Crescendo Connect Conversations

Crescendo Connect ConversationsCrescendo Connect Conversations focus on connecting emotional intelligence to other relevant topics (e.g. 360 assessments, Brain Science, Values and Purpose, Branding/Marketing, Peer Coaching etc…). These 45-minute, bi-monthly conversations provide EI Practitioners an opportunity to learn and to share expertise with our broader EI Community of Practice.

Upcoming Crescendo Connect Conversations include:

  • EI Practitioner Roundtable Discussion
  • Emotional Intelligence and Strengths 
  • Emotional Intelligence and Personal Development
  • Emotional Intelligence and Teams
  • Emotional Intelligence and Equine Therapy
  • Emotional Intelligence and Career Development

Who should attend?

Anyone connected to Crescendo Inc. is welcome to attend. This is a perfect chance to connect or re-connect with the Crescendo EI Practitioner Community!

What is the cost?

There is NO COST!!!

How do I register?

Register here to be added to the Crescendo Connect Newsletter.

Archive - Crescendo Connect Conversations

March 20, 2017 - Emotional Intelligence and the Neuroscience of Self-Awareness

Mary CaseySelf-awareness is a foundational skill of emotional intelligence. From a brain perspective, however, self-awareness fluctuates throughout the day, and is not always available when we need it.

In this session, we will share recent neuroscience findings on how to maintain higher levels of self-awareness and how to intentionally strengthen social brain circuitry. The social brain is what supports our ability to connect with others, read their emotions/intentions and be able to respond in more emotionally intelligent ways.

By strengthening the brain's capacity for self-awareness, we can more thoughtfully and effectively engage the brain's social circuitry. By doing this, we increase our capacity for keeping an open mind and engaging compassion - both key to enhancing emotional intelligence.

At the end of this session, you will be able to...

  • Recognize the role of the higher brain in strengthening the brain's capacity for self-awareness.
  • Understand the relationship between good self-awareness skills and intentionally strengthening the circuitry of the social brain.
  • Appreciate the role the social brain plays in demonstrating greater emotional intelligence with others.
  • Apply two brain-based tools to maintain higher levels of self-awareness.

Mary Casey, M.A. is Co-Founder of BrainSkills@Work - a consultancy that provides practical neuroscience-based tools and strategies to help people access their highest levels of thinking, decision making and performance. Mary’s background includes 25 years corporate training and facilitation experience, working with organizations such as Deloitte, Microsoft, General Mills, PepsiCo and others.

Mary’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Training and Organization Development from the University of Minnesota. She is also licensed to administer/facilitate: MBTI, the DISC Profile, and the HeartMath Stress Management Technologies. In 2012, Mary achieved advanced certification as a NeuroBusiness Coach with Dr. Srini Pillay M.D, Harvard Professor and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group.

Mary is a practicing yoga instructor, and is also co-author of the book, The Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times, which will be available, April 15, 2017.

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January 09, 2017 - Emotional Intelligence and Social Justice

Kendra Okposo and Anne PhibbsThe Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) at the University of Minnesota offers a year-long leadership program that integrates emotional intelligence strategies through a social justice lens.  Since its initial launch in 2013, the program has evolved into a highly sought after learning experience.  In this session, staff from the OED will make the connection between emotional intelligence and social justice by sharing their experiences centering both frames in a leadership program.  They will also address successes and challenges with this approach, as well as questions that have arisen.

Kendra Okposo is an Associate to the Director in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Minnesota.  In this role, Kendra investigates employment discrimination and sexual misconduct complaints involving students, staff and faculty at the University.  Kendra received her EQ-i 2.0/EQ360 certification from Crescendo in June 2016.  She teaches workshops at the University on race and privilege, and on emotional intelligence and mindfulness.  Prior to working at the University, Kendra practiced employment law at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP in New York City.  She graduated from New York Law School in 2012.

Anne Phibbs is Director of Education in the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) at the University of Minnesota, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of OED's educational programs.   She worked for over 10 years as an academic advisor and GLBT Student Services Director at Metropolitan State University before coming back to the University of Minnesota to serve as Director of the GLBT Programs Office.  She has been in her current position in OED since 2011.  Anne earned her Ph.D in Philosophy, with a minor in Feminist Studies, at the University of Minnesota, and serves as community faculty at Metropolitan State University, teaching Gender Studies and GLBT Studies courses.  Every year, Anne leads hundreds of trainings to help individuals and groups create excellence through diversity.

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September 12, 2016 - Emotional Intelligence and Change

Sheila Hines EdmondsonChange. Some embrace it. Some resist it. Do we really understand it—change? How can we increase our awareness during times of change to enhance our experience with it, manage our stress, and develop our emotional intelligence? This Crescendo Connect Conversation will explore principles of change and emotional intelligence and make connections between how we change and what we can do to be more agile and effective.

Sheila Hines Edmondson is a Talent Management Consultant at Xcel Energy. Her work supports leaders and employees in their development. Prior to her current role, Sheila has spent her 20+-year career trying to understand behavior change what it means to be effective (as an individual and as an organization). She’s worked in marketing, communications, culture change, engagement and learning. She’s known for creating awareness and alignment; coaching and capacity-building, and collaborating for change and results.

Sheila is a lifelong learner with multiple degrees and certifications. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in Human Resources and Change Leadership. Some of her greatest learning has come from change, and at the edge of her comfort zone. Sheila’s newest adventure is with her husband Bob and their two dogs Ginger and Pippi (15 weeks old).

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