Lawrence James Jr.

Leadership Coach and Consultant

Lawrence James Jr. joins Seven Stones Leadership Group as a thought leader in diversity, inclusion, & belonging (DIB), executive development and executive assessment. He is an expert in helping corporations develop cultures of belonging and inclusion—so that all employees thrive. In addition to his work in diversity and inclusion, he is highly sought-after for his ability to assess and grow senior executive and high potential talent. He has worked across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy/utilities, financial services, retail, and manufacturing. Through his coaching and development work, he has enabled numerous executives to move into more senior and even C-suite roles after working with him.

Showing a powerful mix of inquisitiveness, insight, and drive, he is an innovator. He developed a holistic, integrated, and systemic model for growing diverse talent which was detailed in his seminal white paper “Journey to the Top: Developing African American Executives.” With his forward thinking and innovative whole organization approach to talent development, he has been an invited keynote speaker at a variety of conferences, symposia, and corporate roundtables discussing his holistic approach to talent development. He was co-editor of a special issue in the Consulting Psychology Journal entitled “ The State of Black Leadership: What Can be Done to Create Sustainable Change,” which was published in March, 2023.

After 12 years as a partner with RHR International, a premier boutique leadership development consultancy, Lawrence started his own consultancy in 2021 focusing on the systemic development of senior and high potential talent from assessment to coaching, inclusive leadership training and development, diversity strategy and advisory services, and organizational transformation.

Prior to joining RHR International, Lawrence was president of LJA LifeLessons, a psychological services corporation, for over 10 years. He provided a variety of mental health services including psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. In addition, he served as a consultant with a variety of non-profits designing programs to extend their service reach as well as supplying staff consultation and development.

Lawrence received his BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.Ed. in counseling psychology at Howard University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Illinois and is a member of several professional organizations.

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.