Creating the professional life we want can be a lonely business.

Coaching circles harness the power of our peers to create a coaching experience larger than the sum of its parts. Structured as weekly group coaching sessions, Coaching Circles bring together 5-8 individuals at similar career stages and fields for facilitated coaching support.

In a Coaching Circle, you’ll form new relationships with peers experiencing similar challenges, while learning and growing together in an honest and supportive environment. You’ll build your network, compare strategies, and share your own wisdom with the group. All sessions are 100% confidential and facilitated by professional coach and Open Way founder John Sawyer.

Below are upcoming Coaching Circles. Click the button at the bottom of the page to apply today.


Young professionals in health policy

Description: For those professionals early in a health policy career. We’ll discuss moving up versus moving around; building networks and your public persona; choosing and creating the work life you want. Participants will share personal strategies and professional tools for navigating Washington’s health policy landscape.

Requirements: In first or second job working in health policy in Washington, DC (can be legislative, advocacy, policy, academic, etc.)

Schedule: 8 weeks, Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm, Downtown DC (16th & K)

Cost: $750

Begins March 19th.


Directors of government affairs

Description: We’ll explore the unique challenges to the Director role in the world of Washington lobbying, with particular focus on management strategy, career planning and how to make change from the mid-to-upper levels of an organization.

Requirements: In-house Government Affairs role with an organization, Director or equivalent title, must manage at least one staff member.

Schedule: 8 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Downtown DC,

Cost: $750

Begins April 4th.