Mindfully Thriving in Life, School, Work, and Career 


In 2023, we celebrate the twenty-year milestone of consecutive annual conferencing for transformative emotional intelligence by returning to where our conference tradition started in 2004; the beautiful campus of Texas A&M University–Kingsville.  In addition to celebrating twenty years of convening the annual institute for emotional intelligence, this year's conference theme reminds us that transformative emotional intelligence facilitates a mindful way to thrive in life, school, work, and career. 

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas

The conference will convene May 25 27, 2023 with many excellent programs on emotional intelligence for business, government, and school. For a more in depth learning experience, join us also for the pre-conference TEI Certification workshop over the dates of May 22 24.  Join us  in-person in Kinsgville  or virtually from your location.  Either way, we hope you will help us celebrate the Twentieth Annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence!

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Dr. Madeline Justice Delivers 2015 Keynote Address in San Antonio, Texas

Participant Reviews 

My first conference and it was the best week I've had, probably ever.

Phenomenally impressed.  Found greatest thoughts in the world in these three days.  

Missed school today [to be here].  Mom came back from the conference very excited.  Now I know what my mom was excited about. Grateful to mom, this will help me all my life.

I learned so much that I will take back.  Powerful to have the opportunity to come together with others doing related work in different ways.

Diversity of thought in transformative EI. I was impressed by how many different areas it has been applied.

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Volunteers Who Are Working Hard to Make This Year's Virtual and In-person Conference 
The Best One Yet!

Administration Rick Hammett, Jerusha Stanley, Lauren Denver-Potter, Students,

Engagement/Marketing James Polk, Ashis Sen, Cristina Pena, Delia Mateias, Jina Saikia, Liesel Mendoza, Vincent Amatuzzi,

Finance Gary Low, Rick Hammett, Margo Murray,

Program Development Fritz Lebowski, Cristina Pena, Rosa Nelly Ramirez, Sharne Van Der Burgh, Delia Mateias, Gary Low, Tanya Seagraves-Robinson

Technology Brenton Nestler, Fritz Lebowsky, Vince Amatuzzi, 

TEI Foundation  Julie Chancler, Ernie Corral, Dave Rude, Jina Saikia

Exciting programs and featured presenters are in progress (see below). Be on the look-out for conference announcements in our ETRI Newsletter!

This Year's Program Presenters

Gary Low, Ph.D. EI Learning Systems Principal, EI Researcher, Author

Dr. Gary Low is Professor Emeritus of Education, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Consulting Psychologist, Patron and Life Member of the Forum for EI Learning (FEIL) in India. A principal of EI Learning Systems, Inc. he is also a founder and faculty member of the Emotional Intelligence Training & Research Institute (EITRI).

Merideth Erickson, Ph.D. Residential Faculty, Caregiver, Inc.

Merideth Erickson, PhD is a director for a residential facility providing services to adults with Intellectual Disabilities in New Braunfels, Texas. She leads a team of over 100 staff and utilizes emotional intelligence daily. Merideth has served the nonprofit community as CEO and Executive Director of human services nonprofits where she honed her EI leadership skills. She is an adjunct instructor and consultant teaching courses on Emotional Intelligence, Customer Service, and Grant Writing that she created. Merideth earned her BS in Psychology, Master’s in Business, and her PhD in Public Policy and Administration.

Lauren Denver-Potter, Ph.D. Professional Assistant Professor, TAMU-CC

Dr. Potter is a South Texas native with over 14 years of experience in higher education. She has worked as a counselor helping to guide college students through their academics while preparing them for life after graduation. Currently, Lauren is a Professional Assistant Professor with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and has enjoyed serving college students in that capacity since 2018. Lauren holds a PhD in General Psychology, and an M.S. in Counseling and Guidance. Dr. Potter enjoys spreading the skills of emotional intelligence in her professional endeavors and personal relationships.

