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Webinar: The Role of Equity and Diversity in Professional Coaching

I‘m very excited to co-facilitate an upcoming webinar series on the role of equity and diversity in professional coaching. Sponsored by the WBECS Social Impact Coaching Community of Practice, the goal of the session is to introduce the concepts of equity, bias, privilege, status and power, while embracing the discomfort that we may naturally feel when discussing these concepts.

Please consider joining us on September 11 and October 16, 2017, 6:00 – 7:15 PM EDT. We expect approval from ICF for 1 Core Competency CCEU for both programs.Register here. After you register, you will receive an email with instructions for signing in the day of the webinar. This email will include dial-in information, including international numbers, if you can only join by phone.

In preparation for the webinar, please read “The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility” by Anna Kegler, Huffington Post, July 22, 2017, and consider your answers to these questions:

  • What feels important?
  • How did this piece make you feel?
  • How does this relate to my work?

At the end of this webinar we will have:

  • A basic understanding of some of the issues that affect equity and inclusion, and how they relate to our role as a coach
  • An understanding of how acceptance and comfort with discomfort is a critical skill for coaches
  • Knowledge of how power and privilege can affect coaching relationships
  • Knowledge of how the concept of bias can affect social impact coaching
  • An understanding of how coaching can advance equity and develop diverse leaders in the social sector

Co-facilitators for the event:

Cassandra O’Neill is on a mission to bring collective leadership to the social sector. She is the CEO at Leadership Alchemy LLC. For the past 17 years she has worked as a consultant and coach with over 200 organizations, including schools, libraries, nonprofits, funders, and coalitions. Her interest in collective leadership is fueled by her passion for learning. She loves teaching people how to help others grow and develop, and think differently about their work and teams. She has co-authored a book which will be published in October, called The Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals. Cassandra has influenced the way people lead, facilitate, coach, and think, at the individual, group, and community level. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and a Certificate in Culturally Competent Human Services from Temple University.

Mike MacEwan is an educator and the founder of MacEwan Consulting, LLC. Mike works with adults, as well as students from elementary school through college, including those presently out of the formal school system. Mike works to support providers in developing meaningful relationships and intentional activities that engage youth and help them form critical connections to what they are learning, while helping to ensure that all youth have access to quality opportunities, regardless of their socio-economic status, ability or gender. Mike works to build collaborative relationships between all the stakeholders in the lives of youth (educators, family, community). Youth spend more time outside of traditional school day hours than they do in a classroom and Mike works to help youth serving organizations, community members and families support school day learning during out-of-school times.