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Bias Awareness (Dr. Melinda C. Hill)

  • Episode #20

How do you show up in the world? Are you honest and aware of your own biases? We have to really know ourselves first before we can grow personally and professionally and truly be of value to others without bias. The beauty of life is diversity, and the basis of integrating that diversity into our lives in a productive and healthy way lies in emotional intelligence. 

In this episode, the two Melindas dive into diversity and inclusion, how we all participate (consciously or not) and how simple it can be to affect real change. This episode is packed with practical information and delivered in a way that makes you wonder why everyone isn’t doing it!     
In this episode we discuss:

  • Why biases are innate and inevitable.
  • How to accept the inevitability of biases while becoming aware of them in ourselves and our clients.
  • The six steps to elevate inclusion.
  • Our responsibility as coaches to recognize biases in our own lives and what to do about it.
  • How we can make a real difference in the world by starting in our own homes and social circles.
  • When and how to point out issues of bias in a professional setting.
  • How to create a culture of connectedness and inspire authenticity.
  • How to celebrate diversity and work toward inclusion.
  • The importance of extending grace when confronting biases and intolerance.

“We can’t grow ourselves if we don’t know ourselves.” ”

“Diversity and inclusion is not that hard…just be aware of where you are.”

Dr. Melinda C. Hill

Dr. Melinda Hill is an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team. She is a speaker and facilitator and trains individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. With a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change, she has an extensive understanding of learning, training, and development and over 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups to strengthen commitments to personal and professional behavioral change.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:

Coaches Console
Dr. Melinda’s website 
Dr. Melinda’s LinkedIn


  • Guest: Dr. Melinda C Hill
  • Host: Melinda Cohan
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Scripted and assembled by: Michi Lantz 
  • Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
  • Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely

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Music and SFX credits: 

Track Title: Clouds
Artist Name(s): Acreage
Writer Name: Marshall Usinger

Track Title: Coastline Dream
Artist Name(s): Wild Sky
Writer Name: Adam Simons

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Stars & Trees
Artist Name(s): Outside The Sky
Writer Name: Dustin Ransom


Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”