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UNIQUE PROGRAM BENEFITS
Our certificate program is highly integrated on three levels. It provides the opportunity for you to become knowledgeable in the theories and concepts relevant to the profession of coaching. It also focuses on developing your skills to ensure you are proficient in the process of coaching. In addition, the program emphasizes your personal development, believing that an acute and accurate sense of self is the foundation upon which all good coaching emerges.
Understanding underlying dynamics as a coach is a major focus of the George Mason program. It provides the opportunity for you to
- Enhance your coaching leadership skills through deeper self-awareness
- Apply leadership coaching within the context of organizations
- Develop an organized and logical coaching process
- Improve coaching effectiveness through increased emotional intelligence
- Facilitate longer term and sustainable behavioral change
- Gain an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding coaching and how to be an ethical coach
- Enhance relationship management and trust building skills
- Become skillful at conducting difficult conversations
- Develop effective communication skills to facilitate organizational performance
- Network and form lasting relationships with a diverse and talented group of individuals
- Learn under the guidance of International Coach Federation (ICF) coaches
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A list of required reading will be provided one month prior to the cohort start date. Textbook fees are in addition to the program enrollment fee.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Executives who seek to develop an increased emotional intelligence to better engage employees for improved organizational performance
- Managers who wish to acquire organizational coaching skills to enhance their leadership capabilities
- Individuals who are interested in becoming external coaches and who have had some experience working with leaders in organizations
- Current organizational coaches and consultants interested in pursuing certification from the ICF.
- Seasoned professionals with experience in related fields such as human resources or consulting
- Organizational Development (OD) practitioners who see coaching as an important competency within their organization
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- Seven years of organizational experience
- Minimum bachelor’s degree
- Time to make the commitment
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For consideration in an upcoming cohort of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program, please submit the following items with your registration and method of payment:
- A 750-1,000 word compelling narrative that answers the question, “Why coaching and why this program?”
- Two letters of recommendation
- Resume that demonstrates a minimum of seven years of organizational experience and minimum of a bachelor’s degree
Registration and required information is accepted via mail, fax, or walk-in. For information, call 703-993-2109.
George Mason University
Office of Continuing Professional Education
4400 University Drive, MS 2G2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Attn: Rosalynn Dhramapitaksook
Attn: Rosalynn Dhramapitaksook
George Mason University
Research Hall, Suite 318
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limited– Please note that each cohort is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Previous cohorts have reached maximum registrations. Therefore you are encouraged to register early.
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This cohort certificate program consists of five course modules. In order to receive a George Mason University Certification of Completion, and 13.2 CEUs, participants must successfully complete all five learning course modules and have a 100% attendance record; achieve a satisfactory rating in a final observed coaching session; and receive a satisfactory grade on the final exam.
*Please recognize that the distance learning components which are regularly scheduled teleconference calls and taped coaching sessions are commitments between classroom course modules. Distance learning is a mandatory component of the program in order to produce well trained coaches and meet the ICF requirements.
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INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION (ICF)
The Leadership Coaching program has been approved by the ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). The ACTP accreditation allows all participants of the program to apply for one of two credentials offered through the ICF using the ACTP application method. The first credential is the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the second is the Professional Certified Coach (PCC). The program is recognized by the ICF as offering a minimum of 132 hours of coach-specific training, training on all ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics, a minimum of six observed-coaching sessions with an experienced coach and a comprehensive final exam that evaluates a student's coaching competency.
For more information on the requirements of the ACTP application method, please visit the ICF website:
Note: Past participants of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program who received a Certificate of Completion are now eligible to apply for their credentialing using the ACTP application method. If you need assistance, please contact Mazher Ahmad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kaveh Naficy, is the founding partner of Philosophy IB, a management consulting firm focused on the execution of business strategy, and has over 20 years of coaching experience. He brings significant leadership and organizational development experience as a management consultant, corporate executive, and entrepreneur to his coaching practice. Kaveh's emphasis is on developing leaders in dynamic and changing environments by co-developing objectives, leveraging strengths, and removing obstacles to reach client objectives and organizational outcomes. His clients include executives from global organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Nokia, BASF, DuPont, and Pfizer.
Kaveh received his BA from Baker University, a master’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University and an MBA from Boston College. He has completed coaching programs at New Ventures West and Georgetown University and is certified by the International Coach Federation. He is a certified practitioner in Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Insights Discovery and TTI Success Insights. Kaveh manages the coaching program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is a frequently invited speaker on executive coaching and the author of the following: The Leadership Crescendo, an autobiographical blog on leadership effectiveness; How Executive Coaching can Fuel Professional and Personal Growth, published in the OD Practitioner; Executive Coaching: Building the Path for Personal Growth, published by the Darden School at the University of Virginia; and The Four Coachable Sins of Leaders, published by the Human Resource Executive Online Magazine. Kaveh has also been featured on Fast Company’s 30 second MBA and in an article titled Uncovering Inner Riches in the Executive Connections Magazine.
