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A theme “A Vibrant Tribe Changing the World” infused the sixth annual International Gay Coaches Conference, held May 11-14. The conference, hosted by the Gay Coaches Alliance, welcomed gay men from across the U.S. and Canada who are coaches, who use coaching in other work, or are training to become a coach. Participants who gathered at Easton Mountain Retreat Center, Upstate New York, enjoyed three solid days of top-notch presentations and interactive workshops in three tracks: Build the Client; Build the Business; and Build the Coach. Session topics ranged from the neuroscience of successful coaching sessions, to presence based coaching, to the Book Yourself Solid method for practice building. A World Café of Assessments gave quick overviews of five different popular assessments used in coaching.
Conference participants were a mix of first-timers and those who have attended previous gatherings. "As a first time participant, I had high expectations and yet I couldn't believe how much I received,” said James Ashton, a new coach from Boston. “The combination of the outstanding content/programming and inspiring group-sharing from a community of world class coaches made it a truly game-changing experience for me." Similarly, veterans of many conferences gave the 2017 edition rave reviews. "Having been to all 6 of the Gay Coaches Conferences, I can easily say this was the best! The quality of the presentations is high, and the expertise of the coaches who attended is extraordinary and varied,” said Michael Cohen, a GCA founder. “It’s really an incredibly talented group of professional coaches.”
There was great interest at the conference in the second cohort of the Professional Coach Training Program for Gay Men. This six-month professional coach training program is led by Damien Goldvarg, PhD, MCC, and past global president of ICF. This rigorous coach training runs September-March, and includes two five-day residential retreats at Easton Mountain, plus virtual individual and group mentor coaching, triad coaching practice, and at least 25 hours of coaching practice with clients. Several men attending the Gay Coaches Conference were graduates of the training’s first cohort. The training is ICF Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gay Coaches Alliance thanked Garry Schleiffer and choice magazine for again serving as conference sponsor. The 2018 Gay Coaches Conference will be May 10-13 at Easton Mountain For more information, visit www.thegaycoaches.com