There is widening interest in coaching as a way to intensively support leaders as they evolve their leadership practices and, ultimately, lead organizational change. This workshop engages with the questions: How impactful is coaching when integrated into leadership development programs, training or consulting workplans? Is there sufficient and noticeable additional change to consider an investment in coaching as a foundational capacity building strategy? CompassPoint and Community Resource Exchange will share evidence about the use of coaching in their leadership programs as well as coaching when integrated with consulting. Workshop leaders will engage with participants on their own experience with coaching, including the discussion of anecdotes and results, and experiences with measuring the impact of coaching. There will be an opportunity to compare our collective learnings with those of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). The data points to exciting new ways of supporting leaders by working with the social/relational aspects of personal and organizational transformation.
Mohan Sikka joined CRE in June 2002 after several years of consulting experience with New York City and national nonprofits and community based organizations. Mohan specialized in working with minority, immigrant, and underrepresented populations, advising groups on growth, business planning, fund development, and board development issues. As an independent consultant, Mohan served as adjunct trainer for Bailey House, Inc.’s management consulting program for HIV/AIDS organizations, and also for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger’s Emergency Food Action Center. From 1998 to 2000, he was awarded a community fellowship by the Open Society Institute-New York to develop a multi-tiered resource development plan for The Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn. Mohan has a Ph.D. in science from the University of Minnesota, and has also completed graduate/continuing education courses in group dynamics and nonprofit management.
Marissa M. Tirona, J.D., is a Senior Project Director with CompassPoint. She is responsible for the development and management of several leadership initiatives, including the Strong Field Project, a four-year effort aimed at building a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California. In 2009, she co-authored a study of leadership and workforce issues across community clinics in California, which culminated in the publication of four reports, including The Pipeline Promise: A Study of Emerging Leaders in California Community Clinics. Marissa completed her coaching training through the Coaches Training Institute and provides management and leadership coaching to individuals and teams. In addition, Marissa develops curricula, trains and consults in the areas of leadership, people management and governance. She speaks often on the topics of leadership and people management. Before joining CompassPoint, Marissa was the program director of a national employee rights organization and an employment attorney with two national law firms. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Santa Clara University School of Law.