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Amanda Shaffer, Founder and Principal 

Using a holistic, results-based approach infused with mindfulness and anchored in gestalt theory, our Coaching provides insight, guidance, accountability, and resources to help our clients and teams develop actionable steps to achieve their goals.

Emotional intelligence (EQ) and Appreciative Inquiry (AI),  collaborative, strengths-based approaches are cornerstones of the approachable, skill-building sessions we design and deliver for your group.

Professional  Development


  • Academic Leadership
  • Building a Mindful Career
  • Communication and Conflict   
  • Developing and Managing Others
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Group Coaching
  • Skills for Emerging Leaders

Shaffer Coaching, LLC is a small consulting group based in Washington DC that is dedicated to advancing equity, inclusion, and social progress.

With 16+ years of experience providing facilitation, coaching and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) education we bring a seasoned and thoughtful perspective to professional development.

Our interactive workshops are customized to provide concrete outcomes and tools to empower clients to pursue sustainable professional and organizational growth.

We specialize in making complex topics accessible through collaborative learning. Let us customize a workshop to your specific needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Topics

  • Awareness & Cultural Humility
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Gender Equity
  • Implicit Bias & Intersectionality
  • LGBTQ+ (SafeZone)
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Search Committee Training
  • White Fragility & Antiracism