Leadership Coaching

Unlock your leadership potential and achieve greater success in your career journey. Our leadership coaching services offer invaluable support for leaders at every level of our organization. 
VCU HR has selected a group of external coaching providers, ensuring they possess the expertise, experience, and versatility to cater to the diverse needs of our employees. From on-site availability to extensive experience working with executives, these providers are equipped to guide you towards your professional goals. You can also connect to internal coaching options, harnessing the specialized skills of our on-campus partners to provide individualized support. Let us empower you to thrive as a leader at VCU!

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Gain a deeper understanding of your strengths and style


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Develop critical thinking skills to improve outcomes


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Set goals and develop actions plans


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Find your purpose and be your best

How To Get Started

  • Step 1: Determine if coaching is right for you by setting up a consultation with the Organizational Effectiveness Consulting team.
  • Step 2: Confirm availability of departmental resources for payment by discussing with your manager and coordinating with school/unit financial team to secure and finalize a budget.
  • Step 3: Review coaching organizations below to determine which coaching firm best suits the needs of the individual or group.
  • Step 4: Have a representative of the school/unit contact the selected coaching firm(s) to review engagement details and pricing, including a scope of work document and official quote.
  • Step 5: Ask your fiscal administrator to work with Procurement and the coaching vendor for payment, completing the procurement process.

Coaching Providers

Ready to get started finding your leadership coach (Step 3)? Review the coaching providers below for more information.

Pricing varies by firm and based on contracted rates, scope and length of agreement. Detailed pricing will be available in the VCU Procurement system. Each coach typically contacts potential clients about 24-48 hours after the initial request is submitted. 

Boon Health

Boon Health is a personalized Executive Coaching platform that matches you with a curated network ICF-Accredited Exec Coaches to support your growth – both personally and professionally. Participants should expect significant development in leadership skills, including enhanced decision-making, strategic thinking, and communication abilities. Boon’s program focuses on improving leadership presence and fostering a positive organizational culture. Take a short survey to receive two hand-picked coaching options to choose from!

Christopher Henrichs

Butler Coaching Collaborative

With the Butler Coaching Collaborative, transformation is tailored to you. Our team of ICF-certified coaches brings a wealth of experience, and diverse backgrounds. We utilize a developmental coaching approach, that works with you to explore your guiding values, and how your actions and decisions are aligned with these values in various aspects of your life. From executive coaching to leadership development, life coaching to communication skills enhancement, we have the expertise to guide you at every stage of your journey.

Brenda Lockwood

Fortis Leadership

Fortis Leadership creates long-lasting relationships with individuals and organizations. Our commitment to helping people grow transcends the last engagement as we continue to connect with those we serve throughout their leadership and organizational journey. We exist to help people grow, change and lead. Want to learn more? Read about the team of coaches at Fortis Leadership.

Jan Bazow
(804) 347-0648

Great Workplaces

At Great Workplaces, we focus on creating high-performing and respectful workplaces through leadership development in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world. Karen Gulliford, a Professional Certified Coach and Workplace Mediator, specializes in coaching leaders from diverse backgrounds to reach their goals. Karen facilitates group coaching, workshops, and programs, and administers the Conflict Dynamics Profile™ to help individuals and teams navigate challenges. She thrives on showing leaders how to become better manager-coaches and has a network of partner coaches to ensure clients get the best match for their needs.

Karen C. Gulliford

Goose Creek Consulting

At Goose Creek Consulting, we use a “whole person, whole organization” model, which relies on research and science to shape evidenced-based coaching, team development and organizational development engagements. Our goal in leadership coaching is to align an individual’s purpose and how it will be fulfilled at work with organizational objectives to create better outcomes for the person and the organization. Read more about this approach by clicking on the leadership development tab on the top right corner of our website.

Abby Osterling
(703) 574-6271, Ext. 700

Growing Perspectives Career Consulting

Founded by Kaisha McCrea, an ICF-certified Coach with 20+ years of corporate experience, Growing Perspectives Career Consulting specializes in Executive, Leadership, and Career Coaching for individuals, teams, and groups. We tailor our coaching approach to meet each client's needs across various industries, offering customized training for team building and leadership development. We utilizes evidence-based practices and assessments to deliver tangible results and are committed to professionalism, integrity, and client-focused growth. We welcome all clients to grow with us.

