After attending a 5-day of collective training by Leadership that Works, Demarra Gardner was hooked on coaching. “With a background in clinical mental health and consulting, I felt that coaching enhanced the knowledge and skills I already possessed which enabled me to do deeper work with my individual and organizational clients.”
Demarra continues to bring those coaching skills to her work as an organizational development consultant. “I have seen the power that coaching can have on helping people get ‘unstuck’ and closer to reaching their full potential. One thing I know for sure is the power of coaching.” Most recently, she engaged with several members of the Battle Creek community to do coaching planning work with the goal of sustaining and growing coaching in the greater Battle Creek region.
Being able to provide her clients with the tools they need to be successful while championing for them has been one of her greatest pleasures, especially when it’s youth – Demarra has enjoyed working with youth and their families since she was teen and in recent years, has helped implement afterschool and summer programs for youth who may not otherwise have access to it.
Demarra is a Certified Professional Coach through Leadership that Works and holds a Masters of Arts in clinical mental health from Western Michigan University and a Bachelors of Arts in family life education from Spring Arbor University. When she’s not working, Demarra is exploring our world – she’s already been to 4 continents, 22 countries, and 25 states thus far, with dreams to spend time in every continent in the next 10 years.