There are many different specialties and focuses in the coaching field. My guest today does intriguing work in the neurodiversity field, working with gifted people and those diagnosed with ADHD, autism, and more. Join us to open up your mind to all the different areas of life in which coaches can touch and help people.

Dr. Tracy Winter is a neurodiversity coach who has coached up and down the career ladder from individual contributors to vice-presidents, and she has worked in industries such as technology, government, academia, and health care. Each client she meets has a unique brain that deserves its own unique approach, and she partners with her clients to use their strengths to reach the outcomes they desire. Tracy trains new ADHD coaches and is a mentor coach for students at the International ADHD Coach Training Center. She also facilitates leadership development training with organizations such as Tesla and Acxiom and has been an adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Tracy earned her Ph.D. in Human Development, her MA in Human and Organization Systems, and her Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate from Fielding Graduate University. Her dissertation focused on the social-emotional needs of highly gifted adults. She serves as president of the Austin chapter of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and holds an ICF credential as a Professional Certified Coach. She has the unique ability to jump rope tap dance!

Show Highlights:

● What led Tracy into this work and lights her up about what she does

● What Tracy learned through her dissertation topic: self-concept development in gifted adults

● What it’s like to coach neurodiverse people who might not “fit” into where the world puts them

● How part of the coaching challenge is to get neurodiverse people to accept themselves in their different-ness

● How Tracy works with coaches to be “ADHD aware” in order to help those who feel big and deep emotions and sensitivities

● How Tracy has fun with her clients in working and making connections with them

● How the world is missing out on what neurodiverse people can bring to the world when we don’t give them a safe space to share their energy and ideas

● How Tracy helps her clients get rid of the “mental clutter”

● Tracy’s advice about how leaders can help neurodivergent people on their teams and in their organizations:

Focus on their strengths.

Consider increasing points of accessibility in the interview process. 

Be watchful and aware of what people need. Ask them!


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