Empower others to live without regrets.

Many traditions talk about “the life well-lived.” Fewer offer the practical tools to create it. That’s where we come in.

The Academy for Coaching Excellence offers ICF-accredited coach training, leadership development, and personal growth programs fully online and world-wide, wherever internet service is available.

Online training options

Due to COVID-19, all of our courses are now available online. You can now experience the full power of our programs, and connect with your fellow participants, in a virtual setting. Our participants frequently tell us that they feel more energized after joining our courses than any other Zoom calls they've been on.

  • Online Coach Training Program

    People are needing the support of professionally trained coaches now more than ever. Your can begin working with clients in a just a few months. Explore »

  • Online Leadership Development Courses

    Gain principles and practices to empower those around you to thrive, even amidst uncertain times. Explore »

  • Online Personal Empowerment Courses

    Get the tools, skills, and community to bring resilience and ease to your life, especially during times of turbulence like we're seeing now. Explore »

What would it be like for you to live without regrets?

Discover your "Life Blueprint"

Ever worry you're not really living the life you were meant to live? End your day smiling and at peace, by creating your Life Blueprint: A simple way to finally see what matters most to you — and act on it in your day-to-day life.

Make your life blueprint now

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Watch our founder Maria Nemeth's TEDx talk: “Would it be ok with you if life got easier?”

About the Talk

After 10 years of psychoanalysis, 3 times a week, Dr. Maria Nemeth realized she was no closer to answering the question: “What do I want my life to be about?” In this intimate, down-to-earth talk, this psychologist and master coach shares where that new inquiry led her, and in the process, shows us a stunningly simple path to a life well-lived.

About Maria Nemeth

Maria Nemeth, PhD, MCC is an author, speaker, & master coach, as well as  the Founder & Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence. She offers purpose-driven people simple yet powerful tools for training our brains for success.

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Take our foundational course

Mastering Life's Energies is a 4-day intensive for purpose-driven people ready to master their internal stopping points, make their unique contribution to life, and empower others to do the same.

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Live with clarity, focus, ease, and grace.

  • Clarity

    Seeing who you truly are and what is important to you. In this course you will discover your “True North” and gain tools to live by it.

  • Focus

    Putting your energy where it can do the greatest good. In this course, you’ll see where you’ve wasted energy, and how to get it back.

  • Ease

    Going for your dreams, but with elegance rather than struggle. In this course you’ll see how to “get things done” and still enjoy your life!

  • Grace

    Being consistently grateful for the privilege to engage your life. In this course, you’ll gain practices for bringing gratitude to each moment.

Explore our training programs

Our work is for anyone with goals, dreams, and a desire to make a difference, who is willing to see and do things differently than they are currently seeing and doing them. We offer:

  • Accredited Coach Training

    Exceptionally rigorous, hands-on, and flexible, our program is led by some of the most experienced coaches in the profession. Explore »

  • Professional Development

    Gain principles and practices to discover and unleash your power to transform your organization, community, and the world. Explore »

  • Personal Empowerment

    Get the tools, skills, and lifelong support to discover and fulfill your life’s purpose — with clarity, focus, ease, and grace. Explore »

  • Training for Organizations

    We offer training to organizations seeking a breakthrough in performance, people-power, and profitability. Explore »

What distinguishes us?

Shopping around for trainings and feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to start? We hear you! Here are the top things to know about us -- We are:


We are accredited by the globally-recognized International Coach Federation (ICF), and our seasoned faculty embody the standard of excellence and ethics within the coaching profession.


Through sliding scale pricing, fundraising support, and a broader diversity & inclusion plan, we are actively seeking to serve people from all walks of life.


We do not offer any "quick fixes" or "shortcuts" to success. But if you are seeking a rigorous, proven approach to empowering yourself and others, you are absolutely in the right place.


Ethical integrity is and must be the defining hallmark of professional coaching. We abide by the International Coaching Federation Code of Ethics, as well as our own comprehensive Code of Ethics.

We stand for human heroism.

We stand for a world in which everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out: A world in which all life is thriving, with communities that lift up the unique gifts of every human being.

  • Each of us is a hero.

    We are here to embark on a "hero's journey" in which we fulfill a calling, triumph over obstacles, and contribute to our community.

  • Each of us is here to contribute.

