Agon Advisors builds skills in real time — so your people and teams can thrive and win.

About Agon

When Agon Advisors Founder Jessica Burlingame added team-based coaching to her practice, she observed the struggles of many skilled individual leaders to thrive as team-based collaborators. Today, Agon Advisors supports teams’ capacity to thrive in the moment when circumstances are unforeseeable, stakes are make-or-break, and best practices aren’t good enough. Agon (pronounced agg-on) is an ancient Greek term meaning both gathering and contest. Agon Advisors helps your teams gather together — and thrive.

 

Today, Agon offers bespoke experiences – from lunch-and-learn sessions to multi-day immersions — to serve your organization’s key team and talent development needs. Our roots are in collaboration techniques (often non-verbal) used by theater artists. We have since integrated a unique range of artistic, somatic, psychological, and contemplative practices to best serve client needs – fostering skills to thrive through skillful in-the-moment action and reaction.

 

Agon’s model is founded on real-time learning, with tangible, high-impact workplace application. We set you up for success by minimizing or eliminating common obstacles in organizational learning & development: time-consuming pre-work, and cumbersome post-training implementation.

 

We are excited to explore collaborations with your teams.

Services

When your organization faces these challenges, Agon Advisors can customize solutions for you. Solutions may integrate practices from improvisational theater, Laban Movement Analysis, Buckminster Fuller’s tension-integrity or “tensegrity” model, and/or others. Team-level psychometric assessment is available in partnership with Cubiks, global innovators in talent assessment and development.

PRESENTATION SKILLS

PRESENTATION SKILLS

PUBLIC AND CLIENT PRESENTATIONS: Agon helps presenters connect with external audiences — and deliver on-target messages, every time

 

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: Agon helps colleagues at all levels develop best-in-class communication skills: formal and informal, verbal and written

ONBOARDING

ONBOARDING

EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING: Agon helps new teammates bond as a group – and connect with your broader organization (specialized offerings for new employee cohorts, including graduate, experienced, and post-merger hires)

 

TEAM STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT: Agon supports your team to discover strengths and gaps — before recruitment efforts start

 

CANDIDATE EVALUATION: Agon’s group experiences for potential employees help your staff evaluate fit, and introduce your organizational culture

TEAMBUILDING

TEAMBUILDING

TEAM AND ORGANIZATIONAL RETREATS: Agon offers space to assess and celebrate progress – and envision your next moves ahead

 

PRODUCT/SERVICE LAUNCHES: Agon cultivates team members’ confidence to represent your growing enterprise

 

CONFLICT AND SETBACK RESOLUTION: Agon supports your team to uncover sources of conflict or stagnation – and opportunities to shift forward

EXECUTIVE & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

EXECUTIVE & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT: Agon supports new and seasoned managers, executives, and partners, to thrive in their new roles

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Agon experiences ensure that staff and emerging leaders grow their team skills along with their technical expertise

Train-the-trainer and program design services are also available. Agon faculty reviews current learning & development offerings with your team, and designs solutions to complement your existing strengths.

PRESENTATION SKILLS

PUBLIC AND CLIENT PRESENTATIONS:
Agon helps presenters connect with external audiences — and deliver on-target messages, every time
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: Agon helps colleagues at all levels develop best-in-class communication skills: formal and informal, verbal and written

ONBOARDING

EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING: Agon helps new teammates bond as a group – and connect with your broader organization (specialized offerings for new employee cohorts,  including graduate, experienced, and post-merger hires)
TEAM STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT: Agon supports your team to discover strengths and gaps — before recruitment efforts start
CANDIDATE EVALUATION: Agon’s group experiences for potential employees help your staff evaluate fit, and introduce your organizational culture

TEAMBUILDING

TEAM AND ORGANIZATIONAL RETREATS: Agon offers space to assess and celebrate progress – and envision your next moves ahead
PRODUCT/SERVICE LAUNCHES: Agon cultivates team members’ confidence to represent your growing enterprise
CONFLICT AND SETBACK RESOLUTION: Agon supports your team to uncover sources of conflict or stagnation – and opportunities to shift forward

EXECUTIVE & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT: Agon supports new and seasoned managers, executives, and partners, to thrive in their new roles
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Agon experiences ensure that staff and emerging leaders grow their team skills along with their technical expertise

Train-the-trainer and program design services are also available. Agon faculty reviews current learning & development offerings with your team, and designs solutions to complement your existing strengths.

Team

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Jessica Burlingame

FOUNDER + PRINCIPAL

 

Jessica Burlingame is Founder and Principal of Agon Advisors. Her background in strategy consulting, leadership development, and individual and team coaching informs Agon’s high-impact, proprietary talent development solutions. She trained as a theatre director, educator, and performer with Shakespeare & Company, the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her studies with the Dance Education Laboratory at Jacob’s Pillow, Anatomy Trains founder Tom Myers, and collaborations with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, also shape Agon’s offerings.

 

Ms. Burlingame holds an MBA and BA from Columbia University, and completed additional undergraduate studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. She has been recognized globally for individual and group coaching with MBA and EMBA candidates, and pursued coach training via the ICF-certified Newfield Network.

ADVISORS

 

Agon’s international faculty network includes strategists, artists, coaches, and clinicians, trained in our practices and ready to engage with your team. Our experience spans disciplines, industries, geographies, work cultures, and generations.

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Alertness and aliveness in each situation

Precision and clarity in judgment

Skill and flexibility in making sophisticated real-time decisions

Integrating your best self with your best work

Alertness and aliveness in each situation

Precision and clarity in judgment

Skill and flexibility in making sophisticated real-time decisions

Integrating your best self with your best work