facilitation, workshops, and retreats

how it works


career growth, personal development, and leadership

Through personal, one-on-one relationships Amanda Shaffer provides insight, guidance, accountability, and resources to help clients and teams develop actionable steps to achieve their goals.

Often when people are "stuck", or contemplating new directions, Coaching can provide the springboard for personal growth and potential transitions. 

Leadership Coaching is available for the established leader, emerging leaders, and leaders who are transitioning to "Act III" of their careers. 

A sample of topics that may be covered in a coaching engagement:

  • Identifying personal strengths and professional challenges
  • Developing emotional intelligence
  • Discovering and improving current leadership style and strengths
  • Increasing influence
  • Communication skills and executive presence
  • Identifying and embracing leadership moments

Self and peer evaluation of a leadership impact and emotional intelligence can be provided through a 360 feedback tool (ESCI) and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) is also available for team development.

​Please contact us for a free 30-minute consultation to help you decide if coaching is right for you. 

Skill building engagements can be scheduled with a minimum of 60 days notice. Please note that the October through April calendar fills fairly quickly. We encourage anyone desiring an engagement during those months to reserve dates early. 

Individual Coaching is available in 60 or 90-minute sessions in person in the greater Washington DC area, or nationally & internationally by telephone and video.

Coaching is available in multi-session packages for individuals and teams, or as a yearly retainer, and include additional support by email/telephone.

Please contact us for details about package rates and retainer.

We specialize in making complex topics accessible through collaborative learning. Whether through facilitated discussion or interactive workshops, we partner with our clients and provide value by co-creating tangible next steps and concrete outcomes.

In consultation with you, we will design a customized proposal for your professional development, skill building workshop or facilitated discussion. Please contact us to discuss how we can build the program you need.

Recent Topics 

  • Reducing Search Committee Bias
  • Talking About Race and White Fragility 
  • Career Strategies for Women 
  • Dealing with Difficult People: “One bad apple...”
  • Understanding Implicit Bias
  • The Mindful Career: Using Self-Awareness to get from here to there
  • Work Life Balance & Other Modern Myths
  • Being the Boss without Being “Bossy”
  • Beyond Tenure: Designing your Academic Career
  • Finding your Northstar
  • Gender in the Workplace
  • ​Developing Cultural Awareness with Cultural Humility