William Watts

Coaching and trail running, great ingredients for well-being.

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  For the past 29 years, Russ has guided leaders to reach their potential by using mindfulness, ability to assess situations and behaviors objectively, compassion, humor and authentic support. Russ’ lifelong passion for individual growth and group cohesion has deepened his understanding of human relations. In his training as an executive coach, he discovered the body as a powerful ally for learning and growth. Russ has studied with world-class leaders in the field of somatic expression and business culture. He continues to research and develop practices that integrate physical, emotional, and spiritual domains for the sake of being more powerful in daily actions. His clients have come from a wide variety of workplaces including NASA, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, McCormick Spice, Marriott, Environmental Protection Agency, Oracle, small and large non-profits, University of California at Davis, Georgetown University and Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. With a background in Education and Organizational Development, Russ holds an English Degree from the University of California at Davis, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He is a graduate from the Executive Leadership Coach training from Georgetown University and holds an PCC level of certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF) is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC HWC) and is recognized as a Master Integral Facilitator. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Bocconi University in the MaSEM Program (Master in Sustainability and Energy Management) teaching a course on Social Entrepreneurship and has been teaching courses on Executive and Health & Wellness Coaching at Georgetown University. He recently joined the Center for Modern Workforce Strategy to drive awareness of, and action on, the extraordinary potential in the future of work. He feels that empathic leadership can fundamentally re-shape institutions, and whatever shapes institutions, shapes our future society. Beyond coaching and facilitating, he finds adventure in activities such as paragliding, and ultra trail running, while also indulging in eating spicy foods and sailing with his family.