At The Center for Emotional Development (CED), we understand that change is a process, not an event; and change involves people. This process includes understanding our customer’s vision for change, and integrating our change management activities into the client’s improvement plan. It also involves educating the key sponsors and stakeholders on change management, assessing the organization’s change readiness, developing a change management strategy and communication plan, coaching people through the change process, and evaluating the success of the change initiative.

CED draws upon its unique partnerships, set of experience, knowledge, and certifications.  It is at the core of our mission to engage the diverse skills of our team, in order to position our services as assets to our customers.

We recognize that every company, no matter how small or large, is composed of the same common element ... people. It is the individuals within an organization that make the organization world class. A company can have the greatest ideas, products, or service offerings, but ultimately the only way to guarantee results that are in proper alignment with the company's core vision is to get the people in the company to perform at peak levels with a clear purpose. Now, more than ever, companies need to focus their energies and resources on nurturing and developing their employees. Companies that make management development a strategic priority will move to the head of the pack and attract and retain the best leadership talent.




Rupert A. Hayles, Jr.

Rupert A. Hayles, Jr. is the President and Co-Founder of The Center for Emotional Development.  He is the former Chief Operating Officer of both an 8,000 member and 3,000 member non-profit organization, in New Jersey.  Rupert is certified in many emotional measures, which include EQ-i 2.0, EQ 360 and TESI (Team Emotional and Social Intelligence) instruments. He has coached leaders ranging from CEOs of companies to senior spiritual leaders. He has over fifteen years in the field of strategic management from such companies as Prudential Financial, Cytec Industries and Merck Pharmaceutical Company. He is a lecturer and adjunct professor for American Management Association and Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University.  Rupert’s areas of expertise include: Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Management, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development.  He is the author of the books, Practical Strategy: Aligning Business with Information Technology and Emotional Intelligence and the Church.

B.S. – Management Information Systems & Accounting, Stillman School, Seton Hall University
MBA – Finance & Decision Sciences, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Candidate, Change Strategy, School of Leadership, Regent University

Maryann L. Hayles

Maryann L. Hayles is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of The Center for Emotional Development.  She has coached in the emotional development and inner healing realms for many years and is certified in the emotional measures EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360.  Maryann is a certified teacher and facilitator of the Elijah House Training School (inner healing and prayer ministry) and a facilitator of The Circle of Security® Intervention Program (designed to improve the developmental pathway of children and their parents).  She is also the Founder and President of Babyz & Kidz Dynamics, a specialty store for children’s apparel.  Prior to her current posi­tion, she served in Corporate America for 17 years.  Maryann has a deep passion to see broken people healed, restored and empowered to fulfill their God-given purpose.  She, her husband Rupert, their two children, Stephen and Savannah, and their furry friends, Ivory and Grace, make their home in New Jersey.

B.S. – Finance, New York University




Among the many organizations Rupert and the team have worked with include:

Catherdral International
Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies
Pastors Leadership Alliance
Solid Foundation New Jersey
Middle Atlantic Products
Microsoft Corporation
Prudential Financial
Cytec Industries
Merck Pharmaceutical

If you are interested in having either Rupert or Maryann (or both), speak to your group or organization; please fill out a speaker request form.