QA_Bridgit_PariseEmergenetics International is thrilled to have Bridgit Parise as part of our great speaker lineup for the 2017 Brain Summit in Vancouver, Canada! As a Country Representative of Canada and a Master Associate for Emergenetics International, Bridgit facilitates Emergenetics Certification workshops, mentors associates, and advises organizations on best practices to strategically incorporate the Emergenetics concepts to address business challenges in every level of an organization.

Let’s get to know Bridgit better in advance of the 2017 Emergenetics Brain Summit.

Q: How did you get involved with Emergenetics?

A: In the best possible way! I attended a family workshop hosted by Chris Cox for a non-profit organization with my two daughters who were 11 and 16. At the end of the workshop, my youngest daughter, Nicole, turned to the two of us and said, “This makes so much sense; I just thought you two were crazy!” Nicole now works with me in the business and together we are a strong WeTeam.

Q: You have facilitated more than 80 workshops and led several certifications since you joined Emergenetics in 2013. Has this given you any interesting Emergenetics “a-ha” moments?

A: One of my favorite learning moments was in a workshop with two uni-modal greens. They were seated next to each other and their pie charts looked similar, however the percentiles differed. The structural percentile for one was 52 and the other was 95. They asked if I could explain the difference. I asked them both to explain their regular grocery shopping experience. The difference in the intensity of their energy was a huge a-ha moment and a defining moment in my journey.

Q: Do you have any advice for an Associate that would like to become a Master trainer?

A: As a Master in Training you’ll have great mentors. Exhaust them! Pick their brains, be relentless in your request to receive feedback, ask questions, be humble, read and re-read all of the materials in the certification manuals, dive into the technical manual, and recognize that finishing the process is just the beginning. I still call Chris and Sharon when I have questions or something odd shows up in a workshop.

Q: You have the opportunity to work in two different countries. What cultural differences do you see between Canada and the U.S. and how does Emergenetics bridge them?

A: In general, Canadians are more socially conscious than Americans and they value diversity by nature. A great example is the explanation of an AS [a person with a preference for Analytical and Social thinking] and a TC [a person with a preference for Structural and Conceptual thinking]. In the US, most facilitators use a description of diametrically opposed. In Canada, they prefer diametrically complementary. It is a small nuance, yet the country as a whole is very inclusive and Canadians tend to frame situations in a positive way. Emergenetics creates a safe space to value differences.

Q: Do you have a favorite Emergenetics activity or exercise?

A: Yes! The behavioral walk-about. Facilitated and debriefed well, this process delivers tremendous value to people and organizations. As a facilitator, I enjoy the dynamic nature of the debrief.

Q: What are you reading/listening to right now for personal/professional development?

A: Coming to our Senses by John Kabat-Zinn. The book speaks to the power of being present in every moment. As people, we’ve become addicted to the concept of multi-taking between phones, computers, work, etc. He’s a medical doctor and shares about the stress multi-tasking puts on the brain. The book reinforces taking the time to step back, be still with who you are, where you are, and the experiences you’re having.

Q: What destination is on your travel bucket list?

A: I’ve been fortunate to travel and create memories around the world and the list is still long! Some of my next adventures will include Ireland, Scotland, hiking Machu Picchu, floating the Grand Canyon, and fishing in Alaska.

Q: How would you describe the term Emergineering? What is an Emergineer?

A: An Emergineer effectively manages the delicate balance between the art and science of business: developing an engaged, performance-oriented culture by utilizing proven business models that strategically set a foundation for success.