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GSAEC Campfire

  • Thu, April 22, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Zoom


Presentation Topic  & Description
Who knew research could be this fun!

The GSAEC research committee has exciting news to share with you in this campfire. They’ve been hard at work this past year, updating the standard for establishing best practices for coach education programs and scholarship related to the conceptual and theoretical foundations of coaching practice.  This standard lies at the core of what GSAEC stands for -- scholarship in service to the education of scholar-practitioner coaches. Their findings demonstrate the evolving theoretical foundations of the coaching profession.  

In this session, co-chairs Penny Potter and Gordon Medlock will share an overview of how the theoretical framework for coaching and coaching scholarship is evolving and the implications for coaching education programs. They will also share the forward-looking plan to publish a GSAEC annotated bibliography of significant research and practice innovations related to the GSAEC standards of coaching excellence -- an important member benefit.

Please join us in this engaging conversation about scholarship that supports coaching education and our scholar-practitioner graduates!

Campfire Registration 4/22/21

Session Date & Time
April 22, 2021

8:00 am - 9:30 am PST
9:00 am - 10:30 MST
10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm South Africa Standard Time

A Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered attendees.

About the Presenters

Dr. Penny Potter has been an educator since 1994 and a practicing coach since 2006. She serves on the GSAEC board and is thoroughly enjoys co-chairing the research committee with Gordon Medlock. She has co-designed and delivered two university based ICF-accredited coach training programs and a coaching skills for leaders program for 240 federal leaders. Her research focus is on the internal process of becoming a coach. Penny serves as adjunct faculty at George Mason University where she teaches the Foundations of Coaching course for graduate students in an organizational development program. Recent publications include chapters on coaching in: and Innovations in Leadership Coaching: Research and Practice and Maturing Leadership: How Adult Development Impacts Leadership
. Penny’s Ph.D. in human and organizational systems. She holds a M.S. in organizational development and knowledge management, and a B.S. in psychology. She received her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation.  Penny is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society.


Dr. Gordon Medlock is a faculty member at the Wright Graduate University program in transformational coaching and leadership.  He is Director of Doctoral Research and the Career Coaching Program, and is certified through ICF as a PCC level coach. He is co-chair of the GSAEC research Committee with his colleague and friend, Penny Potter, and enjoys working with the GSAEC standards of research and practice excellence during this exciting period in the evolution of the coaching profession.

Gordon has over 25 years of experience providing career and life coaching services across a broad spectrum of life contexts, industries, and professions. He also has over 15 years’ consulting experience in the field of human capital management (HCM), facilitating the implementation of performance management and employee development processes and systems for over 50 organizations.  

Gordon has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. He has extensive experience in the fields of coaching, clinical, and organizational psychology, enabling him to address a wide range of life and career issues in his coaching practice.

GSAEC is an association of institutional, individual and student members that leads the way to strengthen the discipline and practice of coaching through quality graduate-level education and research. The peer support initiative is aligned with GSAEC’s mission to build, sustain and support a collaborative community of coaching scholars and practitioners.

Contact Tricia Fusilero at the GSAEC office - info@gsaec.org or call the association management office at 312-540-9300.



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