Ferah Aziz, Founder & College Coach Certified Educational Planner

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 get there. Ferah’s coaching helps students be their best selves, from improving their grades to gaining college admissions and finding internships, jobs, and launching their careers.

Ferah stays current on the latest in college admissions with frequent college visits, by attending conferences, and through professional development activities. Ferah previously co-authored an education column with P. Carol Jones in the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper. Ms. Jones and Ferah were additionally 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: students discovered their strengths and learning styles, set goals, and learned study skills and test taking strategies. Ferah also helped establish IBMC’s two-year business degree program and taught a variety of business courses, such as Career Marketing, Speech, and Leadership. Before Ferah’s education career she worked at Citicorp in a number of positions, including as manager and 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 (SanDisk), in Portland, OR (Columbia Sportswear) and now works in Seattle, OR (EY). 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 (11 years), University of Colorado Healthcare Ethics Committee (20 years), Poudre School District Volunteer (20 years), DECA judge (8 years), Speech & Debate Judge (2021), Mock Interviews in local high schools (8 years), Speaker/Presentations at Poudre School District (3 years),  and pro-bono college/career coaching for disadvantaged students (9 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 International Association of College Admission Counseling, the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission 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 70+ members) as president (2020-22), as a board member (2019-22), as treasurer (2017-20) and currently 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).