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.

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.

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.

Yanneke Josephus Jitta

EICC Meta-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.

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.

MAtt Taylor

EICC Meta-Coach & Faculty Member

Matt is the founder of Noble Story Group. He has coached and trained hundreds of education and non-profit leaders over the last 15 years, from CEOs to school principals.

Matt’s 5 Square methodology is used as an anchor leadership development tool in non-profit organizations, school leader development programs, and executive coaching programs across the country. Matt began his leadership career at Amistad Academy Middle School after ten years of teaching. During Matt’s tenure as principal, Amistad distinguished itself as the #1 middle school in Connecticut for African American student achievement.  Matt earned his B.A. in History from Carleton College, an Ed.M. in School Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Education, PCC coaching certification from the International Coaching Federation, and Goleman EI’s Emotional Intelligence Coach Certification. His first book, The Noble School Leader, was released in April Jossey-Bass Publishers.

It is a workbook that makes my EI-based 5-Square coaching approach accessible as a self-guided practice for leaders and especially education leaders. It is also meant to be an intervention in mission-driven sectors to center social-emotional leadership in leadership competency development. My hope is that the book, like 5-Square coaching, can spark hope, reduce suffering, increase equity and inclusion, and help leaders and the people they lead thrive in their work and their lives. There has never been a more crucial time for leaders to cultivate the social-emotional conditions for learning and growth than now. I believe this book will be a unique tool for building the leadership competencies to do just that.

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