CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program

Certify your coaching expertise at one of the top academic institutions in the U.S. CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program is a 60- hour, ICF-accredited program that helps develop and expand leadership coaching skills.

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders is offering CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching program. Administered by the Glasscock School, this program uses a variety of teaching methodologies to give you a practical coaching skillset combined with the theoretical academic standards of Rice University. Tailor your CoachRICE experience to the industry of your choice and learn how to develop your personal leadership skills while supporting the leadership development of others. Through the CoachRICE program, establish yourself as an expert in leadership coaching and assist high-level employees make decisions that benefit your entire organization. After successful completion of the program, participants have the opportunity to earn a Rice Certificate of Achievement and the 60 hours of coach-specific training required for ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC) application. Apply now for the spring 2020 session. 

The application deadline for early decision is May 20. The general application deadline is June 10.


  • 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

CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program consists of classroom instruction and self-study. Classroom meetings occur eight Thursdays and Fridays at Rice University's Anderson-Clarke Center for face-to-face instruction, discussion and presentation.

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. Dinner provided on Thursdays, and coffee provided on Fridays.

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

Introduction to Coaching Module

Introduction to Coaching covers an in-depth overview of the practice of coaching. Topics include ethics, core competencies, roles clarifications and basic coaching framework.

At the end of this module, participants:

  • Have a beginning definition of their desired self as coach
  • Identify differences between coaching, consulting, mentoring, and therapy
  • Demonstrate co-creating an agenda with a client
  • Demonstrate core elements of reaching agreement

Goal Focused Coaching Module

This module focuses on the introduction of goals to the coaching engagement. This includes practices for supporting client movement toward a desirable outcome. At the end of this module, participants:

  • Experience the three phases of a coaching session
  • Demonstrate an understanding of powerful questions
  • Establish focused goals with a client

Leadership Coaching Module

This module addresses leadership as it relates to coaching and the coach. Basic principles of emotional intelligence and engagement are covered. At the end of this module, participants:

  • Incorporate leadership elements into coaching sessions
  • Create awareness with clients on issues of emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrate the ability to support a client's Leadership Development Plan

Inclusion Practices in Coaching Module

Inclusion Practices in Coaching takes the coaching practice to a deeper level of focusing on blind spots and inclusive practices and is intended to heighten diversity awareness in both the coach and client. At the end of this module, participants:

  • Incorporate leadership elements into coaching sessions
  • Use methods of blind spot identification with clients related to multiple types of diversity
  • Demonstrate a complete coaching session to ICF ACC standards

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.

Fall 2020 Schedule

  • Introduction to Leadership Coaching  |  Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Essential Tools and Methodologies for Coaching  |  Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Goal Focused Coaching   |  Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Inclusion Practices in Coaching  |  Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fee: $5,950

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 general admittance for the fall 2020 cohort, a 50 percent payment is due on June 5 and full payment must be received by July 1, 2020. For standard admittance for the fall 2020 cohort, a 50 percent payment is due on June 24 and full payment must be received by July 13, 2020. If you are having the invoice processed by your company for payment, you are required to make a $1500 good faith deposit that will be refunded in full when the funds are received. No exceptions can be made.

Refund Policy

Please see our Policy page for more information.

Financial Assistance

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

CoachRICE is taught by leading experts in the professional coaching field.

Juliana Lucci Ashley, PCC
Ms. Ashley is a certified leadership and executive coach and speaker. She is also a recovering attorney. She brings over 20 years of experience in law, the corporate world and television reporting to her coaching, workshops and speaking events. Ms. Ashley uses her experience in the professional world, plus her years as a Comedy Improvisation Performer to create dynamic and energetic presentations that are fun and informative and life-changing for her audience. In the corporate arena, Ms. Ashley helps C-suite executives and emerging leaders to develop executive presence and communicate effectively to engage their organization. She works with leaders, speakers and non-speakers to deliver a compelling message that engages and connects with the audience. Ms. Ashley has a bachelor's degree in international relations from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her law degree from St. Mary's Law School and is a credential Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Leadership and Executive Coach (CLEC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Melanie Polk, MBA, PCC 

Ms. Polk brings over 20 years of senior-level management and leadership experience to her coaching practice working with executives in diverse industries, most notably entertainment, toys, packaged goods, beverage, healthcare, high-tech, publishing, and retail. Melanie’s unique combination of strong practical business experience and knowledge with the coaching of senior and mid-level executives has helped individuals and internal teams make the shifts desired to realize their goals. Ms. Polk is known as an effective and insightful communicator. She is often described as “creative,” “energetic,” “articulate,” and “collaborative.” She believes successful coaching comes out of a partnership with clients to help them realize the change they are seeking. 

Elitza Ranova, Ph.D., PCC
Dr. Ranova a vendor coach and a leadership development professional at Rice University's Doerr Institute for New Leaders. She also serves as an adjunct instructor and a mentor coach in the Health and Wellness Coaching Program of the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She earned a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the New College of Florida, and a Ph.D. in the same field from Rice University. Dr. Ranova holds a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach credential from the Coaches Training Institute and a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation. Dr. Ranova’s coaching specialties include: leader development, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and mindful living, coaching in the academy, creativity and coach mentoring. She facilitates leader development courses and is certified to administer the Emotional Intelligence EQi-2.0 Leadership and 360° Assessments.

Ruth Reitmeier, Assistant Director for Coaching at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders
Ms. Reitmeier oversees the hiring, training and managing of professional coaches who work directly with Rice students to increase their leadership capacity. She is an ICF-certified coach and received her coach training at Rice University through the Doerr Institute. She has 20+ years of experience in developing leaders and she is passionate about helping people grow and flourish by maximizing their potential. Ms. Reitmeier graduated magna cum laude from Rice University (Brown College, 1992) with a double major in cultural anthropology and Latin American Studies.

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.)

Fall 2020 Admission Process

Early Decision Application Deadline: May 20, 2020
Early Decision Notification: May 27, 2020

General Application Deadline: June 10, 2020
General Application Notification: June 17, 2020

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