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Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick

Advanced Certified Coach with the Gaia Project for Women's Leadership

Myers-Briggs Certified Practitioner

Licensed Architect in the State of New York

Founder of Photosanity, helping parents find joy and connection through photographing their kids

 

Hi, I’m Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick, and I am a diversity & inclusion consultant with a focus on leadership & team development, gender & race equity, and business integration.

I help leaders at every level to integrate inclusion into their companies, organizations, communities and lives in order to do their best work and support others to do the same.

What does that mean exactly?

Inclusive leadership seeks to co-create the conditions that allow you, your team, your clients and/or your community to fully align with who you are, your unique perspective and experience, and not just what you’re good at but how you naturally energize - in other words your “zone of genius”.

What this requires is:

  • reason to engage - meaningful and challenging opportunities for autonomy and impact

  • safety to engage - high trust relationships, transparency, fairness and support so you can bring your whole self to any situation without disproportionate risk

  • capacity to engage - energy, resources, renewal and the opportunity for success

As a diversity and inclusion consultant, I use a combination of coaching, strategic consulting and implementation to help you and your company or organization articulate and execute on your vision and ideas.

I hold a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University and am an Advanced Certified Coach with the Gaia Project for Women's Leadership. I am also a Myers-Briggs Certified Practitioner.

Here are some of the ways we can work together:

  • Equity and Inclusion Workshop Facilitation: for your organization

  • Inclusive Leadership Coaching: for you

  • Integrator-For-Hire: for business owners or organizational leaders

What is it like to work with me?

  • As COO, I work with CEOs to develop strategy and bridge into implementation, managing the team and making sure that all aspects of the business are in alignment with the overall vision and strategy.

  • As a consultant and outsider to a company, organization or individual, I can hold space for both the company and the individual’s best interests and see opportunities for where and how to align them.

  • My special talent is in assessing current conditions, listening to and validating concerns and needs, and envisioning possibilities while also seeing the steps that are needed to turn that vision into a reality.

  • I help people, teams, and organizations get unstuck.

  • I am naturally passionate, energetic and committed to what I believe in.

Want to find out more? Let’s talk.

Book a consult and let’s chat!

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What else should you know about me?

  • As an architect, I’ve worked for a small 4-person firm, various mid-sized firms, and the largest architecture firm in the world

  • I’ve managed multi-million dollar contracts, projects as large as 1.4m square feet, and a team that was billing at up to $100K/week

  • I’ve negotiated six and seven figure contracts and change orders

  • I’ve presented to billionaire company owners, as well as CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives at major brands

  • I’ve helped to pitch and win major architectural projects

  • I’ve helped to manage multi-million dollar profit centers - assigning resources, designing a performance evaluation system, reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, leading in-house strategic planning, implementing team and professional development programs and providing project manager training

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I stand for people.

And here’s what I believe:

I believe that when we allow people to align with the greatest value that they can create, their innate preferences, and what naturally energizes them, and when they can understand how to help others to do the same, we can all increase our impact without sacrificing ourselves or others in the process.

I believe in the power of acceptance as a means of understanding what is - it doesn’t mean we have to like it or that we can’t work towards changing it, but we first have to face the reality of where we are starting from.

I believe that boundaries are essential to protect ourselves and each other, and that being assertive means advocating for ourselves without stepping on others.

I believe in speaking up and using our voices, but also in understanding the reasons why this might be hard or downright dangerous for ourselves or others to do so.

I believe that understanding the four levels of oppression (internalized, interpersonal, institutional and systemic) and how they are interrelated is foundational in bringing about change.

I believe that inclusive leadership leads to increased creativity and innovation.

I believe that community has the power to dismantle existing hierarchies that are harmful to all.

I believe that we need to listen with the same passion that we want to be heard.

I believe that cultivating women, including women of color, as leaders will make the world a better place for all.

Want to find out more about bringing me in to work with your company or organization, or working with me as your coach?

Let’s talk.

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Bio

Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a diversity & inclusion consultant with a focus on leadership & team development, gender & race equity, and business integration.

Her mission is to help leaders at every level to integrate inclusion into their companies, organizations, communities and lives in order to do their best work and support others to do the same.

She does this through a combination of coaching, strategic consulting, workshop facilitation and implementation so you can execute on your vision and ideas.

In addition to taking on internal leadership roles with companies, Alethea maintains an independent coaching and consulting practice (http://aletheafitzpatrick.com). She is an Advanced Certified Coach with the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership where she also served as COO, an MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified Practitioner, and the Co-Founder of Going There: Brave Spaces for Healthy Conversations @ [Race].

Alethea was previously a family and brand photographer and the founder of Photosanity where she helped parents find joy and connection through photographing their kids.

Alethea started out her career as licensed architect and gained almost 20 years of experience managing workplace strategy and corporate headquarters projects for clients such as Time Warner, Nike, Sony, Nokia, MTV Networks, Aileron, and Alexander McQueen. She was an Associate at STUDIOS Architecture, Senior Associate at Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, and Associate and Senior Project Manager at Gensler.

Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her 10 and 7 year old boys.

Alethea has been interviewed on 1010WINS and featured in The Daily Mail, Cool Mom Picks, Apartment Therapy, Ask Moxie, Mom365, The Gaia Project for Women's Leadership, and A Child Grows in Brooklyn.