will not only learn about the essentials of emotional intelligence but will be well on your way to operationalizing it within yourself.  


Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.

Since 1995, when Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ became an international bestseller, Emotional Intelligence has become ubiquitous. The Harvard Business Review called Emotional Intelligence—which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities—“a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” and chose his article “What Makes a Leader” as one of ten “must-read” articles from its archives. What’s more, Emotional Intelligence was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME Magazine. Both businesses and educators have benefited from EI: educators have embraced EI in the form of social and emotional learning (SEL) and leadership and employee development have flourished in the business world because of it.

Michele Nevarez, CEO & Chief Education Officer, Goleman EI

Founder and co-creator of the Goleman EI suite of Coaching and Training programs, Michele’s vision is to democratize EI as a means of igniting personal and global agency. This driving force for Michele is at the core of how our programs translate EI from theory to a powerful and practical vehicle for meaningful transformation and lasting habit change. Michele brings 25+ years of executive leadership experience working for industry leaders in healthcare, investment management, management consulting, and manufacturing. A founding member of Rangjung Yeshe Institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Michele has practiced mindfulness-based training for 27+ years.

Keegan Walden, Ph.D.

Dr. Keegan Walden is the Co-founder and COO of Torch. In this capacity, he leads a behavioral science team focused on developing empirically derived tools that generate feedback and analytics to help leaders recognize and overcome their challenges. Prior to founding Torch, Keegan ran the outcomes research team at a national provider of behavioral health services. As a biracial co-founder, he is committed to the work of antiracism and leads courses on the subject. Keegan has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University, and a BA in psychology from Yale University.

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