Thought Leadership in Coaching and Education

The First Semi-Annual ALC Conference

June 25th and 26th in Portland, Oregon

ALC presents: Thought Leadership in Coaching and Education

Academic Life Coaching was founded on a dream that every high school and college student could experience the magic and power of coaching. Over ten years ago, founder John Andrew Williams started tinkering with coaching concepts and their impact on young people and created the Academic Life Coaching Program which has now been used to coach thousands of students worldwide.

This summer Academic Life Coaching is hold its first ever live event. It is a chance to connect in-person with colleagues and further the field of life coaching in an academic setting. The event is an opportunity to listen and hangout with leaders in the field of education and positive psychology, network with Academic Life Coaching and professionals interested in academics and education, and attend skill building workshops.

You won’t want to miss your chance to:

  • discuss the changing landscape of education
  • learn new coaching skills
  • connect and network in person with members of the ALC community
  • gain inspiration and motivation to further your ALC career

To top it all off, this is a great opportunity to explore Portland, Oregon, with the conference itself hosted in one of Portland’s unique and beautiful venues. (And June is seriously the best time of the year in an already beautiful Portland summer.)

Conference Location and Venue

Get to know Portland, Oregon

Also known as “The City of Roses”, Portland, Oregon is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, just an hour away from Mt. Hood. 11 bridges span the Willamette River and connect the east and west sides of the city. Grab a cup of joe at a local coffeeshop, explore the unique neighborhoods across the city, or enjoy a meal at one of the amazing restaurants the city has to offer. Want to get outside and be active? Take an afternoon hike in Washington Park or to nearby Multnomah Falls, or grab your bike for a ride on one of the local trails.

McMenamins Kennedy School

Built in 1915, the McMenamins Kennedy School is a restored elementary school turned into a unique hotel. The school’s classrooms have been transformed into 57 guest rooms, some still containing the original chalk boards. Visitors and guests can grab a bite to eat or a drink in the hotel’s main restaurant or one of the small bars, catch a movie at the theater, or take a dip in the soaking pool. The conference will be held in the school’s gymnasium, which has been restored into a beautiful event space, complete with an outdoor patio area.

Keynote Speaker

John is the founder of Coach Training EDU, formerly known as Academic Life Coaching. He is the author of five books, an international speaker, and the lead trainer for the programs offered by Coach Training EDU. In addition, John also leads professional development trainings for universities, schools, and businesses who are interested in adapting coaching skills and tools to their work. He is passionate about changing education and believes that coaching is the future.

ALC Conference 2016
John Andrew Williams

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 25th

7:30am-8:30am – Registration and Morning Social
8:30am – Official Start and Welcome
9:00am-12:30pm – Speakers/Breakout Session/Life Coaching Activities
12:30pm-1:30pm – Lunch (provided by McMenamins Kennedy School)
1:30pm-4:00pm – Speakers
4:00pm – Official End of Day 1

Meet Your Conference Master of Ceremonies

ALC Conference 2016
Hayden LeeAcademic Life Coach and Coach Training EDU Trainer

Sunday, June 26th

7:30am-8:30am – Morning Social
8:30am – Official Start of Day 2
9:00am-12:30pm – Speakers/Breakout Session/Life Coaching Activities
12:30pm-1:30pm – Lunch (provided by McMenamins Kennedy School)
1:30pm-4:00pm – Speakers
4:00pm – Official End of Day 2 and Conference

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

We are excited to present this amazing lineup of speakers and workshop leaders for the first ALC Conference. Presenters for the event come from a variety of backgrounds and range from coaches to psychologists to education experts. To learn more about the speaker’s for the first ALC Conference, click here.

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Nada Jreissati DaherFounder and Managing Director of PragmaDoms
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Adam SmithCertified Coach and CFO of a Software Company
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Barbara KiteProfessional Coach, Speaker and Actor
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Gina HalstedAcademic Life Coach
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Dustin MilnerCEO and Co-Founder of Potentia Labs
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Lindsay HelmFounder of Forward Effects Coaching, LLC
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Gretchen WegnerLearning and Creativity Expert and Life Coach for Teens
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Yshai BoussiLicensed Professional Counselor and Family Therapist
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Tina KruseCollege Professor, Advisor, Academic Life Coach and Education Consultant
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Maggie SteeleCertified Life Coach
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Gloria ManchesterPresident of Leadership Education Action Programs (LEAP)
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Yannick FlorestEducator and Program Manager for Teacher Hiring Support
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Kay Tacke MorseFounder of LIFT (Life In Full Tilt)
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Inside TrackEducational Consulting Company
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Andrew PetrilloFormer ALC Client, College Student and Academic Life Coach
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Makeda GershensonCertified Life Coach
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Debbie Lehr-LeeAcademic Life Coach
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Brian BaxterSports Psychologist
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Life Coach for TeensCertified Life Coach


Register early to save with our early, early bird and early bird specials!

Early, early bird registration: through December 31st 2015

Early bird registration: through April 1st 2016

General registration: through June 25th 2016

Group rates: Please contact [email protected] if you have a group of 5 or more who are planning on attending the event.

ALC Trained Coaches

Early, early bird – $250

Early bird – $300

General – $400

General Public

Early, early bird – $300

Early bird – $400

General – $500

Where to Stay

Stay at the Conference Site

ALC has reserved a block of 10, queen rooms for Friday (June 24th) and Saturday (June 25th) night at McMenamins Kennedy School. If you are interested in staying at the conference site, please email [email protected]  0 reserved rooms left!

Keep Portland Weird

Ever stayed in a tiny house before? Now’s your chance! The Tiny House Hotel is just a few miles from the Kennedy School, and offers unique lodging options for a great price.

Local Rentals

Another great option for your weekend in Portland, Oregon is Airbnb. Rent an extra room, stay in a guesthouse, or rent an entire house for the weekend of the conference. Visit the website to see what is available for the weekend of the event.

Hotels Near the Aiport

There are also a number of hotels near the Portland Airport, which is only a few miles from the conference venue. See the map to the right for other hotels in the area.

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