BIPOC Leader Lab

From Survive to Thrive

Six-Month-Long Weekly Coaching Lab
Next Cohort Starts January 2024


  • Are you tired of continually being underestimated in your leadership role?
  • Do you yearn for the freedom to be “yourself” in your work?
  • Do you want to more easefully guide change within white dominant systems?
  • Do you crave engagement with like-minded peers who understand the challenges you face?

This is a moment in which BIPOC leadership is desperately needed. In order to address urgent issues and transform our systems to survive the twenty-first century we need more diverse viewpoints at the table, yet too often BIPOC leaders are put in the position of stewarding crucial initiatives with inadequate resources, skill training or support.

The BIPOC Leader Lab is a bespoke coaching cohort that leverages the power of collaborative learning to help participants solidify concepts, share strategies and develop practical skills. 

The program is designed to uphold and uplift racialized leaders, in management to executive-level roles, who are looking to be more sustainable and impactful in their work. By integrating group coaching and peer learning principles, the BIPOC Leader Lab supports leaders shepherding change against the current with frameworks, resources, guidance and community so they can stay energized, strategic and effective.

Month One: Being Non-White in a Leadership Role

  • Week 1: You’re Not the Problem
  • Week 2: White Supremacy Culture and You
  • Week 3: It’s All in the Micro
  • Week 4: Peer Group Discussion

Month Two: The Kind of Leader I Am Meant to Be

  • Week 1: Finding Purpose, Inhabiting Power
  • Week 2: Are You in the Right Role?
  • Week 3: Setting Boundaries and Curating Energy
  • Week 4: Peer Group Discussion

Month Three: Navigating Organizational Barriers and Opportunities

  • Week 1: Learning the Ropes of Organizational Planning
  • Week 2: Creating Team Cohesion
  • Week 3: Personal Support Strategies
  • Week 4: Peer Group Discussion

Month Four: Communicating Your Best Self

  • Week 1: Self-Regulation and Managing Triggers
  • Week 2: The Art of Engaging Others
  • Week 3: Feedback and the Brave Conversation
  • Week 4: Peer Group Discussion

Month Five: Confidently Inhabiting Authority

  • Week 1: Healing and Dealing with Racial Trauma
  • Week 2: Joy Rituals at Work
  • Week 3: The Conscious Use of Power
  • Week 4: Peer Group Discussion

Month Six: Harnessing the Courage to Lead

  • Defining Faith When Things Get Hard
  • Harvesting Learning
  • Leadership Next Steps



Dates: Wednesdays, from January 10, 2024 to June 12, 2024 (times TBA)
Program includes:
  • Weekly virtual coaching and peer group discussion sessions
  • Customized weekly readings and reflection questions
  • Individual coaching worksheets
  • Online group chat
Cost: $5,000 USD

Reserve your spot for the next session! Applications for our 2024 cohort are now open.

Looking for more options to build your equity literacy? Browse courses and coaching from Anima Leadership.

*This course is limited to those who hold leadership and/ or management positions in their organizations, and is open to Black, Brown, mixed-race and Indigenous folks. Subsidized spots are available to support Indigenous leaders—please indicate your interest in your application. We recognize and honour the complexity of intersectional identities.

It’s been soul affirming to be in the BIPOC leader lab.  I found the opportunity to witness and be witnessed by such inspiring peers to be profound.  The readings and discussions have been powerful guides for us to hone in on specific challenges and affirmations to pay attention to, as leaders, and as leaders who are POC.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Executive Director, David Suzuki Foundation

It is rare to have the opportunity to be in spaces where others understand the unique challenges of BIPOC leaders, and I have treasured this experience. Annahid leads with both heart and deep expertise of strategic and organizational change. I have already recommended this program to many colleagues.

Saroo Sharda, Physician and Medical Educator

This BIPOC Leader Lab showed up at the right time for me. The realities of sitting in middle or senior leadership positions is significantly different for those of us from historically marginalized communities. It has been so beneficial to push self-reflection to a deeper level, to validate thoughts and feelings and to receive beneficial feedback and strategies on how to move forward.

Farrell Hall, Chief Inclusion and People Officer, 9 Story Media Group

This is the first time in my career when there was a communication shorthand with a group of other racialized professionals. As I unpacked my feelings with the group, my BIPOC leadership cohort understood immediately.  I deeply looked forward to my week dose of solace with this group.

L. Garrioch, Equity Lead, Waterloo Catholic District School Board

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