CCC Program

Capital Coaches Conference 2019

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Keynote Sessions:

Amy Brann 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Laura Morgan Roberts 1:50 – 2:50 PM

Morning Workshops:

Breakout track #1 will run from 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Breakout track #2 will run from 11:20 AM – 12:35 PM

Afternoon Workshops:

Breakout track #3 will run from 3:10 – 4:25 PM

Breakout track #4 will run from 4:45 – 6:00 PM


Keynote: Amy Brann

Session: Neuroscience for Coaches; What’s New?

Session Description: Neuroscience has been a hot topic now for some years. But what is really happening within organizations? If you're embracing neuroscience what do you need to do to distinguish yourself? And if you're yet to embed it in your coaching then what is all the fuss about? Together lets dive into some of the emerging science that every Coach should be aware of. The concepts that most of the world are still unaware of. Also lets cover the most common mistakes people who say they are in the know are making. Finally, we will look to the future and see how best you can equip yourself to best serve your clients as the world of work continues to change. 

Keynote: Laura Morgan Roberts Ph.D

Session: Activating your Best Self: The Power of Positive Identity Storytelling

Session Description: Less than twenty percent of global workers are maximizing their potential; most people struggle to deepen their engagement with work tasks and colleagues. How can we foster more meaningful connections with work? This session will introduce an evidence-based toolkit for activating best selves through storytelling. This transformational technique is anchored in our stories about navigating unexpected twists, turns, surprises and obstacles along our career paths. We will practice (re)narrating our own and others’ positive identity-based contributions, in order to build psychological, social and tangible resources, foster generative actions, and promote collective growth. We will also examine how these appreciative techniques compare with conventional competency and deficit-based models of development. By raising the standard for personal and collective development, we will explore how to inspire people to activate the best in themselves and others.


Session: Talk Yourself into Success and Get the Outcomes You Desire

Facilitator: Susan Commander Samakow

Session Description: In this interactive session, Susan will show the relationship between neuroscience and self-talk, resilience, and change and transition, and how that impacts our decision-making. She will share her proven formula for success, as well as tie-in her business and life blueprint, on how to thrive and live a flourishing life. So much of how we live is based on our mindsets, what we choose to focus on, and our perspective. By changing our thoughts, we can change our lives. Notice thoughts (self-talk); these can shift our thinking to the positive or productive.


Session: The 5th Domain: Navigating the Flow of Identity Coaching

Facilitators: Sukari Pinnock and Amber Mayes


Session Description: As a developmental tool, coaching is increasingly being used in organizational settings across the globe. Many leaders, formally or informally, coach individuals to help them develop professionally.  Research suggests very few coaches are trained to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the coaching relationship. This workshop will help participants apply a social group identity lens to their work, and develop an understanding of the dominant/marginalized power dynamics inherent in all coaching relationships. Through the use of a diagnostic tool and customized coaching scenarios, participants will develop new awareness to better support those whose social identity groups – and world views –differ from their own.


Session: Coaching Underrepresented Groups in Predominantly White Spaces: Deepening the Discourse about Race and Identity

Facilitators: Kim D'Abreu, Natalie Radolinksi, Gloria Gonzalez         


Session Description: Our racial/ethnic identity derives from awareness of our social selves, narratives emerging from lived experience, and the lens through which we see. Given our country’s history of racism and oppression, we may have identities linked to inequities and stereotypes. A coach’s capacity to unearth fundamental aspects of individual identity—while recognizing the workplace as a socialized institution that manifests structural oppression—is critically important to holding space as clients explore the role of identity difference and narratives in their leadership. We will examine how to explore race meaningfully within a coaching engagement, including tools and practices to facilitate conversations across identity difference.


Session: A Systems Approach to Uncovering Social Narratives

Facilitators: Mark Wilson and Jeb Bates         


Session Description: Social Narratives (perceptions, beliefs, expectations, and assumptions) are key invisible drivers that inform the behavioral habits of our clients and our work as coaches. Uncovering and unlocking these narratives can be confusing and time-intensive, yet emerging coaching practices have provided models to support this process. Through this highly-interactive session, you will learn how to apply a tested, systems-based approach to uncovering social narratives that achieves both immediate and long-term coaching results. You’ll walk away with tools to help your clients become aware of their invisible drivers and support you in identifying how your social narratives affect your coaching practice.


