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Building A CLST Coaching Collaborative: C3

Integrating the Science & Practice of Coaching

About Us:

We represent a team of leadership researchers, coaches, educators, students, and consultants who have chosen to work together to foster the integration of both rigor and relevance with respect to advancing the science and practice of leadership coaching. The organizing principle for our collaborative is to strive to be an authentic representation of what we expect from those with whom we work and develop. This means being intentional about our ongoing development in terms of building a generative, collaborative and professional coaching practice. We seek to continuously build our self-development leadership and professional coaching practice, which includes having a discipline for self-reflection, engaging in deliberate practice, setting hard and specific goals for improvement, and continuously learning from others across the spectrum of our coaching collaborative. We work with individuals at all levels of leadership roles, as well as with individuals who identify as coaches, to foster the integration of high impact professional coaching into workplace and educational institutions, using research-based frameworks, techniques, and tools to support and accelerate leadership development. We seek not to replace current coaching certification programs, but to bring the entire coaching practice to what would qualify as a profession, driven towards high performance impact.

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To integrate the science and practice of professional leadership coaching by providing training and ongoing development support for coaches and leaders, while utilizing our learning collaborative to fully engage in applied scientific coaching research.


Integrating rigorous and validated training with ongoing high-quality research, our ultimate target is to support the development of leaders and their professional coaches, by first expanding their knowledge, and then deepening their understanding of how to effectively transform themselves and others to optimize both their development and performance.

How to Become Involved:

To learn more about coaching at the CLST and how to become involved, email [email protected].


Foster Peer Coaching Program


In 2022, the Dean’s Office at the UW Foster School of Business launched a new program, the Foster Purpose Grants, to provide seed funding in support of projects at the Foster School that advance the Foster Purpose.  The Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking was awarded a grant to create and pilot a peer group coaching program designed for faculty and staff in the Foster School of Business.

About Peer Group Coaching:

Peer group coaching is a growing model in the field of coaching and is unique in its potential to foster peer connections that support the development of each member.

Peer Coaching is a process through which peers of relatively equal status provide support to each other through coaching conversations. Coaching conversations support growth and learning utilizing curiosity and exploration of perspectives, situations, and options rather than immediately providing answers or solving problems.

Peer Group Coaching has the additional benefit providing an opportunity for participants to benefit from hearing multiple perspectives, observing peers coach, and receiving feedback and insight from multiple peers. Peer group coaching provides a place for leaders to develop and practice peer coaching skills that are transferable to the workplace and other relationships.

Program Overview

This program combines coaching conversation skills training with a structured peer group coaching process focused on fostering inclusive leadership development and building supportive peer networks. After attending the initial coaching skills training, participants are matched into coaching groups with 5-6 peers, with whom they will meet regularly for the duration of the program.

This program is currently open to all current Foster School faculty and staff who will comprise the initial pilot cohort of up to approximately 35 participants.

Peer Coach Commitment

  • Attend Intro to Peer Coaching Skills Training Workshop (2.5hrs)
  • Attend regular peer group coaching meetings (1.5-2hrs; monthly)
  • Complete surveys and assessments to measure effectiveness of program

The pilot cohort included 28 participants from a variety of different units, roles, and leadership levels from program managers, advisors, and counselors, to directors, associate and assistant deans, who met in 6 peer coaching groups throughout the program. At the end of the program, on average, participants experienced an increase in their own leadership development, their coaching skills development, and formed new, supportive relationships with peers.

The CLST recently received an additional Purpose Grant to extend the program to include an opportunity for participants to be trained as peer group facilitators. In doing so, the CLST is currently exploring opportunities to expand the program both within Foster and across the greater UW community.

Learn more about the program or sign up to participate by emailing Kaeleen Drummey ([email protected])

Learn more about the Purpose Grants by clicking here