Academy for Coaching Excellence Leadership Training

What to Expect

ACE Foundations 1

ACE Foundations 1 is a multi-session intensive for purpose-driven people ready to master their internal stopping points, so they can empower others to do the same.

This course is the foundational module of our ACE Coach Certification Program, as well as our flagship, stand-alone intensive for personal and professional development.

What to Expect

What the course is and is not

This is a transformational course, not an informational seminar, traditional training, networking conference, or forum for psychological healing. We will not analyze you or engage in therapy with you, however, we will teach you to observe and go beyond your personal stopping points, so you can live a life you are proud of and make the difference you are really here to make. To give you and your fellow participants all you came for, we require that you attend the full course.


We keep all interactions in the course confidential, not disclosing the names or identities of any participants, except with their express permission. We ask you to do the same this doesn’t prevent you from sharing what you get from the course.

An empowering space for transformation

Just as a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and cannot revert to a caterpillar, you will have the chance to have a transformation: not a “change” or a “peak experience,” but a lasting shift in how you see and do things. The course will be rigorous, fun, and challenging, and we promise that at all times you will be treated with dignity and respect. You may at times sense discomfort as you examine how you have seen and done things in the past. Just remember, this is a normal and natural response for anyone creating a new pathway for authentic success!

Our approach

Your course leaders will be coaching you, not facilitating a group process. A coach is someone in whose presence people are freed up to see what is most important and meaningful to them. In addition, a coach supports people to see what has gotten in the way of their being successful with ease. As coaches, we structure the course in a very specific and intentional way. We ask that you be willing to go past the point where you have normally stopped and given up on yourself or your important goals.

A focus on the personal

In this course, you will see how to use your personal transformation to make your fullest contribution to the world. While we will focus on the personal as opposed to the global, we will support and encourage you to see how you can apply the principles and skills of the course to better serve the world around you.

Refraining from using alcohol or recreational drugs

We ask that you refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for the duration of this course. This does not include prescription medications you are taking. This course creates new ways for your brain to process information, and this would be disrupted by mind-altering substances.


Our participants and leadership are diverse in many ways, and we have a vision of even greater diversity — including along lines of race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. We are a “work in progress,” and we are doing the important work of building lasting relationships and enlisting lasting support and leadership of diverse communities. We would love your partnership in making this vision a reality.