M-Coaching

 

M-LEAD provides 1:1 Leadership coaching through M-Coaching! Leadership coaching is a personalized and collaborative process where you will explore topics pertinent to you and your leadership roles. M-Coaching is available to student organization leaders and those in leadership roles on campus who are nominated by their organization advisor.  

Program Components

  • Three 1-hour individual coaching sessions
  • Three reflection pieces
  • Mandatory M-Coaching kickoff session
  • M-Coaching celebratory dinner upon program completion
  • Make connections with other student leaders in your cohort

Possible Coaching Topics

Leadership coaching can include almost any topic, but here are a few examples:

  • Decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Goal setting
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Receiving feedback
  • Self-awareness

Have questions? Contact mcoaching@umich.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

What is leadership coaching?

  • “ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.”

What can I focus on in coaching?

  • In short, anything you want! Leadership coaching is a creative process and the topics you come across might surprise you. From roommate conflicts to managing a large student organization, there are many topics you may work through.

What is the time commitment?

  • There will be a mandatory kickoff session, three coaching sessions (1 hour each), three reflection assignments, and a closing banquet session. Altogether the program is around a 7-8 hour time commitment throughout the semester. 

How is coaching different from therapy or mentorship?

  • Coaches work with the assumption that you are the expert of your own life, and their job is to guide you through situations, but not towards a specific outcome. Therapists follow a paradigm providing diagnoses for healing, while mentors provide advice based in their past experience

Our Coaches

Jessamyn Ayers

Jessamyn Ayers

Learn more about Jessamyn

Jessamyn Ayers, M.Ed., MSW, is a writer, teacher, coach, and social worker. For the past five years, she has developed the data program for a local non-profit that runs shelters for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. She has worked in classrooms, libraries, board rooms,  kennels, and on baseball fields. A resident of Loudoun County, VA for the past twenty-five years, she is an avid reader and runner, who will stop everything for a good conversation. 

Chauntel Bennett

Chauntel Bennett

Learn more about Chauntel

As an ICF-certified coach and organization development professional,  I compassionately challenge clients to create the space for wholeness that empowers them to lead authentically. My unique blend of business acumen and coaching presence enables me to support clients in developing the mindset, skills, and strategies needed to thrive in today’s dynamic and ever-changing world. 

My coaching approach incorporates acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness practices, positive psychology principles, and appreciative inquiry to encourage dynamic changes. I apply a strengths-based, whole-person, multicultural perspective of well-being to help clients build resilience, experience fulfillment, and begin to thrive wherever they are.

Magdalena Calvillo

Magdalena Calvillo

Learn more about Magdalena

When asked what coaching is, Magda likes to bring in Jenny Rogers’ words: “Coaching is about closing the gap between people’s potential and their current state.” 

This is the excitement that coaching brings – the raising of self-awareness to realize how resourceful a client is and how much potential they have. Coaching is a “choice in action” where Magda assists the people she works with in setting goals and identifying the strategy for reaching them to bring changes into their lives they are longing for. She keeps her clients motivated and accountable throughout the process.

Magda is a certified executive coach and family mediator. The majority of her career she spent working in education as a teacher, trainer, and adjunct faculty. Currently, she works as a Project Manager and an Internal Coach at the University of Michigan. 

Jeff Domagala

Jeff Domagala

Learn more about Jeff

Jeff Domagala is the managing director at the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Jeff is an adjunct lecturer at the Ross School of Business teaching MO625: Leadership Coaching Practicum: an experiential class for MBA’s in their second year who serve as peer coaches to MBA’s in their first year focusing on the coaching mindset, coaching individuals, and coaching teams.

With me as your coach, you can expect to discover new insights about yourself, experiment with new ways of leading, and get more in touch with what fulfills you. I use a variety of powerful practices including: authenticity development, exploring core values, identifying purpose, sharing hard truths, and holding you accountable for taking actions that will propel you forward. I believe that leadership development starts from within,

Mayra Alexandra Hernandez

Mayra Alexandra Hernandez

Learn more about Mayra

I am deeply passionate about helping my clients reclaim their power and reach their full potential as individuals and leaders. I specialize in collaborating with emerging leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs, and engineers who are eager to unlock and advance their leadership capabilities. I offer bilingual coaching, and I’m a certified accredited coach, with expertise in neuroscience, behavioral change, resilience, somatics, and trauma. In addition to coaching, I lead international retreats in Bali, focusing on self-awareness and mindfulness. I empower leaders through transformative 1-on-1 coaching, unlocking their strengths, illuminating blind spots, and optimizing performance.

