News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda — The International Coaching & Leadership Institute (ICLI), hailed as being the first Afro-Caribbean woman-owned coach training school of its kind in the world, is celebrating an exciting new milestone as they reach the International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) Level 2 accreditation. 

Lorene Phillips, ICLI’s Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer, said: “We are so very proud to achieve this acknowledgment as it sets us apart globally as a coach training institute of first choice. This accreditation is an affirmation of the quality of our programmes to support our clients at the highest level. The fact that we were able to achieve this ‘seal of approval’ in less than a year of operation speaks to both the extensive experience and the quality of training of our leadership and the bench of instructors.” 

Lorene Phillips

Founded in 2021, ICLI’s mission is to provide world-class coach training, executive coaching, and leadership development that is accessible to everyone, everywhere. They do this by utilising transformative ontological coaching methods and with support from ICF credentialed instructors. 

ICLI’s students undergo rigorous training and receive an abundance of mentor coaching feedback in order to provide coaching services that meet the needs and challenges of global professionals today. Thanks to this new ICF Level 2 Coaching Education Accreditation, ICLI believes their programme, leadership team and curriculum will all have greater legitimacy and credibility. 

Sophia Casey, ICLI’s Co-founder & Chief Learning Officer, explained: “It has taken an incredible amount of effort, focus and commitment to respond to multiple standards and questions in the application for our ICF Level 2 accreditation. On top of applying for this licence, we all have very robust lives which include our families, coaching businesses and corporate training work. Beyond the mechanics of the application process, the ICF also requires submission of two student recorded coaching sessions, which must pass a rigorous assessment process and show demonstration of coaching at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level.” 

Sophia Casey

Ms Casey explained that the ICF recently revamped its accreditation process, enhancing its standards and the requirements necessary for applicants. She said: “I knew it was important that our curriculum be able to pass their measures of success, so I called upon the strengths of our team.  Although I’ve supported three other schools with pursuing or maintaining accreditation, I knew the updated ICF process would require more time and a higher level of effort, so I’m grateful for Petra Belopotocka, ICLI’s Online Instruction Coordinator & Head of Student Support and a graduate of the inaugural cohort, who had an in-depth knowledge of the process and was able to help create the organised structure needed to map the numerous requirements. Responding to the application was an example of the power of teamwork.” 

Since inception, ICLI’s team made a commitment to do its part to make coaching more accessible to all communities. They are currently pursuing other industry certifications, while also taking time out to celebrate this huge accomplishment. “We are extremely proud of what we have built so far through ICLI, but also feel a sense of social responsibility in being the first ICF accredited coach training school in Bermuda and the only Afro Caribbean woman-owned ICF school in the world,” Ms Casey said. 

Jessica Lightbourne, ICLI’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said that ICLI’s vision and values both aligned with that of the ICF. “We believe it is possible to experience a world where everyone has access to the knowledge, awareness, and an abundance of resources that come from self-leadership and transformational coaching,” she explained. “We envision a global environment where everyone has the freedom and opportunities to use these experiences to design the lives they desire. We see a world of possibility where people use those experiences to then co-create a sustainable common good. Ultimately, we stand for coaching for everyone, everywhere.”

Jessica Lightbourne

Ms Lightbourne added that by intertwining the ICF coaching core competencies and ethics into all the ICLI’s curriculum, it would make for the best outcome for their clients and coach graduates in the future. “We have seen and experienced the value that the ICF adds to coaches at every stage of their development,” she continued. “We want our coaches to have access to, and contribute to, the resources, continuous education, reciprocal coaching and communities of practice that the ICF provides. The ICF has been an organisation which has enabled our founders and trainers to operate at the ‘top of their license’ and become leaders in their communities because of it.”

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