Petra Platzer

Petra Platzer, PhD, ACC Program: Certificate in Health Coaching Petra Platzer partners with leaders, teams and their organizations to unlock new thinking and create courageous steps forward to achieve their desired outcomes.

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As coach, Petra works with leaders to embark on a personal inquiry and development journey through co-created individualized programs. As consultant, Petra leverages her leadership experience to deliver customized approaches and experiential learning that develop the internal capacity of the people, processes and structures. The result is a sustainable framework that can continue to grow beyond the engagement.    Petra’s coaching experience includes both internal and external engagements for seasoned and new executives, physicians, and senior/mid-level managers across healthcare, academic, business and non-profit sectors. Leveraging over 17 years of experience in the healthcare and academic research settings as a transforming leader and culture change agent, Petra has a deep understanding of the challenges facing her clients. Her first-hand experience of what is possible to create in oneself, one’s team, and one’s organization is what moved her to shift from her scientific path to that of developing others. Petra’s naturally curious mind helps clients be curious about themselves without self-judgement. Client’s thus see new perspectives and gain broader understanding of their thinking and its impact on their behaviors and actions. The overall result is clients expand their toolkits to more effectively navigate their volatile and ambiguous environments with increased confidence and calm. Her coaching work embarks on a developmental journey leveraging a variety of tools and frameworks including adult ego development, creative dialogues, neuroscience, and polarity management.   Petra is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program and a credentialed member of the International Coaching Federation. A firm believer in growing our community of skilled coaches, she serves on the faculty of Georgetown’s Health Coaching certification program as an Instructor and Practicum Advisor to coaches-in-training. Petra holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Kent State University and a B.S. from Virginia Tech. She is co-inventor on a patent, has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and received numerous awards acknowledging her technical and engaging leadership skills. Notably, Petra was named “Woman of the Year – Forward Thinker” by Glamour magazine and Toyota in 2005. Petra can be reached at pp503@georgetown.edu.