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Let's create a new language of leadership, together!

For the last 30 years the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) has been offering the gold-standard in coach training and leadership development for individuals and organizations. Now we are creating a new language of leadership. Let's do this together. 

About CTI

We believe everyone is a leader, and leaders take responsibility for their world.


We Believe

The Co-Active Training Institute (formerly the Coaches Training Institute) has trained over 145,000 leaders worldwide, and believes everyone is continually moving on a journey of transformation. Founded as the Coaches Training Institute, for over 30 years, CTI has used the paradigm of coach training to support humanity on that journey. We have now chosen the paradigm of leadership development as our best chance at this time in history to empower all of humanity on the journey of opening consciousness.


Create a World Alive
with Wholeness, Responsibility and Love

Imagine a world where the fundamental skills and approach of the Co-Active Model are widely used—not just by coaches, but by leaders everywhere. What if we recognized that everyone is a leader responsible for their world? What would that Co-Active world look like?

Co-Active Leadership

Imagine a world where we are all leaders—truly conscious of ourselves and the impact we have on our world. What if we abandoned top-down control, tapping into the talents of the many, not the few? What if we acknowledged there is more than one way to lead and replaced rigidity and control with flexibility and agility? We would value learning and growth over comfort and appearance. We would help others create compelling visions—wholly supported, encouraged, and celebrated.

Co-Active Work

Imagine a world where everyone has a compelling vision of their work. This would be a world that receives everybody’s best efforts, and everybody’s gifts— instead of merely their compliance. Instead of just going through the motions, work would be inspired and innovative, generating creative solutions through collaboration that would never be possible just on our own.

Co-Active Purpose

Imagine a world where everyone has a sense of choice and purpose—determined to make a difference in the lives of others, while living fully as themselves. They would no longer tolerate second-rate lives. Fulfillment would not be something that would happen “someday”—it would be available in this and every moment.

Co-Active Conversations

Imagine a world where people were committed to truly listening—not only to what is being said, but to what is not being said. What if people listened deeply, allowing us to see and be seen in our humanity? What if it was safe to routinely tell the truth to one another—even the hard truth? What if we were comfortable sitting with people during emotional times? We would hold conversations driven by honesty, respect, curiosity, and commitment.

Co-Active Relationships

Imagine a world where the axioms of coaching operate everywhere in interpersonal relationships, both professional and personal. Imagine the difference it would make if people designed alliances based on trust and accountability. What if we held out the biggest picture possible of what we and others could be, instead of pointing out everyone’s limitations and flaws? What if we came to expect greatness instead of failure or inadequacy?


This would be a transformative world indeed. We’re building it one person at a time. Will you join us?

Executive Team

We are living into our own leadership work everyday within the organization, trying to further understand ourselves what it means to be in “Co-Active Culture” with ourselves and each other. Meet our Executive Team, who, with over 300 staff and Faculty worldwide, is helping to bring our vision to life every day.

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Carey Baker


Carey Baker is CEO, and global faculty member. Carey brings together her experience as a sales and marketing executive and as an executive coach and leadership development guide to serve the vision of Co-Active and CTI. She believes that a new way of leadership that is rooted in relationship is what is required to meet the complexities and challenges of our time.

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Julie Balter

Executive Assistant, CPCC

Julie is the executive assistant and project manager for CTI's executive team. She consistently uses her super powers to build alignment and commitment across complex stakeholder groups, balancing results with relationship. She relishes the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a Co-Active culture, where our work and our business come to life in ways that support CTI’s Purpose and Vision.

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Desiree Perez

VP, Business Operations & Customer Experience

Desiree is a sought-after business operations, strategy and  leadership development expert who thrives on supporting people and businesses in realizing their full potential. Desiree was able to combine her vast corporate experience in the international business realm with her desire to help facilitate positive transformation and growth for her clients. Her greatest fulfillment comes from witnessing her clients achieve their next level of success.

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David Stahl

VP of Finance

As VP of Finance and member of the Executive Team, David is responsible for helping create CTI's next financial roadmap and capital structure. He acts as a strategic thought partner in the areas of innovation, evolution of our business model, and the expansion of our reach around the globe and works closely with the Finance team. 

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    Gabrielle Gonzalez

    VP of People & Culture, CPCC

    Gabby Gonzalez brings 10+ years of People experience and coaching to CTI. She’s worked in the non-profit, social impact, and tech sectors and was most recently the first Head of People at Sayge where she built out the People function from scratch. Before that, she was the Head of Culture at and went back to school to become a coach. She’s a true people generalist at heart which has made her versatile in her expertise. 

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