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  • Writer's pictureSussana Christine

International Coaching Week: Celebrating four coaches I love & admire

It is International Coaching Week (ICW), May 17 - 23, "a week-long celebration that educates the public about the value of working with a professional coach and acknowledges the results and progress made through the coaching process" - International Coaching Federation (

So, in honour of ICW, I wanted to celebrate four coaches who I love and admire.

Annie Gichuru

Annie Gichuru is the founder of Uplifting Studios, a platform dedicated to supporting migrant women of colour. As a career & mindset coach and the producer and host of Uplifting Studios TV, Annie teaches how to unshackle self-limiting beliefs.

Annie is also the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) coach and consultant for the Beautiful You Coaching Academy where she supports trainees and coaches to build businesses that are culturally diverse and inclusive. Motivated by those facing the same challenges she faced, Annie believes your future can be one of purpose and impact.

Now in Season 3, Uplifting Studios TV, is founded on positive storytelling, showcasing inspiring stories through guest interviews and documentaries.

You can learn more about Annie and her work here:


FREE Mindset Audio Guide: 3 Steps to Unshackle Your Self-Limiting Beliefs FREE PDF Guide: How to becoming a genuine ally and advocate for POC

Instagram: YouTube: Uplifting Studios TV

★ I recently completed Annie's program REPRESENTED - an online course for business owners ready to build a culturally diverse and inclusive business; and I must say it was a powerful, heart expanding, thought provoking, and transformational experience. Annie holds safe and powerful space, has a no BS approach to support you to learn, unlearn, acknowledge and challenge your unconscious biases and most importantly, take action.

Join the waitlist for the next round of REPRESENTED.

Andrea Westbrook (she/her)

Andrea Westbrook is a Mindset and Confidence Coach for curvy, fat and plus-size women. Women who live in larger bodies.

Andrea's experience of being fat, combined with her ability to understand and connect with people is her superpower! Andrea uses this power to connect with, inspire and encourage women with bodies like hers to embrace who they are, see the best in themselves, and live the kick-ass life that they dream of. Andrea's coaching style is nurturing and loving, but she won't do the work for you. Andrea holds her clients to account and cheers them on every step of the way.

You can learn more about Andrea and her work here:




★ Andrea and I became friends through our studies with Beautiful You Coaching Academy, connecting months before we even commenced and have been supporters of each other in coaching and life, since. I love witnessing Andrea shine in her Curvy Confidence IGTV series, and rate her fun and creative Reels, A++

Andrea is also hosting an in-person workshop 'Curvy Confidence' on the Gold Coast, Queensland this June 20, 2021!

Event details:

Ditch your inner bitch, connect to the Wonder Woman within and start living the life of your dreams in this Confidence & Mindset Workshop designed specifically for fat, curvy and plus-size women.

Do You:

  • Want more out of life?​

  • Tell yourself “I’m not good enough” to go for a new job?

  • Stop yourself from speaking up for what you want?

  • Let other people treat you like crap?

  • Avoid going on dates?

  • Skip doing the things that you love?

  • Feel like you are stuck in a rut?

I will share the strategies that I have used to be able to speak confidently in public, to obtain my dream jobs, to wear a bikini, to take part in a beach photoshoot, to meet that special someone and create a life that I absolutely love in this in-person, 3-hour workshop on the beautiful Gold Coast.

“I’ve attended other self development courses but having one tailored to life experiences of a curvy/fat woman was really great.” - workshop attendee

“The workshop was fantastic, it was so beneficial listening to everyone. It really is information that helps women from all walks of life.” - workshop attendee

Purchase tickets here:

Jolinda Johnson (she/they)

Jolinda Johnson (M.S.Ed., CHHC) is an award-winning Certified Life Coach, Holistic Health Coach and Priestess who specialises in burnout and perimenopause. She's obsessed with helping change makers and revolutionaries get their spark back so they can go set the world on fire. She wants to change the narrative around perimenopause and give attention to the voices that are typically left out of the conversation, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people under 45. She is a sought-after guest on podcasts such as My Daily Business Coach, The Female Wellness Hub, and The Priestess Podcast, has been featured on the cover of Inspired Coach magazine, and was the recipient of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy CEO Shine Award in 2021. She’s also taken to the stage as a motivational speaker for other life coaches and can be found on the popular website Healthline.

Jolinda's originally from Detroit, Michigan but earned her B.A. from Columbia University in New York City and completed her Master's of Science in Education as part of the NYC Teaching Fellows program at Pace University in 2006. For the last thirteen years she's made her home as a single mother in Barcelona, Spain.

You can learn more about Jolinda and her work here:




★ Jolinda and I first connected through the wonderful world of social media. I was attracted to her realness, rawness and rebelliousness. I am a proud member of Jolinda's Well Rebel Collective: a badass community of rebels and visionaries ready to revolutionise their relationship to wellness. As a fellow coach, witnessing Jolinda in her craft is a real honour; and as a Well Rebel, I am grateful for Jolinda's powerful space holding, for I am witnessed and celebrated in my fullest, truest expression of self.

Yaren Ugur (she/her)

Yaren Ugur is a Social Media Marketer and Coach specialising in organic Instagram growth. She helps smalls business owners form close ties with their customers and audiences. Yaren's passion is people, and she always has a desire to help in any way she can.

When she hasn't got her coach on, she loves enjoying a few too many coffees and cooking for family and friends; and cuddling up with her kitten Leia.

You can learn more about Yaren and her work here:

Website: Instagram:

★ Yaren is an absolute delight to be around; her energy is magnetic. Yaren and I both co-work at the amazing 'The Space' in Brunswick East, and have bonded over our love for coaching, coffee and cats.

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