Lunch & Learn: Improve Business Success with Emotional Intelligence


Organized and hosted by NextCorps

Co-sponsored by Rochester IEEE Young Professionals

Research continues to show that not only is emotional intelligence (EI/EQ) a greater predictor of success than intellectual intelligence (IQ), it also leads to a happier, healthier life. While emotions can contribute to challenges, with EI skills, they become resources to empower change, fuel collaboration, and spark innovation.

This lunch and learn will combine an interactive presentation with small group activities to give participants an understanding of EI and how it can aid the entrepreneurial journey. All participants will also have the option to receive their personalized Unlocking EQ Report (UEQ).

Participants will learn how to use EI to:

  • Establish a leadership style when assembling a team

  • Pitch investors and receive feedback constructively

  • Negotiate with a potential partner (e.g. a manufacturer, consultant, etc.)

  • Avoid jumping to conclusions in stressful situations by using "the ladder of inference"


Tickets are normally $15, but IEEE members can save $5 with discount code nextcorpsIEEE.

  Date and Time




  • NextCorps
  • 260 East Main Street
  • Rochester, New York
  • United States 14604
  • Building: Sibley Square
  • Room Number: Suite 6000
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  • Co-sponsored by Rochester IEEE YP Chair


Melanie DellaPietra

Melanie DellaPietra of People Minded


Melanie DellaPietra is the Founder of People Minded. By shifting from a focus on talent acquisition to talent development, Melanie helps teams unleash their untapped potential, reducing a reliance on external resources to close the gap. Through her partnership with Six Seconds, Melanie utilizes a variety of tools and assessments, to build bridges for discussing people performance and workplace dynamics in simple, human language. As the local license holder for DisruptHR, Melanie strives to inspire new ways of addressing persistent challenges in organizations and the community. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from St. John Fisher College, a Change Leadership certificate from Cornell University and is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Assessor and Practitioner.

Registration ticket includes lunch provided at the event.

Parking is available on the street or in the nearby St. Joes or Mortimer St parking garages.