Laura Belsten

- Executive Director, Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence™
- Founder and President of CEO Partnership

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Dr. Laura Belsten is an internationally known speaker on the topic of Social + Emotional Intelligence, and author of the Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile®. She has studied extensively with prominent EI scholars and researchers around the world, becoming certified in four leading emotional intelligence instruments before founding the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence® in 2010.


Laura is also the Founder of the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence, and an executive coach in private practice specializing in communication, leadership, management and emotional intelligence in the workplace. She is the author of the Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile, a comprehensive assessment helping leaders understand their strengths and potential development needs as they relate to Social + Emotional Intelligence.


The Institute is an international educational and research organization dedicated to bringing Social + Emotional Intelligence into people’s lives and into the workplace by equipping coaches, human resources (HR) professionals, executives and business leaders with the tools and skills they need to teach and coach the skills of Social + Emotional Intelligence.


Laura is also an executive coach in private practice for over 17 years, a Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coach Federation, and earned her Ph.D. in Leadership & Organizational Communication from the University of Denver in 1996.


She works with executives and leaders worldwide, helping them hone their communication and influencing skills, stress management and resiliency, conflict management skills and more. She has coached hundreds of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to federal, state and local government organizations, colleges and universities, research institutions and non-profits.


Dr. Belsten has been on the faculty of the University of Denver since 1990, teaching graduate courses in communication, conflict management, leadership, and emotional intelligence, and has completed post-doctoral work through three national coaching training programs. She holds the highest certification possible through the International Coach Federation, the MCC or Master Certified Coach. She has held senior executive and leadership positions throughout her 25-year professional career, and has operated her own highly successful coaching and leadership development business since 1997.


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The team of the 2014 World Business and Executive Coach Summit gratefully thanks Laura for his participation in the largest annual coaching event!

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