Friday Keynote Speaker: Daniel Goleman
Focus & Emotional Intelligence
Friday, March 22
12:45 PM – 2 PM
It is becoming more and more difficult to function in this busy, distracted, and complex world. But if we are to survive—or even thrive—we must learn to manipulate 2 essential components that guide our every thought and action: focus and emotional intelligence.
Daniel Goleman will present cutting-edge research with practical findings from a variety of case studies to illustrate how focus is a powerful mental asset that helps us navigate life. He’ll show us how focus is like a muscle; it atrophies if unused, but strengthens if properly worked, improving our overall awareness and attention span.
Dr. Goleman will also explain the 5 components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation, empathy, and social skills. He’ll discuss how striking a balance of each enforces success in relationships, at work, even our physical well-being. Dr. Goleman will also demonstrate how curriculum that centers on focus and emotional intelligence can change the future for our children, by instilling brain-positive practices such as mindfulness, meditation, flexibility, and stress recovery.
About Daniel Goleman
Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. His revolutionary 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, was a multi-year bestseller, selling over 5 million copies, and brought the term into the American lexicon. The Harvard Business Review called the concept of emotional intelligence—which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities — “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.” Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Business Management Books" by TIME, the book has been translated into 40 languages. Goleman’s subsequent books on the subject, Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything, and The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights, Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence have all been international best-sellers.
Goleman is a co-founder of the University of Illinois’s Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning and co-director of Rutgers University’s Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. He has been recognized with many awards, including the Washburn Award for science journalism, a Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association.