Alexis Erickson Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Senior

Alexis Erickson is an undergraduate senior at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is a Psychology major and part of the Honors Program. Her study, examining differences in emotional intelligence between men and women on campus, serves as her capstone for Honors. With the help of her mentor, Dr. Denver-Potter, Alexis was able to complete her study with over 100 participants. She graduates in May of this year and plans to go on to medical school to become a psychiatrist.

Edward Clarke Professor, University of the Southern Caribbean

Edward Clarke, Ph.D. serves as an experienced Dean of Psychology and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Caribbean. He has been closely involved with transformative emotional intelligence and positive assessment since attending his first conference, convened in Houston, Texas in 2009.

Pragya Singh Professor, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India

Dr. Singh possesses the following degrees and credentials: BBA, MBA, PhD, PGDCA, PGDCMD, and first year certificate in Bharatanatyam. Proficient in both written and oral English, as well as Hindi (preferred UN Language). Also has a rich teaching expertise of 16 Years and is currently working at the institute of national importance (IIIT Allahabad), government of India. Her teaching ad research foci include Marketing; Services and Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Emotional Intelligence, and Professional Communication. She primarily teaches graduate students at IIIT Allahabad. She has published research papers in more than 36 international and national journals in India, the U.S.A., and in South Korea.

Conducted numerous sessions in Emotional Intelligence at Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) gatherings, at universities across India, and recently completed 30 hours of training for the Department of Electrical Engineering Association of Students at the D. Y. Patil Institute of Technology in Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA. EI topics included an introduction to emotional quotients, emotional competencies and mapping, emotional transformation, problem solving, measuring emotional intelligence, emotions and childhood, the role of emotions, and emotions and attitudes.

Fernando Gutierrez Principal, Instruction and Guidance Center, McAllen ISD

Fernando came to the United States from Mexico with the intention of becoming a medical doctor. While attending UT-Austin, he became fascinated with the art of teaching. He obtained a BS in microbiology and a teaching certificate in 2003. He obtained a master of education from Texas State University. As a science teacher, he discovered that students learn better by doing. His classroom became a place where students were able to create and discover new knowledge utilizing a project-based approach to education. As the principal of I&G, his focus is to help students and staff enhance their EQ.

Ana Laura Ramirez Spanish Teacher, Instruction and Guidance Center, McAllen ISD

Ana Laura Ramirez was born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Camargo, Mexico. She graduated with a BA in Food Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. She moved to Texas in 2000 and became a Bilingual teacher through an Alternative Certification program. She has served as a kinder teacher in Rio Grande City, Texas for 6 years and for McAllen 9 years. Since 2016 she has been the Spanish Teacher at the Instruction and Guidance Center in McAllen ISD. Believing so much in emotional intelligence, since 2018, Ana Laura has participated in professional development and has shared her knowledge with fellow educators, students, and other professionals through statewide conferences and district departments.

Karen Ilanit Teverovsky Special Education Teacher, Instruction and Guidance Center, McAllen ISD

Born in Israel and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Karen Ilanit earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from UTPA in Edinburg, Texas. She became a teacher through the Alternative Certification Program at the Region One Education Service Center in 2005. After teaching for a couple of years, she earned her master's degree in Special Education from UTPA. She has been the Director of Education with her faith community and been an instructor with UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas. Currently, she is the Special Education Teacher at the Instruction and Guidance Center in McAllen ISD. Karen Ilanit has participated in and spoken at professional learning sessions in which she has gained and shared her knowledge about emotional intelligence.

Dr. Dave Rude Chief Learning Officer, Longenecker & Associates

Dr. Dave Rude is the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at Longenecker & Associates. Previously, he was the CLO for the Departments and Energy, and for a nonprofit research institute. EI has been a research passion of Dave’s for the past 10+ years. His dissertation was on developing emotionally intelligent leaders. Other research and expertise areas include talent management, consulting, and building healthy organizations. Dave serves as adjunct faculty at various universities and is a member of the Transformative Emotional Intelligence Foundation Board. Dave was honored to receive the 2020 Personal Excellence Award from EITRI.

