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Emotional Intelligence & Leadership

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership


Celebrate: Strategies for Communication, Support, and Peace (Keynote)

Learn several career-growth skills like handling feedback, mentorship, micro-affirmation language, and uplifting perspectives to foster a healthy work environment. Diverse perspectives in leadership enriches the industry and shines a light on biases.


5 Tips for Cultivating EQ in the Workplace (Keynote)

Learning to manage our state of mind in the workplace is an acquired skill. While stress in the workplace in unavoidable, it is possible to cultivate Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to manage our state of mind. Practicing EQ helps us identify and eliminate stressors in our lives. Awareness of self and awareness of others strengthens personal and professional relationships. When we understand the motivations of ourselves and the perspectives of others we form deeper connections. In this presentation, learn five tips for cultivating Emotional Intelligence in the workplace. Click here to watch.


Learning to Say, “No!” Without Being a Jerk (Keynote)

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed because you overcommit? A recovering “People Pleaser,” I know the harm and unrest that can come with saying “yes” too often. Learn to recognize your resistance to saying “no.” Get examples of strategies you can begin to implement immediately to get better results in your life. This talk will present tips and tricks for re-training your mind to only accept invitations that will propel you forward in life. Click here to watch.


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Breakout Sessions

The 4 Deadly Sins of Mentorship (Breakout Session)

Mentorship is important to build into your organization. In order to maintain a cohesive culture of your organization, you must pass on a legacy. Mentorship allows you to impart values, creates a cohesive culture and shares experiential wisdom. Creating a caring, diverse, supportive environment allows your team to build the skills and attitudes they need for success. In this presentation, you will learn the Four Deadly Sins of Mentorship that will make or break your organization.

Mentorship can come from people in the same industry, people of varying ages and through various communication methods (in-person, email, video conferencing, etc.). Mentorship experiences can happen once or multiple times throughout the year. Mentorship is more about guiding others through challenging experiences that you’ve already experienced than it is about telling someone what to do. Click here to watch.


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Workshop Facilitation


Transform Your Life, Transform Your Team! 8 Actions To Lead By Example (Workshop)

Leadership is a transformational journey for both the leader and for those being led. Most great leaders are go-getters, but to be an exceptional leader, you must understand that the ecology of leadership includes: diversity, mentorship, personal development, open communication, team building, skills sharing and professional development. Leaders can learn to incorporate these suggestions into their professional and personal lives to get better results from the people around them. In this presentation, we will cover 8 leadership actions you can start practicing now to create a diverse, supportive environment to get better results from your team.


5 Steps to Having a Difficult Conversation (Workshop)

The words “Diversity and Inclusion” often provoke animosity and disparity in the workplace. Phrases and labels that are meant to be positive and describe people and workplace issues often have the opposite effect and instead produce division and isolation. But how do we resolve disparity in the workplace and have productive conversations? How do we correct our approach and stop alienating each other? We seek open and productive dialog involving often competing viewpoints, yet sensitive topics are met with kid gloves when they require compassion and balance. We must replace the apathy of tolerance with the empathy of understanding. We need to learn how to navigate difficult conversations, avoid their divisive triggers, and restore collaboration and unity. Attend this session to better understand the multi-facets of highly effective communication. Learn the 5 steps to having a difficult conversation and how these conversations can help you manage and work within diverse teams. We will also discuss how to incorporate unity, collaboration, and mentorship into your work.

Social and Emotional Intelligence at Work (Workshop)

You don’t have to be a manager or a boss to be a leader. Effective leadership means celebrating the strengths of individuals and empowering them with the tools to implement innovative new ideas. Time spent resolving conflicts in the workplace decreases productivity and stifles creativity. This workshop offers suggestions for improving your results at work by increasing interpersonal skills, building a personal brand, understanding your optimal work environment, and how to present professional projects.
Leaders can lead from within an organization. A collaborative work environment builds team trust and fosters innovation. This is an experiential learning workshop with hands-on activities to get better results from your team, even if you are not a manager or owner.

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Engaged Leadership Practicum (Training) – co-presented with Leslie Martinich

Human behavior can be fine-tuned to get the best results in your career path. Understanding how our emotions and nervous system effect our behavior makes us more effective in negotiations and communications. Train your brain to respond to get the best possible outcomes in work situations.

Practice actionable communication strategies throughout this workshop with improv, role playing in actual scenarios from the software development industry, and creative discussions.


  • Participants will be able to communicate with their teams to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Participants will be able to negotiate with colleagues and customers to lead to winning outcomes.
  • Participants will be able to communicate with executives.

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Mental Health First Aid

Keynote/Executive Brief

Building Resilience and the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Framework (Keynote/Executive Brief) – co-presented with Reggie Burton

Resilience is a skill that is supportive of mental health. We can build resilience by improving our emotional intelligence. Cultivating human skills such as self-awareness, empathy for others, emotional perception, adaptability, and conflict resolution can be improved to strengthen our “resilience muscle.” Learn the basic framework that Mental Health First Aiders use to assist someone in crisis, as well as everyday techniques for improving your resilience.

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Resilience and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Framework (Workshop) – co-presented with Reggie Burton

Learn about the 7 C’s of Model Resilience and how it supports mental health. Attendees will understand the fundamental framework Mental Health First Aiders use to assist someone in crisis. The workshop will teach everyday techniques for improving one’s resilience by cultivating human skills such as self-awareness, empathy for others, emotional perception, adaptability, and conflict resolution. The attendees will be able to recognize the signs of stress, anxiety, and depression, and learn how to provide support to those in need. The workshop will emphasize the importance of emotional intelligence and how it can help in building resilience. Ultimately, the participants will gain knowledge and skills to enhance their “resilience muscle” and promote mental well-being in the workplace.

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Mental Health First Aid for Adults/Youth (ask about pricing) – co-presented with Reggie Burton

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. MHFA certification for Adults and for Youth focuses on recovery and resiliency, with the approach that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and can use their strengths to stay well.

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Become a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer (ask about pricing) – co-presented with Reggie Burton

The primary role of Instructors is to teach the Mental Health First Aid course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages, including fidelity to systems and course reporting required by Mental Health First Aid USA. Each Instructor has a set of materials to help guide them through course facilitation. Instructors typically team up with another certified Instructor to teach the course but may also choose to teach on their own. Presenting a course involves much more than just showing up and teaching it. Instructors frequently have organizational support to help them with other tasks related to the program, such as:

  • Strategic planning (e.g., creating business plans, forming community partnerships, outreach)
    Setting a course schedule
    Setting and collecting course fees
    Marketing and media outreach
    Course creation and registration of attendees
    Event planning (e.g., purchasing materials, catering, logistics)
    Seeking grants
    Evaluation and analysis of program’s success
    Reporting course to MHFA USA
Who They Teach

Certified Instructors may teach Mental Health First Aid to any interested audiences in their community.

Those trained include:

  • Educators and school administrators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Members of faith communities
  • Shelter workers
  • Health and human services workers
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Police, first responders and security personnel
  • Mental health authorities
  • Policymakers
  • Substance use treatment professionals
  • Social workers
  • Persons with mental illness/addictions and their families
  • Caring citizens

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