The Leadership Crescendo Blog written by Kaveh Naficy
Christopher Brookfield, is a principal at Philosophy IB, a management consulting firm focused on the execution of business strategy, and has over 15 years of coaching experience. A former CEO, Chris is at home in the public and private sectors. He is familiar with the pressures of leading, both internally and externally. Chris’ clients say he brings intense curiosity, intellect, and heart to their sessions. His coaching aim is to build leadership capacity in executives and transfer that capacity into results for the organization. His clients include executives from organizations such as Novartis, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Northrop Grumman, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One, the Department of Defense, and others.
Chris holds a BA in psychology from Duke University and an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Chris was trained and certified through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), one of the oldest and most rigorous coaching schools in the country. He is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the profession’s governing board. Chris has also trained extensively in systems thinking, action learning, learning styles, and complexity theory from the MHA Institute of Edmonton, Canada. He is qualified to administer the LPI Leadership 360 (LPI: Kouzes and Posner). He served for three years on the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation – Metro DC Chapter. Chris is involved with the coaching program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Sandi Stewart is an executive coach and consultant with over 20 years of organizational experience. She works with C-suite officers, executives, managers, and entrepreneurs in catalyzing their work and their teams and assisting with planning and implementing change in their organizations. She has worked with public, non-profit and private sector organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Petco, Ernst & Young, Cemex, Comcast, PBS, Fannie Mae, U.S. Department of Commerce, China Institute, Federal Reserve Board, Brookings, WETA, and National Geographic.
Individuals have seen their work satisfaction and effectiveness transform through Sandi’s coaching programs that include assessments, readings, and supportive inquiry to build clear next steps to help her clients achieve their goals. Clients can choose to address their life and work goals holistically providing them with tools to optimize and energize both their work and personal lives.
Sandi’s career has spanned a number of industries in her roles as manager, marketer and strategic planner including manufacturing, engineering services, healthcare, cable TV, publishing, non-profit services. She was a manager with Johnson & Johnson, Hearst/ABC, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and Ferrero, N.A. This work experience, an M.B.A., and her more than 20 years of consulting and coaching has given her a breadth of understanding of the diverse challenges executives face.
Sandi has a BA in psychology and French from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University. She trained as a coach with Coach University and Corporate Coach University. Sandi has been featured in national and local print publications and radio with her writing on coaching and life balance. She is a Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and a Certified Behavioral and Motivational Analyst through Target Training International. Sandi is also Adjunct Professor at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland teaching leadership development.
Mazher Ahmad, is a Principal at Philosophy IB where he works with Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations to design and implement strategic organizational change and leadership development solutions that impact business performance. Mazher also serves as an executive coach and advisor to senior leaders across a variety of functions and industries, helping them unlock their full potential to achieve their desired aspirations.
Prior to joining Philosophy IB, Mazher was the Chief People Officer on the Operating Committee of the KIPP Foundation, the nation’s largest and highest performing charter school management organization. In his role, Mazher helped build and manage the organization’s talent function, creating robust performance management, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits systems and served as a strategic talent advisor and coach to the broader organization’s senior leaders.
Mazher also worked for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) in a number of strategic talent development and business roles, including the Chief of Staff for the Chairman and CEO. During his tenure at D&B, he led the growth of the company’s high potential leadership development programs and oversaw the assessment, search and selection for members of the Global Leadership Team.
In addition to his operating experience with non-profit and Fortune 500 organizations, Mazher served as a strategy management consultant with Marakon Associates, where he advised multinational corporations in the health care and pharmaceutical industries on key business process and talent management issues.
Mazher received his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. Mazher also was selected as a Broad Resident in Urban Education and served on the Board of Advisors for the New Jersey All Stars Program.
