Frances serves as a seasoned, humorous thought partner to assist executive clients in designing solutions that are right for them, maximizing their performance.

Executive coaches help successful people maximize their impact and results. Fresh eyes, ears and experience can be incredibly helpful at challenging junctures, especially when a leader needs a confidential, safe harbor. The most fortunate leaders have mentors and coaches woven into their lives from many angles at various life stages.

Frances Lucas asks the right questions and listens intently and actively. She knows when to insert gentle advice, laughter, and redirection. Frances draws on years of experience and a vast breadth of diverse work circumstances. One of her goals is to inspire a client to say something out loud that surprises them.

Dr. Lucas and I have been professional friends for years, so when I wanted to choose an executive coach to enhance my decision making in my first year at UNC, Charlotte, she was my choice. Having her as a thought partner has far surpassed my highest expectations. She has inspired, supported, and challenged me to enhance my performance in ways I could not have ever imagined. Frances is an A+ coach.
— Kevin W. Bailey, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of North Carolina, Charlotte Division of Student Affairs

Executive Coaching


  • Serves as a thought partner for CEOs, Vice-Presidents and other senior level leaders in organizations. Her individual coaching packages range from 6 month to 9 month contracts.

Senior Leadership Teams:

  • Works with a senior leader of a team along with all of their direct reports as a team and as individuals to enhance the collective performance of the team.

Frances Lucas is available for individual appointments and can consult by telephone, by teleconference or in person.


She offers a 30-minute complimentary assessment session for both parties to determine whether or not she is the right match for the person's mentoring/coaching needs. If there is a match, she will work with the client to customize a coaching package. 

Frances and I met at a NASPA/SACSA Mid Manager Conference in New Orleans in 1991. From that meeting, she became my faculty mentor and we have always stayed in touch. Over the years, I have called on her many times for professional advice, but clearly the most memorable time was when I was selected to be a finalist at UM for the VP for Student Affairs job. She counseled me, I followed her advice, and have served at Miami for the last seventeen years as V.P.
— Pat Whitely, Vice President of Student Affairs, University of Miami, Past Chair of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Dr. Frances Lucas has worked with…

The names of coaching clients are kept confidential. However, here are the types of clients Dr. Lucas has coached and is coaching:

New College and University Presidents and Vice-Presidents

As a specialist in her education and human capital development, Dr. Lucas has a special coaching package designed to plan, prepare, and succeed in the first year of institutional senior leadership.


  • Presidents and Chancellors

  • Vice Presidents and Provosts

  • Deans

  • Department Chairs

  • Board of Trustee Chairs

  • High School Principals and Heads of Schools


  • Human Resources Professionals

  • Presidents of Non-Profit Organizations

  • Senior Leaders of For-Profit Organizations

  • Health Care Executives

  • Small Business Owners