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At the Intersection of Social Innovation & Purposeful Empathy

November 16th, 2022
Seminar from 11:30-12:30
Pizza served from 12:30-13:00
In person only - 2001 McGill College Ave. room 1140

Session Description:

Empathy is having a moment. In response to COVID, BLM and #metoo, and in the face of climate change and crippling political polarization, empathy has never been more important to democracy and the future of humanity.

The good news: humans are born to empathize, collective empathy has been a part of our successful evolution as a species, and extending empathy is good for us.

That said, when it comes to social innovation, empathy on its own is never enough. The world needs more purposeful empathy. And fast. At scale.

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Anita Nowak will unpack her model of Purposeful Empathy, which draws from neuroscience, leadership studies, and positive psychology.

After attending, you will understand the importance of empathy for social change, why empathy is our most powerful and transformative emotion (second only to love), and why elevating our empathic consciousness can inspire profound purpose in our lives.

Anita NowakSpeaker Bio:

Anita Nowak, PhD is passionate about leveraging empathy for personal, organizational and social transformation. She is also dedicated to teaching and mentoring the next generation of changemakers.

She is a two-time TEDx speaker and author of Purposeful Empathy: Tapping Our Hidden Superpower for Personal, Organizational, and Social Change (Broadleaf Books, April 2023). She hosts a podcast and YouTube series by the same name (100+ episodes), dedicated to amplifying the voices of people from around the globe who understand the world needs more empathy – and are doing something about it.

For the past fifteen years, Anita has held various leadership roles in higher education at McGill University dedicated to social innovation. She teaches Leadership, Ethics in Management and Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Desautels Faculty of Management. She was named Professor of the Year in 2014 and 2019 and recipient of the David Johnston Faculty & Staff Award in 2021.

As a certified personal and professional coach, she helps purpose-driven leaders and organizations create cultures of empathy through her boutique advisory firm, Purposeful Empathy by Design. Anita also advises HNW families to translate their philanthropic goals into social impact. www.anitanowak.com

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