Howard University Adds Sherpa to Executive Education Offerings

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version WASHINGTON (January 10, 2014) – The Howard University School of Business has announced a partnership to offer Sherpa’s Executive Coaching Certification on campus this spring. Howard is the ninth university to endorse and offer the leadership development program. The program will run in two separate, weeklong sections on Howard’s campus in Northwest, Washington, D.C. Between sessions, participants will receive weekly phone support as they coach practicum clients. Classes are scheduled the week of Feb. 3-7, and continue the week of March 24-28. “Executive coaching has quickly become a critical part of the development and advancement of high-performance professionals, particularly those with their sights on today’s competitive senior executive and C-Suite opportunities,” said Kim R. Wells, director of Executive Education at the Howard University School of Business. “We believe that our offering of coaching certification will support the development of African-American and multi-ethnic coaches and increase awareness of the benefits of executive coaching for minority professionals.” Based on “The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching,” the university-based certification programs have been designed and delivered by authors Brenda Corbett and Judith Colemon since 2005. The Sherpa certification is the only curriculum endorsed by multiple universities. When Colemon explains the coaching certification, she speaks about two audiences. Larger organizations, including Duke Energy, Toyota and the National Cancer Institute, have full-time executive coaches on staff. She said executives at the companies take Sherpa training to master a comprehensive coaching process, allowing them to work with consistent success across their organizations. The second audience includes consultants and entrepreneurs who want to create or enhance careers in executive coaching. Training and certification for executive coaches is becoming more important to those who work in the field. Among coaches participating in the Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey for 2014, over 70 percent listed certification as their primary development tool. With Howard University joining the University of Georgia, Texas Christian University and six other universities in adopting the Sherpa standard, executive coaches have a solid base on which to build a career. Online registration is available at For more information about the new program, contact: Kim Wells, director of Executive Education Programs at Howard University School of Business, at (202) 806-1610 or Karl Corbett, managing partner, Sherpa Coaching, LLC, at (513) 232-0002 or via ABOUT HOWARD Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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