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Career Coaching

Career coaching for the PROMISED program involves training mentors who are committed to mentoring researchers from underrepresented groups as defined by the National Institutes of Health to incorporate career coaching skills into their mentoring.

Participating mentors have the opportunity to learn from two professional coaches on how to facilitate and empower their mentee's to take ownership of their career progression. Research suggests that mentees who drive their own career are more likely to stay engaged in that career.

"The PROMISED Career Coaching Conference was outstanding for multiple reasons… They gave us the tools to become better mentors by using coaching as a method to encourage growth and independence in our mentees… All the staff and faculty in this program are amazing people. This session has changed my life and I know that the PROMISED program will transform my abilities as a mentor and as a person."

—Jane Uryhara-Lock, MD - University of Hawaii at Manoa, PROMISED Fellow

Our Definition

Career Coaching is...

The Workshop

During the workshop, participants have the opportunity to learn what Career Coaching is and how to incorporate it into their mentoring. The workshop focuses on career planning, setting goals, and other career coaching tools. Participants practice career coaching with each other as well as observing others acting as career coaches.


Those who participate in the PROMISED Career Coaching will be trained in...

Deep listening
Asking powerful questions
Inspiring action

▼ When and where?

Our three-day training session will take place May 17 - 19, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

▼ Learn more about our career coaches

Steven K. Wendell, PhD, is the director of the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development and a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He has extensive experience as a career coach having graduated from the International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified Professional Coach Certificate Program (PCCP) at Duquesne University. Dr. Wendell developed a two-semester graduate credit course entitled “Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development,” utilizing a coaching approach, and he is currently training additional faculty to replicate and expand this course delivery.

Michael Forlenza, PhD, MPH, is an international leadership development coach and consultant. He is the founder of DPL Coaching and Consulting, a certified lead-by-greatness coach with Lapin International, and a senior trainer with the Denmark-based Potential Project. Previously, Dr. Forlenza served as the assistant dean in the School of Leadership and Professional Development at Duquesne University and as executive director of the PCCP.