Meet the iACTcenter Faculty & Team
The iACTcenter’s Mission
The International ADHD Coach Training Center’s (iACTcenter’s) Mission is Three-Fold
First, to prepare emerging coaches with the skills, competencies, ethics, and guidelines of the International Coaching Federation to increase awareness of ADHD and ADHD Life Coaching globally. Secondly, to increase our student’s self-awareness of clients living with ADHD so they can move forward to their goals and live their best lives using the ICF’s Coaching model. And finally, using an ICF coaching model to provide our students with the information, tools, resources, and structure they want to create a sustainable coaching business and continue pursuing their passion for being Certified ADHD Life Coaches (CALC) and becoming ICF credentialed coaches.
What We Stand For…
Ethics, Transparency, and Integrity
As an International Coaching Federation (ICF) member, the International ADHD Coach Training Center (iACTcenter) adheres to the professional ICF Code of Ethics. All team members, including administrators, staff, faculty, contracted and accessory personnel, acknowledge and agree to abide by and be accountable to the ICF Code of Ethics. The initial agreement each sign includes the statement: I Agree to be accountable to the ICF and the International ADHD Coach Training Center and act in accordance with their Codes of Ethics and values at all times.
Furthermore, when applicable, the iACTcenter teaches and incorporates the ICF Code of Ethics in its coaching classes and dedicates two complete courses specifically to the ICF Code of Ethics. Students are required to complete a three-hour ICF ethical review course to graduate. When renewing their ICF credentials, faculty must submit the certificate of completion from their ICF ethical review course to the iACTcenter.
Integrity for us means that we act after weighing our choices, the ethical and contextual implications, and what is in the best interest of our students, clients, the public at large, our organization and regulating body, the ICF. Our decisions reflect the ongoing commitment to maintaining an active reputation for honesty, authenticity, and trustworthiness.
Transparency, for the iACTcenter, means that we always strive to be open and honest when serving our global community, students, and clients using direct communication and clear information about our policies, pricing, organizational values, and ethics. The value of our program to our global community reflects the thoroughness and quality of coach training and education provided at the iACTcenter.
Founder, Director of Training
Laurie is on a mission to rid the world of the stigma surrounding ADHD so those that experience it can truly enjoy their AWESOMENESS!
Her youngest son failed “circle time” twice when he was diagnosed 21 years ago. Dedicated to finding a way to focus on his brilliance rather than his ADHD challenges, Laurie discovered coaching and earned her certification with the Coaches Training Institute in 2002. After experiencing the positive changes coaching made for her son and her family, Laurie made a mid-life career switch to the profession of an ADHD Life Coach.
In 2015 Laurie founded the International ADHD Coach Training Center.Intentionally, the acronym spells out “I ACT,” as the iACTcenter has trained 1000s of Certified ADHD Life Coaches (CALC) worldwide to actively make a difference in the lives of those struggling with ADHD regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or culture.
What makes the iACTcenter training different than any other out there is Laurie’s knowledge and experience of ADHD, coaching, neurobiology, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology of the ADHD brain style. She respects and appreciates the profession and art of coaching and believes that coaching is a calling: a career motivated by passion and a mission to make a difference.
With her scientific background, 20+ years as a professional ADHD Life Coach, 15 years of training emerging coaches to earn their credentials, her entrepreneurial expertise in maintaining a sustainable six-figure coaching business, and a lifetime of living personally and professionally with ADHD herself. Laurie’s expertise is unparalleled.
She’s edited and co-authored the #1 Amazon Best-Selling series, The ADHD Awareness Book Project, and authored the popular Brain Surfing and 31 Other Awesome Qualities of ADHD and Unlocking the Secrets to Your Entrepreneurial Brain Style. In addition, she is a published expert on ADHD medications and coaching in ADDitude and Attention Magazine and received the distinction of being one of the top 100 ADHD Blogs on the internet.
She’s recognized as a leader and fierce advocate for persons diagnosed with ADHD, a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally on coaching, ADHD, and entrepreneurship, and she’s served on numerous boards and organizations throughout the ADHD community.
Most importantly, she’s committed to YOU – to train you to be the confident ADHD Life Coach the world needs and continue the mission to support and empower those with ADHD.
Assistant Director of Training, Coach Instructor
Heidi Fishbein is a highly sought-after ADHD & Christian Life Coach. She is trained in helping people discover themselves, unearth their strengths, gifting, and talents through a holistic approach that brings clarity, awareness, and growth. She believes everyone has a light within. You are already born with the qualities you need to solve your problems and move forward. She partners with her clients as they reach each milestone, one at a time, with the ultimate end goal of building confidence, self-worth, strategies and empowerment.
Heidi was trained with and is a Certified ADHD Life Coach (CALC) through the International ADHD Coach Training Center (iACTcenter) and is also a trained Christian Leadership Life Coach through Leadership Coaching Canada (LLC). Heidi has earned her International Coaching Federation credentials as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).
