Past Engagements

Cornell University's "Connected Conversations" Webinar series

Presentation:  "Managing Anxiety at Home, in Business"

May 6, 2020


Stress Points: Managing Anxiety and Leading in a Crisis 

A three part webinar series for Rochester General Hospital Emergency Department 

Session 1: Managing Anxiety in Leadership: Work, Home and Community

April 15th, 8:15 am - 9:00 am

Session 2: Coping Ability and the Self-Care of the Leader

April 22nd, 8:15 am - 9:00 am

Session 3: Leadership Skills - Embodying Maturity 

April 29th, 8:15 am - 9:00 am 

2020 Annual Leaders Retreat

Presentation: "Managing the Anxiety of Change"

January 9, 2020

Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY 


The Bowen Center Annual Symposium

Presentation: "Communication Patterns of Dr. Murray Bowen"

November 9, 2019

Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery University 


New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Conference

Presentation: Managing the Emotional Challenges of Leadership: A Crash Course in Emotional Maturity

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rochester, NY

IR Global "On the Road" Conference

Presentation: "Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership"

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fairmont Millenium Park, Chicago, IL

Cornell University, Smith Family Business Initiative: Upstate Owners Forum Series

Presentation: "Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons: Connecting and Communicating Across Generations"

Co-Speaker: Nick Engels

Friday, June 21, 2019 

Welch-Allyn Lodge, Skaneateles, NY


The Murray Bowen Archives Project Fundraising Webinar

Presentation: "Relationship Connection and Leadership"

Friday, March 1, 2019

Zoom Video Conferencing 


2019 Annual Leaders Retreat

Presentation: "Power, Morality and Discernment: Promoting 'Good' Behavior in Leadership"

Guest Presenter: Dr. Frans de Waal, director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, C.H. Chandler Professor at Emory University 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY


2018 Cornell Families in Business Conference 

Presentation: "Strengthening the Family Culture"

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Healthy Congregations Leadership Series

Presentation: "Taking on Relationship Challenges: Managing Self and Coaching Others in Family and Congregation

Friday, May 4, 2018

Columbus, OH

Mindex Technologies, Inc. 

Presentation: "Managing Relationship Challenges"

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Strathallan Hotel, Rochester, NY

Healthcare Business Academy Fellowship Program

Presentation: "Growing People, Shaping Culture: Emotionally Mature Leadership Beginning with Self"

Friday, April 27, 2018

Hillside Children's Center, Rochester NY

2018 Annual Leaders Retreat:

Presentation: "High-Functioning Teams: Individual Accountability and Group Cooperation"

Guest Presenter: Dr. Iain Couzin, renowned British scientist and director of the Department of Collective Behavior, Max Planck Institute

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY

Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA

EDGE Experience/AICPA Keynote Presentation: "Owning Your Leadership"

August 3, 2017


Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA

EDGE Experience/AICPA Pre-Conference Workshop: "Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership"

August 2, 2017


Delaware Valley Family Business Center

"Relationship Realities and Emotional Maturity: Managing People Challenges in the Family Business"

May 23, 2017


UNC Asheville Family Business Center

"Succession Conversations: Who Says What to Who, and How, and When?"

April 7, 2017, Asheville, SC


Michael Sullivan and Associates

Firm-wide Attorneys Retreat

"Building an Emotionally-Mature Culture, Beginning with Self"

March 25, 2017, Newport Beach, CA


Annual Leaders Retreat for Leadership Course Graduates, Emerging Leaders and Eager Learners

Deceit and Self-Deception in Leadership"


     - Dr. Robert Trivers, Globally-respected biologist and deception researcher Author, The Folly of Fools

     - John Engels, President & CEO, Leadership Coaching, Inc.

