October 6, 2021

Bravely Scholarship Student Testimonials

Three NYU SPS students were the recipients of scholarships that were generously funded by Bravely, an innovative platform that connects people to on-demand confidential coaching.

Rachael Arthur

Rachael Arthur has spent over 15 years teaching in and supporting public school education.  She is currently the Deputy Director of Career Readiness at the Urban Assembly.  There she provides consulting, training, and professional development to public school educators across the country, in an effort to develop high-quality, college and career readiness programs.  Prior to working at the UA, Rachael served as a Career Coach at the Flatiron School and as an independent coach for private clients looking for more clarity and direction along their career path.  

Facilitating development and personal growth is at the heart of everything she does. She is a StartingBloc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow, and also a graduate of the Landmark Forum— an immersive training program that teaches people to produce extraordinary results and enhance the quality of their lives. Rachael draws from all of these experiences to coach individuals in identifying their inherent strengths, living powerful and fulfilling lives, and contributing to society in an authentic and meaningful way. Outside of education and coaching, Rachael also teaches dance and performs in musical theater. 


"The Bravely Scholarship for Executive Coaching is much more than just a financial award.  Receiving this scholarship allows me to study at a world-class institution under some of the most credentialed and talented coaches in the industry.  Furthermore, I am thrilled about the partnership with Bravely in which I will serve as an apprentice and be able to supplement my classroom learning with real-world scenarios.  As a Bravely Coaching Fellow, I know that I'm receiving an incredible education and being exposed to rich opportunities that will help me to positively impact the lives and careers of many individuals," - Rachael Arthur, 2021

Renae Williams

Renae has over ten years of experience developing, leading, and facilitating racial literacy, equity in computer science, devising roadmaps for sustainable program delivery within schools with over 300+ school leaders, employees, and senior leadership. She has worked as a consultant for racial literacy and content development for leading ed-tech organizations. 

Previously within NYC’s Dept of Education, the largest school district in the nation, I ideated, designed, and implemented its first internal, later annual, Career Development Week + Career Pathways & Resources Fair. I convened HR managers & leaders from across departments to first reflect and understand systemic oppression, evaluate their own racial competence, how to leverage their privilege, and then critically evaluate their hiring practices from job description cultivation to hiring, to retention.

Renae is excited to be a recipient of Bravely's Scholarship and to continue to develop her expertise in executive coaching at NYU.


"I am honored to be a recipient of the Bravely Scholarship. I'd be able to combine the learnings from NYU and my experience to impact change within organizations that would help create inclusive systems, policies, organizational culture & development with a lens toward equity, belonging, and diversity," - Renae Williams, 2021

Ray Gonzales

Ray Gonzales is a coach and consultant who works with individuals and organizations that are going through transitions, helping them to bring clarity, support, and empowerment that serves to create high-performance cultures. Prior to starting his current practice, Gonzales spent several years in financial services, fashion, entertainment, and media. His last corporate assignment was at a New York City-based investment bank. Ray’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is reflected in his work with clients.


"Being awarded the Bravely Fellowship for the MS in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting program opened a whole new world for me. It not only recognized my previous work and my interests in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, but I also have the opportunity while I am completing the program to collaborate with colleagues and work with Bravely, which will enhance my academic and professional life," - Ray Gonzales, 2021

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