It was the first day of Erickson College’s 2008 “The Art and Science of Coaching” Intensive training program in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the course of the first morning Anna Stowers and Valerie Legge were assigned seats side-by-side and had opportunities to begin coaching each other immediately. And it was that same morning that the magic began … Discovering the power of the coaching model alongside a newfound friendship was a life-changing moment from which there was no turning back. And it was too good not to share; the question was simply: how would the collaboration continue?
The course finished all too soon and they returned to their respective homes, Anna to Düsseldorf (Germany) and Valerie to Montreal (Quebec). Committed to deepening their coaching expertise, they then enrolled in an on-line intensive follow-up course that allowed them to stay in touch while continuing their learning together while completing advanced certification with the International Coaching Federation. Buoyed by the support of technology, they committed to weekly phone meetings – after all, much coaching is done effectively over the telephone – and by the summer of 2010 they had completed their first program offerings. “From High Heels to Flip-Flops”, their signature 4-day workshop, was designed with discerning well-heeled professionals in mind – a kick-off and kick-back strategy to lighten up and liven things up! The offshoot of this, a 2-day condensed version for Personal Leadership, was offered in July 2010 at an inner-city Montreal community Centre for the young adults of the Youth in Motion program.
Since 2011, the dynamic team has been offering highly acclaimed corporate training workshops in Cologne and Stuttgart. They have also acted as Corporate Trainers for the Skylight Professional Development certification courses. 2016 marks their return to Montreal, where they offered their services as consultants at McGill University through their Organizational development Services.