At ICF, it is our vision to make coaching an integral part of a thriving society, and to make that happen, we must first ensure coaches have the ability and support to thrive in their own right. Each day we are working towards creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and just coaching profession for all professional coaches and clients worldwide.
As members of the ICF community, we ascribe to the core values of professionalism, collaboration, humanity and equity. The foundation of these values is a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice.
In July 2020, the ICF Global Board of Directors approved the ICF Statement of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice. Staff and volunteer leaders from ICF’s six family organizations subsequently cosigned this statement. This statement of principles reflects a position we invite every ICF Member, Credential-holder and accredited training provider to subscribe to.
Below you will find the statement and its signatories.
ICF Members and Credential-holders live and work in more than 140 countries and territories. ICF is a vibrant global community committed to the shared vision of making coaching an integral part of a thriving society. Our mission is to lead the global advancement of coaching. To do this, we must reflect on our blind spots and be aware of opportunities for improvement. We cannot ignore the challenges that many coaches and coaching clients face due to systemic problems in their communities.
As members of the ICF community, we ascribe to the core values of integrity, excellence, collaboration and respect. The foundation of these values is a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice.
We will place diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make within our Association. As we continue the journey toward our vision, we will recommit ourselves to valuing the unique talents, insights and experiences that every coach and client brings to the world.
Carrie Abner | Vice President, ICF Credentials and Standards
Luke Davis | Vice President, ICF Coaching Education
Morel Fourman | 2020 ICF Foundation Board of Trustees President
Rajat Garg, MCC | 2020 ICF Global Board Chair
Todd Hamilton | COO, ICF
Alicia Hullinger, Ph.D. | Vice President, ICF Thought Leadership Institute
Micki McMillan, MCC | 2020 ICF Coach Training Global Board Chair
Magdalena Nowicka Mook | CEO, ICF
Ann Rindone, ACC | Vice President, ICF Professional Coaches
Renée Robertson, PCC | Vice President, ICF Coaching in Organizations
Sara Smith, MCC | 2020 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board Chair
Benita Stafford-Smith, MCC | 2020 ICF Credentials and Standards Global Board Chair
Silvia Tassarotti, MCC | 2020 ICF Thought Leadership Institute Global Board Chair
ICF is happy to announce its Chapter Diversity Guide. The purpose of this guide is to give ICF Chapters an outline of the steps needed to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice (DEIBJ) to align with ICF’s focus on diversity.
This guide will discuss:
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ICF is creating the Global Diversity Council to help oversee our internal and external diversity initiatives and goals. The Diversity Council will consist of leaders from across the the ICF Ecosystem, including an ICF Global Board Director, four stakeholders and three ICF staff members. The Diversity Council will represent different countries, ages, races, stakeholders, and ICF Family Organizations and/or departments.
ICF is happy to announce the 2022-2024 Global Diversity Council. In conjunction with the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (a staff role), these global leaders will help oversee and manage ICF’s internal DEIJB initiatives and goals.
Coura Badiane, MBA, CAE is the Vice President of ICF Foundation. With a passion for international development and relations, Coura has experience in association management, economics, project and program management, strategic thinking, business development and strategy, and multi-cultural communications. She is fluent in French and Spanish. Her previous experience includes positions with the World Bank. Northwestern University, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Radiological Society of North America. Coura holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and a master’s in International Development, Development Policy from the American University.
Angie Carter, ACC is an assistant professor and program coordinator of the Master of Human Resource Development (MHRD) program in Clemson University’s College of Education and is passionate about facilitating leader development and cultural competency workshops and providing organization-wide engagement and learning opportunities. Her research spans the areas of leadership development, coaching, mentoring, and critical human resource development. Before a switch to academia, Angie spent a great deal of her working life in various learning function and leadership roles in property management, high-tech, and manufacturing industries.
Jimena Andino Dorato, PCC is originally from Argentina, but is Canadian by adoption and a nomad at heart. After practicing as a lawyer, mediator, researcher and lecturer, she became a professional coach in Brazil. She was part of the leadership team of ICF France and now (in Montreal), she is a member of ICF Quebec, as well as a member of the Ethics Committee at ACTO. Jimena adds to her coaching practice intercultural communication and equity, diversity and inclusion, working closely with SIETAR and sitting on the board of directors for an association of LGBTQ+ migrants and refugees. Always passionate about building bridges, she designed, delivered and managed several EDI and intercultural training programs for young and senior leaders and coaches. Jimena also co-wrote with Ghislaine Tamisier and Veronica de la Fuente the book ” L’intelligence interculturelle au service des coachs ” published in France in 2022 by InterÉditions.
Malcolm Fiellies, PCC is the Regional Development Manager for the EMEA region with ICF Professional Coaches, focusing on Africa. Malcolm holds a post-graduate diploma in coaching, a bachelor’s degree in accounting sciences, and a certificate in project management. He is passionate about promoting and developing professional coaching within Africa, positioning it as a professional service delivered by competent, credentialed practitioners that positively impact individuals and the society at large.
