The Life Changing Power of Emotional Intelligence, with Jay Levin

February 23, 2024
Hosted by Patrick Laing

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In this episode of Finding Certainty, join host Patrick Laing and special guest, Jay Levin, the visionary founder of LA Weekly and president of the EQuip Our Kids! foundation, for a deep dive into the transformative power of emotional intelligence (EI). Jay Levin, a seasoned media entrepreneur turned advocate for emotional intelligence in education, shares invaluable insights from his illustrious career and philanthropic work. As the driving force behind LA Weekly, Jay not only led the publication to unprecedented success but also cultivated a deep understanding of human connection and community dynamics along the way. Together with Patrick, Jay delves into the parallels between running a thriving urban newspaper and fostering emotional intelligence in today's youth. Drawing from his experiences, Jay highlights the pivotal role of EI in leadership, teamwork, and societal impact. Listeners can expect a compelling conversation exploring the journey of LA Weekly under Jay's editorial and business stewardship, and the invaluable lessons learned in building and sustaining a media empire. The genesis of EQuip Our Kids! and its ongoing mission is to instill emotional intelligence in children and youth, paving the way for healthier relationships and thriving communities. Additional topics of discussion include practical strategies for integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum into pre-K to 12 education, and the profound ripple effects this has on individuals, families, and society at large. Jay's vision is of a world where emotional intelligence is recognized as a fundamental skill-set, driving positive change on a global scale. Tune in to Finding Certainty as Patrick Laing and Jay Levin uncover the transformative potential of emotional intelligence and its power to shape a brighter future for generations to come. To learn more about Jay and his foundation, go to To learn about Patrick Laing, Certainty Management, Certainty Global, or The Certainty Collective, go to

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Patrick Laing

Founder and managing partner of Certainty Management, a Nevada based cost-reduction firm that helps raise zero-cost funding for U.S. nonprofits, Patrick Laing has 30+ years of business experience. A former Dale Carnegie instructor, his sales teams have achieved national recognition. One example: Patrick helped LeafGuard NW raise sales from $3.5MM to $20MM annually in just 3 years. They became # 1 in the country out of 65 offices. Promoted to National Trainer, he traveled nationwide, raising close rates 2-3 x at multiple offices. A U.S. Army veteran, Patrick worked in counter intelligence, held a Top-Secret clearance, and also served as a linguist in Italian. A graduate of BYU-Provo, Patrick served a two-year service mission for his church in Italy (‘89-90). While working for Delta Airlines, he received their top award, The Customer Service Citation. In addition to hosting Finding Certainty, Patrick is a contributing author to the Mission Matters series, a collection of lessons from CEOs whose companies are making a difference. Married to Tessha Laing, they live in Las Vegas and are proud dad and step-mom to 4 scholarship winners: in tumbling (U. of Oregon), diving (Cal State-Bakersfield), and academics x 2 (U. of OR & Wellesley College). Their youngest son, Evan, is a sponsored mountain bike racer. Patrick enjoys fly fishing, traveling, and time with his family. His proudest achievement, other than dad and husband, is the free nonprofit fundraising help his company provides.

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