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.

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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.

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Videos of Marc Brackett

Marc at Character Lab
Marc at Character Lab
Marc on PBS
Marc on PBS
Marc on Good Morning America
Marc on Good Morning America
Marc at the 2023 AIM Symposium
Marc at the 2023 AIM Symposium
Marc on Today
Marc on Today
Marc on The Harlan Cohen Podcast
Marc on The Harlan Cohen Podcast
Marc at Google
Marc at Google

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Marc Brackett

Permission to Feel
Permission to Feel

Comments & Testimonials

Marc Brackett was incredible...Thank you for the opportunity to have him 'join' us (virtually) this morning.
Wellesley Public Schools
I’m so grateful that you were able to join us and to help build a healthier, more emotionally intelligent social good community.
Your keynote was an out of the park homerun and touched people deeply. We will work to support our network to put your message into practice.
Prevent Child Abuse America
This is the most effective training I have ever experienced! It was challenging, exciting, sometimes scary and taught with such care and integrity. Everyone with the desire to live life more fully and richer should listen to Marc and work on developing skills he teaches.
Charles Schwab
Home run! It was a perfect session. Absolutely one of the best and most useful sessions to enhance my work and life.
Goldman Sachs
While we anticipated that Marc's message would resonate with our attendees, we were struck by the affirmation many reported. The message about the importance of emotional expression was particularly poignant in the times we are living through.
Independent Educational Consultants Association
Your presentation at our firm-wide retreat was absolutely excellent. Your style – honest, at times self-deprecating, engaging, funny, etc. – was absolutely flawless and everyone enjoyed themselves from start to finish. You brought your A-game and we appreciate it!

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