Thursday, January 5, 2017, Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY


Digital CPA 2016 Keynote Address

"Owning Your Leadership: Taming Discomfort, Summoning Courage"

December 5, 2016, Las Vegas, NV


Elizabethtown College - High Center

"Relationship Realities and Emotional Maturity in the Family Business"

October 27, 2016, Elizabethtown College, PA


Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

"Coaching Skills that Build Maturity and Responsibility"

October 25, 2016, Holyoke, MA


Pre-conference Workshop, Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University,

"Relationship Realities and Emotional Maturity in the Family Business"

October 20, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Edwin Friedman 20-year Commemoration Conference:  

"Integrating Opposites:  A New Twist on Going the Other Way"

October 17, 2016, The Universities of Shady Grove, Rockville, MD


Healthcare Business Academy Fellowship Program 2016

"Leadership and Culture"

May 26, 2016, Jewish Senior Life - The Summit at Brighton, Rochester, NY


Wisconsin Family Business Center

"Deciding and Connecting:  Two Engines of High-Functioning Leadership" and

"Relationship Realities and Emotional Maturity in the Family Business"

May 4, 2016, The Fluno Center, Madison, WI


Small Business Council Decision-Making Forum

"Caring for Self, Caring for Others:  Seeking the Leadership Sweet Spot"

April 28, 2016, Midvale Country Club, Penfield, NY


Gandhi Institute Staff Retreat

"Entering Discomfort"

April 22, 2016, Gandhi Institute, Rochester, NY


Annual Leaders Retreat for Leadership Course Graduates, Emerging Leaders and Eager Learners
“Self-Responsibility and Group Cooperation: Individuality, Leadership and High-Functioning Teams”

Presenters:  Rick French, Owner, Pack, Paddle & Ski and John Engels, President, Leadership Coaching, Inc.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY

Action for a Better Community – Annual All-Staff Luncheon
“Helpfulness and Confidence: Strategies and Skills for Building the People Around Us”
Tuesday, December 22, 2015, Burgundy Basin Inn, Pittsford, NY

UNC Asheville Family Business Center
“Managing Relationship Challenges in Leadership: Executing Difficult Conversations to Build Connection”

Friday, November 20, 2015, Asheville, NC

Virginia Family & Private Business Forum – Virginia Commonwealth University
“Building Emotional Maturity in the Family and in the Business”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, School of Business, Va. Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

PathStone Leadership Development Workshop
“Leading Self; Leading Others”

Monday, October 26, 2015, PathStone Central Administration Offices, Rochester, NY

AICPA’s New Firm CEO Meeting
“Leading Self and Leading Others”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, AICPA Board Room, New York, NY

YPO – WPO Empire State Chapter Retreat 
“Stories of Connection: Building Meaningful Relationships in a Culture of Busyness”

Saturday, October 3, 2015, Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Abousleiman & Co. Seminars

“Managing Relationship Challenges in Leadership” 
Friday, September 10, 2015, The The Port of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Abousleiman & Co. Seminars
“Leadership Conversations” 

Thursday, September 9, 2015, The American Institute of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Keuka College Leadership Conference
“Coaching Skills that Build Maturity and Responsibility”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Keuka College, Keuka, NY

Solis Leadership Team
“Leadership Skills that Change Lives”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Brookhaven Country Club, Addison, TX

2015 Healthcare Business Academy Fellowship Program
“Cultural Transformation and Leadership”

Friday, April 24, 2015
St. Anne’s Community, Rochester, NY

UNC Asheville Family Business Forum
“Building Emotional Maturity in the Family and in the Business”

Friday, April 10, 2015, Biltmore Estate Hotel, Asheville, NC

Family Business Alliance
“Relationship Realities in the Family Business: Emotionally-Mature Leadership in an Age of Avoidance”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Henry Student Center Ballroom on the Wilkes campus, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Keuka College Leadership Conference
“Managing Self in Leadership: Responsibility, Humility and Genuineness”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, The Lodge at Woodcliff, Rochester, NY

Annual Leaders Retreat for Leadership Course Graduates, Emerging and Learning-motivated Leaders
“Stress, Family and Work”

Distinguished Guest Presenter: Dr. Mark Flinn, Ph.D. - Presenter: John Engels, President, Leadership Coaching, Inc.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY

United States Military Academy – West Point - Presentation for Faculty Colloquium 
“Managing the Self of the Leader Through the Lens of Family Systems”

Thursday, December 4, 2014, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Keuka College Leadership Conference
“The Science of Leadership”  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Ravenwood Golf Club, Victor, NY

The Western Mass Business Show
Taking Care of Business: Insight & Advice to Small Business Owners
“Interview with John Engels, Leadership Coaching, Inc.”

