About the Coach & Principal

Hyacinth Burton began professional service as an Auditor at DeVry Institute of Technology in Evanston, Illinois. She assumed the position after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1988 and also the Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Management of Technology in 1997. Her formal academic preparation culminated with a PhD in Information Systems from the College of Engineering and Computing at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

From August 1997 to July 2018 Hyacinth devoted her career to Oakwood University where she served in the capacities of Lab Coordinator, Instructor, and Assistant Professor. She also served as the Chair of the Business and Information Systems Department and the first Dean for the School of Business. Her areas of teaching included Computer Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, Web Design, Multimedia Applications, Telecommunications, Information Resource Management, Principles of Management, Human Resource Management, and Managerial Decision Making. She continues to teach Management Information Systems online in Oakwood University’s adult degree completion program.

Hyacinth is IC3 and MOS certified and served on the Association for Information Systems committee to develop a national Information Technology curriculum. Additionally, Hyacinth is certified in Workplace Big Five, Developmental Dimensions International (DDI), Everything DiSC Workplace, as an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and Leadership Dynamics Specialist. She also participated in numerous presentations and actively contributed to a few grant-writing teams. Her latest grant proposal was successfully funded by the United Negro College Fund to establish an Entrepreneurship Center in the School of Business at Oakwood University. Further, in her capacity as Dean for the Business School, she directed the Prospectus submission to SACSCOC that led to the approval of its first MBA program in Leadership, and she also directed the Proposal that led to the successful reaffirmation of the School of Business to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Hyacinth also served at AdventHealth University as the Director of Special Projects where she directed accreditation as well as collaborative projects between AdventHealth University and its corporate affiliate AdventHealth. She currently teaches in the masters programs for the Healthcare Administration department at AdventHealth University as well as facilitates leadership classes for the Leadership Institute at AdventHealth.

Hyacinth has been married for 33 years to Dr. Keith Burton, graduate professor in the Master of Science in Spiritual Care program at AdventHealth University and they are blessed with two children, Sheereen and Kaleem.

My Coaching Certifications

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iPec Certified Professional Coach

ICF Member Badge

ICF Member - International Coaching Federation


Energy Index - Master Practitioner

COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist

Leadership Dynamics Specialist

Workplace Big Five Profile

Workplace Big File Profile

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Certified Everything DiSC Workplace Badge

Frequently Asked Questions


What is coaching?

According to the International Coaching Federation, coaching is “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential” (iPEC Coach Training Manual 1, 2022, p. 5).


What is Life and Leadership coaching?

Life and Leadership coaching offers:

  • Career (helping individuals find and reach their career goals)
  • Academic (working with college students to resolve issues such as deciding on majors/minors, improving academic performance, and with general college success)
  • Marriage (assisting married women to enhance their marriage relationships with their husbands individually and in group coaching)
  • Leadership (working with leaders in academic and corporate organizations to help them actualize their next level of leadership while assisting them to become effective and emotionally intelligent leaders).

How many sessions are required for successful coaching?

I offer a one-time coaching consulting session for $25 after which I work with clients to assess their coaching needs.

The custom coaching sessions are a tailored, nine session package (please see price list) that allows clients time to process, grow, and make changes that help them progress to a new level of consciousness and excellence.

How long are the coaching sessions?

Each coaching session is between one hour to one hour and thirty minutes.

How much do coaching sessions cost?

Please see my price list for the package and individual prices.

What ages do you coach?

I coach ages 18 and older. I also offer Life and Leadership coaching to individuals 18 years of age and above.

Why should I seek coaching?

Coaching offers many possibilities for individuals to become successful, and my coaching service offers each client a strategy partner within each session to maximize your goals toward self-actualization.

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