Julie Chancler

Julie Chancler, EdD – Julie was introduced to Dr. Low and Dr. Nelson at Texas A&M University Kingsville several years ago. As a doctoral candidate, Julie incorporated both the shorter college version of Nelson and Low’s (1998) positive assessment tool, the Emotional Skills Assessment Process® (ESAP®) and Blake and Mouton’s Managerial grid, to examine whether EI provides an underlying framework in leadership independent of managerial styles. In her dissertation, A Comparison of Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Styles Among Texas Public School Principals (2012), Dr. Chancler concluded that the prevailing leadership style among Texas principals was Team Leadership with relatively high scores on both people and task dimensions. With assistance from long-time friend and research mentor, Dr. Rick Hammett, Julie has remained associated with the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute for almost two decades. Her background includes over twenty years of work as a teacher and principal in Texas schools.

Delia Mataies, Ph.D. Director, Transformational Leadership NGO, Romania

Dr. Delia E. Mateias’ current research interest is experiential research evidence-based analytics of emotional intelligence as it relates to leadership and decision making. Delia completed a her PhD thesis, “Emotional Intelligence in Leadership”, during her Fulbright Scholar experience at George Washington University, sustaining a passion for understanding the role of emotional intelligence in leadership excellence.

Dr. Mateias created a non-governmental organization – www.eilead.org (Transformational Leadership NGO) and subsequently achieved accreditation for an EI teacher training program through the Romanian Ministry of Education. Through her pioneering training program, Dr. Mateias aims to share best practices and transformative models of emotional intelligence to help shape and develop current and future leaders who will transform the quality of education throughout Romania and beyond. For further information about how to jointly develop an international partnership, please contact Dr. Delia Mateias at: [email protected], [email protected].

Margo Murray President & Chief Operating Officer, MMHA The Managers' Mentors, Inc.

She has a unique combination of experience in line and staff management, academic work in business and behavioral sciences, and experience in structuring and managing human performance systems. Her best seller book, Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring: How to Facilitate an Effective Mentoring Process, includes more than forty years of research and client experiences with Facilitated Mentoring.

Rick Hammett Principal, EILS & Contributing Faculty, Walden University

Dr. Hammett is a founding faculty member of the Emotional Intelligence Training & Research Institute and editor of EITRI's journal, the International Journal of Transformative Emotional Intelligence. He also supervises doctoral research for Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership.

Ashis Sen Owner, Ashis Sen Coaching and Consulting

Ashis Sen holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resources Management from the University of Petroleum and Engineering Studies, Dehradun, India. As an internal coach for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), Dr. Sen initially became familiar with EITRI and the works of Darwin Nelson and Gary Low during the 2007 - Fourth Annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence in Kingsville, Texas. Between then and the time he retired from HPCL in 2016, Dr. Sen was instrumental in hosting the 1st (2008), 2nd (2009), and 3rd (2010) Global Forums for Emotional Intelligence in Mumbai, India. He was also instrumental in starting the Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning in India, and rose to the position of General Manager of Capability Building before his retirement. In addition to running his own coaching and consulting business, he teaches in guest faculty positions for the T A Pai Institute of Management, IIM (Kashpur), NMIMS (Mumbai), and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai).

Sarah Spradlin, DBA Found CEO, Vitruvian Advantage

Dr. Sarah Spradlin holds a DBA specializing in IO Psychology from Northcentral University, AZ, USA and is a certified expert in micro-expressions. After years of serving in the U.S. Marine Corps & working with Special Operations Command, she became fascinated with the fundamental role EI plays in establishing a resilient workforce capable of effectively navigating change in today’s global market. She is a leading expert in the study & application of EI as it relates to talent acquisition & organizational resilience among high-performance teams.

Fritz Lebowsky, Ph.D. Found CEO, FLY-CE-SAI Solutions, France

Dr. Fritz Lebowsky received a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He is enthusiastic about investigating astonishing human performance in visual perception and transferring the findings into meaningful products.

