Becoming a Color Conscious Coach

January 30, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Becoming a Color Conscious Coach
Presenter: Tamara Smiley Hamilton

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Zoom Webinar

1 CCEU in Core Competencies
0.5 CCEU in Resource Development

Are you reluctant to advance powerful questions related to race and inclusion during the coaching engagement? Are you hesitant to name the racial elephant in the room? Are you stuck in your own story that you are the right coach if the person is different from you? Do you want to be empowered to discuss the undiscussable? Are you curious about how race shows up in the coaching engagement and pushed aside for fear of being vulnerable of not knowing where the conversation will go? If you can nod “yes” to any of these questions, join ICF Maryland for an intriguing conversation with Tamara Smiley Hamilton, an expert in coaching in race space. Tamara will share stories and insights, ask powerful questions, and demonstrate how to frame and name issues related to race and non-inclusion. She will support your journey towards becoming a color-conscious coach.

Upon completion of the webinar, coaches will: 

  • Increase their understanding of racial formation and the generational trauma that resides in clients of color, notably African American clients

  • Enhance their understanding of why being a color-conscious coach is critical in the current reality in the US and globally

  • Examine their internal landscape on race and begin the pruning process

  • Have a beginning knowledge of the power of questions in the context of diversity and inclusion

  • Create a new story as a color-conscious coach.

Tamara Smiley Hamilton, MA, AS is a global coach, facilitator and professional speaker. Her work has been appreciated on military bases in Korea, German, and Japan. Tamara is the founder and CEO of Audacious Coaching LLC, a professional services firm addressing inclusive conflict resolution.  As a conflict resolution specialist and as a diversity and sensitivity leadership coach, she helps senior leaders to transform their thinking about race and inclusion. She is often called upon to create and facilitate healing circles when race relations become toxic to an organization’s culture. Coaching is a key component to addressing wounds inflicted by non-inclusive work environments.

Tamara is an Accredited Speaker with Toastmasters International, a designation held by only 81 people out of a membership of 366,000 worldwide.  She uses her global platform to speak on “Creating Inclusive Communities.” She is the recipient of the James H. Laue Endowment Scholarship from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. This honored award is given to graduate students who continue the peacebuilding work of the late Dr. Laue, a founder of the conflict resolution field. Tamara came of age during the Watts Rebellion of 1965 and has dedicated her life’s work to building bridges connecting the human spirit. Her work is taking her to Rwanda in Central Africa to greater understand the power of forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation after violent ethnic conflict.

This webinar is designed to support coaches seeking to gain a better understanding of how they can be more impactful with their clients when race and diversity may be contributing factors to a client’s capacity to move forward. It will support coaches who want to examine their own interior landscapes to begin the pruning process to remove the weeds that entangle them from seeing color with their clients. It addresses the fear and the hesitation that some coaches have reported as barriers. She will provide examples of framing and naming during the coaching engagement.

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Note: As an African American woman who is a coach, my expert knowledge relates to African Americans. I am a Black Studies major: BA, Scripps College, 1970; African Studies and Research, MA, Howard University, 1976; Communications Management, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 1981; Executive Leadership, Georgetown University, 2009; Advanced Coaching Certificate in Leadership and Well-Being, George Mason University, 2014. I am currently completing a Masters in Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (2019) with a focus on race relations in the United States. This webinar does not intend to project expert knowledge of all people of color but expertise within the African American context.


$30.00 ICF Maryland Member

$30.00 ICF Global Member

$40.00 Non-Member / Guest