Kaisha T. McCrea
(804) 601-8530

KickStart Specialists

We are Kate Foster and Bob Riley, founders of KickStart Specialists, a women-owned leadership development firm based in Richmond. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, personal connection, and results-oriented approach to coaching. We offer individual and group coaching services primarily directed to executives and leaders. We will match you with a professional coach who will focus on your needs and identify opportunities to help you reach your goals.

Our coaches specialize in creating an instant rapport with professionals at all levels. We understand the complex and difficult job of a leader, and our coaching service will provide a collaborative relationship to increase your effectiveness and provide significant results. Our goal is to strengthen you as a leader. Our interactive coaching approach uses a variety of tools and techniques to help you navigate challenges and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Kate Foster and Bob Riley
804-873-3931 or 804-852-1993

Letts Consult

My name is Gail Letts, and I have 30 years of experience in coaching, mentored, sponsored, trained, recruited and built top performing teams and have helped employees advance and grow in their profession. Having personally benefited from great coaches who helped me in my career, I’ve put together a team of outstanding coaches who bring together academic theory and practical application, utilizing our “prac-ademic” approach to coaching. Letts Consult offers group and individual coaching options and Leadership Workshops, to meet the needs of our clients. 

Gail Letts
(770) 714-3798

PRM Consulting

At PRM Consulting Group, we specialize in executive coaching and Human Capital Management solutions designed to elevate leadership and drive organizational success. Our tailored approach encompasses executive coaching, recruitment, total rewards, and HR outsourcing services. With a focus on cultivating leaders and change agents, our customizable strategies ensure alignment with strategic objectives and drive productivity. From rigorous talent assessment to personalized development and engagement strategies, we maximize talent to support financial objectives and business strategies. Our coaching and leadership outsourcing services offer dedicated solutions, leveraging advanced tools and scalable models to meet the unique needs of each client.

Gregory Davis
(202) 745-3700

Radiance Partners

Radiance Partners, LLC, catalyzes transformation through coach education, highly trained coaches, and Organizational Development consulting. Their coaching approach focuses on the whole person, using tools based on adult learning theory. Unique offerings include depth in Organizational and Leadership Development, robust Team and Group Coaching Expertise, and emphasis on increasing client well-being. Radiance Partners' coaches stand out for their small, boutique-style coach training, community-driven approach, and Coaching Supervision for supporting growth and well-being.

Theodora Fitzsimmons

Stonewave Leadership

My name is Lori Pyle, Ph.D., founder of Stonewave Leadership LLC, a creative, boutique firm that enjoys co-designing individual, team, and group coaching engagements that provide the developmental structure and inspirational space for meaningful change. I have worked in a Virginia public university implementing and co-leading a cross-division ethical reasoning program, as an information systems business analyst, adjunct professor, coach, and strategic advisor. Our amazing team of well-credentialed coaches have deep experience in the fields of public and private higher education and academic medicine. We also offer retreat design and facilitation, team development, strategic advising, and a niche leadership development program for cohorts of women.

Lori Pyle

Zingo Education and Training

Zingo Education and Training is a unique coaching practice that focuses on unlocking your potential. As your coaches, we believe in being partners in the process, not dictating or prescribing. With extensive experience in higher education, we understand the challenges faced by faculty and staff in supporting a diverse student body. We have a proven track record of developing and leading targeted leadership training programs with exceptional learner satisfaction. Our strength-based approach uncovers your strengths and assets while addressing areas for growth. We craft personalized action plans tailored to your goals, ensuring meaningful progress aligned with your aspirations. Continuous communication ensures we regularly evaluate progress and adjust as needed to support your journey. 

Judy Palmore

VCU Center for Public Policy

Coaching empowers individuals to discover the effective leader within themselves, unlocking higher levels of performance and success. Our coaching approach is client-driven and flexible so it is tailored to each individual and allows them to achieve the unique outcomes they desire.

Gina Barber
(804) 827-2081

The VCU Center for Corporate Education

Housed within the School of Business, the VCU Center for Corporate Education offers a suite of services including coaching, assessment, and professional development courses. Learn more at the VCU Center for Corporate Education website.