GSS Graduate Coaching Program .

Level 1

Course Description

The GSS Graduate Coaching Program aims to equip graduate students with frameworks and tools to enhance leadership communication. Through practice, in and outside of the classroom, participants will develop a ‘coach approach’ and learn to incorporate these skills into their everyday conversations with peers and colleagues. As the quality of their conversations improves, along with their relationships with their peers, participants will be better equipped to achieve their professional goals. 

During the Course Students Will

  • Gain a foundational understanding of the concept of coaching

  • Learn the conversational coaching framework and how to apply it in everyday conversations

  • Practice essential coaching skills such as active listening and powerful questioning

  • Build connections with the GSS student community and foster peer-to-peer coaching support

  • Participate in one-on-one coaching with experienced coach practitioners

Lesson Plan

  • Session 1      Introduction to Coaching 

  • Session 2      Coaching Fundamental: Core Coaching Skills

  • Session 3      Coaching Fundamental: A simple framework

  • Session 4      Practice in Coaching Lab

  • Session 5      Practice in Peer Coaching Triangle (PCT)

  • Session 6      Additional Coaching Toolkits & Wrap-Up


Beata Chami

Beata Chami is an organizational psychologist and certified coach. Beata serves as an external coach with the Coaching@UBC program. Her passion is fostering spaces where people can show up as their best selves both personally and professionally. Beata specializes in workplace health and well-being, having worked in municipal, healthcare, non-profit, and hospitality industries for the past decade. Much of her experience lies in psychological safety and health promotion, which has led to her interest and involvement in mental health advocacy within organizations, schools, and the community. In her spare time, Beata enjoys running, playing soccer, and spending time with loved ones

Lily Gu

Lily is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). As a certified organizational coach and a leadership coach, Lily partners with individuals and groups to enhance their leadership capacity and navigate through challenges and opportunities with confidence and ease. Lily holds a Master of Education and a Master of Computer Engineering. Lily is currently serving as an associate coach with the Coaching@UBC program, a mentor coach with the Certificate in Organizational Coaching program, and a leadership development coach with a few other organizations. Prior to becoming a professional coach, Lily worked 20+ years in Higher Education and IT.

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The GSS Graduate Coaching Program equips students with leadership communication skills to enhance their professional goals. Through practice, participants develop a 'coach approach' for improved conversations and relationships with peers.


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