A Master degree program of executive Management of Technology and Innovation at the Grenoble School of Management led to encouraging people to grow valuable human competencies emerging from transformative emotional intelligence, artificial intelligence, and ethics in the era of ‘digital transformation’ — enabling a sustainable human future for ALL.

Liesel C. Mendoza Founder, The Mentoring Club, Inc.

Liesel is a mentor and founder of The Mentoring Club. She lives for helping people. After three fulfilling decades of supporting managers and leaders solve business problems through information technology solutions, Liesel set out to assist people find their path to meaningful work and become purpose-driven leaders. She believes doing meaningful work leads to success and happiness. And she believes mentors play a crucial role in this process. She founded The Mentoring Club in 2016. By establishing a global platform, The Mentoring Club has the bold intent of changing the world, one leader at a time by providing a mentor for anyone who needs a mentor anywhere in the world.

Nimreet Grewal Soneha, The Mentoring Club, Inc.

Nimreet is a Mentee in The Mentoring Club. After graduating in Business Economics, Nimreet embarked on her career at Ernst & Young. While that experience served her well in developing critical thinking, she soon discovered that her heart was elsewhere. Through the help of The Mentoring Club, Nimreet made a successful transition into the field of behavioral therapy for children with disabilities. Currently, Nimreet is a Senior Behavioral Therapist and runs her own eco-fashion start-up, Soneha, combining her passion for therapy and sustainability.

Deepak Sharma UC Berkeley

A mentee in The Mentoring Club, Deepak is also Learning & Development Trainer at UC Berkeley’s People & Culture Department. He provides training and professional development opportunities for staff, faculty, and academic personnel on themes related to skills and professional development, and career journey pathways. This includes informal training, facilitating LinkedIn Learning paths, celebrating and recognizing employee contributions, managing the UC Women’s Initiative for professional development, conference and event planning, and partnerships with university employees. Prior to this, Deepak worked in the profession of higher education/student affairs and brings a background of training, professional development, fundraising, and student support to his experiences.

Tracy Wiseman UnifyConsulting, ServiceNow Solution Architect, The Mentoring Club, Inc.

A past mentee and current volunteer and mentor in The Mentoring Club, Tracy has in-depth experience in the computer technology field. As the VP of Technology, Tracy delivered the new Visa Credit Card Transaction switch for Visa Europe, using all current technology: Unix, EMC storage, Cisco networking, across the Internet, at the formation of the European Union (EU) and the launch of the Euro currency, at 5 9’s (99.999%) availability and millisecond response time, leveraging Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Rational Unified Process (RUP). She reversed engineered the existing Visa switch technology, which were IBM mainframe: Operating System (OS) and networking without the Internet. The new switch seamlessly interoperated with all existing mainframe switches.

Moe Rubenzahl Moe Rubenzahl Marketing, The Mentoring Club, Inc.

An engineer turned marketing strategy consultant, Moe scales big-company practices to work for entrepreneurs. He has guided marketing strategy for 80 clients since 2013. He has 40 years of executive-level marketing experience in billion-dollar firms and in startups. A serial mentor, Moe believes that a small transfusion of experience can transform careers and change the trajectory of our businesses, families, and communities. Moe lives with his family in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the gorgeous Catskills of New York State. He is Dad to the world’s best 12-year-old.

Peter Alexander Antioch University, Office Plants by Everything Grows, and Professor Pete’s Stress Relief Tools

Pete is an adjunct Professor of marketing at Antioch University, President of Office Plants by Everything Grows, and a Stress Relief Specialist with Professor Pete’s Stress Relief Tools. He also serves as a mentor for young professionals and runs Laughter Yoga classes as a fun way of giving back to his local community

Mark Lo Academies Australasia Polytechnic Pty Ltd (AAPOLY), The Mentoring Club, Inc.

Mark spent 30+ years of his career in the Information Technology industry in Australia and internationally. He served as Vice President in DMR Consulting Australia (Fujitsu Consulting) and Unisys Corporation (Australia, Singapore, and USA). He spent 11 years in a private Higher Education provider and served as CEO and Executive Director of AAPOLY. Mark has been involved with mentoring since his early days as a manager with a motto of “Building Up Those Around You”. Since retirement, Mark serves on the boards of AAPOLY and several non-profit institutions. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia.

