Coaching Circles

Campus Event Planners Coaching Circle

The Employee Development and Success Office is launching a Campus Event Planner Coaching Circle for anyone who considering how to successfully hold their events in the university’s “new normal.”

What is a Coaching Circle?

Coaching circles are organized groups of university faculty and staff who come together around a common topic, in this case innovative and effective event planning.  Unlike a typical workshop, a coaching circle is focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges event planners are facing.  In a learning circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning.

 Why join a coaching circle?  The benefits include:

  • A network of supportive peers you can call upon for support, encouragement, and input (a “community of care,” as the Cardinal Principles describe). https://louisville.edu/about
  • A focus on the event planning concerns you are facing and deeper exploration of how to address them effectively.
  • Time for listening, asking good questions, and reflecting that helps every member discover their own answers and celebrates the expertise that each person brings to the conversation.

Join the Campus Event Planners Coaching Circle here.


White Ally Coaching Circles, CLOSED

Many of us are watching instances of racial violence and the resulting protests, and asking “What can I do?” HR’s Employee Development and Success Office is forming coaching circles for white faculty and staff who are considering how they can start or move further on their journey of identifying as an active supporter of racial justice.

What is a Coaching Circle?
Coaching circles are small, organized groups of university faculty and staff who are committed to learning together about an important topic, in this case the role of white people in undoing racism, and meeting regularly to coach one another. Unlike a typical workshop, coaching circles are focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges you are facing. In a coaching circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning.
Why join a coaching circle?

The benefits include:
• A network of supportive peers you can call upon for support, encouragement, and input (a community of care, as the Cardinal Principles describe).
• A focus on the daily challenges, questions, and fears we face as white allies.
• A coaching model that includes listening, asking good questions, and reflecting that helps every member discover their own answers and celebrates the expertise that each person brings to the conversation.

All circles will be facilitated by a convener and will aim to be informal, interactive, and informative. You must commit to attending at least the first five meetings to be accepted into a group. The groups will meet bi-weekly. At the end of the five sessions, circle members can decide to continue or conclude.


Supervisor Coaching Circles, CLOSED

HR’s Employee Development and Success Office is offering new opportunities this semester to explore leadership and supervision through supervisor coaching circles.Coaching circles are small, organized groups of university supervisors committed to learning together about effective supervision and leadership in monthly meetings. Unlike a typical workshop, coaching circles are focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges supervisors are facing. In a coaching circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning. 

  • Why join a supervisor coaching circle? The benefits include:
    • A network of supportive peers you can call upon for support, encouragement, and input (a community of care as the Cardinal Principles describe). 
    • A focus on real supervisory concerns you are facing and deeper exploration of how to address them effectively.
    • A coaching model that includes listening, asking good questions, and reflecting that helps every member discover their own answers and celebrates the expertise that each person brings to the conversation.
    (We will strategically work to place individuals in groups with supervisors outside of their unit/department.)


Dare to Lead Book Club, CLOSED

HR’s Employee Development and Success Office is offering new opportunities this semester to explore leadership and supervision through facilitated book discussion groups. We are teaming up this semester with the UL Alumni Association to read the best-selling book Dare to Lead. Author Brene Brown describes Dare to Lead as “The ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.”

Each participant will be responsible for acquiring the Dare to Lead book and complete the assigned reading prior to the session.

As part of the Alumni Association’s book club, employees can sign up to participate in the online community that includes discussions and resource sharing. Sign up here to join or learn more.
Employees who participate in the book club can also join an in-person discussion group to talk about the book and how it applies to their role at the University of Louisville. We will host four monthly conversations per group (concurrently with supervisor coaching circles) based on the four skill sets discussed in the book. In fact, those who sign up for one of the in-person discussion groups will be eligible to win a gift basket of items from the Alumni Association!

All discussion groups will be facilitated by a convener and will aim to be informal, interactive, and informative. Space is limited so sign up now for the time that works best for you. You must commit to attending all four meetings to be accepted into a group. At the end of the four sessions, participants can decide to continue or conclude.