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From Walter Center: IBC Program from Brazil for Leadership Development

Monday, October 21 2019 06:04pm


The Walter Center welcomed 60 Brazilians through a partnership with the Instituo Brasileiro De Coaching last week. This group participated in a weeklong leadership development program where they could receive a leadership and coaching certificate that aided in their training to be life ambassador coaches. This program is designed to assist the participants in their professional development by certificated instructors within the College of Business. The instructors and classes include:

  • Multipliers instructed by Tim Reynolds, MLHR and John Nobles, MSODA
  • Engaging Leaders instructed by Tim Reynolds, MBA 
  • Competitive Advantage: How Strategic Leadership is Changing instructed by Hugh Sherman, Ph.D.
  • Tips on Coaching and Decision Making instructed by Janna Chimeli, Ph.D.
  • The Role of Strategic Leadership and Positive Psychology in Maximizing Success instructed by Andrew Pueschel, Ph.D.

Andrew Pueschel says the most important part about this partnership is how rewarding the experience can be. “The most rewarding result of coaching our Brazilian Bobcats is the passion they have for positively impacting their own areas of influence after they complete their educational experience at Ohio University.  Our ability to give them the tools needed to effectively lead individuals, organizations, and communities is allows us to have a global impact on the betterment of society and we are blessed and humbled to be able to have these opportunities in such a supportive and inspirational setting.” 

  • Coaching and the Strategic Management of Change instructed by Mike Geringer, Ph.D.
  • The Outward Mindset instructed by John Nobles, MSODA

John Nobles states, “What I found most rewarding about teaching in the Brazil Coaching Seminar was their genuine interest, and joy in learning.  They were very attentive, engaged in the exercises, reflective of the content, appreciative of their new knowledge and a lot of fun!”

  • Personal, Interpersonal and Team Performance (LIFO) instructed by David Boss, Ph.D. 
  • Leading Change instructed by Scott Wright, MBA 

Two outstanding faculty that helped make this partnership possible was Amy Toth and John Nobles. Amy is the assistant director and played a behind the scenes role of making sure every single piece was put together and the result turned out amazing.


“It was surreal that I was meeting this group for the first time,” said Amy Toth. “I felt like I had known them my whole life. Even with the language barrier, interacting with this group of passionate and inspiring life coaches gave me so much value. Even in the short time together I could tell these relationships will last a lifetime.”

John Nobles is also the program lead for this partnership and had a few words to express his excitement for this past week as well. “As the program lead, I want to thank all of my colleagues who presented, those who setup and ensured the technology worked properly, the students that helped in numerous ways, and Amy Toth who always makes all of us look good.”

This program was so successful that The Walter Center was featured in a Brazil Newspaper called, “Jornal Social Luiz Parreiras” and featured one of the participants in the program that received her certificate concluding the coaching program, Daniella Larangote. Not only did the group get exceptional leadership coaching, but they got to have their own unique college experience for a week. They got to eat at dining halls, go to sports events and just be a part of the Athens community making them Brazilian Bobcats for life.