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Since 1995, when Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ became an international bestseller, Emotional Intelligence has become ubiquitous. The Harvard Business Review called Emotional Intelligence—which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities—“a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” and chose his article “What Makes a Leader” as one of ten “must-read” articles from its archives. What’s more, Emotional Intelligence was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME Magazine. Both businesses and educators have benefited from EI: educators have embraced EI in the form of social and emotional learning (SEL) and leadership and employee development have flourished in the business world because of it.

“By teaching people to tune in to their emotions with intelligence and to expand their circles of caring, we can transform organizations from the inside out and make a positive difference in our world” — Daniel Goleman

About Us

We believe Emotional Intelligence is the foundation for a better world. Our clients agree.

We are the trusted resource for EI education. Grounded in the evidence-based framework of EI, The Emotional Intelligence Leadership Competency Model developed by Daniel Goleman draws upon the best of what we know about the brain and habit change. We transform EI from theory into practice and meaningful action. We bring EI to life.

Goleman EI (GEI) has supported initiatives as diverse as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the World Economic Forum Coalition for Digital Intelligence, and the daily life of schools, hospitals, and businesses across the world. We believe that everyone is a leader; we all impact others through our relationships.

Our programs are dynamic, experiential, and accessible to those leading busy lives. We innovate to meet client needs and scale EI for new audiences as the beneficial, “revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” that it is.

Our Leaders

Michele Nevarez
CEO & Chief Education Officer

Founder and creator of the Goleman EI suite of Coaching and Training programs, Michele’s vision is to democratize EI as a means of igniting personal and global agency. This driving force for Michele is at the core of how our programs translate EI from theory to a powerful and practical vehicle for meaningful transformation and lasting habit change.

Michele brings 25+ years of executive leadership experience working for industry leaders in healthcare, investment management, management consulting, and manufacturing. A founding member of Rangjung Yeshe Institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Michele has practiced mindfulness-based training for 27+ years.

Michele received a B.A. in Religion from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Daniel Goleman


Ann Flanagan Petry

Chief Product Officer

Sharon Fried

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Matthew Lippincott

Chief Solutions Officer

Gerard François

Chief Revenue Officer

Our Team

Gabriela Acosta

Interim Communications Director

Belinda Chiu

EICC Faculty, VP Content/ Educational Programs

Conor Davis

Project Manager

Sasha Dingle

EICC Faculty and Program Manager

Kaia Goleman

Director HR/Legal

Shayna Hammond

EICC Faculty and Program Manager

Yanneke Jitta

EICC Administrative Coordinator

Bryant Paul Johnson

Creative Director

Sue Bee Larson

Independent Bookkeeper

Tessa Menatian

Senior Writer and Editor

Fernando Restoy Rodriguez

GEI Program Intern

Sam Mathi

GEI Program Intern

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

Improve Decision Making

Resolve Conflict

Reduce Employee Turnover

Enhance Focus

Develop Mentoring Skills

Increase Productivity

Boost Well-being

Foster Teamwork

Nourish Business Networks

Ready to Transform Your Life, Career or Business?

We Offer Practices and Learning Tools For Everyone. Check Out Our Emotional Intelligence (EI) One-on-One Coaching, Online Courses, and Certification Programs.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) differentiates top performers beyond IQ and technical abilities. The Harvard Business Review calls it “a key leadership skill,” and the World Economic Forum named Emotional Intelligence as a core work-related skill, which is predicted to “be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills.” EI enables us to understand and navigate our own emotions as well as our relationships. This skill set is vital throughout our lives—whether we’re leading a team, raising a family, or simply want to make a positive impact in the world.

What We Offer

Goleman EI translates theory into accessible and transformative practices that lead to EI development and habit change. EI helps us bring out the best in ourselves and others. Our programs offer scalable and experiential learning, empowering individuals and organizations to bring about the positive change they want to see in the world.

Offering the gold standard in EI education, you can embark on your own transformative journey to develop Emotional Intelligence. Join our global community to bring EI training to your team or organization as a force for good.

