Terri L. Williams


PHONE: 571.262.1927

Terri Williams is the President and Founder of The Above Average School.  For over 30 years, she has been providing leadership development training in the areas off leadership presence, emotional intelligence (soft skills), communications, and gravitas to multi-national businesses, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to optimize performance and potential across every organizational level.

Terri facilitates customized coaching, workshops and seminars to organizations. In this light she has witnessed firsthand the corporate acknowledgement that leadership skills coaching and development encourages talent retention. It enhances capabilities and opportunities – and increases performance to stimulate development of the next generation of leaders.

From C-Suite and senior executives to new professionals, The Above Average School’s strategic coaching, mentoring and training provide a stimulus for advancement. Every program integrates organizational goals with individual competencies to accelerate advancement at each stage of corporate life. The nucleus of AAS’ training aligns academic and technical expertise with professional potential.

Terri’s facilitation methods utilize scientific, brain-based coaching techniques that combine the science of the brain, neuroscience, with leadership. This impacts team dynamics and interactions to drive individual performance.

AAS provides private coaching for many leaders in the public and private domain. Her private, confidential presentation coaching prepares leaders to: deliver speeches at high-profile events; address large-scale audiences; train for demanding media interviews. Sessions are conducted with dedicated coaching specialists, including instruction to master the nuances of communicating in English.

Terri holds certifications from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), OKA Emotional Intelligence (EQI), Dare to Lead (BBERG), Korn Ferry Leadership Architect, The Outward Mindset and Outward Leadership (Arbinger Institute), Coach Diversity, and NeuroLeadership.  She is an alumnus of a myriad of senior level executive development programs inclusive of Georgetown University, American University, the Federal Executive Institute, (FEI) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Senior Executive Service Development Program (SESCDP).  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland, Averett University, and National-Louis University. 

Terri is a survivor of the September 11th Attack on America at the Pentagon, where she served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy. She aided in standing up the Pentagon Crisis Center on September 12, 2001 until Oct 19, 2001.  She is an advocate of military community issues inclusive of military child education and women veterans access to healthcare.  In addition she has testified on women issues to the US Congressional Committee for Women Veterans.

Frequently heralded for her inspirational role in leadership, Terri is the recipient of many awards including: Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Award and The Legion of Merit.  Additionally, in 1997, she was selected by the Women In Military Service for America (WIMSA) to represent the United States Army on a commemorative postage stamp honoring over 2 million women who served the Nation.