AU and EQ Think Tank host Midwest EQ Conference

Mon, 2008-02-25 10:07 -- univcomm
February 25, 2008

Anderson University and the Anderson University Emotional Intelligence "Think Tank" will sponsor the second annual Midwest Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Conference on Wednesday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entitled, “Emotional Intelligence: Key to Personal and Professional Success,” the forum will focus on personal success in corporate, academic and health care settings. The speaker will be Bruce Cryer, CEO of Heartmath, LLC and co-author of From Chaos to Coherence: The Power to Change Performance. The event will be hosted at the Anderson University Flagship Center, 2701 Enterprise Drive, Anderson, Ind. near exit 22 on I-69.

Breakout sessions include "EI Training That Gets Immediate, Significant and Sustainable Results—A Case Study of a Global Fast Food Company," "Feedback that Counts: Interpreting EQ-i Results and Building Powerful Development Plans," "Enhancing Emotional Intelligence in First-Year Students" and "Self-Awareness the Foundation for EQ Development."

The conference registration fee is $175. Students receive a 50% discount.

Four additional days of optional certification training and workshops are available April 7-8 and 10-11. Sessions include BarOn EQi certification training, applied EI skills building workshop and an MBTI/EQ Workshop. Optional sessions are not included in the conference registration fee.

“For decades, the importance of recruiting candidates with high IQ levels has been the practice in the corporate world,” said Dr. Becky Haskett, associate professor of Business in the Falls School of Business at Anderson University and EQ Think Tank member. “However, research has demonstrated that unless individuals also possess a high level of EQ, their leadership skills will suffer. Also, persons with higher levels of EQ are better teachers and are better prepared for the stresses that accompany the transition from high school to college.”

Emotional intelligence is often referred to as intelligence that is not tied to the IQ or cognitive brain functions. Emotional intelligence deals with such factors as the development of interpersonal skills, intrapersonal skills, change management, stress management and general mood. All of these factors can determine success as an employee, student or leader. EQ is often the deciding factor to remain in a certain position or in a specific academic class. Although IQ is believed to be a measure of an individual’s intellectual capacity, EQ is another aspect of “being intelligent” and is one that can be measured and developed.

In addition to his book, Cryer is also lead author of the Harvard Business Review article (July 2003), entitled “Pull the Plug on Stress”, and co-author of “An Inner Quality Approach to Reducing Stress and Improving Physical and Emotional Wellbeing at Work”, published in the journal Stress Medicine. He is an adjunct professor at Stanford Business School’s Executive Program and is on the faculty of both the Global Institute for Leadership Development and UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions. Cryer has been interviewed or written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare, Management Review, Business 2.0, Christian Science Monitor, Executive Excellence,and Leadership Excellence.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are still available. Please contact Dianna Stankiewicz, Conference Coordinator or Bonnie Sorensen, Assistant Coordinator or call (765) 641-4227.

Seating for the event is limited. The early bird registration deadline is March 10, and the registration deadline is March 31. For more information contact Dianna Stankiewicz at (765) 641-4227.

The EQ Think Tank at Anderson University provides an opportunity for “pioneers” in the area of assessment and development to network quarterly for the purpose of learning from each other as we share our current activities, questions, and ideas related to EQ.

—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.