Speakers

Neal M. Ashkanasy

Neal M. Ashkanasy OAM, PhD is Professor of Management in the UQ Business School at The University of Queensland, Australia. He studies emotion in organizations, leadership, culture, and ethical behaviour.  He has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Review, the Journal of Management, and the Journal of Applied Psychology.  He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Learning & Education.  He is currently Associate Editor for Emotion Review and Series Editor for Research on Emotion in Organizations.  He is the founder and administrator of the Emonet Listserv.  He is also a Fellow of several learned societies, including ASSA, SIOP and APS.

Marc Brackett

Marc Brackett PhD 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 lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 schools across the United States and in other countries including dozens in Australia. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards. He consults regularly with corporations like Facebook and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design. Marc is the author of the forthcoming book, Permission To Feel. He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido.

Joseph Ciarrochi

Joseph Ciarrochi is Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University. Joseph has published over 110 scientific journal articles and many books, including the best selling Get out of your mind and into your life teens, and the influential book, Thriving Adolescent. In the adult area, Joseph has published The Weight Escape, and Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The seven foundations of well-being, and Emotional intelligence: A practitioner’s guide. He has been honoured with over four million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on television, and in magazines, newspaper articles, and radio. His publications on emotional intelligence are amongst the most cited in the world.

His research focuses understanding and promoting flexible strength (or psychological flexibility). Flexible strength is the ability to use psychological skills in a way that promotes personal growth and builds vitality and valued action. The psychological skills that support flexible strength have been given many labels, including: emotional intelligence, mindfulness, emotional awareness, value clarity, self-compassion, growth mindset, creativity, willpower, resilience, persistence, and grit.

Carolyn MacCann

Carolyn MacCann is an Associate Professor at The University of Sydney’s School of Psychology. She received her PhD from The University of Sydney in 2006, and has completed post-docs at the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ, USA) and the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW). Her research has focused on two main areas: (a) psychological testing and test development, particularly of noncognitive constructs (“soft skills” like emotional intelligence personality, time management, and teamwork), and considering non-standard methods such as situational judgment tests, and multi-media assessment; and (b) emotional intelligence, including both measurement issues, the prediction of key outcomes, and the processes by which emotional intelligence affects such outcomes.

Nicola Schutte

Nicola Schutte is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New England, Australia.  Her research interests lie in the area of positive psychology, with a focus on emotional intelligence. Together with research collaborators, she has investigated the assessment of emotional intelligence; the dimensional nature of emotional intelligence; outcomes associated with emotional intelligence, including aspects of mental health, relationships, workplace functioning, and telomere length; and approaches to increasing emotional intelligence.