Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotion at Work

Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University and Andrea Hoban, Co-Founder and Head of Learning, Oji Life Lab

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The pursuit of an “emotion-free workplace” undermines that which makes us human: our feelings, including their influence on everyday performance. Each of us, consciously or not, experiences hundreds of emotions each day from the moment we enter work to the time we leave. Imagining that our success in the workplace requires us to deny the existence of emotions is no more realistic than imagining a driver that can reach her destination by ignoring the weather, traffic, and time of day. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel and director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence will share findings from two decades of research on emotions and emotion skills, including their implications on decision making, relationships, and workplace performance. Andrea Hoban, Co-Founder and Head of Learning at Oji Life Lab will offer practical ways to apply emotion skills in the workplace and the immense benefits that can result from harnessing the wisdom of emotions at work.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about emotion science and the skills of emotional intelligence
  • Understand the five important areas that emotions impact our daily work lives
  • Interpret research findings and discern their implications on performance
  • Learn practical tools to develop emotion skills
  • Become attuned to how you can optimize performance by unlocking the power of emotions


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Marc Brackett
Marc Brackett

Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 preschool to high schools across the United States and in other countries. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins award for his research on social and emotional learning. He also is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Marc consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. He is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive, published by Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art. 

Andrea Hoban
Andrea Hoban

Co-Founder and Head of Learning, Oji Life Lab

Andrea Hoban, Co-Founder and head of learning at Oji Life Lab, possesses more than twenty years of experience in leading large teams and building business. As a Regional VP in the staffing industry, she managed a $30 million P & L, with responsibility over a four state area. As a Sr. Director of Corporate Learning, she established a global team designers and trainers that deployed job skills training to 10,000 internal employees. She built a reputation on successfully leading enterprise-wide projects, building teams and developing talent. At Oji, she is reimagining the way we learn skills like emotional intelligence that directly impact the quality of our lives.

Andrea is a sought after speaker, having presented at many state and national conferences. As an executive coach and facilitator, she works with individuals and teams to achieve goals and push past limitations. She has served as School Board President at St. Perpetua School in California, Executive Director of the Portland Chapter of Women in Technology, member of the National Association of Female Executives and troupe member of Barren Mind Improv. She currently serves as the Board President of HerWisdom.org.

Andrea earned a B.S. from Arizona State University in Communication.