Oji Life Lab




Intelligence &



At Oji Life Lab, everything starts with our passion to help people develop the emotional intelligence they need to thrive at work and
in life.


Our goal is to help every workplace develop a culture that acknowledges the powerful impact that emotions have on leadership, teamwork and performance, and that gives each employee the tools needed to recognize and regulate their emotions.


As EI takes root, individuals and teams are naturally drawn to learn more about the Universal Skills that fuel performance, and so we work in those areas, too, supporting larger organizational goals and building on our EI foundation.


Working separately and together, our Team has worked with top firms (New York Times, Time Inc., Johnson and Johnson, GoPro), educational institutions (Yale University, NYC Department of Education) and more. As demand for emotional intelligence learning surged amongst corporations, we formed Oji Life Lab to better meet the varying – and growing – EI needs of organizations of all types.


Matt Kursh


Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Founding Scientific Partner

Matt has 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, having started and sold companies to Apple and Microsoft. At Microsoft, he was General Manager of MSN.com, then the #4 website on the planet.


Starting in 2011, Matt turned his focus to "universal skills" training and since then has worked with corporate and teen clients on a wide range of topics.


Matt has served on the boards of numerous public, private and non-profit organizations. He served as CEO of Blue Planet Run, a non-profit focused on bringing safe drinking water to the developing world, from 2007 to 2008.

Considered one of the world's top researchers on emotional intelligence, Marc serves as Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also Co-Developer of RULER, a leading K-12 educational EI solution that has helped over one million students gain EI skills through in-school learning.


Marc has published over 100 scholarly articles and has served as an advisor to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. He has consulted for Facebook, helping the company create effective solutions for managing bullying amongst its 1.2B users.


Marc has provided EI training and presentations for numerous top firms including Charles Schwab, Microsoft, and Yale University.



Andrea Hoban

Chief Learning Officer

Robin Stern, Ph.D.

Founding Scientific Partner

Andrea's deep corporate training experience is core to Oji Life Lab's ability to develop engaging programs that  deliver long-term behavior change.


Andrea was previously Sr. Director of Training at Robert Half, the $5B international staffing firm. At RH, Andrea led a team of 45 instructional designers and facilitators who created and delivered training in the US and abroad.


Prior to moving into training, Andrea was Regional VP Sales at Robert Half.

With over 35 years of experience as a clinician, researcher and educator, Robin Stern has deep experience in every aspect of emotional intelligence.


Robin is Associate Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and is also a Co-Developer of RULER.


Robin has provided EI training for numerous top firms including The New York Times, Lancome, Dove, Bloomingdales and Columbia University. She is the author of Project Rebirth and The Gaslight Effect.