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Jim Svagerko
Leadership Coach & Facilitator


We are at a crux in our country where people need more than just skills to lead well. We need leaders who can see much more than what is right in front of them, who can see even beyond their organization to the industry, the state, the nation and even the world. As a coach, it is rewarding to see people blossom developmentally and gain a more integrated, holistic view.”

Jim Svagerko’s background in healthcare has led to the development of a coaching practice focused on doctors and healthcare executives. As a speech pathologist, Jim learned to coach patients to adapt to a current reality and used a coach-approach in his work with families. Today, he is on the faculty of the Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in the Health Coaching Certificate program, where he is training coaches to work transformatively not only with patients but also with health care leaders and wellness practitioners.  

Jim especially enjoys coaching physicians and other leaders who are “inquisitive enough that they will read what you want, try out new things, willing to do new things as you discover them together.” Jim has spent a lot of time over the years discovering what is most important to him, and he appreciates when a client wonders “what to do next.”  He enjoys helping people find their purpose and passion.


  • 9 years of experience in the field of coaching
  • International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Ohio University, and Franklin University
  • Has 30+ years of experience working as a leader within the healthcare industry, first as a clinician and then as a teacher and coach
  • Prior to coaching, served as the Director of Organizational Development and Coaching at the University of Virginia Health System


  • Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching (Georgetown University)
  • Master in Communications (The Ohio State University)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications (The Ohio State University)


  • Lives in Ohio