Omar Farghal | July 13, 2020

Allovance teams with University of Michigan to offer innovative Decision Coach training

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Allovance teams with UM to offer innovative Decision Coach training

University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute Welcomes New Partnership with Local Software Startup, Allovance

Ann Arbor-based software company Allovance announced the official launch of the new Allovance Certified Decision Coach certification program in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Economic Growth Institute (EGI).   The Allovance Certified Decision Coach program is designed to change the way consultants think about approaching and guiding clients through strategy development, utilizing Allovance’s proprietary strategic planning software. 

Consultants often struggle with how to provide their clients with a structured approach for making choices. This program is designed to provide coaches with the necessary knowledge, tools, and facilitation techniques to gain a competitive advantage in Strategy and Capital Planning and help them grow their business and along the way, grow themselves into better consultants and coaches.

“One of the biggest challenges for any organization is making consistent, systematic and transparent business decisions, with minimal bias,” says Dr. Sherif Farghal, Founder and CEO of Allovance. “The Decision Coach program allows experienced professionals to not only advance their own consulting practice, but also help their client organizations better achieve their strategic goals using a structured framework and software companion”

The Decision Coach program is an online and in-person certification program designed with inputs from Allovance, U of M, and leading training and strategic development experts. Developed by Farghal’s 25 years of experience consulting with mid-size and Fortune 500 companies to government, academic and nonprofit agencies, the Allovance process and technology focuses on strategic alignment and impacting organizational change.

The partnership is based in EGI’s historic record of helping businesses and communities identify strategic and economic growth opportunities. This partnership is a natural blend of EGI’s existing structure and Allovance’s innovative practice.

“We are very excited to launch this program.  By partnering our educational foundation with Allovance’s years of experience in the decision sciences, we are building a community of decision coaches who can help organizations make better, more informed decisions,” says Steve Wilson, Associate Director for EGI. “Organizations of all shapes and sizes often struggle with prioritizing decisions based on which will provide them the most value. Whether capital allocation or strategic planning these coaches will truly transform how organizations think about making decisions for the future.”

The program is designed with reliable, repeatable, and transparent processes that are streamlined to increase impact while reducing time investment. Designed for independent consultants advising their client base and individuals facilitating decision-making within their own organization, the program includes:

  • Self-paced, online training delivered in 10 modules
  • Access to Allovance cloud-based software and tools
  • Case studies 
  • Complimentary review of the consultant’s first client engagement using the Allovance program and platform, with assessment and recommendations for improvements

Interested consultants and professionals can go to to learn more obtaining certification. 

About the Economic Growth Institute: The Economic Growth Institute leverages the University of Michigan’s resources, research, technologies, and expertise to foster innovation and create positive economic impact for local, state, national, and global communities and economies by working with small and medium-sized enterprises. The Institute transforms these insights into programs that provide business and community assistance, support, and intervention.

About Allovance: The idea for Allovance was conceived over 25 years ago as part of Dr. Farghal’s Ph.D. dissertation research at the University of Michigan. In 2007 Dr. Farghal founded Pyramid Consulting International and refined the method through use with many clients. At the suggestion of clients wishing to use the methods beyond the tenure of their consulting engagement, Sherif developed a software, and Allovance was established in 2016. Allovance serves to fill the existing capital planning gap in the market by providing a software that integrates the prioritization process with the planning process and aligns them with Strategic Planning.


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Are you driven to succeed? Do you believe in helping organizations improve? Are you looking for a way to augment your consulting toolbox with more than just another binder of worksheets?  This new certification may be for you. To learn more, please go to

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