"Emotional Intelligence
Lenses for Learning and Development"

Conference & Training

14 – 18 June 2021


The team of the Foundation for developing
Emotional intelligence, Bulgaria

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Emotional Intelligence Week – „Emotional Intelligence – Lenses for Learning and Development”, which will take place from 14 to 18 June 2021 and includes several virtual events.

The EI Week is supported by the International Society for Emotional Intelligence (ISEI), New York, USA. Emotional Intelligence (EI) has turned into a global phenomenon due to the comprehensive effect it has on the quality of life of individuals, professional groups and societies throughout the world.

The multidisciplinary nature of EI and its significance for the interpersonal relationships allow for its wide application in several different fields.   

The Fourth International Conference on Emotional intelligence

„Emotional Intelligence – Lenses for Learning and Development”

The conference will be held online on 14th – 15th of June 2021. The two-day online Conference will be a part of the activities in the 4th Emotional Intelligence Week. The Conference will bring together all members of ISEI – regional and national coordinators at ISEI, and leading researchers and practitioners from different countries.
The participants will share their current research or authored methods for measurement and application of Emotional Intelligence in different areas.

The language in the Conference will be in English.

Abstract submission before 1st of May 2021

Send us back at: office@foundation-ei.com


14 – 15 June 2021

The time zone of the program below is in Eastern European Summer Time ( UTC +3 )

14 June 2021


Welcoming speech, Dr. Antonina Kardasheva, Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Lecturer at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria, Founder and Executive director of the Foundation for Developing Emotional Intelligence, Bulgaria and National Coordinator for Bulgaria of the International Society of Emotional Intelligence (ISEI), New York, USA

Keynote speech


“Emotional intelligence and learning in organization:
A Neuroscientific Lense”

Maria Radoslavova, Ph.D, is a Professor of Organizational psychologist. She has 25 years’ experience in basic and applied research projects and 15 years in teaching. She is a member of American Society for Training & Development.

She has developed graduate and postgraduate courses in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, business Psychology, and others. Maria Radoslavova has an expertise in designing studies and processing data through statistical packages. She was a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals in psychology and for research proposals, as well as a student adviser.

Maria has diagnosed and consulted with financial, business and non-profit organizations to improve their operations and also developed programs for leadership trainings. She has published four books and more than 25 journal articles.

Maria’s Research Interests are in the field of Organization Theory, Strategic Leadership, Change management


Q&A Discussion

Keynote speech

“Emotional Intelligence and Resilience: Coping during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic”


“Emotional dynamics and learning opportunities in Lockdown: the Case of Clubhouse”

Dr. Irina Chongarova – Aron PhD

Kingston University – London, UK/Plovdiv University – Bulgaria

Irina has an academic background in linguistics and is an Associate Professor in Intercultural Communication. She is also a qualified psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists working with clients internationally. Her latest research focus is on the emotional dynamics of intercultural communication in the context of international migration.

She has completed a professional tranning in Emotional Intelligence Applications and is qualified as level 2 professional.  

“Autonomy as a central social and emotional skill in learning and development”

 Coffee break

Workshop session

 Final Discussion and closing the first day

15 June 2021

“Valuing Global Emotional Intelligence:
Developing an Australian EI community of practice”

Keynote speech

Keynote speech



Q&A Discussion

Keynote speech



Q&A Discussion

Coffee break

Workshop session

“Emotional intelligence in the Arts”

Final Discussion and closing the Conference

Keynote Speakers


Dr. John Pellitteri

President and co-Founder

PhD, President and co-Founder of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence (ISEI), New York, U.S.A., (www.emotionalintelligencesociety.org), Co-director of the ISEI Urban Initiative program.


Dr. Antonina Kardasheva

Founder and Executive director

Dr. Antonina Kardasheva, Ph.D.Founder and Executive director of the Foundation for Developing Emotional Intelligence, Sofia, Bulgaria, Managing Director of Smart Strategies consulting company.

Chris Skinner PORTRAIT

Dr. Chris Skinner

Associate Professor

Chair Professional and Personal Development, Medical School, Notre Dame University, Australia, Regional Director Australia of the International Society of Emotional Intelligence (ISEI).


