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Our Values & Commitments

Our Holistic Approach

Radiant Coaches Academy is a prominent international coach training school that certifies individuals to create vibrant, professional, private practices as holistic life coaches, wellness coaches and business coaches.

You’ve probably heard of coaching, as the industry has grown rapidly with the rise of the Internet (to the tune of multi-billions of dollars). Some of the biggest-name celebrities have hired coaches to help them meet personal or professional goals.

Just so we’re on the same page, here’s a definition of coaching from the International Coaching Federation:

“Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

In other words, coaching is a process by which coaches support clients in achieving their most important goals, and therefore, in becoming the best version of themselves.

Meet Our Founder - Dez

Dez Stephens is founder of Radiant Health Institute, a social enterprise comprised of holistic educators, providers and practitioners dedicated to enhancing lives through special events, holistic coach training and meaningful media. She is a credentialed coach, published author and expert trainer who is known for her great insight and compassionate support. Dez is a humanitarian coach, accidental activist, social entrepreneur, and planetary advocate.

Radiant Coaches Academy enhances lives through special events, holistic coach training and through the publication of books written by the academy’s coaches. The publications, available on Amazon, inspire readers to navigate life stages through reflection and growth.

Dez has coached professionally since 2005, and in 2012, founded Radiant Coaches Academy and has trained and certified over 1000 students in over 25 countries. In 2014, her training school earned the prestigious status of offering accredited hours through the International Coach Federation (ICF). In 2017, ICF of Tennessee honored her and her institute with the PRISM Award for the advancement of the coaching profession.

She received her life coach certification from Guiding Mindful Change in 2005 and also holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through ICF. 

Contact Dez at dez@radiantcoaches.com.

Our Passion and Dedication

Our Mission

To inspire and educate at the highest level of quality.
To grow our business with integrity and authenticity.
To provide long-lasting support of our students.
To sustain our practices as a way of social change.
To be a positive force in the world for all humankind.
To nurture our community to support their professional coaching practices.

Our Vision

Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to providing affordable and accessible professional coach training to all communities.
Radiant was founded with the passion to drive positive change for its students and graduates along with their clients and customers.
Radiant continues to offer the very best education to people who truly care for others and seek to serve people to live their best lives.

Learning Philosophy

Our learning philosophy focuses on supporting individual students at their pace and differing educational styles. We delivery a balance of holistic approaches and scientifically based approaches.
We ensure that our trainees fully understand the core competencies from the International Coaching Federation. We manage our teachings as appropriate ethically and aligned with our values of integrity. transparency and quality.
We provide student strategies that uphold our goals of motivating and educating our trainees no matter their challenges or characteristics. All are welcome to become the best coaches.

Our Certifications

Radiant Health Institute is certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).


Here’s the International Coaching Federation‘s Statement of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice. This statement of principles will be the cornerstone of the Association’s work in this space, and it reflects a position they invite every ICF Member, Credential-holder and accredited training provider to subscribe to:

“ICF Members and Credential-holders live and work in more than 140 countries and territories. ICF is a vibrant global community committed to the shared vision of making coaching an integral part of a thriving society. Our mission is to lead the global advancement of coaching. To do this, we must reflect on our blind spots and be aware of opportunities for improvement. We cannot ignore the challenges that many coaches and coaching clients face due to systemic problems in their communities. As members of the ICF community, we ascribe to the core values of integrity, excellence, collaboration and respect. The foundation of these values is a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice. We will place diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make within our Association. As we continue the journey toward our vision, we will recommit ourselves to valuing the unique talents, insights and experiences that every coach and client brings to the world.”

Reviews from our Graduates

“Radiant Coaches Academy is such a balm to my soul. It is an incredibly supportive, nourishing, and welcoming space for coaches...

Lana Joe California (USA)

“I would highly recommend Radiant Coaches Academy as a space to continue to learn and develop your passions related to your coaching practice and the skills associated with it...

Nick Reich Indiana (USA)

“I’ve loved being a part of Radiant Coaches Academy. It is truly a community of coaches who are continually helping each other succeed...

Rachael Ami England (UK)

“Radiant Coaches Academy changed my life. When I made the decision to switch from accounting to life coaching, the enormous selection of coaching schools overwhelmed me...

Dinah Wong Slattery Washington (USA)

“My time at Radiant Coaches Academy has been truly transformative. The warm and accepting atmosphere created by the community made me feel instantly at home...

Dani Kaun Wisconsin (USA)

“I am so thankful to all of the coaches here at Radiant. Not on time have I had a question that was unanswered. Not only were all of my questions answered, but also answered in a very timely manner...

