Anca van Assendelft

Coach and Consultant

Anca joins Seven Stones Leadership as a seasoned executive, with 20+ years coaching, consulting, and client-side experience, who “ignites, impacts and interlocks” with a passion for analytical rigor and around-the-corner vision.

Her focus is on helping individuals and teams connect the dots between aspirational vision and operational realities. With a bias towards deep discernment and “operating from the core,” Anca inspires development of the individual and organizational resiliency fabric of tomorrow–leveraging the best of an individual’s and organization’s DNA, capacities, and capabilities, while providing strategic and pragmatic guidance for a better tomorrow. Anca helps them answer the questions “Who are we?” “What do we stand for?” “Who are we becoming?” and “How will we get there?”

She helps clarify strategic goals, key considerations, and implications in the context of the larger strategic landscape and key organizational success metrics. In working with organizations, her focus is on technology enabled change and innovative solution strategies to help companies grow in impact and value–sustainably.

Her industry experience includes working with a range of organizations, teams and individuals in high tech, retail, CPG, financial services, and manufacturing–including high-growth, global enterprise, and start-up environments. Her experience spans large scale corporate transformation, portfolio and growth strategy, go-to-market and digital customer engagement, product development, merch-supply chain, and M&A in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Anca currently works as strategic advisor and breakthrough senior executive coach, at the BoD and C-suite level, consulting with organizations worldwide on growth strategy and team excellence. She helps those clients accelerate their transformation by collaboratively developing a high-level roadmap and strategic path forward.

She is a graduate from Wharton’s International MBA program and is fluent in English, Dutch and German. She is ICF and IMD IECC certified and holds master certifications in somatic coaching, breathwork and psych-k. When not working, Anca is at TD Athlete’s Edge, Adventure Racing, or writing poetry.

4 Virtual Learning Sessions plus 6-month Racial Affinity Group Experience

For this learning path, you will participate in the 4 virtual learning sessions and be enrolled in one of three Racial Affinity Groups:

1) People who identify as People of Color (Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic)

2) People who identify as Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial

3) People who identify as White

*More specific affinity groups may be formed upon the completion of course registration

We believe that it is important to do our own work with people with similar racial experiences to build capacity for cross-race dialogue that supports authentic relationships and deep belonging for everyone. We will ask you to self-select into the group that best aligns with your racial identity. We recognize that for some this is not a simple choice and we are available to have a conversation with you to support your selection.

Together we will:

  • Reflect personally and collectively on the impact of embodied trauma, separation, scarcity and disconnection.
  • Work in learning partners and/or small groups for the sake of holding each other accountable and deepening our learning through multiple disciplines.
  • Engage in embodied practices for unwinding from the impact of racism in order to build stamina, capacity, and resilience.

Online Zoom Sessions

Time: 11am-12:30pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*

When: 5-Sessions scheduled between Sept 28, 2023 – Jan 26, 2024 (see below)

*All sessions will run from 11am-12:30pm ET.

Racial Affinity Group Schedule
Thurs, September 28, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET Kick-off/ Authentic Communication
Thurs, November 2, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET Unpacking Our Racial Autobiographies
Friday, November 17, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET Self-Compassion
Thurs, December 7, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET What is Sustainable Abundance?
Thurs, January 25, 2024 — 11am-12:30pm ET Inclusive Leadership

Course Registration

Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.

4 Virtual Learning Sessions Only

These four learning sessions will provide you with a new view and innovative framing of the problem as we see it. Below is a brief description of what will take place in each session:

  • Learning Session 1: Why Context Matters
    In session one, we look at our individualist narratives and the impact of not understanding the context in which we exist. 
  • Learning Session 2: Unpacking Trauma
    In session two, we discuss individual and collective trauma. We define trauma and look together about our current systems of inequality and how they evoke trauma-like responses in so many of us.
  • Learning Session 3: Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson
    In session three, we get a history lesson like none other: we explore the global slave trade as the foundation for our current economic model.
  • Learning Session 4: Understanding Power
    In our last session, we examine power; power structures, our relationships with personal power; the importance of learning a healthy relationship with power when so many of us have had power abuse in our lives.

Online Zoom Learning Sessions

Time: 11am-1pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*

When: 4-sessions scheduled between Sept 21, 2023 – Jan 18, 2024 (see details below)

*All sessions will run from 11am-1pm ET.

Learning Session Schedule
Thurs, September 21, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ETWhy Context Matters
Thurs, October 26, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET Unpacking Trauma
Thurs, November 16, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson
Thurs, January 18, 2024 — 11 - 1pm ET Understanding Power

Course Registration

Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your modular program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.