Coaching Cafe

Coaching Cafe for professional development

Coaching Cafe postcard with coffee cup

About Coaching Cafe

Fordham IT’s Coaching Cafe is a personal and professional development opportunity that is open to all members of Fordham IT regardless of position or function. It organizes participants into small groups to explore work-related challenges of mutual concern and to share individual experiences in how those challenges have been successfully met. A single challenge serves as the unifying theme for each Coaching Cafe event.

The sole requirement for participation is a commitment to share your ideas and experience coping with the challenge selected as the Cafe’s theme, or simply to listen and reflect on the experiences and ideas of the other group members. The goal is to highlight the diversity of perspectives and assumptions that participants bring to their work in a way that can generate new and creative approaches to effectively meet such shared challenges in the future.

The group discussions will be structured through the use of a Coaching Ourselves module, which is designed to provide each participant with an opportunity to learn and reflect on a wide variety of management issues in a way that promotes individual learning and development, and insight into his or her work within Fordham IT. These modules are the same as those used in the Fordham IT Laureate Program.

Previous Coaching Cafe topics

For full descriptions of past and upcoming Coaching Cafe, visit the IT Events Calendar


Remotely Productive: You Can Work from Home

Engagement: Beyond Buy-in


5 Ideas About Teamwork

Unlock Your Team’s Potential: Special Event for Individual IT Teams


Unlocking Team Potential

Time Management


Introducing Culture in Organizations

Managing Conflicts in Teams

Coaching Cafe Testimonials

“The university benefits when we develop soft skills. Polishing our soft skills: dialogue, reflection, feed-forward and others allows us to become more efficient and deliver quality solutions. Coaching Cafe gives me the tools to do just that and cultivates stronger relationships with my colleagues.” -Diego Gomez

“‘Beyond Bickering’ was my first session. It was very inviting. My colleagues and I had a great dialogue, and the moderators were exceptional with keeping the conversation on track.

It is always important to think about what has happened in order to learn and improve. The message was valuable.

At Coaching Cafe, I can meet, network, and get to know my colleagues at a deeper level.

At the session called ‘Reflection’, I found it valuable to be reminded of the ways to reflect on interactions between myself and colleagues.

The topic of ‘Reflection’ presented me with an opportunity to recognize that communication involves facts and emotions, both of which can be interpreted and misinterpreted in unpredictable ways. Reflection, alone and with others, can improve our communication and reduce opportunities for conflict and confusion.

I really enjoyed participating in the Reflection session. This was my second time doing this module, and it was good to be reminded of why reflection is so important.

What I find most valuable is the dialog between everyone and sharing our experiences. It is reassuring to know that others have had similar experiences.

I came away with a deepened awareness that word choice and attitude impact our dialogue with others.

I learned a lot. These sessions will help Fordham IT staff to build positive relationships with our coworkers and managers. Looking forward to the next one.

Coaching Cafe goes beyond just discussing work-related challenges. It breaks down barriers and fosters cooperation among colleagues in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment.” -Shabana Pathan