About Vic

Development Coach. Teacher. Consultant.

Vic is a leadership development coach, teacher and consultant. For over 25 years, she has been involved in organizational and leadership development, counseling, training, HR consulting, and coaching across industry. She has had the privilege to study with some of the top thinkers in the world in the fields of adult development, generative leadership, somatic psychology, conversational capacity, promise management, and ego and spiritual development — all informing her interdisciplinary approach to coaching, consulting and teaching.

At the core of her work is her deep commitment to provide experiences that bring her clients closer to understanding their growth edge and an expanded way of seeing their world.

She helps them engage in their world and their leadership in a bigger more courageous way... for the sake what of what matters deeply to them. She is known for her deep listening, her ability to move fluidly between a variety of coaching and learning methodologies and the design of individualized safe to fail experiments that open new possibilities for her clients.

In addition to her private practice, she is affiliated with Minds at Work, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey's consulting organization, serving their clients as a Certified Immunity to Change Coach. She has served on the faculty of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Professional Education as a teaching fellow and program coach.

Vic with Customer Image
Light Bulb Icon


  • MA (Organizational Leadership and System Renewal)
  • MA (Industrial Relations and Organizational Psychology)
  • BA (Psychology)
  • Immunity to Change Certified Coach (Minds at Work, Harvard University)
  • Coaching Excellence in Organizations (Institute for Generative Leadership)
  • Certified Leadership Circle Practitioner (The Leadership Circle)
  • Certified Spiritual Intelligence Coach (Deep Change Institute)
more LinkedIn icon
Vic Okerlund Photo

My Path

My circuitous route to coaching began with a year living in Holden Village, a Cascade mountain retreat setting at the age of 17. Curiosity about connection, community, spirituality, collaboration, and collective behavior began here, which led to studying psychology and child development at St. Olaf College. A variety of education and art gallery jobs followed, leading me to graduate work in business, organizational behavior, and organizational leadership.

The world granted me opportunity to watch how humans work in organizations and groups as my experiences took me from Microsoft in its early years to healthcare, education, and a global management consulting firm.

As my interest in adult and consciousness development grew, I became fascinated by how adults navigate conflict, complexity, blind spots, commitments, relationships, and emotions. I was also drawn to the question of how adults grow toward wholeness in life and work as they lead, collaborate, contribute, and unfold.

I have had the opportunity to play in a variety of community initiatives including the founding of a river safety program, RiverSense, a community girls' choir and several school enrichment programs. I also have had the privilege of serving on the board of Providence Hospice of Seattle.

I live in a small town outside Seattle, Washington, near the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. When I'm not at play with my clients, colleagues, family, and friends, I can be found cycling, hiking, doing Pilates or walking my dogs.

About My Colleagues — Deep Bench

I have a deep bench of exquisite colleagues around the world with whom I study, innovate and offer services. We collaborate when client needs would benefit from a team of coaches, or a consulting or training team. It is a great honor to work with each of them! We have a team of experienced coaches and change makers who come together to "edge push" our own development and client work whether through The Leadership Circle, Minds at Work, The Institute for Generative Leadership or my many colleagues in Growth Edge Network.

Locally, I stand with Kim Frerichs and our team, at Red Frog Coaching and Consulting. Kim is a deeply wise leadership coach, teacher and consultant and my partner in exploring new ways of offering leadership development experiences for individuals and groups.

Make Things Happen image