Congratulations to CEITR affiliates Dr Simone Arnold and Dr. Leah Hollis.

Congratulations to CEITR affiliates Dr Simone Arnold and Dr. Leah Hollis.

 June 15, 2019


Congratulations to Dr Simone Arnold and to her chair Dr. Leah Hollis.  Dr. Heinrich Eylers, Dr. Mark McCaslin and the College of Doctoral Studies recognized Dr. Arnold’s dissertation:

A Quantitative Descriptive-Comparative Study: The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Workplace Diversity, as the Dissertation of the Year!  The abstract is included below.


Despite mounting evidence of emotional intelligence on creating positive attitudes,fostering collaboration, and managing conflict, the relationship of emotional intelligence and workforce diversity in women and minorities is not widely known. The proliferation of emotionally intelligent women and minorities in the American workforce misaligns with the current insufficiency in workplace diversity in senior roles at U.S. firms in the high-tech sector. This quantitative descriptive-comparative study was conducted to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and workplace diversity. The sample consisted of 340 women, Hispanic, Asian, and Black employees in managerial and leadership roles at top, publicly-held technology and solutions-based firms in the U.S. The theoretical framework used in this study was foundational theories in emotional intelligence, cultural diversity, organizational, and diversity and inclusion.

Participants’ emotional intelligence responsiveness were assessed with the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) assessment. Descriptive statistical analysis, inferential statistical procedures, MANOVA tests, and post hoc analyses were applied using SPSS Software® to evaluate results from fourteen research questions and related hypotheses. Results show a significant and positive influence of emotional intelligence on women and minorities by group, ^ = 0.79, X2 (45) = 71.4, p = .007 and by ethnicity ^ = 0.68, X2 (15) =38.48, p = .001. Discovery of statistical differences in emotional intelligence and workplace diversity in women and minorities provide leaders with newer insights to improve acquisition, placement, advancement, and retention strategies for diverse leaders who are skilled in emotional intelligence but remain underrepresented in senior roles in the high-tech sector.


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