225: GSF Academy First-Gen BIPOC Group Coaching Info Session

225: GSF Academy First-Gen BIPOC Group Coaching Info Session


For this episode, I offer an in-depth overview of my GSF Academy signature group coaching program, The Grad School Femtoring Academy, an eight-week group coaching program specifically designed for first-generation BIPOC individuals.

The program teaches the foundations of personal development and sustainable productivity. In the episode, I walk you through  the structure of the program, the learning modules, and the benefits of joining such as on-demand workshops, live coaching sessions, accountability co-working sessions, a 90-minute 1:1 coaching session with me, and unlimited email support.

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225: GSF Academy First-Gen BIPOC Group Coaching Info Session


[00:00:00] Welcome back everyone, to another episode of the Grad School Femtoring podcast. This is your host, Doctora Yvette. Today's episode is going to be a short information session on my Grad School Femtoring Academy. If you recently caught up on some of my recent episodes, the ones, the two that I released, uh, at the beginning of January, you might have heard I put in a short

Clip to announce that I have reopened enrollment for my grad school Fem Touring Academy, which is an eight week group coaching program for first Gen Bipoc who want to learn the foundations of personal development and sustainable productivity. This is my signature group coaching program and, um, I've released, um,

Some information about the program on social media, but I know that I have some folks who . Only follow my work through the podcast. And [00:01:00] so I thought, let me share some information about the program for folks who are interested, who want to learn more, who don't have time to get on a one-on-one consultation call with me.

And you know, who might not otherwise check out the information that I have listed on my social media or on my website. So if I, you know, had a little bit more time, I would record an entire webinar or some sort of, uh, workshop for this. I'm actually thinking of doing this. Perhaps the next time I run the program is offer

A free time and energy management workshop, a workshop I've been paid to give to, um, institutions and entities in the past, and offer it to the audience, to everybody who shows up for free and have the first hour be the free workshop. And then the last half hour, share a little bit about my grad school Femme Train Academy and offer a resource to folks.

[00:02:00] That are there, you know, to thank them. Uh, but just to, you know, incentivize it, to make it so that it's worth your time to come learn some new tools and strategies. And if you wanna stay and hang out and learn more about my academy, you can get all your questions answered there, and if not, you can leave right after the workshop.

So, I'm thinking of doing that. Next time around, I don't have the capacity to do it this time, and I'm all about doing work in a way that honors my needs. And so I thought, well, how can I provide this information? What is the next best thing that I can do that works within my capacity levels right now?

And that is . Record an episode record, an impromptu unscripted episode where I tell you a little bit more about the grad school Fem Touring Academy. If you've been curious about it and you want to know, okay, like what are the details? Tell me more. So let me say a little bit [00:03:00] more about . How the academy even came to be.

I've been running my business, my coaching business, grad school, fem touring LLC since the end of 2021. That was when I left my job directing a grad school preparation program and decided to move abroad and pursue entrepreneurship. In that time, during my first year, which I consider my first full year of my business, in 2022, I started working with one-on-one clients.

I wasn't doing group coaching at all. I wasn't even interested in offering that, to be frank with you, because I love one-on-one work. I . Thrive in that space. I'm an introvert. I love getting deep and vulnerable in one-on-one sessions. I love the way that I can tailor [00:04:00] what I do in one-on-one sessions, and, um, in those one-On-one sessions, I started to notice some common threads, some overarching themes.

I've been known for many, many years as someone who has supported people with applying to grad school and then . As I became a mentor and femtor to folks continuing to informally support folks as they were navigating their graduate programs too, so that I knew that was a core part of my business. But the other thing I didn't realize is that a big part of my business had to do with a big part of me and what I love and what I'm really good at.

And I realized, okay, well . What am I really good at? I'm really good at planning. I'm really good at organizing. I'm really good at structuring. And then I also started to acknowledge, you know what? [00:05:00] I have had to learn so many tools and strategies just to survive because of living with chronic illnesses that I started to.

Identify that as another thing. People were coming to me to learn, like, how do you do it? How do you run a business where you have a podcast where you're coaching people, one-on-one where you're writing a book, where you're showing up on social media, where you're doing speaking engagements while you have two kids at home while navigating chronic illnesses.

And then I started to become . A little bit more vocal about my neurodivergence. I think that when I first learned about my son's Neurodivergence, this was. Uh, probably about seven years ago there wasn't a lot of information and at that time it didn't click right away for me that I was neurodivergent. It wasn't until I started to learn more about it and then [00:06:00] eventually embrace that I identity that.

Um, I started to realize this is a thing in my work too. I am very much interested in strengthening . My executive executive functioning skills or find ways to work with the skills if I cannot do anything about them. So for instance, I cannot do anything that I know of right now to necessarily drastically change my memory issues.

