Patterson Press Release

Local Business Owner Among the Elite in Professional Coaching

Gibsonia, PA., USA – The International Coach Federation (ICF) recently awarded Jane Patterson, Managing Partner of Cornerstone Team Development in Gibsonia, PA., the prestigious designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Less than 6% of 30,000+ coaches worldwide have been awarded the PCC credential and Ms. Patterson is one of a select few in the Pittsburgh area to earn this recognition.  “Knowing that I’ve brought value to my clients is the greatest reward,” said Ms. Patterson. “Yet it is an honor to be recognized for achieving excellence in my profession by the leading global organization for coaches, the ICF.”

According to the 2009 Global Coaching Client Study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Association Resource Centre Inc., 77 percent* of coaching clients consider coaching credentials or certification “important” when selecting a coach to hire. Forty-four percent* said a credential or certification was “very important.”

“We are thrilled to see the demand for ICF Credentials is increasing and that coaches across the globe are striving for the highest standards in professional training and qualification,” said ICF President and Master Certified Coach Giovanna D’Alessio.  “Coaches are clearly responding to the growing client demand for credentialed coaches and know that having a credential from the ICF sets them apart professionally.”

Professional coaching is proven to be an effective method to develop potential in individuals, teams, and entire organizations. “The work I do has impact: my clients are better leaders and build stronger relationships,” said Ms. Patterson.  “But that hasn’t happened by accident.  In addition to bringing over 25 years of C-level leadership experience, I have made a considerable investment in coach-specific training and supervision to build the knowledge and skills that make a truly effective coach.” In addition, all ICF certified coaches pledge commitment and accountability to standards of professional conduct which are widely accepted as the coaching industry’s gold standard.

Ms. Patterson mentors new coaches, urging them to avoid training programs which promise to prepare you in just a few weekends-those with a “get-rich-quick” feel- and to set their sights on coach training programs of the highest quality. Since programs vary in length, focus, and delivery, including in-person training, distance learning or a mixture of both, she recommends researching the options and finding a quality program that fits your needs.  As a PCC, Ms. Patterson has completed over 250 hours of training and has coached dozens of executives and teams, logging over 1400 coaching hours. She is currently completing mastery-level training in team and relationship coaching.  “There’s a lot at stake for my clients and they expect the best from me,” said Ms. Patterson. “A truly great coach never stops learning.”

For over ten years, Cornerstone Team Development has coached executives and teams to strike the right balance between emphasizing results and creating an environment where people work together and perform at their best. With offices in Gibsonia, PA and Denver, Colorado, our clients are leaders responsible for implementing significant change, high-stakes projects, an integration process or other key initiatives for their organization. Please visit

The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches with members in more than 90 countries, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. For more information on how to become or find an ICF Credentialed coach, please visit

* The 2009 ICF Global Coaching Client Study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Association Resource Centre Inc. Results representative of survey respondent sample. ** The 2007 ICF Global Coaching Study conducted by PwC.