Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute
When I reflect on the most pivotal point in my life, both personally and professionally, I immediately think of my experiences at the Emotional Intelligence & Diversity Institute! And yes, I mean experiences – plural. I had the blessed opportunity to attend the EIDI Certification Program as a Senior Manager of Global Diversity & Inclusion for a Fortune 500 global company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time, my professional career was extremely progressive and on the trajectory of enormous success. However, I was experiencing a considerable number of challenges in my personal life, including the loss of my beloved father and eldest sister, becoming the caregiver for my aging mother, and weathering the storms of a tumultuous marriage, custody battle and on the verge of financial ruin. It was painlessly clear to me, on the first day with Dr. Lee Gardendswartz, Dr. Anita Rowe, Dr. Jorge Cherbosgue and the EIDI family that attending EIDI would change my world forever. EIDI is unquestionably the best decision I’ve ever made.Now, ten years later, as the President and CEO of Make It Plain Consulting, I have maximized my experiences, skills and competencies acquired from EIDI to help tens of thousands of individuals and businesses “uncover their inherent strengths for sustained growth”. I have returned to EIDI to complete certification in EID Team Effectiveness, as well has invested my love, time and resources in providing my beautiful wife, Penny, the opportunity to attend EIDI. It is my hope to provide the same life-changing EIDI experience to my son, Bryce, and other families and friends – for whom I deeply cherish.Emotional Intelligence & Diversity is a philosophy, practice and product of Make It Plain Consulting. It is our core culture. Our staff have attended the EID certification program and we plan to make EIDI the cornerstone of our journey toward personal and professional significance.For those seeking to explore their own lives, unapologetically share their own truth and freedom, and enhance the lives of others – The Emotional Intelligence & Diversity Institute is a MUST DO. I proudly endorse and highly recommend the Emotional Intelligence & Diversity Institute.
Our two day Emotional Intelligence course with Jorge Cherbosque was inspiring for the whole company. Jorge’s approach and delivery is naturally accessible to all which was so important as we wanted the whole company to benefit from this opportunity. It’s rare to finish a two- day course and want more but that’s how we all felt. Not more of Jorge’s singing, but everything else.
EID for Teams opens conversations about cultures and preferences that we often avoid with our colleagues. In our avoidance, we miss opportunities for creativity or dismiss important differences that affect our capacity to function at our best.
The benefits of training for the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity model and the Team Reset have been so significantly helpful in my personal practices and professional development. The process of gaining insights that then informs sustainable actions lead to possible systemic change in the institution. Church leaders in workshops I have facilitated around the country have been so receptive to the EID model because of its affirming and positive approach to change.The EID process also resonates for me one of the Wesleyan spiritual practices. So much so that I use the materials both in its intended context and also introduce the process as a spiritual practice for discipleship. Now that I am also serving a local church, I am using EID to ground the church’s leadership development to cultivate the Christ culture.
Not only are Lee and Anita amazing instructors but they are even better people! They are both extremely knowledgeable, patient and their close friendship adds to the entire experience. The information I learned from their course has changed the way I operate my business, interact with people and more importantly my life at home. I can not recommend them enough!
Making the decision to have all the staff in our department participate in EID training has provided the single biggest return of all the professional development training that we have participated in. On a daily basis I see evidence of the learnings we have experienced in how staff interact with each other and the communities we serve. In particular, awareness of cultural differences has changed the way we communicate with each other and has elevated the level of trust within our team, making us more effective in the work we do.
In 15 years of doing Diversity & Inclusion work, I have never met a more dedicated group of professionals than Anita, Lee and Jorge. The train-the-trainer session was worth every dime. Since then, I have used the EID content with clients from a wide range of industries. What I appreciate most about Anita, Lee and Jorge’s work is that it is application based methods steeped in research.
Our staff and faculty felt they received easy-to-use tools and advice to take back to their work sites, and the training provided an exceptional foundation in making emotional intelligence and diversity accessible and understandable.
The Emotional Intelligence and Diversity workshop is dynamic and fast-paced. Each segment contained useful tools with practical applications for any corporate environment. It provides a framework for developing respectful communication, understanding the anger cycle and managing organizational change and transition. I would highly recommend this workshop both personally and professionally.
I really enjoyed the EID program. It was very interactive and engaging, and was well organized and facilitated. It helped me become aware of my blind spots and bias so that I can more successfully engage the broad diversity that exists in my staff, faculty and colleagues around campus. I am a better leader because of the EID program.
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