Marcia Hughes



Ms. Hughes is President of Collaborative Growth, L.L.C., and serves as a strategic communications partner for organizations. Marcia offers keynotes, leadership development and team building to provide organizations with strategic behavior alignment by bringing their values, intentions and behaviors into sync. Ms. Hughes is a frequent speaker on emotional and social intelligence. Ms Hughes has been conducting research, training and interventions related to emotional or social intelligence for many years and continues to do so with diverse clients including the World Bank, American Express, Medtronic, federal agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management, and national security agencies, state and local governments, and non-profits. She is passionate about promoting emotional or social intelligence through research and direct application in order to promote sustainable behavior change. Marcia is co-author of The Emotionally Intelligent Team, Emotional Intelligence in Action, 2nd Ed., The Handbook for Developing Emotional Intelligence,Developing Emotional Intelligence:  Exercises for Leaders and Teams, A Facilitator’s Guide to Team Emotional and Social Intelligence, A Coach’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and author of Life’s 2% Solution. Marcia and her partner, James Terrell, are authors of The Team Emotional & Social Intelligence Survey 2.0® (TESI®), a team assessment used worldwide.

Marcia practiced law for over 20 years, operating her own successful law firm, which focused on complex public policy matters. She has led efforts addressing numerous issues on matters such as controversial environmental matters involving numerous stakeholders including the intersection of governments at all levels together with businesses and the public. Ms. Hughes offers emotional intelligence training and coaching and is a certified trainer in using the TESI and the EQ-i® and the EQ-360®. She is one of the few training partners for Multi-Health Systems certified to offer training on use of the EQ-i and EQ 360.

Before entering private practice Ms. Hughes worked with governmental and public interest organizations. She served as a special assistant to the Executive Director of the Department of Public Health and the Environment and as an Assistant Attorney General. She clerked on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable William E. Doyle and served with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

Book Chapters
Hughes, M. (2009). Building your team’s conflict-resolution skills with emotional and social intelligence training. In M. Hughes, H.L. Thompson, & J.B. Terrell (Eds.), The Handbook for Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.

Hughes, M. (2007). Experiential learning in emotional intelligence training. In M. Silberman (Ed.), The Handbook of Experiential Learning. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer







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