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I’m Not a Racist | The Role of Race in Coaching, Coaching Education and Research

  • June 09, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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How do we build trust with our clients and ensure our coaching work advances social justice? Join ICF NYC and Columbia University Teachers College for this event to better understand the science and research of bias and racism as well as a range of micro-interventions we can employ to confront, eradicate, and/or ameliorate racism in the coaching profession. 


Summary Details

When: June 9, 2021, 6:30 PM 7:00 PM Optional Networking | 7:00 PM - 9:00PM Event Program

Presenters: Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia

Format:  Virtual - Zoom Meeting, cameras will be enabled


Who is this event for: Mixture of coaches, talent management and diversity professionals, coaching educators and researchers.      


The Event

2020 will be long remembered as the year the world experienced 3-concurrent challenges, yet collectively, providing a context for major transformation: Covid-19; disruption to global economic systems; wide-range social protest, in part, triggered by death of George Floyd while in police custody because of an officer pinning him to the ground with a knee until the victim lost consciousness and then his life. 

This global pandemic has amplified a cold hard truth, existing for decades, if not centuries; that is, we cannot realize social justice without addressing injustice; the need for antiracism is rooted in racism; and true equity is achieved only by dismantling the very systems that sustain inequity. The current context naturally raises important questions for coaching researchers, educators, and practitioners alike, such as: 

  • What is the coaching industry’s response to the dynamics of power, rank, and privilege that shape our worldview and impact our daily interactions with clients, colleagues, and friends? 

  • How do we move beyond issuing “antiracism statements?"

This interactive session will invite the audience to respond to a series of reflective prompts where each will be able to connect their personal experience with the topics explored. 

Session Objectives

During the session attendees will focus on the following core objectives: 

  • Context: Name and describe drivers and supporting research that provides a solid rationale for developing an antiracism capacity in coaching educators, coaching researchers, coaches, and professional associations 

  • Content: List and explain the range of explicit and implicit biases that influence coaching interactions; bring a level of conceptual clarity related to social justice, antiracism, and equity to your coaching education, research, and/or professional practice 

  • Conduct: Make a personal commitment to develop a range of micro-interventions to your coaching education, research, and/or professional practice with the aim of confronting, eradicating, and/or ameliorating racism in the coaching profession 



  • 6:30 - 6:55  |  Optional Virtual Networking Session

  • 7:00 - 7:05  |  Welcome and Opening

  • 7:05 - 7:30  |  Presentation on Drivers and Research

  • 7:30 - 7:45  |  Interactive Session / Data Gathering

  • 7:45 - 8:05  |  Q&A

  • 8:05 - 8:15  |  Introduction to Micro-interventions

  • 8:15 - 8:30  |  Breakout Sessions

  • 8: 30- 8:40  |  Share-out

  • 8: 40- 9:00  |  Q&A and Discussion



Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia A person with a beard Description automatically generated with low confidence

Teachers College, Columbia University

Associate Professor of Practice 

Department of Organization and Leadership


Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of diverse experience as an external and internal organizational effectiveness consultant, thought leader and educator. Dr. Maltbia came to Teachers College after two years of running his own consulting practice, Organizational Effectiveness Consulting and Training (Ofx), where he provided research-based solutions to clients in strategy formulation, organization and leadership development and workplace diversity. Terry enjoyed a successful career with Westvaco Corporation (now MeadWestvaco), where he held many posts including Transition Consultant during the merger with Mead Corporation, Vice President Organizational Effectiveness Center of Excellence, Director Corporate Development and Training, Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Group Manager Marketing Personnel Development, Sales Training Manager, Manager College Relations and Corporate Employment, Sales Managers, and Sales Representative. He also spent two years as a Senior Consultant for Rath and Strong, a process improvement firm based in Boston and has worked as a Senior Consultant for a sales effectiveness consulting firm. 

Terry conceived and has served as the faculty lead for The Columbia Coaching Certification Program, a strategic partnership between Teachers College Professional Development unit and The Columbia Business School's executive education unit, since the Fall of 2007. He is currently Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College. Scholarly interest includes strategic learning, leadership and organizational development, diversity, and cultural intelligence, and more recently, executive and organizational coaching. He is the recipient of The Academy of Human Resources Development’s Malcolm Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award for his pioneering diversity practitioner research; was recognized as #1 In Coach Education in the World by Thinkers50 | Marshall Goldsmith’s Top Global Coaches; and AIIR Consulting’s 2020 Coaching Leadership Award Winner in 2020.


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