Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Neuroscience SIG: The Neuroscience of Psychological Safety, Interpersonal Trust, and Empathy

September 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

$10.00 – $32.50


Topic: The Neuroscience of Psychological Safety, Interpersonal Trust, and Empathy

Host: Ellen Cohen, J.D., CPCC, PCC

Speaker: Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D.

CCE’s: 1.25 Core Competencies / 0.25 Resource Development 

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 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.



All people have a profound need and capacity to connect with each other, including those working in organizations. Social connections are critical for our species to address and cope with survival-related threats (real or imagined). An important way that we cultivate social connections is through our ability to perceive the thoughts, emotions, and feelings we experience in others. Individuals who have social and emotional intelligence successfully navigate the politics inherent in organizations, better manage conflict with others at work, and sustain relationships with colleagues.

This session describes new research on how to measure and change a key aspect of an effective company and team culture: Interpersonal trust and psychological safety. The presenter will summarize the latest neuroscience research around interpersonal trust and its relationship to the hormone oxytocin that provides insight into the biological survival roots of unconscious bias and in-group bias. Finally, practical suggestions for enhancing team and organizational psychological safety, interpersonal trust, and a culture of empathy will be presented.

About Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D.

Kenneth M. Nowack, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY13758) and Co-founder/Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning, Inc. (www.envisialearning.com). Ken received his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has published extensively in the areas of 360-degree feedback, leadership, stress, coping, and wellness. He is the author of two books and his latest is Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don’t Get It, 2nd Edition (https://www.amazon.com/Clueless-Coaching-People-Just-Dont/dp/0615545629). Ken serves on Daniel Goleman’s Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and serves as Editor-in-Chief for the American Psychological Association Journal Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research. Ken is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 13; Society of Consulting Psychology).



About Ellen Cohen, J.D., CPCC, PCC

Ellen Cohen, J.D., CPCC, PCC, is an executive coach certified by CTI and the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is an enhanced practitioner in Conversational Intelligence (CIQ). She focuses her coaching on senior executives and lawyers across industries (e.g., banking, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consulting, entertainment and healthcare) to enhance their professional impact, build high-performance skills, and cultivate wellbeing and resilience.  Prior to becoming a coach, Ellen spent over 20 years as an entertainment attorney in business affairs at Disney, Showtime, Sony, Fox, and Microsoft. She also holds certifications in yoga, meditation, reiki, and breathwork. She received her BA from Brandeis University and her JD from Emory University School of Law.




September 24, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
$10.00 – $32.50
Event Category:


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available