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Executive Coaching


Executive Coaching is required in the first four semesters of the executive MBA program. During your first semester, you will be assigned an executive coach and will meet with your coach one on one each month to advance your executive soft skills. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified executive coaches have been selected by Dr. Robert Hicks, director of the Organizational Behavior and Coaching Program at The University of Texas at Dallas.

You will begin the program with a Winslow Profile to assess your strengths and weaknesses. Working with your coach, you will develop a professional development plan to focus on developing five executive core competencies, including:

  • Strategic self-awareness
  • Social intelligence
  • Political intelligence
  • Executive presence
  • Social networking
Each month, you will complete homework assignments designed to help reach your personal and professional growth goals.

  • Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Alexander Moeller

Alexander Moeller, EMBA 2017

Quality Director, Diodes Inc.

Coach Mario has been instrumental in helping me with my personal transformation into a more effective and most importantly more self-aware individual and leader.

He has been very patient with me over the last year. Coach used the syllabus and coaching guide that were provided by UTD as a basis to conduct our sessions. Mario was always very flexible not only in changing schedules but also in adjusting the content of our sessions. In many cases our conversations and topics of discussions went well beyond UTD’s required minimum curriculum.

Mario was also kind enough to summarize the key topics that were discussed during each session and send them out along with action items we had agreed on for the following month.

Mario and I built a strong level of trust from the very beginning. This was crucial to have since we discussed very personal and sensitive topics throughout this course. There were also never any rush or time constraints, so that we could fully focus on the monthly topics as long as we needed to completely cover everything. I appreciate the constructive feedback and very specific suggestions on how practice and change my behavior so that I could address and improve traits where I had scored very low during my Winslow assessment. I am also very thankful for the inputs to my “Reflected Best Self” assignment for the Organizational Behavior class in 3rd semester.

He also provided me with a list of additional literature, articles and books to read when time permits again. Very helpful and applicable to my personal situation.

You get out of it what you put into it. Ask for feedback from your coach and observe reactions from others due to your changing behavior at work.

Diana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez, EMBA 2017

Application Support, IT, Lincoln Property Company

My Executive Coach provided insights and perspectives on both the professional and personal level that I would have not considered. Having a partner that one could speak to throughout the program made the journey much easier and fun. Coaching adds value to the EMBA program by creating assets each student at a time.

I would advise new students to be open to constructive criticism and to see things from a different perspective. Having a coach enables one to stay between the lines when one is being sidetracked.

Kirt Williams

Kirt Williams, GLEMBA 2017

FPGA/Emulation Engineer, Intel

The coaching program allowed me to be more confident to be a leader and reach out to individuals needing help to grow within my organization.

The advice to a new executive MBA student would be to embrace the coaching experience and be open to learning and sharing. By sharing your coach will have the ability to help you the most to reach your desired goals.

Janeth Okoronkwo

Janeth Okoronkwo, GLEMBA 2017

Creative Director, Especially for You

The coaching experience added a dimension of the program that can’t be quantified. It allows you to recognize your past mistakes and ‘wins’ while keeping you cognizant of what you would do in the future given certain situations or opportunities.

Imraan Husain

Imraan Husain, GLEMBA 2017

Project Services Manager, BW Offshore

Be open and honest in order to receive feedback you can use for your own improvement. Admit your shortcomings, and you will receive advice on how to mitigate them. Hide them, and they will remain.

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller, EMBA 2015

Research Operations Manager, CBRE

The executive coaching experience was very helpful in guiding my understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and helping me build a plan to leverage them or overcome them, respectively. My executive coach and I continued to work together after the structured part of the program was over as my coach’s expertise in career transitions was very helpful as I evaluated, negotiated, and executed my next career move.