Patrick Williams Author & Personal Development Coach

One of the early pioneers of coaching, Pat is often called the ambassador of life coaching. Pat has been a licensed psychologist since 1980 and began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak and other companies along the front range of Colorado.

Most recently Pat has focused his coaching on private corporations and Federal government entities going through transitions and adaptive leadership challenges in the non profit community.

He is a member of PHI BETA KAPPA and CUM LAUDE graduate of Kansas University in 1972. He completed his masters in Humanistic Psychology in 1975 (University of West Georgia) and doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology in 1977, (University of Northern Colorado) His dissertation was Transpersonal Psychology and the Evolution of Consciousness.

Pat joined Coach U in 1996, closed his 16 year therapy practice six months later and became a full time coach. Pat was a senior trainer with Coach U from 1997-1998. He then started his own coach training school, the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) which specializes in training those with a human services orientation. ILCT has trained over 3,500 helping professionals and has opened offices in Korea, Turkey, Italy, China, and the UK.

Pat is department chair of the Coaching Psychology program at the International University of Professional Studies (, and has taught graduate coaching classes at Colorado State University and Denver University, Fielding University, Loyola University, City University of London and many others. He was also a curriculum consultant for the Coaching Certificate program at Fielding International University.

Pat is a past board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and co-chaired the ICF regulatory committee. He is past president of ACTO, the Association of Coach Training Organizations and an honorary VP of the International Society of Coaching Psychology. Pat was also honored in 2008 as the educator of the year for the New England Educational Institute.

In May of 2006 Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village ( initiative to bring coaching methodologies to villages in developing countries and to leaders of non profits and nongovernmental organizations who serve them. He is passionate about coaching and dedicated to ensuring it remains a respected profession.

Current projects have included teaching coaching to dozens of federal prisoners, speaking at their graduation ceremonies and currently working on a documentary film about the power of the coach approach for those in prison and for re-entry success back into society.

And he is a newly certified (2015) trainer for Points of You ™ an international training company with tools for inspiration and creative communication.

Pat is also a member of:

  • Forbes Coaching Council
  • Founding Member of
  • A coach for navy Seals with Seal Foundation Fund

Pat has authored multiple articles and has co-authored the following books:
• Therapist as Life Coach: Transforming Your Practice (2nd Edition 2007)
• Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance your Practice and Your Life (2005)
• The Law and Ethics in Coaching: How to Solve and Avoid Difficult Problems in Your Practice (2006)
• Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training (2nd ed. 2015)
Most recently he is a contributor to The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching (Chapter 1, 2008)
Pat continues to coach, train, speak, and lead in the ever evolving field of professional, life, and wellness coaching.
His new book, for a more general public is now out. Getting Naked: Emotional Transparency with the Right Person at the Right Time, in the Right Place.

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is the Authority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.