Meet Our Team

S. Michele Nevarez

Founder & CEO

As Founder and CEO of Beyond EI’s Coaching and Training programs, Michele’s vision is to democratize Emotional Intelligence as a means of igniting personal and global agency.

This driving force is at the core of how the programs she has designed translate EI from theory to a powerful and practical vehicle for meaningful transformation and lasting habit change. It isn’t enough to leave our insights of Emotional Intelligence at the level of theory. We must operationalize EI in a manner that we come to know first-hand what it means to embody the wisdom of EI in our own lives.

Michele brings 25+ years of executive leadership experience working for industry leaders in healthcare, investment management, management consulting, and manufacturing. A founding member of Rangjung Yeshe Institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Michele has been studying Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practicing the wisdom at the core of its contemplative meditation practices for 29 years.

Michele received her B.A. in Religion from Bryn Mawr College and Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Gerard François

Chief Revenue Officer

Gérard’s experience spans several continents and cultures, where he has developed a superb track record in leading, managing and motivating sales teams and successfully engineering and negotiating large, complex deals.

His operational expertise includes pipeline management, workforce productivity, market segmentation and coverage deployment. A cultivator of people, leaders, and relationships, Gerard’s brings his negotiations and sales expertise to bear on all client challenges-delivering creative solutions to deals that drive real business results.

Previously, Gérard joined K&R Negotiation in November 2012 as General Manager for EMEA. K&R Negotiation is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions and sales transformation around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, CISCO, Microsoft, EMC and Xerox.

Sharon Fried

Chief Operating Officer

Sharon has 25+ years of overall management consulting experience with a focus on business strategy and operations.

Sharon worked at the Board and C-Suite levels, in international efforts promoting cross company agendas; delivering long-term business results and meeting organizational goals with a unique blend of management consulting, executive entrepreneurship, people – and organizational development. Sharon has a passion for Operations and Organizational Development; leading and coaching people through new or changing business realities towards exceeding expectations and meeting organizational goals. Sharon worked with companies such as Booz Allen & Hamilton and Office Depot before becoming an independent consultant. Sharon holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach and is a member of the AFNB – Academy for Neuroscience Education Management.

Alfonso Corral

Spanish Project & Community Consultant

Alfonso is a Spanish graduate in International Relations, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Emotional Intelligence and Psychology. He has previously worked as a volunteer in Cambodia and Spain.

Anthony Boschi

Writing & Creative Specialist

Anthony is passionate about delving into the abstractions of consciousness and seeks new ways to explain the innerworkings of our own mind and brain.

On this pursuit, Anthony has realized that Emotional Intelligence evokes the introspection required to arrive at insights about our own tendencies. He feels that with this, we can develop constructive habits that direct us toward the visions we have in our life, form deep connections with our peers and explore beyond the limitations we once placed on ourselves. As a TEDx speaker and co-creator with Unit Foundation, Anthony always looks to inspire communities to tap into their creativity and strive for optimal performance. One of his favorite quotes is as follows: “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit”. – Napoleon Hill

Anthony received his BA in Psychology and Neuroscience, alongside an additional program in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick.

Carole Edwards

Project Manager

Carole is a Certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach whose experience includes 35-years as an engineer, manager, and mentor in the oil industry.

She holds masters’ degrees in Engineering and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Today she focuses on working with others who are struggling in high-stress environments, to go beneath the surface and help them make lasting transformational changes in their personal and professional relationships by learning and applying science-based emotional intelligence concepts and techniques. Carole lives in Colorado and enjoys traveling, hiking, painting, and writing.

Carole received her Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.

Daniel Woldegiorgis

Fullstack Developer

Daniel is a Computer Science graduate from Williams College. He was an Associate Data Science intern at Service Management Group in Missouri where he worked on NLP Algorithms. He enjoys spending his free time teaching high school students how to code.

Fernando Restoy

Educational Programs Manager

After receiving his Master’s degree, Fernando interned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. There, he initiated, planned, and coordinated the first UN Conference on Emotional Intelligence.

He is an Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach, an Educational Supervisor in the NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, and the founder of The Ripple Effect, an organization whose mission is to help Spanish speakers create the conditions for themselves to thrive by developing Emotional Intelligence. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, participated in several webinars and podcasts, and written the Emotional Intelligence and the Sustainable Development Goals chapter in the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Steven Omondi

Fullstack Developer

Steve is a graduate from Williams College, where he mainly focused on Computer Science and Japanese. During his free time, he enjoys going on long bike rides and listening to podcasts.

Belinda Chiu

EICC Meta-Coach & Faculty Member

Dr. Belinda Chiu focuses on individuals and organizations to co-create healthier ecosystems for flourishing. With a foundation in emotional intelligence and applied behavioral psychology, she merges research and scholarship with practical application marked by theory and humor.

Founder of Hummingbird research coaching consulting, Belinda is an ICF-PCC executive and leadership coach and facilitator and works across sectors, from healthcare to tech to IGOs. With a background in higher education and international affairs, she also serves as visiting/program faculty and leadership coach with the Tuck and Gabelli schools of business, Dartmouth College, and Goleman EI; a Teaching Fellow with Bill George’s True North Leadership; and a Certified Teacher with the Google-born Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. An International Liaison with the U.S. State Department, she serves as an advisor for eiFOCUS to cultivate female leaders through sports and Laughter on Call to cultivate shared laughter. A contributor for Thrive Global, Beyond EI, and Key Step Media, and author of The Mindful College Applicant (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), she is currently researching compassionate leadership, nature, awe, and purposeful play. She lives in New Hampshire with the pink-nosed pup, Bandit.

Sarah Kivel

EICC Meta-Coach & EI Faculty Member

Sarah Kivel is a Leadership and Performance Coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with CEOs, entrepreneurs, athletes, and healthcare leaders from around the world on Emotional Intelligence coaching and focus training.

She is also a certified Beyond EI Meta Coach and Beyond EI Faculty member. As a lifelong athlete, she founded eiFOCUS™, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empowers women and girls in sports with the leadership skills of Emotional Intelligence so that female athletes can thrive in sport and in life. Sarah is the author of SWEAT: Success With Empathy and Trust, An Emotional Intelligence Playbook for Coaches of Female Athletes. She is also the host of “The Focused Athlete” podcast. Sarah is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.

Yanneke Josephus Jitta

EICC Coach & Faculty Member

Yanneke feels deeply inspired by the fact that by training our minds, we can align our actions with our desired results.

Moreover, in accordance with the most recent scientific findings, she believes that we need to embrace kindness and empathy if we want to arrive at any true development. Yanneke’s Buddhist studies and practice have strengthened her emotional self-awareness, which is the very foundation of emotional intelligence. She enjoys guiding her emotional intelligence coachees towards activating their own EI, and welcomes anyone to join her on this EI journey.

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