October 4, 2021

NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business Department of Human Capital Management Students Receive Inaugural Scholarships from Bravely—an Innovative Coaching Platform that Seeks to Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Coaching Industry

Scholarship Awards Support Talented Students from Diverse Backgrounds Enrolled in the MS in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting & Executive Coaching Certificate Programs

NEW YORK, October 4, 2021— In 2020, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) , Division of Programs in Business (DPB), Human Capital Management Department and Bravely, an innovative platform that connects people to on-demand confidential coaching, joined forces committing to fund scholarships for students enrolled in the Department’s MS in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching and Professional Coaching Certificate Programs. The goal of these scholarships is to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in the coaching industry.

Recently, the three inaugural scholarship recipients were chosen to receive funding that will help them to complete their studies. They are: Rachael Arthur and Renae Williams, who are enrolled in the Certificate in Executive Coaching program and who will receive funding of $8,750 each towards their tuition; and Ray Gonzales, a student in the MS in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting, who will receive a $7,500 scholarship for the fall semester. In addition to the funding, these Coaching Fellows will serve as apprentice members within the Bravely Pro network, augmenting their academic learning with real-world experience.

“It is increasingly critical for the coaching industry to diversify the pool of professional and executive coaches within its ranks, and this generous scholarship program established by Bravely ensures that we continue to educate talented individuals from across the spectrum in serving the modern workplace,” said Anna Tavis, PhD, clinical professor and academic director of the Human Capital Management Department at NYU SPS.

“Bravely’s funding of the scholarship highlights our belief in the importance of centering DEIB work in the coaching field,” asserted Sarah Sheehan, co-founder and president of Bravely. “We are excited to invest in coaching talent that shares our commitment to providing equitable access to coaching and empowering companies to build inclusive high-performing teams.”

The three scholarship winners hail from diverse backgrounds and experiences:

  • Rachel Arthur is currently the deputy director of career readiness at the Urban Assembly, where she provides consulting, training, and professional development for public school educators to develop high-quality college and career readiness programs. Previously, she was a career coach at the Flatiron School and an independent coach for private clients. She is a StartingBloc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow and a graduate of the Landmark Forum. Arthur also teaches dance and performs in musical theater. 

  • Renae Williams has more than 10 years of experience in developing, leading, and facilitating racial literacy; in promoting equity in computer science; and in 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, she designed and implemented the first Career Development Week + Career Pathways & Resources Fair within NYC’s Dept of Education, which oversees the largest school district in the nation. Williams convened HR managers and leaders from across departments to reflect upon and to understand systemic oppression, evaluate their own racial competence, and critically evaluate their hiring practices—from job description cultivation to hiring and retention.

  • 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.

For Arthur, who has spent over 15 years teaching in and supporting public school education, the Bravely Scholarship is more than just a financial award. “Receiving this scholarship allows me to study at a world-class institution—NYU—under the guidance of some of the most credentialed and talented coaches in the industry. Furthermore, I am thrilled that I will serve as an apprentice with Bravely and will be able to supplement my classroom learning with real-world experiences.”

Fellow scholarship recipient, Renae Williams concurred, “I will be able to combine the education from NYU SPS and my own professional experience to impact change within organizations that will help to create inclusive systems, policies, organizational culture, and development with a lens toward equity, belonging, and diversity.”

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About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Celebrating 87 Years of Excellence in Applied Professional Education

For 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

NYU SPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 39,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS visit: sps.nyu.edu.

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