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Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Coach

Gigi is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Credentialed Professional Performance Coach and Founder of Families Blossoming, a company she started 10+ years ago, due to her passion about providing transformative Professional Coaching and other related services initially to the NICU parent community but this has expanded to include a wide range of clientele.

Her clients include individuals and professional teams to medium to large-size organisations across the healthcare,
education, and corporate sectors. One of her niche areas is improving global maternal-infant health but her repertoire of services includes an emphasis on leadership, diversity, and empowerment wellness as well as strategy development.

She partners with several consultancy and research groups to deliver on a range of leadership development, inclusion and
diversity and organisational wellness initiatives. Gigi is a vocal advocate for equity in the healthcare and educational realms, initially due to her personal experience of being a NICU and bereaved mother parenting a medically fragile child from an underrepresented group. This has expanded to Gigi proactively using her advocacy skills to facilitate multi-system and sustainable change via her Board appointments.

In her private coaching practice, she coaches individuals and senior executives on a range of personal and professional topics, including but not limited to, leadership, confidence-building, mindfulness, communication, presence, empowerment, and career progression.

Gigi is an experienced speaker, presenter and facilitator having presented at conferences and seminars, and led several workshops and trainings internationally.

She is a free spirit, having lived and worked across several states in her home country of the USA and internationally as well as travelled to 17 countries (and counting). Through her travels, Gigi celebrates, learns, and applies lessons from the beauty, strength, and diversity of the human spirit she has encountered along the way in her coaching practice.

Gigi has almost 20 years of experience as a former healthcare professional holding a BSc (honours) in Occupational Therapy (USA), specializing in neurology, and has held senior clinical and strategic management roles both in the US and UK healthcare systems. She also holds a MSc in Health, Population and Society from The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Distinction) from The Coaching Academy (UK).

She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the NICU Parent Network (NPN) (formerly the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA), in the USA and is member of the Parent Advisory Board of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) in Germany. Gigi was recently appointed to the 1st Chair Committee of the Global Alliance for Newborn Care (GLANCE). She is a member of The International Coach Federation (ICF), the National Alliance for Patient Access, International
Coach Federation (ICF) and the ICF UK Charter Chapter.

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