François Beausoleil's career drastically changed course at the beginning of the millennium after realizing that he didn't have the relational tools to be happy either at home or in his work a musician and composer. His quest led him to a new passion: interpersonal communication and personal growth. Since then, he accumulated learning and experience in several fields: nonviolent communication, NLP, executive and life coaching. Through his work as NVC trainer he met Irene Bowers, Pablo Argon and Jared Finkelstein. Together they created ELI in 2017.
Founders and Trainers
François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout the world. He brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.
François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.
François’ previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work. He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and a registered corporate coach.
In 2014, he wrote the book, “The Blame-Free State,” and has been helping people moving out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then.
Irene’s background includes years of experience as writer, editor and communication consultant. With a Communication degree from Purdue University, Irene began her career writing and editing for consumer and trade publications, later working as a communication consultant in an international management consulting firm. In this role, she developed complex communication and training projects. In 2004, Irene discovered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and began integrating and sharing it, and is pursuing Trainer Certification through the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). Irene is a member of the Oberlin College Center for Dialogue which provides mediation and facilitation to the College and community. She taught a popular full-semester NVC class at Oberlin and continues to offer workshops by request for student groups and departments at the College.
Pablo Argon who holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Centrale Nantes (France) started his career in academia teaching while doing research. For the last 18 years he has been working in technology both in Europe and the USA at startups and large organizations both as an individual contributor and as a manager of international teams. Initiated to Nonviolent Communication in 2012 through workshops and trainings and seeing its benefits to all aspects of his life, he became passionate about learning and teaching NVC. Pablo is currently seeking to get his NVC Trainer Certification from the Center of Nonviolent Communication.
As a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Jared Finkelstein's work is fueled by his belief that an empathic quality of connection is what is essential in our increasingly connected world. The importance of a connection that embraces authenticity, honesty, and compassion was instilled in Jared at the Poughkeepsie Day School in upstate New York, a small K–12 private school that prioritized child-centered learning and community values where Jared's parents were teachers and administrators and he was a student for all of his formative schooling years. Family, community, and schooling all threaded together during his childhood, and this experience has fueled his work and personal philosophy.
Marshall Rosenberg’s vision of life-serving systems — organizations and communities that weave the practice of Nonviolent Communication into the very fabric of their institutions for the purpose of creating peace and sustainability has been hugely influential upon Jared. For the past ten years he has put his passion into manifesting these sorts of communities as a team member of the NVC Educators Institute’s flagship training program, Teach for Life, and as an active contributor to NVC Family HEART Camp, all age 24/7 immersions into compassionate community and collaborative learning.
Jared lives and works in Berkeley, California.