Thomas J. Leonard

1955 - 2003

Beginning in 2016, the Gay Coaches Alliance has honored a recipient with the Thomas J. Leonard Humanitarian Award, presented at the annual International Gay Coaches Conference. The award, named for one of the original founders of the global coaching profession, recognizes outstanding contribution and ongoing commitment to the development of coaches and the advancement of the coaching profession.


Award criteria include the following:

  • Coach/teacher/trainer
  • Leader and a developer of leaders
  • Manifestor of new thinking and creativity
  • Creative resource for new generations
  • Out gay man
  • Fierce
  • Service minded
  • Focused on improving the lives of gay men
  • Generous
  • Visionary
  • Community leader
  • Compassionate
  • Ongoing supporter of GCA’s mission, programming, and membership

Thomas J. Leonard Humanitarian Award recipients by year:



Damian Goldvarg

Dr. Damian Goldvarg has thirty years of experience in leadership development, working with individuals and organizations in over sixty countries. He is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant University. He facilitates global virtual certifications in Professional Coaching, Mentor Coaching, Team Coaching, and Coaching Supervision (ESQA).

Damian was the 2013-2014 ICF Global President and received the 2018 ICF Circle of Distinction Award, the 2019 EMCC Supervision Award, and 2023 Gay Coaching Alliance T. Leonard Humanitarian Award.

Goldvarg Consulting



Chris Cooper

My mission is to elevate self-improvement so striving to achieve your potential is normal for everyone. Lots of people hire personal trainers to get a better body, but they never invest in their personal development. I want more people to have the courage to open their minds to new opportunities, embrace change, make better choices and believe in their abilities.

My philosophy is that all aspects of life are important. Whether it’s your career, relationships, family, friends, health, fitness, education or interests. They all play a part in how you feel about life. We need to focus on all of these areas in order to be happy, which I called my business Life Complete. I looked at my own life and made big changes to create the life I want. My passion is to help other people do the same.

As a coach and business consultant, I have helped professionals in fields such as law, HR, finance, healthcare and the creative industries, in addition to small business owners, sports people and post grad students. Working together, I have helped my clients to gain a deeper understanding of themselves so they know what they want from life. By their side, I support them to achieve goals in order to get there.

Life Complete Coaching



Jeff Nally

Jeff is an executive coach, professional speaker, coaching supervisor, and author creating no-nonsense neuroscience solutions to help leaders and teams be better humans at work. He coaches and trains people to get results with the brain in mind.
He has 26 years of professional experience in human resources, executive coaching, and leadership development. Jeff has been an executive leader in corporate manufacturing and healthcare organizations, including a Fortune 70 company.
Jeff was the executive director at two, community-based, organizations advocating for the homeless and increasing the on-to-college rate in regional communities.
Jeff is a nationally-recognized, professional speaker who inspires audiences to lead and succeed with the brain in mind. He was named one of The 20 People to Know in Human Resources by Business First of Louisville.
Jeff volunteers his time and talents to advocate for the coaching and HR professions and fights for the education, financial stability, and health of people in the Louisville metropolitan area. 

Nally Group



Thomas Keydel

Creative Leap Coaching & Consulting works with individuals to take their next step. Professionally, Personally, and Interpersonally. My work is to expand the range of opportunities available to you .. right now in the present. My experience in Accounting, Small Business and Human Resource Training and Developement can give you the edge you want to realize new creative possiblities. If your financial house needs tuning, let me help you put order into what for many is the most chaotic part of their lives - managing their time and their money. For more information see my web site at

Financially Fit and Ready to Go



Garry Schleifer

Garry Schleifer is the publisher of Choice, the magazine of professional coaching.

An entrepreneur for over 30 years. He started his first company with nothing and sold it for over a million dollars. Then Garry "retired" and went around the world for over 6+ months. Upon returning he started a wireless internet access company with a million dollars and ended up with nothing!

TOday he is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a member of the International Coach Federation specializing in helping those who own their own business.

You always have the power of choice



Terry Hildebrandt

Terry Hildebrandt, PhD, MCC, MCEC, is a master certified executive coach, organization development consultant, coach educator, certified coaching supervisor, and author. He is the founder and CEO of Terry Hildebrandt and Associates, LLC. He is a Gay Coaches Alliance member and serves as an officer on the GCA board of directors. He is also the Director of the Evidence Based Coaching Program at the Fielding Graduate University. Terry is certified in over 30 instruments. Prior to starting his own business in 2008, Terry worked at HP for 22 years in a number of management and engineering roles. He earned his PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding. He resides in Denver, Colorado with his partner, Michael.



Tim Kincaid

Tim Kincaid, EdD, PCC, is principal of Kincaid Associates Coaching & Consulting LCC. He is an executive/leadership coach and life planning coach who holds an ICF certification and is trained and certified to administer several well-regarded personality assessments. Tim is on faculty at three universities. His doctoral dissertation centered on the coming out process as transformative learning. Before starting his own business in 2008, Tim worked for many years at American Airlines, where he was a founder of its LGBT employee resource group and corporate diversity council that led the global travel industry to become more inclusive. Tim is a long-time GCA member and volunteer, and now serves on the groups’ board of directors. He has been a presenter at each of the previous International Gay Coaches Conferences. Tim and his husband live in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.



Harry Faddis

Harry Faddis, D.D., CPCC, has been a Life Coach for almost 20 years, and is a co-founder of the Gay Coaches Alliance. He works for the growth and empowerment of gay men, both as coaching clients and also as Coaches. He is also a founding member of The Easton Mountain Retreat Center, where he has lived for the past 18 years and serves as the Program Director. Since turning 50, he has devoted his work to contemporary Men’s Issues, including gay male empowerment, erotic awakenings, spiritual practices, and creative expression. He has special experience with 12-Step Recovery, having been sober for 30+ years. As part of his old-age strategies, he took up the practice of Tae Kwon Do 15 years ago and currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt.

Thomas Leonard

Thomas Leonard is widely recognized as a major contributor to the founding and development of professional coaching as we know it today. He was an inspiring teacher, visionary, and entrepreneur. Thomas authored numerous books and articles on coaching. He founded two of the earliest schools for training professional coaches – Coach U and Coachville. Thomas was founder of the International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the largest professional organization for coaching. An innovator, Thomas recognized the power of the internet as a global learning tool and developed some of the first successful virtual training and development programs of any kind. He held an ardent belief in the power of community to create and collaborate and to support one another in becoming better coaches. He died unexpectedly at age 48.

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