Our Approach

Our programs utilize the framework of the 4 Domains and 12 Emotional Intelligence Leadership Competencies to bring about meaningful shifts in behavior. To optimize the learning journey and help you create positive habit change, we incorporate three key components:

  • Learn: Practical explanations and examples of EI in the form of a short article or video.
  • Practice: An immediate application of what you just learned.
  • Reflect & Journal: At the end of each day, you reflect on how the practice went and share your insights and questions with your learning group and/or your coach.

Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC) Program

Take The Next Step To Become An EI Certified Coach And Help Your Clients Find Their Path.

Get Started Today When You Apply to Goleman EI’s Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program.


The Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC) is an intensive program, on par with graduate and professional-level studies, providing participants access to the only coaching certification and suite of EI offerings that Dr. Goleman has released. Over the years, many programs have drawn upon Dr. Goleman’s work, but this is the only program he is formally affiliated with and which operates with his direct involvement.

The EICC incorporates the following in-person and virtual learning components, providing students with a unique and evidence-based framework for their own EI development as well as that of their clients:

  • Eight days of in-person training and nine months of coach-supervised coursework, including a practicum.
  • Evidence-based content created by leading experts in the fields of EI, Neuroscience, Leadership Development, and Coaching.
  • A Meta-Coach (an expert coach) for guidance and support.
  • Validated assessments and real-time feedback on progress.
  • A comprehensive EI toolkit adaptable for individual clients and large organizations.
  • An active community of peers and experienced coaches to consult with and foster mutual growth.

Our Commitment

Research has shown that EI can positively shape our relationships and our outcomes—at work and in life—yet developing the suite of EI competencies in a lasting and effective way can be a challenge without the support and guidance of a qualified coach.

Drawing upon evidence-based techniques, real-time feedback, and an applied coaching model, our aim is simple: to give coaches a framework to help their clients build Emotional Intelligence. We strive towards a transformative growth experience that brings beneficial impact not only to the clients you serve, but their entire circle of influence, the organizations in which they play a role, and society at large.

Ignite New Career Opportunities

All of Goleman EI's in-house coaches are trained and certified through our EICC program. After graduating from the program, participants have the option of launching a career as prestigious Goleman EI Associates and/or Goleman EI Coaches. We offer our Associates continued education opportunities, access to our proprietary habit-forming coaching tools, and a career dedicated to the growth of others. Those who choose to become independent practitioners also have the option to leverage our coaching tools as they see fit within their own client base.

Upcoming Deadlines

Our Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program has three cohorts throughout the year: in January, May, and September.

Cohort Start January 2020 May 2020 September 2020
Priority Deadline ($1K Discount) November 7 March TBD July TBD
Final Deadline Date December 12 April TBD August TBD
Program Start Date January 6-10 May TBD September TBD
Residency Location Florida, USA Asia TBD Europe TBD
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Goleman EI Faculty

The Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC) program is designed using Goleman EI’s world-renowned research and is delivered by exceptional EI faculty with theoretical and practical experience. All faculty are committed to program participant learning outcomes by delivering hands-on coaching expertise and support.

Goleman EI expert staff are joined by the following distinguished visiting faculty: Hsuan-Hsiu Hung | Michelle Maldonado | Matthew Taylor

Bring EI Training To Your Organization

Goleman EI Offers Enterprise Solutions For Your Business.

Partner with Us to Offer EI Training to Improve Employee Performance, Leadership Effectiveness, and Customer Satisfaction.

Hire, Train and Promote for EI

Amid major shifts in the global workplace, organizations that survive and thrive must keep up with the pace of change. Stress, employee disengagement, and turnover cost organizations hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Consumers increasingly support businesses that share their values and boycott those that don’t. The same goes for employees. To attract, hire, and retain talent, organizations need to think about themselves differently. In addition to a core focus on the bottom line, creating a culture of purpose and engagement is now a top priority.

This mindset shift necessitates new tools and strategies, intended to address some of the critical problems facing organizations today:

  • 80% of employees with poor manager relationships are disengaged.
  • 50% of former employees left to get away from their manager.
  • 18% of US employees live with anxiety disorders.
  • Millennials believe employers are lacking in developing skills including EI.
  • EI, Leadership, and Social Influence are among the top 10 skills for the future workplace.

