Meet the Coaches Rising Team

Coaches Rising was founded in 2009 by two friends passionate about coaching and the dynamics of change.

Now a thriving small company our team creates deep transformative training programs for coaches.

Our online programs have been attended by thousands of coaches from all over the world.

Our purpose is to help evolve the field and practice of coaching.

Joel Monk – Co-Founder and Podcast Host

I’m a coach, trainer and entrepreneur.

Recently I saw on a deeper level how all the things in my life orient around cultivating a sense of ‘aliveness’. By this I mean – what is it to be awake and fully expressed in this moment? How can I metabolize the conditioning that binds me so that I can wake up into deeper expressions of authentic, embodied human presence?

I’m deeply committed to awakening the leader that lives in all of us. We’re all being invited to align with what wants to live through us and from here we can truly serve the world with our work.

I’ve also been told that the way I express excitement or not in our meetings is a great barometer of how good an idea is and regularly informs our business strategy. note: handicap when it comes to playing poker.

Laurens Van Aarle – Co-Founder and Program Architect

I’m a coach, entrepreneur and psychologist. Curiosity and consciousness are at the heart of my work and life. To me they form the bloodline of Coaches Rising, and all our programs are fueled by them.

I believe there is no professional relationship more potent than that between a skilled coach and someone ready to embody his or her full potential.

For Coaches Rising, I get to simultaneously hold the bigger vision and make sure all the details are in place. Yes… It sometimes makes my head spin 😉 Next to crafting the course architecture, I create the workbooks for all our courses.

Ewan Townhead – Partner and Marketing Lead

I’m all about the new business paradigm. The one where we create our Work as work. I know of no business strategy more powerful than that of radical self discovery. I know of no spiritual path more complete than that of creating a business from your deepest heart.

Here at Coaches Rising, I head up all our marketing efforts—how we connect with the people out there that are thirsty for deep transformational coaching. I have helped Joel And Laurens grow the company for some years, and formally came on board as partner in early 2020. 

Ellen Waenink – Course Steward and Workshop Host

If you participate in one of our programs, you’ll get to know me quite well. I fill a role we call Course Steward which means I look after the running of all our live trainings.

You’ll also meet me live in the workshops since I personally host many of sessions—something I do with a lot of gratitude and delight!

I am also a coach, trainer and entrepreneur. I mainly work with people and businesses in transformation on areas like leadership development, organizational change, authentic communication and conscious relating.

Kathryn Piper – Customer Support

If you need help with anything, you’ll come through to me. I answer all our emails, help our students with admin matters, and generally make sure everyone is happy and has what they need!

Aside from working at Coaches Rising I’m  deeply involved in Circling, a relational meditation practice that I lead workshops in. I live in Amsterdam with my cat.

Jason Lange – Technology and Website

I’m the guy behind the scenes making our whole website and ecosystem fit together. I code everything, put the webpages together, and make sure our company has the technology infrastructure it needs to keep growing.

When not working for Coaches Rising, I’m either making films, leading men’s workshops or spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter at home in California.