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Vertical Leadership Development Series: Webinar Modules 1-4 (Hosted b

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • Thursday, November 02, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Thursday, October 12, 2023, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM (CST)
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM (CST)
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM (CST)
  • Thursday, November 02, 2023, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM (CST)
  • Zoom


  • ICF San Antonio, Austin, North Texas


Vertical Development: An Innovative New Way to Think About Leadership and Change

4 Part Series:

  • Module 1- Laying the Foundation
  • Module 2- The Stages of Vertical Development
  • Module 3- Coaching with Vertical Development
  • Module 4- Managing Change with Vertical Development

Please Note: Event dates posted in video trailer are inaccurate. Final event dates are set at October 12th, 19th, 26th, and November 2nd.  

Often, when leaders talk about where they need help, they name tactical issues like delegating, leading change, executive presence, difficult boss relationships, and so on. While important, these challenges arise from how we are looking at the world not how the world actually is.

The traditional way of thinking about leadership and change management is insufficient for today’s fast-changing and complex world. We need a new approach because we need more leadership capacity to meet our challenges.

Come learn why this is such a significant need, then be introduced to Vertical Development, a framework and process that enables leadership maturity – to literally “grow up!”

Consider where your clients are in their maturity journey and learn about the levers for growing their leadership capacity to make your coaching and consulting even more impactful.

What if you can help your clients address their challenges and achieve their goals by helping them look at them (and others) differently? Join us for this 4-part series!

In Module 1 you’ll learn:

  • How the world is changing 
  • Why the current approach to leadership development is insufficient 
  • How the vertical development model works 
  • Horizontal vs. vertical development (interactive) 
  • How to introduce your clients to vertical development (interactive)

In Module 2 you'll learn:

  • A walkthrough of the stages of vertical development 
  •  How to assess your own and others' stage of development (interactive)

In Module 3 you'll learn:

  • Four key tools to expand capacity 
  • Coaching levers by stage 
  • How to introduce clients to vertical development 
  • Practice coaching and feedback (interactive) 
  • Q&A on coaching with a vertical development lens (interactive)

In Module 4 you'll learn:

  • Planning and communicating change from a vertical development lens 
  • Helping sponsors develop vertically to make change more successful 

Follow-up: Additional training available for certification in vertical development tool and deeper understanding of vertical development 


  • Four sessions: Oct 12th, Oct. 19th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 2nd
  • 11:00-12:30 pm CST
  • Zoom Call - You will receive the link in your confirmation email.


Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. 

  • Members -$350
  • Non-Members- $375

Jessica Bronzert- MBA, MCC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Jessica Bronzert's candor is as invaluable as her curiosity. As an executive coach, change consultant, and founder of The Sparks Group, Jessica’s passion is helping leaders and teams develop the capacity – not just the skills – they need to be personally and professionally successful in the face of ever-increasing change and complexity.


Motivated by the diversity of the human experience and organizational life, Jessica employs her MBA, specialized change and coaching training, and years of corporate and non- profit experience to help clients make the changes that make a difference to them and in the world.


Jessica has worked with and inside numerous industries. Most recently, as Lowe’s Director of Change Execution—a FORTUNE® 50 retailer with over $50B in annual revenues and 250,000+ employees—she led a multi-year, company-wide effort to transform the culture and equip the organization to meet changing consumer demands. Jessica helped develop and implement a change management center of expertise and coached the top 150 leaders as part of Lowe’s effort to shift to a purpose-driven organization. As a dynamic speaker, she received the highest ratings at the Association of Change Management Professionals national conference. She is also adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Anna Sparks- MPA, ACC, CCMP

Anna has spent her career travelling the world, understanding other cultures and people. Whether hosting a discussion with Deloitte’s Global Board Chair, coordinating a Secretary of State visit to Costa Rica, negotiating with Malawi’s Speaker of the House, or coaching someone, Anna zeroes in on the relationship and how she can elevate and partner with others.


As a former management consultant, Anna brings strategy and laser focus to move intractable problems forward leveraging her clients’ strengths and understanding their context. Companies and individuals trust Anna to draw out their potential and support them in leveling up as leaders and teams. Her deep experience with the US Federal government and extensive personal experience with frequent transitions informs her creative approaches managing change for transformations within some of the largest organizations in the world.


Anna is adept at coaching and leadership development, facilitation, and consulting in the areas of change management, employee experience, and culture. She prides herself on clear, compassionate, and productive conversation and loves building community. She has served more than four US Federal government departments in seven countries over the past 20 years in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.




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