Does Emotional Intelligence Matter in Business?

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has become a hot topic, but how do we cultivate it tangibly and practically within our businesses now?

About this Event

“Emotional intelligence is not a static trait – it can be cultivated and learned at any point in life, by anyone, to their benefit and the benefit of those they interact with.” – Dr. John Gottman

Boly:Welch presents a panel on Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

There is no shortage of articles and leaders touting the importance of emotional intelligence. However, there has been a lack of in-depth discussion on how to tangibly cultivate EQ, especially in light of the events of the past year.

Join Boly:Welch as we discuss EQ with three in-demand leaders and consultants: Travis Stovall, Shari Dunn, and Joni Roylance. We’ll define EQ, delve into practical and repeatable approaches to grow EQ within ourselves and our teams, and discuss expectations around emotionally intelligent leadership during COVID-19 and the racial justice movement.

Whether your organization is boutique or Fortune 500, local or global, increasing EQ in yourself, your leaders, and your colleagues is good for business.

After our panelists have had a chance to share their insights, there will be time for Q & A.

We’re excited to welcome our panelists:

Travis Stovall

Travis Stovall brings a unique perspective to organizational health and development. He currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of, a firm focused on helping individuals find work they love and companies build highly-aligned teams. He is known for being active in the community and was recently elected as Mayor of Gresham, Oregon. He resides in Gresham and enjoys representing this part of the region and its tremendous assets. Stovall has been featured in The Oregonian for his dynamic leadership of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce as President of the Board of Directors. In addition, he is a board member of several prominent local and regional organizations, including TriMet. In 2009, Stovall was chosen as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.

Shari Dunn

Shari Dunn is the CEO/Principal of ITBOM, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in institutional and organizational coaching around equity, leadership, change management, women in leadership, and workforce development. ITBOM consults with companies as diverse as Fortune 500s, state agencies, and medium to small-sized businesses. Shari is a former non-profit CEO, attorney, journalist, and foundation funder. Shari was the Co-VP of Power of Attorney Foundation, a sub-grantee of the former Atlantic Philanthropies. She has been quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Non-Profit Quarterly, and more. She is also an adjunct at the University of Portland in the Pamplin School of Business and serves on the Oregon Talent and Workforce Development Board. Her approach is outside the traditional human resources paradigm and is meant to help institutions with a systemic redesign to bring workplace equity. Shari has been awarded Executive of the Year and one of the Women of Influence by the Portland Business Journal, amongst many other awards and honors.

Joni Roylance

Joni is the Chief Human at Advanced Beings, LLC, where she partners with organizations that demonstrate a desire to grow and reinvent towards a better future for their business, their customers, their employees, and the world at large. She supports leaders who are ready to up-level into a new experience of work and success, as well as individuals who are looking for support in finding their truest, most authentic path towards personal greatness. Joni offers coaching, consulting, leadership training and readiness support in the space of all things workforce and large scale change, like workforce strategy, training, leadership development, organizational change, and optimizing HR. Areas of expertise include: the Future of Work, Adaptive Leadership, Employee Experience, Human Driven Design, and Transformation Readiness. She has worked with numerous global Fortune 50 organizations as well as small businesses, with a client list that includes Nike, Microsoft, Disney, Chevron, OHSU Foundation, and PGE to name a few.


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