Inclusion & Belonging: What does it mean to be a gay man in community?

Through facilitated dialogue and thought-provoking questions, this session invites participants into an exploration of identity, equity and belonging as a community of gay men. We will explore questions such as:

  • What do we need to be in community together as gay men?
  • What does equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging mean to you?
  • What’s important for a group of gay male coaches to talk about when it comes to equity, inclusion, diversity and belonging?
  • What supports you to show up as your full self? What supports your coaching clients to do the same?
  • What can we do to make the GCA more equitable and inclusive when it comes to race, ethnicity, culture, geography, age and other differences?

Participants will have opportunities to engage with one another in dialogue, build community, and co-strategize.  They will walk away with a greater sense of belonging and a deeper understanding of perspectives across the GCA community.

A facilitated panel discussion and open conversation with Peter Godard, Jerry Tan, Garry Schleifer and Bernie Kettle

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Peter Godard

Peter is a leadership and equity coach, the Founder of Great Bear Coaching, and the Co-Creator of Social Identity Coaching Lab. His coaching practice focuses on equity leadership, school and school district leadership, and LGBTQ+ life and leadership.

He identifies as a white man, queer, and part of Generation X. From his farmer lineage, he inherited the ability to grow a delicious tomato; unearned racial, gender, and economic privilege; and a commitment to justice. For many years, he’s been involved in anti-racism work and movements for LGBTQ+ justice. At the core, his coaching and facilitation centers joy, belonging and justice.

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Jerry Tan

Jerry Tan

Jerry is a certified life coach through the Robbins-Madanes Training Center. He coaches people who are deeply curious and excited about their own personal development, growth, and emotional awareness. Jerry integrates the Strategic Intervention methodology from his training with his knowledge of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the Authentic Relating practice of Circling, and positive psychology to cultivate the groundwork for lasting transformational change.

A self-proclaimed Cajun Asian, part of Jerry's multicultural background is comprised of his Latina mother, family on 3 continents, and his upbringing in the heart of Cajun French country in Louisiana. These influences uniquely guide and challenge what his concepts of race, culture, identity, and belonging mean to him. Not only that, but Jerry has a varied range of lived experiences and people met from working on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, to fighting as a certified stage combatant, to surviving the gauntlet of the restaurant industry for many years. Jerry’s multilayered history and personal intersectionality fundamentally impact his coaching style and his capacity for empathy, understanding, and openness.

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Garry Schleifer

A seasoned businessman bringing over 30 years of experience, Garry “walks the talk”. His credentials draw from experience as the visionary behind several multimillion-dollar corporations as well as being the owner and publisher of choice ~ the magazine of professional coaching. (choice-online.com)

Garry comes from a place of “ruthless compassion” when helping his clients. He challenges them with transformative coaching, rigorous goals, an innate sensitivity, good humor, and non-judgment. 

His coaching credentials include a graduate of Coaches Training Institute (cti), a Certified Mentor Coach certificate from inviteCHANGE, and a PCC designation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Garry is also the Past President of the Toronto ICF Chapter and ICF Global Board, as well as several other community-based boards.  

He considers himself a digital nomad, living and loving life from wherever he has traveled with his husband Patrick. He loves w

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Bernie Kettle

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Session Details

Session Start Time January 22nd, 2022 10:00 am EDT
Session End Time January 22nd, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
Location Zoom Call