Session: Is it my standard or my stuff? Applying the 5-square EI framework across lines of difference

Facilitators: Matt Taylor, Anne Lackritz, and Keith Brooks


Session Description: What gets in the way of us authentically connecting with one another? How do our personal values influence our interactions with others? How can we root ourselves in our “standard” and uncover some of the “stuff” that gets in the way? We will delve into these questions to explore how our social identities influence our approach to building relationships, particularly across lines of difference. Participants will work through the 5 Square Framework, a tool that operationalizes emotional intelligence and has been used to coach hundreds of leaders in the education and non-profit sectors, and apply it to a role play scenario.


Session: Navigating and Suffering the Paradoxes of Identity

Facilitators: Kelly Lewis and Brian Emerson


Session Description: The brain is wired to see many aspects of identity from an Either/Or perspective, creating “us vs. them” mentalities. I’m conservative or liberal, candid or diplomatic, warm or strong, feminine or masculine. Neuroscience shows when we don’t have a way to make sense of these paradoxical aspects of identity, we suffer – on both the individual and collective levels.  This session explores how we can ease this suffering by helping clients transform the Either/Or’s of identity into dynamic Both/And’s using the Embodied Polarity Process and exploring the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the paradox of identity.


Session: The Applied Neuroscience of Trust and Engagement in Coaching Conversations

Facilitator: Wendy Swire

Session Description: Drawing upon neuroscience research, we now understand that communication (and coaching conversations) actually build networks, frameworks and brain capabilities.  Some communication activates the lower, primitive brain to move into protective behavior and close down, while other conversations make us feel more introspective and connected.  Neuroscience further reveals that positive (or Level III) communication triggers different neurochemicals which activate the part of our brain where trust resides. In this highly interactive program coaches will learn: the neuronal regions associated with trust and safety (such as the Reticular Activating System); how to help clients upregulate and down regulate neurochemicals of trust during communication; three techniques to help clients prepare for building trust. Attendees will also build upon the Applied Neuroscience concepts learned in the session to a real coaching scenario.


Session: Helping Clients Transform: The Immunity to Change Approach

Facilitators: Deb Helsing and Janet Marks


Session Description: Why is change so difficult, even for clients who are genuinely committed to it?  What can we do to increase the chances our efforts to coach them will succeed?  This session is designed to introduce the groundbreaking Immunity to Change approach to participants, inviting them to try on the method by applying it to their own improvement gal.  Through a highly interactive method, participants will gain a powerful picture of the systematic way they unintentionally work against their goals and what they can do to disrupt that system. Come to the session with an improvement goal – something you’d like to get better at – in mind!


Session: Making peace with our inner Ageist and Owning our Wise Elder

Facilitator: Jane Kerschner

Session Description: Babyboomer coaches and clients have become the social group they once assessed as diminishing, old, and invisible. While we may look and feel younger than our parents, we continue to live their ‘stories’ of retirement and aging. We have embodied our youth-worshiping culture.  Until we meet and greet our ‘inner ageist’, we will continue to struggle with our evolving social identity and miss the rich opportunities of eldering. In this experiential workshop, coaches have the opportunity to explore their own, often unconscious, beliefs about retirement and aging and discover the possibilities and joys of wise eldering.  To support our own clients effectively, we must free our own selves from the barriers and burdens impeding our imagination of what’s next.


Session: Top 3 Ways Coaches Get in the Way of Their Coaching: How Our Hidden Narratives Influence our Coaching Choices

Facilitator: Alison Whitmire

Session Description: When we are unaware of our narratives, they shape us and our coaching in ways we don’t know, can’t see and may not support our coachees. By becoming aware of our narratives, we ensure that our narratives don’t get in the way of our coaching.

During this workshop, you’ll be presented with video vignettes of coachees and their issues. You’ll make coaching choices for each coachee. Through a process of self-reflection and discussion, you’ll discover:

The dominant dimensions of your own internal narratives
How your internal narrative influences your coaching choices
How to make more present, less filtered coaching choices


Session: Power and rank in the coaching relationship

Facilitator: Julie Diamond

Session Description: Understanding power and rank is a critical competency for coaches, yet not easily attained. There are multiple and intersecting powers in a coaching relationship: the power of our practitioner role; the power our clients imbue us with as growth partners; and positional and social identity powers of both partners. Working effectively requires Power Intelligence®--competencies for navigating a mix of rank and roles. This experiential session addresses:

the psychological influences of power
Role and rank clarity in the coaching relationship;
Personal rank history: how personal history of power interacts with the professional role;
Core competencies for using power effectively.


