Organizational Coaching: Working Through Sexism, Racism, and Gender Bias


This case study addresses sexism, racism, and gender bias that may arise in executive coaching and the role of a coach in supporting the client to acknowledge and navigate their experience. More specifically, this case explores the complexities that the coach, Geeta, has to support Marianne through, while keeping in mind the minority social group and intersectionality of marginalized social group identities that Marianne brings along with her. The coach explores with Marianne the challenges that exist for her not only in terms of cultural transitioning from one organization to the other, but also how she is part of a system that systematically excludes people who share her social group identity vulnerabilities. This case also highlights the oppression angle and authentic development where individuals’ goals conflict with organizational goals.

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