Emotional Intelligence holds the key.

Decades worth of research shows a relationship between EI and many of the most critical aspects of organizational performance. By improving the effectiveness of workplace relationships at all levels, these include leader success, global competitiveness, and diversity.

Education, experience, and IQ are core requirements for the top 20% of professionals. EI is what enables the very best in this already high-performing group to stand out.

When you partner with Goleman EI, our team takes a comprehensive look at your organization to assess the current climate of Emotional Intelligence (EI). This diagnostic process results in a customized approach, providing solutions that account for your organization’s unique goals, size, budget, and pain points.

Our Enterprise Services Include

  • In-person EI training
  • Leader-level EI Coaching Certification programs
  • One-on-one and group EI coaching engagements
  • GEI Faculty Facilitated online EI training
  • App-based EI learning
  • EI Certification For Organizations

Our Results

Leaders who invest in Emotional Intelligence training for themselves and their organizations develop the following critical skills that drive business results:

  • Engaging and inspiring leadership
  • Growth mindset
  • Stress management
  • Agility
  • Effective relationships

Online Emotional Intelligence Courses

We Offer Practical, Habit-Forming and Self-Paced Courses That Will Transform You in As Little as 6 Weeks.

Start Your Journey Towards A More Well-Rounded And Successful Life.

Pick From One Of Goleman EI’s Upcoming Online Course Start Dates:

  • November 4th, 2019
  • January 6th, 2020

Transform your life and career in as little as 20 minutes a day!

Develop your Emotional Intelligence with EI experts and global peers. Our courses bridge the gap between intellectual learning and the application of EI. Practical, hands-on exercises give you the EI toolkit to show up at your best in all areas of your life.

You can complete our courses from anywhere in the world; we welcome everyone interested in truly developing their Emotional Intelligence. Once you’ve completed the Foundational and Relationship Skills courses, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement that you can use to differentiate yourself in your current and future roles while deepening your personal relationships.

We also work with organizations to develop specialized online EI programs featuring facilitated group courses and live meetings.

Our Emotional Intelligence Courses & Certificate

Foundational Skills* Relationship Skills
Course Length 6 Weeks 6 Weeks
What You Will Gain Discover the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how it differentiates top-performers. You'll unlock the core EI skills as you embark on a journey to become a better version of yourself. Invest in your professional development by applying EI social skills to deepen your working relationships, improve customer service, and take your leadership skills to the next level.
Core Competencies Covered
  1. Self-awareness
  2. Focus
  3. Emotional balance
  4. Empathy
  5. Adaptability
  6. Positive Outlook
  1. Organizational Awareness
  2. Influence
  3. Coach and Mentor
  4. Teamwork
  5. Conflict Management
  6. Inspirational Leadership
Pricing $550

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* Foundational Skills is a prerequisite for the Relationship Skills course. Once both courses are completed, you are eligible for an EI Certificate of Achievement.

Find A Certified Coach

Achieve Your Goals With The Support of an EI Certified Coach.

Don’t Let Obstacles Hold You Back. Work With Our Support Team To Find The Right Coach For You.

Get Personalized Support From A Goleman EI Certified Coach

The Goleman Emotional Intelligence coaching program is a guided journal-based learning experience. Your dedicated EI certified coach will work with you to develop Emotional Intelligence (EI) habits to improve your well-being, deepen your personal and professional relationships, and unlock your career potential.

Select from a 12- or 24-week coaching engagement, which includes self-paced online learning coupled with a series of 1:1 coaching sessions.

A series of Assessments are designed to create a baseline for you and a starting place for your coaching partnership:

  • The Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI): A performance-oriented assessment, leveraging data from 80,000+ 360º assessments, 700,000+ raters, and the participation of more than 2,200 organizations.
  • The Personal Sustainability Index (PSI): A field-validated assessment focused on the Intensity and Balance of personal sustainability.
  • The Motivational Drivers & Behavioral Preferences (MDBP): A Goleman EI exclusive assessment that evaluates purpose and personal values.

Coming in 2020: Get The Power Of EI At Your Fingertips! Our New App Will Strengthen Focus, Emotional Balance, and More.