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Diversity Coaching

Coaching

We work one-on-one with individuals to help enhance their knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues to ensure an inclusive environment.

Individual

Diversity Coaching

People3 provides individual diversity coaching for individual organization members to facilitate individual dialogue on diversity and inclusion centered topics with the goal of enhancing professional development. Our customized diversity coaching sessions start at 2 hours and are delivered virtually with a people3 certified diversity coach.

Your team member will be paired with one of our coaches in a one-on-one coaching session. The 2-hour session includes an explorative conversation to provide your team members with an opportunity to learn and reflect on specific DEI concepts and how to apply them to their professional lives. After the initial session, our diversity coaches curate an action plan to establish goals and a plan of action.

Our diversity coaches are subject matter experts, trained to help professionals take a deep-dive into their personal diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys. We know diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys can be hard when embarking on them alone—our diversity coaches help you navigate the tough spots and find a place to start.

Individual diversity coaching sessions create a safe space for employees to discover their own diversity, equity, and inclusion pain points and reflect on experiences they have encountered. We train our diversity coaches with the tools to establish trust with individual coaching clients and sustain transparency, comfortability, and psychological space.

Diversity Coaches

Get to know people3 senior consultants and diversity trainers, Mia O. McNeal and Tony Peterson. One has had over 4 million views of their TEDx talk and the other has been named one of the Most Influential African Americans in the State of Arkansas.

Our professional diversity coaching can help individuals….

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Distinguish between impact and intention of communication and avoid language that is insensitive

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Unpack culturally appropriate terminology and behaviors across racial, ethnic, gender, and other characteristics
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Increase awareness for navigating work communication and avoid language or jokes that may be insensitive

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Equip the individual to actively implement respectful and inclusive language and behaviors

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Serve as a role model for valuing differences and creating a respectful environment

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Develop an action plan for creating a respectful environment

Meet the Team

Diversity Coaches

SENIOR DEI + BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Mia McNeal - Headshot

“I love humans, and I am a naturally curious person. It is important to me to understand the perspectives of others and give them a space for grace, empathy, and understanding as the foundation.”

Mia McNeal is a passionate voice in business advocacy and the implementation of conscious, intentional diversity and inclusion. As a leading executive with a background in diversity coaching, Mia has turned her vision into her life’s mission. In 2022, Mia completed her certification as a Professional Certified Coach and is a candidate for the IFC (International Coach Federation) Professional Coach Certification through the Coach Transformation Academy.

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Mia’s coaching portfolio spans various industries, including automotive, retail, banking, restaurant, and manufacturing, accumulating over 1,200 hours in business and diversity coaching and more than 900 hours in diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitation. Over the past four years, she has been a workshop facilitator, diversity coach, and Senior Consultant with people3, earning her the nickname “The Workshop Whisperer.” Mia’s experience facilitating workshops and creating curriculum has shaped her approach to inclusion coaching. She works regularly with corporate organizations to bring common sense and empathy to conversations and policies centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In addition to her role as Sr. DEI Consultant at people3, Mia also serves as the Sr. Director of Industry Relations and Inclusion at the Country Music Association (CMA). Additionally, Mia is the Founder and CEO of Goal Digging, LLC, where she focuses on empowering minority-owned businesses. Prior to forming Goal Digging, Mia served for six years at the Southern Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council, first as Vice President, then President and CEO. For almost four years, she served as President of the Arkansas-Mississippi Minority Supplier Development Council. Economic development in traditionally underserved communities has been and continues to be her life’s work, and as a result, Mia was appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to serve on the Arkansas Minority Business Advisory Council.

Her remarkable achievements include being named one of the “25 Women to Watch” in 2014 being recognized as one of the “20 Most Influential African Americans in the State of Arkansas,” and becoming the first African American to hold the title of Mrs. Arkansas.

I love humans, and I am a naturally curious person. It is important to me to understand the perspectives of others and give them a space for grace, empathy, and understanding as the foundation. I don’t know how you can ever truly coach a client without understanding how they came to have the ideas and values they hold. For me, I don’t want to change peoples’ minds, I want to nurture an environment where a client can understand the perspective of others, and recognize their own capacity for empathy to truly transform their own lives.

Senior DEI Consultant

“My goal is for every person to leave the diversity coaching process feeling that they have gained insight, perspective, and a new attitude that they will continue to use in their workplaces.”

Anthony (Tony) Peterson has lived, studied, written about, and coached about diversity throughout his life. He has practiced diversity coaching globally, collaborating with colleagues in Canada, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. He has worked with over 120 individual diversity coaching clients across the world.

 

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With over 4 million views, Tony’s 2014 TEDx talk, “What I Am Learning From My White Grandchildren: Truths about Race,” continues to make an impact on organizations and individuals in their conversations about race. He presented a second TEDx talk in 2021 called “Beyond Empathy: Next Steps in Talking about Race.”

Tony’s academic clients include Harvard University and Northwestern University. His corporate clients include Nike International, the American Dental Association, the Country Music Association, and Dallas Children’s Theater.

Tony began as a diversity coach with people3 in 2018.

When people come to us for coaching, it is not usually voluntary. Some come angry, reluctant, and apprehensive, and some are hopeful. My goal is for every person to leave the diversity coaching process feeling that they have gained insight, perspective and a new attitude that they will continue to use in their workplaces. My aim is to make them feel at ease while we discuss difficult words and behaviors. I love when those who were initially reluctant express appreciation for the diversity coaching session and discuss how they want to foster inclusive environments going forward.