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    The Coaches' Gathering - Meeting 4 - Conversations About Racism

    August 25, 2020
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    WEEK 4 - August 25, 2020

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

    The Coaches’ Gathering:  Conversations About Racism

    4-Part Series:  So you want to talk about race,

    by Ijeoma Oluo

    Members and Guests Welcomed!!

    Facilitated by

    Barbara Williamson, Ph.D. MSW, PCC  

    Gregory Owens, CEO, True North Executive Coaching & Consulting

    Our Guest Speaker 

    De'Borah Smith, Build Your Best Life

    De’Borah is a Life Coach of Build Your Best Life.  She hosts panel discussions, conducts three live broadcasts weekly, and co-hosts live radio broadcasts on Fishbowl Radio quarterly. 

    De’Borah is a member of Toastmasters International, earning both the Advanced Communicator Bronze and Competent Leaders designations. De'Borah is a member of the Jax Speakeasy Toastmasters Club

    Recent events sparked by the killing of George Floyd brought several coaches together to brainstorm how we can better understand racism and work together for healing, protection, safety, and justice. As coaches, we also recognize that we have a responsibility to live the ICF Code of Ethics.                                           

    ICF Code of Ethics, Section IV Responsibility to Society

    #25 Avoid discrimination by maintaining fairness and equality in all activities and operations while respecting local rules and cultural practices. This includes discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or military status.

    Our first action is to invite you to participate in an interactive book discussion in August.  In the New York Times best-selling book, So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo, we will find a frank, user-friendly examination of race in America (available from Amazon in all formats).

    Please join us having read the chapters with a willingness to have honest conversations about race and racism and how they impact almost every aspect of American life. You’ll leave with a broader understanding of racism and with concrete ideas for dealing with racial prejudices and biases.  You will receive the reading schedule after your registration.

    Voluntary Donations | Knowing that each of us may want to take additional action, ICF North Florida Chapter has selected the Jacksonville nonprofit organization, Inspire to Rise to receive voluntary donations.   Inspire to Rise focuses on holistically helping families and individuals rise, overcome, and shine through their most challenging moments in life to become their best selves.

    How to Donate | If you want to make a voluntary donation when you register, choose "Member or Guest Tickets", then under "Available Products", select "Inspire to Rise Donation". A pop-up window will appear, where you may enter the amount you wish to donate.  We will present our collective donations to Inspire to Rise on behalf of the ICF North Florida Chapter.

    Meet Our Facilitators 


    Barbara is an Executive Leadership and Career Coach whose experience derived from 20 years of experience managing her own consulting and coaching firm, 15 years working inside organizations, and all the many clients and colleagues she has learned from. 

    She specializes in leadership, team, career, and life coaching virtually and in person. She coaches her clients to discover who they truly want to be and helps them achieve their vision and potential. Barbara’s passion is to empower her clients to see their current reality with a new lens, reveal unseen options, and commit to taking positive actions moving them toward their goals.

    By exploring powerful questions, Barbara inspires individuals and teams to have truthful and meaningful conversations igniting new ways of being.  Her 20-year consulting firm experience includes leaders and teams in financial services, health care, government, manufacturing, technology, and non-profit sectors both nationally and internationally. She served as an internal practitioner in the financial services, insurance, public utility, transportation industries, and university settings for 15 years.

    Education:  Doctorate in Management and Career Development; Master’s Degree in Social Work and Counseling.

    Certifications:  Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation.The Inventure Group - Personal Mastery; The Newfield Network – Coaching; George Mason University Organizational Learning; Steven Covey’s Seven Habits; Achieve Global – Leadership and Team Development and Quality; Crucial Conversations facilitator and MBTI Administrator.

    ICF North Florida Past Board Member.


    Gregory is a certified ICF professional coach leading a boutique practice in Jacksonville, Florida. True North serves a broad spectrum of clients, from nonprofit executives to small business owners. As a collaborative coach, his approach is designed to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal and career goals and challenges. Prior to founding True North, he spent over 30 years working in the nonprofit and municipal government sectors in various leadership roles.

    He is a co-founder of the Jacksonville Community Engagement Group, which helped forged a community-wide collaboration to create the Urban Education Symposium--Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future. This initiative focused on reducing the “achievement gap” for Black males in Duval County.

    Gregory was a co-founder of two single-gender charter schools, Valor Academy of Leadership and Virtue Arts and Science Academy.

    He served as a co-facilitator for Jacksonville’s Study Circles. This program focused on creating a safe space to discuss and improve race relations in Jacksonville.

    Education:  Gregory graduated from the University of Maryland in Sociology and did extensive graduate-level work in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the District of Columbia.

    Certifications:  Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Certified Life Coach by Goal Imagery Institute, holds a Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification, and a certified Grants Consultant by National Grant Writers Association. 



    Important Details 

    Members must register in advance to receive a Zoom link and reading schedule

    Registration closes at 10:00 am on the day of each Coaches’ Gathering


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