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Emotional Intelligence SIG: Navigating Empathy, Compassion and Empathic Distress for Coaches

November 30, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

$10.00 – $32.50


Topic: Navigating Empathy, Compassion and Empathic Distress for Coaches

Speakers: Desiree Briel Rodi, ACC / Kathy Hadizadeh, PCC / Arnaud Complainville, Ph. D.

CCE’s: 1.5 Core Competencies

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom.us / Your link to join the conference will be sent after you register. Remember to login before registering for the event.



We are deeply social beings, and we are wired for connection: The longest longitudinal study ever conducted by Harvard shows that the number one predictor of health and happiness is good human relationships. Self-awareness and empathy are deeply connected since they involve the same neural networks. Therefore, developing a good understanding of our own emotions will allow to better connect with others.

In this workshop, we will explore the importance of human connection for our health and well-being, and the 3 stages of human connection: Distancing, Empathy and Compassion. We will deep dive into the 2 types of empathy, their neural basis, and how excessive empathy can lead to empathic distress and distancing. We will also explore how to move from empathy to compassion and how compassion can protect us from empathic distress. Empathic distress is a key concern for professionals such as coaches who tend to absorb other people’s emotions. Learning how to handle these emotions with a caring approach is critical for your own and your clients’ emotional balance.


About Desiree Briel Rodi, ACC

Desiree Briel Rodi is an ACC certified coach who harnesses the power of Emotional Intelligence to drive awareness, action, and accountability. She has worked in higher education administration, non-profit management, and people & business strategy. Desiree holds a B.A. in Art and in American Studies from Yale University, an MBA from Seattle University where she has assisted with graduate leadership courses, and a Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching and MA in Organizational Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University where she is now pursuing a Ph.D.


About Kathy Hadizadeh, PCC

Kathy Hadizadeh is a former tech executive and an ICF Professional Certified Leadership and Executive Coach (PCC). Building on two Masters in Systems Engineering and Information Management and 15 years in corporate global leadership roles, Kathy supports corporate leaders in their integral development and corporations in growing a culture of mindfulness and mindful leadership through Heart-Mind Tuning Corporation. Kathy is also a UCLA Trained Mindfulness Educator and a SIYLI Certified Neuroscience based Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence consultant.


About Arnaud Complainville, Ph. D.

Arnaud has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, and strong business background, with an MBA from HEC Paris. Before co-founding NeuroMindfulness® Institute, Arnaud was a BCG consultant, and he held several Senior Executive positions in the pharmaceutical sector, in strategy and Business Development.

Arnaud was trained as an Evolutionary Coaching Consultant and CTT practitioner (Cultural Transformation Tools®) with Barrett Values Center and has a keen interest in bringing Neuroscience and Mindfulness techniques to the business world while leveraging his corporate experience to help leaders develop to their full potential. He is the co-author of NeuroMindfulness® methodology and NeuroMindfulness® Coach Certification program.
Beyond science, he is passionate about the power of breathing practices, skydiving, nature, and is a certified yoga teacher and breath coach.




November 30, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$10.00 – $32.50
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