The ACT of Coaching Podcast

Stories of transformation from professional coaches

Meet your host – Phil Askew, PCC

Phil Askew is a certified professional coach and founder of his own coaching business since 2008. With 18 years of experience in tech, web and design, Phil now helps founders as a thinking partner find their mission, join the dots and bring positive change to the world through their ventures.

Phil has a passion for portraits and personal brand photography, which he has blended into his services for founders. He partners with them to capture incredible photographs to help them share their vision, tell their story, and elevate their confidence as the face of their business.

In addition to working with founders, Phil also mentors coaches to build impactful and profitable practices. As a coach and thinking partner, Phil offers support and guidance to both founders and coaches on their journey to success.

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Welcome to the Act of Coaching the podcast from Act leadership. The Act of Coaching is a bi-weekly podcast for those passionate about helping others through coaching or maybe thinking of training and developing as a coach.  The show is hosted by Phil Askew PCC at ACT, a Leadership and Performance Coach Training Company focused on developing exceptional leadership coaches for modern times.  Each episode will introduce a member of ACT’s brilliant alumni, putting a voice to their very own hero’s journey story.

We hope that by listening in to real-world stories of everyday people who have chosen coaching as a vocation, will serve to demystify things and help you decide if this incredible vocation is something that calls to you too.

Episode #12 Camille Henderson Davis | May 20, 2024 | 25 mins 23 secs

Special Guest:
Camille Henderson Davis

This podcast episode from ‘The Act of Coaching’, hosted by Phil, features a conversation with Camille, an alumnus of a leadership and performance coach training program focusing on helping leaders who don’t fit the conventional image of leadership. These include CEOs and founders in the biotech, pharma, and technology sectors, many of whom are navigating leadership challenges without prior experience, facing heightened scrutiny due to their unconventional backgrounds. The discussion covers the journey to coaching, the impact of coaching tools on personal and professional life, and how deep listening and refraining from giving advice can transform relationships. The conversation also delves into the importance of resilience, the journey through coach training, and how these skills benefit both professional coaching sessions and personal interactions. Camille shares her motivation to serve those in leadership positions who, like her, may not fit the traditional mold due to various reasons including their background and career path. The episode ends with an invitation for listeners interested in becoming professional coaches to explore training opportunities.

Bio: As an executive coach with a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, my passion lies in helping diverse teams thrive by overcoming integration obstacles. My career has progressed through distinct phases, starting as an external consultant and executive coach for major research organizations and Fortune 500 companies, to leading diversity and development initiatives at Genentech-Roche, and later managing HR and organizational culture at Agios Pharmaceuticals during its rapid growth and public offering. My expertise is further enhanced by training in Brown University’s Leadership and Performance Coaching program and the International Coaching Federation, ensuring I stay updated with the best coaching practices.

Episode #11 Emmanuelle Sangouard | May 8, 2024 | 28 mins 51 secs

Special Guest: Emmanuelle Sangouard

This episode of the act of coaching podcast features a conversation between the host, Phil, and a guest named Emmanuelle, a Brussels-based innovation consultant who is embarking on coaching as her third career. They discuss Emmanuelle’s journey into coaching, the challenges and rewards of identifying a niche in the coaching industry, and the impact of coaching on personal and professional relationships. The conversation touches on cultural perceptions of coaching in Europe, the importance of acknowledging strengths rather than focusing solely on weaknesses, and how coaching can support individuals through change. Emmanuelle shares insights from her own experiences, including the transformative impact of coach training on her self-perception and her approach to consulting. The episode highlights the growth and development that coaching can facilitate, both for coaches and their clients.

Bio: Emmanuelle has over 15 years of experience in the FMCG sector, working with top brands like L’Oréal and Unilever where she developed new products and mentored young professionals. Transitioning to a consultant role in 2010, she continued personal development, focusing on problem-solving and facilitation skills. In 2020, she became a certified Leadership and Performance Coach from Brown University, now coaching clients in leadership, negotiation, and HR management across various time zones, in English and French.

Episode #10 Christopher Veal | April 23, 2024 | 29 mins 04 secs

Special Guest: Christopher Veal

This podcast episode from ‘The Act of Coaching’ features a conversation between host Phil and guest Christopher Veal, discussing Christopher’s 11-year journey in coaching. The discussion covers Christopher’s work in executive coaching, creating inclusive spaces, and mentoring new coaches. Christopher shares how coaching has significantly impacted his personal and professional life, offering insights into his approach to coaching, including the importance of listening, asking questions, and empowering clients. The episode also explores the evolution of coaching as a profession, its accessibility, and its potential to transform leadership and personal relationships. Christopher highlights how coaching skills have improved his relationship with his daughter and his aspirations to expand his coaching practice internationally.

Bio: Ex-Marine and TEDx speaker, Christopher draws on his combat experience and 25 years in leadership development to influence global dialogues on vulnerability and masculinity. An author and renowned speaker, he’s impacted the healthcare, government, tech, and non-profit sectors with dynamic talks that spur professional and personal growth. His focus: guiding leaders and teams towards authentic, vulnerable leadership to foster trust and connection.

