Healing The Divide in Times of Uncertainty

Situations like the one we are now living through are why the acronym VUCA was created.  No doubt, we are living in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times.  And when the VUCA hits the fan, we at Learning in Action want to be in it with you, supporting you through it.

Heal The Divide Mission

Learning in Action is committed to healing the divide within and between people. Healing the divide within and between is the work that connects the world.  Healing our dividedness from our essence will heal the dividedness between us. We dream of a world in which when one of us hurts, we all feel it.  And we run to the aid of the other just as we would to our own.  We envision a world in which there is a realization that we are separate and connected and ONE. 

Heal The Divide Podinar Series

(podcast + webinar = podinar)

Learning In Action's FREE monthly Heal The Divide Podinar series informs, educates, and inspires us all to go out in the world and heal the ways we are divided from our essence and divided from each other. The intent of our podinars is to champion transformative change by supporting anyone who works in a role facilitating change in others. We do that by introducing a community of change agents to thought leaders, providing opportunities for professional development, and creating experiences that inspire, inform and build community.

Join us for our next podinar with special guest Cynthia Loy Darst on January 21, 2022 on Who’s Coaching Your Client: Exploring Your Inside Team.


Feeling as a Path to Meaning: Coaching Clients Who Feel Too Little or Feel Too Much

In this two-session training, you will:

  • Explore different ways to coach clients who don't tend to access one or more of their feeling dimensions, and clients who cannot regulate, process, or make sense of their emotions.
  • Dig beneath the surface to connect the client with themself and what matters.
  • Review how to support your clients in attending to their emotional experience, developing emotional literacy, and processing their emotions to access their meaning and purpose.
  • Learn how to help your clients become unstuck from their emotions and move forward to create meaning in their life.

Join us for this experiential and practical live, virtual two-session course on February 25 and March 4, 2022.

Together at Home, Free IOC Sponsored Event for Coaches

Together at Home is a free, monthly, one-hour live, virtual event for coaches with the intention to connect with each other, connect with ourselves and explore our experience... together. As coaches we focus on supporting our clients and Together at Home is intended to provide that same support to you as a coach.

Each live, virtual monthly event will include:

  • Grounding meditation
  • Brief introduction of the theme for the month
  • Small group discussion, exploration, and connection
  • Closing meditation

Together At Home is sponsored by the Institute of Coaching DC Area Roundtable. Register to join us every 2nd Friday of the month at 12 pm ET.

The EQ Profile

Leverage the impact of your coaching by going deeper faster with the only EQ assessment that doesn't rely on self-reporting.

The EQ Profile is the only simulation-based emotional and relational intelligence instrument that tracks and captures our internal experience under stress, revealing what we can’t see about ourselves and how our reactions influence how we relate to others.

  • It's about relationships
  • The only non-self-reporting EQ Instrument
  • It's about creating more choice

EQ Certification Training

Are you interested in going deeper faster with clients and helping them breakthrough in weeks instead of months?

The 100% virtual and like-in-person EQ Certification Training program is strategically designed to help you develop and refine your understanding of the internal world of your clients and how you see it through the clarifying lens of the EQ Profile.

Learn how to…

  • Shorten the length of time it takes to go deep, below the surface, into really substantive issues with your clients.
  • Help your clients see themselves more clearly and allow them to feel seen and recognized.
  • See the hidden patterns that are driving your client’s derailing behavior and connect your clients’ narratives with how they are relating to themselves, others and the world.
  • and more...

Common Coaching Blindspots Exposed

Take a journey through Common Coaching Blindspots Exposed, a self-paced course to increase your level of presence in your coaching practice by cultivating awareness of your inner experience. You’ll be introduced to methods of identifying and integrating common blindspots into your awareness to enhance your relationship with your clients and facilitate meaningful and transformative change.

