Matthew Spaur

Director of Marketing, EQuip Our Kids!

  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence and Social-Emotional Learning
  • The Neuroscience of Social-Emotional Learning
  • Kids’ Stress, Mental Health, and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Emotional Intelligence, Workforce Development, and Career Success
  • The Research Supporting Social-Emotional Learning
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Oakland, California

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Matthew Spaur is a marketing expert focused on social goods such as education, energy, insurance, and public health. He’s also worked in enterprise software and HR companies as a marketer, program manager, and technical writer.

As a writer, his work has appeared in South Dakota Review, Owen Wister Review, Wisconsin Review, Willow Springs, Heliotrope, Into the Ruins, and The Seattle Times, and in the anthologies Microsoft in the Mirror and Secrets. He was the publisher of The Local Planet Weekly, an award-winning weekly newspaper in Spokane, Washington. As a ghost writer for executives, his work has appeared in FORTUNE and numerous nerdy trade publications.

Spaur and his teams have won awards and nominations from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society for Technical Communications, and the Associated Writing Programs.

He’s also a trained voice actor specializing in narration, including audio books.

He earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MFA in Writing from Eastern Washington University.

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At the start of the 21st century, Matthew Spaur remarried, became a stepparent to three boys, and started a weekly newspaper–all at the same time. Almost overnight, he became a self-employed working parent with bad business timing. 

All this despite having never owned a business, worked on a newspaper, taken a journalism class, or sold advertising.

Soon, the Wall St. tech bubble burst, the 9/11 attacks exploded, and the country slid into recession and then war.  Media outlets started receiving envelopes of anthrax in their mail. The internet revolution began to obliterate the newspaper industry.

At home, his new wife and two of his step-sons developed life-threatening illnesses.

With family, friends, and a little humor, he eventually found his way through his attempt at making a small fortune.

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