Tracy Edmonds, Owner TJE Coaching and Consulting, Author, Wild Hair
Tracy J. Edmonds is the owner of TJE Coaching & Consulting, LLC, where she serves as an executive coach and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant.
With a huge experience, knowledge, and wisdom in the corporate field, in the HR roles, and as an Executive Coach, Tracy J Edmonds is our guest for today’s episode where she talks about her journey, the challenges she helps people she coaches to overcome, her book and a lot more.
About Tracy J Edmonds
The owner of TJE coaching and consulting, Tracy Edmonds guides women, especially black women to achieve success in the corporate world. After working for more than 20 years in an insurance company, she switched to human resources and achieved many milestones during this time. She is a corporate certified coach helping women leading their careers. She has also authored a book titled- Wild Hair- A Courageous Women’s Guide to a Bold and Authentic Career.
What brought her to coaching?
Being the oldest child in her family, Tracy says, she has always been into coaching telling people what to do. When she stepped up into the leadership role in her corporate career, there too women came to her asking for guidance. This led her to be a professional coach and do what she had been doing already officially.
She says that she didn’t have any plan to become an entrepreneur as such, but while she left the company to find a role as an HR head, things played out in different ways and brought her to a different direction. And finally she figured out a way to do what she loves.
What are the challenges that women of colour face that you work with?
There are many challenges that women face. The biggest of which is being seen as valuable. As Tracy says, “When you’re the only woman in the organisation sitting at the high levels, especially if you are the only black woman sitting at the table, as I often was, many times you’re not seen. “ And that’s what Tracy helps women solve, she helps them solve this issue and find a way to get their voice heard in the organisation.
Tracy agrees that though there has been some awakening in the minds of people, there are still biases and stereotypes toward women of colour that need to be overcome. According to Tracy, it would take time as “It takes a lot to change culture”.
There is a lot more in the conversation that Tracy talks about. She shares about coaching methods, how she coaches her clients and what a person should look for in a coach. She also elaborates on what she believes to be the most important thing to see transformation in yourself- authenticity.
Tracy talks a bit about her book as well and covers in detail every question asked about coaching and her journey. So, make sure you listen to the conversation or you’ll miss out on the insightful stories and some great pieces of advice.
Tracy J. Edmonds is the owner of TJE Coaching & Consulting, LLC, where she serves as an executive coach and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant. She teaches her framework for mastering authenticity as the driver to creating successful careers, teams, and organizations. She specializes in coaching women – especially minority women – to bring out their best in a corporate environment, leaving their unique stamp on the roles they hold and work that they do. A former corporate executive who served as Chief Diversity Officer at Anthem, Inc., Tracy brings a unique blend of thought leadership, strategic planning and execution mindset to her consulting. She coaches executives and leaders to leverage their authenticity to drive meaningful DEI strategy. With over 30 years of corporate experience ranging from HR to operations and program management, Tracy brings strong business and leadership perspectives to the DEI conversation. Tracy is also an author and speaker on the topics of diversity, inclusion, authenticity, and leadership. Her book, Wild Hair, A Courageous Woman’s Guide to a Bold and Authentic Career, released this March, achieved international bestseller status. She believes that your authenticity is your currency for transforming yourself, your team, or your organization.