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START Cohort 06 Coaching

To set you up for success from the beginning, START Cohort Participants and Teams are assigned an individual START Coach. 

How does it work?
Touch base and schedule 1:1 sessions (30 mins max), every other week, for guidance, encouragement, witnessing, and sound boarding so you have someone who has already gone through the START experience rooting for you each step of the way.


Working with a START Coach will be successful if you are both:

  1. Building a space of trust and safety where you can name your challenges and ask for feedback

  2. Creating space to be motivated, inspired, and hold honest self-reflection for your success

  3. Honoring both yours and your coach's time, labor, effort

Your START Coach will...

Walk with you through your coursework in START

Translate course content into particular next steps for your venture project

Root for you and cheerlead you through your process

Review your homework assignments and offer 
generative feedback

Your START Coach will NOT...

Badger you or chase after you to complete your assignments

Offer any material benefit, funding, networking or resources outside of the START course 

Offer you any form of spiritual direction, counsel or therapy

Offer any additional time outside of the allocated 30 min sessions 

Book a Session With Your Coach

START Coach Biographies

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Adele Anderson

I am passionate about building a world where everyone has access to a nourishing spiritual home. I am serving as a START venture coach after spending over 2 years coordinating Glean Network’s innovative faith programs, where I encountered hundreds of trailblazing faith leaders. I delight in making connections between spiritual innovators tackling complementary questions. Having always toed the line between spirituality and science, I have experienced the loneliness and struggle of charting one’s own path and am eager to connect and share. With an academic background in math and modeling complexity, I employ skills in systems-scale analysis in my work with faith leaders.

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Rabbi Elan Babchuck

I’m a rabbi and an entrepreneur and spend much of my time exploring the rich intersections between these two traditions, and the abundant possibilities therein. I'm committed to leaving behind a world that is more compassionate, connected, and just than the one I found, and - in pursuit of that commitment - I am the Founding Director of Glean Network, an incubator, and network for entrepreneurs who are building new models of faith in action, and Director of Innovation at Clal, a think-tank focused on the future of faith in America. I'm blessed to live and learn with my wife, Lizzie Pollock, and our three children, Micah, Nessa, and Ayla in Providence, RhodeIsland. I read broadly and voraciously, cook adventurously, and find sanctuary on the rock climbing walls of New England.

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Rabbi Jeremy Markiz

Rabbi Jeremy Markiz lives in the Washington, DC area where he seeks to explore how, through the lens of Torah, we can inspire justice, love of all people, and build healthy and meaningful relationships with each other and God. He believes that Judaism and Torah have the power to make us better human beings when we bring all of ourselves to engage with tough questions and the world around us.Rabbi Markiz is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow (2018) and in 2021 received a Certification in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from Clal and the Columbia Business School.In 2021, Rabbi Markiz launched Next Level Rabbinics, a consulting firm, to help rabbis, synagogues, and Jewish organizations communicate clearly in the digital world, develop effective strategies to become more productive, and create amazing adult education programming models.

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Rodney Eric López

Rodney Eric López is the former Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, where he was responsible for leading new program initiatives, supporting business development efforts, and representing the organization publicly. His teaching work with Dancing Classrooms is featured in the Paramount Classics hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. His classes were named “Best in New York” by New York Magazine and were highlighted in the book Nueva York: A Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs. He is also the principal of Rodney Eric Lopez Enterprises and is proud to introduce its inaugural product, the Generosity and Abundance Process, or the G.A.P. Rodney has spent the last decade studying and implementing the principles of a generosity practice in his own life and has helped others to do the same. The G.A.P. helps individuals realize a healthier relationship with their finances by looking at them through a spiritual and emotional framework. Prior to his career in dance and arts education, Rodney was a public relations and marketing professional in both the non-profit and corporate fields. He holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from New York University where he was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.

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Sarah Beston

Sarah Beston is an entrepreneur, yoga and meditation teacher, inner wellness coach, and writer based in Los Angeles. Sarah's Body Wisdom coaching programs and retreats blend ancient wisdom with modern science while pulling from the traditions of yoga, spiritual healing, positive psychology, somatics, and mindfulness. Through her teachings and guidance, Sarah hopes to inspire others to overcome self-imposed limitations, helping them to uncover their individual truths and (re)discover their most authentic selves. Sarah is an instructor at Columbia Business School's Venture for All program, where she teaches courses on spiritual entrepreneurship and venture creation.

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