Who is Going to Help the Helpers?
13 May 2020
Recently, a friend came to me with an idea of offering pro-bono coaching for health care workers and first responders. Caroline Webb, author of “How to Have a Good Day” and a Marshall Goldsmith MG100 Executive Coach, wanted a way to give back to those who are fighting on the front lines of this virus. Her challenge? There was no streamlined way to deliver the services, and no platform to help it scale. If Caroline wanted to build one to accommodate the program’s needs, she knew it would cost a large sum of money and three to four months lead time. She wanted something fast.
wiseHer and our entire team stepped up. You see, we built the wiseHer platform in service and with the belief that we rise by lifting others. In the original mission of wiseHer, that meant lifting up other women. In this case it means lifting the spirits and lightening the emotional burdens of those who are helping others - regardless of gender.
In just a couple of weeks, Caroline built a broad coalition of coaching organizations including the Harvard-based Institute of Coaching, the global Wellcoaches network, IBM's Blue Core Coaches, a number of chapters of the International Coach Federation, Georgetown’s Institute of Transformational Leadership, several of the Marshall Goldsmith MG100 Coaches, and many more--all of whom have come together on the platform to “help the helpers.” We now have over 400 coaches in the program, joined by our over 400 already on the platform and we are adding new ones daily.
wiseHer has offered up our platform, spending many staff hours and making platform modifications to bring this to fruition. We are proud to do so!
The program is now up and running and we are thrilled to announce that AT&T has also stepped up to provide critical funding support for the first three months of the program.
I’m also proud to say that our entire base of experts, coaches, mentors and consultants have also joined the initiative to help these heroes. The platform was built for overall business, career and personal advice, and we could not easily separate out the coaching of health care heroes from other activity on the platform--so our existing experts have ALL generously agreed to offer their services free of charge to program participants as well. As a result, whether the health care hero needs emotional support, help with advice in any area, the entire wiseHer community is ready to assist.
Here is a recent testimonial:
“As a Health care worker and the wife of a first responder Paramedic, I wanted to reach out and personally thank wiseHer and their coaches for this program. I needed some help with adjusting to working from home and changing to "the new normal." I was genuinely struggling. I found out about wiseHer through a Facebook post in our town's Facebook group. I scheduled a call with Cindy Lima, not knowing her or what to expect. The process was easy, and I was able to do the call at a convenient time for me, and her advice was invaluable. I can't thank you enough for offering this program. I've shared my experience with my colleagues as well as my husband's co-workers in hopes that they, too, can benefit from this valuable resource.”
The mission of this program, like the overall mission of wiseHer, is personal. My mom was a nurse for 40 years. Unfortunately, about 10 years ago she suffered a brain aneurysm that left her paraplegic. However, I know that if she were able to give her time and expertise she would be right there fighting beside those health care workers and first responders who are so selflessly giving of their skills to fight this virus.
How can you help? Please share this link to the program with anyone in your network that is a health care provider, front-line health care worker or first responder: Visitors fill out a short form and receive instructions to start getting the support they need.
If you know of any corporations that may be interested in funding the program, we now have an 501c3 -- the wiseHer Foundation as part of The Giving Back Fund, which will allow us to work with corporate giving -- we would appreciate any introductions. We want to continue the program for at a year, at least as we know the need will not end even when they virus is at bay.
Thank you to Caroline and her generous coalition of coaches. Thank you to the team that has formed around this, to make it happen: Margaret Moore, Erika Jackson, Om Lala, Phyllis Dealy, Andrea Brands, Andrew Bailey, Roman Smith. And to all those front-line health care workers--we see you, and we are here to help the helpers!