Seth Vander

Brain Coach

Seth is a relationship builder, first and foremost. Whether he is coaching teams or individuals—in education or in business—his approach to problem solving is first to fully understand the people and the issues at hand, and then to offer solutions or suggestions. 

For Seth, understanding comes through active listening. “I ask the right questions so we can all be on the same page,” he says. “That’s the only way I can help clients find the best solutions.”

Coaching is a passion for Seth, who grew up in what he calls “a toxic town.” Raised in a family that experienced sexual abuse, domestic violence, multiple divorces, bankruptcy and lasting financial difficulty, Seth was starved for a consistent male role model. As a result, he knew he had to go away to college, earn a degree, and make a positive difference in the lives of boys and young men. In 2011, after earning a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in neuroscience from Miami University of Ohio, he made a beeline for Denver. He brought two bags of belongings, rented a furnished apartment and bought a bike. For two years, he rode three buses to and from his school in the low-income Montbello neighborhood, where he served as a Denver Teaching Fellow and basketball coach. 

 Seth’s family life and his early career have made him resilient and empathic—skills that make him successful as a teacher, coach and developer of values-based learning programs. After showing his value in the classroom, Seth was tapped to serve on the leadership team that expanded the Teaching Fellows presence from eight to 50 schools in the Denver Public School (DPS) system. As the number of employees grew from 70 to more than 350, Seth developed processes for recruitment, training and data analysis. As a member of DPS’s Culture, Equity, and Leadership Team, he helped train new employees, district leaders and teachers. After three years, he joined a software development startup, where he could apply those skills and broaden his base of experience. 

Today, Seth is affiliated with SPHERE Education and is the founder of Vander Coaching and Consulting. He is a certified associate with Emergenetics, the psychometric tool that uses the science of thinking and behavior to transform the way individuals, teams, and organizations work. When he’s not coaching or supporting a social justice cause, it’s likely you’ll find Seth backpacking, suspended between trees on a slackline, tending to his garden, officiating a wedding, or enjoying quality time with friends and family.  

To schedule Seth for coaching click here

If your interested in becoming a SPHERE Coach please contact us.

Testimonials
  • Jenn has been there for me through many obstacles and many of life’s challenges, she has taught me a great deal through it all, and I hope that she will stay with me for a while. She has proven herself to be nothing but a kind, forgiving, amazing, thoughtful, intelligent, beautiful through and through person that I look up to. She is one of the best decisions my parents have ever made for me. Without her I would not be as successful as I am today. read more

    Carole O
    Teen
  • Jenn Marshall taught me so many valuable lessons that will stick with me for the rest of my life. She taught me how to truly be a great friend and what type of people I want to surround myself with in order to be in a positive environment. She would call it “weeding your friend garden”, which just meant to have people in your life that truly care for you as much as you care for them. She also taught me to own who I am and the great qualities that set me apart from the rest of the world. If there was ever such a thing as a guardian angel, it would be her. read more

    Kelsey R
    Young Adult
  • I’d like to thank you Jenn for the tremendous benefits I’ve seen in my son since he began life coaching with you. Over the last 6 months, not only does he look forward to the focused discussions about communication skills, goal setting and crafting his future but he his happier and more in control of his emotions, thoughts and feelings. Additionally he is learning the skills to develop higher levels of esteem. read more

    Deb J
    Parent
  • I have known Jenn on a business and personal level now for a few years. I don’t know too many folks that are as impressive as she is. Her talents and experience cross over into so many aspects of life. The way in which she provides direction is subtle but has pin point accuracy. Jenn affords young people the ability to create a path for development in all areas of life. I know of two other families that have benefited from Jenn and SPHERE and one of which is currently attending USC on a full ride thanks in part to Jenn and he commitment to our youth. read more

    Phil C
    Parent
  • Jenn Marshall of SPHERE Education has worked with our family for the last ten months.  She is professional and very knowledgeable in utilizing tools based on the latest neuroscience and coaching strategies. Jenn also has the ability to reach adolescents by building relationships based on trust and acceptance.  I highly recommend SPHERE Education where the emphasis is placed on equipping adolescents for adulthood success.

