Godwin Nwaugha

United States

Coaching Across Multiple Cultures: Embracing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

Godwin Nwaugha is an accomplished Agile Leader based in Gastonia, United States, with over a decade of leadership experience in the Agile domain. He has a proven track record in identifying and acquiring talent, managing resources, and fostering relationships across large organizations. Godwin’s expertise lies in championing continuous learning, implementing strategic, data-driven problem-solving, and promoting an inclusive environment.

He has held significant roles at prominent organizations, including his current position as an Agile Coach and Senior Scrum Master at ALLY BANK in Charlotte. Prior to this, he served as a Technology Lead and Agile Coach at INFOSYS and an Agile Coach and Senior Scrum Master at USAA in Phoenix.

Godwin’s educational background is robust, holding a Master of Science from Saint Mary’s University, Winona, and a Bachelor of Science from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also extensively certified in his field, boasting credentials such as Certified Team Coach (CTC), Project Management Professional (PMP), and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Beyond his professional endeavors, Godwin is actively involved in several professional affiliations, including the Project Management Institute, International Coaching Federation, and Scrum Alliance. He is also deeply committed to giving back to the community, as evidenced by his volunteer roles, including Co-Chair positions at Agile Alliance’s Community Group Support and Agiledemics Initiatives, vice president membership for ICF Charlotte chapter, and his role as the Co-Founder of Agile Disciples.

TOPIC: Coaching Across multiple Cultures: Embracing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Session Summary:

In our contemporary, interconnected world, coaches find themselves collaborating with clients from a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds. This can sometimes pose challenges, as diverse cultures have different norms, values, and communication styles. However, with the right knowledge and skills, coaches can effectively navigate cultural diversity and create a positive and productive coaching experience for all involved. Consequently, coaching transcends its former confines of national borders. Proficiently navigating these cultural variances becomes imperative for establishing an all-encompassing coaching environment, nurturing personal development for individuals from diverse social classes. The “Coaching Across Multiple Cultures” workshop is a 90-minute transformative experience that provides coaches with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to navigate the complexities of crosscultural coaching. As the global coaching community seeks to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The session emphasized practical strategies for fostering inclusivity in coaching relationships. It championed active listening, empathy, and open communication as essential tools for coaches working with individuals from various backgrounds. Additionally, the abstract touched on addressing unconscious biases, offering a glimpse into techniques for mitigating these biases in coaching interactions.

Learning Outcomes:

This workshop will empower you to excel in culturally diverse coaching relationships by fostering an inclusive and equitable environment where clients are supported regardless of their cultural backgrounds.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Develop a deep understanding of various cultural backgrounds, enabling you to navigate cultural nuances and adapt coaching strategies effectively.

Acquire practical skills to create inclusive coaching environments, emphasizing active listening, empathetic communication, and sensitivity to diverse perspectives.

Recognize and address unconscious biases, fostering a more equitable coaching process and ensuring fairness and respect for all clients.

Cultivate self-awareness regarding personal cultural biases and assumptions, allowing you to build stronger connections with clients from diverse backgrounds and gain proficiency in cross-cultural communications.

You will also learn how to:

Actively advocate for diversity and inclusion within the coaching practice and promote these principles within organizations by cultivating a sense of belonging for clients.

Leave with actionable strategies and plans for immediate implementation in coaching practice, ensuring you can effectively embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your work.

Overall, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to coach clients from all cultural backgrounds with sensitivity, respect, and effectiveness.

Keywords: Coaching, Workshops, Cultures, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Inclusive Environment, Cultural Dynamics, Cultural Biases, Adaptability, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, Cultural Intelligence.

Accomplished Agile Leader with over 10 years of relevant leadership experience. Proven ability to identify and acquire talent, manage resources, and allocate talent across large organizations, with a proven track record in building strong relationship and networks at all organizational levels.  Demonstrated aptitude for problem-solving and strategic thinking. Adept at fostering an inclusive environment, championing continuous learning, and implementing strategic, data-based problem-solving. Extensive experience as Scrum Master and Agile Coach, with deep familiarity in scaled frameworks such as SAFe®, Scrum@Scale and LeSS. Proficient with Agile tools, particularly JIRA.

Highly motivated and results-oriented Agile Coach/Scrum Master with 5+ experience leveraging data analysis expertise to optimize team performance and drive project success. Proven ability to facilitate Agile ceremonies, coach teams on Agile principles, and continuously improve processes through datadriven decision-making. Skilled in identifying bottlenecks and implementing data-backed solutions to enhance efficiency and productivity. Passionate about creating a collaborative and transparent environment where teams thrive.

Led retrospectives using data to identify and action actionable improvements, resulting in a 20% increase in team velocity.

Developed and implemented a data-driven approach to backlog refinement, prioritizing high-impact tasks and increasing project predictability.


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