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November Chapter Meeting & Speaker: Vertical Development

  • November 14, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom


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November 14, 2023


Chapter Meeting & Speaker

In our final chapter meeting of 2023 we will welcome Australian researcher and speaker, Dr. Alis Anagnostakis, to focus on vertical development.

A successful coaching process supports clients in achieving their goals. However, as more clients face contexts of exponential complexity, their goals are expanding in scope and becoming harder to accomplish without a corresponding expansion in our clients’ internal complexity. Therefore, as coaches, we need to more purposefully support our clients’ psychological growth as a prerequisite to achieving meaningful goals in an increasingly disrupted world.

Often coaches have a sense of a client’s transformation and growth. Developmental coaching as a concept is not new. Much has been written about vertical development and “transformational” coaching. However, the exact mechanisms of development; the experience of it; and the precise triggers, opportunities, themes, lines, and conditions for development are not widely known. In this session, we will bring together research and practical coaching applications to offer coaches clarity and tools for fostering vertical development.

We will explore the Contrasting Emotions Space Theory of Vertical Development and how it translates into the specific developmental coaching process D.E.C.I.I.D.E.D. (Dilemma, Emotion, Critical Reflection, Insight, Intention, Discomfort, Experiment, Dilemma). The theory describes the lived experience of development as a client might perceive it. The coaching model guides coaches on how to apply it. Through exploring both, we will uncover triggers, conditions, and illuminate the inner workings of vertical development as clients experience it. We will also get to experience how to facilitate that process through coaching.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what vertical development coaching is and how it is different (and complementary) to other types of coaching.
  2. Work with dilemmas and negative emotions in vertical development and coach your clients through the Contrasting Emotions Space Theory.
  3. Conduct a developmental coaching conversation using the D.E.C.I.I.D.E.D. coaching process.


Dr. Alis Anagnostakis

Alis Anagnostakis, PCC, PhD, is an adult development researcher, group facilitator, executive coach, and founder of the Vertical Development Institute. For over 15 years, she has supported the development of leaders towards later stages of psychological complexity and maturity, which is conducive to more adaptive, resilient, and wise leadership practices.

Alis is an experienced coach educator and mentor, having accompanied hundreds of coaches on their path to certification. She has a master's degree in positive leadership and strategy and a doctorate in vertical development. Her research focuses on studying leaders’ lived experience of development and ways to foster it through coaching and leadership programs. As she walks the fine line between rigorous research and the practice of leadership development, Alis aspires to creatively cross-pollinate between these two spheres of knowledge and help generate new insights to inform more effective learning interventions for the leaders of tomorrow.


  • 6:00PM-6:30PM Coaches chat!
  • 6:30PM–8:00PM Program and presentation
  • Zoom Call - You will receive the link in your confirmation email.
*Come at 6 PM to chat with other coaches! You'll be diverted to a breakout room with 3-4 other coaches who are also ready to have a conversation and network. A great way to form your coaching connections and community!


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    • ICF Global Members, Non-ICF Local Members -$20
    • Guests (Non ICF-Local or Global Members) - $20
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