In this 11-module on-demand course, you’ll learn:

  • Predictable ways your blindspots show up in your coaching
  • The most common coaching blindspots patterns
  • Ways to authentically see yourself in your coaching
  • Strategies for identifying blind spots and trying on new behaviors

Join now to learn and reflect at your own pace for only $29.

Moving Through Fear

An interactive, on-demand course designed to engage your innate capacity to understand, accept, move through and use your experience of fear to your benefit. Learn the steps you can take to name, tame, sit with and move through fear into a place of acceptance and possibility.

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Recent Articles

The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Narrative Coaching

What’s the relationship between emotional intelligence and narrative coaching? At Learning In Action, we see a distinct way that these two concepts come together. Merging emotional intelligence and narrative coaching supports us in seeing how the stories we created in our past keep us separate from our inner selves and from others, and have the power to ultimately hold us back from reaching our true potential.

Emotional intelligence is commonly defined as a cluster of inner capacities that include empathy, self-reflection, and self-regulation. At Learning In Action, we agree with this definition, and when we look deeper, we see that what truly matters is examining what drives our ability to be empathetic, to be self-aware, and to self-regulate — and that is our recognition that we are all one. When we’re not able to be with each other and respond to each other in an emotionally and relationally intelligent way, for many of us it’s because we’ve built up barriers in our own hearts. We have created a separation between our own divinity and that in others.


Coaching the Client’s Self Rather Than Their Parts with Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS Institute

“Self isn't a psychological concept, it's a much more of a spiritual essence that can be in us and can be a field around us. How we treat our body and how much we unburden ourselves allows more of it to be in us. My vision is that if we could bring enough Self to this planet, things would change very quickly. — Dr. Richard Schwartz

What if we had a roadmap for our clients to gain greater awareness of what their parts are and what might be influencing them? In this session, Alison Whitmire, President of Learning in Action, is joined by Dr. Richard Swartz to explore what the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is and how coaches can work with their clients to develop a relationship with all of their parts and support their client’s development of Self-leadership.


Our Team

Alison Whitmire, P.C.C, President

Alison Whitmire is the President of Learning in Action, a company committed to revealing derailing blindspots and creating awareness resulting in breakthroughs. She is an authority in the Emotional and Relational Intelligence, which focuses on our innate capacity to be in relationship with others, even in times of conflict and how we can develop that capacity through conscious awareness and intention.

Alison is a Professional Certified Coach, a Master EQ Practitioner and a Certified Narrative Coach. She has thousands of hours of experience coaching CEOs and business owners. She is certified as a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher and is currently enrolled in a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program. Alison is a TEDx speaker and a 3 time TEDx Conference organizer.

Dana Beasley, Customer Service

Dana has a passion for helping people extend their learning and development while supporting Learning in Action as their Customer Service Manager. She is the go-to person should you have any questions related to training, EQ Profiles and more.

Sherryl Christie, Master Practitioner

Sherryl has over 10 years of dedicated experience administering and interpreting the EQ Profile through Learning in Action. She is a certified Master Practitioner and assists with EQ Certification training as a teacher.

Shani Feyen, Director of Training

Shani Feyen, MA, CPCC, serves as Director of Training, Learning and Development. Her passion is to design and facilitate meaningful learning and development opportunities for self-awareness, relationship building, and diversity & belonging.

Bonnie Hovel, Master Practitioner

Bonnie has years of dedicated experience administering and interpreting the EQ Profile through Learning in Action. She is a certified Master Practitioner and assists with EQ Certification training as a teacher.

Ken Kido, Business Development and Operations

Ken is co-owner of Learning in Action and a highly accomplished executive with 30+ years of leading organizations through major transformations and strategic shifts.

Denisse Lebron, Digital Marketing Director

Denisse is a creative and results-focused marketing and growth strategist with over a decade of experience in digital marketing. She supports Learning in Action with all things marketing and marketing operations.

Megan Minks, Operations Manager

Megan is a talented, detail-oriented Operations Manager. She plays a vital role in leading and supporting the team and overseeing Learning In Action's operations processes.