Return to Rice: Leadership Programs for Alumni

Rice graduates continue to be called on to lead in their fields and communities. To equip Rice Owls now leading beyond the hedges, the Doerr Institute is excited to expand leadership training to Rice alumni.

Whether you are just starting your career as an individual contributor or are an experienced manager, the Doerr Institute offers professional-quality programming to fit your needs with opportunities to connect and grow alongside other Rice alumni. To further support you and your role as a Rice graduate, we have strategically partnered with Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) at Rice to create a structure that will acknowledge a portion of your payment for leadership training at the Doerr Institute as a gift to the university. This gift contribution amount will be applied to your lifetime giving record at Rice.


All programs are delivered by professional leader developers using evidence-based techniques.

Doerr Leadership Circles

Pursue your personal or organization's developmental goals alongside other Rice alumni.

  • Fosters a supportive environment and a creative space for you to address leadership experiences and challenges.
  • Increase your self-awareness of your leadership impact.
  • Apply active listening strategies to coach and develop others.
  • Cohorts include no more than 10 Rice alumni and a professional leadership coach.
  • Eight group coaching sessions with your assigned cohort.
  • Sessions are scheduled every two weeks for 16 weeks.

If you are a manager or leader of a team and would like to participate in this program as a group, we are willing to coordinate a special edition team coaching program for you, exclusively designed to fit the needs and context of your team. This opportunity allows you to increase your self-awareness and develop strategies to accelerate your leadership capabilities. It is not required that all members of your team be Rice alumni.

Cost: $1,500

Schedule: Clients will be matched with a cohort following completion of the registration form.

Application Deadline: N/A

One-On-One Leadership Coaching

Create a personalized leader development plan that fits your needs and is relevant to your context.

  • Includes an emotional intelligence assessment.
  • You define your own leadership goals and the steps necessary to activate them.
  • Twelve one-on-one sessions with a professional leadership coach.
  • Sessions are self-scheduled at your convenience.

Cost: $5,000

Schedule: Clients will be matched with a coach following completion of the registration form.

Application Deadline: N/A

Coach Training Certification Package

Our coach training certification program, also known as CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program, uses a variety of teaching methodologies to give you a practical coaching skill set combined with the rigorous academic standards of Rice University. The CoachRICE program will train and equip you to develop your team members and high potential leaders, all while strengthening your entire organization. After successful completion of the program, participants will earn a Rice Certificate of Achievement verifying completion of the 80 hours of coach-specific training and practicum required for the International Coaching Federation's (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential application.

This program is currently offered to professionals around the world. If you apply and are accepted into this program, please note your cohort will more than likely include professionals outside of the Rice alumni community.

Cost: $9,845 (Rice alumni will receive a 10% discount bringing the total cost to $8,860)

Schedule: The program will begin in August 2021 and conclude in Spring 2022.

Application Deadline: The general application deadline to join our Fall 2021 cohort was June 17, 2021. Please check back in the Fall 2021 semester for details regarding our next application period.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in joining our alumni cohort, please complete the registration form below.


If you have any questions about our leadership programs available to alumni, please reach out to our team at