Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Best-selling author Margo Murray heads up extensive roster of educators, speakers at A&M-Kingsville institute for Emotional Intelligence Feb. 22-23

KINGSVILLE - January 25, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE, Texas (January 25, 2007) — The 2007 Institute for Emotional Intelligence at Texas A&M University-Kingsville kicks off two days of panels and workshops with a best-selling author, and promises a list of impressive panelists and speakers to follow.

This fourth annual conference provides a professional development program for those in education, business and elsewhere. Specifically, it provides a forum for educators, researchers, practitioners and leaders to share research and practical applications in emotional intelligence (EI) in primary/secondary, higher education and organizational settings. The theme for this year’s Institute is “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: A Vision of Excellence.”

The keynote speaker is best-selling author Margo Murray, writer of Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring: How to Facilitate an Effective Mentoring Process. The book, on its second edition, shares more than 30 years of experience and lessons learned by Murray as a line and staff manager, as a conductor of academic work in business and behavioral sciences and as a constructor and manager of human performance systems.

Murray is president and chief operating officer of MMHA, The Managers’ Mentors, Inc. According to its website, MMHA is an international team of professionals dedicated to enhancing the total quality of organizations' results and the productivity of self-directed people.

Murray and MMHA have been recognized with two Athena Awards for Excellence in Mentoring; the Athena Award Program honors exceptional leaders and seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. She also was rated Outstanding Contributor to the 2000 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.-U.S.A. Conference.

Murray has spoken to the United Nations secretariat about global mentoring experiences and met with former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss welfare reform and youth mentoring projects. She has been interviewed for a host of business media broadcasts and publications, including Executive Forum, Fortune Magazine and Insurance Broadcast Systems.

Degrees held by Murray include a B.S. degree with honors from Sacramento State College and an M.B.A. from John F. Kennedy University.

In addition to Murray, the Institute for Emotional Intelligence features some 50 panel participants from colleges, universities, school districts, private businesses and non-profit organizations. Some of those include representatives from Anderson University; Arizona State University; Better Board Governance; Brooks County I.S.D.; Coastal Bend College; Collaborative Growth, LLC; College of the Mainland; the Conover Company; Gallaudet University; Galveston College; Hindustan Petroleum Corporation; IntegratEI; MMHA The Managers’ Mentors, Inc.; Northside I.S.D.; Oklahoma State University; Premont I.S.D.; Presbyterian Pan American High School; South Texas College; Strategic Resources Assessments, Inc.; Texas A&M University-Commerce; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Texas A&M University-Kingsville; University of Arkansas; the University of Texas; and Virginia State University.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is home to the Emotional Intelligence Research Initiative (EIRI), dedicated to the research, study and development of person-centered assessment and education intervention models for high achievement and personal well-being of students and educators.  Based in the College of Education, the EIRI conducts and supports collaborative research with individuals, schools, community colleges, universities and organizations to assess and document the role and impact of emotional intelligence skills and competencies to achievement, performance, life effectiveness and health.

Registration for the two-day Institute is $125, which includes all tracks of the regular conference, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Registration is available online at http://www.tamuk.edu/edu/kwei000/2007_Registration.asp.

For more information on the 2007 EI Institute call 361-593-2901, 361-593-2203 or 361-318-7414.

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