Embodied Leadership Coaching FAQ

What is coaching?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their potential. One important thing to note is that in coaching the client does the work, not the coach. Each one-on-one session starts with questions such as:

  •   What do you want to focus on today?
  •   Why does that matter to you?
  •   If we’re successful, how will we know?
  •   What might get in the way?

Why embodied leadership coaching? 

All humans have a need for safety, belonging, and dignity. When one of these is threatened, an immediate response is triggered in the oldest parts of ourselves: Fight, Flight, Freeze, or Appease. These knee-jerk responses are normal and have kept us alive, but are not always the most effective. We may want to respond differently to stress or conflict, but find ourselves repeating the same harmful behaviors. The Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has a saying: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.”

Embodied Leadership Coaching supports leaders in accessing all aspects of themselves—intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical—to move toward more aliveness and embodiment of their values and commitments.

Who can participate?

Are you a leader in your community? We want to work with you. We have experience coaching leaders from social movements, nonprofits, government, education, business, and philanthropy. Our cohort is open to leaders of any kind.

Who is coaching?

Coaching clients will have two options for coaches:

Iris (Joni) Podschun, Director of Community Engagement & Collaboration at RCF, is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a certified Somatic Coach through Strozzi Institute. Iris has been an Executive Director of a small nonprofit, so understands many of the challenges leaders face. They also have a background in collective impact, advocacy, and supporting non-profits to incorporate equity and justice into their culture, policies, and services. Iris grew up as a queer white kid in a working-class family and community, experiencing both privilege and oppression. Sessions with Iris could include standing practices adapted from aikido, mindfulness, resilience practices, and Somatic Bodywork, a clothed practice of using touch, breath, sound, and movement to release contractions and support the body to take new actions. Iris has also received reiki level 2 attunement from marie kyoko morohoshi of Starnation Reiki.

Kelly Robinson is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and an Organizational Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC). Kelly has more than 20 years of public sector, non-profit, and government management experience. She coaches newly promoted managers; established and emerging leaders; and teams in transition and growing organizations, especially those led by and in service to communities of color. She is inspired to help professionals translate wisdom into action


“When I started receiving coaching, I had a lot of shame. I didn’t believe I deserved to heal from the traumas I experienced – gender-based violence, homophobia, classism, etc. Coaching has changed my life and I am passionate about supporting leaders and movements that I care about in their individual and collective healing and resilience.” – Iris


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