Ching-Yune Sylvester (coaching)


Ching-Yune Slyvester, Ph.D.

Coaching Philosophy

I believe that a sense of fulfillment and balance comes when our professional and personal lives are aligned with our values, identities, and strengths. I serve as a curious thought-partner who asks hard questions, and provides the structure and accountability to allow my clients to use their own knowledge and expertise to support reflection, problem-solving, and goal attainment.

As a coach, I partner primarily with academics who are highly successful based on many external metrics, yet feel that they are often just managing day-to-day without the time or space to be truly intentional about the work they want to accomplish. I work with them to discover and then focus on what is most important to them so that their work becomes more fulfilling and their life becomes more balanced. I also work with leaders who are looking to grow their skills in directing, influencing, and managing people, while staying true to their priorities and vision.


Ching-Yune has spent the past 20+ years in higher education administration working with scholars at all levels and across disciplines, and especially with those engaged in diversity and social justice endeavors. In addition to coaching, her expertise includes faculty professional development, conflict resolution, and program management. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and is certified as an executive coach by the Academy for Creative Coaching, as well as Michigan Medicine. She has also been trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Social Justice Mediation, Positive Intelligence (PQ), and PRINT Unconscious Motivators. 

Levels Coached: Early-Career Professionals, Mid-Career Professionals, Sr Executive (Chairs, Deans), Mid-Managers (Division Chiefs)

Industry Experience: Higher Education, Non-profit/NGO, University Hospitals