Malcolm has worked in a wide range of industries, and his vast experience spans various functional areas such as production, accounting, human resource management, as well as change and project management. He also served on the ICF South Africa Charter Chapter Board of Directors as an executive officer leading the Foundation Portfolio, where he focused on presenting professional coaching within the social impact industry. Malcolm also serves as secretary for the ICF Africa Forum Business Development Committee, focusing on the development of business development strategy frameworks for the ICF Chapters in Africa.
Robert Garcia, SHRM, SCP is the Vice President of ICF Coaching in Organizations. Robert is responsible for organizational membership growth and leading operations that enable global organizations to build coaching capabilities and develop a strong coaching culture. He has held senior-level positions at Randstad, SHRM, Baptist Health, Florida International University (FIU), LHH, ADP and United Healthcare. He is an adjunct professor in business and human resource management at FIU. Robert has an MBA from FIU, a bachelor’s in Management from Nova Southeastern University, as well as HR certifications from SHRM and HCI. He is also an executive coach and frequent keynote speaker at global conferences.
Dumi Magadlela, PCC is an executive and team coach, coach trainer, leadership development facilitator, and organizational culture practitioner. He has often been described as a “people whisperer.” He currently works for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he designs and delivers leadership, coaching and team coaching courses for clients across Africa. Dumi currently serves on the Global Board of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as Vice Chair. He co-founded the Ubuntu Coaching Foundation (UCF) in South Africa, a nonprofit entity promoting access to coaching in poorly-resourced communities. Dumi has been Senior Faculty at The Coaching Centre for more than 15 years, where he teaches executive coaching in a module titled “Coaching in the African Context.” He has been part-time faculty at the University of Stellenbosch Business School’s MPhil in Management Coaching, where he delivers a Module on “Ubuntu Team Coaching”. Currently, Dumi is part of an international faculty at the WBECS (Coaching.com) pioneering Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI), where he co-designs and co-facilitates team coaching training. Dumi is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) as a Senior Practitioner in Team Coaching. He is currently working toward his PCC Credential with ICF.
Oxana Mozgovaya, PCC is a professional life and career coach specializing in leadership development and career growth. Oxana is trained in conscious business coaching and certified in emotional-centered and positive intelligence coaching. She has been an ICF volunteer since 2018, and is also part of a world business executive coaching summit facilitators team. Oxana was born in Ukraine and raised in Russia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in economy of Japan and has been living and working in Sapporo for nine years. She is now a proud Canadian citizen living in beautiful British Columbia.
Charles Sue-Wah-Sing, PCC is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) and has been an executive coach serving a variety of industries for more than five years. He’s been shifting his focus to serving emerging BIPOC leaders and entrepreneurs. Charles recently launched a virtual group coaching program serving men of color. He is a faculty member at the C0-Active Training Institute (CTI), where he assisted in the initiation of their DEIW strategic plan. Charles is certified in Imago Theory and serves as a chairperson for Imago Relationships North America, where he also spearheaded numerous DEI education programs and initiatives. He has also facilitated numerous workshops and study groups around DEI and anti-black racism. He identifies as a man of color, born in Canada of Guyanese parents with a mix of African, Indian, Chinese and European heritage.
This group of global leaders will spearhead inclusive holidays and cultural awareness activities across the ICF Ecosystem. This committee partners with the director of DEIJ at ICF to select cultural holidays that ICF will recognize and celebrate monthly. It is also the responsibility of this committee to determine how ICF will recognize and celebrate these selected holidays and events.
Gauri Deshpande, PCC is the Founder & Director of the Global Coaches Collective (H.Q. -Singapore). She holds professional coaching credentials from the ICF (PCC). She leads C-Suite Executive Coaching engagements in 6 countries and has coached clients of 11 nationalities.
Gauri is an active member at her local chapter ICF-Singapore where she is a Committee Member of the Team Coaching Practice. She is a champion for social impact through coaching and works towards building equity, inclusion, and representation through her pro-bono projects in Asia and the Middle East. She is a volunteer for ICF Ignite and ICF Singapore-NTU’ Coaching for Community’.
Gauri holds a Master’s degree in Business and speaks four languages, including German and her mother tongue Marathi. Her trailblazing, international career of 15 years spans Germany, the U.S., Singapore, and her home country India.
She began her career with the French multinational Capgemini Consulting in their H.R. Leadership Program in India in 2007. In 2011 she joined the Global Executive Assistants Program at Allianz SE, Germany. She led the Talent & Diversity portfolio of the Board Office, spanning 11 countries of Europe & South America. In her full-time roles based out of India and Germany, Gauri has spearheaded Leadership Development and Talent Management programs.