    Gina V
    Parent
  • There are things I am wary of. T-shirts with political candidates faces on them worn either sincerely or ironically, any sort of celebrity endorsing products because it’s insidious and plays on our most base instincts. Endorsements and advertisements themselves just strike me as odd because they appear very extrinsically motivated and kind of dishonest and I really want nothing to do with them. As the late author David Foster Wallace puts it, ads and or endorsements or testimonials, “create an anxiety relievable by purchase.” But all of that principled, not going to be a sucker for somebody’s product or like stump for their campaign, I didn’t even register that when Jenn asked me to write a testimonial for the site. It seemed obvious that everyone should know about Jenn Marshall and the thing she does. read more

    David G
    Young Adult
  • Your life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, rather the things that take your breath away”. I’ve always loved this quote, loved the way it sounded in my own voice, loved the way it played out on another’s face as I had told them. Although I never really grasped what it meant, I knew it was deep and did the trick when I needed to provide a quote for a questionnaire. That it would give that certain “je ne sais quoi” I was searching for to encapsulate my ambitions and hopes as a person, although I envy the innocence of the thought and slipshod way of defining myself back then. I now understand a task like that would send me into spiraling self reflection, and an empty corner to stand in as I vex myself into every philosophical conversation I could insert myself into. The question of “Who I am” is one that proves fluid by each passing day, a fluidity that imbues every spark of creativity in my being not to answer or somehow document. Like a bee captivated by the falling rain, but fearful of its ignorance of it and sheer size alone of every drop. read more

    Jordan
    Student
  • Before I began working with Jenn, I was doing fine. I was in school, taking classes and doing well. I had withdrawn and stopped going a couple times before finally deciding that I needed to just go and get it done. That was about it; that was my life. School was just something that kept me going and was a means for me to get a job in the future that I could support myself with. I suppose it wasn’t all bad. I had at least chosen to major in something that I knew I would enjoy, but even so, it felt pretty…. blah? I wanted to be a nurse. OK great, but was that really it? I couldn’t really figure out why something still felt wrong—missing. Majoring in nursing was what I wanted, so why wasn’t it resonating with me? It must have been obvious that I was feeling a bit lost because a family friend introduced me to Jenn. He told me, “She knows some good nursing programs and would maybe have some helpful ideas to share with you.” Boy, oh boy, was that the understatement of the century!

    It has been over two years since I first started working with Jenn. I have never felt so driven, settled, and content with myself and my life. The feeling that I was missing something has now been replaced with a palpable excitement for my life and all it holds. I am not going to be “just a nurse”. I will be an advocate for all the patients I meet. I will bring a positive, genuine, and compassionate energy to all those who need it. Before Jenn, the part of myself that believed she could do anything she dreamt of doing was asleep. Now…that innocent childhood feeling of believing that I can reach for the stars instead of only reaching for the clouds has finally returned. It is time to go after that Master’s degree, that PhD, that “whatever-makes-you-feel-happy-and-alive”!

    Being around Jenn is quite an experience, and honestly, kind of hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it for yourself. No matter what mood you’re in, you’re almost instantly relaxed when you start talking to her. Her calm and happy emotions transfer to you and you feel light and happy. Through working with Jenn, I have now been given the tools to be the source of my own light and happiness without needing it from the outside. She has introduced me to versions of myself that I thought couldn’t exist, but there they were…. waiting quietly until I was ready to meet them.

    The “me” today, well she just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and will be attending the accelerated BSN program at Anschutz Medical Campus. The “me” tomorrow will be a Doctor of Midwifery with her own practice, bringing human beings into a world full of health and happiness. The “me” of forever, well…. she will always be thankful that Jenn cared enough to awaken the “me” that was waiting to change the world. We all have that “me” inside of us. We all have the power to live our very best life and fulfill all our biggest dreams, sometimes we just need to be reminded of that power. Jenn makes us aware of that power and gives us the tools to take control and responsibility of our own lives so that we can hold on through the ups and downs, while loving the entire ride!

    I will never be able to fully explain just how amazing of a human being Jenn is, nor how thankful I will always be to have known her. All I can really do is live the life I want; live the life I am so excited for a life I only ever hoped for, but one that I am now living. Jenn, thanks for the knowledge, guidance, care, and compassion. Thanks for everything. read more

    Charlotte
    Young Adult
  • When I started working with Jenn about a year ago, I felt directionless and powerless in my own life. I was working a job that had nothing to do with me and I spent my time sulking around. With Jenn’s help, I started working on a plan to get where I want to be in life. I’m still not there, and I won’t be for a while, but Jenn has given me the tools I need to stay motivated, believe in myself, and be content with my life in the meantime. She’s helped me become a more positive, more functional version of myself.

    Perhaps most important of all is that, while I know Jenn has helped me greatly, I don’t feel like somebody else has been telling me what to do. I don’t feel that the path I’m on now is one established by somebody else. Even though I’m more positive and different in many ways from a year ago, I don’t feel like I’m pretending to be somebody who I am not. Rather, I’m just making progress to become the version of myself that I desire to be; Jenn’s methods of becoming aware of myself on several different levels were a fantastic first step on this ongoing journey.

    I don’t know what difference the next year will make, but I do know that I will have made even more progress toward my goals and that I will continue to grow. I’m grateful for Jenn’s help this past year, and I’m so much more confident about my life looking forward.

     

    Thomas
    Young Adult
  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

    Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

    John Smith
    School
  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

    Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

    John Q.
    Corporation