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Luann Barndt, PCC, Ed.D., MSC, LEC

Leadership Coach, Captain, US Coast Guard (Retired)

Sensing that her greatest fulfillment came from supporting leaders’ growth and development, Luann refired into Leadership Coaching with a vision of guiding explorers to embody life more fully!

Embodying her belief that challenges can be transformed into unexpected opportunities, Luann continuously tests her own learning edge to navigate toward new horizons. Growing through challenges, distinct from bouncing back from them, Luann strengthens her own resilience to guide leaders to successfully navigate the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) and become the leaders we aspire to be. Through her personal experience and doctoral research, Luann emphasizes that accessing our embodied wisdom increases capacity to learn quickly and lead masterfully in our VUCA environment.

Through her own lifelong learning and pursuit of diverse certifications, Luann guides leaders to achieve breakthrough results by confidently, clearly, and persuasively engaging in powerful practices and new ways of being that enable us to act for what we care most about.

Dr. Barndt serves as a Senior Fellow, Leadership Coach, and faculty for the e-Co Leadership Coaching Certification program at The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW CEPL) where she coaches and trains senior leaders from Federal and Local Government agencies. Additionally, Dr. Barndt trains and coaches Construction Executives as Lead Instructor for NEXT Leadership Academy.

Captain Barndt, US Coast Guard (Retired) is a veteran with Command experience. Married to a veteran, she is the proud mother of a US Army soldier and a US Navy sailor. Luann aspires to practice Wholehearted Living based on Brené Brown’s 10 Guideposts. As a PADI Divemaster, Luann cultivates play & rest as a dive volunteer at the National Aquarium. To stretch out of her comfort zone, Luann cultivates laughter by playfully experimenting with Stand-up Comedy and Improv. Luann cultivates calm & stillness by practicing and teaching Qi Gong.

Luann is a graduate of Georgetown University Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching and is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also certified as a Leadership Embodiment (LE), Master Somatic (Strozzi Institute), and Action Learning (WIAL) Coach. Discover more at https://www.axiomquest.com/.

Discovery Tools Certifications

  • Leadership Circle Profile™, Manager Edition and Leadership Culture Survey
  • Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI®)
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)
  • Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI®)
  • Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360
  • Team Dialogue Indicator™


  • Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
  • Master of National Security Strategy, National War College
  • Master of Military Art and Science, US Army Command and General Staff College
  • Master of Science in Information Management, The George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science in Management, US Coast Guard Academy


  • Conversational Intelligence for Coaches Enhanced Program® (Judith Glaser)
  • Narrative Coaching Enhanced Program (David Drake, Ph.D.)
  • Body = Brain™
  • Zen Leadership
  • Emotions Centered Coaching™ (Dan Newby)
  • Power of Embodied Transformation
  • Art of Developmental Coaching
  • Using Adult Development Theory to Coach Leaders
  • Coaching through Postconventional Transitions
  • Using Archetypes + Polarity Dynamics to Cultivate Well-being
  • U.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future