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Alumni Track: Coaching Strategies to Help Women Leaders Thrive

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Apr 23, 2014

describe the imageThe Fielding Alumni Council invites you to attend in the Third Annual Alumni Track offered at the 2014 All Schools National Summer Session.

The Alumni Track aims to bring more alumni to National Session and broaden advanced learning, collaboration, and success, for Fielding alumni scholars and practitioners. This year’s Alumni Track is packed full of intellectually stimulating topics that are relevant across all schools and is designed to build a community of practice through relationships within the Alumni Track.

All sessions are open to all alumni, students, and faculty. Check the schedule for dates and times. Registration is required. (See below for registration information)

The following session is one of eleven sessions being offered at this years All Schools National Session on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 9:30 - 10:45 am.

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Getting Back on Track: Coaching strategies to help women leaders thrive in the face of derailment

by Kevin Nourse, PhD (HOD '09), and Lynn Schmidt (HOD '09)

The primary purpose of this session is to share insights from research we conducted subsequent to our Human and Organizational Development (HOD) experience that extends and integrates our research. In doing so we seek to achieve three key outcomes:

  1. Help Fielding students, alumni, and students who are executive coaches become more effective in their work supporting the success of women leaders
  2. Inspire Fielding students to extend our research with their own dissertations
  3. Demonstrate to existing Fielding students how two HOD alumni have integrated the Fielding experience and partnered to continue learning and advancing the integration of scholarship and practice

There were a number of factors that prompted us to focus on the topic of career derailment, executive coaching and resilience. First, both of us had a compelling need to leverage the time and energy we invested in our dissertations into thought leadership materials that could help a primary focus of our professional practices – women leaders. Since we have interviewed nearly two dozen executive coaches to learn how they worked with women leaders facing derailment to help them thrive, both of us came away with great insights on alternative practices we could use with our own clients.

Second, this research project (and subsequent book we are writing) provided a great way to collaborate post-doc and rekindle the connection we had while at Fielding. In addition, it’s a great way to reconnect with other Fielding colleagues who we have long lost touch – as well as new students and alum who we have yet to meet.

Finally, this effort has prompted us to transition back into a learning mindset as we revisit our original research, review what other scholars have discovered since we completed our dissertations, and integrate new discoveries from our research efforts.

Our real hope is that in offering this session, we can create an on-going network of coaches who have passion and energy for supporting the growth and success of women leaders.

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Kevin Nourse, PhD

Principal, Nourse Leadership Strategies

www.nourseleadership.com

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Lynn Schmidt, PhD

HR Talent Management Leader, Group Health Cooperative

   

 More about Kevin and Lynn:

  • We are both practicing coaches (Lynn is an internal coach and Kevin is an external coach); thus, we can speak to the practical application of our research.
  • The topic represents the integration of our HOD dissertation research (Lynn explored career derailment among senior women leaders and Kevin conducted research on resilience among middle managers who experienced Hurricane Katrina).
  • We are both seasoned presenters/speakers; both of us are skilled at engaging our audiences and using interactivity to enhance participants experiences.
  • An increasing number of coaches focus on building resilience in leaders they coach.
  • Despite all that is known about women in leadership and the challenges they face, relatively few are currently in the senior most positions of organizations; our research specifically focuses on women leaders.
  • Lynn has authored several publications on talent management and leadership.

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We hope you will take the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues from other disciplines, build your professional network, and enjoy your time on our "virtual campus."

Alumni attend sessions and events at a discounted fee of $150. This allows access to various seminars and events scheduled by any of the three schools along with all alumni events. Registration closes promptly at 9:00 am PDT on Friday, May 2, 2014. After that date a late fee of $50 will apply.

For more information and to register, click here:  http://web.fielding.edu/events/

Tags: women's issues, leadership, adult learning, fielding graduate university, human development