Diversity in Practice: From Good Intentions to Active Inclusion

Diversity in Practice: From Good Intentions to Active Inclusion


Presented by
Nick Duggan

As gay men, we know how important it is to work with a coach who understands us and accepts us for who we are. That’s why many of us specialize in coaching other LGBTQ+ clients – we appreciate working with someone who shares our identity and can relate to our experience. 

People from many other marginalized communities have similar needs, and yet people of color, people with disabilities, and trans folks (among others) are significantly underrepresented as coaches, and potential clients from these communities often report being misunderstood when working with coaches who don’t share their identity. How can we overcome these barriers and make our own coaching practices, as well as the coaching industry as a whole, more inclusive?

In this session, we will explore three main ways that we can help make coaching more inclusive:

  • Becoming more identity-conscious
  • Proactively diversifying our networks
  • Adapting our coaching to clients’ identities

Through sharing stories, insights, and helpful frameworks, we’ll engage in an open conversation around this tough but timely topic.

We will turn ideas into action by exploring practical ways each of us can broaden our coaching to cultivate greater equity and belonging.

About the Presenter

nick duggan


Nick Duggan (he/him) has been developing people and organizations for more than 20 years, and is passionate about making work more meaningful for all.

As a leadership and career coach and the founder of Deeper Work, Nick partners with People & Culture leaders to increase their impact through meaning, authenticity, inclusion and soul. He has also led learning & development, employee communications, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) teams for high-growth software companies including GoTo and AppFolio.

Nick has a BA in Communication, an MA in Organizational Psychology, graduate certificates in Depth Psychology, and completed coach training at CoachU.



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