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This online event series contributes to the continuous professional development of our members through offering fresh and different perspectives which are at the leading edge of new ideas and developments in the field of coaching, mentoring, and supervision.

Coaching-Leadership and Neurosciences: the state of the art – a literature review

Prof. Lorenzo Pia, Dr. Joana Suta and Luca De Gaudenzi

Date: 21 June 2023

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 CEST / 12:00 – 13:00 BST


Are you curious to know more about neurosciences and its impact on coaching and leadership?

Join us for an interactive session where Lorenzo, Joana and Luca will share their literature review outcomes and reflect on their implications on our profession.

What are the main results that we can draw from the literature on coaching/mentoring and leadership using the knowledge from neuro-research studies?

What is the eventual gap and how can this knowledge be useful to future research and eventual interventions?

They will:

– present an update on how coaching/mentoring from a neuroscientific point of view (e.g. evidence-based fMRI studies) can contribute to leadership development
– look at new research options to give us more robust, scientific evidence based outcomes, on the coaching/mentoring effects of the brain and the correlated human/leadership behaviours.


Prof. Lorenzo Pia is a full Professor and a Research Group Coordinator at the Psychology Department, University of Turin. Lorenzo’s research aims at understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying bodily self-consciousness and food/wine processing. His scientific production includes >150 publications (e.g. Science, Curr Bio) for >3400 citations and H-index=30 (Scholar). His grant portfolio includes several national/international institutions (e.g. CNR, RoyalSociety). Lorenzo carries on scientific collaborations in Italy and in the rest of the world (e.g. Univ of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo, University of Skovde).

Dr. Joana Suta has a Doctorate of Philosophy, Ph.D Centre of Research and Msc in Organizational Psychology (La Sapienza University-Rome/Italy). She attended a High Specialisation course in Business Coaching Psychology at “European University” (recognised by ICF International) and has a Master in “Human Resources management” from Formamentis SPA (Rome/Italy).

Joana is Certified Senior Business Psychologist by ABP Association and she is currently a lecturer at the faculty of Business and Management at BPP University, London, UK.

She worked as Research Assistant for the International Centre of Coaching at Oxford Brookes University, UK in the project “Coaching Conversations in Business Coaching Psychology” led by Prof. Tatiana Bachkirova and Prof Peter Jackson.

During her career as a consultant/researcher, she has managed projects while delivering and sharing results with stakeholders, helping them to gain new insight on their business and organisation efficiency. She has worked for private and public sector organisations providing high-impact organisational efficiency solutions.

Luca De Gaudenzi is a Chartered Business Coach™ (WABC Accredited) an EMCC EIA Senior Practitioner and an EMCC ESIA Supervisor. He supports clients in delicate professional and personal transitions through 1to1 and team coachingmentoring and supervision initiatives. Luca started his career at Andersen Consulting – Accenture in the Change Management where he focused on the Human Impact of Innovation and Process & Technology Transformation. In 2006 Luca launched his own practice based in Italy -DeGa- providing professional services both in large international and national companies and to private clients. 

Luca has contributed to coaching culture diffusion in Italy by collaborating with an Italian pioneer coaching school. Luca is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council Italian scientific committee and an associate in Weplusnetwork.

Luca conceived and helped carry out some research projects combining coaching, supervision and neurosciences.

Previous Workshops:

Developing Wise Leaders – What can coaching offer?

Dr. Jane Gaukroger and Johnny Craike

Date: 23 May 2023

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 CEST / 12:00 – 13:00 BST

How are we developing leaders to deal with the complexity and challenge of 21st century life?

Drawing on increasing interest in wisdom as a lens for viewing leadership and development, this session shares findings from recent research conducted with practising leadership coaches.

Coaching has become a go-to option for leadership development.  Last year the International Coaching Federation (ICF) reported: “As the estimated market size is expected to reach 20bn USD by 2022, the coaching industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world”.

The challenges of organisational performance, inequality and climate change continue to stare us in the face.  It is legitimate to question if leadership coaching is making the difference it could.

Modern coaching’s roots lie in the areas of psychotherapy and sports training. The findings suggest the scale of our interconnected challenges may be demanding a shift to stronger system awareness and transcendence of the individual-centred focus of so much leadership and coaching practice.  Are coaches ready and able to bring this?

