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Social and Emotional Intelligence Experts to Highlight Symposium

Mar 9, 2010

(Stockton, Calif.) - Two of the world's leading experts in social and emotional intelligence, Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis, will highlight an all-day symposium on Wednesday, March 17 at University of the Pacific on Social and Emotional Competence in Higher Education.

The symposium is designed to highlight Pacific's efforts to help students become more aware of their emotions, recognize the emotions of others, and handle relationships in an effective and empathetic way. The event is from noon to 8 p.m. on Pacific's Stockton campus. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Goleman, an internationally-known psychologist and author, and Stockton native, will discuss the environmental impacts of everyday purchases and making sustainable buying decisions. His lecture "Ecological Intelligence" is at 7 p.m. in Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Boyatzis, an international expert in organizational behavior, psychology and cognitive science, will discuss the impact of social and emotional competence on student development. Boyatzis lecture "Learning Leadership" is from noon to 2 p.m. in the DeRosa University Center.  Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The symposium is part of Pacific's initiative in whole-student learning, designed to continue students' growth and development outside of the classroom. Research has shown that having high social and emotional intelligence leads to success in personal relationships and professional careers.

"It is not enough to produce the best and the brightest students," said Craig Seal, director of Pacific's Center for Social and Emotional Competence. "Universities must also develop social and emotional expertise to provide students with a competitive advantage for the new millennium."

Goleman is the author of the recently published "Ecological Intelligence." He is perhaps best known for his 1995 book "Emotional Intelligence," which sold more than five million copies worldwide. Boyatzis co-authored "Primal Leadership" with Goleman and Annie McKee. The 2002 New York Times best-seller is credited with introducing emotional intelligence into the workplace. Under Goleman and Boyatzis' guidance, Pacific implemented its social and emotional competence initiative in 2005 and is currently the only university with a comprehensive undergraduate social and emotional competence initiative in higher education.

Schedule of Sessions:

Learning Leadership by Richard Boyatzis
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
DeRosa Center Grand Ballroom

Richard Boyatzis, competence guru and author of "Resonant Leadership," "Primal Leadership," and "The Competent Manager," will discuss the impact of social emotional competence on student development.

Whole Student Learning at Pacific
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
DeRosa Center Grand Ballroom

Members of Pacific's Center for Social and Emotional Competence, Academic Affairs and Division of Student Life will discuss whole-student learning programs at Pacific.

Social and Emotional Intelligence
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
DeRosa Center Grand Ballroom

Experts Cary Cherniss, James Parker and Scott Taylor will explore the theories, outcomes and development of social and emotional intelligence.

Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Faye Spanos Concert Hall

Daniel Goleman, a Stockton native and author of "Ecological Intelligence," will discuss making sustainable buying decisions.


For more information contact Bernie Kramer at 209.946.7757 or visit www.Pacific.edu/Symposium.