Stephanie Barnett, ACC

Stephanie’s professional career has primarily involved work in higher education settings supporting students, faculty, and staffShe has held roles in program and student support at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, degree compliance, and training and development. Stephanie’s journey to the world of professional coaching was born from a desire to develop the skills to support people beyond the academic experienceThrough the completion of an ICF-accredited coach training program, and subsequent training and experiences, Stephanie is excited to bring her coaching to George Mason’s Workplace Coaching program and supporting employee personal development.

Coaching Approach and Style


Stephanie’s coaching approach is rooted in a place of understanding, empathy, and curiosity. Her coaching philosophy, "Change is Personal", is central to the way she works with clients. With a focus in energy leadershipStephanie works with clients to support them in understanding where they are, clarifying where they want to go, and supporting them in creating a path forward.

Relevant Experience


Stephanie currently serves as a Trainer with the Organizational Development and Learning team in Mason’s HR department. She has special interests in building connected and effective teams, strengthening self-leadership, and enhancing well-being.

Additionally, Stephanie has coached clients within her private coaching practice and serveas a volunteer coach with a non-profit organization dedicated to making coaching accessible for women seeking positive change in their lives. Stephanie’s clients have included non-profit executives, small business owners, and early-mid career professionals.



Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University in 2007In addition to formal classroom experiences, Stephanie has also pursued non-traditional educational experiences to inform her personal and professional development. In 2018, she completed a 17-day wilderness expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) centered on developing and refining individual and team leadership skills through outdoor experiences. 

Alover of new and different experiences, Stephanie looks forward to continuing to find ways to stretch and grow both personally and professionally.



International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC)
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
  • Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
  • COR.E Transitions Dynamics Specialist
  • COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist