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Imagine Change: Spark the Potential of Coaching Education
July 22-23, 2021

Approved for 7 ICF CEUs: 5 in Core Competency & 2 in Resource Development

Change is the one thing we can count on. To ensure that positive and necessary change occurs, and is sustained even through difficult times, research highlights the importance of creating clear, hopeful visions of the future. The Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC) recognizes an opportunity to bring the international coaching community together to imagine change that sparks the potential of coaching education!

During this forward-thinking Summit, you will gain inspiration from leading experts through a combination of keynote presentations and panel discussions. Together we will explore a broad range of topics drawing upon evidence-based research and leading real-world practice from experts representing a diverse range of industries and perspectives. You will also have multiple opportunities across both days to engage with peers, share ideas and spark inspiration during breakout session discussions.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

11:00 am ET

Welcome Remarks
Michael Zwell, Chancellor, Wright Graduate University; President, GSAEC

11:15 am ET

Keynote Speech: 
What Happens in the Brain When We Imagine the Future?
Joseph Kable, Baird Term Professor of Psychology;
Director mindCore, University of Pennsylvania

Introduction: Charline S. Russo, Vice President, GSAEC;
Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

How does the brain imagine the future?  Dr. Kable will introduce participants to the brain’s ‘default mode network’ and describe how some parts of this network bring to mind possible futures, while other parts evaluate the desirability of these futures.  

Building on this organization, we will talk about the ties between memories and imagination, imagination and creativity, and the important roles that imagination plays in making better decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the neuroscience behind how we imagine and think about the future
  • Explore real life examples of how process of change works
  • Learn how to implement the brain research into one’s own coaching practice/work

12:15 pm ET


12:30 pm ET

Panel I:
From Research to Holistic Impact: Making Change Personal


Ryan P. Brown, Managing Director for Measurement, Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Rice University
Reut Schwartz-Hebron, Certifying Partner, Key Change Institute

Moderator: Erica Wexler, Certified Change Facilitator;
Co-Chair, Communication & Marketing Committee, GSAEC

This facilitated panel session is designed to build upon the Summit Keynote session. During this conversation-style panel, the audience will be led through a deep dive exploration of neuroscience principles, as they apply to the psychology of positive change-oriented coaching. Attendees will gain concrete strategies drawn from research and real-world experience to strategically guide people through transformational, sustainable and necessary positive change.

Learning Objectives:

  • To spark conversation between a group of experts and industry thought leaders, so that the audience can learn from their discourse and interaction.
  • Understand the application of neuroscience-based models for the purpose of successfully guiding people through difficult personal change.
  • Utilize strategies to transform coaching programs and practices designed to help people flourish as they navigate change on personal levels.

13:15 pm ET

Breakout Discussion: From Sparks to Practice

13:35 pm ET


13:50 pm ET

Panel II: 
From Social Listening to Inner Freedom: Leading with ME

Julia Kukard, Research & Knowledge Director, Aephoria Partners
Ntyatyambo Ntloko, Associate Coach, Aephoria Partners

Moderator: Natalie Cunningham, Lecturer, University of Manchester

This presentation explores inner freedom using the work of Steve Biko who developed a methodology for building inner freedom that focussed on identifying discarded, denied and defiled identities, infusing these with pride and reintegrating them within to support enhanced agility, agency and competency in the world. This methodology is very useful for supporting clients to operate from a stronger base and work effectively with shame.

The event is presented as a dialogue between a white coach and a black coach investigating what inner freedom may look like for different races, and the processes involved in liberating oneself from the gaze and expectations of others. A particular focus will be how to have cross-cultural conversations about race in a straightforward way.

14:35 pm ET

Breakout Discussion: From Sparks to Practice

14:55 pm ET

Community Building
Participants will discuss and integrate all topics covered in Day One of the summit and collaborate with other participants.

15:30 pm ET

Adjourn Day 1 Program

Friday, July 23, 2021

11:00 am ET

Opening Remarks
Penny Potter, Coach, Productive Interactions; Co-Chair, Research Committee, GSAEC

Gordon Medlock, Director of the Career Coaching Program, Wright Graduate University; 
Co-Chair, Research Committee, GSAEC

11:05 am ET

Conversation with Authors:
From Imagine to Action: Helping People Change

Richard Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor
Melvin L. SmithProfessor, Organizational Behavior
Ellen Van Oosten, Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior

All Speakers from Case Western Reserve University

This interactive plenary panel session is led by the authors of Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning & Growth. The panelists will share powerful and practical strategies that coach educators and practitioners can use to help people learn and grow in meaningful ways and sustain their efforts to change, even through difficult times. The authors will also put themselves in the “HOT SEAT” to answer in-the-moment questions from the Summit participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • To spark conversation between a group of experts and industry thought leaders, so that the audience can learn from their discourse and interaction.
  • Utilize strategies to transform coaching programs and practices by strategically designing them with a framework of coaching with compassion.
  • Implement strategies to connect people to a positive vision of themselves

12:05 pm ET


12:20 pm ET

Panel III: 
Igniting the Possible: Where Are We Going?

Michael Cauley, Associate Professor; Director, Performance Coaching Program, Lipscomb University
Claudia Tordini, Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

 Terrence Maltbia, Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia University;
Board Member, GSAEC

During the final, interactive panel of the summit, we will explore two approaches for igniting the possible in coaching. Starting with the use of art to facilitate connection with self and others. The audience will experience how art helps individuals shift from an intellectual level to an experiential one—via the process of art experience, expression, and reflection—coaches can lead clients to a deeper space of connection and discovery. 

Next, Hermeneutical Exegesis, an approach that provides the coach the opportunity to use language (including emphasis, intonation, omission, and proportionate pause) to understand the context of the client’s experience, is demonstrated. Through a deeper understanding of the context of the client’s experience the coach can reflect in a very intentional way to relive the client’s experience rather than the coach’s interpretation of it.

After the presentations, the moderator will facilitate a conversation with the panelist, and take questions from the audience, with an aim of making connections to coaching education, research, and practice.

13:05 pm ET

Breakout Discussion: From Sparks to Practice

13:25 pm ET


13:40 pm ET

Ignite the Constellation
Imagining the Future Workplace: Co-Creating Change
Kathleen Boyle Dalen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Kauffman Foundation

14:10 pm ET

Closing Remarks
Charline S. Russo, Vice President, GSAEC; Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

14:30 pm ET

Adjourn Day 2 Program



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