569Congratulations to Alicia Jay, a recent graduate of the Leadership that Works’ Coaching for Transformation program, on winning The Noomii Life Coach Training Scholarship – a $2000 award given to “tomorrow’s bright star of the coaching industry.”

Alicia was selected from over 100 applicants, for her “coaching uniqueness and strength of vision, compelling strategy for reaching a large audience and proven track record of success.”

Alicia is the Founder of Rabble Up, a program dedicated to providing transformative leadership resources to emerging social change makers. “Being a younger activist myself, and from working in the field of nonprofit leadership development over the last decade, I witnessed and experienced the burn-out from the long hours and low pay, with few role models who weren’t themselves burning the candle at both ends. There is a disconnect between our social justice values that we purport to live by, and the way we actually treat each other, and ourselves.

Given this context, I saw a huge need to provide more individualized and holistic training and support to social justice leaders, specifically those in their 20s and 30s, who might not be the Executive Directors or senior managers yet, but who are in deep need of support so that they too can identify and follow their vision. I started Rabble Up to fill that gap in my own small way,” she says.

After looking at different coaching certification programs, Jay says she chose Leadership that Works’ Coaching for Transformation because social justice was part of its core curriculum. Alicia adds, “One of the things I liked best was that the program not only provides the theories and skills, but it also gives you the community. That was so important. I was learning with people with the same values. I was able to draw strength and inspiration from the group.”

Noomii is the largest online directory of life coaches, business coaches, career coaches, and executive coaches. 2014 was the first year Noomi offered the Life Coach Training Scholarship. To be eligible, participants had to be enrolled or planning to enroll in a coach training program that was accredited by the International Coach Federation.

“When they announced the winner, I actually had to read the email five or six times. I couldn’t believe that I was reading my name and that I actually won! I am incredibly humbled,” says Jay.