Taping on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - airing on Saturdays, September 20 and Saturday 27, 2014
Radio Station WHMP am 1400 / fm 96.9, Hadley, MA

Family Business Alliance
Directors of university-based family business education programs from the US and Canada
“Relationship Realities in the Family Business: Emotionally-Mature Leadership in an Age of Avoidanc
Thursday, June 19, 2014, Woodloch Resort, Hawley, PA

British Columbia SPCA Leadership Conference and Annual General Meeting
“Maturing our Leadership, Beginning with Self”

Thursday, May 29, 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Delta Point Capital Management Conference
“Facing and Managing Relationship Realities: Emotionally-Mature Leadership in an Age of Avoidance”

Thursday, May 1, 2014, The Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, New York

Healthcare Business Academy – sponsored by Rochester General Health System
Leadership and Cultural Change – Through the Eyes of the Patient
“Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership”

Friday, March 28, 2014, Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, NY

PEAC Association Kick Off Meeting
“Advanced People Skills: Four High-Impact Moves for Team Leadership”

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, The Inn on Broadway, Rochester, NY

Incentive Mentoring Program Leadership Team
“Emotional Maturity and Self-Responsibility: Responding to the Relationship Realities of Leadership”

Friday, February 28, 2014, Baltimore, MD

Annual Leaders Retreat for Leadership Course Graduates, Emerging and Learning-motivated Leaders
“Arrogance and Humility in Leadership”

Presenter: John Engels, President, Leadership Coaching, Inc.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM and
John Batiste, Major General US Army (Retired)
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, NY

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators: SAWA November 2013 Annual Conference 
“Over-Functioning Leaders and Learned Helplessness”
“Leadership Coaching Skills That Change Lives”

Monday, November 11, 2013, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, Arizona

Victory Health Care
Building Culture, Leading People, Managing Relationships

Thursday, September 12, 2013, Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, The Woodlands, Texas

Ottawa Humane Society
“Coaching to Promote Emotional Maturity”

Friday, August 29, 2013, Ottawa Humane Society, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa-Area Leaders
“Emotional Maturity in Leadership: Managing Relationship Challenges in Work and Family”

Thursday, August 28, 2013, Ottawa Humane Society, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators
“Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership, Part 1 and Part 2″

Thursday, June 13, 2013, Kona Kai Resort, San Diego, CA

The Future of the CPA Profession
A Distinguished Presentation for Upstate NY CPAs

Thursday, May 30, 2013, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

UMass Family Business Center
“Growing Emotional Maturity – How to Help Your Business and Your Family Become:
Less Entitled, Helpless, and Anxious, and More Mature, Responsible, and Confident”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Hadley, MA

Leadership Fundraiser for Veterans Outreach Center
“Beyond Quick and Smart: How Leaders Build Cultures of Maturity and Responsibility”

Thursday, March 21, 2013, RIT Inn and Conference Center, Rochester, NY

Bowen Center for the Study of the Family: Thursday Professional Lectures
“Facts and Beliefs About Leadership”

Thursday, March 14, 2013, Georgetown Family Center, Washington, DC

Vermont Center for Family Studies
“Leading Your Clients, Company, (or Family), out of Relationship Logjams”

Friday, March 8, 2013, South Burlington, VT

Annual Leaders Retreat for Advanced Leadership Course Graduates
“Gumption: Clarity and Courage in Leadership”

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Pittsford, NY

American Pathology Partners Executive Team and other key leaders
“Immaturity “Viruses” and Mentoring “Medicines”: How Leadership Coaching Anchors Culture Change”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Denver, CO

American Diabetes Association Community Volunteer and Leadership Conference
“Building Capacity for Success through Leadership”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, New Orleans, LA

Council of Agency Executives
“Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership”

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Pittsford, NY

Bivona Child Advocacy Center’s Day of Appreciation
“Re-Inventing Teamwork”

Friday, October 5, 2012, Rochester, NY

AmSurg Corp. Annual HealthCare Conference
“A Crash Course in High Maturity Leadership: Science, Strategies and Skills”

