I am a certified Life Coach and Mediator who specializes in the not for profit sector. I have worked in the not for profit sector for more than 21 years.
My services as a consultant include; Executive, individual and team coaching, Board mentoring, program development, strategic planning, advocacy and community mediation.
I am an Associate Certified Coach (A.C.C.) by the International Coach Federation and an ADLER Trained Coach (A.T.C.) through the ADLER Faculty of Professional Coaching . I am a trained mediator holding an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor.
I am a former Co-Chair of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA) and served on this provincial advisory committee for 12 years.
Recently, I served as the Executive Director of the Ontario AIDS Network, a provincial charity with 45 member organizations. Previously, I worked as the Director of Marketing and Development at the National office of the Canadian Mental Health Association .
I am a former Chair of the AIDS Committee of Toronto and of Federated Health Charities.
I am a Co-Founder of the Positive Leadership Development Institute, a nation-wide training program in leadership, communications and board governance that has supported more than 700 graduates across Canada and in Australia.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University. In addition, I have completed the Canadian Securities Course and held a Registered Representative designation working for a securities firm.
My work-life in the private sector included 23 years of management experience in marketing and sales.
You will find more information on my professional experience on www.linkedin.com the listing is for RICHARD Kennedy, President of Kennedy Coaching & Consulting.
Rick has worked for many years in HIV/ AIDS related work He provides organizational training on how valuing the lived experience of people who seek services in the not for profit sector is important.
In the HIV sector, policy development work has focused on the principle of the Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS, known as “GIPA”. This principle states that GIPA work is based in human rights and it continues to challenge and reshape how people with lived experience of HIV and social exclusion are welcomed to partner and lead in Canada and the global response to HIV. Rick works together with community based organization to consider how issues of power, and privilege, affect how they work together with and for their clients. In 2020 he developed a “Living + Leading” approach that challenges the assumptions that the GIPA approach is merely about inclusion. He believes that it is about “Living + Leadership.”
He believes that GIPA should clearly recognize the “Greatness Inherent in People with HIV”. GIPA is a principle that is wrapped up within a proud legacy, it is an inheritance, a call to action and commitment. People with HIV, are not an “add on” to be included, not the recipients of an invitation to merely validate a conversation that would have taken place without them. The invitation originates with the people that HIV has already sought out and invaded, people with HIV.