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“This has been a wonderful and eye-opening experience. Having taken the CTI program already, I really appreciate the focus on business and executive coaching that this course brings to the table.” –Emily Sullivan, Fidelity Investments, Spring 2014
“I am in the right place, with the right people, learning the right things. I am very satisfied with my experience so far.” –Theresa Moore, Theresa Moore Consulting, Spring 2014
“The instructors were fantastic – the varying levels of experience, eagerness to share their knowledge, and the encouraging and supportive environment they created helped my personal development within the class and is already having a profound positive impact on my professional life.” -Shernita Parker, George Mason University, Fall 2013
“Having been exposed to another foundational piece of another well-known coaching program, this program does a much better job organizing the concepts and presenting them in a much more practical, applicable, and understandable way. I’m excited to continue the journey.” –Cindy Balazs, NRO, Fall 2013
“The program was life-changing. I believe I have become a better leader as a result of the program. I am more present and have enhanced my listening skills and awareness. Organizations seeking to maximize their profits, increase employee retention, and exceed their goals should incorporate coaching in developing their leaders.” –Linda Stracke, US Department of Education, Fall 2013
“This course provided an amazing opportunity for self-exploration, an opportunity never afforded to me in my 30+ years of federal service. The self-reflection and exploration combined with the coaching knowledge and experiences gained in this course are invaluable.” –Paula Daniel, Consultant, Fall 2013
“What an experience! This was a perfect combination for me of personal journey as well as learning a new capability. Easily the most eye-opening, self-reflecting, high growth course I’ve ever taken. Thank you all! –Brian LoBalbo, Capital One, Spring 2013
“I appreciate the energy of the instructors and the quality of the cohort. There is a strong blend of content and practice. I am learning so much about myself and coaching.” –Connie Dunlop, UVA Darden School of Business, Spring 2013
“This program was not only a career changing experience but a life changing experience. The self-awareness I have gained will forever change how I approach my life and career.” –Jennifer Hughes, SRA International, Spring 2013
“This program is excellent. The program builds a network among class members of future coaches while imparting skills through lecture and practice. The three instructor session ensures constructive feedback to participants.” –Ronald Kitlas, Famular LLC, Spring 2013
“This program has been transformative both personally and professionally. It has helped me to clarify my values and purpose in how I want to move forward my business and how I will serve my clients.” –Seth Sinclair, Sinclair Advisory Group, Spring 2013
“Participating in this program has been transformational in both a personal and professional sense. The skills, perspectives, and confidence that I have gained will be of enormous benefit to my firm.” –Lori VanNewkirk, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Spring 2013
“This program is stellar. A good balance of techniques/frameworks and feeling/self-exploration.” –Mary Ann Melkonian, Booz Allen Hamilton, Spring 2013
“The program is exceeding my expectations. I didn’t realize the extent that I would have to examine myself and change. Not only am I helping my clients with my new skills, I am becoming more focused and rich myself.” –Jane Maliszewski, Principal Consultant, Spring 2013
“My 'sense' of myself as a coach is evolving rapidly. It is linked in powerful ways to a more complete 'sense' of myself as a human being. This is a major shift for me. The program is largely responsible for creating the impetus that helped trigger this shift and is fostering comfort, growth, and a sense of true possibility. I didn’t get this much from 3 years of law school.” –Craig Stanton, Department of Education, Fall 2012
“It has been a rich learning experience so far. I have grown in my coaching skill and in my emotional development. My goal is to move from doing coaching to being a coach and with each module I get closer to that goal.” –Dennis Sparks, NRUCFC, Fall 2012
“Thanks to the program, I now know that I am a highly competent coach! Moreover, this curriculum and my wonderful classmates have changed my life.” —Michael Rochelle, MDR Strategies, LLC, Fall 2012
“Having three coaches with vastly different styles was a tremendous help. It really showed me that you could coach in your own style. I enjoyed all the coaching sessions and getting perspectives from the coaches and other students.” —Brian Maggio, Graduate Management Admission Council, Fall 2012
“This program has changed my life. I will utilize the skills and knowledge in a way that I never imagined. I’ve become a better woman, wife, and mother. For that and so much more, I am forever grateful.” —Mykia Baldwin-Grant, U.S. Marine Corps, Fall 2012
"The journey was truly a journey of discovery where I cannot place a value on the course instruction.” –Llorenzo Seabrook, U.S. Department of Defense, Fall 2012
"This course is terrific, it is very well balanced between theory, practice and how put this into action when we build our future business." -Jon C. Dowell, The Breckenridge Group, Fall 2011
“I would rate the program as a 10+(plus). When I’m done, I’m confident that my ability will be strengthened and enhanced to successfully enter the world of professional coaching.” –Valerie Brown, Department of Defense, Spring 2011
“My experience has been learning so many vital aspects about myself. I have grown internally, which is becoming unrecognizable. My experience has taught me how to speak with clarity for myself and how to request from the clients.” –Valerie Thomas, Inova Health System, Spring 2011
“Best training course I have ever taken.” –John Pendola, Department of Defense, Fall 2010
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1. Will past students be able to obtain retroactive certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF)?
All past participants are now eligible to apply for their credential using the ACTP application method. If you need assistance, please contact Mazher Ahmad at email@example.com.
2. I’ve completed the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program and would like to continue with my coaching education, now what?
Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being offers the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being, a six-month, cohort based program designed specifically for coaches who have already completed an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. Visit their website at wellbeingcoaching.gmu.edu.
3. What is the required commitment for this course outside of the classroom?
Approximately four hours per week of homework which may be practicing coaching and/or reading assignments, six taped coaching sessions and six feedback sessions with instructors (one-on-one) during the final months of the program, and scheduled teleconference calls throughout the program.
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