Thursday, August 23, 2012, Chicago, IL

AICPA Emerging Partners Training Forum I
“Transforming Difficult Conversations” and “High-Value Coaching Skills”

July 30-31, 2012, Denver, CO

AICPA Emerging Partners Training Forum I
“Transforming Difficult Conversations” and “High-Value Coaching Skills”

June 25-26, 2012, Atlanta, GA

AICPA 2012 Practitioner’s Symposium
Advanced Level Leadership Track:
“Calming Down, Stepping Up and Leading Self”
“Building Connection in Key Relationships”
“Difficult Dialogues: Managing Discomfort in Critical Conversations”

June 11, 2012, Las Vegas, NV

Abousleiman & Co. Seminars
Leadership Maturity, Employee Engagement & High Performance

June 4-6, 2012, Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon

Leadership Conference for Political Leaders of Lebanon
Seeking Common Ground: “A Relationship Management Process”

Saturday, June 2, 2012, Antellias, Lebanon
Invitation only

Coaching Sessions for Senior Management
Monday, April 2, 2012, Dublin, Ireland

U of R Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital
Leadership Development Day “90 Leaders”
“Leadership Maturity & Employee Engagement: Making the Connection”

Thursday, March 1, 2012, Rochester, NY

Annual Leaders Retreat for Advanced Leadership Course Graduates
with Distinguished guest, Dr. Peter Stearns, eminent historian and
author of: “Anxious Parents”:“Parental Anxiety and Childrearing: How Times Have Changed!”
and John Engels, leadership researcher, teacher and mentor: “The Alluring Hoax of the Perfect Parent”

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Rochester, NY

Rochester Area Tippers (RATS)
“The Big Necessity”

Friday, December 2, 2011, Rochester, NY

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Presentation to Executive Leaders

Friday, October 28, 2011, London, England

Broadstone Real Estate
“Anxiety Viruses and Leadership Medicines”

Thursday, October 20, 2011, Rochester, NY

Lebanon Organizational Leadership Conference
“Managing Relationship Challenges”
“The New Science of Leadership”
“Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Skills”

Thursday-Friday, October 13-14, 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

Afghan Women Students Scholarship Program

Saturday, September 24, 2011, Madison, NJ

California Ambulatory Surgery Association Annual Conference
“Advance-Level Coaching and Mentoring”

Thursday, September 22, 2011, Monterey, California

California Ambulatory Surgery Association Annual Conference
“Managing Challenging Physician Relationships: High-Maturity Ways to Handle Difficult Interactions” (full-day pre-conference workshop)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Monterey, California

AICPA Emerging Partners Training Forum II
“Personal Management”

Friday, September 16, 2011, New York, NY

Rochester General Hospital - Conference for 700 Leaders
Anxiety Viruses and Leadership Medicines: High-Maturity Responses to Organizational Challenges

Monday, September 14, 2011, Rochester, NY

AICPA Emerging Partners Training Forum I
“Holding Others Responsible” and “Conflict Management and Difficult Conversations”

Wednesday-Thursday, July 13-14, 2011, Baltimore, Maryland

Enterprise Worldwide Annual Symposium 2011 – Managing Partners Roundtable
“Tough Compassion in Leadership: Delivering Difficult Messages with Guts, Clarity & Finesse”

Thursday, June 16, 2011, Cancun, Mexico

Victor-Farmington Kiwanis Annual Dinner
“How Giving Helps the Giver”

Saturday, April 30, 2011, Victor, NY

Enterprise Worldwide Leadership Forum 2011
“Managing Relationship Challenges in Leadership: Tools for Work and Home”

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Las Vegas, NV

Annual Leaders Retreat for Advanced Leadership Course Graduates
“Making the Strong Stronger: Standing Up to Discomfort in Leadership”

Tuesday, January 4, 2011, Pittsford, NY

King’s College Family Business Forum
“Managing Self in Important Relationships”

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, Wilkes-Barre, PA

AICPA Emerging Partners II Forum
“Personal Management”

Thursday, August 12, 2010, New York, NY

National Surgical Care Annual Leadership Meeting
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Park City, Utah

