Pictured above is Dr. Underhill's keynote in Brazil.

Brian O. Underhill, Ph.D. is an internationally-accomplished keynote speaker addressing leaders, HR managers and coaches on 6 continents.  Brian is the Founder & CEO of CoachSource, the world’s largest executive coaching firm.  He is also the author of Executive Coaching for Results: The Definitive Guide to Developing Organizational Leaders, as well as numerous articles and blog posts on the leadership and coaching field. Brian's most recent book is Mastering Executive Coaching, co-edited with Marshall Goldsmith and Jonathan Passmore.
Brian regularly achieves high ratings for his engaging presentations.  He has been a frequent speaker at The Conference Board, International Coach Federation international and regional events, European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP/APA Div.14), Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC), Society of Consulting Psychology/APA Div.13, Organization Development Network (ODN), SHRM, ATD, Linkage and other industry events.

Dr. Underhill's keynote at ICF in Istanbul, Turkey


Endurance Leadership: Leading in Turbulent Times
Audience: Leaders (Keynote)
During these unprecedented times, how are we to lead our organizations effectively?  What leadership approaches do we need in order to be successful?  How do we stay grounded when everything seems to be shifting?  Thankfully, there are answers to these questions. We'll learn from a leadership story guaranteed to be even more riveting than anything we'll ever experience today. You will learn about the three key leadership principles to lead during turbulent times and what specifically you can do to lead more effectively tomorrow.

Towards a "Coaching Culture" - Is it Even Possible?
Audience: HR/LD/Organizations
Organizations today often talk about creating a “coaching culture,” yet few – if any – actually get there. Learn about the four stages of maturity in an organization’s coaching approach, rate your own organization’s stage, and find out what it really takes to master a coaching culture. There will be opportunities to share your own organization’s journey on the coaching maturity scale.

Future Trends in Coaching
Audience: HR/LD/Organizations
What will be the most likely trends in the executive coaching industry in the next 3-5 years?  Will accreditation be mandatory?  Will coaching fees decrease?  Will robots replace coaches? We draw upon our cutting-edge research study Executive Coaching For Results in which we surveyed external/internal coaches and organizations. Hear what they had to say and how this impacts coaching at your organization.

Making the Most of Your Coaching Experience
Audience: Intact Leadership Teams
So you and your team are about to get 360 feedback and work with a coach – now what?  How do you make the most of 360 feedback?  How do you make the most of coaching?  Learn a valuable model for encouraging feedback, how to read a 360 report and how to practice follow up with others.  We’ll also look at our team report to learn where we are collectively strong and where we can improve.  You’ll learn more about the executive coaching process and how to best work with your coach for maximum results.

Yes, You Can (and MUST) Measure the Results of Coaching
Audience: HR/LD/Coaches
The executive coaching field still suffers greatly from an “image problem” – many in the world do not understand what we do, and often confuse us with other less desirable occupations.  Our profession must capture legitimacy in the world’s eyes.  One solution?  Measurement!  Measuring the impact of coaching is simple, obtainable and even motivational for our clients.  Learn about the 5 levels of measurement – including measuring ROI – and figure out how to put them into practice with your clients immediately.

Executive Coaching for Results: Design, Measure, Maximize
Audience: HR/LD/Coaches
Corporate executive coaching requests have risen substantially over the past few years, now mostly aimed at the best and brightest talent.  But there is an unexpected downside - the challenge in properly managing coaching.  Practice managers in corporations are now spending extraordinarily large amounts of time screening coaches, handling new requests, tracking activities, processing purchase orders and expense forms, keeping up with the existing cadre of coaches - and do the rest of their work too!  

With this increased attention also comes heightened pressure to demonstrate results.  Are our leaders actually improving?  How do we measure the impact of coaching?  How do we measure the return on investment?

This vital session is perfectly timed to meet the needs of busy coaching program managers.  Can we manager larger and larger coaching programs, using less internal staff time along the way?  Participants will learn how to:

•    Streamline “intake” of coaching requests to move them through the system faster
•    Oversee internal and external coaches under one approach
•    Peek inside a web-based coaching management system (CMS)
•    Determine which key activity metrics to track: i.e. number of assignments, cost, etc
•    Identify the five ways to evaluate coaching
•    Conduct a coaching conversation to contract for business impact
•    Convert data to monetary value

Join coaching management expert Brian O. Underhill, Ph.D. and his team as we explore ways to maximize your coaching program.  Brian has designed numerous large-scale, global coaching programs, and his staff oversees coaching management activities at over 60 large organizations.

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Dr. Underhill being interviewed by news media in Madrid, Spain.


