Ferah Aziz, Founder and Coach

Ferah has taught and coached students for over 20 years.

Ferah started helping students with college admissions coaching in 2007, and co-founded launchphase2 LLC in 2011. She enjoys guiding students to truly understand who they are, who they want to be, and how to create options to get there. Ferah’s coaching helps students be their best selves, from improving their grades, to gaining college admissions, and to finding internships, jobs and launching their careers.

Ferah stays current on the latest in college admissions by attending conferences, through professional development activities and by frequent college visits. Ferah enjoyed co-authoring an education column with P. Carol Jones, in the Fort Collins Coloradoan for three years. Additionally, Ms. Jones and Ferah were guest speakers at nationwide webinars on Student Success and Coaching Parents and Believing & Letting Go.

Prior to working as a college coach, Ferah began her fulfilling education career as a college instructor at The Institute of Business & Medical Careers (IBMC), where she taught Student Success, a course designed to help students discover their interests, strengths, and learning styles, followed by goal setting. Additionally, Ferah’s students learned study skills and test taking strategies. Ferah helped establish IBMC’s two-year business degree program and taught a variety of business courses along with Career Marketing, Speech, and Leadership. Prior to Ferah’s education career, she worked at Citicorp in a number of positions including as  a manager and a regional financial controller.

A Colorado native, Ferah enjoyed living in the Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, Germany, and in the Middle East, where she gained appreciation for various lifestyles, perspectives, and education systems. Ferah and her husband Asad Aziz, a business professor at Colorado State University (previously an electrical engineer and high-tech manager), raised their daughters in Fort Collins. Their oldest daughter graduated from Santa Clara University and worked in Silicon Valley (at SanDisk), in Portland, OR (at Columbia Sportswear) and now works for EY (in Seattle, previously in Chicago). Their second daughter, a University of San Diego graduate, is a dean at a Denver high school where she taught 10th grade chemistry.

Ferah’s Professional Development: College Visits, Education Columns (44), Conference AttendancePresentations, and Professional Development activities.

Ferah’s Service Work: launchphase2 Service Club Advisor (10 years), University of Colorado Healthcare Ethics Committee (16 years), Poudre School District Volunteer (20 years), DECA judge (8 years), Speech & Debate Judge (2021), Mock Interviews in local high schools (7 years), Speaker/Presentations at Poudre School District (3 years),  and pro-bono college/career coaching for disadvantaged students (8 years).

Prior Volunteer Positions: Leader’s Challenge high school club advisor (1 year), Girl Scout Leader (2 years), and Ferah started after school enrichment programs at Shepardson Elementary school.

Ferah’s Professional Memberships:

Ferah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the ACT Colorado State Organization Council, the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling (RMACAC), and the College Consultants of Colorado (CCC) organizations.

College Consultants of Colorado (CCC) leadership positions: Ferah served the Denver based CCC organization (with about 60 members) as president (2020-22), as a board member (2019-22), as treasurer (2017-20) and as a marketing & press committee member.

Ethical Standards

Our coaches adhere to ethical codes and standards of conduct as prescribed by professional college admissions organizations:

  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
  • Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counselors (RMACAC), and
  • Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).