Listening as Access to Our Coaching Mindset

  • April 21, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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Summary Details

When: April 21, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30PM

Presenters: Brendalyn King, ACC, and Tony Zampella, MSOL 

Format:  Virtual - Zoom Meeting, cameras will be enabled

CCEUs:1.5 TBD 

Who is this event for: Coaches, Entrepreneurs and Educators interested in deepening their interior development to expand listening for cultivate a coaching mindset,


The Event

Purpose: evoking awareness to deepen listening and presence


  1. To increase awareness of our habitual listening

  2. To cultivate a clearing for presence. 

  3. To experience the importance of context. 

Description: We will work through exercises and experiences with worksheets to support the learning. 


7:00 to 7:10 PM  |  Welcome and Opening Remarks 
7:10 to 7:30 PM  |  Introduce Deep Structures
7:30 to 7:50 PM  |  Experience of Clearing for Listening 
7:50 to 8:00 PM  |  Introduce Practices 
8:00 to 8:30 PM  |  Introduce Listening as Context/Complete



Brendalyn King, ACC

Bhavana Learning Group

Leadership Coach | Community Engagement | Strategic Partnerships




Brendalyn King has worked at Bhavana Learning Group for six years as an Ontological Coach and Educator, currently serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement. 

As a leadership coach and consultant, Brendalyn works with clients to increase performance and deepen presence. She employs generative language practices to align purpose and meaning for clients.  She also works with educators to include a “coaching mindset” to expand the professional ethos for those serving K-12 schools. 

Brendalyn holds a degree in Business Management from Fordham University (2006), and graduate degree in Education from Hunter College (2010). Her unconventional learning includes 10 years of study, practice, and coursework in the practice of personal mastery in an ontological model. Her fields of study include ontological learning, appreciative inquiry, and conscious leadership. 

Brendalyn received a certificate of Proficiency Coaching from Coachville and is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), where she is credentialed at ACC (Associate Certified Coach).

Brendalyn also trained in “Action Inquiry” methodology, and vertical development assessment instrument, and works with clients on Leadership Maturity Framework to evaluate stage development models and assess leadership mindsets

Brendalyn co-founded the Leadership Prep Ocean Hill school in Brooklyn, New York, in 2009. She received a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 2017, fewer than 1% of the nation’s schools receive this honor from the U.S. Department of Education.

Brendalyn is also co-founder at The Center of Authentic Listening and Learning, serving leadership professionals through research and programs that cultivate unlearning, deep listening, and presence. 

Brendalyn's practices include meditating daily, finding time and space to reflect, and ensuring that she spends time with her now 90-year-old grandmother.

Tony Zampella

Bhavana Learning Group

Chief Learner | Researcher | Learning Designer | Coach | Mentor



Anthony V. Zampella, MSOLis an educator and LGBTQ/AIDS activist, leadership and listening consultant, and writer and researcher in the field of adult learning and development. He founded Bhavana Learning Group in 2000, and works with experienced coaches, educators, and executives to cultivate learning communities for conscious leaders. 

Coaching since 2000, Tony served as faculty at Mercy College until 2005, designing and directing its graduate Organizational Leadership program. He has since taught part time at Fordham University’s MBA program and Rutgers University business school.  

In addition to B.A. in Sociology (UCSD), M.S. in Journalism (Columbia University), and M.S. in Organizational Leadership (Mercy College), Tony is a graduate of Contemplative Psychotherapy at Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science.

A Buddhist practitioner since 2000, Tony holds certificates in human development: Foundations of Ontological Design from Newfield Network; Open Space Technology with Harrison Owen; Appreciative Inquiry with Frank Barret; Spiral Dynamics with Don Beck; and Spiritual Intelligence with Cindy Wigglesworth.

Tony’s research includes work by philosopher Martin Heidegger, studying ontology and phenomenology; work by Ken Wilber studying Integral Theory, stage development and integration; and Buddhist principles and psychology, studying contemplative wisdom practices. Tony’s work with pedagogy includes Generative Listening and Language, Contemplative Practice, and cultivating “Unlearning Mindsets.” 

Tony served on the board of ACTO (Association of Coach Training Organization) and is a member of ICF (International Coaching Federation) where his research on listening has been cited. His blog, Unlearning Curve, explores adult learning and leadership development. He contributed to the textbook: Complex situations in coaching: A critical case-based approach, (Routledge June 2019). He is currently contributing to an anthology of Gay male coaches. 


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