Tonya Echols, PCC, is an award-winning international Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, facilitator, speaker, and writer. She is the Managing Principal, and Founder of Vigere, a WOSB and MBE certified coaching and leadership development company.
She is a coach for the TED Fellows Program, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and was selected by LinkedIn as Best of 2016 and 2017 in Executive Coaching. She combines her over 25 years of extensive experience in corporate management, digital media/technology, and finance with my coaching and leadership development background to help individuals, teams, and organizations create high-performing, human-centric, and inclusive work environments.
Jamie Gelbtuch, PCC is the Founder of Cultural Mixology, a certified WBE, and is always looking for new and innovative ways to help people manage the complexity, uncertainty, and personal challenges of living or working in an international environment. She leads the strategic thinking process through coaching, training, mentoring, and consulting to support individuals and organizations that want to thrive across cultures.
She is a graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management (MBA), Georgetown University (B.S.), and NYU (certificate in Executive and Organizational Coaching). As an ICF-PCC coach, her interest in neuroscience led her to become a provider of the BrainStates ManagementTM assessment, which she uses to help clients harness the brain’s ability to achieve higher outcomes.
A cosmopolitan globetrotter, she is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, with a working knowledge of Portuguese and basic Arabic. She has lived abroad and pursued her wanderlust throughout five continents.
Dana Poklepovic, Ph.D. is a certified ontological coach, certified C-IQ coach and diversity professional, and ICF member.
As a DEI consultant, she develops inclusive leadership programs to help businesses and schools embrace an authentically equitable and inclusive culture. She helps teams discover their emotional barriers and transform them into neurodiverse and disabled talent opportunities. As a coach, she helps her clients identify what makes them unique and confidently brings their talent to the table.
She also coaches parents of neurodiverse children and children with disabilities. She has proven that these children grow self-confident and the parents emotionally strong by working with the families. Dana believes that coaching is the tool that will help create an inclusive and equitable society.
Eric Toh is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) based in Malaysia, working across the Asia Pacific and internationally. He has an MBA from the USA and a BSc (Honours) from Australia and spent much of his career with KPMG Consulting in Melbourne, Australia, and London, UK.
Eric has lived and worked in four continents: Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. He is passionate about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Emotional Intelligence, and the Future of Work.
Eric went to Australia as a teenager for further studies. Having spent time living and working in Australia, Hong Kong, and London, Eric has returned to Malaysia to spend time with his family and share his international work experience with other professionals in the Asia Pacific region.
Linda Zay, PCC, Ph.D. is a leadership development coach passionate about coaching and working with international clientele from 5 continents and many different countries. In addition to individual coaching, she works as an intercultural and DEI trainer and team coach and as a project coordinator for a non-profit Erasmus Transnational Strategic Partnership Consortium. They support the digital transformation of trainers and coaches through innovative intellectual outputs.
She holds degrees in Intercultural Communication (Ph.D.), Diplomacy (M.A.), Literature and Linguistics (M.A.), American Studies (B.A.).
She considers herself an interculturalist and a DEI advocate, and the values that she derives from these fields are very close to her heart. By cultures, she does mean national cultures and gender, generational, social, linguistic, professional, geographical, etc., identities. As a member of the Committee, she hopes that by learning more about exciting traditions, national heritage, and cultural values, we can nurture intercultural curiosity, develop cultural competence, and promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our global community.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) condemns in the strongest possible terms any military aggression that is unprovoked and unjustified. As an organization, our Core Values support the importance of a humane, equitable society that is respectful towards others, deploring the loss of life and human suffering.
We, at ICF Coaching Education, celebrate and honor diversity. We commit to inspiring and holding accountable coach training institutions to provide safe learning spaces that are inclusive and fair for all faculty, staff and coach-students to thrive. We do so in alignment with the overarching one ICF commitment to place diversity, inclusion, belonging, and justice at the forefront of everything we do.
Submitted by the ICF Coaching Education Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and
Through the hard and diligent work of special and advisory committees, ICF Coaching Education has created a resource guide on diversity and inclusion for coach trainers and educators. This guide is a continuously-evolving resource, and we look forward to future iterations with input from all coach-training programs and providers. Download the most up-to-date version of the resource guide below.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is committed to a vision of a thriving society around the globe. We believe that coaching can help realize this vision by unlocking people’s potential and breaking down the barriers between us. When people can show up as their full selves, vulnerable and fully present, this is a gift that moves us forward and toward a more peaceful, loving and equitable society.
Violence of any kind is contrary to what ICF and coaching strive for—a thriving, healthy, cooperative human society. We condemn all acts of violence against race, religion, gender or any other aspect of diversity.
ICF stands in solidarity with all those who face assaults on their human rights. This moment of challenge must be a time to uphold dignity for all. We remain committed to our statement of placing diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make within our Association and calling for consistent action against violence and discrimination.