What is your name?

Belinda Gore

Where were you born?

Dayton, Ohio (USA)

Where do you live?

Columbus, Ohio (USA)

What do you do?

As I psychologist I spent many years as a psychotherapist and I always say that it was my clients who taught me the Enneagram.  So many hours I spent seeing Enneagram theory come to life as I worked people dealing with relationships and trying to learn how to live happy and productive lives.  As I worked more with the Enneagram I moved into coaching and leadership development as well as teaching workshops.  Currently I am a partner and senior faculty with The Deep Coaching Institute, focused on teaching the use of the Enneagram and the practice of Presence to foster change, and I maintain my own coaching practice to work with leaders and people in transition.  For many years I have also been affiliated with The Cuyamungue Institute, an international non-profit organization that explores ancient practices from indigenous cultures that expand our human capacity for consciousness.

What is your role of the IEA Board?

Not sure yet!

Tell us a little about what you do on the Board.

Since I have been a member of the Board only a few weeks, my roles are not yet well defined.  I have talked about joining the Membership Task Group to explore ways to engage an increasingly wide variety of people in our organization.  I joined IEA when it first began after the 1994 gathering at Stanford and I believe that the fire that inspired many of us back then can be rekindled in new ways.

Why are you involved with the IEA Board?

In my work – both coaching and teaching – I continue to see the impact of the Enneagram in people’s lives.  There are not many things that have absorbed my interest for over 25 years and that continue to give me inspiration in working with clients and students.  Why would I not want to help foster a strong, diverse organization that can give us all a common meeting ground to share Enneagram-related ideas and projects? And be able to hang out with great people who care about the things I care about?    I have been impressed by the diligent work of the IEA Board and applaud its global reach.  If I can contribute to this next phase of our expansion and ripening, then I welcome a chance to take my turn in helping to lead us into even broader diversity and innovative capacity.

What was your first experience of the Enneagram?

When Helen Palmer’s book The Enneagram was first published I was fascinated and signed up for her pre-conference workshop at the Common Boundary conference in Washington, DC that fall then attended a small weekend training with Don Riso and Russ Hudson, maybe the second or third time they had taught together.  From then on, I have been a student primarily of the Enneagram Institute.

Tell us a little about who you have trained with.

In 1990, I officially began my formal Enneagram training Don and Russ and was certified a few years later.  When they began preparing some students to teach with them, Gayle Scott, Brian Grodner and I gathered in Stone Ridge soon after The Enneagram Institute moved there.  It was a stimulating time but I was unable to continue training with them because my friend and colleague Felicitas Goodman’s health was declining and I took over her role as president of the Cuyamungue Institute.

More recently, in 2006, I joined Sandra Maitri’s International Retreat Group and continue to learn aspects of the Enneagram from her along with the teachings of the Diamond Approach.

What is your most useful/interesting/amusing/compelling use of the Enneagram?

It has been a real gift to participate in the development of the Deep Coaching Institute since its inception.   My colleagues’ deep-hearted commitment to the Enneagram as a tool for really understanding the human condition has taught me so much. I love designing and teaching courses to professionals who are using the Enneagram, knowing that they are extending the reach of this most amazing tool for unfolding ourselves as people.

What do the words “Engagement,” “Education,” and “Excellence” mean to you?

Engagement means finding each other and making connection.  Education means further and deeper discovery of what the Enneagram can reveal to us about ourselves and about how systems and people operate – then finding ways to share these discoveries in meaningful ways.  Excellence means commitment to fine tuning what we know and what we do, extending possibilities because we have been rigorous in our foundations.

How do you see the future of the Enneagram?

The future of the Enneagram??  Who knows?  I continue to realize layers and layers of guidance about the human experience.

How do you see the future of the IEA?

I have to confess that I read Lynda Roberts’ answer to this question and was reminded why I am pleased to be joining the IEA under her leadership.  Here is her answer and I couldn’t agree more: “My vision is a community in which there is mutual respect, appreciation, and support for each other, the Enneagram work that we are all doing in the world, and the positive impact that work is having.”