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That was the calling I wrote on the back of a napkin 16 years ago that launched Coaches Console and this community. We believe that the more people who experience coaching, the better the world will be. For 16 years, we’ve focused on eliminating the burdens and distractions as it relates to having a coaching business. It is time – past time – that our calling extends beyond business.

While the common topic of “business” is what brings us together in this particular community, it is through unification and interconnectedness that we stand together, and share our voices, seeing and hearing every person with compassion,and lifting people up by how we regard one another as strong, capable, and worthy of deep respect.

It is then that we all can be seen, heard, supported and loved. We can move into action together and the world can become a better place. We ALL can live our God-given potential; no matter our skin color.

Words have failed me these past several days as I’ve been deeply saddened by the unnecessary acts of violence that led to the senseless deaths of both Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, and the violent acts of shooting and looting that have followed. I’ve been asking myself “what can I do? How can I help?”

I believe insufficient words are still better than silence or non-action, so I am doing my best to make sense of it all and to understand better not only what I can say, but more importantly what I can do.

As a white woman, I am not the most suited person to speak on racism and injustice. I have a lot of education I need to continue to do. However, I did start this company and I did build this community and, for that, I feel responsible for sharing this with you as a leader.

You’ve heard me say it over and over during the past 3 months of the pandemic that as coaches, WE are the leaders that folks will turn to to help them navigate these uncertain times. The same still stands with this recent crisis we’re encountering. As coaches, I believe it is our responsibility to be educated on the topic of racism and to share resources with others. More importantly to listen, support and guide our clients and respective communities with massive compassion, truth, and from a place of love.

When coaches can support clients from this place first and foremost, positive actions will result that will ripple through families, communities, countries and the world.

Your work as a coach is more important than ever.

Keep doing what you’re doing. Keep loving and serving your clients.

I believe that while we can educate ourselves on this topic, take action on this topic, I also believe that the more we can continue to do good work in this world, that too has an impact that is needed right now.

Know that here, at Coaches Console, every entrepreneur has a place, a voice, and a contribution that is welcome.

We reject racism, inequality of opportunity, hatred, and cruelty.

As Nelson Mandela said, “The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. . . . For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.”

There may be people in this community who disagree – or, deny – and unsubscribe. That is their choice and a loss well worth it to ensure that those who remain feel safe, heard, and seen.

I love you and am proud of the amazing work you’re doing in this world as a coach.

We are here for you, with you through it all.

Stronger Together,