Reflecting on Coaching Circles Series III

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Coaching Circles Series III Mentors, from left: Ilana Isakov Katz, Karen Baker, Elisabeth Sherman, Idelle Wolf, Mindy Davidson, and Beth Kuhel

The third cohort of Coaching Circles concluded in July. Over a six month period, 36 women were divided into “circles” of six to discuss topics around building trust, leadership, communication and its impact, asking powerful questions, emotional self-awareness, and assessing, reflecting and prioritizing various aspects of life (e.g. family, community, work, religion, money, health, and personal growth).

Coaching Circles is a leadership development program aimed to offer women a supportive and motivating environment to connect through meaningful conversations and peer coaching. Coaching Circles was created to give participants an opportunity to work with seasoned lay leaders to help enhance leadership skills and talents. This program has already enabled 102 participants and 18 seasoned mentors to establish new relationships, learn skills related to leadership, develop in an area that is a current challenge related to a career or community volunteerism, and learn about the Federation.

Coaching Circles was created in partnership with Jennifer Cohen, Women’s Philanthropy’s former Leadership Development chair, and Senior Vice President/Practice Lead of Leadership Development at Ratliff & Taylor. Jennifer’s vision and professional skillset has enabled us to connect, grow, learn, and advance leadership related to a career, community volunteerism, or work/life balance, all to identify ways we can enhance our engagement and involvement – today and in the future.

Special thanks to our 2018 Coaching Circles mentors Karen Baker, Mindy Davidson, Ilana Isakov Katz, Beth Kuhel, Elisabeth Sherman and Idelle Wolf for sharing their time and expertise.

Applications for Coaching Circles Series IV will open this Fall. There is no cost to participate in Coaching Circles, however, a minimum gift of $365 is requested to support the Campaign for Jewish Needs. For more information about Coaching Circles, contact Rebecca Fleisher at rfleisher@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2873.

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