Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

DEIB Council

2023 ICF Presidents Diversity Advisory Board

Jeff Miller, Carin Ross Johnson, Toni Taylor, Jaslyn Roberts, Esther Wang, Gloria Sloan, and Princess Cullum

Walk with us on our DEIB Journey

ICF Global has challenged each chapter to inform and educate members on diversity, specifically, DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging).

As 2023 ICF Charlotte Chapter President, I asked myself, "How do I lead our chapter on DEIB when our board is not diverse?" I recognized the need to bring diverse and passionate coaches alongside me on this journey. When I reached out to ICF CACC coaches, I was overwhelmed with "thank you for taking this on" and "yes, I want to be a part of this work." I am grateful to Jaslyn Roberts, Princess Cullum, Jeff Miller, Esther Wang, Carin Ross Johnson and Gloria Sloan, who have joined me on this diversity journey.

Our initial meeting was April 4 at Bitty & Beau's Coffee in Charlotte. If you don't know the diversity story of Bitty & Beau's Coffee, check it out. We began with a story exchange protocol, which provided the opportunity for us to hear each other's story and make connections in meaningful ways -- ways that only sharing story can do.  Our meeting ended with a question burst protocol to identify our most important questions to drive the direction we take as an advisory council and our next steps. How can we move the diversity needle for board leadership and chapter membership? I am excited about the possibilities for this council to help set direction and provide guidance to grow a more diverse coaching community. 

Intercultural Competence
Intercultural Competence is a new term for us at ICF-CACC. We are committed to the journey of learning how to adapt our way of thinking and interact across differences in a positive way. Our board members participated in a two-hour ICF Cultural Diversity Training, led by Jim Fortner and Toni Taylor. This allowed us to ask questions and grow in our understanding of DEIB as a board.

The President's Diversity Advisory Council brought forth our first in person quarterly Collectives focused on Coaching Across Differences on May 3. Facilitators, June Carter, PCC, and Jaslyn Roberts, ACC, led us to explore what it means to be Interculturally Competent. We were introduced to a Culturally Competent Continuum that provides a framework for identifying where we are and seeing our growth as coaches and as a chapter. Aisha Adams facilitated the second in person quarterly Collectives, Coaching Across Differences in September.  We learned more about the role coaches play in cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion in their individual coaching.

If you are interested in learning more about DEIB or want to engage with us in this initiative, please contact Toni Taylor, Past President or Renee Lawless, President.