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Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Transform Lives

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Co-hosted by The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence-China Project, Yale Club of Hong Kong, and Yale Center Beijing. This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

August 10, 2022 | Wednesday
8:30 am - 9:45 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
August 10 2022 | Wednesday
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Participation Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

The mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. Our wise use of emotion is especially important for making sound decisions, building maintaining healthy relationships, enhancing our physical and mental health, and success at work. In this interactive talk, Dr. Brackett will (1) describe recent large-scale studies on the most predominant emotions in our culture, (2) share his Center’s evidence-based “RULER” approach to social and emotional learning that has reached over 3,500 schools across the US and 27 other countries, and (3) teach participant strategies and tools to cultivate the skills of emotional intelligence to enhance their personal and professional success.

Opening Remarks

Neil Shen ’92
Founding and Managing Partner, Sequoia China


The Speaker

Marc Brackett
Founding Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Professor, Child Study Center, Yale University

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is featured regularly in popular media outlets. Marc serves on a number of boards, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nonprofit that founded the field of social and emotional learning (SEL).

Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 3,500 public, independent, and charter schools across the United States and in 27 other countries. Marc also has been the keynote speaker at over 600 conferences around the world, including the White House, U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Defense, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, General Electric, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as dozens of education conferences.

Marc is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive, which has been translated into 22 languages.

The Moderator

Carol Li Rafferty '00
Managing Director, Yale Center Beijing



Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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