I have really bad short-term, long-term and working memory. , but I've figured out ways to make it work. Even though I , I can literally be doing something one second and then two seconds later forget what I'm doing. I've figured out ways to make it work. So in doing this kind of reflective and uh, assessing my work, 'cause I'm a big fan of assessing.[00:07:00]

The work that I do with folks one-on-one, and also now in my group programs, I started to discover what are people saying about their work with me? They were saying, wow, I feel like I learned a lot of concrete skills. I. I gained a sense of empowerment. I increased my self-confidence. I feel less alone. I strengthen my writing skills.

I, uh, strengthen my time and project management skills. I have a system that works for me, and that's when I realized, okay, the overarching threads in my work are not necessarily the grad school stuff, although that is still a key component. It is actually what I call the sustainable productivity and personal development piece.

I have for a while been a big fan of learning about personal development and while I have my critiques of the field. . [00:08:00] It is a very white space. It is a very, um, male dominated space. It is a very, you know, middle class and wealthy space, and I don't see myself centered in those voices. It's also a very ableist space, to be frank, there's so many folks in personal development and productivity spaces who offer highly a ableist advice.

They're like, oh, you struggling with procrastinate, procrastination? Just get your shit together. It's like no . It's actually much more complex than that, and you're refusing to acknowledge . The systemic issues that are getting in the way of a lot of people reaching their goals and living their best life.

So all of this led me to realizing, wow, this is a thing. Sustainable productivity, personal development is a core piece of what I do. Whether I had a name for it before or not, I was already doing that. So that's when [00:09:00] last year, . I started working with my business coach and her name is Cynthia Pong. I'm gonna have her on the show soon.

She's so awesome. Y'all are gonna know exactly why I work with her and gonna wanna meet her and work with her too once you hear the episode. She's so dope. I started working with her one-on-one, and then later in a group capacity, and I realized, wow. , I have something here. I can put this together into a curriculum.

I can develop this into a program and why not share this in a way where I can build community? And I was a little bit hesitant, I'm not gonna lie. I was like, I don't know. Are people gonna participate? Are people gonna show up? Are people gonna be engaged? I was, you know, skeptical. But I ran the program once.

I didn't open it to the public. It was actually a, I was actually, um, a university that hired me to offer the program to their students. So I ran it once with a [00:10:00] group of undergrads and then I ran it. A second time, but I cont I consider that my, my first official launch because it was the first time I opened it up to the public.

And tho that cohort, I call them my founding femes, they know who they are. There's five of them and they're also dope. I love them. They're really, really cool humans. Some who are still, you know, working with me in some, in some capacity. Um, so my founding Femes, that was the first public cohort I ran that program,

and I realized, oh shit, this is a thing like the, there's so much potential here. And I was still feeling like. There's a lot more that I can do to strengthen the program. So I took the feedback that I got from that program and I implemented it to run the program that I'm launching now. I was gonna launch it again last fall, and.

So many things came up for me at the time that [00:11:00] I thought, no, I, uh, want to give myself the time and the space and the energy to develop it and launch it in a way that feels good for me. I don't wanna just do it just to do it. So I put a pause on it. They're even a couple folks that were interested in. I put them on the wait list.

I've since notified them, and I know of at least one of them who's gonna sign up this cycle. So I'm glad that the dates work for this individual. But anyway, so now . , what is the program? What does it look like and why am I so excited about it? So it's eight weeks long and in the eight weeks you, uh, will get indefinite access to my modules.

There are six modules and that's not even, uh, the core of it. The six modules are six 50 to hour long workshops. So you get a lot of material in addition to that . All of the handouts, all of the resources, all of the exercises, [00:12:00] all of the tutorials that I have provided to my one-on-one clients. I pull them all together into one space, which is, you know,

The, the course platform where the modules are and organize them by the different themes. So what are the themes of the different modules? Um, I'll go through them right now. So first week is all just, what's the intro? The one-on-one, what's personal development? What's sustainable productivity? So the introduction to that is week one.

Week two, we talk about goal setting. We talk about action planning. Week three and four, we talk about time and project management, and that's a big module. There's way too much, in fact, I should have broken it up into two now that I'm thinking back at it, and maybe at some point I will. But that one, that module's so big that we're gonna go through it, um, between two weeks.

So that one's gonna be split up. Um, even though it's one recording, one [00:13:00] module, there's so many tutorials and things that. We're gonna be covering that. We're gonna, I'm gonna give folks two weeks to go through all that material. Then we're gonna talk about wellness, self-care, community care. That one's a big one.

