BOOK CLUB: Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Thursday, November 05, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtually through ZOOM
  • 6


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CCEU's:  1 Core Competency; .5 Resource Development

by Michelle Obama

Thursday, November 5, 2020
11:30am - 1:00pm


On the surface of things, Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming seems like a light-hearted, congenial memoir of the former First Lady of the United States. Looking deeper, however, we are treated to the journey of a smart, talented, vulnerable, African American woman’s life journey that began from doing what others might approve of to creating a pivotal, influential place on the world stage.  

The story of Michelle Obama’s Becoming reflects that of many coaches and their clients - starting from a place of trying to feel good enough and moving toward the creation and manifestation of a life created around deep purpose and a desire to have significant impact.  

As coaches, we can apply Michelle Obama’s life lessons in two main ways:

  • Our own life journeys - An opportunity to ponder our own journeys and desires for impact

  • Supporting our clients’ journeys - An array of thoughts and questions created on the road from living for approval to living on purpose and for impact 

In this Q4 Book Club event, Kioka Dunston, PCC and Susan Westbrook, PCC will facilitate a discussion of the book Becoming and its connections to the stories of the Book Club participants’ lives, purposes, and impacts.

“...Barack and I continued a conversation that we’d been having in one form or another for years - about impact, about how and where each one of us could make a difference,  how best to apportion our time and energy.” Becoming, pg. 186-187

Questions for Preparation:

What have you experienced when you have taken paths others thought best for you?

2. What has happened when you have made trying to get approval from others the central focus of your life choices?

3.  How/In what ways did you see yourself in Michelle Obama’s story?

4.  How did you see the ICF-Raleigh Chapter and its potential for impact in the story of Becoming?

“Life is short and not to be wasted. If I died, I didn’t want people remembering me for the stacks of legal briefs I’d written or corporate trademarks I’d helped defend.  I felt certain I had something more to offer the world.  It was time to make a move.”  Becoming, pg 146

PLEASE NOTE:  At the beginning of each meeting we will have a 10-15 minute summary and review of the book.  Even if you didn't have time to read the whole book, we will make sure you feel part of the club.

Co-Facilitator:  Kioka Dunston, PCC, CPEC, CALC

As the creator of kiokacoaching, a life and work coaching practice supporting professionals and leaders who believe in their right to enjoy soul-satisfying work,Kioka Dunston’s zone of genius includes gently cultivating authentic and loving expression of courage, creativity, communion/community and intuition to realize work/life fulfillment. 

Kioka is based in Durham, NC and, after 25 years in Accounting and HR supporting thousands of associates and leaders in mostly Fortune 500 companies, and with the support of her own personal coach, she leaped into coaching. Kioka is a graduate of the CaPP (Coaching and Positive Psychology) Institute. She has also served on the Board of the Raleigh Charter Chapter of ICF and as an instructor at Raleigh Coaching Academy.

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Co-Facilitator:  Susan Westbrook, PhD, PCC, XCC

Advocating for full expression and encouraging people to live from their dreams, Susan Westbrook has spent 40-plus years creating transcendent cultures in schools and organizations. Rarely a follower, Susan has dedicated her life to investigating, questioning, and shifting traditional systems to better match the people they serve.  

Over her 4-decade career, Susan has

•  Created alternative classroom programs for students and teachers

•  Founded and developed an inclusive charter school environment for at-risk students

•  Stretched the boundaries of her genius living and working as a chef in France

•  Explored the edges of consciousness as a Reiki Master and author of The Five Tibetans Yoga Workshop: Tone Your Body and Transform Your Mind

•  Traveled to Florence, Italy to write a book for coaches based on the life of Michelangelo

Labeled a “gifted life coach, mentor, teacher, and lighthouse” Susan’s clients are “Michelangelos” - people who courageously create lives that take them toward their sacred callings.  She is a CTI-trained coach (2006), and a graduate of the Assenter Executive Coach Certification and Lucid Living's Great Story Breakthrough Coaching program. Susan is a former  Programs Chair of ICF-Raleigh (NC) Area Chapter. 

In her upcoming book, Who’s Coaching Michelangelo?: Helping Clients Master the Art of Their Genius, Susan explores the insufficiencies and responsibilities of the current coaching culture to provide support, inspiration, and forward movement for people whose genius can change the world for the better.

You can connect with Susan at


Meeting will be held remotely through ZOOM

Registration Fees:
Members:  Free

Affiliates:  Free

Students:  Free

Partners - ATD-RTA & TODN:  Free

Guests:  $5

Contact us if you have any Book Club questions.

*To be eligible for the CCEU credit for this program, please show up on time and stay for the entire event.

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