The Program

Coaching is a personalized development experience designed to advance your leadership skills through one or more one-to-one sessions with a trained coach, evolving around challenge/topic you bring.

Benefits of Coaching
The most effective leaders are self-aware, grounded and clear about their vision and goals. They continually seek personal and professional development to understand their strengths/liabilities, and build emotional intelligence. In an ever-increasing fast-paced world, self-awareness enables leaders to meet and solve problems from a creative, rather than a reactive space. 

Coaching leads to increased personal satisfaction and fulfillment, because you learn to be leaders in both work and life. It helps you to have more of what you want and empowers you to tap into your own resources and resilience. We will provide support and accountability for you to set and reach your goals.

Coaching might be right for you when you are…

  • Struggling to make important life decisions
  • Getting in your own way
  • Overwhelmed and are trying to figure out what matters most
  • Struggling with challenging interpersonal dynamics
  • Interested in personal/professional development

Our Coaches

Jeff Domagala, Coach

Jeff Domagala, M.Ed
Sanger Associate Director
Certified Professional
Co-Active Coach (CPCC) in progress

Silke Janz, Coach

Silke Janz, MS
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Kathy MacDonald, coach

Kathy Macdonald, MA, Ed.S
President, Macdonald Group
Certified Ford Motor C-level Coach; Certified PwC Leadership & Development Coach

Please note: Kathy only coaches Ross Leaders Academy students.

Get Involved

Sanger coaching is open to select students participating in the programs noted below. If you qualify for coaching, you will receive further information in-person or via email. If you have general questions about coaching, email us at rossleaders@umich.edu.

Program Type

One on one meetings

Key Dates

Coaching is most commonly offered September-April, but may also be available in the summer per your coach’s schedule.

Time Commitment

One or more 50-minute sessions

Participant Requirements

The following students are invited to sign up for coaching appointments. Coaching is offered on an as-available basis.

Skills You’ll Learn

Enhancing Self-Awareness
You will deepen understanding of the purpose, values, motivators, roles, and activities that bring out the best in you. You have the opportunity to form habits of reflection that will power your lifelong pursuit of greater self-knowledge.

Leading Authentically
Building on your enhanced self-awareness, you will explore how to lead in greater alignment with your purpose and values. We will challenge you to courageously step into your authentic self.

Advancing Self-Development
You will be challenged to stretch beyond your current self, try new things, develop new capabilities, and proactively lead your own learning journey. We’ll provide tools, resources, and encouragement to leave your comfort zone behind.

Leading Others
If you are seeking to improve your capabilities to lead others, you will learn best practices and tools to bring to your team or organization. With your new resources and confidence, you will empower and invigorate your team.