Episode #9 Paul Wagoner | April 9, 2024 | 26 mins 07 secs

Special Guest: Paul Wagoner

This podcast episode from ‘The Act of Coaching’ features a conversation with Phil, the host, and Paul, a guest from their alumni, discussing Paul’s transition to becoming a leadership coach focused on helping executives achieve confidence and clarity during life and career transitions. Paul shares his professional background, including practicing law and serving as a U.S. Navy JAG, and how his own career and life transitions led him to discover coaching as his vocation. The conversation delves into the importance of finding one’s coaching niche, the process of becoming a certified coach through ICF-accredited programs, and the impact of coaching on personal relationships, especially across cultural differences. Paul’s story illustrates the transformative power of coaching, both for coaches and their clients, highlighting the continuous learning and growth that comes with the profession.

Bio: Paul Wagoner is a leadership and career transitions coach as well as a resume and LinkedIn profile writer. He is the founder of Pathless Coaching LLC. Prior to coaching, Paul spent 12+ years as a practicing attorney, in private practice and public service, including as a US Navy JAG serving overseas. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategy from the Naval War College and law degree from Boston College. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a candidate for certification in leadership and performance coaching (LPCC) from Brown University/ACT Leadership. He is a member of the National Resume Writers Association and a Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (LinkedIn).

Episode #8 Jessica Harrison | March 25, 2024 | 28 mins 52 secs

Special Guest: Jessica Harrison

In the ‘The Act of Coaching’ podcast, Phil and coach Jessica Harrison discuss her journey from marketing to coaching, focusing on guiding clients towards clarity and work-life balance. Jessica emphasises the importance of listening and inquiry, values in growth, and her experiences with the ACT Leadership program at Brown University, highlighting its leadership focus and innovative strategies like coaching archetypes. The episode underscores the transformative impact of coaching and offers ways to connect with Jessica.

Bio: Jessica is a certified Executive Coach (ICF-ACC) and consultant focusing on coaching others to find greater balance, navigate transitions and leverage their unique talents so they can live their best lives with optimism both at work and at home. She completed her Leadership and Performance Coaching Certification through ACT Leadership in partnership with the Brown University School of Professional Studies.

Before coaching professionally, she spent over 12 years in marketing leadership roles with Chipotle where she was part of the journey with the brand from unknown start-up to household name.  Previous brands supported include Red Bull, New Line Cinema, Old Navy and De Beers. She started Ivy & Scout in 2017, and offers executive, career and college exploration coaching along with strategic marketing consulting for start-ups, consumer product companies, hospitality companies and individuals. Past and current clients supported include Randy’s Donuts, Equip, Steel Series, Yogurtland, LEAP, Noodles & Company, Blaze Pizza, Time Timer, and McCormick & Schmick’s.

Episode #7 Carlon Howard | March 4, 2024 | 32 mins 10 secs

Special Guest: Carlon Howard

In this podcast, host Phil Askew interviews Carlon Howard about his coaching journey. Carlon, an alumnus of ACT leadership, focuses on coaching social impact leaders and executive directors of small nonprofits, particularly those from underrepresented communities. He discusses the challenges he helps his clients navigate, including imposter syndrome, and how he facilitates their shift from survival to thriving. Carlon also talks about his own experiences in the nonprofit sector and his personal discovery of coaching as a tool for leadership and human development. The episode also delves into Carlon’s implementation of coaching skills within his own organization to foster empowerment and facilitate growth.

Bio: Carlon is a leadership coach, aiding purpose-driven individuals to maximize their potential. He is a certified coach from ACT’s Leadership Program at Brown University. He serves as the Chief Impact Officer and Co-Founder of Equity Institute, where he leads strategic planning and operational execution. He also co-founded re*generation, an initiative supporting education leaders from underrepresented backgrounds.

Previously, Carlon was an executive director of a youth nonprofit, an AmeriCorps member, a teacher, and a policy fellow for a state senator. He graduated from the University of Georgia and completed his graduate education degree from Rhode Island College. He also has a nonprofit management certificate from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice, affiliated with Tufts University. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member at College Unbound.

Episode #6 Sarah Carlan | February 21, 2024 | 31 mins 40 secs

Special Guest: Sarah Carlan

In this episode of ‘Act of Coaching’, host Phil speaks with Sarah Carlan, a graduate and alumna of ACT Leadership who works with clients primarily in the medical field. The podcast focuses on coaching techniques and Sarah’s personal career trajectory from a social work to coaching. She expresses the importance of an evidence-based approach, facilitating the development of self-compassion in her clients, and her goal to make impactful changes in the medical industry by providing early-stage training programs.

Bio: My Passion is to support purpose driven people and organization do their good work more effectively. I have spent my entire career working in purpose driven organization. From non- profits, to schools, to medical institution, I have seen how passionate people put their whole selves into their work.

I’ve also seen the toll that this can take; high burnout rates, exhaustion, and frustration. Since 2019 I’ve been committed to help these same people make shifts that allow them to keep doing the work they love without the toll.

