Winter Virtual Conference:
Our Winter Virtual Conference provides a platform to connect with your coaching peers from the Gay Coaches Alliance community and other talented gay men coaches attending a GCA event for the first time.
Join us online for two days of interactive workshops delivered by expert members of the GCA community. We will be exploring a wide range of themes, including topics you wouldn’t find at any other coaching conference.
Our overarching theme is to help you have a fantastic and productive 2021 for your coaching practice.
Your event provocateurs are Chris Cooper and Pete Simmonds, who throughout the two days will inspire you to explore new ideas and concepts to enhance your coaching success.
All sessions can be booked individually by GCA members, attendees of the International Gay Coaches Conference and other gay men coaches new to our community. The conference is available to book free of charge as a fundraiser for the host of our annual in person conference, Easton Mountain.
Sessions for the 2021 Winter Virtual Conference
2023 Virtual Winter Conference Sessions
The program for the Winter Virtual Conference 2023 is designed to provide a high quality mix of sessions* delivered over two days by coaches from our talented GCA community. These are centered around our theme for the event of exploring the role of gay coaches in evoking the change we need to see in the world.
It will be a great way to kick of your 2023, providing insights and encouraging actions that will help you develop personally, professionally and with your coaching business.
All sessions will be highly interactive and accessed using Zoom. In addition to workshops, there are social hours on each day to better get to know other men in our community.
There are two options for purchasing tickets for the conference, either as single event days, or the two days together. The latter option provides a saving of $50 compared to booking each day individually.
Given the current cost of living crisis, we want to help our community by holding prices for the 2023 Winter Virtual Conference at the same level as for 2022. At $200 for 2 full days, we doubt there is a better value coaching conference available!
We will be submitting the program for ICF CCEUs, so attending will also provide a CPD opportunity for re-certification.
Who We Are: Exploring Identity in Creating Change
with Chris Cooper & Pete Simmonds
Your Event Provocateurs for the 2023 conference, Chris Cooper and Pete Simmonds, kick off our two days together with a powerful, fun and highly interactive session focused on the theme for our 2023 Virtual and In Person conferences.
Break Lunchtime Social
Maximising Potential within Team Coaching
with Damian Goldvarg
In this session, we will explain ICF definition of team coaching, differentiate it from other developmental modalities such as facilitation and team building and present the 8 ICF Team Coaching Competencies.
Finding your biological comfort zone
with Bach Ho
What if growth involved, not getting out of your comfort zone, but actually digging into and enjoying your comfort zone? In this workshop, you will learn about a coaching paradigm, Organic Intelligence® (OI™), that focuses on helping both coach and client grow through experiencing their biological comfort zones. The biological comfort zone is a level of intensity that is easy and pleasant for your biology to process, which will typically mean a lower level of intensity. The more access both you and your client have to your biological comfort zones, in life and in session, the more effective your coaching will be.
Sexual Blueprint – A Cheeky Peek into Your Sexual Identity
with Peter Simmonds
Peter Simmonds is a professional life and leadership coach (PCC) and Points Of YOU Master facilitator, based in Boston, MA. He is the principal of Summit Coaching LLC and volunteer conference program director of the GCA. With humor, compassion, and accountability, he empowers people to increase self-awareness, and think through different perspectives. He will help you operate with originality to generate choices that are congruent with who you are, what you want, and the impact you want to have.
Stories Big and Small: The Role of Story as a Coaching Tool
with Brian Gorman
The human mind is a story processor, and we are all good storytellers. From early childhood, we have been telling ourselves stories that became truths that shape how we live every day. In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the neuroscience of story. They will learn and practice an approach to changing the stories that limit them ("gremlins to gurus"), as well as an approach to using story as the foundation for personal and/or professional transformation.
The Power and Importance of Authenticity – Be You and Bring You.
with Scott Span
Have you ever had someone say to you, “Who do you think you are?” Have you ever asked yourself, “Who do I think I am and who do I want to be, and why?” Answering those questions is the first step in defining your authenticity. How do you define who you are and what makes you - you? This workshop explores the topic of authenticity and provides insights on how we can identify what it means to us so we can be and bring our authentic selves to our personal and professional relationships.
Break Lunchtime Social
Songs in the Key of Coaching
with Jim Cartwright
This class/offering will examine using songwriting as a way of exploring key issues connected to coaching. Jim will be sharing several songs he has written while studying to become a coach and receiving coaching himself involving the following themes:
- A vow to support clients based on the ICF model.
- A song of support for another new coach.
- Envisioning future goals being moved towards as already being realized in the present tense.
- Songs of emotional granularity( e.g., anger, fear, etc.).
- Songs of inner voices(e.g., Inner child, inner critic, ego, etc.).
- Overcoming limiting beliefs.
- Use of metaphor as a change agent.
Additionally, Jim will share a couple of sonic self-care practices he uses to prepare himself to be fully present for his clients, involving vocalizing and chanting seed syllables and mantras. Participants will be invited to explore at least one of these practices during the presentation.
While Jim’s particular modalities are chanting and songwriting, and these can be shared as tools for clients to use when appropriate to their skills, wants, and needs, the practice of connecting coaching to creative modalities can be used with whatever modality the client is most drawn to.
The Art of Qigong", Deconditioning Your Mind and Reconnecting to Your Genuine Self
with DeVante Love
Nowadays, we are constantly bombarded with information and, yet, feel more lost and confused than ever before. This workshop makes the bold claim that the copious amount of information we are consuming is the source of the disconnection we feel from ourselves. When feeling disconnected from ourselves, we not only struggle to understand (yet alone process) our emotions. We also attract conditioning and begin to behave inauthentically. From an eastern philosophical perspective, we lose touch with our authentic mind, body, and soul.
This workshop will show us how to disconnect from the flurry of information around us and begin to undo the disingenuous conditioning put upon us. We will begin by examining authenticity from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy. Then, we will integrate these mental principles into the body through a guided TCM-inspired meditative practice, Qigong. Throughout the facilitation, we will feel and understand how information has conditioned our behavior and caused us to feel lost. We will also consciously reconnect to our authentic selves and leave the session inspired to continue fostering this connection.