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Duke Energy communications exec to discuss secret weapon to leadership Jan. 26

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

Some argue that a person’s emotional intelligence is one of the best predictors of success as a leader. Duke Energy communications executive Ginny Mackin agrees.

Mackin, senior vice president and chief communications officer at Duke Energy, will give a public talk Thursday, Jan. 26, at the University of South Carolina. She will discuss the importance for leaders to develop their emotional intelligence or EQ in order for businesses to succeed globally.

Titled “Your Secret Weapon? Cultivating EQ for Sustainable Leadership in today’s global environment,” Mackin’s talk will be at 7 p.m. in the university’s School of Law auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

EQ refers to the ability to understand and manage emotion, your own and that of others. Mackin calls EQ “the single most important strength needed for cultivating great leaders and successful teams in today’s global marketplace.” She also will share personal experiences from her career as a communications professional with some of the nation’s leading companies.

Her visit is part of the University of South Carolina and Duke Energy’s Executive-in-Residence Program, which is bringing to campus some of Duke Energy’s top executives from the fields of energy and environmental policy, economic development, power distribution and delivery, communications and government and regulatory affairs.

Launched last fall, the program is giving students, faculty and business leaders an expanded understanding of the complexities of leadership and sustainability. It is part of a larger leadership initiative at USC.

Mackin has more than 25 years experience as a communications and business leader. A native of Upper Montclair, N.J., Mackin joined Duke Energy in 2010. She previously was a communications executive in the banking industry with Wells Fargo, Wachovia and Bank of America. She is a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of the Carolinas.

Her visit to USC is being hosted by the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.


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Posted: 01/14/12 @ 3:05 PM | Updated: 01/22/12 @ 4:02 PM | Permalink