CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program

Over the past ten years, the coaching profession has grown rapidly in the corporate world as well as in higher education, nonprofits and a variety of other sectors. The Doerr Institute for New Leaders (DINL), in partnership with the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is offering a rigorous and International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program that allows participants to develop and expand their coaching skills. 

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The CoachRICE training program uses a variety of teaching methodologies to deliver a practical skill set while maintaining a level of theoretical curriculum consistent with Rice University standards. Participants will develop their personal leadership skills as well as the ability to support leadership development in others. Through concentrated learning modules, participants will explore processes that combine collaboration, creativity and compassion to become a co-active agent of change for clients and organizations.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Rice Certificate of Achievement and earn the 60 hours of coach-specific training required for ICF’s  Associate Certified Coach (ACC) application.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PCOM1700.S19.1 Holly Tompson On-campus Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019

Instructor: Holly Tompson

Holly Tompson, Ph.D., PCC, is currently the director of training for CoachRICE at Rice University's Doerr Institute for New Leaders. She also serves as a coach at the Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute, a network associate of the Center for Creative Leadership and for Landit, a division of Mobius Executive Leadership and for Booz Allen Hamilton. She earned a bachelor's from Trinity University in business administration and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Tompson graduated from the Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University. She is a member of the International Coach Federation with PCC status.

Dr. Tompson has taught MBA courses in leadership competencies, conflict management and negotiations, and international management. Her current research and coaching specialties include: developing leadership capacity, managing career transitions, work-life balance and adjustment to international job changes. She is certified to administer the Hogan Personality Indicator, DISC and the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Assessment.

Previously, Dr. Tompson worked as a senior research analyst at the Institute for Corporate Productivity in St. Petersburg, FL where she advised Fortune 200 companies in leadership, global management strategies and coaching. She has been a faculty member at several universities in the United States including the University of Tampa and at Florida Southern College.

Term: Spring/Summer 2019

Start Date: Jan. 17, 2019

End Date: Apr. 26, 2019

Schedule: Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Length: Four Thursdays and four Fridays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $5,750


  • Professional coaches interested in continuing to develop and enhance their established skillset
  • Internal organization coaches
  • Managers and leaders who wish to add coaching to their portfolio
  • Professionals in allied fields who want to add coaching skills to their resume
  • University professors who are interested in creating courses on leadership
  • Human resource (HR) and organizational development professionals (OD&T) who want advance their career

Prerequisites for CoachRice

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum five years of experience with preference given to those who have worked in human resources, organizational behavior, organizational development, or a related field
  • Leadership experience -- It is not a requirement that the applicant be in an official supervisory position. Rather, we recognize that participants will benefit from being able to reflect on past leadership experiences in a variety of professional or community-based situations (e.g. team leader for a project, role in a civic organization, opportunity for influence in a sports or religious organization, etc.)


Spring 2019 Application Deadlines and Notification Dates

Early Decision Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018
Early Decision Notification: Nov. 9, 2018

General Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2018
General Application Notification: Dec. 3, 2018

Fee: $5,750

The fee does not include the cost of textbooks (estimate of $200). A reading syllabus will be provided to accepted applicants of the program.

For early decision acceptance for the spring 2019 cohort, 50 percent payment is due on November 16 and full payment must be received on December 5, 2018.

For general admittance for the spring 2019 cohort, 50 percent payment is due on December 10 and full payment must be received by January 4, 2019.

Through ICF, there are three application paths to choose from for the Associate Certified Coach. CoachRICE prepares students for the ACSTH path of certification. Please read more about this path here.


This program is divided into four modules. Each module is comprised of 12 classroom hours and three hours of pre-class assignments. Modules are delivered through a combination of face-to-face instruction, presentations, discussions, dyadic exercises, fishbowls and other interactive methods and independent studies. All modules are required for completion, including all pre-class hours. The program is scheduled over a period of four months. Classes take place on the Rice University campus.

Program includes

  • An emotional intelligence assessment (EQ-I 2.0) and one-on-one coaching session
  • ICF Certified instructors who are experts in distinct areas of leadership and coaching session
  • Rigorous and experiential curriculum
  • Five individual observation reports on coaching progress

Total Hours: 48 classroom instruction + 12 asynchronous (self-study) = 60 coach-specific training

Spring 2019 Schedule

Introduction to Coaching  |  Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Goal Focused Coaching  |  Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Leadership Coaching  |  Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, March 22, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Inclusion Practices in Coaching  |  Thursday, April 25, 2019  from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dinner provided on Thursdays, and coffee provided on Fridays.

Mentor Coaching

CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program includes 60 hours required for the ACC level of ICF certification. This does not include the additional 10 hours of required mentor coaching.

Participants seeking to complete the minimum 10 hours of mentor coaching required to earn the ICF certification may enroll in CoachRice: A Mentor Coaching Program. The mentor coaching program is open to individuals who have completed 60 coach-specific training hours.

Please email for more information.

Rice staff/faculty/alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount.

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

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