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Chief Question Officer Program

Chief Question Officer Certificate Program

The Chief Question Officer® (CQO)

Certificate Training Program

April 27 to May 1, 2020 (Mon. – Fri.)

Fully Virtual Format

Marilee Adams, Ph.D.

Bestselling author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

What it is

The Chief Question Officer® (CQO) Certificate Program empowers change agents in learning, applying and utilizing the Q-Work™ Approach for coaching, facilitating, and consulting. Change agents include leaders, managers, coaches, and HR and learning professionals as well as those with responsibilities for operational excellence and quality.

What you get

The CQO Program enables participants to become “subject matter experts” and consultants (internal and external) in applying the Q-Work™ Approach, Tools and Practices in facilitating change solutions effectively and strategically. This system embodies inquiry skills, tools, models, and practices that optimize engagement, productivity, communication, collaboration, innovation and results for individuals, teams, and organizations.

The Q-Work™ Approach

Based on the work from Change Your Questions, Change Your Life and bestselling author Marilee Adams, Ph.D., the Q-Work™ Approach recognizes that questions come first, then answers. Every tool, practice, application, and aspect of the approach is based on this recognition. Asking constructive, quality questions of oneself and others brings out the best thinking, collaboration, action, and results.

How it works:

The Chief Question Officer Program – is a unique 5-month program that begins with a 2.5 hour virtual session and five virtual days – A two-day workshop, three days of training. In the first two days, you get the Q-Work™ material “in your bones” as a participant. The second three days focus on how to use this material to empower facilitating and consulting. 14 webinars (Learner Labs) follow the in-person days along with a practical, an applied learning presentation. At the completion of the CQO program you can apply to be an authorized trainer to present Change Your Questions, Change Your Results (either as a one-day workshop or separate modules) and then license the Q-Work™ Approach Tools and Practices (and associated materials) to facilitate in workplaces.


  • Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Dates & Times: April 27 – May 1, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM ET with ample breaks AND Pre-Session April 23 Noon-2:30 PM ET
  • Tuition: $3,495, Special Pricing, includes one 1-1 coaching session. Contact us for group discounts or non-profit status.
  • ICF CCEU’s: 15.50 for core competencies, 4.50 other skills (first two days; the CQO program is in process of application)
  • Register for SPRING – click here
  • Fall dates: Baltimore, MD – October 19 to 23, 2020 (Registration coming soon)

Contact Kim Aubry at with additional questions.


Chief Question Officer Carmella GranadoSenior Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Flextronics – has this to say about CQO:

“We’ve used Q-Work™ Approach so successfully in our work with teams that it has led to a radical transformation in how people approach and resolve problems. It also made an immediate and sustained change in their behavior. In an organizational culture, the more people can be taught these processes, the greater positive impact it can have on productivity and the bottom line.”

Carmella’s experience with the QT work at Flextronics is featured in the July, 2012 Wharton at Work Newsletter.