Dr. Cimenna Chao Rebolledo

Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology

At present she is the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Social and Emotional Learning. Full time professor and researcher at the Department of Education at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and Director of the International Journal of Emotional Education and Wellbeing.


The Conference will extend into a two-level professional training certification on Emotional Intelligence
16 - 18 June 2021

The training will be provided by Dr. John Pellitteri, the President of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence, New York, U.S.A.

The training program will present participants with expert knowledge about empirically-based results on EI, as well as effective strategies and skills for its application in all areas of social life. The training is dedicated to professionals in the following fields:

  • education and training
  • psychological health/consulting/therapy
  • organizational consulting/coaching/management
  • business management/leadership/management/human capital and relations
  • Recruitment and Assessment centers

The Certificate will enable participants to apply EI interventions in their respective disciplines and work settings. The workshops are designed for those with basic and advanced knowledge in EI. The workshops will teach concepts and strategies that can be applied to multiple areas of practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own emotional intelligence as part of the training process as they learn to use EI strategies effectively in their work.


Professional training certification
on Emotional Intelligence
16 - 18 June 2021

16 June 2021


Emotional Intelligence Foundations (6 Hours)

History, development and current issues of EI

This class will provide an overview and address current issues in EI. It will give a framework for understanding the components of emotions, review the history and evolution of the major models (abilities, traits & competencies). Current challenges with conceptualization and measurement will be reviewed.

(B) Developing EI abilities

This experiential lab class is designed to explore each of the four areas of the abilities model of EI. Participants will engage in experiential activities aimed to teach and to develop (a) emotional perception (b) emotional facilitation of thinking (c) emotional knowledge and (d) regulation of emotions. Development of these abilities will serve as a foundation for personal growth as well as for implementing EI strategies in professional settings.

17 June 2021


Emotional Intelligence Assessment & Interventions
(12 in-class hours plus 3 pre/post class hours)

(C) Lab in emotional awareness training 1

The experiential lab activities will involve interactive and interpersonal activities on both days of the level 2 workshop aimed to develop each participants’ EI. Personal reactions and emotional states will be examined during the activities for the purpose of practicing emotional perception, understanding characteristics of emotions function, and applications for using emotional information in professional practice.

(D) EI Assessment methods for individuals and environments

This section of the workshop will address the use of EI assessment methods as applied to individuals and environments. There will be a review and discussion of assessment principles in general and EI assessment in particular. Participants will be administered assessments (prior to the class) and learn to score and interpret the measures in the workshop.  In becoming familiar with the major EI assessment tools participants can begin to incorporate an emotional lens to their evaluation procedures.  [The workshop does not provide certification to use the MSCEIT.  This test would require additional specialized training]

(E) Lab in emotional awareness training 2

This section is in conjunction with section D (Assessment) and will use the participants results on the pre-workshop measures as a basis for continued self-development.  Participants will identify areas of strength and areas for improvement in expanding their own EI capacities.

(F) EI Strategies (General & discipline-specific)

This section covers general principles and strategies of using EI-based interventions in professional settings. Participants, through smaller group formats, will learn and develop specific strategies applicable to their own type of setting (educational, clinical, organizational, business). Case studies will be used and participants will analyze scenarios in order to apply assessment and strategies learned from previous sections.

(G) Developing and implementing an EI Intervention plan

Participants will work with instructors individually and in small groups to each develop a specific intervention plan for their discipline (education, clinical, or consultation -organizational). Plans will be aimed at facilitating positive changes using EI principles and will be a basis for integration into discipline-specific applications.

Early bird Registration by 30 April 2021

Early bird Speaker Registration


Per person

Register as a Speaker to attend the conference and workshops

Early bird Delegate Registration


Per person

Register as a Delegate to attend the conference and workshops

Early bird Training Registration


Per person

Register as a Participant in a three days’ professional certificate training in EI

Early bird EI Week Registration


Per person

Register as a Delegate and Participant to attend the conference, workshops and professional certificate training in EI