In addition to her private coaching practice, Heidi is the Assistant Director of Training and a Coach Instructor here at the iACTcenter and a Coach Trainer at Leadership Coaching Canada.
Heidi is the proud mother of two creative, spontaneous, and fun-loving young boys. She considers herself blessed to have an incredibly supportive husband who shares her love of family and service to others. As a family, they enjoy being active in their community and church, sharing game nights and pursuing various sports and recreational adventures.
Coach Mentor, Coach Instructor
Sue is passionate about resilience & well-being! With a background in nursing, recruitment, retention, HR, sales, marketing, program development, company ownership & management, Sue brings a wealth of career and life experience, offering effective and results-oriented coaching. Sue is a certified ADHD (CALC) coach through the iACTcenter, a certified professional Co-Active coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute, a certified mental fitness coach through Positive Intelligence (CPQC) and a certified team coach through the Global Team Coaching Institute. She holds her PCC designation with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Sue works with individuals, leaders, and teams in healthcare and corporate organizations to increase positive collaboration, engagement, retention, build resilience to endure challenging times and beat burn-out through evidence-based neuroscience & positive psychology programs.
Personal life experiences have given Sue an understanding of individuals struggling with ADHD’s daily difficulties. Having been a guardian to two at-risk teens struggling with Fetal Alcohol Effects, ADHD, reactive attachment disorder, sensory processing delays, and dyslexia, combined with her own daughter with inattentive ADHD and cognitive processing delays and living with a hyper-active ADHD spouse, she gets the challenges. Sue is a fierce yet compassionate advocate.
Sue is honored to be an instructor with the iACTcenter and an ICF mentor coach, working with emerging coaches equally passionate about making a difference in the lives of others with ADHD!
Coach Mentor, Coach Instructor
Dr. Tracy Winter is a leadership coach specializing in neurodiversity, particularly twice-exceptional folks. She enjoys coaching clients who are gifted, ADHDers, autistic, dyslexic, and more. Each client she meets has a unique brain that deserves its own unique approach, and she partners with her clients to use their strengths to reach the outcomes they desire.
Tracy has coached up and down the career ladder, from job seekers to vice presidents, and has worked in different industries, including technology, government, academia, and health care. Tracy helps her clients, individuals, or teams develop new perspectives that lead to new behaviors, behaviors more likely to get the results they want, whether it’s a promotion, more team cohesion, or just being heard, seen, and valued for their ideas.
Based in Austin, TX, Tracy maintains a global private practice, nerd coach. She also facilitates leadership development training with organizations such as Tesla, coaches students at Rice University through the Doerr Leadership Program, and has been an adjunct professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She enjoys her work with iACT students because they are also passionate about supporting people with ADHD.
Tracy earned her Ph.D. in Human Development, her MA in Human and Organization Systems, and her Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate from Fielding Graduate University. Her dissertation focused on the social-emotional needs of highly gifted adults. She serves as president of the Austin chapter of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has held an ICF credential since 2010, currently as a Professional Certified Coach. Plus she can jump rope tap dance.
Jean Gibson is a certified Wisdom Coach and adult Life and Career Coach (Diploma as a Personal Performance Coach). She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and is an accredited Flow Consultant. She has successfully completed training to become a Certified ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Life Coach) CALC from the International ADHD Coach Training Centre.
Jean began her formal coaching practice in June 2016 after a long career in Information Technology and Human Resources managing individuals and teams at all levels within and across a blue chip organisation in the UK. With a background in Human Resources, Project Management and Leading Teams Jean initially focused on career coaching professionals.
With 4 grown up children Jean is acutely aware of the challenges kids try to navigate and how stressful and unhappy their lives can be. She also understands from the perspective of parents their desire for their children to be happy. She actively coaches children from 10 years old to young adults giving them firm foundation to grow into positive, courageous and self-confident adults.
When her grandson was diagnosed with ADHD she became the support for her daughter and sought to understand all she could in order to ensure he was provided with the assistance he needed to thrive. As a result she wrote a book The ADHD Support Handbook, about her experience to help other parents and care givers, setup a Facebook community, The ADHD Revolution, and expanded her coaching practice to continue to help those living with ADHD.
Jean is excited to become an instructor with the iACT and work with individuals wishing to understand and learn more about ADHD and in particular become Life Coaches supporting others with the condition. Her desire to empower those with ADHD to recognise their strengths and talents enabling them to fulfil their potential in life.
Lisanne possesses an inspiring passion and zest for the art and science of coaching. She brings to her heart-centred work over fifteen years of facilitating change for over 1,000 coaching clients around the world, including a wide range of ages, lifestyles, and living circumstances. With a delightful blend of curiosity, play, and spaciousness, Lisanne crafts safe and inviting spaces where growth blossoms, and radical self-care and self-agency thrive.
