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Our coaching and consulting philosophy is rooted in critical theory, academic research, lived experience, and liberation. We draw on the wisdom gained from many years of working with courageous individuals and innovative leaders, as well as from our own experiences as trauma survivors and advocates for social justice.

Restful Leadership is a framework that integrates inside:outside strategies to help individuals and organizations achieve racial and gender justice. We also provide support to navigate racialized traumatic stress and overcome racial battle fatigue.  We are invaluable thought partners as you strive to create a more equitable and restful workplace for yourselves and others.

Dr. Ault, a professor emerita, former public administrator and community leader, has mentored and guided social justice leaders for almost two decades.  She embodies the tenets of Critical Post Traumatic Growth and Restful Leadership in her own life. 

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coaching services

The Restful Leadership team provides executive leadership, and life coaching in individual and group settings.

Working with a Restful Leadership coach will help you:

  • set & achieve your career/personal goals

  • build leadership skills

  • tap into your unique strengths

  • identify obstacles

  • effectively use your anger

  • understand racialized traumatic stress

  • navigate racial battle fatigue

  • address imposter syndrome

  • move courageously

  • adopt a social justice agenda, and

  • engage in critical self-care

  • rest.  


Discover how to create transformational change for yourself and others.  Get support as you create a life you don't have to escape from ... and plan our collective escape.

focus areas

Our executive leadership coaching team is dedicated to helping equity leaders integrate social justice, liberatory leadership and rest into their practice. We provide support as you create a leadership agenda, integrate your personal and professional life and create a more restful and sustainable workplace for yourself and your teams.

In addition, we offer life coaching services that help individuals and groups manage trauma, including interpersonal trauma and racialized traumatic stress. Our coaching services are designed to support Black women, women of color, and select allies as they navigate their personal and professional lives through the lens of restful leadership and anti-racism.

We primarily work with:

  • Current and emerging Black leaders and nonBlack leaders of color.

  • Allies (or accomplices) interested in improving their equity literacy.

  • Racial equity & social justice teams.



Our proven Restful Leadership framework is anti-racist, trauma informed and human centered.  It will help you create transformative and sustainable change.

Coaching packages are custom-created for your specific organizational or interpersonal needs. We recognize that everyone's journey and capacity is different, so we work with you to craft a specific plan that meets your unique goals.

Coaching is provided 1:1 and/or in small groups. A combination of team and individual coaching provides an opportunity to work on collective equity goals, as well as do the individual work necessary to create long-lasting change.

We believe in making our coaching services accessible and offer a sliding scale for individuals and organizations who may have financial constraints. Please inquire with us about our sliding scale options.


Individual Coaching sessions start at $400.  Most clients book 6 month packages to ensure consistent support toward goals. Organizational packages take into consideration the size of the group, number of group and individual sessions, and length of the contract.


Scholarships are available for Black women and youth to ensure equitable access to our coaching services.


Please contact us to learn more.

certified professional coach

The Founder of Restful Leadership, Dr. Stacey Ault (she, her, dr) MSW PPSC CPC, is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing Education. She received her post-graduate coaching training through the College of Executive Coaching, where she was provided with a personal self-discovery process to increase her own self-awareness—a fundamental element of personal mastery, emotional intelligence, and coaching presence—as well as specific knowledge, skills, confidence, and practice coaching with a straightforward, easy-to-use four-step coaching model, combined with top coaching assessment tools.

In addition, Dr. Ault is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.

Dr. Ault's scholarship lives in the intersection of liberatory leadership and rest.  She researches, writes, and speaks about the trauma and growth of Black women navigating schools and workplaces.  As a burnout survivor who was burned through by decades of inside: outside change making within multiple institutions, Dr. Stacey has learned to prioritize her own wellbeing and rest, while she works to achieve her life's purpose. She is a recovering perfectionist that has had to unlearn all of the internal narratives that contribute to her overwork.   Her organization, The Race and Gender Equity (RAGE) Project is a nonprofit, social impact organization that works to advance the wellbeing of Black youth locally and around the globe.  RAGE provides an infrastructure of support for individuals looking to create change, through pillars of healing, education, advocacy and research. 

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