Renee Tonioni ATG – Advanced Technology Group, The Mentoring Club, Inc.

Renee is the director of learning and development at ATG. Developing talent has always been at the center of her career. She has worked in social services, manufacturing, higher education, energy, and consulting. She found that people want the same things from their organizations - meaningful work, respect for their contribution, and opportunities to grow. She believes that we all have benefited from others taking time to share with us, develop us, and refine us into the people/professionals we become. Our obligation as a benefactor is to share what we’ve learned with others. Renee also authored Emotional Intelligence: A Crictical Competency for Leadership and Performance Excellence, that was included as the introductory chapter to our 2019 book, Transformative Emotional Intelligence: Achieving Leadership and Performance Excellence.

Jinamoni (Jina) Saikia College of Community Science, Assam Agricultural university, Assam, India

Dr. Jinamoni Saikia has been working as Professor since 1992 in Assam Agricultural University, India. Besides guiding 14 numbers of students she completed three research projects till date. She received Best Participant, Best Research Paper Award, and bagged scholarship from Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation to attend an Training in Haifa, Israel in 2017. She received financial support from ISEI to participate in International congress on EI in New York,in 2013 and received Membership in CREIO.She developed packages on "Reproductive health care ” , “Management of aggression” and "Effective parenting” . She developed an App for Alphabet Learning.

Tiago Horta Reis da Silva Kings College London

Tiago Horta Reis da Silva is a Lecturer in Nursing Education (AEP) in the Department of Adult Nursing. Before joining King’s in August 2019, worked in other HEI and NHS.

Tiago qualified as BSc (HONS) in Nursing and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He holds an MSc in Emotional Intelligence, Counselling and NLP and MBA. An MSc in TCM and multiple post graduations in Higher Education. Tiago holds the following qualifications: MSc, MBA, MScTCM, PGDipSFC, PGDipHE, PGCertHE, PGDipTCM, PGDip TNM, BSc (HONS) (Nurs), BSc (HONS) (TCM), RN, FHEA, MBAcC. In addition to Emotional Intelligence, Tiago’s research interests include Falls Prevention, Nursing Care of the Elderly, Back Pain, Moving and Handling, Nursing Skills, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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  • A three-day workshop dedicated to certifying professionals and researchers who are interested in a more in-depth learning experience using our transformative emotional intelligence (TEI) positive assessments, models, and learning materials when working with their clients, students, research participants, or others. Workshop participants are introduced to and work with TEI models and theory that originated in South Texas and used globally in corporate training, public and private education settings, and by advanced students in their doctoral capstone research. Our workshop goals for certification are for participants to ...

    * Locate, cite, and discuss TEI foundational research and contributions.
    * Develop a model of a person-centered and practical learning process.
    * Recognize emotional information and process it in a constructive way.
    * Acquire an enhanced ability to apply TEI in your own development.
    * Be able to explain and use the Emotional Learning System©.
    * Learn to conduct personal interpretation of TEI assessment results to use TEI in your work with others.
    * Learn to use our positive assessment technology to administer and interpret two EILS flagship assessments:
    - The Online Emotional Skills Assessment Process® (ESAP®).
    - The Online Skills for Career And Life Effectiveness® (SCALE®).
    * Build trust/rapport using positive assessment/interpretation with clients.
    * Have an awareness of additional EILS assessments and learning materials.
    * Ensure that each participant receive what they need from their workshop experience.

  • The same workshop described above except participation will be enabled using ZOOM technology. Zoom recordings of all workshop meetings will be made available on our website for asynchronous review for registrants who are not able to participate synchronously.

  • Research and application topics on skills-based approaches for teaching, learning, and practicing emotional intelligence in our daily lives. Join us for as much as your busy schedule allows!

  • The same EI Conference described on this website except participation will be using ZOOM technology. If unable to participate synchronously, recordings will be made available for asynchronous participation.

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