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Barbara Richards


Associate Faculty


Executive Education


Barbara Richards works with talented and accomplished executives and entrepreneurs to grow their professional fulfillment, and to help them live a rich and rewarding life. A professional coach with 20 years of experience, she works with the premise that in today’s workplace mastery of business skills isn’t enough. The key to fulfilling and sustainable success is growing our self-mastery and our ability to collaborate with others. She has coached hundreds of people worldwide through her company VisionWork Coaching Group. Her specialties include coach-approach leadership training and mentor coaching to emerging and seasoned coaches.


Richards has more than 20 years of business experience in high-growth, entrepreneurial companies and takes a result-focus in her coaching. She has provided coaching to people in a wide range of industries, including health care, education, financial services, high-tech and non-profit organizations. Richards is the author of Give Your Dream a Plan: 7 Questions to Ignite Extraordinary Results in Your Business (2011).


Richards is a Master Certified Coach and received her coaching training through Coach University (2000), Corporate Coach University (2001) and holds the designation Professional Mentor Coach (2007). She has served as a coaching educator for more than 15 years as faculty with Coach University and associate faculty with Royal Roads University in the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and the Professional Mentor Coaching courses. Her work has been covered in the Globe & Mail and Canadian Business.