Jim Kleiber

Jim Kleiber has been involved with youth work, training, and consulting for the last 10 years. Since 2014, he has created martial art called Emotional Self-Defense (ESD). In ESD, he runs participants through exercises on how to express their own emotions, imagine and listen to the emotions of others, and communicate with care.

He has been a trainer in a variety of subjects with groups such as youth leaders in East Africa, youth workers in Europe, and Fortune 500 companies. He speaks English, Spanish, Swahili, French and Portuguese, and studied inter-cultural communications at university.

Emotional Self-Defense – 30+ workshops (US, Europe, Africa 2014-2020)

It’s Up to Me: Train the Trainers – EU Erasmus+ (Germany, annually, 2014-2018)

Make Music, Not War – EU Erasmus+ (Germany, 2017)

Emotional Selling – Impact Hub Skopje (Macedonia, 2016)

Conflict Management Course – American Hotel Academy (Romania, 2016)

Be Part of the Solution Conflict Resolution Training – EU Erasmus+ (Germany, 2015)

Who Wants to Be An Entrepreneur? – EU Erasmus+ (Cyprus, 2015)

How Do We Feel About Ferguson? – Impact Hub Oakland (California, 2015)

The Case for Innovation in Art Museums – Innovatrium (Michigan, 2012)

The Case for Innovation in Michigan’s Cities – Innovatrium (Michigan, 2012)

Skills Development and Training Program – Tooro Royal Cottages (Uganda, 2011)

The Who and How of Global Investment in East Africa – AIESEC (Kenya, 2011)

The Mirror: How you see yourself and how others see you – AIESEC (Rwanda, 2010)

Entrepreneur & Trainer November 2012 – Present

Emoko, Emotional Self-Defense, iFeelio – Colorado to California

Innovatrium Fellow January 2012 – August 2012

Competing Values, LLC – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Innovation Associate December 2009 – December 2011

The Inovo Group, LLC – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Business Manager May 2008 – September 2009

Diligent Consulting Ltd – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Peer Advisor August 2005 – May 2007

Study Abroad Office of UIUC – Urbana, Illinois

Technical Marketing Intern

Caterpillar’s Latin American Rental Machinery Division – Miami, Florida – Summer 2006

Caterpillar Rental Power Division — Peoria, Illinois Summer 2005

Bachelor of Arts – International Studies (Intercultural Communications)  May 2007

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) – Urbana, Illinois

Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.91/4.00

The Face of Economic Development in Africa – Burkina Faso – January 2006

Instituto San Joaquín de Flores – San Joaquín, Costa Rica – Spring 2005

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