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In this one-hour workshop Jane and Johnny will:

Introduction Stimulate discussion around wisdom, leadership and coaching
Exploration Share key elements from the research
Action Reflect on the implications for coaching practice now


Dr Jane Gaukroger is a very experienced EMCC qualified coach, leadership and organizational development consultant and researcher. She brings a particular focus to leading wisely in complexity and holds a PhD in organizational wisdom. Her early career was spent in HR management in the public and private sectors before moving into consultancy with global firms KPMG and Towers Perrin and then setting up the consultancy Cultivating Wisdom. In the UK she has worked with a very diverse range of clients across sectors including central government, the NHS, universities, financial services and a number of charities. She has also worked internationally in manufacturing, finance, energy and technology sectors. She leads cross- sectoral leadership programs with the Whitehall and Industry Group which focus on building collaboration.

Johnny Craike is a leadership, career and wellbeing coach, facilitator and development programme designer. Earlier in his career he worked in central government at the Department for Work and Pensions and at the Child Poverty Unit where he co-wrote the strategy to eradicate child poverty. He holds a profound interest in how to address inequality. He was also Head of Engagement at a Housing Association. He is focussed on creating inspiring development opportunities for leaders and thought- provoking activities which challenge leaders to think widely about their own wellbeing and the impact they have on the people and world around them. He holds an MA and LLB from the University of Leeds and he is an EMCC qualified coach and holds a Certificate in Mental Fitness Coaching.

Research vs Coaching Supervision: How can we learn from each other?

Dr. Mariangela Lundgren-Resenterra and Dr. Ana Paula Nacif

Date: 10 May 2023

Time: 12:30 – 14:00 CEST / 11:30 – 13:00 BST

This free workshop debates the quality of supervision – whether academic or related to the coaching profession – its impact on practice, and whom it comes to serve. Similarities between academic and coaching supervision can be found in their form and intentionality, yet they differ in approach, style and impact on practice. Moreover, both are unregulated practices. Different professional bodies such as EMCC and ICF and the UKCGE commissioned research reports to establish evidence for quality in supervision. However, multiple supervision models exist relating to both processes making comparisons about their efficiency difficult and problematic.

Central to both approaches is, however, offering qualitative support-individual or in groups- from expert professionals to enhance knowledge acquisition and increase student/coach self-awareness and autonomy. If academic supervision is integrated into the teaching profession, addressing mostly functional aspects to sustain academic attainment and student retention, coaching supervision has established itself as a new career for professional development. Meanwhile, both are primarily performativity-driven, solution-focused and centered on individual needs to increase efficiency.

This begs the following question: How can coaching and academic supervision learn from each other to gain quality by sustaining a more holistic and emancipatory approach to the process? For example, a way forward could be to create interdisciplinary research teams promoting integrative supervision values which defend humanistic aspects over economic ones.

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Aim of workshop:

This workshop aims to discuss and define supervision values that are interdisciplinary and emancipatory in nature and how to implement them in our practice. Ultimately, how we define and value supervision will impact the quality of work with students and coaches

Workshop programme:


Sharing research – Dr. Mariangela Lundgren-Resenterra

Discussion groups


Supervisor’s perspective – Dr. Ana Paula Nacif

Discussion groups



Next steps:

This workshop is the first of an ongoing discussion about coaching and academic supervisors sharing and learning from each other, to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse population of supervisees.


Dr. Mariangela Lundgren-Resenterra is an EMCC Global  accredited coach and holds a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching psychology from the University of East London. She was a Senior Lecturer in HR Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland, at their Business School for over 12 years. She works now as a coach and independent researcher. Her research interests centre on the application of critical realism and realist social theory in the areas of coaching and academic development. Her publications and presentations include student employability, leadership and academic supervision development. Her latest published paper concerns integrating and normalising the coaching practice in academic supervision.

Dr. Ana Paula Nacif is an experienced executive and group coach, consultant and facilitator, who works with individuals and organisations interested in improving wellbeing and leadership capabilities. Ana has over 15 years’ coaching experience, having worked with a range of clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is an EMCC master coach, a coach supervisor and has completed a professional doctorate in coaching and mentoring, with a research focus on group coaching and wellbeing. She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of East London and co-editor of the Philosophy of Coaching Journal.

EMCC Global Research Development Workshop Series 1

Research into practice: Future trends in inclusive coaching, mentoring and supervision with Jonathan Passmore & Charmaine Roche

Research is increasingly playing a vital role in shaping practice in coaching, mentoring and supervision.  Using an evidence base to inform practice is fast becoming part of ethical practice. This series of workshops aims to enable researchers and practitioners to share research and find practical ways to respond to inclusive futures.

