Search Inside Yourself Leadership (SIYL)

Search Inside Yourself Leadership (SIYL) Program for HR Partners, AOs, and FOs

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MIT Media Lab: E14, 6th Floor (75 Amherst Street)

Presenter: Elli Weisbaum, M.E.S., Ph.D. Candidate; SIYL Certified Teacher


SIYL Program Description

The SIYL program was designed and implemented at Google by some of the world’s leading neuroscientists and mindfulness instructors, and teaches emotional intelligence skills that lead to sustained peak performance, strong collaboration, and effective leadership.

This full-day SIYL program introduces new tools, take-away skills, and practical exercises, and expands on the key foundations of emotional intelligence:

  • Mindfulness: Move from autopilot to aware
  • Self-Awareness: Know your internal state
  • Motivation: Align your values and work
  • Self-Management: Skillfully manage your impulses and reactions
  • Empathy: Understand others' feelings and experiences in the moment
  • Leadership: Lead with compassion

In addition, participants have access to a four-week online learning component, including application and integration exercises and content.

SIYL Program Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ramona Allen, Vice President for Human Resources
9:15 – 10:35 a.m.

Mindfulness: Move from autopilot to aware

The development of emotional intelligence relies on becoming more self-aware, which can be trained through mindfulness. Mindfulness, being aware and open in the present, enables stability of mind and insight into how you are feeling, thinking and reacting. Mindfulness leads to better judgment and emotional balance, especially in difficult situations. SIYL teaches the neuroscience behind mindfulness, and how to cultivate it as the foundational skill that enables emotional awareness, a calm and clear mind, and interpersonal effectiveness.

10:35 – 10:50 a.m.Break
10:50 – 11:45 a.m.

Self-Awareness: Know your internal state

Challenging situations require us to have a keen sense of our own reactions, and of the patterns of behavior and leadership that we bring to each conversation. SIYL's self-awareness practice enhances your perception of your emotions, habits, and behavior patterns. In particular, you will learn to how to gather useful "data" from unpleasant emotions that arise from setbacks, without becoming overwhelmed by them.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Motivation: Align your values and work

When your work and life are aligned with your values and emotional tendencies, you will be more engaged in what you do, and more successful in reaching your goals. SIYL teaches practices to reflect on your own personal values and how to keep them top-of-mind during your daily life.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.Luncheon
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Self-Management: Skillfully manage your impulses and reactions

To navigate our opportunities and challenges, we need to confidently manage our reactions and response. Building on self-awareness, SIYL teaches how to identify and work with emotional "triggers" and other difficult situations. You'll experiment with a number of practices for working in emotionally-charged situations.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Empathy: Understand others' feelings and experiences in the moment

Effective leaders and teammates are those who can understand colleagues, and build relationships and trust. Understanding the science and practice of empathy also supports diverse teams to be more inclusive of their diversity. SIYL teaches habits to increase empathy and strengthen your ability to understand others' feelings and perspectives.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Leadership: Lead with compassion

Emotional intelligence is an essential leadership skill. Learn to influence those around you with compassion, even while making difficult decisions, and how to communicate with greater insight into the different layers of emotions, perspectives, and identity that drive relationships.


For general registration questions, accessibility information, or if you have special dietary restrictions, please contact the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing at or 617-253-1592.

Bring SIYL to Your DLC

Learn more about the 90-minute SIYL Keynote Workshop and full-day SIYL Program, and opportunities for hosting a SIYL event at your DLC.