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What the Enneagram Has to Offer
Career Coaches

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As a powerful framework for self-understanding, the development of social and emotional intelligence and personal transformation, the Enneagram offers valuable insights and tools that can assist clients during career transitions.  In this session, Dr. Roxanne Howe-Murphy will be sharing information from her book, Deep Coaching:  Using the Enneagram as a Catalyst for Profound Change (Enneagram Press, 2007), plus introducing specific applications for career coaches. 

Dr. Howe-Murphy will address the following topics:

  • A brief overview of the Enneagram system
  • An introduction to the profound wisdom regarding the dynamic nature of the personality offered through the Enneagram;
  • An overview of the nine wildly different personality orientations and the Focus of Attention for each  which  illustrates what an individual will habitually pay attention to, and points to the individual’s likely blindspots;

Beyond the many general benefits of using the Enneagram (info available on her website at, there are several additional and specific benefits to career coaches.  The reason (s) your client is in a job search will give clues as to how the Enneagram can be most useful.

Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D. is principal of LifeWise Learning Institute (founded in 1997) and the Director of the Enneagram Institute of the San Francisco Bay Area, an affiliate of the Enneagram institute, a global leader in Enneagram studies.  She has dedicated much of her prestigious career as a university educator, veteran executive and life coach, teacher and author to helping others embody their inner authority and enliven greater self-and other acceptance.   Her coaching niche is executive women in midlife transition.

Howe-Murphy earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco. She is a certified corporate coach and Riso-Hudson Enneagram teacher. She is among the first generation of teachers authorized to offer workshops created by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, preeminent Enneagram teachers.

Roxanne taught for over 20 years as a university educator at San Francisco State, San Jose State and Boston Universities.  She co-authored an internationally adopted textbook, contributed a dozen leading edge articles in professional, juried literature, served as an editor for professional journals, gave numerous keynote speeches and presented hundreds of workshops and conference sessions to professional groups.  

She currently is on the faculty of the Core Strengths Coaching Program at San Francisco State University where she teaches a course on the Enneagram.  In addition, she trains coaches and allied professionals to incorporate the Enneagram into their practices through her Deep Coaching Training Program.

In her ground-breaking book, Deep Coaching: Using the Enneagram as a catalyst for profound change, Roxanne integrates her personal and professional experiences with the wisdom of the Enneagram. She speaks directly to coaches and other professionals who work one-on-one with clients – providing an orientation, processes and tools they can use to help their clients transform their lives.

Her website is and she can be contact at Roxanne (at)

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