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 aged between 25 and 35 years old who are positively impacting the world of tomorrow.
We are proud to have already served more than 250 women. Thousands of women of impact apply for The Coaching Fellowship every year representing exactly 80 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.
Jane is the Founder of The Coaching Fellowship.
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.
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.
Nan is driven by creating meaningful connections in people's lives. 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 manages day-to-day implementation of program activities, serves as the primary point of contact for the Fellowship community, and leads various development projects.
Judith is driven by the idea that connecting people creates positive social change. Her Fulbright fellowship brought her to Amman, Jordan, where she co-founded a nonprofit and an educational startup. Both organizations are active across the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to this, she taught undergraduate philosophy classes and did consultancy work within the nonprofit space.
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.
Throughout her career, Michaela has channeled her skills for social impact – from leading massive public health behavior change efforts for the U.S. Government to championing the open Internet as a global brand strategist at Mozilla. She is a leader who builds teams by cultivating individual strengths, encouraging authenticity, and ensuring everyone has a voice. Michaela is a volunteer content strategist at The Coaching Fellowship.
Athena’s work is about transformation. She works with leaders who are committed to being catalysts for positive change in their organizations. Through their work with Athena her clients discover their purpose, authentic voice, and vision as a leader. She is a co-founder and board member of Open A Door, a non-profit that brings young women from post-conflict countries to attend US universities and develop leadership skills so they can return home as agents of change.
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. Karen founded and directed the Learning Annex San Francisco adult education program. Karen is a prolific author and dynamic keynote speaker - she joins us on a mission of global, transformative change.
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