Session: Unseen yet Undeniable

Facilitator: Steve Galloway     

Session Description: As Leadership Coaches, we find ourselves in the position to adopt and advance a new social paradigm and begin to coach with racial cognizance.

The racially cognizant coach:

Recognizes and values the relevance of racial identity
Acknowledges the historical, contextual, and continuing existence and effect of bias, prejudice, discrimination and racism on identity
Invests in their learning of the complexities and dynamics of race in our social interactions, professions and lives.
Appreciates that race not only profoundly influences and impacts the lives of their clients, but of themselves as well.


Session: The connection mindset: Powerful tools for coaching clients to a connected life

Facilitator: Scott David

Session Description: The Connection Mindset addresses our innate biological need for connection and the difficulty we face bringing more of it into our lives today. When we aren’t authentically connected to ourselves and others, we don’t feel safe. When we don’t feel safe, we don’t do our best work or lead our best lives. This session provides fresh tools and perspectives for exploring how identity, beliefs and stories affect connection. We will explore and experiment with how to use the Connection Mindset Attributes to help clients develop new habits and stories that allow them respond gracefully to change and uncertainty, and lead resilient, authentic lives.


Session: Social Identity Coaching Lab

Facilitators: Mona Khan and Peter Godard


Session Description: In the Social Identity Coaching Lab, participants will experiment with identity mapping as a coaching tool. They will investigate their own identities and how those shape their thinking, language, emotions, and embodiment. Over the course of the session, they will engage in experiential learning activities such as storytelling, facilitated reflection, and coaching practice. This Lab is designed to build participants’ awareness of the impact of identity on their coaching and enhance their confidence in coaching within and across social identities. They will walk away with powerful questions and tools to enhance their coaching practice.


Session: Toastmasters for Coaches: A Simulation

Facilitator: Tamara Hamilton and Dr. Thao Do


Session Description: Want to improve your public speaking skills as a coach? Do you want to be able to speak extemporaneously without fear or nervousness, but with confidence, power, and presence? This high energy session will help you understand how public speaking can be nurtured as an essential coaching skill.


Session: Neuroscience of Inclusion

Facilitator: Asma Abuzaakouk 


Session Description: We need to belong, to survive and thrive. Our brain is emotional and social. By learning how the brain works and cues to manage emotion and bias, we can positively impact mood, perseverance, and cognition. Using various frameworks, participants will apply self and social-awareness strategies and tactics that explore brain states, social identity, emotion, and bias.  Participants will learn strategies to manage fight/flight responses, and threat and reward signals, in addition apply inclusive leadership tactics that can foster psychological safe climates. Participants will increase their knowledge and know-how to motivate behavior change and foster diverse, inclusive and psychologically safe climates. 


Session: Using Narrative Intelligence to Crack the Code of Unconscious Social Identities

Facilitators: Cindy Atlee and Kristi Dooley


Session Description: Would your coaching improve if you could help clients see how their social identities shape their confidence, adaptability and success in group settings?  It turns out that the narratives we construct about our role and place within social constructs have everything to do with how we operate, engage and contribute within them.  Narrative intelligence is a leadership and coaching competency that helps us read these motivational patterns in ourselves and others.  Join this highly interactive session as we simulate a group scenario and experience how 12 specific “story types” show up, shape our sense of self and affect how effective we are within the collective as a whole.

Session: What’s your Coaching Style?

Facilitator: Anne Kelly

Co Facilitators: Rayna Schroeder and Anthony Stamilio


Session Description: Your individual style affects how you incorporate the ICF Core Competencies into coaching. Can you accurately and succinctly describe your coaching style to potential clients/sponsors? Coaches will complete this highly interactive workshop with a written coach style statement – perfect for conversations with potential clients, for evaluating teaming opportunities, and for inclusion in your marketing materials.

When you recognize the specifics of your coaching style you are able to attract clients who are a good fit and who will likely flourish in the environment you create.

Claim your style and make a match between your identity and your favorite clients!