The Posner Center is excited to partner with the International Coach Federation – Colorado Chapter to present our fifth annual coaching program!

What is Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

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Coaching is a process and partnership that allows you to accelerate forward, especially when you have been stuck. By realigning your momentum, your life becomes easier, more peaceful, and more fulfilling. A coach is objective, non-judgmental, an excellent listener, and helps you uncover the strategies and steps forward that will work best for you. A coach will not tell you what to do or give you all the answers. As a client, you are responsible for the commitment to achieve the agreed-upon action steps and for your own success. If you want to get a sense of the wide range of coaching goals, watch the video here.


Working with a coach allows you to:

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    Gain new insights and expand possibilities

  • Become more balanced in your life
  • Become focused on what is most important to you and what fulfills you
  • Achieve goals you have never thought possible, personally and professionally
  • Optimize your inner trust, intuition, and self-worth
  • Achieve more with an accountability partner

Leadership Certificate

The Coaching Program is one of the three programs included in the Posner Center’s Leadership Certificate. Learn more about the certificate and other included programs here.

Intended Participants

Ideal program participants are individuals who want more for themselves personally and professionally; are willing to stretch and work for what they want; and would like a partner who can provide tools and support to help them achieve their goals. Coaching sessions typically take place virtually or over the phone.

This program is open to all Members and Tenants of the Posner Center Community. Black, Indigenous, and people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA-identified people, and people with low incomes are strongly encouraged to apply, as people with these identities typically have less access to coaching opportunities and have been excluded from leadership positions in global development.

While women may also have less access to coaching, women have always been well represented in the Coaching Program.

What Past Participants Said

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I am an all-around better version of myself, which impacts me, the people I work with, and my organization. – 2020 Coaching Program Participant
[My coach] was so incredible – she helped me realize what the most important things are to me during a pretty rough time – she helped me improve my work product, time management, also more focused time with my family, and being able to speak up for myself when I’m feeling burned out and can’t accomplish anything…I don’t know how I could have gotten through the past few months without her support and guidance. I have a long way to go, and I think once I’m in a better place I’ll be able to think more clearly about what I want in life, and where I want to go – but for now, I’m feeling incredibly grateful to be alive and functioning thanks to the helpful coaching.

A major way that coaching has impacted me is that I have a better work-life balance. That is, I have come to recognize that being a working mother is not a zero-sum outcome. I do not have to choose between being a mother and being a professional – I can hold both. Prior to coaching, I viewed parenting and working as a teeter-totter – giving one more weight than the other and always struggling to hold the two in balance. Through coaching, I gave up that imagery and feeling of never being able to balance for long. I’ve moved towards holding both working and parenting within myself and now see that I can excel in both at the same time.

I started out the coaching journey thinking a few main outcomes would arise and frankly have been so pleased with seeing how this process has unfolded and taught me lessons I was not expecting to learn. – 2021 Coaching Program Participant

My coach has been very kind, patient, and helped gently meet me where I am at. The largest lesson I am learning that this process is teaching me is it is ok to slow down, be more intentional, and be thoughtful in my pace as a leader.


I have a much more balanced approach to my work, both in balance with my personal life, as well as the multiple areas of responsibility I have within my professional role. While it is still a work in progress, I feel I have a solid path forward in gaining more clarity in my role (one of my goals for my coaching sessions) as well as a better balance within my professional career and with my personal life.

Having the confidence to advocate for and give reasoning for the changes I would like to see happening in our organization, as well as strategies to manage my time more effectively have helped me be more productive and positive in my work. This mindset has helped me have difficult but necessary conversations and has consequently helped our organization improve internal procedures.

This was the first time I ever participated in a coaching program. I didn’t know what to expect…The coaching program impacted me greatly… I valued my weekly conversations with Rochelle and found her approach to be very compassionate, patient and understanding… For the past 2 years, I have been so busy — working 12-14 hours a day on a very regular basis. Thanks to my time with Rochelle, I realized that I didn’t really want to be a consultant anymore. I also was offered a new job and decided to pursue that opportunity and go back into full-time work with one NGO [non-governmental organization]. I also discovered that I need to focus more on balance, leadership, and empowerment goals. Change takes time and dedication.

Program Cost

We will be using a pay-what-you-can model for the coaching program to honor the value participants receive from coaching while maintaining accessibility to the Posner Center Community. The full value of the program is approximately $1500-$2000. However, we are using a pay-what-you-can model to offer compensation to the coaches and cover admin fees at a rate that is affordable to participants. Accepted participants will be given a link to pay where you can enter any amount you would like. Your organization may be willing to cover the cost. Let us know if you need help showing the value to your organization.

About the Program

  • Each participant will receive 10 coaching sessions over the course of 6 months. You will schedule these with your coach directly to fit your schedule.
  • After submitting your application, participating coaches will review and select a coachee that is the best match for their coaching style and expertise.
  • We will host a Coaching Kick-off meeting, which will give you a chance to meet your coach as well as the other coachees and coaches, learn more about the coaching process, and begin to set your coaching goals.
  • To learn more before applying, you can register here for an information session on January 12th.

Dates & Times

January 12, 2023, 10:00am-11:00am MST

January 30, 2023 at 5:00pm MST Deadline extended: February 1, 2023 at 5:00pm MST

February 10, 2023

February 16, 2023, 9:00am-10:00am MST

April 13, 2022, 9:00-10:00am MST

August 10, 2022, 9:00-10:00am MST

Information Session

Applications Due

Notification of Acceptance and Coach Introductions

Coaching Kick-off Meeting

Mid-Program Check-in

Coaching Program Celebration

To Apply

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for the 2024 program.


Contact our Program Director at