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Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute: Core Program

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Course Details

The Institute for Transformational Leadership will host the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute(SIYLI) for a two-day leadership development workshop October 7 - 8 at its new downtown campus.

The Search Inside Yourself Core Program is the 16-hour course that was developed and refined at Google. The program focus is on the five key domains of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills – with mindfulness practice, science, and leadership applications fully integrated at all levels.

This is a highly interactive program that involves individual and small group explorations. Sessions are approximately one-third content and two-thirds practices. Practices include a variety of one-to-one, dyadic, and group conversations and exercises, attention-training practice, listening, and free-writing. There is time allotted for questions and answers during all sessions.


Born at Google, backed by science, SIY helps organizations address some of their deepest and often hardest to address needs:

  • How to build resilience in times of rapid change
  • How to help leaders solve not just technical but adaptive problems, which have no clear answers
  • How to help people thrive in a fast-paced, connected world without boundaries
  • How to create an inspired workplace that supports true human development


1. Attention Training

Attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. Train attention to create a quality of mind that is both calm and alert. This quality of mind forms the foundation for emotional intelligence.

2. Self-knowledge and Self-Mastery

Use trained attention to understand cognitive and emotional processes. This knowledge provides the individual with the ability to regulate and master emotions.

3. Create Useful Habits and Leadership Skills

Develop the habits of leading with compassion and communicating with insight. These habits can be trained and create trust that leads to highly productive collaborations.


  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence and its importance to exceptional leadership
  • Introduction to self-awareness and attention training and its importance to developing and applying Emotional Intelligence
  • The science of attention training and Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and effective leadership


Leaders in organizations everywhere. Each company and organization need emotionally intelligent leaders. All organizations can benefit from a more mindful and self-aware workforce.


Dr. Philippe Goldin

Dr. Philippe Goldin, is founder and board member of SIYLI, and serves in the role of researcher and advisor on the science of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Rutgers University and completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at the UC San Diego/ San Diego VA consortium. He is currently a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.

His clinical research focuses on: a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive affective mechanisms in both healthy adults and in individuals with various forms of psychopathology; b) the effect of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy on neural substrates of emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and attention regulation, and; c) the effect of child-parent mindfulness meditation training on anxiety, compassion, and quality of family interactions.

Dr. Laura Delizonna

Dr. Laura Delizonna specializes in the fundamental skills that enable people to build extraordinary lives. She is an instructor at Stanford University where her courses in Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Happiness are the three most popular courses in the Continuing Studies Department. She is an author of three positive psychology handbooks and a forthcoming book entitled, “Shift: Self-Coaching for Happiness.” Her passion is developing and delivering programs that equip people with the tools to thrive in their professional and personal lives. She consults with business leaders, conducts trainings and workshops in organizations, and coaches individuals. In her consulting and research work she has found that mindfulness is the core mechanism underlying excellent performance and well-being. She has developed several practices that help increase mindfulness and enjoys sharing insights from her own practice.

She has been a staff psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine. Laura received a Ph.D. from Boston University. She serves on the advisory boards of Project Happiness and American Happiness Association. Laura loves to dance, ski, travel and laugh with abandon.

Course Outline


Introduction, Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Self-awareness

  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence and its importance to exceptional leadership
  • Introduction to Mindfulness and its importance to training in Emotional Intelligence
  • The neuroscience of mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Intuition and decision making
  • The theory, practice, and science of meditation
  • Self-awareness at work
  • Nine key emotional intelligence competencies
  • Science of self-awareness and self regulation


Self-regulation and Motivation

  • Emotional regulation
  • Understanding triggers
  • Self-regulation model
  • Alignment
  • Envisioning


Motivation and Empathy

  • Resilience
  • Neuroscience of motivation
  • The role of empathy in leadership
  • Understanding others
  • Neuroscience of empathy
  • Developing trust
  • Political awareness


Empathy and Social Skills

  • Leadership with compassion
  • Influence with goodness
  • Communication with insight
  • Neuroscience of compassion
  • Teambuilding model and establishing trust
  • Difficult conversations
  • Connecting the dots

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain several mental training practices, including self-awareness, attention training and an introduction to emotional intelligence that are useful in enhancing work place skills.
  • Learn practices designed to enhance concentration and creativity, and improve self-awareness and emotional process, enhance self-confidence, optimism, and empathy.
  • Acquire practices for developing alignment, clarifying vision and building resilience, as well as practices for leading with compassion and influencing with insight.


Enrollment is limited due to space constraints so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Alumni Discount

Georgetown University alumni of credit and non-credit programs are eligible for a 10% alumni discount. Send an email to to learn about your eligibility.

Course Scholarships

The School of Continuing Studies offers two (2) course scholarships for currently enrolled students. The scholarship covers the tuition for the seminar. Interested students should download and submit the scholarship application form  by September 1, 2013.

Course Registration

This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart" below.

Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive your Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart", logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Georgetown NetID Password Reset

If you have forgotten or do not have your Georgetown University NetID password, please contact the University Information Systems (UIS) 24/7 IT Helpdesk to have your password reset.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Refunds for course withdrawals and cancellations are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to, or call (202) 687-7000.


XCOA-800 - 01 Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute: Core Program    
2014 - Spring 2014 Non-Credit   Status:  Canceled
Class:   Thu, Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
8 May 2014 to 9 May 2014
Class Schedule: 2 Sessions
Contact Hours: 16.0
Course Tuition:
Tuition non-credit    995.00
Location:   Main Campus
Building:   640 Mass Ave
Section Notes:  

This seminar will take place at the Georgetown Downtown location at 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC.


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