LIVE BY DESIGN
Representation matters. We support professionals of color to STAND UP and be seen, SPEAK UP and be heard, and STEP UP or STEP OFF the corporate ladder to be the leader or entrepreneur who actually makes a difference in the fight for racial equity. Activate your agency and either claim your seat at the table or build your own table and use your power and platform for good.
Claim Your Seat at the Table
We help those who were born to lead and change the system from within. Be a leader who confidently advocates and implements changes within their organization that uplift BIPOC and other marginalized employees.
Build Your Own Table
You were made to chart your own path. We’re here to debunk the capitalistic lie that you need to work for someone else in order to be “successful.” Take the leap and transition from employee to full-time coach, consultant, creative, or online service-based entrepreneur.
Learn & Be Inspired
Bring Carissa to your organization, team, or ERG to learn more about how to support yourself or other BIPOC colleagues.
Connect with Like-Minded Folx
Develop your skills and deepen your knowledge and analysis learning from BIPOC equity focused experts Diversify your network and hire values aligned BIPOC talent Meet, laugh, play, and share space with others who share similar identities, experiences and values of DEI
Design Your Life Holistically
Work is part of our lives but it shouldn’t solely define our lives. Join events to help you create a sustainable business or career with balance and intention and define success on your own terms
We are working to build a world where people of racialized identities can hold social, political, and economic power and achieve time, location, financial, and occupational freedom.
This means having the power and autonomy to choose our career paths in non-toxic work environments, to get a good education, to buy a home, to go on vacation, to save for retirement, to donate and volunteer for a cause, and give back to our communities.
Many of our clients and partners work in, around, or adjacent to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
They are changemakers, employee activists, company advocates who are actively working to dismantle systems of oppression, toxic capitalism, and white supremacy culture in their workplaces, communities, and homes.
Coaches and consultants
Healers, therapists, caregivers
Corporate and non-profit leaders
DEI professionals, Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders, social justice educators
Creatives, freelancers - designers, copywriters, photographers, videographers
Work with Purpose. Live by Design.
We are more than just our jobs and believe a liberated life is one that is full, joyful, and balanced.
Our 4 pillar approach helps keep us both activated in our purpose towards racial equity and grounded in intentional life design for individual and collective wellbeing.
Hi, I’m Carissa, a Business, Leadership & Emotional Intelligence Coach for BIPOC professionals and entrepreneurs.
I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE
When I finally earned my seat at the table in corporate leadership, I didn’t have a support system of female leaders to lean on -- so I started one.
When I desired opportunities or joining a group to champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in my company, they didn’t exist -- so I launched one.
When I was seeking support to decide on my next career move, I didn’t find many BIPOC coaches -- so I became one.
When I wanted to level up in my business as an entrepreneur, I didn’t find many BIPOC-run business consultancies to work with -- so I created one.
This pull and need to design something new – something more expansive, intentional, holistic, and connected – awakened me to envision new futures and led to the creation of CONSCIOUSXCHANGE.
Wherever you’re at on your journey, I invite you to define what making a CONSCIOUSXCHANGE means to you. I’m here to help you reimagine what could be if we each wake up and choose to move intentionally through this world, together
"Before I started coaching with Carissa, I felt stuck with where I was in life. My coaching business was just a dream at that point. I had a strong lack of self trust. But it was also about working with the RIGHT coach, someone who is BIPOC and truly understands my experience and can coach me across a number of areas, through a holistic, equity based lens. Carissa’s coaching really changed so many parts of my life. What I loved most about our coaching relationship is that it's results oriented. I was able to set up 4 sales calls and secure 2 clients; this all happened a few weeks ahead of my planned launch date! Carissa is BRILLIANT, badass, a boss, deeply ambitious, full of compassion and a powerful activist. She lives her truth and that's really important to me.”
In Full Bloom Coaching
“I was struggling with getting rid of my blocks and giving myself permission to do things I was passionate about before working with Carissa.
Carissa allowed me to be confident about my dreams to become an event planner and encouraged me to take baby steps to move into a new career and see that it’s not just a hobby or interest. Our weekly sessions kept me feeling invigorated and I really liked her approach and the accountability she gave me. She showed me how to celebrate my wins and one of my biggest achievement was learning to be kinder to myself. She empowered me to do so. She not only helped me with a road map of how to start my own event planning company even while in a full-time job, she helped me move past my own mental blocks.”
“As an entrepreneur, I wanted to do so many things all at once that I ended up not having the time to really strategically think about which direction I wanted to drive my business towards. Working with Carissa has given me clarity of mind. I have been able to better structure my thoughts, block out all the mental noise, focus my energy, and prioritize the things that matter the most. Carissa's energy and passion for what she does is contagious! I would highly recommend her to anyone who's looking for thoughtful and insightful conversations to help guide their journey in life!”
Founder & CEO
The Psychology of Impostor Syndrome & How to Actually Overcome It
Imagine that you've just landed a new job. You earned your seat at the table. But almost immediately as you sit down at that table, you begin to question yourself. You think, “Who am I to be leading this work?"
How Communities of Color Have Found Strength, Joy and Comfort in a Year Like No Other
In a time marked by immeasurable loss, fear and upheaval, pods and social distancing entered the common lexicon, their frequent use serving as constant reminders of both our hunger for connection and its current limitations.
Centering Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices in DEI with Carissa Begonia.
In episode 406 of Moxielicious®, Carissa and I discuss her work as a coach for BIPOC leaders and the importance of centering AAPI voices, among others.
Behind the Scenes of a Solo DEI Practitioner with Carissa Begonia.
David and Carissa speak about the growing pressure on solo DEI Practitioners to do it all within their organizations as the only one. The conversation also highlights the growing need for healing specifically for POC within DEI work and organizations. A big thank you to Carissa for her time and openness to having real conversations.
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