Shaffer Coaching, LLC is known for making complex topics accessible through collaborative learning. 

We are a small consulting company based in Washington DC, dedicated to advancing equity, inclusion, and social progress in higher education and the nonprofit sector.

With 16+ years of experience providing facilitation, coaching and DEI training we bring a seasoned and thoughtful perspective to professional development. 

Using a holistic, results-based approach infused with mindfulness and anchored in gestalt theory, our Career and Leadership Coaching is available independently and in conjunction with our workshops and training.

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

Our work is infused with Appreciative Inquiry (AI),  a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development. We also utilize theories of intentional change and emotional intelligence in pursuit of sustainable personal and organizational growth.

Practice areas
 include topics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Career Development, Leadership Development, Communication and Executive Coaching.

workshop topics include increasing cultural awareness, bystander intervention, intersectionality & implicit bias, and recruiting & retaining a diverse team.


To Tenure and Beyond: Building an Intentional Career in STEM (chapter)
Shaffer, Amanda & Friemark, S., 2015. In Mavriplis, C. & Heller, S. (Eds), Forward to Professorship: Academic Leadership Development in Science and Engineering. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier

I was pleased to have my essay "BUSING: A WHITE GIRL’S TALE" printed in the latest Rust Belt Anthology. Books may be purchased on the Belt website. I was also featured in the CNN online story "When you're the only white person in the room" by John Blake.  

Amanda Shaffer

Founder and Principal