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Coaching Imperative, Coaching for a Higher Purpose, To Create a Better World. Founded by Issac M. Carter, Ph.D., the Coaching Imperative consists of an intersectional group of talented and strategic, justice-centered people dedicated to supporting individuals and institutions’ cultural transformation. Our work emphasizes adaptive leadership, cultural literacy and agility, and emotional intelligence. We work with C-suite leadership, K-16 educators and administration, non-profit executives, marginalized community members, purposeful professionals, and allies who share the imperative of transforming their homes, communities, houses of worship, schools, and businesses. Our goals are to help leaders and teams cultivate inclusive and thriving work environments and organizations enriched by diversity. 

Issac M. Carter

Issac M. Carter

Founder and CEO

Issac M. Carter, Ph.D. is a Critical Educator, DEI Strategist & Coach, Leadership and Organizational Consultant, Certified EQ Practitioner, BIPOC Whisperer, Black Male Feminist, Organizer, and Musician. Dr. Carter possesses expertise in strategic planning, leadership development, and inclusion, and equity best practices. For over two decades, he has steered change management in for-profit and not–for–profit sectors. Issac helps individuals and institutions understand, embrace, and leverage diversity by developing D&I strategy, team building, and one-to-one cultural agility coaching.

His training incorporates Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Leadership Success, and Organizational Development. Dr. Carter has taught courses in Education, Business, Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Collective knowledge production, emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and social justice action are core components of his teaching philosophy. Dr. Carter was one of two inaugural faculty members for the Terry Deal Leadership Institute, the renowned leadership expert, author, and international consultant. He co-designed and co-taught The Art of Leadership and Leadership and Culture courses.

Dr. Carter is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Unhooking from Whiteness, Sense, 2021 and a contributor, “Counter-Narratives as a Critical Invitations for Change: Race Centered Policy Making and Backlash @ Peculiar Institutions,” appearing in the soon to be released work, The Peculiar Institution: Whiteness, Power and Resistance to Change, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021. He is currently working on projects exploring Afrocentricity, Coaching, Black Musicking, and Identity.

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