When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Helping Women & Organizations to Flourish
African American women who lead in organizations and communities, bring unique perspectives as well as unique challenges to their work. They are expected to do more, overcome more, give more often while experiencing racism, sexism, and other "isms." Leading in the face of all of these challenges can impact overall health, wellness and the ability to lead effectively. My program development and coaching approach takes these factors in account and thoughtfully designs programs that supports an ethnically relevant leadership development model. A model that centers healing as vehicle for renewal, clarity and forward movement.
My leadership retreat programs are designed to give leaders who are often so busy that they do not attend to their own needs including physical, emotional and spiritual, with a special place and time to reset, connect, get support and share perspectives and resources. All retreats are held with no more than 8 leaders in order to maintain safe, intimate learning environments. Group coaching is offered as a component of each retreat.
Culture matters! I take into account the cultural and ethnic values of the women I serve throughout all of my work. My programs effectively enable women at every level of an organization or in communities to substantially increase capacity to:
v Strengthen personal voice
v Build critical networks
v Re-examine personal, organizational and cultural expectations to achieve higher levels of wellness and leadership effectiveness
My approach to coaching women of color is to make space for the client to share from a whole-person perspective, e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender identity. I work in partnership with each client to support them in taking reflective pauses, constructing new meaning and behaviors in self-identified coaching areas.
A central component of my coaching approach is offering space for African American women to connect with and engage with the Strong Black Woman (SBW) cultural ethic and how it may impact health and wellness connected to their career or life coaching goals.
For additional info: http://www.thestrongblackwomenproject.org
My practice is Trauma Informed; a coaching approach that acknowledges and holds safe spaces for clients to work through various forms of lived experiences of trauma i.e., racial, gender, sexual orientation, etc. and develop healing strategies.
Outcomes of this intentional whole-person approach is clients increase use of self, personal voice, range of choices, broaden and clarify perspectives and take meaningful action that can foster continued healing, transformation and behavioral change.
The only cure for the dis-ease of racial injustice and it's by-products is for leaders to name it when it shows up in the system; then fully commit to the long-term personal, interpersonal and organizational work that is necessary to heal and transform into being an anti-racist organization.
- Dr. Charlyn Green Fareed
Within organizations, my goal is to partner with leaders to design organizational change that is equity-centered. This process begins when long-term commitments are made to be an anti-racist organization where people of color are seen, heard and feel safe. Where they become more empowered through taking leadership, power sharing, a voice in what work gets done as well as how it gets done, have increased voice in how decisions are made, and being allowed to make the same mistakes as white people.
- Adapted from Western States Center - Anti Racist Organizational Development Resource Guide
This type of organizational change goes beyond simple knowledge and skill acquisition, but creates a type of learning and change that can transform the very nature of an organization. It creates long-term organizational effectiveness that builds capacity for sustained growth for people as well as the organization.
My understanding of human development and organizational systems enables me to co-design environments that are equitable and meets the development needs of people as well as the organization.
For over 25 years, Charlyn's expertise has been in human and organizational systems development in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Her primary focus is supporting the personal and professional development of African American women leaders in organizations as well as in communities. Dr. Green Fareed founded a non-profit dedicated to serving the whole-life development needs of African American women and conducts action research on culturally-based health and wellness issues related to Black women.
Charlyn approaches her life, as well as her work from a perspective of equity and inclusion. This approach challenges individuals and organizations to build anti-racist, equity centered environments that expands personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness. She is a lifelong learner who strives to remain open to better understanding self and others.
Dr. Green Fareed earned a doctorate in Human & Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She completed coaching certifications from the Evidence Based Coaching Program at Fielding , Board Certified Career Coach from the Center for Credentialing & Education, and Trauma Informed Coach from Moving the Human Spirit. Charlyn is an International Coach Federation PCC (professional certified coach) coach and has been a coach educator for universities and private coaching programs for over 15 years.
She holds certifications in Diversity Facilitation from NTL Institute, Race Relations Group Facilitation from Stir Fry Consulting. Charlyn completed certificates at Fielding in Transformative Learning for Social Justice; and Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement - a dialogic process for leading community-based groups through collaborative decision-making on issues impacting their communities.
Charlyn is a native of Philadelphia and lives in the Atlanta, GA area.
Dr. Green Fareed is a gifted designer and facilitator of diversity retreats. She has a knack for designing retreats that are sensitive to the needs of each group. Her designs meet the participants where they are and lead them gently but firmly to increased awareness and skills. Her facilitation is both direct and compassionate. I highly recommend her work.
- Anne Litwin, PhD Author, New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together
If you are searching for a coach who blends skill and cultural sensitivity with a unique style that is all her own, then Dr. Green Fareed is the right coach for you. Her coaching sets an easy and comfortable tone that makes vulnerability and the high emotions that go along with it less intimidating, even for the most guarded of individuals. As a trainer for our STEM Leadership Institute mentors, Dr. Green Fareed has helped us make a turnaround in our approach to mentoring STEM faculty from all backgrounds. She is a natural!
- Dr. Kelly Mack
Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope; and
Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education
Association of American Colleges and University
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