Leadership and Performance Coaching

The Brown University School of Professional Studies, in partnership with ACT Leadership, is offering ACT’s Leadership and Performance Coaching Certification Program accredited by the International Coach Federation.


We believe these moments in life should be defined by how we respond vs. how we react. Coaching for those in need is never more important than right now.  In coaching, we help people to respond in the most effective way and expand their capacity to be with uncertainty.  We want to say thank you to the healthcare providers around the world who are tirelessly fighting the spread of COVID-19, putting their own health at risk to protect ours.

IMPACT on ACT Programs

For now, ACT is moving to a virtual platform until it is safe and sensible for us to congregate together again. We will continue to deliver our Leadership + Performance Coaching Certification program in partnership with Brown University virtually until it is safe to move back to in-person. Right now, the Summer and Fall Programs 2020 are scheduled for in-person.  As and when we know more, we will update this page.

Now enrolling for Summer and Fall 2020

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Perfect for Professionals

Leadership and Performance Coaching is a critical professional development skill for senior leaders. This certification offers the unique opportunity to develop your full leadership potential, maximize team performance, and increase results in your workplace.

Build More Productive and Resilient Teams

Skilled performance coaching optimizes group effectiveness and efficiency. Coaching can also improve workforce retention rates and increase morale. Coach training allows an individual to scale their ability as a leader and teaches them to empower others— creating more independent and productive teams.

Gallup consistently reports that two-thirds of the US workforce is disengaged at work. Disengaged employees cost the United States somewhere between $450 and $550 billion annually. Employee disengagement can increase turnover, sabotage office culture, and lead to a greater number of oversights in the workplace. It’s crucial that we turn our attention to a skill too often neglected— forging human connection— understanding your fellow colleagues or employees beyond a transactional level.

Improve employee engagement and positively impact employee development, client satisfaction, and business performance— join ACT Leadership this Spring or Summer 2020!

Based in Science, Delivering Results

Coaching concepts are grounded in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and research in leadership effectiveness. Coaches hone critical leadership skills in the following areas:

  • Effective communication across teams and organizations
  • Innovative solutions
  • Decision making
  • Leading change
  • Critical thinking
  • Team and relationship building

Hands down, the best leadership course I have taken. ACT was absolutely fantastic in their approach, structure, and delivery of the content.

Coaching Certification Program participant

Professionals with experience in coaching, human resources, leadership, organizational development, or related field.


The total program length is 6 months.




The program uses a blended format, consisting of three in-person experiential modules supplemented with virtual group and individual learning.


The on-campus sessions will be held on Brown University’s Providence, Rhode Island campus.

Start Date

Fall 2018

A Proven Approach

ACT’s Leadership & Performance Coach Training Certification Program is a six-month program, with three in-person experiential sessions supplemented with online group and individual learning. In-person sessions are held on the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion from ACT Leadership and Brown University School of Professional Studies.  The ACT Leadership and Performance Coaching Certification Program is approved for the Associate Certified Coach accreditation via the International Coaching Federation ACSTH pathway.

About ACT Leadership

ACT Leadership, founded in 2012, uses a systematic approach to professional development using the Assess Coach Train methodology, targeted at individuals, teams and organizations. ACT’s exceptional team teach critical skills and experience in coaching, training, and consulting.

The Brown University School of Professional Studies has relied on ACT’s superior leadership and performance coaching as an integral component in their Executive Masters curriculum.

We chose to partner with ACT Leadership because we share a common mission, to develop effective, reflective, and inclusive leaders, to effect positive change in the world and to improve human welfare.

Leah VanWey
Dean, School of Professional Studies

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