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Co-Active joins Coaching For Everyone in new fellowship program for BIPOC individuals

Posted on April 5, 2021
Image: Coaching For Everyone Logos

Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement made it clear that the leadership development and coach training industry has a lot of work to do in creating equity. As CTI continues to step into commitment and action to better account for marginalization and oppression, and to include all lived experiences, we are uplifted by our industry peers and our community in their efforts to create a new, equitable world.  

One of the inspiring things to emerge in 2020 was Victor McGuire’s incredible non-profit, Coaching For Everyone. The organization was born out of his passion for lifelong learning, adult education and leadership development, along with his desire to serve under-resourced populations. As the world awoke to racial inequity, he saw a window of opportunity to change the face of the coaching industry and make it more accessible to everyone. He launched Coaching ForEveryone to provide complimentary coaching and leadership services to traditionally under-resourced populations, particularly BIPOC young adults, K-12 educators, and nonprofit employees. 

Image: Interview with Victor, Carey and Carlo

We are so proud of the community of Co-Active faculty, leaders and coaches who have supported Victor in his mission from the beginning, by donating money and by volunteering time and coaching services. We believe that when leaders embark on quests, they need leaders behind to serve their vision. After seeing the groundswell of support for Coaching For Everyone from our community, CTI began a conversation with Victor about what more we could do and who we could be to serve his mission. He asked if CTI would provide the Co-Active Coach Training & Certification for Coaching For Everyone’s Coaching Fellowship Program, which offers free training and coaching opportunities for BIPOC individuals who want to become certified coaches. We are honored that our conversations have led us to form a partnership that will support Coaching For Everyone’s program and vision to make the coaching industry more inclusive and diverse.  

We recently recorded one of our conversations with Victor so that more of our community could get to know the leader in front of this generous and important quest, which, in his words, began with these powerful questions:

“What would it be like if people who looked like me received the same level of coaching that I just delivered? How much would it change the trajectory of their life? How would it impact the people in their world if they had some experience in coaching?” 

While there are already wonderful leaders who identify as BIPOC, access to professional coaching or coaching certification is limited. This is because the cycles of socialization have limited what these communities can live into due to a lack of resources (both money and opportunity), exclusionary language and an absence of role models. Coaching For Everyone is committed to ensuring that greater access is created for BIPOC individuals by providing free coach certification that is delivered in cohorts of their peers and led by people who better reflect their identities. 

“From the fellowship program, individuals will learn that there’s an opportunity for them to actualize their dream of being a professional coach and impacting people in their world in significant ways,” said Victor.  

One of the most exciting parts of the fellowship is that while it changes the face of coaching by creating more access, it’s also moving toward changing the industry at a systemic level. As more BIPOC individuals receive coach certification, they will ultimately go on to become trainers. Over time, this will change the way training is created and delivered, empowering underrepresented identities to train generations of all backgrounds and to share their lived and learned experience.  

Coaching For Everyone’s fellowship program will start with two pilot cohort groups, launching in North America on April 29 and May 18 of this year. The pilot groups will welcome 45 participants, who will go through CTI’s online Coach Training & Certification program. The fellowship will officially launch in October 2021, with the goal of certifying 100 coaches in its first year.  

We hope that after reading this post and watching the video, you’ll feel an urge to support this opportunity to change our world and work together. Here are some ways you can point that energy:

  • If you’re a BIPOC professional in an under-resourced community and are interested in earning your coach certification through Coaching For Everyone’s Coaching Fellowship Program, we invite you to apply.
  • If you live in an under-resourced community and are interested in receiving coaching from BIPOC coaches, you can apply to receive complimentary coaching.
  • If you’d like to serve Coaching For Everyone’s mission to create a coaching industry that accounts for and includes everyone, please consider making a donation, through the Coaching For Everyone donation page.

Our thanks to Victor and the entire Coaching For Everyone team for leading in front and including us as one of the many leaders helping you make your vision real. We are honored to be your partner in this beautiful quest!

Love,

Carey Baker, Co-CEO, CTI
Carlo Bos, Co-CEO, CTI

What People Are Saying

  1. This is a great news for CTI. I am about to start my certification in a few weeks. I would love to help “coaching for everyone” community with my CTI skill. Please let me know how I can help. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Heather for your support and enthusiasm. Best of luck and enjoy Certification!

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  2. This is a brilliant and amazing announcement. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. We’re so excited along with you!

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  3. I’m SO excited about this partnership! Together, we will create access to coaching and transform the industry!

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    1. You bet Kvon! Thank YOU for being such a strong partner to CTI in so many ways. Here we go!

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  4. Yay!!! This is so incredibly amazing! I am appreciating all the hard work that continues to go into making this partnership a reality and for the swiftness with which this is becoming a reality. Our world is hungry for this work. Thank you. xoxo

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    1. Thanks for seeing into and naming all the time, energy and thoughtfulness that’s gone into this effort Tina. We’re committed to doing this work sustainably and over the long term.

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  5. Really excited to see this; 2 great organizations with 1 critical mission!!

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    1. Hey Christie – BLAST OFF! Thanks for your support.

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  6. I am BEYOND energized about this tremendous undertaking! This is a huge game-changer and will open up so many doors and opportunities for so many talented individuals. The exposure I have personally had to CTI trained professionals let’s me know this program is top notch. Thrilled to share what I know will be a blessing to those being trained and to those who benefit from the knowledge gained!

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    1. Thank you for forwarding the work and spirit of Co-Active Leslie. Our intent is to change the game, and this is a powerful first step. Onward!

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  7. Thank you, Coaching For Everyone and CTI, for the vision and curiosity that grows true community in ways that transform our world, with patience, pause, learning, UNlearning, and a willingness to love on each other in the process.
    This is a great match!

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    1. We think so too Lynn……it is a great match. We’re excited for the unlearning and new learning this will open CTI and Co-Active up to. We so appreciate you being a committed voice of CTI in the world. Sing far and loud about this exciting partnership!

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  8. I’m so excited to see CFE and CTI partnering together. I can’t wait to meet the new fellows, and to witness more DEI in the coaching and leadership industry.

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    1. Thank you for being on the front lines of this partnership Jeff. We’re excited to see what the industry will become as we live into the vision we hold together.

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  9. This is fantastic! As a current volunteer with adolescent youth, this makes me super happy to see that there will be more attention paid to this and other cohorts who will be well served through coaching! Access is so critical! Thank you CTI and Coaching for Everyone! Filling in much needed holes out there!!!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, for naming access as a priority and the importance of liberating Co-Active to more audiences deliberately and sustainably. Keep up your good work!

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  10. Fabulous news! Can’t wait to see the impact of this on our community and the profession.

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    1. Thank you Nina. We’re excited too. Just imagine what’s possible for our community, the profession and the leadership development industry at large!

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  11. This is so great to see, what a great way to bring D&I into the coaching world. I look forward to seeing a diverse group of leaders, both in perspectives and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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    1. Thanks Nadine. Equity, Inclusion and Diversity is the name of the game. We appreciate your support.

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  12. This is great news! Will BIPOC leaders be leading the coach training? (I hope so!)

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    1. Yes Lisa, CTI is actively in the process of training and bringing more leaders from marginalized identities to the front of our rooms and Zooms (e.g. our virtual offerings). The partnership with CFE is intended, in part, to support this movement towards a more diverse faculty team at CTI. Thanks for your support!

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