GSS Graduate Coaching Program


The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
The coaching process is highly customizable to your unique needs and circumstances, making it a valuable tool for personal and professional growth.
Our unique coaching program is specifically designed to address the needs of graduate students.



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 improve, along with their relationships with their peers, participants will be better equipped to achieve their professional goals. 

  • Date: October 18 - November 22 (Wednesdays, 6 sessions)

  • Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Still wondering what coaching can do for you? Join our hybrid information session

  • September 27 at 5:30 pm


Graduate students can learn several invaluable skills from our coaching program.

Effective communication

If you struggle with communicating effectively with your professors, supervisors or peers in your academic or professional pursuits, coaching can help you develop the communication skills necessary for success.

Relationship building

Graduate students often need to establish strong connections with peers, mentors, supervisors and sponsors. This coaching program can assist you in building meaningful relationships that can support your academic and career goals.


Overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome is essential for graduate students to feel optimistic in their studies and achieve their dream careers. Coaching can help boost your confidence and self-belief. 

Unleashing potential

You possess the talents and skills needed for success, but sometimes self-limiting beliefs hold you back. Coaching can empower you to pursue your ideal career and live the life you aspire to lead.

Stress management

Dealing with stress when facing challenges can be overwhelming, such as balancing additional responsibilities on top of academic engagement. This coaching program can equip you with strategies to better manage stress.


  • 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


  • 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.


"It was such an incredible experience to learn and practice the coaching frameworks and effective conversational skills.
I am not the same person who started this class. Through this class I improved my active listening skills and developed my coach-like presence. Since incorporating these skills into my daily conversations, the quality of my conversations has improved.
This program is the beginning of a lifelong journey."
Sina Halvaei
PhD student at UBC and past student of the coaching program

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