Mission and History

Our Mission: Make an impact

We exist to empower you to make a significant, positive impact on the field of coaching and the world.
We believe that:

  • Coaching is a powerful vehicle for change.
  • Our best practices must have a firm scientific foundation.
  • Together we can shift the consciousness of the world, one client, one organization, one corporation, one community at a time.

We provide world-class professional development and community networking through our webinars, learning events, sell-out annual Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School, and an unparalleled coaching resource library. We also provide grants to support promising coaching research. Specific offerings include:

So as to not compete with our sponsors, we do not offer coach credentialing or training.


Our History

We were established in 2009 with the mandate to cultivate the scientific foundation and best practices in coaching. Our launch was made possible through a two million dollar gift from the Harnisch Foundation to McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. We are now a vibrant community with thousands of members globally.


The Coaching and Positive Psychology Initiative

Carol Kauffman and Margaret Moore become founders of the CPPI with a $75,000 gift to Dr. Kauffman to study Positive Psychology and a $30,000 legacy gift to Margaret Moore for health and wellness coaching. Their vision was to create an academic home for coaching while applying the science of positive psychology to empower individuals to reach their peak health and performance. McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate offered to house CPPI.


Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare, a Harvard Medical School CME course

The Initiative’s first project was to partner with Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital to launch an academic/practitioner conference. The first, Coaching: A New Horizon, sells out in weeks. The conference, now called Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare, typically draws up to 800 attendees. Our participants include: leadership, health/wellness, and positive psychology coaches as well as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses from 6 continents and over 60 countries. Co-chairs are Carol Kauffman, Margaret Moore and Chris Palmer.

The International Coaching Research Forum

The Harnisch foundations gifts $180,000 to create the International Coaching Research Forum. Forty of the top coaching researchers gather to exchange ideas and offer hundreds of coaching research proposals on a public website to inform and inspire research in coaching. Forums were held in Boston, London, Berlin, and Hong Kong.


The official launch of the Institute of Coaching

The Harnisch Foundation gifts $2 million to create an organization dedicated to offering the highest caliber education in addition to awarding $100,000 annually to support coaching research studies. The Institute of Coaching public website is launched. Executive Director Carol Kauffman and Co-Directors Margaret Moore and Susan David are the leadership team. Philip Levendusky oversees the effort at McLean, with Lew Stern and Doug Riddle as Senior Advisors.


Institute of Coaching Professional Association

We create a private membership website to support those highly committed to evidence-based coaching practice. Our Founding Fellows, Founding Members, and affiliates have donated generously and enable us to continue to develop unique education opportunities.


The Institute of Coaching Leadership Forum

This invitational event is for senior leadership coaches who want extended time to connect with one another and to business leaders. Panels and private keynotes are given by C-level leaders and global leadership development and heads of HR.


A robust website with upgraded search capabilities is implemented. In order to support the fast growing community, our new website even more resources that are easier than ever to find. Members are now able to create private libraries from the journals, conferences, and webinars as well as connect with colleagues.