In January 2014, our Founder, Jane Finette, launched a personal blog post offering three pro-bono coaching places to young women leaders in the impact space. Passionate about women living their full potential, Jane’s idea was to give back some of her time to help a number of young women on their journey. She received more than 40 applications in the first 5 days.
The overwhelming response demonstrated the strong desire for young women globally to excel in all areas of their lives. They knew about the great benefits of coaching, and yet at this early stage in their career, coaching wasn’t a luxury most could afford.
That’s how The Coaching Fellowship was founded – because at the same time Jane had an overwhelming response for applications; there was also a groundswell of coaches who stepped forward to help. During those first weeks we were able to find coaches for all 41 fellowship applicants.
Today, The Coaching Fellowship provides 150+ pro-bono executive coaching places per year for young emerging female leaders who are positively impacting the world of tomorrow.
We are proud to have already served more than 400 women. Thousands of women of impact apply for The Coaching Fellowship every year representing exactly 83 countries. Our fellowship community is made up of nonprofit leaders, impact entrepreneurs, activists, rocket scientists, artists and more – all women leaders of impact dedicating their lives to building the world of tomorrow today.
The Coaching Fellowship would be not possible without the love and support of scores of internationally based coaches, giving back their time to bring forward a trailblazing new generation of global women leaders of impact.
The Coaching Fellowship nurtures and brings together the world’s most extraordinary young women leaders of impact.
We believe through the combination of coaching and fellowship; young women leaders will at a crucial point in their career manifest the change they want to be, and see in the world – faster and at an exponentially greater scale.
Together, we are bringing forward a new generation of women leaders building the world of tomorrow today.
Jane is obsessed with accelerating social change at the intersection of human performance and connection. Her expertise span two decades of building and empowering global communities at scale including eBay, Sothebys and Mozilla. Jane is a CPCC Executive Coach, and leadership expert focusing on women of impact. Jane is a board member Semester at Sea and advises numerous impact organizations. Jane is also the co-founder of the non-profit Mentor For Good.
Nan is passionate about creating opportunities for people to reach their greater potential. Her experience includes connecting students with new cultures, building public-private partnerships, and developing product and service solutions. She is one of the founding Coaching Fellows in Spring 2014. Nan is responsible for growing the Fellowship’s scope and scale of impact as the Chief Catalyst Officer.
Skylar is motivated by growth, both in herself and those around her. She believes that positive social impact occurs only when those driving the effort are living their full potential. With a background in behavioral health and non-profit management, she brings the finely tuned skills needed to manage the day-to-day demands of the program.
Katelyn has spent her career thus far working for U.N. and Public Sector institutions abroad. Upon receiving her B.A. in Sociology, she moved to Chile to volunteer as an English teacher with the Ministry of Education. From there she pursued an M.A. in International Relations in Rome, Italy and continued to work there for over five years, first with the World Food Programme and then with the International Fund for Agricultural Development in the field of Human Resources. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Psychology, while also supporting day-to-day operations with the Coaching Fellowship as a Program Officer.
Elise is a seasoned leadership development coach and team performance consultant for change makers. She brings 20+ years of experience as a thought partner and change catalyst for organizations solving the toughest global challenges we face today.
Elise brings her passion for women’s leadership and in-depth coaching experience to her role of spearheading Coach Engagement initiatives at the The Coaching Fellowship.
Jamie is a geographer and public health researcher. Over the past eight years, she has worked on world-renowned digital mapping projects across sub-Saharan Africa. She is a facilitator of community-based data collection and analysis approaches – from participatory mapping to storytelling. Jamie is the co-Founder of Spatial Collective Limited in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA (Hons) in Geography from McGill University.
Pascal heads up entrepreneurship at Singularity University. Prior he founded technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm, invested into early-stage startups, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s startup accelerator, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into impact organizations globally at Google.org.
Pascal heads up digital initiatives at The Coaching Fellowship and is a Founding Coach and mentor.
Winnie leads the Finance team at Mozilla. She has built this team from the ground up and now to a team of six diverse finance professionals. She was an advisor for another open source non-profit, OWASP. Winnie is passionate about open source, women’s empowerment, and social equality.
Winnie is the Treasurer of The Coaching Fellowship.
Athena is committed to empowering women around the world. She works with emerging and established leaders who are committed to being catalysts for positive change in their communities and countries. Athena inspires the people she works with to discover their purpose, authentic voice, and vision as a leader. She is an active member on the Executive Council for Bpeace, a not-for-profit dedicated to creating employment for all and expanding the economic power of women.
Since 1984, Chris Shipley has identified the startups that are driving market disruption. As leader of the DEMO Conference (1996 to 2009), she helped more than 1,500 companies go to market. A journalist, analyst and innovative thinker, Chris focuses her work on entrepreneurs who are making sustainable impact in the world.
Karen is one of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession. She co-founded The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 1992, and co-created the Co-Active philosophy that informs CTI’s world-renowned coaching and leadership programs. She also is the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling industry bible and Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead. Karen is a prolific author and dynamic keynote speaker - she joins us on a mission of global, transformative change.
Catherine is a three-time entrepreneur with experience launching and building scalable businesses. She is a Co-founder at CNote and served as Managing Director of Charles Schwab where she led a strategy division focused on the future of finance incorporating behavioral economics and predictive analytics. Over the last two decades, Catherine has held senior roles in both management consulting and venture capital.
The Coaching Fellowship Alumni Committee is charged with furthering connections and catalyzing a fellow-led community. Meet the nine Alumni Committee members here.
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