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Who is Six Seconds?

Founded in 1997, Six Seconds is the first and largest organization 100% dedicated to the development of emotional intelligence.  We research and teach the skills of emotional intelligence to enable individuals, teams, organizations, families, schools and communities to flourish. Six Seconds provides certification courses to train coaches, educators, and leaders in the use of Six Seconds’ original, evidence-based tools. These include individual and organizational assessments, case studies, and publications. We have offices and representatives in over 25 countries. We also conduct, support, and promote research globally on emotional intelligence and personal and organizational effectiveness.

Our clients include large entities such as HSBC, FedEx, the US Navy, Emaar, Lenovo, as well as schools and community organizations, and individuals around the globe.  From schools where children love to learn, to corporations where people thrive, to programs rebuilding lives, Six Seconds’ solutions are life-changing – and empower people to take ownership of a positive future.  To reach one billion, we need to go further.

PS. Wondering why are we called Six Seconds?   Here’s the story of our unusual name.

If you want to see this page in Spanish, please click here.

create your path2happiness virtual agora

At Create Your Path2Happiness Virtual Agora, we bring together emotional intelligence seekers and practitioners in North and Latin America, united by their passion to co-create a better future, by boosting personal and professional wellbeing into action.

Join us for a full day of interactive and exciting virtual experiences powered with emotional intelligence. Six Seconds is the largest emotional intelligence network in the world,  with thousands of certified practitioners in our EQ model and assessment tools working – and enacting positive changes- in businesses, schools, large and small organizations.

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En Ágora Mundial de Inteligencia Emocional & Felicidad: Crea tu Plan Personalizado Hacia la Felicidad reunimos a expertos facilitadores de inteligencia emocional y profesionales en América del Norte y América Latina, unidos por su pasión para co-crear un futuro mejor, al impulsar el bienestar personal y profesional a la acción.

Únase a nosotros para un día completo de experiencias virtuales interactivas y emocionantes basadas en inteligencia emocional. Six Seconds es la red de inteligencia emocional más grande del mundo, con miles de profesionales certificados en nuestro modelo de EQ y herramientas de evaluación que funcionan (y crean cambios positivos) en empresas, escuelas y todo tipo de organizaciones.


schedule of events (All times eastern/united states)

9:30 - 9:45 am 

Welcome by  Joshua Freedman, Six Seconds CEO

9:45 - 10:55 am

Sereen abu Maizer: Build your Path to Happiness with EQ

Join this interactive activity and learn how to use the 6 Seconds framework to master change and create your very own path to Happiness.

11:00 - 12:10 pm

Eric Pennington: Happy People are Better Leaders: Powering your Leadership with Artificial Intelligence

Strength your leadership, becoming a more connected happier leader using powerful EQ strategies created by Artificial Intelligence.

12:15 - 12:25 pm

Farewell by Jim Vaive, Six Seconds North America Regional Director

12:30 - 1:10 pm

LUNCH THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: A SENSUAL EXERCISE IN MINDFUL EATING with Ellen Kanner and Melissa Frantz

For this interactive lunchtime experience, you may bring a food/snack you love to the session.

1:15 - 1:25  pm

Meet & Greet time – Momento Social

1:25 - 1:30 pm

Bienvenida : Fiorella Velarde, Directora Regional LATAM Six Seconds

1:35 - 2:45 pm

July Urrutia: Las Personas Felices son Mejores Líderes: Empodera tu Liderazgo con Inteligencia Artificial

Fortalezca su liderazgo, convirtiéndose en un líder más feliz y más conectado utilizando las poderosas estrategias de EQ creadas por la Inteligencia Artificial.

2:50 - 3:55 pm

Fiorella Velarde:  Construye Tu Propio Camino A la Felicidad con EQ

Únase a esta actividad interactiva y aprenda a usar el marco de proceso de 6 segundos para dominar el cambio y crear su propio camino hacia la felicidad.

featured agora speakers

Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman

Joshua is one of the world’s preeminent experts on developing emotional intelligence to create positive change. With warmth and authenticity, he translates leading-edge science into practical, applicable terms that improve the quality of relationships to unlock enduring success. As CEO at Six Seconds, Joshua  leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners and researchers.

Sereen Abu Maizer

Sereen Abu Maizer


Sereen is a leader in the field of emotional intelligence (EQ) in Jordan. She is a Certified International Professional Trainer developing and conducting trainings for leaders in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as educational institutions across the Middle East.  Sereen has spoken at numerous events and conferences including at the World EQ Summits held in the U.A.E and India in 2017 and at Jordan’s 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. In 2016, Sereen co-founded Indigo, a company specializing in the social, emotional and educational development of children, and a preferred partner of Six Seconds in the Middle East.

Eric Pennington

Eric Pennington



Eric is a Six Seconds Certified & Six Seconds Preferred Partner and the author of the eye-opening guide to finding balance and personal growth, The Well-Being Guide: Making the Most of Life and Work. Based on personal experiences and as a follow-up to his 2008 book, Waking Up in Corporate America, the guide is practical and offers readers the opportunity to evaluate their own lives through self-discovery. He currently co leads Spirit of EQ, a a coaching and consulting company that assists individuals and businesses to reach their full potential by developing emotional and spiritual intelligence.

Jim Vaive

Jim Vaive


In 30 years of building and running a successful business, Jim Vaive learned that leadership is all about people – and that the same interpersonal skills which let people lead in business are essential to leading in personal life. This insight led Jim to pursue Emotional Intelligence, a science he’s brought to dozens of businesses and social ventures to support the creation of value for all stakeholders. Jim a Six Seconds Regional Network Co-Director, North America.

Ellen Kanner

Ellen Kanner



Ellen Kanner is the award-winning author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinne (VegNews book of the year, PETA’s first month of the month selection) and Huffington Post’s soulful vegan, VegNews, Civil Come, holistic primary care and many other publications A coveted speaker, award-winning and influential author on topics
related to veganism, literacy in the kitchen, conscious eating, sustainability and farm to table, Ellen is Gourmet Guru for the Global Pulse Confederation and ambassador of the American Pulse Association, which provides disclosure and content and original recipes . He has appeared in publications such as Thrive, VegNews and Psychology Today.

Melissa Frantz

Melissa Frantz


A passionate connector and creator, Melissa has been conceptualizing and producing event for over 20 years. A Miami local she learned from her mother, a caterer, the fine art of food as a connector and the intrinsic sensual experience it can be when savored. Her entrepreneurial spirit is from her father who encouraged her creativity and to believe in herself. Her background is in the non-profit and event marketing world. She produced fundraising events and sponsorship opportunities for iconic events such as the MS Bike Tour, Festival of Chefs, Miami Beach International World of Beer Festival and many other events both large and small.

Fiorella Velarde

Fiorella Velarde



Fiorella Velarde M.S; M.Ed, Florida-based psychologist, educator and trainer, is committed to create Value with emotional intelligence by assisting organizations and individuals to reach their full potential in her role of Regional Network Director – LATAM with Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network. 

July Urrutia

July Urrutia

Psychologist and Certified Six Seconds EQAC  based in Lima, Peru; July brings her experience in the creation of thriving workplaces through the use of happiness and emotional intelligence practices. July Urrutia  works internationally as a Business Coach for Happiness and Welfare at Work using Positive Psychology research applied to the organization’s teams. She is certified by International Coaching Certification – ICI International Association of Coaching Institutes and a Master Certified Points Of You®.