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Press Release for Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Emotional Intelligence Expert Discusses 'The Fragile Mind'

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Jarik Conrad, local author of “The Fragile Mind: How It Has Produced and Unwittingly Perpetuates America’s Tragic Disparities,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the University Center on campus.

This lecture, hosted by the College of Education and Human Services at UNF, is free and open to the public. Tickets are available starting today and can be reserved online at by clicking on the Fall Lectures link.

Conrad is a true-to-life example of the power of emotional intelligence. He grew up in a housing project in East St. Louis, Ill., a place so economically challenged that it has been described as the most distressed small city in America. He is now president of the Conrad Consulting Group, LLC, which helps organizations solve complex people-related challenges.

He has broad leadership experience across a number of industries, including positions with the St. Louis Cardinals, Union Carbide Corporation, The Pillsbury Company, Citigroup, CSX and the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. He recently led Blueprint for Prosperity, an initiative to improve the quality of life for citizens in Jacksonville.

Conrad serves on the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and several local nonprofit boards and committees, including the Early Learning Coalition, Non-Profit Center of Northeast Florida, Community Connections of Jacksonville, the Dean’s Education Advisory Council at UNF, Nemours BrightStart! Dyslexia Advisory Council and OneJax. He has also been named one of the top 40 professionals under 40 in Jacksonville by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

He has several publications, including “The Master of Success,” with notable authors Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield and “The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Intercultural Sensitivity.”

Conrad earned his doctorate in Education from UNF and earned a Master of Industrial/Labor Relations degree as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.