Debby Mitchell Covington

Debby Mitchell Covington

Learn more about Debby

As an Executive Leadership Coach, my passion lies in helping current and aspiring leaders in higher education achieve their full potential. I am skilled at helping leaders translate DEI concepts into practice. In my coaching practice, I work to co-create a learning space for growth and exploration that allows people to be vulnerable and take risks while feeling safe. I am deeply vested in my clients and am committed to helping them realize their full potential and achieve their goals. When I commit to a person, I am all in – that investment in my clients is sustained and long-term. I am committed to helping my clients achieve their goals and full potential. Outside of work and coaching, you will likely find me socializing with friends, reading, or writing poetry. Throughout the summer months, I love maintaining a flower garden. Since I grew up in Ann Arbor, I’m a big Michigan football fan.

Jennifer Niggemeier

Jennifer Niggemeier

Learn more about Jennifer

Jennifer Niggemeier brings 20+ years of experience in working with current and future leaders. As managing director of the Ford School’s Leadership Initiative, Jennifer leads a global team of coaches delivering individual and group coaching to masters students, and designs and promotes programming and leadership assessments for all students through courses and co-curricular activities.

Jennifer previously served as the Ford School’s director of graduate career services and alumni relations providing career and leadership coaching for policy master’s students and alumni. She played a key role in enhancing the visibility of the Ford School and establishing recruiting relationships with employers and alumni in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining the Ford School, Jennifer worked in career services at the University of Michigan Career Center and at The Ohio State University.

Steve Pinckney

Steve Pinckney

Learn more about Steve

In his one-on-one coaching with leaders, Steve works with clients to help them understand their strengths and their weaknesses, to structure their vision and prioritize what is most important to them. His interventions deliver observable results whether the need is developing within their current position or advancing to the next level. Steve’s experience, skill, and knowledge of human and team dynamics in organizational contexts have produced transformational leaders and teams that are better equipped to thrive in these complex and volatile times.

Laxmi Shastry

Laxmi Shastry

Learn more about Laxmi

Laxmi Shastry (she/her) is an anti-oppression educator, facilitator, coach, and U-M alum. She primarily works with college students who would benefit from a reflective space where they can build capacity for social change work, identify and prioritize goals & values, and build skills to lead with inclusivity and integrity. Her approach to coaching is all about partnership–using the power of inquiry and helpful questions to guide you in exploring and discovering what matters to you. Laxmi is especially passionate about facilitation as a leadership competency–facilitation is a flexible, dynamic skill set that you can bring to any setting to unlock learning, relationship, and community potentials.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

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Steve Smith is originally from Michigan, graduated as an undergrad from Grand Valley in 2007 and started working at an insurance company in sales, before running a successful state house political campaign. He was then selected for the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School (OCS), and spent the next nine years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an officer. He left active duty to attend Graduate School at the University of Michigan, spent time in the reserves, was a member of the University of Michigan’s boxing team, and completed his graduate work from both U of M (the Ford School and School of Kinesiology) and the Naval War College. Steve then decided to pursue an executive certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and has worked with a client range that includes emerging leaders, veterans, executive leaders, and undergraduate students, across the United States and Caribbean as he pursues his ICF accreditation. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two cats and they love getting out on the water in their sloop sailboat when time permits.

Brian Townsend

Brian Townsend

Learn more about Brian

Brian Townsend specializes in professional leadership coaching, team building, and keynote speaking.  Over the last 30 years, Brian’s life work has helped thousands of leaders find a deeper understanding of themselves, and enhanced meaning in their own lives which has positively impacted the essential people in their lives and the results they want.

Brian’s natural caring temperament and ability to build trust-centered relationships empowers clients to create a road map that heightens clarity around personal vision, purpose, and perspective. His designed coaching program combines his insight with his client’s personal core values, natural strengths, and learned skills to create intention, guidance, and decision-making towards a fulfilling life. Brian’s work influences people and teams to leverage their ‘leader within’ and build a bridge between where they are and where they want to be.

Martha Wescoat-Andes

Martha Wescoat-Andes

Learn more about Martha

Martha Wescoat-Andes is an accomplished leadership and health & wellness coach credentialed through the International Coaching Federation (ICF/ACC) and the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC). She partners with leaders at various levels to identify their most important goals and then supports them in the process of gaining greater awareness of themselves and others to develop new insights that enable them to tap into their personal motivation as they take identified actions that build and refine their skills and behaviors to achieve meaningful results. As a leadership coach, Martha is skilled in change management at the leadership and organizational level as well as personal transformation at the individual level. As a health & wellness coach Martha helps leaders who are interested in bringing wellness forward in their leadership and personal lives so that they thrive and so do those around them. By integrating wellness into leadership Martha supports clients as they strengthen their self-leadership to better align their professional and personal lives, thus increasing their fulfillment and performance.

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