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Dr. Anabel Jensen

Six Seconds
President and Founder
An accomplished educator and author Anabel Jensen is recognized around the world for her work with curriculum utilizing emotional intelligence. Also known as emotional quotient, or EQ, Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as “The capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one's goal(s).” Anabel co-founded and is President of the nonprofit Six Seconds, which publishes widely-used EQ tests and has become known for the "Six Seconds Model," a process for putting the skills of emotional intelligence into action. Anabel has stated that her goal is to develop 1 billion emotional intelligence practitioners by 2039, which happens to be the year she turns 100.

Anabel’s work with Six Seconds led to the Silicon Valley Business Journal designating Anabel as one of its “Top 100 Women of Influence” in 2015. She is also a full professor at Notre Dame De Namur University’s School of Education and Leadership, where she has taught since 1993. Her background includes positions as Nueva School’s executive director (1983-1997) and as Synapse School’s co-founder and CEO (2010-2013).

Anabel has co-authored four books on teaching emotional intelligence, written numerous articles on the subject, and has trained more than 20,000 educators and leaders around the world. Her career has been devoted to the concept that everyone has the potential to be a change maker for the greater good, and she strives to help people find the best in themselves and each other.
Born in Idaho, Anabel earned both her B.A. in Psychology and a Masters of Education from Brigham Young University. She received her Ph. D. in 1976 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Child Development and minored in Statistics.

Anabel has served on the Board of Directors and as President at Six Seconds since it was founded in 1997.  She has also been on the Board at Synapse School since 2007, including serving as President for nine years; on the Board at Connect Charter School since 2017. Her past educational board affiliations include both Carey School and Odyssey Middle School in San Mateo. She received a Kellor Teaching Award in 2001 from Notre Dame de Namur University; a Gifted Educator Award in 2012 from the California Association for the Gifted; an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017 from the Pocatello Foundation.


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