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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Coaching Students Learn Finer Points of Executive Training
Sherpa coaching instructor Judith  Colemon

WASHINGTON (February 4, 2014) – The Howard University School of Business hosted its first week-long Sherpa Executive Coaching Program from Feb. 3-7. This five-day university-based certification program was taught on campus by Sherpa coaching instructor Judith Colemon. Howard is the 10th university to offer the coaching certification program, and the first among HBCUs.

The Executive Coaching Program includes an intensive study of various coaching styles, critical thinking skills, succession planning, communication skills and other topics. The program was established to train coaches as they support future executives in their development and advancement into senior executive roles.

“As an African American, I am overjoyed to be here,” said Colemon, co-author of The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching. “Coaching is an opportunity for everyone involved. It’s an opportunity for the coach to provide a service to the client and for both to develop a process to work through things in a positive manner.”

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. Howard University joins the University of Georgia, Texas Christian University and seven other universities in adopting the Sherpa standard.

The next Sherpa Executive Coaching Program session is scheduled for March 24-28. To learn more, contact Kim Wells, director of Executive Education, School of Business at 202-806-1610 or


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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