Leighna Jouett Tennessee (USA)

Our Radiant Team

Our Trainers + Directors

Dez Stephens


Dez Stephens
Founder + CEO

Asia + The Middle East

Binu Prasadd
Education Director


Hayley Finamore
Communications Education Director


Izabela Marié
Education Director

Latin America

Matilde Torres
Education Director

Mexico, Spain + Canada

Juan Arnol
Education Director


Nick Reich
Strategic Initiatives Director

UK + Scandinavia

Ali Hendry
Education Director


Jesutomi Fanimokun
Education Director

Main Curriculum Subjects

The Art of Active Listening

Learn the different types of listening, and which is most effective as a tool in your coaching toolkit.

Boundaries and Body Language

Discover how to read your clients’ body language to dial in on what’s really going on, and how to discern when it’s time to refer a client out to a mental healthcare professional.

Coaching versus Counseling

Ascertain what you need to know about the differences between these two modalities—and why it’s critical you don’t err on the side of counseling without a license!

Holistic Paradigms

Understand the importance of addressing every part of a person’s life or business and why it benefits your clients, empowering them to improve their results.


The more you learn about yourself—and our trainees often rave about how much they develop personally and professionally—the more quickly you’ll progress as a coach and as a business owner.

Creating Sacred Spaces

Learn the art of setting up an energetic and/or physically safe place for you and your clients—and why it’s important for your clients and your practice.

Taking the Client's Lead

Discover why it’s crucial that you do not take the lead—and what to do instead, so your clients can find the answers they’re seeking.

Asking versus Telling

Learn why it’s important NOT to give your clients advice (no matter how tempting it is, at times!)—and what to do, instead, to bring forth your clients’ inner wisdom.

Goals and Accountability

Gain a proven process for helping clients figure out what they truly want, and then, taking action to get there. (This is one of the most rewarding aspects of coaching!)

Authenticity and Presence

Understand the role of authenticity in coaching—and why it’s essential if you want your clients to align with their deepest desires and truest selves.

Setting Up a Private Practice

Find out what it takes to “set up shop” as a professional coach. Learn about insurance, liability, retainers, intakes, salaries, packages, outcalls, deliverability, regulations, policies and more.


We’ll teach you exactly how to find leads and convert them to clients, so you can grow your business (and how to have fun doing it)! This sets us apart from other coaching training.

Training Approach

Unique Training Model

Anecdotal model of storytelling and experience sharing because research shows that people retain more information when they hear it in a story or as a real-life example.
Business and Marketing Strategies are implemented in the structure and curriculum.
Plus, have the option to attend in-person retreats; or complete self-paced online training combined with optional daily, live zoom classes.

Gamified Learning Platform

Trainees complete “missions” to earn points that move them toward higher levels. The online training platform, offers a highly interactive, experiential class setting where learning is both fun and effective.
Unique offerings includes lessons on Family Constellations, Narrative Enneagram, Intuition Development and Trauma-Informed Care.

As an international holistic coach training school, Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to not just welcoming, but to including all students who genuinely want to make a positive difference in this world and with their clients.

For us, this means including students of all colors, creeds, races, nationalities, genders, ages, cultures, orientations, sizes, shapes, abilities, incomes, religions and beliefs.

In other words, Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to social justice, diversity, inclusion, equity, equality, anti-racism and positive impact.

Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to being culturally competent and developing culturally responsive coaching programs.

Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to transmuting an industry that has been elitist since its inception in the 1980s. As a result, Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to providing affordable and accessible professional coach training to all income levels in all places, especially in new markets internationally where coaching currently does not exist.

As a social enterprise, Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to becoming an agent of social change. By design, professional coaches are social entrepreneurs and natural-born humanitarians.

Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to equality and equity. This means that we measure our impact and sustain our long-term promises made to our international students. This includes supporting their marketing efforts to grow sustainable coaching practices. This also includes forever-free trainings to support their efforts to thrive as professional coaches, trainers, educators, speakers and authors.

Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to truly making a difference – not just noticing what differences need to be made.

As a co-founder of a nonprofit (NGO) in Honduras, the Melanie Gissell Foundation, we are committed to supporting Latin Americans with grief recovery coaching programs and partnerships.

As a co-founder of RISE (Radiant Initiatives for Sustainable Education), we are committed to leadership coaching and development with international students who want to become great leaders in their communities and beyond.

Since our founding in 2012, we have trained over 1000 students in over 25 countries on different three continents. We are committed to continue growing steadfast with our values intact as we expand into new international markets.

Radiant Coaches Academy is committed to making a difference where it is needed most. 



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