About Dez Stephens
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Dez Stephens is the Founder & CEO of Radiant Coaches Academy (a division of Radiant Health Institute) - a social enterprise and prominent international coach training school which certifies individuals to create vibrant, professional, private practices as holistic life coaches, wellness coaches and business coaches. She is a certified life coach, master trainer and marketing strategist.
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.
The academy is currently training coaches in Central America, the United States and Canada, and is expanding its international training locations. The academy aims to facilitate human growth and prosperity by focusing on quality of life, holistic pursuits and personal empowerment.
Dez has coached professionally since 2005, and in 2012, founded Radiant Coaches Academy and has trained and certified over 300 students. 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 the University of Transpersonal Theology bestowed her with an honorary doctorate in 2015. Dez also holds an Associate Certified Coach credential through ICF.
Dez has a business degree and has worked in marketing for various start-up companies, nonprofits, healthcare corporations and in the entertainment industry. Before launching Radiant Health Institute, she worked as a professional business coach, both as a sole proprietor and for organizations.
In addition to her roles as an educator and trainer, Dez is an impassioned advocate, a volunteer and an activist. Since her youth, she has volunteered for environmental, humanitarian and animal causes.
For nearly a decade, she has worked pro-bono as an Inmate Partner for Better Decisions at the Tennessee Prison for Women. She also has served as a life-skills educator for Thistle Farms which serves women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
In Honduras, the academy's coach trainees receive full scholarships and she has already donated $500,000 of training there. In this developing nation, the training provides job opportunities to impoverished and under-employed citizens.
Newly trained coaches in Honduras earn a sustainable living by extending their income base through online coaching. Several trainees in Honduras have formed their own professional coaching organization to provide corporate and pro-bono coaching. Dez is the recipient of ICF-Tennessee's "Prism Award" for her humanitarian work in Honduras.
The academy's work in Honduras has also resulted in the co-founding of an official nonprofit organization. The Melanie Gissell Foundation assists Hondurans who have lost precious family members. This nonprofit is also co-founded by two of the academy's graduates - a married couple who lost their daughter in a tragic car accident when she was 10. Dez has also been named an Honorary Member of the Melanie Gissell Foundation.
Dez is a former board member of Penuel Ridge Retreat Center, the Yoga Society of Nashville and Tennessee's chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Dez is also co-executive producer of the documentary film, "End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock" highlighting Native women fighting to keep clean water on their Native lands in North Dakota and beyond.
As a business coach, she enjoys coaching entrepreneurs and small businesses, using her innate talent for creating innovative approaches for promotion and for birthing brilliant, achievable ideas. She also has a knack for originating memorable concepts, business names and taglines for her clients.
Dez is passionate and sincere in helping people live more empowered, meaningful lives and considers herself a dedicated humanitarian and social enterpriser.