The Leadership Coaching Certificate Program (LCCP), certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), provides experiential and practice-based learning for a broad group of academic, business, and community change agents. Participants share an interest in exploring leadership development and issues related to implementing effective strategies for promoting transformational change within individuals and organizations — with a focus on social justice.


Dr. Frederick C. Jefferson


Jim Ramerman


Dr. Dena Swanson

Program Faculty

Fred Jefferson III

Program Faculty

John Ramerman

Program Faculty

Diane Bassett

Program Manager


Dr. Vivian Lewis

James Norman

Amen Ptah

Sherry Walker-Cowart

The Unique Value of LCCP

Given the current global and complex environment we live in, and how changes in our environment shape the future, effective leaders must communicate with zeal and clarity while remaining committed to continuous development and learning. Grounded in experiential learning, the program facilitates a learning community for leadership development that is innovative, adaptive and dynamic. As a participant, you will take a transformative journey into understanding the role of self as an instrument of change: A leader utilizing coaching skills with a social justice orientation.

3 Pillars of LCCP
Leadership, Coaching and Social Justice Beliefs

The supporting pillars of the program: Leadership, Coaching and Social Justice, are integral to your learning. They are incorporated throughout the activities and capstone projects by providing experiences for "learning through reflection on doing." The learning environment is a combination of experience-based classroom instruction, reading and self-reflection, and practice. You will engage with other professionals dedicated to transforming themselves and the people they lead using these pillars.

Based on the three pillars of LCCP, the leader becomes a coach and change-agent that seeks to continually transform self, organization, community and world with principles of effective leadership and social justice.


Leadership is the pivotal point from which organizations ensure effectiveness and growth. “Nothing changes until the leader changes. When the leader changes, everything changes.” 1Dr. Gidget Hopf, CEO of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes Transformative leaders start with their own personal work, and the best leaders use a coaching mindset and approach to development.


The ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. In LCCP, we ensure participants coach others to transformation: thinking and impacting the world in new and powerful ways.

Social Justice

The best leaders care about their organization and its people. The leader’s concern goes beyond their own organization to creating an equitable community and world that is founded on principles and practices of social justice.