The Leadership Coaching Program was piloted in fall 2022 with seven Blackburn participants and continues due to positive feedback from the coachees.

The purpose of this program is to help Fellows who feel stuck in their leadership development come to a greater understanding of themselves and build skills to overcome one specific leadership challenge they are facing.

Possible goals include:

  • Reflecting on your leadership style,
  • Setting clear expectations for a team,
  • Improving a working environment,
  • Handling conflict, and
  • Increasing productivity through a shift in focus.


Blackburn staff selected two internationally certified leadership coaches to provide participants with six, virtual or in-person, 1hr skill building sessions that target their leadership development goals

The first session involves setting the norms of the coaching relationship, analyzing a pre-assessment, and setting goals. In the following sessions, the coach and participant work toward achieving those goals with possible homework assigned between sessions.


Whereas leadership coaching typically costs up to $300 per hour, participants (or their employers) will only pay $100 for the first session directly to the coach. All remaining charges will be paid for by the Institute as a way for Blackburn to fulfill its lifetime commitment to our Fellows.

Application Timeline

  • Applications open: Summer.
  • Application deadline: Early August
  • Application review: Blackburn staff and leadership coaches select the coachees and match them with coaches in August.
  • Notification: Coachees are notified of their status and, if selected, introduced to their coach post-Annual Symposium.
  • Coaching sessions: The coach and coachee meet for six sessions during the fall according to their schedules.

2022 Leadership Coaching Testimonials