Um, there's, it's not big in terms of it being a lot of material. It's just big in terms of the importance of that topic, especially for first Gen Bipoc. Then we've got a week where I talk about lifestyle design, growth, mindset, redefining success. I actually, um, pulled from that to develop one of my signature workshops.

I have three signature workshops that I offer to the public, that I give to university colleges and universities nationwide. And a lot of that information is actually from this module on lifestyle design. So you won't wanna miss that one because I know for a fact that one of the exercises that I provide in that module has made a[00:14:00]

Big difference to a bunch of my clients 'cause I've shared it to different, with different people in different settings. And then the last module is all about habits, prioritization, accountability, and how to assess yourself over time. So those are the topics, in my opinion, that's not even the most valuable part of the program.

The most valuable part of the program, I realized I'm not even like highlighting it. I, I don't know why I did this. I was checking my social media posts and I thought to myself, wow. Um, I didn't even talk about the most valuable piece of the program. I'm like, maybe this is why, uh, not a lot of people have signed up yet.

So the most valuable part of the program is the community piece and the live coaching part, aspects of it. So you get four . Hour and a half live coaching sessions with me, and each of them is gonna be dedicated to different topics from that week. So I'll have a little bit of time. [00:15:00] This is actually another thing, I didn't even mention that, but

Another way that I've improved the program is I'm gonna dedicate the first five to 10 minutes for review so that if anyone who shows up didn't get to review the material that week, I can give a quick five to 10 minute version of it so they're all caught up, and then we go into answering and live coaching.

So any questions that you have, I'm there to answer them on the spot. so that there's four of those and there's also four live accountability meetings. These are the peer sessions or accountability sessions? It's co-working sessions. So we're there, we show up, we set timers, we do the work. I'm gonna be there in the future.

I'm not sure if I'm gonna be there for all the, the. Uh, coworking sessions. But for now, for this program that I'm running this time around, you're gonna see me every week for eight weeks. So you're gonna see me right now. I have it scheduled for Fridays [00:16:00] two to three 30 Pacific time. That may change if the bulk of the group has scheduling issues.

I'm gonna prioritize the time that works for most people in there. So for now, you know, we can plan for Fridays 2:00 PM Pacific Time. two, you know, two to 3 31 week's gonna be live group coaching. The next week is gonna be, we're gonna alternate and have a coworking session. That is the most valuable part of it because that is forcing you to take action and to do the work and to be in community.

Then next after that, and actually some people say this is the single most valuable thing, but in my opinion. . I don't know. I think feel like it's the second most valuable thing because I really do think it's the community aspect of it is the big, biggest part of this program. But, okay. The second, in my opinion, most powerful or most, um, valuable part of the program [00:17:00] is the 90 minute.

One-on-one coaching session you have with me and I give you a couple of topics of things that we can do during that time. I'll give you some examples of how folks have used their time. Some, uh, some folks have, uh, had me help them develop a dissertation or graduation timeline. So scoping out every month what they need to do from now until the month and day that they graduate.

I've also helped people with strategizing around their time management. So doing a time management audit. Where's your time going? What's taking up most of your time? What's taking up a lot of your energy? Where can you delegate? Where can, what things can you say no to? Setting boundaries or really strategizing around what are the things you're gonna do to improve your time management?

and I've also had, uh, a few sessions. I'm trying to think about what else we covered. 'cause I know a lot of folks decided to work [00:18:00] on timelines and action plans and, um, time management. Oh, and then some folks wanted me to dive in and actually teach them in depth how to use some sort of . Uh, software app program.

So, you know, some folks want me to like, dive in to teach them how to use ai, like spending a whole hour and a half, like just let's go over different ai, um, . Options. So chat, GPT, binging cloud ai or going over citation management software, going over task management apps, going over their calendaring, going over their email.

So coming up with a system. Um, that's how I've used the time with, with folks, participants in the program as well. So if that's something that you feel like I would love one session where . Dr. VE helps me to create, you know, [00:19:00] an, uh, a workflow and a system around my email or around my, you know, time management, my calendaring, or my task management.

We can do that too. , those are some ideas. Those are the most valuable things. So in short, I know I've, I said it was gonna be a short episode and I'm already going on and on. Um, so in short, you get six on demand workshops. They're already there, like you can access them now. If you sign up today, you instantly get access to the workshops.

You instantly get access to all the bonuses. I didn't even talk about the bonuses. There's over a dozen bonuses of. There's so many pages of material and tutorials for you to check out on your own time. I'm not gonna go through them. If you wanna see the list, you can go to grad school fm train.com/academy to take a look at the list of bonuses, but you get the workshops, you get the four.

