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2017 Pre-Conference


Approved for 2 SHRM PDCs and 2 HR (General) HRCI Credits

It’s been two decades since Emotional Intelligence was first introduced to mainstream business. Why are we still talking about emotional intelligence?  Does EQ really impact the ability to lead and make decisions when the stakes are high and is it a good predictor of success of leaders and organizations?

In this engaging and informative session, two leading speakers will share research which establishes the business case for Emotional Intelligence  and demonstrates the competitive advantage of EQ in a global marketplace and its impact on organizational performance.

Keynote speaker Charity Hughes will share her recent and most relevant HR research for our local region based upon a 2016 study of EI and transformational leadership for HR professionals.  She will answer the question of whether managing emotions is the key to the ability to lead and whether it is a good predictor of success.

Based on their work with Olympic Athletes, the U.S. Marines, Surgeons and senior executives from companies including Intel, Marriott and Allstate, keynote speaker Bill Benjamin of IHHP will discuss the brain science of emotions and provide insights and strategies you can apply to be your best under pressure. He will also share research from their 7 year study of 12,000 people conducted for their New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure.

Through the presentations, interactive learning activities and a panel with industry leaders, participants will be provided with the latest research and tools fostering this critical capability personally and in leaders, teams and their organizations.

Key Takeaways:
  • Igniting personal influence: Leveraging emotional intelligence to build and manage relationship relationships; break habits and remove barriers to connect authentically, impact change, increase productivity, enhance project management, negotiating for quality outcomes
  • Developing organizational leaders: How to incorporate emotional intelligence to coach with compassion inspire sustainable change and build resonant leadership
  • Enhance organizational performance: In times of crisis and increased ambiguity and change, how to use EI to remain balanced and present, manage effectively under pressure, understanding styles and strategies to manage conflict, increase collaboration and enhance competency in cross cultural interactions

Bill Benjamin, Partner, Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP)
Charity Hughes, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources – Americas, VWR


Rob Fazio, PhD – Managing Parter, OnPoint Advising, Inc.
Lynda Risser– Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer, Vanguard
Christopher Lindberg – Managing Director – North America, Ennea International