Certification in Coaching for Business Leaders and Culture Influencers

with Kaley Klemp and Sue Heilbronner

Coaching for Business Leaders

This six-month certification program brings together four important trends in cutting-edge businesses:

  • The rise of sophisticated executive coaching to enable growing leaders and teams to reach their highest potential
  • The recognition of the importance of strategic business executives leading the Talent and People function
  • The market imperative to create connected business cultures that prioritize the well-being of employees
  • The consideration of authentic leadership and conscious leadership as table stakes for fostering innovative culture

One of the most common questions we hear from senior leaders is “how can I be a better coach for my direct reports?”

To meet this growing demand, seasoned executive and leadership team coaches and business operators Kaley Klemp and Sue Heilbronner join forces to deliver a six-month coaching certification program for business leaders.

Executives, leaders, and managers who want to develop their coaching muscles and methodologies in order to become even more effective in their current roles will gain a sophisticated toolset, new methods, peer-to-peer learning in a stellar cohort, and the chance to practice coaching techniques in direct application to real-world work scenarios. 

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Become a Better Coach Inside Your Organization

In our current business climate, successful companies must walk the walk of creating an intentional business culture and offering employees opportunities for personal growth. It is not only possible to be a coach in a leadership role, it is optimal if not critical. As such, there’s no need to quit your day job: be a coach in your role and “lead like a coach.”

Through this program, business leaders and culture influencers will garner insights, skills, methodologies, practice, and a pragmatic set of tools to provide transformative coaching to internal leaders and team members in their organizations. 

In addition to receiving high-touch training from the facilitators, participants will benefit from the exposure to other experienced business leaders in their cohort. Peer-to-peer learning is a continuous and enriching aspect of the blended in-person and remote program.

Participants will learn to coach their organizations’ leaders to:

  • Operate from a place of curiosity instead of defensiveness
  • Take 100% responsibility for their leadership and the culture and performance of their teams
  • Increase their effectiveness by functioning as more authentic leaders
  • Develop an improved ability to give and receive quality feedback
  • Leverage the various personality types of their teams for optimal performance and creativity
  • Make clear agreements
  • Communicate more consciously
  • Reduce counterproductive drama in their organizations
  • Reach a higher level of overall satisfaction in work and life

The program kickoff will be a two-day remote event in January 2021. A live certification culmination program will be held in June 2021 in Boulder, Colorado (pending COVID situation at the time). Weekly remote and individual activities will be scheduled throughout the six-month program.

The 2021 program on Coaching for Business Leaders and Culture Influencers is open for registrations. The cohort size is limited, and applications will be competitive.

Meet the Facilitators

KALEY WARNER KLEMP is a sought-after speaker, YPO and executive team facilitator, and transformational executive coach. She advises senior executives on how to uncover and address core challenges in communication, trust and culture. Kaley is an Enneagram personality model specialist, helping organizations outperform their competitors by unlocking a deeper understanding of what motivates and drives people. Kaley co-authored The Drama-Free Office and The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and wrote 13 Guidelines for Effective Teams.

"Kaley’s acute intellect and mastery of Conscious Leadership, coupled with her unbounded positive energy, helped transform my leadership potential and that of our team. We are a better team – and I am a more effective leader – because of our investment with her.” - Cali Tran, CEO Valassis

SUE HEILBRONNER is a seasoned tech executive and former federal civil rights prosecutor turned leadership facilitator and coach. Sue is co-founder and CEO of MergeLane, a venture capital fund targeting companies with at least one woman in leadership, and of Leadership Camp. Sue works closely with high-potential executives and teams of growth companies to make Conscious Leadership principles core to their operating systems.

"Sue’s straight-talking, incisive approach was instrumental in helping our executive team digest feedback. Her incredible ability to help people focus and see themselves (and how they are perceived by others) with greater clarity helped unlock the value of the entire exercise." - Jason Herthel, President and Chief Operating Officer, Montage International

Included in this Six-Month Coaching Certification Program

  • Immersive, two-day virtual kickoff event
  • Monthly remote sessions with a cohort of other business leaders
  • Routine assignments that prompt participants to make active use of program methods and tools at work and report on the learnings and results
  • Specific feedback on assignments from the facilitators
  • Bi-weekly peer-to-peer coaching meetings between each participant and their learning partner
  • Digital communication channel to leverage insights of cohort members
  • One 1-1 coaching session for each participant per quarter 
  • Live, two-day certification culmination program upon completion of the course in Boulder, Colorado (pending COVID situation at the time)

Please see detailed program schedule below.

