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Another Class of 2018

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This Minneapolis group was dynamic, invested, and brought tremendous application from their professional experience which included leaders from Target, Optum, Thrivant, Hennepin County, 3M, and the Houston Fire Department.

It was a innovative class, and each week provided rich dialogue, creative insight, and plenty of humor. The one outstanding characteristic is the life-long relationships that were not only represented but relationships that were developed for the long term.

Grateful and honored to have been a part of this cohort!



Carol began her coach training with the Center for Coaching Excellence in 2012. She set her sights on achieving the ICF professional level of certification in 2018.

November 20, 2018 her goal became a reality and Carol received her ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification.

Carol is also a Certified People Acuity Coach and Strengths Strategy Coach.

Congratulations Carol!

Looking for BCC Certification?

Looking for BCC Certification?


Essential Coaching Training is an approved Center for Credentialing & Education training course. The Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides practitioners and organizations with assessments, business support services, and credentialing. Created in 1995 as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the Center credentials more than 25,000 practitioners globally in a variety of fields.

Essential Training for BCC participants provides the same rich experience of observation, coaching demonstrations, group interaction, collaborative peer exercises, and dialogue that strengthens comprehension, application, and synthesis. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in weekly peer coaching, independent reading, and gain experience in coaching a client. 

Training is facilitated in a live virtual classroom. 

For more information, please call the Center for Coaching Excellence office at 612.246.4787.

Center for Coaching Excellence Training Distinctives

Center for Coaching Excellence Training Distinctives

Our office receives calls daily inquiring about coach training. One of the main questions is: What makes CCE training distinct? It is an important question and one that should be asked. 

This year is our 11th year as a coach training organization and mission has never changed: 

Training leaders and coaches with coaching excellence for lasting influence.

Our vision has remained steadfast:

A training organization focusing on developing highly competent coaches through a mentor-training approach and a training model that equips leaders and coaches to contribute at their professional and personal best, resulting in transformational changes in the lives of those they lead and coach.

CCE achieves its Mission and Vision through training that is:

In-depth. Emphasis on the structure and nature of an effective conversation with application of coaching competencies, a value-based mindset, and neuroscience basics delivers application that you can transfer to any profession. 

Comprehensive. Our comprehensive program meets the necessary number of coach-specific training hours for each level of the International Coach Federation (ICF) certifications. Complete information is found on the CCE Certification page or you can request a free consultation.

Customized. All of our training content has been meticulously developed by CCE, using what we believe to be the highest quality research and resources available. This provides the opportunity to customized our training to best meet the needs of our participants. 

Relational. Our core programs are a combination of workshop and virtual webinar classroom, which represents a high value for our participants. Our training is held in several regions of the United States. The class size is a maximum of eight-ten participants, which enables us to invest in developing each person's unique coaching style and applying the coaching concept to his or her particular area of focus. Our training is held in several regions of the United States.

Contact us at 612.246.4787 if you have questions; we would love to talk with you.

Columbus Coaching Collaborative

A Coaching Experience For Women

Research shows a positive correlation between coaching and job performance. If you are in the Columbus, GA area and are a business women, you now have a opportunity to have successful coaches and business women invest in your leadership.

Meet the Coaches

Cathy Alford, MA, PCC, is a Life, Leadership and Strengths Coach, credentialed with the International Coach Federation. She is the CEO of Lifeworks Coaching. Cathy works with individuals and teams to identify strengths, team dynamics, and growth opportunities for intentional living. She is a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner, certified Gallup StrengthsFinder coach and certified facilitator. She has taught coach training in the Masters of Servant Leadership program at Columbus State University and has over 25 years of management experience.

Lori Auten, MSA, ACC, is the CEO of FOCUS Consulting Group, a consulting firm that provides professional coaching, business consulting, group facilitation and leadership development. Lori has provided over 7,500 hours of coaching and counseling to more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and business leaders in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, team building and management. In addition, she is a certified facilitator and provides training courses for business and non-profit organizations.

Kim Cantrell, MS, ACC, is an experienced Senior Executive, with an extensive background in leadership, non-profit operations, strategic planning, team building and finance. She currently serves as CEO of 2 Impact, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to equipping individuals and businesses to reach their maximum growth potential. She is a certified Right Path facilitator, a Global Career Development facilitator, and holds a Master of Organization Leadership from Columbus State University. To learn more about Kim, connect with her on LinkedIn.

For more information contact:

Cathy Alford, PCC 706.888.3000
Kim Cantrel, ACC 706.575.5241


The Coach Spotlight

Introduction by Mary Verstraete, President of CCE

Nathan Magnuson  Organizational Development Specialist

Nathan Magnuson Organizational Development Specialist

In 2007 Nathan engaged in the CCE Essential Coach Training Program followed by Professional Coach Training 1 (PCT1). I was continually impressed with Nathan's goals and his ambition to be involved in leadership development. He met those goals and continues to excel as a leader.

Here is the story of Nathan’s journey from the fundamentals of coaching to his corporate career as an Organizational Development Specialist.

Immediately out of college, I was working as a financial analyst and one day I happened to see a note about coach training in a friend's leadership newsletter I subscribed to. It piqued my curiosity and I asked him more about it. Instead of being told about coaching, my friend referred me to two of his coaching friends to hear directly about their experience and recommended that I attend a training session. So I did.

I learned the fundamentals of coaching: intuitive listening, powerful questions, and guiding conversations toward action. I was enthusiastic about what I learned (as many folks are who invest in coach training). Ultimately I wanted more. I wanted to be a part of the change process itself. 

Coaching was a significant factor in leading me to consider management consulting as a career option. I joined the large firm of Accenture in Washington DC where I was able to help build coaching into their organizational leadership development programs, as well as use my coaching skills when interacting with clients. Currently, I work at Masco Contractor Services in Daytona Beach, Florida as an internal talent management consultant and still have the privilege of being involved in helping build organizational development programs and use my coaching skills with clients and with leadership.

What have I learned since 2007?

  • Coaching means a lot of things to a lot of people. In its purest form, coaching is about taking a supporting role in the development of others. Many coaches have clients they meet with on a regular basis. In my corporate role, I'm more likely to have coaching opportunities come up from time to time with key individuals at my job who are encountering leadership challenges. These individuals want my ideas, and my support. It's a part of my job to help our managers and executives understand how using coaching skills can help them develop the leaders around them, delegate, and accomplish more as a team.
  • I've learned that leaders don't need to be extraordinary and coaches don't need to be extraordinary to coach others. My life can certainly serve as proof.


Leadership and coaching is less about "being" extraordinary and more about finding the best way to support the people around you and influence positive change. 


Leaders and coaches are needed at every level and to be good at helping others “look good.” This concept is one of the reasons I published my e-book, Trusted Leadership Advisor: Accelerating the Leadership Journey of Others. There's so much work to do—we'll go further faster if we work together.

Click here for a free copy of Nathan's e-book. For more resources from Nathan check out his Everyday Leadership FaceBook pa

CCE is a premier people-development organization dedicated to resourcing leaders with the best in coaching thought and practice.

Darrel Caldwell, Ph.D. 
President, Omega Alliance, Inc.