Diversity ~ Equity ~ Inclusion:
Empowered Together

What we stand for

Our guiding vision is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the Beloved Community” — a world in which everyone is supported 100% with no one left out.

Our part in this vision is to serve people from all walks of life, so that, at any moment, anyone on this planet can say: “Yes! I’m doing what I came here to do.”


We nurture and celebrate diversity at every level of our community — including our students, coaches, course leaders, and staff — along lines of race and ethnicity, culture, class and socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age.


ACE is dedicated to fostering equity throughout our programs by supporting the unique needs of different people. Our project, Empowered Together, offers a dedicated coach training pathway specifically for BIPOC coaches. Our initial focus is on women of color who aspire to bring this work to communities that might not otherwise have access to coaching support. We are offering additional programming tailored to the unique experiences and needs of women of color.


For us, an inclusive coaching community is one in which everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out. In order to support people who might not otherwise be able to join us, we make our programs financially accessible by offering sliding scale pricing for all of our programming and providing additional crowdfunding support.

Our plan of action


We are actively pursuing the following objectives:

1) Set goals and measure progress.

We are:

  • Setting measurable annual and per-program diversity goals, against which to measure success.
  • Collecting voluntary demographic data for all in-person course participants. These include age, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation — as well as open-ended responses on any other identities important to the person.

2) Build inclusivity into all aspects of our work.

We are updating our branding, website, visuals, marketing materials, course content, and all other aspects of our student experience, to ensure they welcome and speak to people from all walks of life.

3) Partner with diverse communities.

Up until 2016, our enrollment primarily followed a word-of-mouth model, leading to a majority of referrals being generated in heterogenous communities. We are now in the important process of actively building even more authentic relationships and partnering with diverse communities.

4) Get support from our community and beyond.

We are actively seeking the support and partnership of our community and beyond, to have our work benefit a wider, more diverse community. Additionally, we are asking our community what we can do to support their success as “Ambassadors” for our work.


Greg Reinauer, Course Leader & Director of Admissions