Unreservedly Ethical

Who we are

Vertical Development Academy

VeDA is a global consulting, training, coaching, assessment, and research enterprise, facilitating vertical development in individuals, teams, and organizations. We apply our Leadership Maturity Framework in concert with our Harvard-tested Maturity Profile to support our clients in all phases of life-long development. We also train and certify leaders and coaches to work with their teams or clients, using a sophisticated and nuanced developmental coaching approach. VeDA has the largest global database of developmental assessments for leaders using the MAP instrument, administered by highly trained certified raters.

We Are Unreservedly Ethical

Vertical development models require extra sensitivity because hierarchical models are easily misunderstood and misused. At VeDA, we consciously adhere to the highest ethical standards in both our assessment and coaching services. We uphold strict confidentiality of client data. We are conscientious in how we hold and communicate our framework, and how we train the coaches who work with us. Our certified scorers and coaches have completed intensive training over time, and are required to engage with ongoing practice forums to hone their capabilities. As a company, we ensure the information revealed through the assessment profile is used ethically and with sensitivity, both at the individual level and the organizational level.

VeDA Stewardship

Beena Sharma

Beena Sharma is president of the Vertical
Development Academy and an international
consultant committed to serving leaders and
organizations grow and develop. As a certified
MAP scorer, a certified Leadership Maturity
Coach, and a lead facilitator of VeDA’s coach
certification program, Beena is an expert in
helping organizations design and implement
developmentally sophisticated systems. She is
also trained at the master level in Polarity
Thinking, and integrates this expertise into
her coaching and consulting practice. Beena
has worked for more than two decades in the
area of whole-system, large-scale change, and
has completed multiple certifications across a
variety of methodologies, such as Holacracy,
Clean Language, Action Learning.

Robb Smith

Robb Smith is the managing director of the
Vertical Development Academy. He is a leader
and social innovator in human development,
advising entrepreneurs, executives, and
thought leaders on leading-edge social innovation,
vertical development, leadership development,
and company growth. He is CEO
and co-founder, with philosopher Ken Wilber,
of Integral Life, a digital hub supporting the
global trend toward a more integral human
development through dialogues, courses, and
events. Robb is a founding member of the
global “Conscious Capitalism” movement
established in 2007, and carries the distinction
of being named to Nevada’s “Top 20
under 40” lists in three different decades.

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter is the creator of the
MAP instrument and its assessment methodology.
An international authority on adult
development, she is VeDA’s strategic advisor
and research director, safeguarding the standards
of excellence in our assessment service.
Dr. Cook-Greuter is known worldwide for her
seminal work in adult development theory
and is a keynote speaker at conferences internationally.
She has charted new territory in
defining mature adult development. Since
1980, she has analyzed more than 11,000
MAP tests in more than 200 different academic
and business contexts. Dr. Cook-Greuter’s
theoretical work forms the foundation
for VeDA’s approach to enabling transformative
leadership. She is also a lead facilitator for
VeDA’s coach certification programs.

Certified Coach & Scorer Network

We are proud to have a network of exceptionally skilled and certified Leadership Maturity Coaches. To qualify for VeDA’s coach certification training, participants must have certification credentials from an established or recognized coach-training institution, along with several years of successful coaching experience. VeDA certification indicates an advanced coaching specialization, that takes up to a year to complete, and includes supervised practice to ensure our certified coaches have demonstrable expertise in how to coach with insights gleaned from the Leadership Maturity Framework and its measure, the MAP

Our Certified Scorers have undertaken rigorous training to gain expertise in scoring the MAP. We are the only institution we know of that offers an intensive two-year Scorer Training Certification using the proprietary Loevinger-Cook-Greuter manuals and assessment system. Each of our 14 trained Certified Scoring Associates is exceptionally competent at creating fine-tuned developmental profiles. Demonstrating a strong commitment to leading-edge learning, our scoring associates periodically engage in structured learning sessions and practice forums—ensuring the high inter-rater reliability we require from all our scorers