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Winter 2023 – GSS Coaching Program

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - March 29 @ 7:00 pm PST


February 22 @ 5:30 pm PST
March 29 @ 7:00 pm PST


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The GSS Graduate Coaching program aims to equip graduate students with coaching frameworks and effective conversational skills. Through practice, in and outside of the classroom, participants will develop their coach-like presence and learn to incorporate these skills into their daily conversations in an informal manner. As the quality of their conversations improve, along with their relationships with their peers and others, participants will be better equipped to achieve their professional goals.

Class Schedule:

Dates: February 22 – March 29 (Wednesdays, 6 sessions)

Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Location: Online (Zoom link will be provided to participants)

Session Outline:

  • Session 1: Introduction to Coaching
  • Session 2: Coaching Foundation: A simple framework
  • Session 3: Coaching Foundation: Core Coaching Skills
  • Session 4: Practice in Coaching Lab
  • Session 5: Practice in Peer Coaching Triangle
  • Session 6: Wrap-up


Each participant has the opportunity to receive a complimentary one-on-one coaching session with one of the lead coaches about a topic(s) of their choice. The coaching session will support the participant with the challenge that they are facing and also, allow them to gain first-hand experience as a coachee.

Each participant has the opportunity to join a monthly group coaching session with the GSS Coaching Community to learn, share and grow together with their peers in furthering and enhancing their coaching skills.

Facilitators: Beata Chami, Lily Gu

About Our Facilitators:

  • 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 certified organizational coach and a leadership coach, partnering with individuals and groups to explore, discover and design paths towards success. As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Lily is committed to offering a trusting and caring space for her clients to explore with openness on matters that are important to them, whether for work, home, or anything in between. Lily holds a Master of Education from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Computer Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology. As a life-long learner, Lily treasures each day as an opportunity to continue learning and growing as a professional coach to maximize her impacts. Lily is currently serving as an associate coach with the Coaching@UBC program, a leadership coach for the Managing@UBC program, and a Professional Development Coach for a few other organizations.

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