KINGSVILLE (December 12, 2006)  Attendance figures are looking strong for the 2007 Institute for Emotional Intelligence, to be held at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Feb. 22-23.

Thus far, people from 18 states and multiple countries have registered for this fourth annual conference that provides a professional development program for those in education, business and elsewhere. Specifically, it provides a forum for educators, researchers, practitioners and leaders to share research and practical applications in emotional intelligence (EI) in primary/secondary, higher education and organizational settings.

The theme for this year’s Institute is “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: A Vision of Excellence.”

Fifty presenters are a part of the schedule, with bestselling author Margo Murray to provide the opening keynote presentation, “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership for World Health.” Murray wrote the book, Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring: How to Facilitate an Effective Mentoring Process, which provides advice drawn upon 30 years of her research and client experiences. She currently serves as president and chief operating officer of MMHA The Manager’s Mentor Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in total quality productivity performance system design and implementation.
Authors, researchers and founders of the Emotional Intelligence Institute, Drs. Gary Low and Darwin Nelson, are the other keynote speakers at the conference. Low will give the keynote presentation, “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: A Vision of Excellence,” and Nelson will offer the keynote presentation, “How to Change Your Emotional Mind.” Both will conduct the closing session, which includes a wrap-up, feedback and recommendations for 2008.

Other presentation topics will touch on incorporating EI with: high school curriculum, managing life transitions and change, beginning teacher candidates, the National Center for Deaf Education, communicating classroom/workshop civility, critical business projects and much more.

Registration for the two-day Institute is $125, which includes all tracks of the regular conference, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Registration is available online at http://www.tamuk.edu/edu/kwei000/2007_Registration.asp.

Prior to the Institute, Low and Nelson will hold an EI certification workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The workshop, separate from the two-day Institute, is currently full. If you would like to be placed on a standby list, notify Richard Hammett, coordinator of the 2007 EI Institute, at rhammett@stx.rr.com.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is home to the Emotional Intelligence Research Initiative (EIRI), dedicated to the research, study and development of person-centered assessment and education intervention models for high achievement and personal well-being of students and educators. Based in the College of Education, the EIRI conducts and supports collaborative research with individuals, schools, community colleges, universities and organizations to assess and document the role and impact of emotional intelligence skills and competencies to achievement, performance, life effectiveness and health.

For more information on the 2007 EI Institute, go online to http://www.tamuk.edu/edu/kwei000/Conferences/2007/2007_Conference.htm.

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