University of Wisconsin–Madison

Emotional Intelligence@Work

Course Description

Practicing emotional intelligence (EQ) is an essential part of developing connection with others. The ability to recognize our own and others’ feelings is invaluable in today’s work environment. In this three-part course, you will learn and practice skills and strategies that build connection, trust, and cultivate inclusive decision-making and a sense of belonging.

Emotional Intelligence@Work is offered in two formats: a three-part, highly interactive, in-person cohort experience, or pick and choose to learn about specific topics in 90-minute EQ@Work Skills and Strategies virtual sessions. You will be invited to bring your own experiences and understanding as tools for individual and collective reflection, learning, discussion, and practice with others. If you are interested in gathering with colleagues and build your awareness, understanding, and capacity for emotional intelligence (EQ) – this is for you!

What to know:
As a member of the cohort, you will be asked to attend all three scheduled courses, every other week for six weeks, with the same group of people. Throughout the cohort, you will be invited to explore and examine the foundations, complexities, and practices of the following emotional intelligence elements:

  • Session 1: Noticing and Naming Emotions & Leading with Empathy
  • Session 2: The Power of Curiosity & Perspective-Getting, Tuesday
  • Session 3: Exploring Emotional Hooks & Moving Forward

Why should you attend?

  • Understand the anatomy of an emotion and examine how emotions and thoughts work together to influence behaviors.
  • Identify personal behaviors and actions influenced by emotions that impact decisions, results, and relationships in the workplace.
  • Review & practice strategies to build your own capacity to manage emotions intelligently and choose to respond, rather than react.
  • Learn and practice five Emotional Intelligence Strategies:
    • Noticing and Naming Emotions
    • The Power of Curiosity and Vulnerability
    • Leading with Empathy
    • Perspective-taking and Perspective-getting
    • Exploring Emotional Hooks

Please Note:This is intended to be a highly interactive workshop. Be prepared to bring your own experiences and understanding as tools for collective reflection, learning, and practice in small groups.


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




Tamie Klumpyan, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources


Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity


This course is part of the Inclusion@UW program.

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