I hold a coaching certification from Brown University School of Professional Development, a Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, and a BA in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior from Mount Holyoke College. I have more than 20 years of experience working as a therapist, leadership coach, and group facilitator. In addition, I am trained in Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead methodology.

Episode #5: Nick Kettles | January 18, 2024 | 28 mins 49 secs

Special Guest: Nick Kettles

In this episode of ‘Act of Coaching Podcast,’ Phil dives deep into a discussion with his esteemed guest, Nick Kettles, who is an ACT Leadership faculty member. Nick shares his journey from the discovery of coaching, during a time his business was suffering, to becoming a leadership and performance coach. He emphasizes the contributions of coaching in his personal and professional life, particularly improving his relationships and empowering him to work with others through difficult circumstances. Nick also talks about his ideas on personal development, self-awareness and hopes for the future.

Nick is an experienced ICF Master Certified Coach and Leadership development trainer. With 15 years of experience, he supports leaders in navigating uncertainty and complexity by embracing their authentic selves. As a former journalist and published author, Nick brings creative flair and guidance to help leaders define and give voice to their guiding purpose. He believes that the power of authenticity lies at the intersection of what we present to the world and what we wish to hide. By inspiring change makers and executives to lead from their most authentic selves, Nick helps transform a fear of change into a profound curiosity about what’s possible.


Episode #4: Maureen Rudell | December 5, 2023 | 23 mins 37 secs

Special Guest: Maureen Rudell

Maureen became a full-time transformational development coach after more than four decades in Corporate and Federal leadership positions within IT, Logistics and Human Resources. Having served around the globe, engaged with customers from the tactical to most senior strategic levels, Maureen listens deeply to learn where her clients get in the way of reaching their life-changing goals.

She works with high potential clients within Academia, the Department of Defense and the Commercial Enterprise as they grow within or into their senior management positions. Her client’s specialties include finance, information technology, logistics, health, and human resources.   Maureen’s coaching philosophy intuitively co-creates a safe environment for vertical growth – employing a “nothing needs fixing” practical approach to guide clients toward new ways of understanding their own potential.

  • Certified, International Coaching Federation
  • Leadership and Performance Coaching Certificate, Brown University
  • Master of Science, Military Operations and Science, Air University
  • Master of Business Administration, Mount Saint Mary’s University

Find her at:  www.linkedin.com/in/maureenrudell

Episode #3: Tom Collins | November 22, 2023 | 32 mins 52 secs

Special Guest: Tom Collins

Dr. Collins has had an impressive career in academia. Previously, he played a key role as a co-lead of the Coaching and Mentoring Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University. Currently, he holds the esteemed position of Vice Chair of Faculty and Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. In addition to his academic achievements, he has also completed the prestigious ACT executive coaching training program at Brown University. Dr. Collins is highly skilled in coaching and specializes in leadership development.

Episode #2: Jyllian Clarke | November 8, 2023 | 31 mins 46 secs

Special Guest: Jyllian Clarke

“Keep moving forward” was Jyllian Clarke’s mantra until coaching taught her the power of a strategic pause. Episode 2 of the Act of Coaching Podcast Series unveils how learning the art of coaching revealed untapped ideas and changed Jyllian Clarke’s pace of life for the better.

Jyllian Clarke, an ICF credentialed coach, is a dynamic and visionary security professional, experienced leader, leadership coach, mentor, and consultant.

With a passion for cultivating talent, Jyllian has successfully combined her expertise in security with a deep understanding of human potential, empowering individuals and organizations to thrive in ever-changing and challenging environments.

Throughout her distinguished career, Jyllian has held leadership positions in renowned security organizations, where she spearheaded innovative programs aimed at enhancing the skills, knowledge, and leadership capabilities of security professionals. However, since expanding beyond security, she has made it her life’s work to help anyone in need, regardless of their professional industry.

Jyllian is the CEO and Founder of ISO Coaching & Consulting, LLC. In her business, she coaches and consults with executive level professionals and those who are transitioning to the next level in their careers. Jyllian is passionate about investing in people and unlocking their potential to drive personal and professional successes, and fosters a culture of continuous learning, professional growth and leading with confidence and authenticity.

Episode #1: Amber J. Adams | October 26, 2023 | 36 mins 24 secs

Special Guest: Amber J. Adams

Amber J. Adams is a Leadership Coach and Personal Brand Strategist helping mid-career professionals who feel stuck in the “messy middle” of their careers and scared that they are unconsciously blocking their potential to work and lead with intention, joy, and purpose.

She helps her clients channel their frustration into transformation by guiding them in developing the courage they need to release and reframe the internal stories holding them back so they can reconnect with their vision for how they want to lead in their lives and careers.

Prior to becoming a coach, Amber was an advertising executive who led high-performing creative teams. When she found more joy in hosting clandestine meetings with colleagues to discuss their career desires, than dreaming up new campaigns, she knew it was time to make a change. Today, she is the founder of Amber Career Studio, where she curates coaching and workshop experiences for leaders and mid-career professionals who seek clarity in new directions, confidence in their capacity to lead, and the momentum to move their careers forward.

She is a certified Leadership and Executive Coach through ACT Leader in partnership with the Brown University School of Professional Studies.