Vernice Jones, MCC

How do you lead when YOU are in over your head?

Vernice’s Story

My full-time executive coaching work began in Asia where I learned to coach by listening deeply to what was said and not said, and where I learned to appreciate a range of cultural contexts that shaped a client’s leadership. The relationships were rich, cross-cultural and generative. These coaching relationships were just like any other coaching engagement, and at the same time, they were an important reminder not to make assumptions about the leader or the corporate culture. Since then, I have coached leaders across a range of identities and geographies, from junior executives to the C-Suite. We learn together – how this leader interacts, reacts and understands their context in ways that subvert what they hope for themselves and their teams. Together we discover who they are as leaders, where they are in their development and what support is needed next. Over time, I noticed that clients began to come to me not only for leadership strategies, but for developmental coaching, straight speak, experiential exercises, and the language and tools that help leaders guide their own development.

I also have an interest in the intimacy and learning created in transformational leadership programs. Years ago, I loved my work as faculty through University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business’ ‘Possibility Thinking’ program and Duke University’s Global Leadership course for young people in North Carolina, Shanghai and Beijing. I continue to do this work because I feel called to it, but I also am convinced that this work changes careers and often the lives of participants. More recent programs such as Women’s Leader Circles and the Leading Inclusively Lab were created to meet an important need during crucial moments where leaders feel they are at their very edge, in need of a healing community and/or in over their heads.

Vernice is currently a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership where she specializes in the intersection of adult development, embodied awareness and leadership.

Vernice is a global and developmental master coach. Vernice possesses a unique global cultural orientation, having worked with leaders around the world across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Vernice has a unique approach to diversity as a speaker, co-creator and faculty of The Leading Inclusively Lab. Her unique work within the area of diversity, inclusion and belonging integrate experiential learning, embodied awareness and complexity.

Vernice Jones, CCPC, MCC

Vernice believes that leaders can learn to expand their impact through presence, connection, and awareness across contexts. Vernice often works with leaders in transition to new roles, expanded roles, and with leaders in transition from one stage of development to another. With over 15 years of experience working with global Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofits, Vernice Jones creates experiential leadership programs and leadership development solutions that connect and drive business results.  Vernice has extensive experience working with C-Suite executives and other corporate leaders, offering a host of comprehensive leadership assessments, executive coaching and experiential programming.

Vernice is a Director and Faculty of Adult Development at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is an Associate (Coach, Facilitator, Consultant) at Cultivating Leadership, a global, deliberately developmental, complexity-based organization. Vernice designed and delivered a two-week curriculum and trained instructors for prospective students at Duke University’s prestigious Leadership Academy in North Carolina, Shanghai and Beijing, China. Through her executive coaching business, she has been an executive and professional coach for clients in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Companies Vernice has worked with include: Cargill, The Nielsen Corporation, The Ad Council, The Chicago Tribune, Deltek, PhRMA, The United Nations, The Obama Foundation, The World Bank, Catholic Relief Services, Newsday, United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft, Mitre, TASC, The National Archives and Records Administration, and Deltek.

As a certified coach, Vernice Jones has completed coaching certification programs from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching through CRR Global. She is qualified to administer The Leadership Circle 360 profile, and the Myers Briggs, MBTI.  Vernice has been designated by the International Coaching Federation as an MCC (Master Certified Coach), and a mentor coach.

Vernice graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Vernice has worked on a number of community development projects including an Origami camp for girls in South Carolina, an English language program for Chinese seniors, and a program for church elders at a church with locations in South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria.

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