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My Mission

I help to empower and support midlife aged individuals facing challenges in seeking success they desire but are afraid to ask for help and do it alone.


Terry “Coach T” Burgess, M.Ed.

terry-professional-headshot-052016Terry “Coach T” Burgess, Founder/Chief Empowerment Officer, of Upward MC (Mentoring and Coaching), and America’s Midlife Coach, has over 30 years of mentoring, coaching, consulting/counseling, and teaching leadership and life skills to individuals of all ages.

Terry has a Masters of Education from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Education Administration and Supervision.   He worked as a Para-professional administrator in Student Affairs at MTSU for 7 years and at Murray State University as a full-time administrator in Student Affairs for 15 years. He also has 6 years of work and leadership experience within the healthcare field during his employment with Rotech Healthcare’s Sleep Central operation

He currently serves with the Boy Scouts of America as a Committee Chairperson and Assistant District Commissioner with Troop 2077 in Murray, Kentucky.  He also a member and currently serves as Alumni Chapter Advisor/member of the Board of Governors for the Delta Pi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity at Murray State University.

He started Upward in 2016 to help highly motivated individuals and teams to be more successful in their life and career. Upward is a vision of Terry’s that has become a reality after overcoming the loss of a job due to circumstances resulting from a divorce after a 15-year marriage both events due to abuse.  He recovered from that major curveball to be faced with another curveball of watching his mother battle death from diabetes in 2015.  He made the commitment on her deathbed to her and himself to help others. Giving to others was his mother’s legacy she left with him and he is ready to carry the family banner of giving and helping others.

With his 30+ years in the Customer Service, Leadership, Counseling, Team Development, and Management fields as well as his life experiences, Coach T is well prepared and ready to help you with whatever need arises in your life, career, or business.


“It is my calling and privilege to help others to improve themselves. I take personal pride in your development and success.

I guarantee you will not find a more dedicated individual, than I am,  to your success other than yourself”

Terry “Coach T” Burgess