Desiree Adaway is a one of the fabulous Feminist Coach Track (FCT) Teachers and will be facilitating a class on Coaching & The ‘Isms’. You can read more and participate in that class here.

In the meantime though, we wanted to share this old podcast interview with you. In this interview, FCT co-creator Naomi Arnold interviewed Desiree on her Dream For Others podcast.

Introducing Desiree Adaway:

Desiree Adaway is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work. Her style is positive, approachable, engaging, service-oriented and audience-centered. And this is all while often leading difficult conversations on race, class and gender.

Listen to the podcast episode:

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Learn about (and relevant time stamps):

  • 2.45 Not feeling like a writer
  • 4.11 Expressing herself through means other than writing
  • 5.01 Having difficult conversations online
  • 6.51 What Desiree does and how she got there
  • 9.10 Conversations with strangers on race class and gender
  • 11.16 Identity shaping everything in life
  • 14.47 Sandra Bland
  • 16.42 Feelings of hopelessness
  • 20.30 Ferguson and Mike Brown
  • 21.52 Tear gas used on protesters at Ferguson
  • 23.57 Militarization of the US police
  • 27.37 Using your privilege to help human rights
  • 29.05 Redlining
  • 31.45 Diversifying your reading and online network
  • 35.34 Getting out and meeting new people
  • 36.43 Taking sides
  • 39.25 Barbara Love and liberatory consciousness
  • 42.03 Feminism failing the people she works with
  • 49.37 Social justice courses
  • 52.02 Unlearning your prejudices
  • 54.58 Calling out and calling in

Connect with Desiree Adaway

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Enjoyed this episode? Take action:

Join Desiree’s class in the Feminist Coach Track where she will teach us how the ‘isms’ – including capitalism, racism, sexism, ableism, and classism show up in our work as coaches and in the experiences of our clients. In this class, we will learn how to become aware of oppression and privilege – and how this social awareness can be applied to our coaching practice and business.


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