RAS Graduates First Cohort of Coaches

RAS launched RAS LEAP (Lead, Energize, and Accelerate Performance) to train a cohort of coaches to be deployed in FY20.  All new RAS hires will be assigned a coach for their first year.  The coaches are trained in the “coaching for commitment” model.  During regular sessions, coaches focus on staff members’ specific skills and development goals by breaking skills and goals into concrete tasks to be completed within a specified period.  

RAS LEAP coaches/leaders are 100% focused on new RAS staff members’ success.  LEAP leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as an individual, as a team, and as an organization.  Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It is about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and leaders inspire team members and customers. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.  LEAP Coaching supports new hires to achieve the results that are important to individual progress in the RAS role, providing best-in-class service to PI’s, and the long-term success of RAS. 

The first cohort of LEAP Coaches completed training and graduated on 11/22/2019 and will begin coaching new hires in December 2019. Congratulations!


First Row: Kristin Weidman, Barbara Craighead, Becky Rogers, and Kathy Butts Arnold

Second Row: Amanda Riley, Margaret Murray, Deb Armstrong, Tamaira Lyons, Bryan Owens, Lacey Wilson, and Galina Terbova

Third Row: Lihua Meng, Olga Ivanova, Tara Falk, Melva Steps, Bob Yohnka, Vaneita Adams, Marcie Burnham, Chryssi Laguines, Sharon Rogers, Deborah Snyder, and Kim Rowell

Not Pictured: Julie Anderson, Nikya Grandberry, Shundra Holcombe, Beatriz Ibanez-Alvarez, Amanda McClellan, and Alexandria Rich

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