The dynamics of race are at play in every organization. As executive coaches who support leaders at the highest levels of organizations, it is vital that we are able to enter into and hold conversations about race with our clients in systems. Using our DIRECT model which stands for diversity, inclusion, race, equity, care and trauma, we will discuss how race dynamics play out in organizations and the role executive coaching plays in supporting both leaders of color and white leaders to create more inclusive teams and organizations.
In this session, participants will:
1. Learn why it is important for coaches to develop their own racial identity and be able to engage boldly in conversations around race.
2. Be introduced to a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) model as a means of understanding and discussion the dynamics of race in organizations today.
3. Practice engaging in conversations around race
4. Leave more equipped to coach across difference and hold conversations about race with coachees of color and white coachees.
CCEUs- 1 Core Competencies and .5 Resource Development
Speaker: Fran Johnston, MCC and Raymond Fisher, PCC
Frances Johnston, PhD, is co-founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute, a professional consulting firm for both private and public sectors that encourages and develops values-based and resonant leadership, and is the co-author of Becoming a Resonant Leader (2008). Her focus is on the intersection of leadership and strategy as well as organizational transformation to create effective processes and structures for continual growth and on-going development. Over the course of her 20+ year career, she has become a trusted mentor and advisor to C-level executives and top teams across a broad range of organizations and sectors—including many of the world’s biggest and most well-known companies: UniCredit Group, Viacom, Unilever, Merrill Lynch, and Unisys. She is a world-class facilitator of programs throughout North America, Europe, Africa, The Caribbean, and Asia and has designed programs in leadership development and transformation, emotional intelligence, improving group dynamics, and organizational renewal. She is a long-standing faculty at Wharton Aresty’s Institute of Executive Education and also teaches for the Brookings Institute of Executive Education in Washington, DC.
Ray Fisher, MSW, LCSW, PCC
Ray Fisher, MSW, LCSW, PCC is an educator, executive coach and facilitator who has worked with clients across various industries, including global client services firms, government (Federal, State, County, and City), higher education and non-profits. For the last 15+ years, Mr. Fisher has helped senior leaders and management teams expand cooperation, improve performance, and increase emotional intelligence. Ray helps his clients work through transitions, lead with resilience and lived values. He is recognized for his extensive knowledge in the area of emotional growth, relationship development, and human capital maturity, with a specialty in anti-racism education and coaching. Ray has taught a number of courses related to race at the graduate university level. He has extensive experience and knowledge working with individuals, groups, and organizations assisting in moving towards becoming Anti-racist organizations.
Mr. Fisher’s style is forthcoming, connected, personable, and grounded in research-based techniques. He holds a Master’s degree from Smith College School for Social Work (where he is also an adjunct professor), attended the Teleos Leadership Institutes Coach Development Training Program, is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and certified in the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) through the Hay Group.
Mr. Fisher strongly believes that every individual has an innate wisdom that can be surfaced through the coaching process. By cultivating a strong foundation of trust and respect, Mr. Fisher helps his clients challenge themselves in ways that result in professional growth/development and personal fulfillment. Mr. Fisher’s style of coaching is based on the understanding that his clients can and will embrace the opportunities of self-reflection if respected through well-established cycles of honest and mature feedback and room for reflection.
Specializations: Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Race and Diversity Coaching