Group coaching sessions, you get the four accountability [00:20:00] co-working sessions. You get the 90 minute one-on-one session with me. You get unlimited email support during the eight weeks and support via Slack. That's, um, the chat, um, option that we use to communicate between the group. So not only do you get my input, but you get input from the group itself.

Um, and for now, you know, you're gonna have in indefinite access, um, I, I don't even know how to say it, indefinite or unlimited access to the materials because I transferred my, my materials from one platform to another. And this one I can keep people on for life for as long as this platform exists. And unless they go out of business and go bankrupt and this, uh, platform no longer exists, like I can keep y'all on on there.

Forever. So that's kind of nice that you can learn during the intensive eight weeks. But then if there's anything you didn't [00:21:00] get to cover, maybe you had a rough week, life happened, you can go back to it months later and still access the materials. Alright, that is all I wanted to say. Let me see, let me see if there's anything else I wanna say.

I'm, I'm pulling up my website. Um, I guess the last thing I wanna say is that . , if you know you want to work on, you know, identifying your core values increasing or like improving your sense of discernment, like being able to make decisions in alignment with your values. If you wanna learn more about your strengths, your areas of growth, you wanna come up with a system that honors who you are.

If you want a lot of tools and skills and strategies, if you're one of those productivity nerds, oh my gosh, this program is for you because I am, I'm one of them too. If you wanna prioritize taking care of yourself and your community, you're gonna [00:22:00] wanna join the program. And if you just want support, if you want support, if you want community, if you want a place where you can de it, where that space is dedicated to you working on your.

Professional and personal goals, then you're gonna wanna sign up if you're feeling stuck, if you're struggling with procrastination, if you're feeling isolated, if you're really dealing with like, uh, imposter phenomenon and a sense of imm posturization. And again, you want to. Reduce or eliminate those things and you want to join the program.

Um, I do offer a, a bunch of different, uh, tiered and payment plan options, and I also have a scholarship. I've really thought this through of like, okay, what is the value of the program? How can I ensure that . I get paid while at the same time providing accessible pricing options. So there is a tiered pricing range for grad students and for [00:23:00] professionals.

There's also . Three options for payment plans. And if that doesn't work, there's a scholarship rate. You apply for the scholarship. It's available on my website. If you can't find it, email me. I'll send you the link right away. There's also a scholarship rate, and the scholarship rate too includes payment plans.

So don't tell me if you really wanna do this, don't tell me you can't afford it 'cause I can even send you an email. To send to your department or your employer to convince them to pay for it out of pocket for professional development purposes, so, . Again, I'm trying really, really hard to make this as accessible as possible, while not compromising my ability to support myself and my family.

'cause this is the way that I make a living. I, I'm not just doing this. You know, some folks are able to provide a lot of free services because they are salaried employees and [00:24:00] they're able to do this, uh, without worrying about how they're gonna pay their bills. I unfortunately don't have that option yet.

Maybe in the future I can find a donor, uh, , or maybe in the future I can apply and get a very competitive grant. I. And then I can offer these services completely free of charge. I can't do that right now. So the next best thing is to offer these tiered pricing options to offer the scholarship to offer, um, the different payment plans and to encourage you to reach out to the folks that you do work for so that you know if they have the funding for it, then

You can get it for free. So that's it. Please, please, please sign up if this sounds like the right program for you. The deadline to sign up is January 17th. I'm limiting it to 10 spots 'cause I do want it to be a small and tight knit group right now. [00:25:00] Two people have verbally said they're gonna sign up.

I'm not sure. We'll see. It's a first come first surf thing, so. . . The sooner you can sign up, the better, but if this is not the right time, I also don't wanna pressure you. I do hope to offer this program 1, 2, 3 more times this year, but at least one more time this year. Depends on how my book launch goes. If I get really, really busy, I'll probably only offer it one more time this year, but I

I remain committed to continuing to offer it, you know, I guess at least two times every year for from here on out, for as long as I can keep running my business. So thanks so much for listening to this episode. If you stayed, you know what? Oh my gosh, this is what I'm gonna do. If you stayed to the end, I'm gonna give you a

10% off coupon and I'm doing this on the spot. I'm not kidding you, I'm doing this on the spot. Gimme [00:26:00] a second so I can set it up for you. Otherwise I will forget and I don't wanna do that to you. Alright, so coupon for my podcast listeners to get 10% off and that is no small amount. That's, you know. I think that's a hundred dollars off of the rate of the full rate.

And that's for all of the options. That's for the payment plan options as well. So pod listener discount is gonna be you type in, ILOVEGSFPOD at the checkout page, so I-L-O-V-E-G-S-F-P-O-D. I love GSF pod, and it'll instantly give you 10% off. That's my, that's my thank you to you for listening all the way through to the end.

Okay, that's it for sure. This time. I will talk to you all next time.

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