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2017 Leadership Coaching Academy

with Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC


Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.


Choice of one day – Sunday, November 12* (in partnership with Millstone Fellows), Monday, November 13 OR Tuesday, November 14. All programs run 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

RISE Collaborative Workspace
8820 Ladue Road, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO  63124

This live, instructor-led training will include lecture, interactive activities and exercise, small and large group discussions, use of materials and handouts, coaching demonstrations, coaching practice in dyads and triads, personalized feedback and Q & A.


Registration is now closed.



  • $450  Business professionals and community volunteers
  • $395  Full-time nonprofit professionals
  • Scholarships and group rates are available.

Fee includes:

  • Day of training with Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC, including workbook, lunch and snacks
  • Monthly additional follow-up training sessions to continue to advance your skills with Marci Mayer Eisen, MSW, ACC (different locations with both daytime and evening options)

“In seeking wisdom the first step is silence, the second: listening, the third: remembering, the fourth: practicing, the fifth: teaching others.”  -Poet Solomon ibn Gabirol


About Coaching Academy

Community leaders who know how to coach bring out the best in people by helping them improve performance, communications, relationships and team-building. Coaching skills are essential for those who want to help their staff, leaders and organizations thrive. The Leadership Coaching Academy is designed for emerging and seasoned professionals and community leaders. This eight-hour training, with the option of ongoing additional monthly sessions, can benefit anyone who is interested in learning core coaching skills for their work and life.

Coaching skills help leaders:
  • Improve listening skills and interpersonal communication
  • Enhance the manager or leader’s credibility and ability to build trust
  • Develop tools for powerful questioning to elevate decision making and unlock new possibilities
  • Raise individual’s motivation, accountability and commitments to change
  • Help teams identify priorities and take action
  • Boost happy, healthy work relationships
  • And much more!



“My participation in the Coaching Academy more than exceeded my expectations. The activities were engaging and highly relevant. I was amazed at how much I needed to learn how to simply be a coach and not a fixer, which is my natural orientation. Worth every minute!” -Julie Turner, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Nonprofit Administration, Lindenwood University

“I’ve been through many leadership programs, but I think Deborah Grayson Riegel’s coaching training has had the greatest impact. The day of training, with follow-up sessions, contributed to my skills and confidence as CEO.” -Nancy Weigley, Executive Director, CRC

“I used to think that when people came to me for advice I had to have the right answers. I now recognize how powerful questions truly do unlock new thinking and empower others to solve their own challenges.” -Rabbi Levi Landa, Chabad

“The coaching training provided me with extremely valuable information and skills which were immediately applicable to my everyday work. By participating in the ongoing monthly trainings, I was able to both increase my confidence, as well as elevate my coaching skills to incorporate them into healthcare management.” -Margaret Chastain, MHA, CCLS, Pediatric Health Related Services Manager, Ranken Jordan – A Pediatric Specialty Hospital


About Deborah & Marci

Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC is a certified coach, facilitator and keynote speaker who has coached thousands of clients to achieve their goals further, faster and with more fun than they would on their own. Deborah has worked with leaders and teams in advertising (FCB, Anthem Worldwide), management consulting (BCG), finance (Bloomberg, American Express), insurance (AIG), pharmaceuticals (Pfizer, Novartis), automotive (Toyota, Mercedes Benz), technology (Microsoft, Sony Ericsson), non-profits (Jewish Federations of North America, JCC Association, American Bar Association), and government (NYC Department of Education, the U.S. Army). She is also a Lecturer of Management Communications at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Deborah has been a featured contributor to The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fox Business Network, Oprah Magazine, and American Express OPEN Small Business Forum. She is the author of Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success (Behrman House, 2012).

She holds the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the International Coach Federation, which also allows her to serve as a Mentor Coach to new coaches in the field.

Deborah brings extraordinary group facilitation skills combined with warmth and wit to every engagement. She has previous trained over 100 professionals and community leaders in St. Louis. Deborah believes that the most successful leaders are those who provide professional credibility with personal authenticity, combining transparency, self-awareness and a commitment to helping others learn and grow.

Marci Mayer Eisen, MSWMarci Mayer Eisen, MSW, ACC oversees leadership programs, board training, professional development and coaching training for the St. Louis Jewish community and has developed many partners throughout the St. Louis region. Marci previously worked at JCRC, where she promoted inter-faith volunteerism and spent the majority of her career at the Jewish Community Center leading parenting programs and special events. Inspired by the impact of Deborah Grayson Riegel’s initial Coaching Academy in St. Louis, Marci attended the College of Executive Coaching in 2015 and continued her own training to become a credentialed coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). A past participant in both CORO Women in Leadership and Leadership St. Louis, Marci presents on the subject of group dynamics, effective boards and teams, community building and coaching skills.


For more information, contact Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3810 or

The Millstone Institute, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, is a community-wide program to engage, train and connect professionals and volunteer leaders. The Coaching Academy is directly supported by the Lubin-Green Foundation, Mont & Karen Levy and Maryville University/Maryville University Hillel.


Leadership Coaching Academy is proudly supported by:


Marci Mayer Eisen, Director, Millstone Institute
Karen Sher, Director, Community Engagement

Millstone Advisory Committee
Paul Flotken, Chair

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Gerald P. Greiman, Board Chair