Rising Awareness

Rising Awareness April 2022 Online Summit (NEW)

The Preparation and Road to Inclusion, Healing and Belonging Within Relationships;

"From Me to We"

“Inclusion, Healing and Belonging eats DEI+ for breakfast.” – Rising Awareness

We’re inviting you to help us prove our Rising Awareness hypothesis that no matter how strong

one’s personal, business, or institutional “diversity & inclusion” plan and program may be, its

efficacy will be held back if they don't share the proper culture of inclusion, healing, and

belonging. When it comes down to it, the ones within an organization who are actively

implementing inclusion, healing, and belonging are the ones who are making all the difference.

“If Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging is deliberately and intentionally practiced by everyone within your business, organization, and institution, then you will have Diversity, Equity, and all the other letters following the acronym DEI.”

– Perry Rhue


The raising consciousness and acknowledging that systemic racism has been and continues to be a part of our story worldwide.


The public act and process of supporting the cause of social change and equality so that apathy does not set in again and again.


The public supportive association with another person or group, specifically with members of a marginalized or mistreated group.


The act of vigorous campaigning to bring about social change through our coaching relationships. One conversation at a time.

The Rising Awareness Journey

Sign up now for our Spring 2022 Summit

Summit Topics:

  • Co-Creating the Relationship to Connect First and Then Coach

  • Healing & Leading with Heart

  • Healing from the Social Construct of Racism

  • Power, Rank, and Privilege

  • The Willingness to talk about Racism

  • Accountability and Activism

  • And More

Mission - To perpetually expand a movement of awareness, advocacy, allyship, and activism

that brings healing to The Human Race from racism and related social constructs of the past,

present and future.

Vision - Mending (repairing), healing, and knitting (interlocking) together, like a fractured or

a broken bone, The Human Race from racism and related social constructs one person and

conversation at a time

Our Chief Aim - To equip professional coaches, consultants, facilitators, trusted advisors, and DEI

professionals with the skillset to effectively navigate the “messy and uncomfortable

conversations about racism and related social constructs of the past, present, and future.”

Core Value – Agápé (ah-GAH-peh), the ancient Greek word for “unconditional love.”

Why Attend the RAJ 2022 Summits

Crafting a better today and tomorrow through Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging

This year's Summit and new sessions will bring together from around the world participants

(professional coaches, consultants, facilitators, trusted advisors, and DEI professionals) to experience Rising Awareness coaching subject matter "sherpas," experiential talking circle sessions that include shared learning via critical thinking and transformational conversations, and resources that will equip every participant for The Preparation and Road to Inclusion, Healing and Belonging Within Relationships

Together we will push the boundaries of “being the change we want to see in the world” through intentional planning, actions, behaviors, and a method of accountability towards becoming social change and healing agents within the sphere of our influence.

Want to attend the April 2022 Summit?

April Online Summit topics (Two sessions per week; Tuesday & Thursday)

Online Summit two sessions each week in April Topics

Session One

Co-Creating the Relationship to Connect First and Then Coach

Perry Rhue (Atlanta, GA, USA)

  • From “me” to “we.”

  • Conversational Intelligence

  • Transformational conversations that lead to allyship and activism.

Session Two

Healing & Leading with Heart

Lauren Davis (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • A toolset for understanding where we are at

  • An assessment skill for individuals and groups

Session Three

The Willingness to talk about Racism

Owen Cook (Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

Bert Allen (Chicago, IL, USA)

  • Creating a Psychological Safe Environment is the Coach’s Responsibility

  • Ground Rules for Navigating

Session Four

Power, Rank, and Privilege

Gavin Shaskolsky (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • Tools to assess your power and rank

  • Skillset for "Sitting in the fire.”

Session Five

Building the Human Relationship

Reshma Kahn (Nairobi, Kenya, Africa)

  • How to recognize our biases as coaches, move beyond them, and connect with each other and the wider collective

Session Six

Honoring Diversity in Activism

Michael Cheuk (Charlottesville, VA, USA)

  • Participants will learn the valuable lessons that Michael has learned through his activism journey.

  • How dealing with divergent racial situations and groups can help you heal a community.

Session Seven

Healing from the Social Construct of Racism.

Althea Banda-Hansmann (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • Understanding your racial history

  • Skills to navigate teams and groups from diverse backgrounds

  • Tools for individuals to have a starting point for change

Session Eight

Accountability and Activism

Ken Sawyer (Atlanta, GA, USA)

  • Tools for building a personal activism plan

  • Skillset to start a community-based activism

  • Stories to strengthen your resolve to act

How this event works:

The Rising Awareness Summit is designed to equip participants wherever they may fit in the

world or society with a skillset of tools, knowledge, and education to effectively navigate topics

and conversations about racism and related social issues of the past, present, and future.

These highly interactive Zoom sessions allow every participant in a psychologically safe

environment to explore each topic fully through shared learning and experiences with fellow

international colleagues.

The Rising Awareness Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who attend all

Summit sessions. Completing the Summit and associated fieldwork is the first step towards

earning the Rising Awareness Credential.

The Rising Awareness April 2022 Online Summit sessions will be held every Tuesday and

Thursday from 10am - 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time.

This Summit represents 16 hours of continuing education.

Spring 2022 Summit's Speakers and Topics

The summit has live events in April on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am est to 12:00 pm est.

Co-Creating the Relationship

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

10am -12pm EST

Perry Rhue

Atlanta, Georgia USA

Healing & Leading with Heart

Thursday, April 7, 2022

10:30am - 12:30pm EST

Lauren Davis

City of Cape Town, South Africa

Willingness to Talk About Race

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

10am -12pm EST

Owen Cook

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Bert Allen

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Racism: Power & Rank

Thursday, April 14, 2022

10am -12pm EST

Gavin Shaskolsky

Cape Town, South Africa

Building the Human Relationship

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

10am -12pm EST

Reshma Khan

Nairobi, Kenya, Africa

Honoring Diversity in Activism

Thursday, April 21, 2022

10am -12pm EST

Michael Cheuk

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Healing from the Social Construct of Racism

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

10am -12pm EST

Althea Banda-Hansmann

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Accountability and Activism

Thursday, April 28 2022

10am -12pm EST

Ken Sawyer

Atlanta, Georgia USA

As We Prepare

In the coming days, if you would like to prepare for the upcoming summit, we have provided you with a wealth of information. The link provided here will take you to our LinkedIn page for Rising Awareness. On the Rising Awareness page, you will find information about each speaker and the topics that we will be covering. Every few days we will update new content for you. Please, feel free to share posts from the Rising Awareness LinkedIn page with other coaches that are in your network.