CoachX Conversation: Jennifer Brown on Coaching for the Evolving Inclusive Leader Skillset

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CoachX Conversation: Jennifer Brown on Coaching for the Evolving Inclusive Leader Skillset

Jennifer Brown discussed the best-selling second edition of her book How to Be an Inclusive Leader which launched on October 4th, 2022. Jennifer revealed why she made the decision to tackle a second edition of the book and the need for a more balanced leadership style. She also discussed how to reframe the concept of privilege and the need to call leaders in instead of only calling them out. 

Inclusive leaders operate on a more personal level, building connections to people at all levels and from all identity groups to better understand the problems at hand, and what’s needed to fix them. Those same qualities that were once seen as signs of “weakness” have now emerged as the key attributes of effective leadership. Discover what coaches should know about the evolving inclusive leader journey, to help influence, impact, develop, and support the leaders they coach to engage with and build new and evolving competencies that have taken priority in the existing landscape.

Jennifer Brown (she/her) is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, author, and diversity and inclusion expert who is deeply passionate about building more inclusive workplaces where more of us can feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. As the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a certified woman- and LGBT-owned firm, Jennifer and her team design and execute inclusion strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. She is also the bestselling author of two books, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change (2017) and How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive (2019), a shortlist winner of the O.W.L. Award, and winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards' Business & Leadership category. She also recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on diversity, equity and inclusion in society with thought leader and fellow bestselling author, Rohit Bhargava. The book, Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World, is a 2022 Axiom Award Gold Medal Winner in the Women/BIPOC Category, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a 2022 Nautilus Silver Award Winner in the Multicultural and Indigenous Category, a 2022 Hermes Creative Awards Platinum Winner, a 2022 Foreword Indies Awards Finalist in the Multicultural Category, and one of Inc Magazine’s 22 Books to Read (or Reread) in 2022. Jennifer’s podcast, The Will to Change, is downloaded by nearly 15,000 listeners per month, and she is a sought-after keynote speaker and expert for leading research institutions and business schools. She lives in New York City with her partner of over 20 years, Michelle. You can learn more at

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