Infusing Coaching into Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity and Inclusion has been near and dear to my heart since my days working at Intel. In tech over the last few years, it has been a growing initiative that has seen a lot of publicity highlighting the resistance against, and little progress toward, full representation of women and underrepresented minorities. Much of this resistance feeds off people’s lizard-brain fears of “lack and attack.”

Some vocal majority members believe that all opportunities for career advancement will be taken from them and “given” to women and minorities. That, because of this initiative, their careers will be halted exactly where they are. There is even some resistance from some of the women and underrepresented minorities (URM), who fear that the majority will believe any career advancement they make is not because they earned it, but instead because they’re a woman or URM. These are all stories our mind tells to protect us…but they’re just that, fiction.

A few months back, I was watching a Byron Katie video where she was using “The Work” on a woman who was afraid of Trump and all the apocalyptic events that she feared would be a result of his Presidency. Insight struck. There were so many parallels between her fear of Trump and what I had seen and experienced happening with the majority’s fear of Diversity & Inclusion at Intel. It was then that I started to put a program and plan together for how to utilize Life Coaching to help.

Yet another example of the universe providing where there is intention and attention happened a couple weeks ago. A friend’s sister (who will remain anonymous along with the company she works at due to confidentiality) reached out for guidance on Diversity and Inclusion. Her company had just publicly announced launching a women’s initiative. She asked if I was interested in consulting for their HR team. This would be an awesome opportunity to test out my vision on combining their initiative with coaching.

Today I had an amazingly energizing conversation with those responsible for executing on this company’s initiative. It felt great to share my experience and best practices from my time at Intel. It was even more uplifting to express how coaching can help overcome one of the three biggest challenges (Resistance, Resilience and Resources) to achieving goals and making progress. I felt empowered to better the future in my own, unique way.

Here’s hoping my vision becomes a reality!

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