THE PRISM AWARD

06/30/2017

Radiant Health Institute (RHI), a prominent Nashville-based professional coach training school, and Dez Stephens, its Founder & CEO, is awarded the Prism Award for Cultural Impact by ICF Tennessee, a chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Mayor Megan Barry of Nashville proclaimed May 15-22, 2017, as "International Coaching Week" to coincide with ICF's celebration of the same name.

RHI founder, Dez Stephens, says, "We are so honored and humbled by this award because it is given by our highly esteemed professional coach colleagues and peers within the state of Tennessee. Since our inception in 2012, we have focused on advancing the coaching careers of our US-based trainees and also the people of both Honduras and Panama. Both of these countries, according to ICF, are part of the fastest-growing areas on the planet for professional coaching - The Caribbean and Latin America. In October of 2015, we trained 50 women on full scholarship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras."

RHI offers 65 ICF-accredited hours with its certification. Dez's Nashville-based training school conducted its pilot program on Vanderbilt University's campus in April of 2012 through an official student organization she co-formed with students there. After conducting multiple in-person trainings in Nashville and Atlanta, Dez ventured out of the United States in October of 2015 for her first international training. Invited to Honduras by Shannon Kring, United Nations liaison and Honduran Goodwill Ambassador, Dez headed to Honduras to see how she could help women with few career opportunities build professional coaching careers. Kring has since become RHI's ambassador to Honduras, Portugal and Spain.

Then Dez returned in February of 2016 to finish an advanced training with 25 women and then begin a new co-ed training cycle since men there showed a strong interest in professional coaching as well. The training of these 75+ Hondurans (many of whom traveled from many different regions of Honduras) and the subsequent certifications of some have made a tremendous difference for them professionally and many other Hondurans. Self-empowerment workshops, television appearances, corporate coaching and life coaching have permeated into churches, businesses and beyond. Also, a small group of Radiant Health Institute's trainees have formed a formal coaching association since ICF does not yet have a chapter in Honduras.


Next became RHI's Holistic Coach Certification training in Panama City, Panama (not on full scholarship) in May of 2016 and then again in April of 2017 - training a total of 25 coaches so far there in Central America's "business center" city. Dez will return with her team of co-trainers to Panama in January of 2018 to continue advanced trainings and new training cycles.


Radiant Health Institute celebrated its fifth anniversary in April of 2017 with over 300 professional coaches trained and five published books co-authored by RHI coaches. They also produce "Radiant Retreats" both locally in Nashville and beyond with coach graduates as educators. Future trainings are planned for many international countries including Portugal and Spain in September, 2017. RHI is also launched its "Radiant Coaches" app in April of 2017 to offer interactive online courses to a global audience - all provided by the graduates of RHI.

About Dez Stephens

Dez Stephens is the founder of Radiant Health Institute, a social enterprise and prominent coach training school that certifies individuals as holistic life coaches, wellness coaches and business coaches. The primary purpose of Radiant Health Institute is to enhance lives through special events, holistic coach training and meaningful publishing. Dez is a certified professional coach, master trainer and marketing strategist who is known for her great insight and compassionate support.

About Radiant Health Institute
Radiant Health Institute, founded in April of 2012, is a social enterprise and prominent coach training school that certifies holistic life coaches, wellness coaches and business coaches. The primary purpose of Radiant Health Institute is to enhance lives through special events, holistic coach training and meaningful publishing. More information available at RadiantCoaches.com.


About ICF Tennessee
ICF Tennessee (ICFTN) is a nonprofit professional organization affiliated with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and upholds the standards and ethics set forth by the ICF. ICFTN is committed to developing the coaching field by maintaining a professional designation. More information available at icftn.org.