AICPA Emerging Partners Forum I
“Holding Others Accountable and Conflict Management”

Monday-Tuesday, June 21-22, 2010, Scottsdale, AZ

Cornell Cooperative Extension Benefit Event
“The Science of Leadership Promoting Maturity and Responsibility In An Age of Entitlement”

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CPA Associates International
“Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership”

Tuesday, May 24, 2010, Indianapolis, IN


Benefit for The Clairebear FoundationCouples Dinner Workshop
“Couples Dinner Workshop”

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, Victor, NY

Annual Leaders Retreat For Advanced Leadership Course Graduates
Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Rochester, NY

Architectural and Engineering Business Leadership Conference
“Managing the Relationship Challenges of Leadership”

Monday, August 24, 2009, Canandaigua, NY

AICPA Emerging Partners Conference
“Personal Management and ‘Live’ Issues”

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, New York, NY

AICPA Major Firms Group Meeting
“Reclaiming Perspective in Anxious Times and Live Discussion”

Thursday, July 23, 2009, Laguna Niguel, CA

“Crisis or Challenge?: Reclaiming Perspective in Anxious Times”
Tuesday, June 2, 2009, Rochester, NY

National Surgical Care Annual Conference
“Relationship Management for Leaders”

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, Dallas, TX

AICPA Emerging Partners Conference 
“Managing Self: The Essential Leadership Competence”

Friday, August 8, 2008, New York, NY

Vistage International Presentation
“Promoting Emotional Maturity At Work and At Home”

Thursday, June 12, 2008, Rochester, NY

Dinner Workshop for Executive Couples
“Parents Who Care Too Much: Maturing Kids in an Entitlement Culture”

Tuesday, June 10, 2008, Rochester, NY

The Entrepreneurs Network Presentation
“Relationship Management in Leadership”

Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Rochester, NY

Quinnipiac University 
“Group Leadership: What I Have Learned”

Saturday, March 1, 2008, Hamden, CT


Food Shippers of America Presentation
“Leaders Who Care Too Much”

Monday, February 18, 2008, Orlando, FL

VWR International Science Education Division
“Leaders Who Care Too Much”

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Annual Conference for Leaders
Niagara Falls, NY

Annual Leadership Retreat for Advanced Leadership Course Graduates
“Bringing Up Leaders: Mentoring the Next Generation at Work and at Home”

January 3 and January 9, 2008, Brighton, NY

A Benefit presentation for the Mental Health Assoc. of Greater Rochester
“Uncommon Behaviors That Promote Exceptional Leadership at Work and at Home”

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, Pittsford, NY

The Entrepreneurs Network Presentation
“Relationship Management in Leadership”

Friday, October 19, 2007, Rochester, NY

AICPA Annual Emerging Partners Conference
“Promoting Maturity and Relationship Competence”

Thursday, August 2, 2007, New York, NY

Cornell University Career Exploration Conference
“Leadership and Self-Awareness”

Tuesday-Thursday, June 26-28, 2007

The Entrepreneurs Network
“Relationship Management: The Role of the Leader”

Friday, April 27, 2007, Rochester, NY

A Benefit Presentation for Cephas
“Courage in Leadership”

Thursday, April 26, 2007, Buffalo, NY

Materials Handling Association of America
“Managing Relationship Challenges: The Role of a Leader”

Saturday, February 10, 2007, Naples, FL

Annual Leadership Retreat for Advanced Leadership Course Graduates
“Mentoring Magic”

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 and January 10, 2007, Rochester, NY

Marketing and Delivering Bowen Theory to Business Leaders
November 2, 2006, Arlington, VA

University of Vermont Family Business Center
“Managing Self in the Family Business”

Thursday, October 12, 2006, Burlington, VT

“Handling Family Conflict”
Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Annual Leadership Retreat For Course Graduates
Wednesday, January 4, 2006, Brighton, NY

Mental Health Association of Greater Rochester
“Mentoring and Coaching Your High-Potential Leaders”

Wednesday, October 12, 2005, Pittsford, NY

“Raising Responsible Children”
Building Leadership Teamwork

Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2005, Okinawa, Japan