3rd International Conference on Graduate Coaching Education: Theory, Research, and Practice

June 7-8, 2019
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

 Time for stabilization or disruption in coaching education?
Exploring established and emerging frontiers
Sponsored by:

We are pleased to announce GSAEC's Third International Conference, hosted by UPenn on June 7-8, 2019. This conference will explore the question: Time for stabilization or disruption in coaching education? Exploring established and emerging frontiers.  

Committed to advancing and supporting worldwide graduate education of new and experienced professional coaches, GSAEC (Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching) is organizing its Third International Conference on Graduate Coaching Education. Designed for coach educators and researchers, the conference promotes sharing of questions, practices and debates around topics related to the development of professional coaches. These include coaching education theories and practices, academic program content and design, instructional goals and methodologies, assessment measures, admission and graduation criteria, etc.

Whether you are looking a graduate-level coaching program, or you are alum, faculty, staff of a graduate-level coaching program and want to connect with old and new colleagues from across the globe, this conference will meet your expectations and more! Join us in the movement that is rapidly shaping the future of coach education.

Download a pdf of the Early Bird Invitation to share with your network.

Keynote Speaker
Sponsorship Opportunities
Travel & Accommodations
Venue Information
Call for Contributions
Timeline at a Glance
Conference Committee


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tatiana Bachkirova, Oxford Brookes University
Internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator

"Philosophical Pragmatism As A Helping Hand For Current Challenges In The Education Of Coaches"
Learn more about Dr. Bachkirova and the keynote
Read Dr. Bachkirova's Article in Academy of Management Learning and Education (May 2018)



Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities



Registration Is Now Open!

Early Bird Registration (ends 3/31) Fees:

  • $250 Members (Individual and Institutional)
  • $290 Non-Members
  • $25 Students (First 25 Member/Non-Member Student Registrants.  Subsequent Early Bird Students $290)

Regular Registration (4/1-5/26) Fees:

  • $325 Members
  • $365 Non-Members
  • $25 Students (Members and non-Members, $325 after the first 25 student registrants)

Conference price includes lunch and dinner on Friday, and snacks morning and afternoon on Friday, and morning on Saturday.



Travel & Accommodations Accommodations

Travel and Accommodation Info


Venue Information

We are grateful to be hosted by the University of Pennsylvania for our conference this year on their beautiful campus, located in the University City area of Philadelphia.

Our conference will be held in the Hill Pavilion, in the school of Veterinary Medicine:
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Hill Pavilion
380 South University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Call for Contributions*

Learn more about the Call for Contributions 
Thank you to all that submitted proposals.   Notification of acceptance of proposals will go out on February 25.

Submit, Present, Get Awarded during the Conference!



Timeline at a Glance

February 4, 2019: Deadline to submit proposals
February 25, 2019: Notification of acceptance of proposals
February 25, 2019: Registration opens
March 31, 2019: Early Bird Registration Ends
April 7, 2019: Submission of full contribution
May 26, 2019: Regular Registration Ends
June 7-June 8, 2019: GSAEC Conference
June 8, 2019 (afternoon): GSAEC annual meeting



Conference Committees

Conference Chairs: Kent Blumberg and Pauline Fatien Diochon

Host Chair: Charline S. Russo

Program Committee: Kent Blumberg, Natalie Cunningham, Pauline Fatien Diochon, Charline Russo, Melvin Smith

Sponsorship Committee: Terry Maltbia, Jen Renshaw, Amrita Subramanian and Laura Hauser

Communication Committee: Amrita Subramanian, Lynn Hayes and Kent Blumberg

Logistics Committee: Chris Accornero, Lynn Hayes and Jen Renshaw

If you have any questions, please contact us at conference@gsaec.org 


*The GSAEC conference committee intends to publish the conference papers in a special edition of an appropriate, peer-reviewed journal. International Coaching federation (ICF) as well as HRCI (HR Certification Institute) Continuous Credit Education Units will be applied for. Details available closer to the conference.