Anita Nowak

Lecturer at McGill University

The Importance of Empathy in Business

Anita Nowak is convinced that social engagement should carry more currency than IQ and EQ and her dream is to spark an Empathic Action (EAQ) revolution. To that end, she is currently writing her first book, The Power of Empathy.

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in hetr native Montreal, Novak obtained a Master’s in Media and Communication Studies from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (2001) and PhD in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University (2011). Subsequently Nowak worked as a post-doc research consultant for the European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises (EURICSE).

In 2012 Nowak returned to McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management as founding Integrating Director of the Social Economy Initiative and is responsible for integrating social entrepreneurship and social innovation into the faculty’s teaching, research and outreach. She is currently Director of Operations of their open massive online course (MOOC) Social Learning for Social Impact (to be launched in the fall of 2014).

Finally, as a certified coach with professional fundraising experience, Nowak endeavours to help individuals of means develop their Lifetime Legacy Plan and execute on it through new forms of philanthropy and impact investing.

Empathy, Social Learning, MOOC, McGill University, EQ, Education,