Certified Leadership Engagement & Impact Coach Program

Are you interested in coaching executives to gain competitive advantage without losing their humanity?

The Certified Leadership Engagement and Impact Coach Program from The Academies is designed to leverage human potential! In today’s business culture, organizations are stretched to “do more with less.” This mandate can produce pressure and stress, which is felt not only by the executive but up and down the ranks. The old-school “command-and-control” style of leadership—issue edicts, crack-the-whip, tighten controls—doesn’t work.

Drawing from critical trends in leadership, our advanced leadership program will equip you to coach leaders on:

  • Engagement: Cultivate employee engagement by understanding what the brain needs to feel connected and “be on-board”
  • Inclusion: Unearth cognitive biases in order to build inclusive cultures
  • Innovation: Create psychological safety that leads to greater creativity
  • Impact: Lead through uncertainty or crisis using conscious leadership techniques

We translate neuroscience research into practical coaching tools using the following Academies Models:

Over the 10-week program you will receive ICF core competency training and hands-on coaching experience. Our buddy coaching model provides an adaptable roadmap for your coaching conversations with leaders, giving you a framework and sequence to guide your coaching.


ICF Approval: This 30-hour program of Core Competency Training is approved as an ACSTH program by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a part of The Academies’ Accredited Coach Training Program (ICF ACTP/Level 2).

Program Details

why the academies

Neuroscience: We’ve been training coaches for 20+ years, and we’ve spent the better part of our last 10 years gobbling up the latest research on neuroscience. Translating neuroscience findings into easy-to-implement coaching techniques is our passion. When you marry coaching techniques with mind-body biology, you have a much better chance of supporting your clients to make lasting change (they’ll thank you for it)!

Mission: We’re on a mission to “Change Minds, For Good” (starting with our own)! We believe respectful relationships and authentic conversations are the incubator for insight, action, and lasting change. We believe that every brain is wired for growth and capable of choosing well. We stand for growing our individual and collective capacity to feel good, think good, encounter good, and create good. If this resonates with you, you’re in the right place.

More on the brain: Our certification programs are intentionally structured to extend over several months’ time. That’s because new skills cannot be mastered in a weekend format (have you ever come back to your office after being at a great conference, only to forget half of what you’ve learned or be too busy to implement the other half?) Nor can coaching be mastered entirely by embarking on self-directed study or reading books (much the same as taking a course on music appreciation does not equip one to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata).

To learn effectively, the brain needs good “P.R.”—Positivity and Routinization:

  • We make learning fun (you’ll remember more),
  • We pride ourselves on creating psychologically safe learning environments (you’ll feel confident to take more risks), and
  • We create opportunities to practice coaching over time (you’ll build “muscle memory” that lasts).


We “meet” from the comfort of home/office via Zoom for 10 weeks, for 2 hours each time. Total class hours are 30. The beauty of the 10-week program allows you the time and framework to assimilate, practice and execute the new systems, strategies, and communication styles learned. It also allows you to connect with your instructor and cluster-mates.

How much time will you spend in addition to class-time hours? Past participants indicate spending between one to two hours each week for classroom tasks and buddy coaching.

See our calendar or email Brittany HERE for upcoming dates and times.

If you wish to participate in 1-on-1 training, the program sessions will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time and can be compressed into a slightly shorter time frame or stretched to a slightly longer time frame–whatever will work best for your schedule.


Open Cluster Format: A group of 4-12 classmates; pricing and registration details please click HERE.

Private Cohort: pricing and registration details please contact Brittany Macdonald HERE or at 559.547.8202.

Note: Contact Brittany at (559) 547-8202 or HERE for more information and additional pricing options if you are registering two or more participants.

Our Program Policy and procedures

Pre-Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in this advanced program, you will need to meet one of the following qualifications:

  • The Academies CELDC Program
  • An ICF ACC Credential or above
  • Prior leadership training with focus on the ICF core competencies
  • Other related experience that demonstrates your readiness to dive into an advanced leadership coach training program

Final Requirements

Attendance: Attend 8 of the 10 live class sessions

Vimify: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be required to finish Vimify (online classroom) tasks with an 80% completion rate or more within 10 days of the conclusion of the program.  If the 80% is not met, the coach will be issued a Certificate of Completion for the course in place of the credential.

Buddy Coaching and Homework: Your classroom tasks will include one hour of buddy coaching on the even weeks of class along with short daily tasks each odd week for a total of approximately one hour of tasks per week.  You will also be applying the coaching principles to a leadership client beginning in week 6.

Mentor Coaching: 2 group mentor coaching sessions with an Academies PCC-Certified coach are included in the price of the program. Mentor coaching sessions are in groups of two or three and about an hour each.

  • 3 additional group mentor coaching sessions are available for purchase if you are pursuing an ICF credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) or would like additional guidance on your coaching strategies
  • All mentor coaching must be completed within 12 weeks after completion of the 10-week program. Missed sessions, without 24 hours prior notice, are billed.

Upon completion of the above requirements, coaches will receive a display certificate suitable for framing and rights to use the CLEIC logo.

Withdrawal Policy

Should you need to withdraw, the following options are available:

Transfer Option: Should you want to retake the course with a starting date within 12 months of the original starting date (subject to space availability) – a $350 administrative fee applies and an additional charge equal to the difference in price if the program has increased in investment.

Withdrawal Option: Receive a full refund less a $350 administrative fee if withdrawing at least 48 hours before class begins.  Receive a 50% refund if withdrawing after that time and before class 2 (note that if you choose to pay via payment plan, your second payment will be drawn and your final two will be canceled).  Upon notifying us of withdrawal, we ask you to delete any program materials you may have downloaded. No refund available after class 2.