Lisanne is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, a Professional Certified ADHD and Life Coach, with advanced training in ADHD Coaching and ADHD Coaching for youth and families. She is also a Certified Solution-Focused Brief Coach, PN Level 2 Master Coach, Certified Personal Training Specialist, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Lisanne also walks the talk and her dedication to radical self-care is evident in her multidisciplinary approach to holistic well-being. From leaving a successful corporate career in marketing management to becoming a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, yoga instructor, health coach, business owner, she truly brings all of who she is in the work she energizes as a multi-faceted change catalyst. Being diagnosed with ADHD later in life was a gift that brought a sense of validation and freedom that further inspired Lisanne to expand her coaching practice. Despite constant change, curiosity, creativity, and play remain at the heart of it all, as do her three wonderful kiddos, three wacky whippets, and her rock n’ roll husband.
Farah is an Ivy League grad Health Executive with a Masters in Health Administration (MHA), a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) with the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), & an Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Coach. She has briefed senior leaders (e.g. Canadian Ministers, US Senators, Ambassadors, etc.), led high-performing teams, navigated DEI (diversity / equity / inclusion)-related issues, & provided 1:1 & group coaching within organizations & privately.
She coaches early- to mid-careerists to be less passive & more proactive in their career / leadership goals. She’s passionate about helping people dig deep to unleash their inner “Super Leader!” & their inner “ADHD Superpowers!” Farah hosted the first Muslim ADHDers Virtual Summit, which brought together 14 speakers & 1,500+ registrants from around the world to discuss the intersectionality between ADHD, productivity, health/wellness, & faith.
Farah is also a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean – Harvard Medical School Affiliate, presented at The World Business & Executive Coach Summit (WBECS) with Coaching.com on “Neurodiversity – Navigating ADHD in the Workplace” & she was selected as one of 36 global Executive Coaches for the 2020 INC 5000 Vision Conference for the fastest-growing US private companies.
Laurie’s virtual assistant responsible for managing and maintaining the back end of the iACTcenter. Keirstyn is involved in everything from student, staff liaison and inquiries about the iACTcenter, to finances, website maintenance and development, scheduling, and marketing.
CJ Pringle is a former supply chain professional with experience leading teams in optimizing efficiency and service to over 2200 restaurants in the US and Canada. She made a career change to ADHD life coaching after working in the supply chain industry for 20+ years. She is passionate about new process implementation for improved measurable results and interactive performance management. In addition, she enjoys leading people, facilitating collaborative problem-solving environments, and responding to rapidly changing customer needs. Fortunately, these skills and passions are all transferrable and are what she now uses to assist the iACTCenter in facilitating team meetings and managing special projects.
The iACTcenter’s DEIJ Statement, Equal Opportunity, and Non-Discrimination Policies
The iACTcenter staff, faculty, students, graduates, and leaders live and work in more than 66 countries, six continents, 45 states, and four territories. The iACTcenter is committed to the shared vision of making ADHD Life Coaching an integral part of communities worldwide. To reach our mission of leading the global advancement of ADHD Life Coaching, we will not ignore the challenges our students, staff, trainers, coaching graduates, and coaching clients face due to discriminatory perspectives.
By living the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ), we are committed to addressing the persistent challenges of discrimination in the past and present. We commit to work to meet such challenges at the iACTcenter and in our collaborations worldwide.
Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and justice are considered in every decision within the iACTcenter. As we continue toward our mission, we will consistently recommit ourselves to valuing the unique talents, insights, and experiences that every coach and client brings to the world. We invite you to join us in celebrating differences and unite to reduce the stigma and increase awareness of ADHD worldwide.
Equal Opportunity Policy
The International ADHD Coach Training Center is committed to providing equal opportunity within our programs and training courses to everyone, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or national origin, race, color, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious or ethical belief, brain style, learning style, economic background, or language.
It is the policy of the iACTcenter not to discriminate based on sex, age, handicap, disability, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, brain style, learning style, veteran, sexual or affectional preferences.
The iACTcenter accommodates a variety of learning styles and supports enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities to access our training. The iACTcenter encourages prospective students to disclose the nature of their disability and their unique needs during the application, admissions, enrollment, and registration processes. The iACTcenter can then assess their ability to provide exceptional support toward completing their training program.
The iACTcenter staff and faculty consider the diversity of our student population when planning, teaching, and assessing class participation. Therefore, it is the policy of the iACTcenter that:
- Recruitment and hiring of all personnel is conducted without discrimination against any individual with regard to race, age, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, brain style, learning style, disability, or veteran status.
- All staff and personnel will not discriminate against any employee or participant because of race, age, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, brain style, learning style, disability, or veteran status.
- All individuals are welcome to participate and enjoy an environment free of discrimination regardless of race, age, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, brain style, learning style, disability, or veteran status.
- The iACTcenter will not tolerate conduct by any employee, student, volunteer, contractor, visitor, or vendor that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to learn in a welcoming environment and will not tolerate discriminatory language.