Valerie Davis

  • An executive coach with an uncommon ability to support clients through transformational change
  • Specializes in leadership and team coaching
  • Supports people to take ownership, and responsibility for their careers and lives
  • Executive experience in both private and not-for-profit sectors
  • Proven track record as an effective business partner in designing and delivering strategic Human Resources programs

Valerie J. Davis is an Associate of The Coaching Project, Inc., and president of her own firm, Lysistrata Incorporated. She has coached executives for over 12 years, working with a broad range of leaders from CEOs of publicly traded corporations to owners of entrepreneurial ventures. Clients include American Express, Canadian Cable Systems Alliance, Dell, Raytheon, Torstar Corporation, and Thomson Corporation.

For a significant period in her career, Valerie managed Global Talent Management programs encompassing a broad range of strategic programs including recruitment, career development, succession planning, assessment and development. She has always held the belief that people make the greatest contributions to organizations when they are empowered to take responsibility for their careers. Throughout her career she has pioneered innovative approaches and programs designed to motivate and enable people to achieve this goal in both times of growth and economic downturns.

Valerie is committed to helping people maximize their performance and potential and lead fulfilling lives. She provides a safe environment for her clients to explore tough issues and challenges them to reach beyond self-imposed limits. She partners with her clients, provides them with the tools they need to take ownership of their work and their lives, and holds them accountable to themselves through their transitions. Major underpinnings of her personal philosophy include her beliefs that we always have options and we create our future.

She believes strongly in community development and has served in voluntary roles from President to consultant to canvasser in numerous not-for-profit organizations over the past 20 years. Valerie holds a Masters of Science in Organization Development from the American University/National Training Labs in Washington, D.C. and is a certified Professional Coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.

Latest News

  • The Coaching Project is Transitioning

    After a long absence, I am writing with the purpose of providing some context for the changes in me and the world around me that have led to this gap. The Coaching Project has transitioned to new interests and priorities over the past couple of years, reflecting my own transitions in life.

    Just as TCP was a pioneer in the field of Leaders Coaching Leaders, we are setting out again to explore the role of leadership and coaching in the

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  • A New Beginning

    In our coaching and training we have consistently used our three-stage process as shown in the model below. Each stage answers a question: What’s So? So What? What’s Next? I have used these questions to reflect on my recent experience and to give a sense of completion to this chapter in The Coaching Project’s history.

    What’s So?

    I often say retirement is harder than it looks. I have been working on it for half a dozen years. I began

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  • The Importance of Coach Education

    I recently interviewed Arden Henley, Principal of Canadian Programs at City University, about CityU’s decision to partner with The Coaching Project on coach education. His insights mirror and expand on the results of the ICF study.

    Why does CityU see a coaching program as an important addition to its roster of programs?

    We see our role as building leadership capacity in the community. Coaching plays an increasingly important role in leadership and we want to respond to that need.

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