About Us

The Institute of Coaching is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the integrity and credibility of the field of coaching by awarding $100,000 in research grants each year thanks to the thought leadership and generous donation from Institute founder and benefactor Ruth Ann Harnisch of The Harnisch Foundation. By advancing coaching research, education, and practice, the Institute supports professional coaches and others who use coaching skills in their personal and professional lives. We are building a global coaching research community by bringing together leaders in the field to accelerate research progress and disseminate coaching's best practices. Coaching is a change process that mobilizes strengths and realizes the potential of individuals and organizations. The practice of coaching embodies a unique skill set designed to optimize the performance of a person or organization in diverse arenas including leadership, healthcare, and public service.






Council of Advisors



Senior Advisors



Founder & Benefactor

Ruth Ann Harnisch


Our partners are critical to supporting our mission by providing shared programs and opportunities for collaboration and learning with the IOC.  In addition they provide direct funding support for our forums, education offerings, and other materials.  We are truly grateful to our partners for their generous support and commitment to the coaching profession.