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The Coaching - Technology Interface: the Rise, the Challenges, and the Opportunities

  • March 04, 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • In-Person - Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion 10th Floor, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012 AND Virtual - Zoom Webinar









Join ICF NYC and NYU’s MS Program in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting in-person or virtually for our Sixth Annual Coaching Event as we both step back and zoom in on how our industry is rapidly evolving.

The Premise:

The last few years (and months!) have seen arguably underappreciated technological advances, shifts and disruptions within the coaching industry. From the rise of coaching platforms in the last few years, which promised coaching for everyone, but also brought concerns around competition, commodification and coaching quality to the more recent developments within the generative AI field, there is a lot to unpack and explore as far as what has been evolving at both the industry and individual scales and where we might be heading.

Importantly, for individual coaches, and for the profession as a whole, how are we thinking about, preparing for, and rallying around the driving forces at play and working to ensure our individual and collective success?

Join ICF NYC and NYU's MS Program in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting for an evening of dialogue and networking as we dig into this rich and evolving space.

About the Program:

NYU's Dr. Michael "Woody" Woodward and Dr. Anna Tavis have spent the last two years researching Digital Coaching Revolutions and speaking with corporations, technologists, coaches and other key stakeholders to shed light on the current state of play. Dr. Woodward also shares a vantage point as a Board Member for ICF's Thought Leadership Institute, where he is working as part of the industry body to advance conversations around the technology and coaching interface. 

Using their research findings as the basis for the evening's conversation, in addition to shared learning and experience contributed by our coaching community, we will explore: 

- How is the digital age transforming the Learning & Development space?

- Who is driving the evolution and where does the influence sit?

- How is coaching being defined and what expectations are being set within the marketplace?

- What are the ethical concerns (potential for bias, coaching standards) and how are they (or not) being addressed?

- Where does ICF stand in what's unfolding and the bigger conversation taking place?

- What opportunities exist for coaches to harness the trends, differentiate themselves and ensure financial viability?

- How is the digital transformation influencing the demand for different coaching specialties or niches?

- What are the strategies for maintaining human connection in digital coaching relationships?

- How is the digital shift affecting education and ongoing professional development of coaches?

- What role do data analytics and feedback mechanisms play in empowering coaching in the digital age?

- How can coaches leverage digital platforms for community building and networking within the coaching field?

    Event Agenda:

    5:30 - 6:00 PM | Doors Open | In-person Attendees Check-in

    5:55 - 6:00 | Virtual Attendees Log On

    6:00 | Formal Program Starts

    6:00 - 6:10 PM | Welcome Opening Remarks, Acknowledgements and Thank Yous by ICF NYC and NYU SPS

    6:10 - 6:55 PM | Facilitated Panel Discussion

    6:55 - 7:27 PM | Interactive Discussion, Community Sharing and Q&A

    7:27 - 7:30 PM | ICF NYC Closing Remarks Final Acknowledgements

    7:30 | Formal Program Ends and Livestream Concludes

    7:30 - 8:45 PM | Networking Reception (In-Person Attendees)

    Event Logistics:

    Location for In-person Attendance:  Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion 10th Floor, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

    All in-person attendees must bring a photo ID to present at the security desk to obtain your entry pass prior to going to the event registration table to check in with ICF NYC. 

    Zoom Link for Virtual Attendance: Webinar link will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the event.


    1. The event will be recorded. All in-person attendees acknowledge their comments and images may be captured and recorded by the film crew.

    2. All registrants (in-person and virtual) will receive a link to the recording after the event. 


    Note: All registration codes for the NYU community will be shared directly in communications from NYU. ICF NYC and ICF members do NOT need codes to register. 