Dr. Underhill's breakout session at EMCC, Istanbul, Turkey in Nov.2015

Dr. Underhill being interviewed at the Institute of Coaching (part of McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate).

Sampling of Speaking Engagements

•      International Coach Federation (ICF):
        Keynote Speaker: February 2020 in Noida/Delhi, India (ICF-Delhi Chapter)
        Session Speaker/ICF Converge: October 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic
        Session Speaker/ICF Converge: August 2017 in Washington, DC

        Session Speaker: December 2010 in Orlando, FL

•      The Conference Board (TCB) Executive Coaching Conference:  
        Session Facilitator: March 2019 in New York, NY 

        Session Facilitator: March 2017 in New York, NY
        Also presented at TCB in 2016 (session facilitator), 2015 (Pre-conference speaker), and 2012 - 2013 - 2014 (session speaker)

•      Worldwide Business & Executive Coaching Forum (WBECS):
        Session Speaker, Full conference: February 2021 (online, virtual)
        Session Speaker, Pre-Conference: June 2020 (online, virtual)
        Session Speaker:  November 2017 (online/virtual) 

       Also presented at WBECS each year from 2011 - 2016

•      Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP): 
         2018 Annual Conference - Session Speaker: April 2018 in Chicago, IL
         2017 Leading Edge Consortium - Session Speaker: October 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

•      ICF Midwest Conference: 
       Session Speaker: June 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA
       Session Speaker: June 2015 in Kansas City, MO

•      Institute of Coaching: Keynote Webinar: September 2017 (online/virtual)

•      ICF Brazil: Keynote Webinar: August 2017 (online/virtual)

•      ICF Gold Coast Australia: Keynote Webinar: August 2017 (online/virtual)

•      Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC):  Breakout Speaker: May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.  

•      Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP, aka American Psychological Association Division 13):
        Session Speaker: February 2018 in Georgia       
        Session Speaker: February 2017 in Seattle, WA
        Session Speaker: February 2014 Mid-Winter Conference

•      Raytheon HR Group: Session Speaker: March 2016

•      The Journey Church: Platform Teacher: February 2016 in San Jose, CA

•      European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC ):
        Webinar for EMCC-Asia Pacific Region: July 2020
        MasterClass: March 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland
        Session Speaker: November 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey

•     Fielding University: April 2020 (online/virtual)

•     Columbia University / ICF-NYC / NYC SHRM: Panelist June 2020 (online/virtual)

•     San Diego ICF Chapter: Session Speaker: August 2015 in San Diego, CA

•      Korean Coaches Association: Keynote Speaker: June 2015 in Seoul, Korea

•      Genentech Coaches’ Forum: Session Speaker: June 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA

•      Arizona ODN: Session Speaker: May 2015

•      Asociación Española De Coaching Ejecutivo Coaching Conference:  Keynote Speaker: Madrid, Spain – May 2014

•      Sociedad Brasilia de Coaching:  Keynote Speaker: Sao Paulo, Brazil – February 2014

•      Intel Coaching Forum: Session Speaker: November 2013

•      ATD – Los Angeles: Chapter Speaker: October 2013 in Los Angeles, CA

•      Allergan HR Forum: Session Speaker: September 2013 in Irvine, CA

•      Mayo Clinic Coaching Conference: Keynote Speaker: August 2013 in Rochester, MN

•      Colombian Conference on Call Centers and BPO:  Keynote Speaker: May 2013 in Bogota, Colombia

•      ICF Turkey Country Conference: Keynote Speaker: April 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey

•      ICF Taiwan Country Conference:  Keynote Speaker: December 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan

•      Franklin Templeton Investments HR Meeting: Session Speaker: July 2012

•      American Chamber of Commerce – Human Resources Division:
       Chapter Speaker: February 2011 in Seoul, Korea
       Chapter Speaker: February 2008 in Tokyo Japan

•      HRPS Dubai: Chapter Speaker: June 2011 in Dubai, UAE

•      APAC/ICF Singapore: Session Speaker: September 2010 in Singapore

•      Encuentro Latinamericano de Gestion Humana: Keynote Speaker: June 2010 in Lima, Peru

•      Washington State Bankers Association HR/Training Conference: Keynote Speaker: April 2010 in Leavenworth, WA

•      Colombian Conference on Call Centers and BPO: Keynote Speaker: May 2009 in Bogota, Colombia

•      HRPS Tokyo: Chapter Speaker: February 2008 in Tokyo, Japan

Other events include radio shows, podcasts and television.

ICF Istanbul, Turkey


Korea Coaches Association, Seoul, Korea


Media photo from Sao Paulo, Brazil


ICF Keynote in Taipei, Taiwan.

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