Women in Business luncheon to address EQ

Years ago it was thought that a person’s IQ was the most important attribute in the workplace. Today, behavioral health experts say that Emotional intelligence (EQ) plays a major role, too, and that the smartest people are not necessarily the most successful ones.

Women in business will soon have the opportunity to learn more about this interesting phenomenon and which one may carry more weight – IQ or EQ – in today’s business environment.

“Balancing IQ and EQ in the Workplace” will be presented at the Aiken Chamber’s Women in Business fall luncheon on Tuesday, November 18. The event will be held at Newberry Hall in downtown Aiken from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I think women in business will find the luncheon topic to be very interesting,” said Fran Jones, plant manager, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, and vice chair of Business and Community Development for the Chamber. “MORE QUOTE …..” Jones will serve as emcee of the luncheon.

The program will feature a panel of three who will provide insight on the importance of emotional intelligence, as well as examples of positive and negative EQ in the workplace. The panel includes Dana Rideout, a licensed professional counselor, Mary Woods, a licensed independent social worker, and Janice Jennings, executive director of Juilliard in Aiken. Program moderator will be Judy Boyle Chun, People Solutions, J.B. Chun and Associates.

The Women in Business fall luncheon is open to Chamber members; the cost is $35 per person. Register here.

Dana Rideout is a mental health therapist working in private practice with Aiken Counseling Group. Prior to going into private practice, she worked at Aiken Regional Medical Centers’ Aurora Pavilion where she facilitated group therapy sessions for patients seeking help from the hospital's inpatient and outpatient programming.

Her counseling experience and interaction with patients have helped her hone her knowledge of emotional intelligence and the impact raising one's emotional "IQ" can have at home and in the workplace.

Rideout is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a nationally certified board counselor (NBCC). She received a master's degree in teaching hearing-impaired children from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, a master's degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University and a bachelor's degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Mary Woods is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-CP) with a broad range of experience that includes working with individuals, couples, and families. She works as an independent contractor with Aiken Counseling Group providing mental health services to adolescents through the elderly.

Woods has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of social work. She serves as a social work instructor at Limestone College and has worked with the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Fort Gordon military installation, and a local hospice as a clinical social worker.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Augusta State University, and a master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists.

Janice Jennings has served as executive director of Juilliard in Aiken since May. Prior to her current position, she was the executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County.

She began her career on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC in the 1980s, where she served as a legislative advisor to U.S. Congressman Butler Derrick with responsibility for women’s, children’s, and education issues. She was the chief education advisor to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell from 1987 to 1994, serving as the only woman on a 12-person senior staff. Subsequently, she served as the assistant to the president for Public Policy in the office of Winthrop University President Anthony DiGiorgio. She moved to Aiken in 1998.

Jennings has served as the president of a statewide nonprofit organization and on numerous boards and commissions. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Duke University.

Panel moderator Judy Boyle Chun is the leader of People Solutions, a human capital development firm that helps organizations hire the right people and develop them to their full potential. The business also provides management development, executive coaching, human resource solutions and strategies for mergers and acquisitions.

She has extensive strategic, operational, human resource, and compliance experience. She currently serves as CEO Chair at Vistage International, the world’s leading executive peer advisory forum established in 1957. She brings together groups of successful executives across a broad array of industries and facilitates high performing peer advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives, and business owners.

Boyle Chun graduated from the University of Hawaii School of Business in Finance, the University of Hawaii Richardson Law School, and the Shidler School of Business, Executive MBA program. 

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