Despite our stated commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, there aren’t many people who look like me in senior leadership roles. In fact, across most sectors, a racial leadership gap exists. This hard reality inspired me to create “Changemakers of Color” as a source of support and empowerment for people of the global majority.
Many leaders of color are already skilled to lead but are often overlooked due to unconscious biases and other factors outside their control. When they do obtain leadership roles, they are often the only person of color or one of a few in leadership roles. This means they may lack access to a supportive community that understands their unique experience of having a marginalized identity at work. In addition, they often lack access to a community that embraces their unique lived experience, leading to lower levels of psychological safety, vulnerability, courage, or an overall sense of belonging at work.
“Changemakers of Color” is a four-month coaching mastermind group designed for leaders of color across all sectors. Join an intimate collective of passionate leaders of color who desire connection, candor, challenge, support, and accountability, and reap the benefits of building an expanded network.
The simple definition lies in the word itself.
Noun: Someone whose job or role is to bring about change in an institution or in society
Simple enough, but what kind of change are we talking about? When communities embrace a shared definition of “changemaker,” they can measure progress in actual results.
With a deep-rooted sense of empathy for others, a changemaker is committed at their core to social justice and change. They take action and do it relentlessly.
Changemakers are personally connected to the issues in their communities. They aren’t superheroes, parachuting in like an outsider, ready to save the day. They champion the causes that matter most to them, because those issues directly affect the people in their circle of influence.
You don’t have to rely on millions of dollars in seed money to create your own vehicle for change. The greatest good can happen within the walls of even the longest-held institutions. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a willingness to share your voice. See something, say something.
*Source: Fast Company “What is a Changemaker?”
The complexity of the global challenges we are facing today needs changemakers of every color to affect real, deep, lasting transformation across all of our systems.
If you are like me, you joined the ranks of many before you with a strong desire to represent your communities and transform the systems you are working in to be more fair, equitable, and just. And like me, you’ve probably discovered that most systems aren’t psychologically safe, let alone inclusive.
While some changes are happening, many leaders of color, unfortunately, continue to navigate unfair, inequitable, discriminatory workplaces. They’re expected to show up authentically and with presence, yet the reality is that their whole selves are not always welcomed or embraced. Sound familiar?
Includes one (1) Individual 50-min Coaching Session with personality assessments
Includes two (2) Group 90-min Coaching Mastermind Sessions
Each Group Coaching Mastermind Session will be 90-minutes and held between 3-4:30 pm PT/ 6-7:30 pm ET
September 6 and September 20
October 4 and October 18
November 1 and November 15
November 29 and December 13
All interested parties must complete an application first then payment details will be sent separately.
Dr. Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW, ACC, an executive leadership coach and partner at Evolution, has dedicated her career to the growth and development of individuals and the organizations they are a part of. As an ICF Certified Coach, a StartingBloc Fellow, a Google #lamRemarkable Facilitator, and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, she believes that when leaders are empowered to reach their fullest potential, they will be able to support those around them more effectively.
It was her own experience with coaching that ignited her passion to support individuals, teams, and organizations to lead more authentically and courageously. Her former clients include Black Administrators of Child Welfare, Glassdoor, LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and Snap.
Additional qualifications: Psychological Safety, EQi 2.0 and EQ 360 certified, Diversity and Inclusion certification (eCornell), and Nonprofit Executive Leadership certificate (National Human Services Assembly)
Changemakers of Color provides real, actionable solutions for sustainable well-being.
Changemakers of Color provides an intimate, brave space for exploring important – and sometimes sensitive – topics in a supportive peer setting.