UBSLC keynote Rick Gilkey, shared the importance of self-aware- ness and growth as well as ethical conduct in leadership.

After an initial pilot program last spring, Goizueta will now offer a diploma in Executive Coaching in partnership with Emory’s Psychoanalytic Institute starting winter 2020. The new program is the product of a multidisciplinary effort funded by the GBS Innovation Fund, composed of faculty from Goizueta, the School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Drepung Loseling Monastery. 

The course, designed for mid-career and senior professionals, will stretch students in new ways. Going beyond traditional executive education, this diploma course will implement innovative strategies such as the principles of neuroscience and brain research and the meditational practices from Buddhist psychology to promote mindfulness, growth and personal change, all with the aim of expanding participants’ coaching skill sets.

Over a four-month period, participants will meet during five weekend residency modules and five online modules. Through formal instruction, supervised peer coaching, individual coaching, client coaching and a case conference series, the program will address three domains: mindset, tool set and skill set. The creators of the program, who include Rick Gilkey, professor in the practice of organization and management at Goizueta and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the school of medicine, and Ken Keen, senior lecturer in organization and management and associate dean for leadership, hope the course will give participants opportunities to build self-awareness, manage change and increase their effectiveness as executive coaches and leaders. 

“We are looking forward to offering this new multidisciplinary program based on the extraordinarily positive response from the outstanding 16 participants in our pilot offering last spring,” said Gilkey. “We have been delighted to see how many of the graduates of our pilot program have built their coaching practices, expanded their clinical and consulting services and in some cases joined our clinical faculty as part of the teaching team for our 2020 course.”

For alumni interested in applying to the program, contact Charlie D’Amico at