When I was looking through the 2018 SHRM Leadership Development Forum session offerings, "Facilitating for Results: Demonstrating Leadership While Driving Impact for Your Audience" with Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks really caught my attention. As a relatively new leader, I'm always trying to enhance my skills on engaging my audience and making sure I convey information in a way that is meaningful and worthwhile.
Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks is a business and career coach, who firmly believes that career advancement is a social justice issue. As the founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach, a career-coaching platform that provides accessible professional development resources to diverse working professionals, Angelina collaborates with employers to create business solutions that empower and educate teams, as well as retain and engage diverse employees. She also facilitates transformative career workshops and experiences that have reached over 4,000 working and aspiring professionals in person, through outlets like outlets including: TEDx, Brown University, West Point, Bank of America, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, WICT, Ebony Magazine’s WomenUp Series, Princeton and The NYC BAR Association. She has also appeared on Univision and Fox 5. I hope to see you at her session! Read on to learn a little bit more about Angelina and her session at #SHRMlead!
Angelina, would you mind telling us a bit about yourself and your role with C-Suite coach?
I am the CEO and founder of C-Suite Coach. My company strives to provide affordable and accessible coaching, as well as career content, to diverse professionals in order to help them develop the skillset and know how to advance in their careers. I’ve also recently partnered with Google on a national level and grateful for the expansion that has enabled me to begin hiring employees of my own.
Can you summarize for us the products/services/programs/resources available through C-Suite coach?
C-Suite Coach is focused on developing tools for career acceleration by holding interactive seminars that leverage coaching techniques to help individuals facilitate their own self-discovery. I host about 5 to 10 workshops a month that focus on specific tools that would best be able to leader with their productivity and growth journeys. We also design programs and source coaches to organizations.
What is your favorite thing about your work?
I’m really passionate about talent development and coaching philosophy to improve habits and performance. I’m also consistently inspired by the impact I see after working with clients. It is so rewarding to hear that they feel more confident in their abilities and were able to shift their perspective about what seemed like a difficult work situation into feeling of empowerment to come up with new unique solutions.
Without giving too much away, can you give us some insight into your session, Facilitating for Results that will take place at #SHRMlead?
I’m very excited about the upcoming session at SHRM. In last year alone, I’ve conducted over 100 workshops to over 6000 working professionals and business owners. Some of audience sizes have been very intimate and quaint, while others have been up to 600 people at a time. There are many elements to consider when presenting to a large group so that I can achieve the max level of impact. In our session, we will discuss the best practices for achieving the learning objective set out for the presentation and ways to facilitate inclusively, even when the subject matter has nothing to do with inclusion itself.
What are you looking forward to most about the conference?
I’m looking forward to connecting with other professionals who are excited about developing talent as well as sitting in on other sessions. Expanding my grasp on retention and programs for employee engagement is another aspect of the conference I will be looking forward to.
What is the best way for those with questions to connect with you?
The best way to contact me would be to follow and tweet me @linadarrisaw and @csuitecoach