Coach spotlight

Patrick Murphy is a leadership coach based in Washington, D.C., and owner of Project Murphy, LLC. He is known for his unwavering enthusiasm and spirit to help leaders succeed. With his unique, award-winning background in film and narrative storytelling, his deep passion lies in helping clients reframe narratives, directing them towards perspectives and outlooks that inspire positive performance.

Organizations served include Capital One, AARP, Princess, Bauducco Foods, and National Industries for the Blind. Patrick has partnered with Capital One on a variety of high-impact initiatives; the initial roll-out of Capital One’s People Leader Training Program, creating a worldclass People Leader culture enterprise-wide; training, coaching and certifying Capital One’s internal peer-to-peer coaches, developing robust internal coaching capabilities across the enterprise; co-developing Capital One’s Facilitator Train-the-Trainer course, and certifying internal facilitators in the McLean, Richmond, Plano, Wilmington, New York and Toronto offices, in support of Capital One’s internal ‘Core-Competency’ training roll out.

Patrick has worked with AARP’s Emerging Leaders Strategic Engagement Employee Resource Group, delivering cohorts of training and coaching on subjects ranging from resilience to mentorship. Other notable coaching clients have held positions in prestigious organizations such as the American Investment Council, SEIU, International Finance Corporation, Two Sigma Investments, Critical Mass, and the Topps Company; positions held vary from presidents and senior vice presidents through first-time managers.

He is certified through The Co-Active Training Institute (CPCC) and is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ACC). He is a graduate of the Co-Active Leadership Program and is certified to administer and provide feedback for Leadership Circle assessments. He has completed training in leadership, polarities and paradox, neuroscience, mindfulness, and improv and acting performance techniques.

Patrick received a BA in Film Production, with an emphasis on directing and screenwriting, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2009. He believes his clients' lives are now the films he once sought to create; partnering with them to achieve powerful performances is one of his greatest joys.


How did you get your start in coaching/teaching?

Navigating my own life difficulties, then working with others.

What is one actionable takeaway you want your students to leave your classes with?

Excitement and enthusiasm around becoming a better leader.

What trends do you see in the world of work?

A growing emphasis on balance, self-care, and boundaries.

Why are you passionate about leadership development?

Everyone is a leader, even if they only lead themselves, so all the help they can get is critical.

What's the best lesson you've ever been taught?

Sometimes an obstacle is not an obstacle-- the obstacle is The Way.

Who is someone that inspires you? Why?

A close friend. He is patient, listens fully, is fiercely loyal, and forgives constantly.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Gym, Tennis, Traveling, Meditation

What's something your colleagues probably don't know about you?

I'm a triplet.

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