    We all want to know our life makes a difference -- that the world is a little brighter, safer, and more joyous because we were here.

  • Each of us has a voice of wisdom.

    We all possess an innate wellspring of creativity, the power to envision new possibilities, and the courage to act on them.

  • Each of us is here to bring our greatness to life.

    We are here to discover and express our true greatness -- to know the joy of being thoroughly “used up” when we leave.

Our community

We serve purpose-driven people and organizations who see life as it is and as it could be, and are called to bridge the gap.

  • Coaches, consultants, executives, and managers ready to bring out the greatness in those they serve.

  • Social entrepreneurs and mission-driven business leaders seeking greater performance, profit, and impact.

  • Nonprofit professionals, organizers, and civic leaders striving to be more effective and resilient agents of change.

  • Ministers, educators, healers, parents, and others in helping roles who want to stay centered as they support others.

  • Growth-minded people who are in a transition and ready for more clarity, focus, and ease in their life and work.

Learn directly from a master.

Maria Nemeth, PhD, our Founder & Director, has designed and refined our body of work over several decades with people all over the world — and continues to lead our foundational course, Mastering Life's Energies.

A Master Certified Coach, Phd psychologist, and a pioneer in the field of human development and coach training, she is the author of two highly-acclaimed books: The Energy of Money, available in five languages, and its follow-up, Mastering Life’s Energies, both of which have given people everywhere a way to begin putting success principles into immediate practice in their lives.

Maria is...

  • A master coach, dedicated to empowering coaches to excel in their profession.
  • A helping professional, dedicated to supporting other helping professionals to make the greatest difference in the lives of their clients.
  • A lifelong changemaker, dedicated to helping changemakers transform the world as it is into the world as it could be.
  • A mission-driven entrepreneur, dedicated to supporting mission-driven entrepreneurs and organizations to contribute their unique gift to the world.

Take Maria's foundational 4-day intensive

A profound & practical approach.

Our work is rooted in ontology, the study of being. We look at what it truly is to be human: The values we live by, the heroic journey we are each here to take, and, ultimately, the gift to others we want to be known for. Our approach is:

  • Universal: Our approach is grounded in principles found across spiritual and secular traditions, from ancient wisdom teachings to the latest research in neuroscience.

  • Pragmatic: We turn timeless wisdom into an elegant framework of tools and practices for living your values, realizing your vision, and empowering others.

  • Transformational: Our rigorous approach teaches you how to create lasting shifts in the way you see and do things -- long after the high of an "aha" moment wears off.

  • Compassionate: Our approach honors the wholeness and dignity of every person, and affirms our capacity to move beyond external obstacles and internal limitations.

  • Socially conscious: As we support people to see their greatness, they naturally turn to the contribution they are here to make, to their community and to the world.

A reliable path to results.

Our approach bridges the disciplines of personal transformation, leadership development, and coach training. Our pedagogy blends didactic presentation, personal reflection, group coaching, peer interaction, and experiential skill-building. You will gain:

  • Timeless principles

    The foundation of our work is a set of success and empowerment principles, derived from spiritual teachings and scientific findings.

  • Practical tools

    We provide simple tools and everyday practices you can use to immediately putting success and empowerment principles into action.

  • Lifelong skills

    We create the space and structured support for you to gain skill in using the tools we provide, so you can enjoy their intended benefit.

  • Tangible results

    Out of consistently practicing the tools we provide, you will see a tangibly different set of results across all areas of your life and work.

Begin Your Study

Create Your Life Blueprint
A simple, beautiful way to get a “birds-eye view” on the life you love -- and start living it now.
Foundational 4-Day Intensive
Move past your stopping points, so you can thrive and make the difference you're here to make.
Accredited Coach Training
Our program equips you with confidence in your ability to empower others.

New! Energy of Money Course

Bronze Level
In this module, we are going to uncover the hidden landscape of beliefs, patterns, and habits that underlie and sometimes subvert your everyday use of money and personal resources.
Silver Level
You will discover your greatest power to move ahead in life from a power that you already possess but haven’t already learned to use. And then finally you will see a way of coaching yourself through difficult money situations.
Gold Level
In this module, you will discover your Standards of Integrity, the personal values that bring you joy and strength in your relationship with money. You will see how to use your relationship with money as a means to transform your whole life!