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Leaning into Equity: Finding your voice as a coach in a multicultural world

February 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What comes up for you when you think about coaching across cultural perspectives? If you’re a person of color or if you’re white — as a coach, do you have a voice — do you have a contribution to make in the equity coaching movement?

Some people of color see coaching as “too white” and wonder how to find their voice in this space. Meanwhile, some white coaches say, “I’m tired of walking on eggshells because I don’t know how to talk about race.” Whatever your race, as a coach you’re good at significant conversations — so let’s talk about race & equity in coaching.

Some big questions that arise in the Coaching Equity Essentials program: What does “expertise” mean when it comes to DEI … and in any case, what would it take for coaches to feel empowered and capable enough to step into this work — to lean forward rather than leaning back.

We’ll talk about imposter syndrome as a coach of color not being sure how to do this work — and losing yourSELF in the implications of a racist society…. And how coaching has helped us step back towards our real selves. We’ll explore tools around deconstructing and reconstructing our stories — and how to be in a place of honoring that story.

The goal is reflection for liberation. Courageous compassion. Regaining personhood. Walking on a journey where everyone becomes more whole.

This session will be led by Mariaelena Welch & Michael Eatman, together with additional members of the Coaching Equity Essentials faculty & cohorts.  This event is hosted in partnership with the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network.

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Mariaelena Welch, PCC, CEQC, BSME – Founder, VITA Leadership

Mariaelena is an executive coach and organizational development consultant drawing on over 20 years in operations, sales, and customer service including Director of Consulting Services for a Fortune 500 company to VP of Operations for a consumer products business. She also creates and teaches leadership courses at UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College.

Michael Eatman, PCC, Leader CEE – Founder, Culture7 Coaching

Michael is an experienced inclusion strategist, educator and coach. His credentials include Certified Diversity Professional for Organizational Leadership from Diversity Training University International, Preferred Partner and Certified EQ Advanced Practitioner from Six Seconds EQ Network, and Advanced Certified Personal & Executive Coach by the College of Executive Coaching.




February 8, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network
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