Executive Coaching Program Faculty

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) was conceptualized, developed, and is instructed by Kaveh Naficy and Chris Brookfield from Heidrick and Struggles (H&S), a world-wide professional services firm with expertise in the fields of leadership consulting, culture shaping, and executive search. Kaveh is a Partner and heads H&S’ North America Executive Coaching Practice, and Chris is a Principal and Executive Coach at H&S.

Throughout the curriculum, our Instructors draw from their extensive hands-on experiences working as Executive Coaches with top leaders and their teams in Fortune 500 companies. Their work with board and executive level leaders at the world's premier organizations provides them with a unique perspective and deep insights into the realities of the current and future business world. Throughout the learning journey, Instructors translate their experiences into opportunities for LCOP students to explore and practice real-life skills they can apply in organizational settings.

Executive Coaching, Executive Coach Christopher Brookfield

Christopher Brookfield

A former entrepreneur and CEO, Chris Brookfield is currently a Principal and Executive Coach at Heidrick & Struggles/Philosophy IB. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Chris was trained and certified through The Coaches Institute, one of the oldest and most rigorous coaching schools in the country. He is an ICF, PCC-certified coach with over 15 years of experience coaching people and organizations. Chris served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Metro DC International Coaches and has lectured at the Darden School of Business.

Executive Coaching, Executive Coach Kaveh Naficy

Kaveh Naficy

Founding Partner and Coaching Practice Lead at Heidrick & Struggles/Philosophy IB, Kaveh Naficy received his B.A. from Baker University, a Master's degree in Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A from Boston College. He completed his coaching training at Georgetown University, is PCC-certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and has conducted over 2,500 hours of executive coaching.

Kaveh leads the coaching program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and built the ICF-certified Executive Coaching Program, starting at George Mason University in 2010, and expanding to Rutgers University in 2014, and to American University in 2016. Prior to founding Philosophy IB, Kaveh held executive positions at Citibank, Ernst & Young, and Warner Lambert.

Executive Coaching Instructor Sandi Stewart

Sandi Stewart

Sandi Stewart is an executive coach and consultant with over 20 years of organizational experience. She is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) with over 2,500 hours of coaching. Sandi has a BA in Psychology and French from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University. She was Adjunct Professor of Leadership Development for a Masters of Business program and a former manager with Johnson & Johnson, Hearst/ABC, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and Ferrero, N.A. She serves on the ICF Independent Review Board and writes for The Library of Professional Coaching.