    Virtual (Learning Program Only):

    ICF NYC Member: $25

    ICF Member (not NYC): $25

    NYU Alumni: $25

    NYU Current Students and Faculty: Complimentary in accordance with university policy

    Guest: $35

    In-Person (Learning Program + Networking Reception): 

    ICF NYC Member: $45

    ICF Member (not NYC): $45

    NYU Alumni & Faculty: $45

    NYU Current Student: $25

    Guest: $70

    Meet our Panelists

    Michael “Woody” Woodward, Phd, PCC

    Michael “Woody” Woodward, PhD, PCC is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Coaching at New York University (NYU) where he is Director of the NYU SPS Coaching Innovation Lab and the lead faculty for the Master of Science program in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting (ECOC). He is author of the Amazon top selling career book The YOU Plan and co-author of The Digital Coaching Revolution.

    As a coach practitioner Dr. Woodward has worked with executive leaders from Bacardi, Sugar Foods, SAP, and The Miami Herald among many others. Early in his career, he served as an HR consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC) and IBM Business Consulting Services. He also served as founding faculty and coach at the Florida International University (FIU) Center for Leadership. Dr. Woodward has also been an advisor to the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year and Entrepreneurial Winning Women programs.

    Dr. Woody received a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Miami, a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from Springfield College, and a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Florida International University where he published award-winning research on teamwork titled Cooperation and Competition: The Effects of Team Entrainment and Reward Structure, which earned him an appointment as a Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Scholar.

    Anna Tavis, PhD

    Dr. Anna Tavis is Clinical Professor and Chair of the Human Capital Management Department

    at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. As Department Chair, she leads three MS degree programs in the Human Capital Management Portfolio: Human Capital Management; Human Capital Analytics and Technology and Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting. Additionally, Dr. Tavis manages five HCM certificate programs. She is the co-author of Humans at Work. The Art and Practice of Creating the Hybrid Workplace. (Kogan Page, 2022). Her upcoming book The Digital Coaching Revolution (Kogan Page, 2024) is scheduled for launch in the spring 2024. Dr. Tavis was named to Management Thinkers 50 in 2020 and to 100 Global Thought Leaders in HR Analytics in 2024.

    Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Tavis navigated a diverse global career in business, consulting and academia. In business, Dr. Tavis was the Head of Motorola’s EMEA OD function based in London, Nokia’s Global Head of Talent Management based in Helsinki, United Technologies Corporation’s Chief Learning Officer, and she was the Global Head of Talent and Organizational Development with AIG Investments. In academia, Dr. Tavis was on the faculty at Columbia University, Williams College, and Fairfield University.

    Two of Dr. Tavis’ Harvard Business Review articles in collaboration with Dr. Peter Cappelli : “HR Goes Agile” (2018) and “The Performance Management Revolution” (2016) were published in HBR’s “Must Reads” (2016 & 2018), and “Definitive Management Ideas of the Year” (2016 and 2018) and in “Agile: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review” (2020).

    Dr. Tavis is a frequent presenter at international conferences on the topics of Future of Work; People Analytics and Technology; Employee Experience; and Intelligent Automation in the Workplace. She is a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board and is the Academic in Residence with Executive Networks. She is the former Executive Editor of People+Strategy Journal, a publication of SHRM’s Executive Network and she is currently an Associate Editor of Workforce Solutions Review, a publication of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management.

    ICF NYC Virtual Event Notice:

    ICF NYC meetings are rarely recorded and when they are, they are only recorded with both disclosure by the host and acceptance by participants.  All other events, by default, are confidential. 

    Any form of recording NOT initiated by the host (including but not limited to video, audio, or chat recording, including transcription) is not permissible.  The meeting host reserves the right to remove any participant (person or technology) that fails to comply with the policy.  Accordingly, it is the responsibility of every participant to know what technologies (including zoom and browser plugins) that they have installed on their device and if they have the potential to violate this policy.

    Event Policies: 

    Note that in accordance with our Event Policies and Procedures, event tickets are not refundable. Refer to our Event Policies and Procedures for additional information.


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    Attendees will be issued their CCEU certificate automatically by ICF NYC within 7-10 business days of the event. Anyone registered but not attending the live (virtual or in-person) event is not eligible to receive CCE credit.


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