Webinar: Special Tribute to Anthony Grant: A Review of the Contribution of the Coaching Psychology Unit at Sydney University

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October 28, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

The world’s first Coaching Psychology Unit was established by Anthony Grant and Michael Cavanagh at the University of Sydney in 2000. The Coaching Psychology Unit remains a leading institution in coaching research, education and practice to this day. The work of Tony Grant and the team at the University of Sydney has had a significant impact on the field of coaching science. The coaching psychology unit’s prolific research output has included hundreds of papers, keynotes and conference presentations, making many of the most important innovations in the development of coaching and coaching practice internationally. They are also one of the pre-eminent institutes of coaching education, having established several post-graduate coaching degree programs, producing over a thousand graduates.  
Earlier this year, Professor Anthony Grant, then director of the coaching unit, passed away leaving both a gap in the field of coaching and an impressive legacy of scholarly work. Tony’s work and contribution to the field of coaching have been highly recognized with multiple awards internationally. Sean O’Connor and Michael Cavanagh continue the pioneering work of the Coaching Psychology Unit. During this webinar they will highlight 20 years of research and contribution the Coaching Psychology Unit has made to the field of coaching psychology, as well as highlighting new research and directions currently underway to meet the changing needs of our world.
The Institute of Coaching will announce the establishment of an award for outstanding research in coaching and call for nominations.
Sean A O’Connor. PhD, MSc Coaching Psychology
Michael J Cavanagh. PhD Clin Psych

This is a public webinar. Attendance will be limited to the first 1000 people. The recording will be emailed to all registrants.


Sean O’Connor is the Director of the world-renowned Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney and an internationally recognised practitioner, researcher, and academic within the fields of organisational development, positive psychology, leadership and coaching psychology. Sean has taken an evidence-based approach to supporting and coaching hundreds of executives, senior leaders, and middle managers from a broad range of sectors from across the globe. Sean’s research focuses on the influence of leadership coaching on the well-being of others within organisational networks and complex systems. Sean is a Harnisch Scholar at the Institute of Coaching, publishing numerous book chapters and peer reviewed journals. Sean regularly speaks at international conferences, winning numerous awards for his ground-breaking research on the coaching ripple effect.








Michael is an internationally recognized academic, consultant, practitioner in the field of leadership and coaching psychology. Michael’s work focuses on preparing leaders, teams and coaches to work effectively and sustainably in complex settings.  In his academic work he is the Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University (UK). He has coached leaders and managers at all levels from a diverse range of public and private, national and multinational organizations, both in Australia and internationally.   Along with numerous publications in the peer reviewed press, Michael is the principal author of the Standards Australia Handbook of Organisational Coaching. He is also the Australian editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review. Michael’s passion is educating coaches and assisting leaders, organisations and individuals to understand and address complex challenges in ways that increase the sustainability of the organisation, its people and the planet.