Benefits to Business Leaders

  • A heightened sense of self-awareness of their personal leadership patterns and how those patterns serve them and also, at times, interfere with their optimal leadership style
  • The confidence and well-practiced toolkit to coach leaders at every level inside their organizations
  • A holistic coaching approach that promotes both business success and personal well-being
  • Methodologies for facilitating productive conflict and reducing friction and drama among teams
  • Extensive practice with initiating and facilitating challenging conversations
  • Skills for delivering and receiving quality feedback, especially related to managing underperformers and appreciating overperformers
  • A pragmatic set of tools to cultivate a culture of candor, trust, transparency, and responsibility
  • Intimate connections to other experienced business leaders in the cohort
  • A deeper level of passion, purpose and alignment with their personal goals for work and life, including increased awareness of ways to lean into their Zone of Genius

This Certification is Perfect For

The Certification in Coaching for Business Leaders and Culture Influencers is designed for business and other organizational leaders. To participate, you must be in a full-time role with a company, non-profit organization, educational institution, or government. You must currently oversee direct reports.

The program targets leaders who are or wish to be culture influencers; if you are a leader who cares about and can influence growing people on your teams or across your organization, you’ll be an excellent fit.

Although we have had inquiries from executive coaches and we feel grateful for the work those individuals do in the world, there are other programs that are better for coaches.


The six-month certification program is $15,000 plus travel for one in-person session in Boulder.

How to Apply

The success of Certification in Coaching for Business Leaders and Culture Influencers depends on the quality and engagement of the cohort. As such, we require a short application for consideration. Please complete this 10-minute survey today, and we will be in touch.

Detailed Program Schedule

Upcoming Programs

Leadership Camp
Join a group of leaders ready to kickstart an immediate increase in self-awareness, engagement, communication, and innovation.
Get real-time, in-depth reflections from an engaged cohort of leaders throughout the year through in-person and virtual forums.
Explore the core concepts and models of Conscious Leadership and leave with actionable tools during this four-hour camp.
Executive Coaching
Conscious Leadership coaching to drive business success and personal satisfaction for executives, leadership teams, and companies.
Couples Camp
Build the relationship you want most: romantic, business, familial and more.
Coaching Program
Become a better coach inside your organization through this six-month Certification in Coaching for Business Leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Leadership Camp Called “Camp”?

Well, we like immersive programming that feels like camp: rich, connected, experiential, intense, fun, transformative.

What’s the schedule for Camp?

Attendance is expected at all sessions and activities, other than those listed as optional.

The schedule for two-day Leadership Camp is:

  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm Session; 5:30pm - 7:00pm Evening Activity (also mandatory)
  • Friday: 7:30am - 8:30am Yoga (optional); 9:00am - 5:00pm Session

The schedule for Mini-Camp is:

  • Half Day: Four-hour Session in the morning or afternoon

The schedule for Couples Camp is:

  • Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm Session; 5:30pm - 7:00pm Evening Activity (also mandatory)
  • Sunday: 7:30am - 8:30am Yoga (optional); 9am - 5:00pm Session

How much does it cost to attend?

Leadership Camp — $1299 per person for the 3-day camp. $999 per person for the 2-day camp. We offer an early-bird discount and a discount of 10% for teams of 3 or more.

Mini-Camp — $199 per person for the 4-hour camp. We offer a discount of 10% for teams of 3 or more.

Couples Camp — $699 per person for the 2-day. We offer an early-bird discount for $599.

Are there scholarships?

Yes! We have two scholarship seats each camp for participants who enhance racial diversity and for whom the scholarship will be a difference-maker in their ability to attend Camp. Apply here.

What else should I know about Camp?

