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Grow your impact. Love your work. Only for Fellows.

Why a Coaching Program?

StartingBloc exists to move leaders of change from high-potential to high-impact. The StartingBloc Coaching Program supports this mission by providing transformational support to Fellows on that journey.

Making change and developing a leadership style that impacts the world positively requires more support than we can provide at our 5-day institutes. One way we continue to support our Fellows is by giving them access to free and/or affordable, world-class professional coaching.


“Coaching is powerful. It is one of the most consistent and trustworthy levers I know of to help people achieve their goals and their mission. That’s why we built this program with Renee Freedman, who also built the coaching programs for the TED Fellows and the Unreasonable Institute. The feedback from those programs is astonishing.

I myself have worked with a coach for almost 4 years, and I can honestly say that I am more effective, more centered, I have more access to perspective, and I am a better teammate and leader for it. Also, working with my coach has helped me through some of my darkest professional challenges.”

— Cesar Gonzalez, CEO, StartingBloc


Coaching expands your awareness in order to provide a broader foundation from which to build sustainable outcomes. Coaching accelerates your growth as a leader, professional, and entrepreneur. Coaching is also a valuable tool for accountability and clarity building as you navigate the challenges of building a world that works for everyone.


Coaches are professionally trained question-askers that can help you clarify your priorities and achieve your goals and vision. They are thinking partners with extensive experience in facing and re-framing personal and entrepreneurial challenges, co-creating a structure for action, strategizing outside of the box, and shining a light on blind spots and unacknowledged successes. Coaches help you to develop your capabilities and reach beyond your potential.

Types of Coaching

Life Coaching12 sessions

  • Primarily for Fellows who are in transition, are challenged by personal issues such as self-confidence or work-life balance, or do not know what type of work they want to engage in.

Professional Coaching12 sessions

  • Primarily for Fellows who are members of a team, an individual performer, or in first or middle level management positions.

Leadership Coaching12 sessions

  • Primarily for Fellows who are team or organizational leaders and entrepreneurs.

How it Works

Each quarter, StartingBloc will award PRO-BONO (free) coaching for up to three of our Fellows. Each pro-bono coaching award is valued upwards of $5,000 [1]. If a Fellow is not selected for pro-bono coaching, they can opt to pay for coaching at a reduced rate exclusive to StartingBloc.

If a Fellow opts to pay for coaching, it is also offered in sets of twelve, eight, and four sessions. If you are interested in exploring the StartingBloc Coaching Program, please start with the Fellows FAQ and then proceed to completing the application.




Share your vision, your challenges, and what you hope to get out of coaching.




Three Fellows a month are awarded pro-bono coaching, based on merit & engagement.




A short convo with Renee’s team to clarify your needs & match you better.




You get your potential coach’s bio, they get your application.


“Fit” Convo


The two of you have an introductory fit conversation.


Kick off


If it’s a go, you both sign the Coaching Agreement and get started!

Continue to the Fellows' FAQ →

Information for Coaches

For coaches, if you have an expertise in one of the three areas of coaching annotated above, we would love to have you on our coaching team. StartingBloc Fellows are selected yearly from amongst thousands of applicants. They are thoroughly vetted for values-alignment, leadership potential, and for a commitment to building a world that works for everyone.

If you are interested in becoming a StartingBloc Coach, read the Coach FAQ and then complete the application. Our coaches must meet eligibility requirements and complete an interview/vetting process. Please check out our eligibility requirements and complete an application to get started.

Continue to the Coaches' FAQ →