About Next Wave

Gay-Lynn Carpenter, PCC, is a leadership and communication coach and principal of Next Wave Coaching. Gay-Lynn works with emerging leaders, technical experts and rising executives to help them strengthen their leadership, presence and communications so they can be influential in their organizations.


Gay-Lynn challenges her clients to:

  • achieve the focus and results that matter most to them
  • take a hard look at their thinking through purposeful, powerful questions so they uncover what they really want and what's in the way
  • take action, making sure they grab their insights and translate them to practice quickly and regularly.

Gay-Lynn's approach to coaching is a culmination of 30 years developing all manner of written and spoken communications and helping leaders engage their employees in business goals. By focusing now on the principles, structure and resources of the coaching profession, she enables her clients to align the things they do with the life they want.

Gay-Lynn has earned a professional certified coach designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is President of the ICF Virginia Chapter and serves as adjunct faculty in professional development programs through Virginia Tech. She is also a Leader Coach and Senior Consultant for Right Management. She graduated from the Neuro-Leadership Group's Intensive Coaching Training Program, which uses neuro-scientific techniques to capitalize on the brain's ability to act on new thinking and insights. She has a master of science in communication management from Syracuse University and a bachelor of science degree in cultural anthropology and English from James Madison University.



Next Wave Coaching helps emerging leaders, technical experts and rising executives to become more influential and effective by building on their leadership and communications muscle. Clients discover and act on insights that will inspire them to step up to their potential.


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