DB Bedford is no stranger to the challenges of managing emotions. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, a city that is rich in culture and diversity but has been identified year after year as one of the most dangerous cities in America to live in.
A product of a broken home, DB felt compelled to navigate through the violent community of Brookfield Village in Oakland, where he lost several of his childhood friends to senseless murders over emotionally charged incidents. He struggled with his emotional outbursts and violent behavior which consequently landed him in the county jail facing serious time for losing his temper and attempting to take another man's life. In 1996, he was given an opportunity to learn from his mistakes and correct his wrong doings by Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman, who saw the potential in him before he even realized he had it.
After years of personal development and mentoring, DB realigned his goals and perspective and positioned himself in the community as a Crisis Intervention Specialist using his personal experiences to positively influence the life of others, helping people implement Emotional Intelligence into their everyday decision making. During his 15 year tenure with the Alameda County Probation Department (which is the same facility where he was housed as a youth), he was promoted to the highest ranking supervisory role and ultimately ended up managing the same officers that once locked him up.
Despite all of life's challenges, he has accumulated over 20 years of professional experience and certifications, and his service was recognized with several accolades. Today he is a consultant and entrepreneur providing Emotional Intelligence training's for companies, colleges, individuals and couples.
DB and his dynamic team of instructors have overcome their share of adversity, and each one of them have compelling stories that qualify them to facilitate the conversation around Emotional Intelligence. In addition to their personal experiences, they all have elevated to higher levels of success as working professionals and entrepreneurs in various sectors.
DB decided that it was important to share their knowledge collectively to activate the most powerful eLearning platform you will ever encounter.
Welcome to "The EI Experience"
With a strong belief that experience fuels learning, Suzanne’s own experiences as a full-time, employed single parent and student fueled her passion to advocate for students. Her education started on the job (The World Bank, Department of Defense, and high tech companies), and as an executive secretary, she became aware of communication and how it can be less or more effective.
Suzanne Atkin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree in Social Science, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree in Communication Studies, and a Master of Science Degree in Communication Studies, with a specialization in change communication. She began her teaching journey by entering the graduate degree program at Portland State University where she received the distinction of graduate teaching instructor and began teaching social science courses! Suzanne’s areas of interest are the change process, identity, relationships, and communicating in the digital age.
As a professor at Arizona State University and Claremont Lincoln University, Suzanne’s personal mission is to excite students with a passion for learning by applying “life” to studies. Connecting experience and learning creates an energy for success that Suzanne is dedicated to infusing in each of her courses.