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Professional Coaching


Coaching is a unique one-on-one relationship designed to help you overcome challenges, plan for the future, and maximize success. Coaches help you explore and realize your full potential as an individual, as a team member, or as a leader.

Through working with a coach, you can:

Coaches provide confidential, individual guidance. They support you by acting as a resource, a sounding board, and a partner, but also by providing unbiased feedback and by asking questions that spark discussions, provoke thought, and inspire self-reflection. Coaches may use evaluative tools and other aids, including assessments offered through POD, and may ask you to complete exercises or other work outside the coaching sessions.

Coaching has been shown to increase the effectiveness of training and to have a high return on investment (ROI):


The University Consulting Alliance is group of consultants both employed by the University of Washington and subcontracted by UW Professional & Organizational Development (POD). Many of our Alliance consultants have expertise and experience in coaching; in addition, many have professional coaching certification.

To explore working with a coach, contact the Alliance’s Consultation Services Coordinator at 206-616-8461 or The coordinator will work to understand your needs and match you with a suitable coach. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interview the selected coach to make sure he or she is a good fit for you. You can also read more about our Alliance consultants here.

One-on-one coaching sessions generally run $175 to $275 per hour, and planning on five to ten sessions is a good start for most people. If your training budget is limited, you may want to consider pursuing coaching this quarter or this fiscal year instead of other professional development opportunities such as attending a conference.


Sample Coaching Engagements and Results

UW employees and POD staff members describe their experiences with coaching and with being coached. (The names of the clients described by the POD coaches have been changed to protect their privacy.)

To work with a coach, contact the Alliance’s Consultation Services Coordinator at 206-616-8461 or