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Inclusive Leadership Coaching: DEI Change Starts at the Top

Three Key Aspects of
Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive leadership hinges on three vital elements:

  • Resilience to adapt to challenges
  • Emotional Intelligence to connect with others
  • Respect for valuing diverse perspectives

Consider the proof:

Coca-Cola leaders trained in emotional intelligence exceeded performance targets by 15%.

Leaders who did not develop emotional intelligence skills missed their targets by 15%.

That is a 30% gap in leadership. 

Did you know that a toxic workplace culture is the strongest predictor of industry-adjusted attrition?

According to a recent study, a toxic culture is 10 times more important than compensation in predicting employee turnover. The analysis found that the leading elements contributing to toxic cultures include failure to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Leaders Shape Workplace Culture

DEI needs to be integrated into the goals, mission and culture of your organization to retain high-quality, valuable workers and reduce the costs of attrition. To become a more inclusive individual, and a more transformative leader, you need to begin by working on yourself.

Systemic Change Starts at the Top

The diversity, equity and inclusion coaches represented by Spectra Diversity have deep experience working with top-tier executives from organizations of all sizes. Systemic organizational change which can set you apart as a top organization, starts at the top.

Coaching is the Key to Organizational Change

The coaches below can help you develop a strategic plan that goes beyond training to help you continue to become a more inclusive leader, no matter where you are currently on your DEI journey.

Become a More Inclusive Leader with DEI Coaching

Our coaches are in alphabetical order. We recommend all of them. Interested in becoming an authorized facilitator or coach with Spectra Diversity? Learn more about becoming a change partner, register to become a Spectra coach.

Gloria Cotton, LLC

Gloria Cotton is an Executive Leadership Coach. For more than 30 years she has worked with leaders and teams at all levels in corporations, government agencies and community organizations across the USA and globally.

Glo says, “Serving a client partner as their coach is a privileged responsibility and opportunity. When we both actively create a relationship of trust and feel emotionally, intellectually, mentally and psychologically safe enough to do the work we can have breathing room to make easy/hard choices, face and tell easy/hard truths to achieve agreed upon strategic goals and have some fun as we do.”

Gloria Cotton coach

Focus Area(s):

Executive Leadership Coaching


Virginia, Global,

Daryl Dixon, Cascade Employers Association

Program Description

This program guides executives and professionals toward authentic, actionable and inclusive leadership at the highest levels. An intensive three-month, transformative practice that builds the will, skill and knowledge to do the following and more:

  • Build cultural competence
  • Promote equity in the workplace
  • Practice intentional allyship
  • Engage in courageous communication
  • Support an actionable DEI plan
  • Foster a culture of belonging

Pre-work: Prior to beginning the coaching process the Executive will complete the Spectra Diversity Assessment. Instead of implementing “cookie cutter” solutions for DEI, the Spectra Assessment provides the executive with a unique opportunity to tailor change efforts based on their identified needs. The Spectra Assessment is delivered to the executive and generates an individual report. The individual report facilitates the coaching conversation, education and individual growth in both beliefs and skills.

Daryl Dixon

Focus Area(s):

DEI, Equity Audits, Executive Leadership Coaching, Leadership Development, Training & Development


The Pacific Northwest

Debra Enloe, MS, ACC, Genuine Compass

Debra (she/her/hers) takes a customized approach that is guided by inclusive principles and the unique situation of the individual. Her objective is to provide a brave and courageous space for achieving your goals. Brave means this is your space to discuss what is coming up for you without judgment. And courageous in that, Debra will challenge you in some areas to help you accomplish your goals and move out of your comfort zone. She enters engagements as a thought partner and seeks to become a trusted advisor. Debra keeps a “we are all human with difference experiences” mindset.

Debra Enloe

Focus Area(s):

Inclusive Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Organizational Culture Facilitator, Psychological Safety Facilitator, Relationship Transition Coaching



Solveiga Jaskunas, Solveiga Consulting

Solveiga Jaskunas is a seasoned HR professional and career coach with over fourteen years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She holds dual master’s degrees, in Industrial Psychology and Human Resources Management, as well as PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. As an immigrant to the United States, she overcame language barriers and numerous rejections before climbing the HR ladder to senior leadership roles. Her journey motivated her to mentor fellow immigrants and to start her own consultancy, which focuses on professional coaching, HR consulting, diversity and leadership training. Solveiga’s passion lies in coaching immigrant professionals and in helping employers to make workplaces more inclusive. Solveiga helps professionals at all stages of their careers land dream jobs and navigate workplace challenges. She loves preparing clients for big career moves, guiding them through the job search, and supporting them throughout their professional journey. Her coaching is informed by two decades of experience as a human resource professional. I’ve seen the job search from all angles – as a recruiter, career counselor, and a job-seeker myself. Trained in psychology, with master’s degrees in organizational psychology and human resource management, she understands not only how recruiters and hiring managers think, but also what her individual clients need to thrive.

solveiga DEI coach

Focus Area(s):

Belonging, building trust, embracing imperfection, mentoring, rebuilding confidence, visibility, vulnerability


Silver Springs, MD, Washington DC area

Lee Shull, SLS North Star Consulting, LLC

Lee leverages almost three decades of learning, growth, and leadership in business and information technology, combining it with his experience and insights from his advocacy after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Through his journey of initiating and co-founding the national non-profit Sandy Hook Promise and various projects to address the root causes of violence, he brings unique insights to change and transformation, both in individuals and systems.

He partners with folks to accelerate their learning and growth by gaining perspective from others with different lived experiences. Lee encourages curiosity over judgment for ourselves and others, fostering connection and collaboration over competition.

Focus Area(s):

DEIB, Leadership Development, public health, violence prevention



Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP, ECCO International Principal

ECCO (Energizing Cultural Change in Organizations) International is dedicated to supporting organizations in creating inclusive cultures and developing inclusive leaders. Our strength lies in our experience and our people. ECCO is rich with over 30 years of experience across industries and the globe. We deliver an experience that leaves you knowing it was designed specifically for you— because it was! We offer services from assessments and need identification to customized learning.

We fit “square pegs” into square holes, not round ones.

Our services are made-to-order, not “one size fits all.”

We’re “quick change” artists.

We are committed to your success.

Amy S. Tolbert

Focus Area(s):

Fortune 100, Fortune 500, International Cultures, Leadership Development, Top 50 Companies



Amy C. Waninger, Lead at Any Level

Lead at Any Level® provides assessment, advisory, and training services for organizations that promote from within, to help them keep their employees—and keep them engaged—by building inclusive leadership capabilities at every level. Our Gallup-certified Strengths Coaches, ICF-certified coaches, executive advisors, and trainers are committed to the belief that inclusive leaders can be anywhere and should be everywhere in an organization. Let us help you find, develop, and keep yours!

Amy C. Waninger Lead at Any Level

Focus Area(s):

DEI Consultant, Keynotes & Public Speaking, Training & Development



Interested in becoming an authorized facilitator or coach with Spectra Diversity?

Learn more about becoming a change partner, and register to become a Spectra coach.

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