Academy of Heroic Conversations

Journey to discover the practice of transformational coaching.

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GAP Community’s Academy for Heroic Conversations is a powerful journey designed to impart and practice the art of transformational coaching. Whether you are a professional coach, a teacher, business owner, parent, mentor, manager, or other leader in your community, the Academy for Heroic Conversations will provide you with new skill, inspired perspectives and potent distinctions to equip you in championing others.

Academy for Heroic Conversations will prepare you with resources, practical knowledge and over 60 hours of guided experience, feedback, and immersive learning. While there are countless ways to develop your coaching skills, the Academy offers strength-based learning and results grounded in the core principles of transformational inquiry. We create a context in which the coaching you offer to others is not for the sake of self-improvement, rather for the sake of bringing to life that which is dormant – transforming despair into hope. You will become familiar with a style of coaching that produces sustainable results not from a formula, system, or way of doing things, rather a mastery of holding a space, standing in tension, and willingness to be fully present with another. You will practice the art of being in the deep while calling out to the deep in others.

Academy for Heroic Conversations will require you to exercise the courage to step out, challenge the status quo and inspire others to break through their current limitations to new levels of excellence, creativity and productivity.

The Academy is for individuals who are ready to make a dramatic leap in their stand for others. Graduates will become certified in a six-week coaching process that can be used for individual clients, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The qualification offers graduates a new range of business and personal opportunities, as well as providing inspiration for new and fulfilling career and personal life paths.

The Opportunity

The Academy was established to professionally train people who are committed to having conversations that catalyze transformation of any kind in their organizations, families and communities.

Whether it is productivity, conflict resolution, change management, personal relationships, life planning, child development, or managing a team, being a coach opens up a new frontier of opportunity for you, those you serve and the community as a whole!


Learn how to champion another to realize tangible results in their life

By participating in the Academy, we promise you will:

Master the fundamentals of coaching. Learn to design, strategize and develop material and coaching strategies that will compel individuals to participate, excel and connect all aspects of their work and personal life.

Distinguish yourself as a dynamic coach by championing people to reinvent the way they relate to others and their circumstances. By identifying and shifting what people are “listening for” and practicing relevant focused listening skills, you will support others in developing strategies to help separate their identity from their results. New behavior and choices will appear and increase your ability to inject flexibility in conflicted situations by identifying common interests, revealing new possibilities.

Motivate and empower individuals to be responsible for their life. To be fierce in their conversations and to be curious and generous listeners. You will learn what it takes to coach individuals to receive feedback from others as information necessary to make lasting changes.

Advance your communication, presentation, and coaching skills by learning to actively identify the changes people long for yet may believe are impossible. By working on being flexible in your “way of being” you will identify your personal winning strategies and learn how to breakthrough your natural blind spots and create new life stories for yourself and others.


Become a Dynamic Gift

Training Structure

Academy for Heroic Conversations takes place over a 3-month time-period. It is an intimate group of up to 12 people from a variety of backgrounds coming together to share an unparalleled learning experience. The Academy creates an environment where you receive personal interaction and training as well as an internship with your own coaching client. By utilizing tools such as inquiry and feedback, you will develop new ways to access internal and external resource.

GAP Community’s Academy for Heroic Conversations is being offered near D.C. in the Vienna, VA area. In addition to the three weekend sessions, participants will have 1 weekly coaching call as well as reading and other assignments between sessions. Participants will need to enroll one coaching client who they will coach during the second session of the program.

What can you expect?

  • Provoke creativity, abundance and possibility
  • Produce unprecedented results
  • Connect and motivate others with greater emotional intelligence
  • Confidently engage conflict and invite learning
  • Create conversations of value with laser precision in any circumstance.
  • Elegantly implement change programs with certainty

Weekend 1

Vision & Communicating Effectively

Day 1

  1. Introduction to Transformational Coaching and clarifying vision.
  2. Resources, Context and Philosophy
  3. Video & Group Feedback

Day 2

  1. Generous Listening
  2. Way of Being
  3. Questions for inquiry
  4. Video & Group Feedback
  5. iSHIFT 6-week Coaching Process

Weekend 2

Being Heroic

Day 1

  1. Strengths Assessment and Coaching
  2. Turning Your Triggers Into Momentum
  3. Embracing Weakness; Strengths and Overuse Patterns
  4. iShift check in

Day 2

  1. Video & Group Feedback
  2. Risk and Fierce Conversations
  3. Working with Clients in the Process

Weekend 3

Graduation and Resources for Success

Day 1

  1. Vision/Reality
  2. Action steps and integration
  3. Video & Group Feedback

Day 2

  1. Final Coaching Evaluation & Feedback
  2. Designing Your Heroic Conversation
  3. Graduation and Dinner

Session Structure

The training sessions will take place over three weekends spread out over three months. Each weekend will follow the schedule below:

  • 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

Between weekends 1 and 3, each participant will walk through the coaching process as a client.

On Weekend 3, participants will facilitate a one-hour coaching session for a potential client.

Participants can plan on one sixty-minute (in tandem with their buddy) call between Weekend 1 & 2 and again between Weekend 2 & 3 with our master trainer, Jean-Marie Jobs

Registration & Payment

Registration Fee: $3,750

Includes over 70 hours of classroom and call instruction, all materials, six-week coaching process manual, weekly coaching calls, and resources for professional coaching practice.

Payment is due entirely upfront by July 15th, 2020, or a payment of $1,875 can be made by July 15th, 2020 and a second payment of $1,875 can be made no later than September 15th, 2020. Your spot is not secured until GAP Community has a minimum $500 down payment. 

Please note that before a payment is made, the application below must be submitted and approved.

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"The Academy has been invaluable. Anyone who wants to be a coach needs this. Actually, anyone who wants to communicate powerfully with another human needs this."

Lori Lockemy

"I learned how to have an immediate, meaningful impact in the lives of those around me. I was given a new way to love others with courage!"

Vianey Hernandez

"This experience has already transformed results in my business and personal relationships. I'm embracing more risk and it helped me to stretch my vision, which makes me more confident when asking my employees and others to do the same. "

Jason Stoub

"I experienced love, grace, community and fierceness over these 3 months. I know I transformed personally, and I gained tools to really equip me in my coaching career."

Michelle Edsall