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Imagine a society where genuine conversations and authentic dialogues take place, where individuals from diverse backgrounds have the space to share their perspectives, and where acceptance and understanding prevail over attempts to change others. Envision a community where access to resources, such as food, opportunities and jobs, is a reality for all. To create such a society, we must recognize the importance of emotional intelligence and weave it into our methods of learning. 

This series of articles written for the Indianapolis Recorder delves into the principles of emotional intelligence and explores ways to cultivate, enhance and apply emotional intelligence in our daily lives, with the aim of bringing about positive transformations within our communities, families and ourselves.

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In our quest for a just society, it is vital to address the inequities that persist in access to resources. Our neighborhoods, often segregated by design, perpetuate disparities, particularly in terms of access to quality food options, communal spaces and opportunities for economic growth.

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In communities struggling to find balance and unity, it is easy to attribute blame to others. However, real change starts within ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” resonates deeply because we inherently understand its truth. To foster transformation, we must embody the change we seek.

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We often face crucial decisions that shape our future. Whether it’s embarking on a new career path or making choices that impact our communities, understanding ourselves and how our emotions guide us is essential.

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Social awareness is a truly powerful tool. One that gives us the ability to allow individuals, groups and entire communities to feel like they matter. That what they believe in is important to the growth and well-being of themselves and those they interact with. Social awareness shows us that by building relationships with care, we can reduce conflicts that exist in our communities. And that by listening to one another we can become more unified.

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By fostering emotional intelligence, we cultivate an environment where trust grows organically, becoming the glue that binds individuals and communities together, allowing for authentic and meaningful connections. In this interconnected web of trust and empathy, we celebrate our uniqueness while cherishing the diverse perspectives and experiences that enrich our community.

WTHR Channel 13 with Gina Glaros & Matthew Fultz

Moments to Momentum with Scott Abbott

In this fun, insightful, and expansive episode of Moments to Momentum, Sonal talks with Scott Abbott about stretching for success, growing up with immigrant parents from India, moving to Oxford, Ohio in the middle of the night, her commitment to hard work, and a pivotal moment during her first job out of college that taught her about Imposter Syndrome, “leading from where you are,” and emotional intelligence.

Business Talk Radio with Arthur Shaeffer

Business Talk Radio host Arthur Shaeffer interviews Sonal on EI and how to S.T.R.E.T.C.H. outside of your comfort zone.

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Circle City Success

Circle City Success is The Podcast for Indy’s Young Professionals. Our mission is to interview successful people in the Indianapolis area and share their knowledge and experience with Indianapolis’ young professional community. 

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Business Talk Radio with Jill Nicolini  

Business Talk Radio host Jill Nicolini conducts an extended interview with Sonal on Emotional Intelligence, running a business and perserverance.

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