"Life Changing"

AU's Executive Coaching program was a life changing experience for me. This is one of the most thorough, practical, and useful programs to help you elicit change in the workplace.

Vince Tur-Rojas
Pentagon Force Protection Agency

Become a Certified Executive Coach

Now more than ever, the world needs professionals who lead with purpose. At American University's Executive Coaching program, you will learn the skills to transform your passion for unlocking the potential in leaders into impact as they increase their ability to handle tough challenges and emerge triumphant in the end. You will make the world a better place, one leader at a time.

Our program is ideal for individuals who seek to become:

  • an internal or external executive coach to build a pipeline of change-ready leaders
  • a leader who wants to set herself apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees


Turn Your Passion into Impact

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Increase Leadership Effectiveness
Create measurable behavioral changes in leadership that link to key business results. Increase resilience, agility, tolerance for uncertainty, cognition, self awareness, and empathy.

hands forming a team hand shake (red)Enhance Team Performance

Apply insights and self discovery from coaching sessions to motivate and empower team members. Build an inclusive work culture and reach underrepresented team members.

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Exceed Organizational Expectations
Align individual aspirations with organizational goals so leadership impact will exceed expectations.

Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. --Tim Gallway

Why American University?

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Proven Hands-On Approach

From Day 1, you’ll take a deep-dive into tough executive coaching challenges, based on actual cases and emerge triumphant in the end. We’ll equip you to coach clients with confidence on topics such as uncertainty, transitions, crisis management, and more.

>> See Our Hands-On Approach

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The Gold Standard in Coaching

You’ll earn the most respected credential in Executive Coaching with a certificate from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and American University. Our program is accredited by ICF which sets the gold standard in coaching.

>> Our ICF Certification Opens Doors for You

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Academic & Industry Partnership

American University is a leader in adult education. Heidrick & Struggles is a world-class provider of leadership consulting services. Our partnership delivers proven skills and a team of expert instructors with over 20 years of real-life coaching experience. You'll be learning from some of the best coaches in the business.

>> Meet Our Engaging Faculty

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Meaningful Connections

Two to three days a month, you’ll meet with a cohort of diverse individuals who want to make a difference in people’s lives. You’ll draw heavily on your professional and personal experiences to develop and share insights as an increasingly tight, interactive group.

>> Watch and Read Alumni Testimonials


Participating in this program has been transformational both personally and professionally. Lori VanNewkirk

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12 sessions
4-5 months

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$10, 950

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Live, Online & Interactive

Benefits of the Live, Online & Interactive Format:

  • Provides the flexibility you need in achieving the best work-life balance
  • Delivers hands-on and immersive instruction
  • Creates a safe and confidential space to establish trust and intimacy among the members of your cohort

Upcoming Program Dates

We limit our cohort to 22 students each fall, spring, and summer semester to make sure you maximize learning concepts, have ample opportunities to practice the techniques you learn in class, receive feedback from instructors and fellow students, and ultimately integrate the techniques into your coaching toolkit. Spaces fill up fast, apply early to claim your seat!

Spring 2022 Online, Live & Interactive

  • Session 1: Jan 19, 20, 21
  • Session 2: Feb 8, 9
  • Session 3: Mar 15, 16
  • Session 4: Apr 5, 6
  • Session 5: May 3, 4, 5

Turn Your Passion into Impact Today

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We tend to be problem solvers and answer questions for other people. This program showed me how much more powerful it is to ask the right questions to empower the person to discover the answer for themselves. Harris Fanaroff

Sample Attending Organizations

Our Executive Coaching program has empowered individuals to make the world a better place one leader and leadership team at a time at the following organizations:

AT&T Freddie Mac Nestle
Accenture General Dynamics Novartis
Adventist Healthcare High Performance Coaching and Consulting Office of Housing and Community Investment
Capital One IBM Office of Justice Programs
CIA IRS Office of the Superintendent on Education
City of Virginia Beach Johnson & Johnson Pepsico
Department of Defense Kaiser Permanente PricewaterhouseCoopers
Department of Health and Human Services Merck Sanofi
Department of the Army Morgan Stanley State Department
Department of the Navy NASA The Innovator's Circle
Federal Aviation Administration National Institute on Drug Abuse USA Today
Fifth Avenue Place National Multiple Sclerosis Society World Bank