2020 Prism Award Celebrated Nominee: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Nominations for the 2021 International Prism Award are open through June 23! If you are an ICF-Credentialed Coach working within a business or organization with a strong coaching culture, we encourage you to nominate your organization here.
In celebration of their accomplishments, we’ll be sharing a new case study from the 2020 Prism Award winners each week. This week, we feature 2020 Celebrated Nominee the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Recognizing a need to foster the leadership potential of professionals at every level of its institution, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center made a pivotal decision in 2018. The Houston-based comprehensive cancer center launched the MD Anderson Leadership Institute as a way to provide ongoing learning opportunities for professionals at every level. From the inception of the effort, MD Anderson sought to embed coaching throughout developmental programming available to all employees. The goal was to instill a coaching culture as a means to drive change, facilitate knowledge transfer to reinforce learning and set the institution apart from its organizational peers. In the process, the academic medical center entirely reimagined how current and future leaders could rise within the institution.
Since then, MD Anderson, the largest cancer center in the United States, has rapidly expanded its coaching program to provide numerous avenues for healthcare providers, researchers, administrators and staff to enhance their collaboration, communication and accelerate their leadership development. The cancer center reached more than 230 employees through coaching during the program’s inaugural year. Enthusiasm for the program enabled it to nearly double that number the year after.
In early 2020, coaching also played a pivotal role as MD Anderson sought to equip its leaders with skills and tools needed to navigate the onslaught of changes arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. By adopting on-demand coaching, the institution realized favorable operational gains by broadening the availability of coaching for all employees.
In recognition of its coaching program, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) named MD Anderson a Celebrated Nominee for the 2020 International Prism Award. ICF’s Prism Award program honors organizations that have achieved the highest standard of excellence in coaching programs that yield discernible and measurable positive impacts, meet rigorous professional standards, achieve key strategic goals and shape organizational culture.