Australia Global Alumni in the Philippines hold webinar on Emotional Intelligence

Australia Global Alumni in the Philippines kicked off its Knowledge Sharing Series for 2021 with a webinar on Emotional Intelligence.

"The Emotionally Intelligent Leader: Ready and Future Proof" was convened on 27 March 2021 and equipped alumni with tools to help them cope with the ongoing health crisis."

"The Australian Government, through the Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program-Philippines, is more than happy to provide our alumni with the support that they need as we all navigate our way through this pandemic. Our Filipino alumni are leaders, changemakers and public servants are at the forefront of facing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis," said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson.

Over 180 alumni engaged in productive conversations on the value of emotional intelligence particularly during this unprecedented time.

Randy Arquiza (Australia Awards Short Course on the Law of the Sea, University of Wollongong, 2020), shared that "It is essential to maintain a good balance of IQ and EQ, and that practising with a solid and firm grip of emotional intelligence in the workplace, or in any setting for that matter, will go a long way in achieving organizational goals while nurturing healthy relationships among peers and colleagues."

Meanwhile, Lizabel Holganza (Australia Awards Short Course on Building and Strengthening Industry Associations and the Chamber Professional Management Team, Queensland University of Technology, 2005), underscored the relevance of the session: "[Emotional intelligence] is a gamechanger especially if adapted to the virtual environment as it has become the default playing field."

Reputed experts in the field – Dr Ben Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of Genos International; Dr Kevin McGourty, Leadership Development Trainer; and Ruby Manalac, Chief Operating Officer of Emovation - served as resource persons and led discussions.

The Alumni Knowledge Sharing Series is organised quarterly by the Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program-Philippines. This provides opportunities for alumni to network, connect, learn, and share expertise on relevant topics and engage in meaningful collaborations.

Its next activity, a regional Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Leadership Summit, will be convened in June 2021. The summit will bring together Australia Awards alumni from the Philippines and across Southeast Asia to discuss crucial issues on GEDSI and share best practices towards this advocacy.