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Leadership Coaching

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a partnership between coach and client that focuses on personal goal setting, self-development, potential outcomes, and actionable steps for creating a more positive future. Coaching is not mentoring, counseling, therapy, training, or teaching.

According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaching is: "Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership. The coach manages the process to create a safe environment. The client is accountable for action.”

We inspire and equip students

to go from where they are as individuals, to where they want to be as leaders. We do this by focusing our coaching primarily on the Leader Development Plan.

How can I be coached?

  • Fill out the Leadership Coaching application 
  • Complete the Leadership Coaching Readiness Survey 
  • Student is paired with a Leadership Coach 
  • Leadership Coach and student begin coaching sessions 

Want to become a student leadership coach?

Sign up for ST DEV 214R (Section 005 or 006). This course is designed for students to become trained leadership coaches.

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How coaching creates leaders

Coaching aims to build moral and ethical leaders at BYU by:

  • Elevating the leadership capacity of students so they can go forth to serve in their church, families, professions, and communities 
  • Supporting personal change and growth in chosen leadership competencies 
  • Increasing in knowledge, skills, and confidence 
  • Experiencing feelings of empowerment and enablement
  • Exhibiting care and concern for others 
"The Sorensen leadership coaching pilot program has changed my life. The skills I have learned and coaching has already had a great impact on how I perceive myself and how I perceive my friends."
~ Bryce Palmer
"I have absolutely loved my experience thus far in the Student Leadership Coaching Pilot program. It has helped me understand my own potential as an individual, and the impact I can have on other's lives."
~ Katelyn Bell
"This experience was amazing. I loved learning how to ask questions and listen to help someone discover their next steps and tackle challenging issues in their life."
~ Robert Rex
"The structure, moderators, and coaches were great at teaching and giving instruction. My experience has been unforgettable and I was so glad to have met such nice and caring individuals."
~ Kimberlyn Yellowhair

Meet the Team

Mario Pereyra

Leadership Education Administrator

Devoree Ellis

Coaching Co-Lead

Bryce Palmer

Coaching Co-Lead

Katelyn Bell


AJ Conover


Danny Jones


Alanna Vierra