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Working with Diversity in Coaching – a Conversation with Dr Towanna Burrous

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Working with Diversity in Coaching - a Conversation with Dr Towanna Burrous

“It’s all about the client. You may have a record playing in your head but you can also see me, you can see my challenge and also hear the potential fear of frustration or sadness as I explain what I want to do next. But you can also not ignore the fact of my reality and the systemic injustice that exists, even if you don’t know enough about it.” Towanna Burrous

Join Yannick Jacob in conversation with Dr Towanna Burrous, President of CoachDiversity Institute as they explore diversity in coaching and the wider ramifications of working with diversity.

Unpicking the complex issues at stake, they address the role of education in diversity coaching, how coaches can coach across cultures and backgrounds, the importance of seeing beyond the immediate issue to the human story as well as exploring the patterns that black and minority clients might experience across multiple situations.

In the process, Yannick enables Towanna to share her own story and experiences from her polymathic background to the legacy she wishes to create.

About Towanna Burrous

Dr. Towanna Burrous, President, CoachDiversity Institute, is a best-selling author, trainer, and ICF professional certified coach (PCC) based in Washington, DC. Towanna’s mission is to empower diverse communities through executive coaching as a much sought-after executive coach. Her role is to test, re-test, and ultimately drive the organization’s overarching vision, strategy, and tactical direction. The CoachDiversity team delivers training and curriculum for to-be coaches and customized diversity and leadership programs for corporate and individual clients.

Towanna delivers custom keynotes, executive coaching, DEI, and leadership training and education designed to assist organizations in their efforts to equip their leaders and key contributors with the skills and competencies needed to excel in today’s challenging business environment. She uses her expertise to help businesses shape corporate strategies that produce positive bottom-line benefits. She is a trusted partner and problem solver for many clients tackling morale, employee retention, employee engagement, training, and development in the post-recession world.

Towanna has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Divinity from Elbon-Solutions College of Ministry, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Howard University.


Nick is the founder and CEO of the Animas and International Centre for Coaching Supervision. Along with his love of coaching and supervision, he is a a passionate learner with a fascination for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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