Cindy Gross [she/her]
Generative Coach & CEO of Befriending Dragons
I partner with leaders to move you from learning to action on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Harassment.
Featured: Anti-Racism – From Learning to Action. Workshops + Coaching
The January 2021 program is full. You can join the waitlist for the next program.
You’ve been to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training and watched your yearly anti-harassment training. You signed up for an anti-racism book club and listened to some podcasts. Now what? You’re motivated, you want to do something, but… what? What do you do when someone speaks up about the racism they just experienced? What mindset do you want to be in when you decide how to respond to someone saying or doing something that upholds white supremacy? How does it affect your actions if you’re able to decide if a racist act is an individual responsibility vs. systemic oppression? How will you know when you’ve scrubbed every racist bone from your body? Spoiler alert – racism doesn’t reside in our bones, race isn’t found in our genes, and Anti-Racism is about committing to the journey.
We’ll focus on that move from learning to action. #BlackLivesMatter.
Cindy Gross is a Generative Coach who walks with you on a transformative journey to reframe, rename, and befriend (or unfriend) your internal and external dragons. Cindy leads with empathy and an intersectional social equity perspective. Schedule a 30 minute Zoom call to discuss how we can work together.
Coach Bullied Techies
Cindy’s 25 years as a techie give her the life experience and context to coach tech workers so you can thrive again after you face bullies, harassers, or racial, gender, or other bias. It’s not a little thing, it’s a big impact on our lives. You can stop thinking of yourself as a scary, scarred, beaten down dragon. You can reclaim your roar and end your internal screaming. We choose to be free agents in the world, friendly dragons who fly where we want, when we want, how we want. We heal and we thrive.
Coach Tech Leaders
We partner with tech leaders to align your values, motivations, and goals with your communities, reconnect via healthier relationships, and reframe and re-envision your organization cultures from an anti-bullying foundation. We coach you so you can get the most out of your partnerships with your HR and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) teams.
Culture Change Partnerships
We share our knowledge and skills with your Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) groups, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), HR organizations, and internal executive, leadership, and career coaches. Cindy’s 25+ years as a techie make her uniquely qualified to bring culture changes to technology organizations.
I’ve met many scary dragons in my life – breast cancer, divorce, a layoff, changing roles and technologies, workplace harassment as a Microsoft woman in tech, fighting for LGBTQ+ and abortion rights in Idaho, constant striving to meet an impossible to meet bar for success, and the idea that we always have to put work first. Most recently I left the corporate world to strike out on my own, into a rich community filled with people like me who create justice, meaning, allies, and dreams. Each time I step back and look at the situation from different angles to get through it. I befriend each dragon, learn how to make it a part of my past, and take only the parts I want forward to the next stage of my life. That’s what befriending dragons is all about – take those scary things and blend the best parts into our lives. Then we can respond in the way we each need, the way that takes us down the path we want.
Hear more of my dragon stories here.
Cindy Gross She/Her/They