Belma González has been providing assets based, culturally aware coaching to nonprofit and social justice leaders since 2004. She is honored to work with diverse, multi-generational clients throughout the United States on leadership enhancement, change management, work/life transitions, balance, and fulfillment. Belma works with a variety of leadership development programs for young, emerging leaders, established leaders and leaders in transition, all with the goal of strengthening and supporting leaders in the nonprofit/social justice sector. Some of the complex social issues her clients tackle are racial, environmental and economic justice, health reform and equity, educational access, early childhood development, foster care youth, domestic violence, and more. She also partners with coaching visionaries who are committed to social justice and cultural competency and who are working to increase the accessibility of coaching to all communities through innovative practices and collaborations that go beyond utilizing coaching for professional/personal development.
Belma partners with Leadership That Works, http://www.leadershipthatworks.com/, a national coach training organization. LTW is a thought leader, innovator, and agitator in coaching for the good of all people. LTW’s vision is of coaching skills embedded in communities everywhere so that residents, families, teachers, caseworkers, and change makers can thrive. As a LTW faculty member, Belma co-leads the only ICF accredited certification training oriented to the nonprofit sector. She also provides coach training to a variety of community groups through LTW’s Coaching for Community Transformation program, and serves as a teleclass trainer and mentor coach in all LTW training cohorts. Belma is a co-founder of Prism Coaching, a group of coaches of color who consider the identification, understanding and use of cultural influences as an asset. She is also a member of RoadMap, http://roadmapconsulting.org/, a network of organizational consultants and coaches who work with dynamic and innovative social justice organizations.
Belma is a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute and has a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation. Prior to coaching, Belma worked for over twenty-five years in the nonprofit sector, including five years as an Executive Director for a free women’s clinic that serves low-income, homeless and/or substance using women and six years as a program director of a women’s leadership development program for primarily women of color and immigrant women new to identifying as leaders. Belma is a bicultural, somewhat bilingual Chicana/Latina, living in Oakland, California. In her personal life, Belma is married to Mike Waters, a professional musician and web designer, and she is a devoted madrina (godmother) to six godchildren who inspire her daily: Oni, Marya, Olivia, Avery, Diego and Carter Xochi. She is committed to a Pilates practice, hiking, playing folk music with a community of musicians, and tries to also makes time to write, cook, garden, and travel.