‘To more confidently respond, we suggest coach trainers and professional bodies provide more information to enable coaches to better understand these issues and how they can engage with clients on these topics.’ (‘Future Trends in Coaching Executive Report 2021 by Jonathan Passmore)

Addressing this call to action the EMCC Global is leading a series of workshops which will consider recent research publications to consider futures and inclusion. The authors will present and discuss their key findings in the first 2 workshops. In the 3rd workshop the authors will join a panel of experts to translate research into practice.

The purpose of the workshop series is to:

  • Enable an in-depth look at the implications of the research for overcoming inequalities and ensuring inclusion in future trends in coaching
  • Provide a platform for collaboratively exploring questions such as ‘How do we support underrepresented groups, how does coaching have a positive impact on inclusion, how does reflection and self-awareness help in creating inclusion, How do we engage inclusively with new technologies?’
  • Take account of research data and evidence base and translate into practical actions
  • Place the research outcomes in the context The Global Code of Ethics, and The EMCC Diversity and Inclusion Declaration (https://www.emccglobal.org/leadership-development/diversity/)

The outcome will be an EMCC Global report with practical guidance for practitioners.

The workshops are free of charge for members who are encouraged to attend all three workshops to gain full benefit of the research and contribute to the guidance which will be made available to members.

Workshop 1: Racial Justice, Equity and Belonging in Coaching 10 February 2022 @ 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET/13:00 GMT)  1 hour duration

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‘This report, informed by original research by Roche and Passmore (2021) with key stakeholders across the coaching eco-system, is a call to action inspired by coaching practitioners, researchers and thought leaders seeking to deploy coaching in support of the global movement for racial justice and equity.

Our aim through this research is to raise awareness of race across the coaching eco-system and of the actions that stakeholders can take to provide a culture within the coaching industry in which everyone is welcome. While many organisations have broad sweeping statements, our research suggests we have a long way to go in taking measurable action to create an inclusive and diverse coaching industry. We invite you to read the research report and reflect on the work you need to be doing in yourself, in your organisation or in the organisations of which you are a member’

Workshop 2: Future Trends in Coaching Executive Report 2021  10 March 2022 @ 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET/13:00 GMT)  1 hour duration

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‘The aim of the research project was to take a snap-shot of the current views of coaches about the future landscape, as the world started to consider the new normal.

This brief snap-shot survey provides an interesting insight about the changing role of coaching during what is likely to emerge as a pivotal point in the development of coaching. This report provides an overview of the main findings from the 2021 Future Trends research project. The study was planned in 2020 and undertaken during a four-week period in June 2021.

A total of 1,380 responses were received over the four-week period, of which 1,266 consented to their data being included. Responses were received from 79 countries.

The questionnaire consisted of four streams: 1. Team coaching 2. Digital and online coaching 3. Future trends 4. Diversity and inclusion.’

Workshop 3: How can we be allies for inclusive coaching mentoring and supervision in complex systems?  7 April 2022 @ 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET/13:00 GMT) 1 hour 30 minutes duration

The workshop provides an opportunity with the authors and an expert panel to reflect on the research and identify practical actions for individuals and organisations, in relation to for example, allyship, unconscious bias, mentoring for underrepresented groups, global monitoring, humble enquiry and intersectionality.


Charmaine Roche is Director of Lifeflowbalance Coaching and Consulting Ltd. She holds a number of governance and associate roles based on her 29-year career as a leader, advisor, and consultant to the education sector. She is an Association for Coaching (AC)-accredited Executive Coach, a recognised thought leader and podcaster working to advance the theory and practice of coaching for social change and social justice. She is currently undertaking PhD research at Leeds Beckett University, of which this project is a part. Her most recent publication is the article ‘Decolonising Coaching’ published in the AC Journal, Coaching Perspectives.

Jonathan Passmore is Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching, Henley Business School and Senior Vice President of CoachHub. Prior to this he has worked at PwC, IBM, and with senior leaders across the public and private sectors. He is the author of 30 books and over 100 scientific papers and book chapters. His most popular titles include: Coaches’ Handbook and Becoming A Coach: The Essential ICF Guide. He is a chartered psychologist, EMCC Master Coach, AC Honorary Life Member and ICF-accredited coach. He holds five degrees.


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