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Advancing Equity through Coaching, Learning, and Strategy


My name is Carrie Pickett-Erway

As a social worker, my core values of justice, compassion and community are central to how I live in the world.  I started my career as a community organizer and worked in philanthropy for 20+ years.  I provide coaching, strategic planning, board development, IDI (r) assessments, and project work.  This may include serving in interim executive roles during transitions.  I'm deep into my anti-racism journey and love to find ways to support others on the path.

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About Me.

I live in southwest Michigan with my family, and have a network of partners across the country.  I received a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Western Michigan University, with a concentration in Policy, Planning and Administration.  I started my career as a community organizer where I learned that community voice and a strong analysis of power are central to moving the greater good forward. 

As a values-centered leader, I help clients align interpersonal goals with outcomes.

While at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF), I learned many practices that advance our shared humanity, such as Trust Based Philanthropy, racial healing and conflict transformation.  Throughout my 23 years, as an intern, program officer, and ultimately as CEO, I experienced the transformative power of philanthropy.  My roles at KZCF allowed me to, directly and indirectly, develop new business ventures for the Foundation and our community, launching over 20 initiatives and creating sustainable funding models.  I led the Leadership team, strategic planning, and board development.  We expanded and diversified our staff and volunteer roles, transforming the relationship with and representation of our community.

I've held multiple roles and help my clients see complexity and partnership in decision making.

My experiences as a board member with local and national organizations helped me see the value and responsibility that philanthropy has, to partner with nonprofit organizations to leverage their wisdom.  Work with my own board taught me the importance and strength of engaging champions for the organization to accelerate growth.

I can share insights about role clarity and accountability with my clients

I am a visionary leader, with strong skills in strategy, coalition building, and mobilizing partners.  I am a catalyst, energized by bold ideas, and able to activate the strengths in others to execute a plan.  I’m very relationship focused and try to appropriately, bring fun and play into the challenging work of systems change. 

I can design challenging with JOY, so that it is sustainable, personally and for organizations.


The nonprofit sector and field of philanthropy is desperate for the leadership and applied knowledge required to advance equity.  Not every organization is ready to take the next step when the next step is needed.  I can be helpful in positioning leaders and organizations with skills and confidence to execute deep and lasting impact. 

I understand pacing the work, and the developmental stages for better learning.

I am an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator.  I trust the science behind this tool, and also recognize that its a personal journey that requires reflection, understanding, support and tools.  Individuals and teams benefit from understanding where they are.  I can help my clients build a plan for growth.

I can help organizations understand the value of this tool, and avoid the judgement that can sometimes accompany labels. 

Core Values

Core Values

Justice – distribute power, resources and opportunity fairly regardless of identities or circumstances of birth.  Recognize that racism is real, influence systems to be responsive when injustice exists. Live in the world, in a way that recognizes and corrects for historical harm, and demonstrates accountability.

Compassion- value the full presence of others, as they are, without judgment.  Hold our shared humanity, especially during difficult moments. Extend patience and forgiveness when appropriate.


Community- leverage the power of togetherness, find, and support relationships that strengthen us.  Intentionally work to strengthen bonds and bridge differences.

Cornerstones of Coaching


We all have wisdom within us, that can be activated with thoughtful questions, courage to be vulnerable and a safe space for discovery

We all have work to do, the illusions of perfection, finishing, completion, are detrimental to the growth process.  We should not allow regret and shame about our flaws to become a distraction from the important work of learning and applying our wisdom. 

This work takes work.  Growth is not easy, seeds must break through outer shells, destroying what was to achieve its destiny.  Support from others can help, but others cannot do your work for you.  Being prepared, taking responsibility, vulnerability, transparency, and fully engaging are responsibilities of the learner.

Identities and lived experience matter.  We are all shaped by how the world engages with us based on our identities.  As a white, CIS gender woman, the world has afforded me privileges.  It has also harmed me in direct and subtle ways. I recognize that racism is real, and that several social and political constructs cause harm to people and communities.  This context matters.

Personal growth and professional growth are entwined.  Goals may be framed as professional milestones; however, it cannot be achieved without the whole of our being participating.  Becoming a strong, grounded, focused person leads to better leadership.


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