Marc Brackett Keynote Speaker
- Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
- Bestselling Author, Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success
- Expert on Performance & Leadership
Marc Brackett's Biography
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University, and author of the best-selling book, Permission to Feel, which has been translated into 25 languages.
As an award-winning researcher for 25 years, Marc has raised over $100 million in grant funding and published 175 scholarly articles on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, physical and mental health, and workplace performance.
Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that has been adopted by over 5,000 schools across the globe, improving the lives of millions of children and adults. RULER infuses the principles and skills of emotional intelligence into school systems, enhancing how administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. It has been proven to boost academic performance, decrease school problems like bullying, enrich classroom climates, reduce teacher stress and burnout, and enhance teacher instructional practices.
Marc is featured regularly in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. He serves on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nonprofit that founded the SEL field and he’s on the program board for the Mental Health Coalition, founded by Kenneth Cole and the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council, founded by Selena Gomez.
Marc has been the keynote speaker at over 700 conferences around the world, including the White House, U.S. Departments of Education and Defense, Surgeon General’s office, New York Times, Aspen Institute, the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, and dozens of fortune 500 companies. Marc regularly consults with large companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a corporate learning firm that develops innovative digital learning systems for emotional intelligence. In 2022, with Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann, Marc and his team co-created HowWeFeel, a free Apple award-winning app designed to teach emotion skills and enhance well-being.
In January 2024, Marc launched the YouTube webcast, Dealing With Feelings, where he interviews prominent scientists, actors, authors, musicians, sports figures, and other notable personalities to discover their mindsets about emotions and the strategies they use to attain goals, build healthy relationships, and have a sense of well-being in life. Marc’s intimate conversations will offer listeners practical skills and evidence-based strategies for regulating emotions in positive, intentional ways.
“I want everyone to become an emotion scientist,” Marc says. “We need to be curious explorers of our own and others’ emotions so they can enhance, rather than hinder our well-being and success in life.”
Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.
Marc Brackett's Speaking Topics
Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice at Work
Emotions can either hurt or help us. In this presentation Marc will describe how people can harness the wisdom of emotions to enhance decision making, leadership skills, relationships, well-being, workplace creativity, and organizational performance. Marc will also teach the emotional intelligence framework developed at Yale, which includes five key skills that have been shown to help people achieve greater personal and professional success.
Creating an Emotion Revolution in our Nation's Schools
Emotions inform learning, thinking, decision making, creativity, relationships, mental and physical health, and everyday performance. In this highly interactive presentation, Marc will discuss his Center’s whole-school, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) which has been adopted by over 5,000 schools across the U.S. and around the world. A particular focus will be on why a systemic approach to SEL leads to better outcomes, including reduced aggression and bullying, more effective leading and teaching, greater academic achievement, and more positive classroom and school climates.
Emotional Intelligence: Key to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Successful Children
In this interactive presentation, Marc will first discuss his Center’s research on the “emotional state” of our nation’s children and families and describe the theory and skills of emotional intelligence, which have been shown to support optimum health, well-being, and academic success. He’ll then teach the skills, tools, and practices developed at Yale, which can immediately support parents in developing their own and their children’s emotional intelligence.
Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Achieve Optimum Well-being and Success
Emotions matter. What we do with our emotions is especially important. The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) unpack the global research study conducted at Yale on the characteristics of “feelings mentors”, describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life.