I was fortunate to be a part of a leadership development program at one of my first employers. In one of our training sessions, we learned about Daniel Goleman's emotional intelligence framework and its role in leadership. I was surprised to learn that emotions could be useful in business because I had learned from mentors to leave my emotions and personal life at home. I took this new insight on emotions and human connection and ran with it. My roles ranged from internal audit on Wall Street, product management marketing and new product development in consumer products and payment technology, to customer service and CRM database management in consumer retail banking. Empathy helped me to bridge the mindset differences between these functions and develop trusting relationships with so many colleagues. Ultimately, I enjoyed the people side of my work so much that decided to pursue my passion of helping aspiring professionals develop their full leadership potential. My practice centers around the same fundamental EI skills that helped me to become an inspiring leader through courage and compassion.
Outside of work, I love teaching children practical life skills and am an enthusiastic volunteer with Junior Achievement of South Florida, a wonderful organization that promotes financial literacy with age-appropriate programs for children in elementary, middle and high school. In 2020, my JA Fellows team placed 3rd overall as the only middle school competing in a high-school entrepreneurship program. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for the owner's association of the Omni Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina, and active member of my church council. Being of service with my experience and skills is an important part of what drives me everyday.
When I am not with clients or volunteering, I work hard at self-care so I can be at my best for my husband, our four children, friends, and others I meet. I learned the value of self-care after experiencing such high stress that it ultimately led to burnout. What I once considered a luxury, I now prioritize through activities that nurture me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Meditation, yoga, HIIT training, home decor, cooking, and singing are all part of my self care portfolio.
Gerri Sapinoso Hudson sitting casually on a bench holding a phone.
Photo credit: Jose Amigo
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