Leadership Camp is an emotionally intense, introspective experience. We will be working to uncover often lifelong patterns that can facilitate leadership but also get in the way unconsciously. One thing we notice is that most of these patterns have deep and meaningful emotional connections. As leaders, we often suppress emotions as not being "allowed at work." Conscious leaders learn to be present and aware of the emotional underpinnings they bring to their work encounters, decisions, and judgments. Leadership Camp helps attendees explore their emotional substructure in a way that may feel direct and intense.

You will have full control over what you choose to share, but assume others will be sharing intimate and revealing information from which the entire group can learn. Be prepared for charged discussions. We believe noticing, naming and welcoming our patterns in an trusted group is key to  creating transformation and reducing drama at work.

If you've been waiting for a chance to deepen your self-awareness as a leader, Camp is for you.

Which Camp is right for me?

We offer three types of Camp

Leadership Camp: If you’re looking for a deep immersion into the principles of Conscious Leadership, self-awareness, and authenticity in service of optimizing your own leadership strengths and style. Leadership Camp is also a great option for a leadership team.

Couples Camp: If you’d like to enhance communication within or deepen a specific relationship, including your romantic relationship, your family relationships, or your business partnership.

Mini-Camp: If you’d like to learn the basic tenets of Conscious Leadership in a fast-paced, highly efficient half day with us.

We invite you to bring your entire team — executive or functional — to any of the three types of Camp. The teams who have done this reap tremendous rewards of quickly and efficiently creating a shared language of Conscious Leadership and also deepening the bond and increasing the candor across the team.

Where is Leadership Camp?

Leadership Camp is in a beautiful, airy, bright office space in the center of Boulder, Colorado, the "happiest city" in the US and a hub for dynamic business. You can read more about Leadership Camp Headquarters.

Where should I stay during Leadership Camp?

Leadership Camp is headquartered in the center of the walking mall in Boulder, Colorado. Everything you do pertaining to Camp and the activities surrounding Camp can be done on foot.

Lodging near downtown Boulder is abundant, either in hotels like the St Julien or the Boulderado (closest), Embassy Suites or the Residence Inn (one mile), or Airbnb properties located near downtown.

Whatever you choose based on your budget, you'll find the experience of attending Camp beautiful and user-friendly. Learn more about the space and the dining, yoga, gyms, and other fun distractions near Camp HQ in our Lodging & Other Suggestions document.

What's the history of Leadership Camp? Did it start as a leadership training program for women leaders?

Leadership Camp started as a product of MergeLane, the VC fund for companies with at least one female in leadership. Read more about the history of Leadership Camp.

What will I get out of Camp?

Using the tools of Conscious Leadership, Leadership Camp will increase your command of the following key leadership and management skills:

  • Managing “down” — bringing out the very best in your team members; delegating; managing underperformers; appreciating overperformers
  • Managing “up” — optimizing your potential across and above the organization
  • Managing client relationships — creating win-win engagements; managing expectations; setting boundaries     
  • Giving and receiving feedback — resulting in more closeness (rather than more distance) after the exchange
  • Creating clean agreements (and cleaning up the messy ones) — reducing miscommunication
  • Building muscles around taking ownership over your own issues — creating less work for yourself and others
  • Running effective and productive meetings
  • Defining, adjusting, and managing roles & responsibilities
  • Eliminating drama and gossip; making “venting” productive
  • Creating an environment that welcomes candor and space for others to be candid around you
  • Bringing more authenticity to your relationships, enhancing communication, and building intimacy

What makes Camp unique from other leadership training programs?

Executive leadership training and CEO coaching programs are in abundance. You may be wondering what makes Leadership Camp unique. It’s this: Authenticity. We deliver programming that allows people to create for themselves increased permission to be who they are in their leadership and in their lives. Read more about our philosophy on Authenticity.

"A catalyst experience for emerging leaders and a challenging experience for seasoned ones."

Tracy Saville
Co-founder & CEO, Herba, Inc

“An opportunity to look deep into yourself and become the better you.”

Odette Butler
Executive Director, Breast Cancer Detection Center

"An exploration of self-awareness and responsibility in service of being effective in the world."

Stephan Van der Mersch
Investor, Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb

"Opened a door to self-awareness that I didn’t even know existed."

Natty Zola
Managing Director, Techstars

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