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"Wisdom From Our Elders: the 'Original Players'in the Coaching Industry"


In this episode, we listen back to a celebration of ICF International Coaching Week (ICW) and the theme “ReImagine the Future,." Co-Founders of UpLevel Productions, Co-Active for Organizations Licensees, and CTI Faculty; Rachel Baldi and Christie Mann were thrilled to curate & host an explorative conversation about the Past, Present & Future of the Coaching Industry with some of the “original players” (OPs) of the profession.

This is an opportunity to hear from our beloved elders, be inspired, and get excited about the future of the coaching profession.

Hear from:

Karen Kimsey-House,

Yuri Morikawa

Rick Tamlyn

Gülsün Zeytinoglu

Cynthia Loy Darst

Henry Kimsey-House

We have been longing to highlight these leaders and the impact they’ve created on our profession and our world. Come join us to Learn, Love and UpLevel.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear a group interview/storytelling with some of your favorite Original Players, facilitated by UpLevel Productions.

About UpLevel Productions:

Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization.

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In This Episode:

  • Celebrate coaching and specifically Co-Active coaching.

  • Honor some of the original players (OPs) of the profession and our community.

  • Learn more about the history of coaching, the roots of Co-Active, and discuss the vision for its future.

  • Discover the differences between "older" and "elder."

Quotations to Share:

"I think we need to change the way we think about ourselves, about our world, and about each other.” ~Karen Kimsey-House

“For me, an elder is someone in the community, empowering people, unconditionally. That's elder, and that's how I was treated in this community, and being called elder means humbling, being humbled.” ~Yuri Morikawa

“The ability to empower something before you know if it's going to work, I think is sort of a quality of a leader.” ~Rick Tamlyn

“Put elders back in the system rather than have them be outside the system and marginal. ~Henry Kimsey-House

"Our job is to keep poking at what is...because in the conversation is where the transformation happens.” ~Rick Tamlyn

“So I’ve failed a mighty lot and recovered a mighty lot.” ~Karen Kimsey-House

“It's essential that you strive and reach and fail.” ~Karen Kimsey-House

"I believe that people really want to learn how to be safe within themselves. ~Cynthia Loy Darst

“I'm more committed to their purpose, their ‘aliveness’ and their values, and what it is they want out of life than I am to their excuses.” ~Henry Kimsey-House

“II knew we'd arrived [coaches] on the planet when we were made fun of on the Simpsons; I was like, sweet ‘made it.’ It was the funniest.” ~Rick Tamlyn

“And our job is to upset their life. Our job is to poke at it.” ~Rick Tamlyn

"I am wildly committed to creativity and to your better future." ~Rick Tamlyn

“It means that we love enough to be willing to risk the danger of angering or pissing off the client for the sake of their bigger self. That is love in my mind.” ~Karen Kimsey-House

“So the moment we start coaching, we're actually inviting those people to step out of that circle, which is accepted as the normal, and inviting people to really step outside for a while.” ~Gülsün Zeytinoglu

“Oppressors sometimes do not know they are the oppressors.” Gülsün Zeytinoglu

"We need to do our individual work." ~Gülsün Zeytinoglu

"All you have to do is just give yourself over to life and embrace the adventure and express the unique leg in the world in whatever way feels right and true for you." ~Karen Kimsey-House


Yuri Morikawa

Yuri has been an active player in the professional coaching field since 2004. After an intensive 8 years as a faculty member of Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), she launched the Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) Program in Japan and founded CRR Japan in 2009. ⁠

Rick Tamlyn

Rick inspires people to be their best. And the path being your best is to focus on the impact you long to have with your life....better known as “living an impact-oriented life.” He is a Master Certified Coach (MCC), the Author of The Bigger Game, and the creator of the Produce You Event. He teaches that every experience, emotion, reaction, and relationship is All Made Up™️.

Cynthia Loy Darst

She is internationally known as a pioneer in the world of coaching. One of the first eight people to gain the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coaching Federation, a founding Leader for The Co-Active Training Institute and CRR Global; she was also one of the founding members of the ICF and Past-President of ACTO (The Assoc. of Coach Training Organizations). She is the author of Meet Your Inside Team: How to Turn Internal Conflict into Clarity and Move Forward with Your Life.⁠

Karen Kimsey-House

Karen is one of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession and the Co-Founder of The Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), the foremost coach training program in the world. For over 30 years, Karen has been working with coaches and leaders to create resonating, fulfilling lives that are the highest expression of their unique gifts and true life purpose. Karen is the co-author of the industry best-seller Co-Active Coaching, which has been translated into fifteen languages and is considered a seminal text for the coaching profession as well as Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead.⁠

Henry Kimsey-House

Henry is the Co-Founder of CTI (The Co-Active Training Institute), headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, USA, the world’s first and largest in-person coach training school. From the beginning, CTI has pioneered in positioning coaching and relationship management as core leadership competencies. Henry was the lead designer for the renowned Co-Active coaching course curriculum, coach certification as well as the Co-Active Leadership program. He is the co-author of the best-seller Co-Active Coaching, considered to be a seminal work in the field, and is co-author of The Stake: The Making of Leaders and Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways To Lead.⁠

Gülsün Zeytinoglu, PhD., Master Certified Coach, ORSCC, CPCC

Gülsün is an experienced international coach, mentor, and trainer working with executives and teams. As a pioneer in introducing coaching in Turkey, her work is creatively based on Co-Activity, ORSC (Relationship Systems Intelligence), NLP, systems thinking, expressive arts, conscious movement, and related fields. Her passion is combining different approaches for increasing the awareness of leaders, expanding their range, strengthening their resilience, and facilitating their process for sustainable and conscious change. She values honoring similarities, respecting differences, and celebrating diversity. ⁠


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