Leader’s Update – Fall 2016

Dear Colleague,

Happy Autumn!

A new season provides a perfect inflection point to reflect on and acknowledge what’s been happening in our professional coaching community over the past few months.

One could argue the landscape is shifting extremely quickly and chock full of uncertainty in the Ohio Valley. These dynamics impact our clients and how they embrace both present realities and future possibilities.

Let’s go macro for a second and consider three developments from our Ohio Valley geography:

  • In Kentucky and West Virginia coal mine closures continue to be announced almost monthly and coal industry employment has fallen to its lowest level since 1898.
  • In southern Indiana and Kentucky, a new bridge will soon connect I-265 in Kentucky and Indiana. Already, the River Ridge Commerce Center in southern Indiana, is spurring economy activity throughout the region and spurring numerous Fortune 500 companies to open offices in this 6,000 acre business park that is already one of the largest economic hubs in the state of Indiana.
  • There are 45 days until the presidential election. A political analyst this morning on NPR stated that given the state of the race its highly likely “the voting behavior of women in the Cincinnati area” may well determine who wins the White House.

Quite simply, our work as coaches is all the more relevant and important to our clients than perhaps ever before in the Ohio Valley geography.

I want to acknowledge you for taking a stand to be a professional coach in this environment. The work you do with your clients is not for the weak at heart. It takes courage, leadership, and a passion for your clients.

Below in this Fall 2016 newsletter, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:


1. New Credential Earners
2. New Members
3. Upcoming Programs
4. Election Results
5. Chapter Advance
6. Annual Financial Report
7. Membership Participation Opportunities

1. New Credential Earners

Please join me in congratulating the Ohio Valley Chapter’s 10 members who recently earned a credential since my last update to you:

Kristen Beireis, ACC

Adam Feiner, ACC

Gwendolyn Fells, PCC

Ericka Foley, ACC

Debora Fortel, ACC

Diane Kinsella, ACC

Becky Lingo, ACC

Wendy Roop, ACC

Kneisha Sanders, ACC

Shuhan Yang, ACC

Earning a credential is not easy and it marks a major turning point in your development as a professional coach.

Now 61% of the members (69 out of 114) of the ICF Ohio Valley hold a credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) from the International Coach Federation. Our chapter has the highest percentage of credential holders of any ICF chapter in the Midwest. 


2. New Members

Welcome to the Ohio Valley’s 10 newest members:

Nancy Banman — Bluffton, Ohio

Lainey Docque — Cincinnati, Ohio

Lois Elrich — Dayton, Ohio

Jonathan Goins — Lexington, Kentucky

Laura Hayford — Delphos, Ohio

Laura Link — Independence, Kentucky

John Rhoads — Mason, Ohio

Cory Shelton — Glasgow, Kentucky

Mary Steuber — Hebron, Kentucky

Lisa Unkraut — Crittenden, Kentucky

Welcome to the community! You are invited to participate!

Currently, our community includes 114 members. In the past year, our chapter has grown 39%! A hearty welcome to each one of you!

This is YOUR community and you will get out of it what you put into it. I want to invite each new member to feel free to contact any chapter leader to learn how you can actively participate in the chapter.

We have three committees: Marketing, Membership, and Programming. If you have an interest in one of these areas, please contact one of the chapter leaders listed below.

If you know of a coach colleague who hasn’t joined the ICF Ohio Valley, please encourage them to become a part of the growing community of coaches.

Our sum is greater than our parts and together we can help develop our profession throughout Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana.


 

3. Upcoming Virtual Education Programs

There are some really exceptional virtual learning opportunities available to you. As a member, these programs are always FREE and enable you to earn continuing coach education units (CCEUs). They are delivered via webinar software and allow you to participate in chapter programs from anywhere convenient to you. You will receive an invite to each of these programs in your email or you can go to www.icfohiovalley.org and register.

What is ADHD and How is ADHD Coaching Different from Life Coaching 

with Sandy Maynard

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Tues, Sept 27, Noon-1:00 P.M. EDT

Earn 1.0 CCE

Members – Free, Non-Members: $15

Click Here to Register

 

ADHD and Red Flags that Signal Referral 

with Sandy Maynard

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Wed, Sept 28, Noon-1:00 P.M. EDT

Earn 1.0 CCE

Members – Free, Non-Members: $15

Click Here to Register

 

How to Create Packages and Programs that Sell Like Hot Cakes 

with Krista Martin, CPCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Wed, Oct 19, Noon-1:30 P.M. EDT

Earn 1.5 CCE

Members – Free, Non-Members: $15

Click Here to Register

 

Targeting Coaching Interventions to Your Client’s Stage of Development 

with Barbara Braham, MCC and Chris Wahl, MCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Thurs, Nov 3, Noon-1:30 P.M. EDT

Earn 1.5 CCE

Members – Free, Non-Members: $15

Click Here to Register

 

The Language of Coaching

with Tamara Hamilton

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Tues, Dec 6, Noon-1:30 P.M. EDT

Earn 1.5 CCE

Members – Free, Non-Members: $15

A special thanks to Michelle Naiser, ACC, vp programming, for organizing these fabulous and exceptional learning opportunities for our members.

Accessing these FREE programs are a valuable benefit of your chapter membership.

Here is a link to a flyer you can share with anyone who may benefit from these programs.

Help us promote these programs by sharing this information with non-members!

4. Election Results

Thanks to every member who voted in the recent chapter elections. The votes are in and a hearty congratulations goes to the leadership team for 2017:

Officers

Janet Fulton, ACC – President

Sandy Hughes, ACC – President-Elect for 2018

Becky Lingo, ACC – Secretary/Treasurer

Committee Chairs

Jeff Nally, PCC – Vice President, Marketing

Kristen Beireis, ACC – Vice President, Membership

Michelle Naiser, ACC – Vice President, Programming

At-Large

Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Member at Large

Angela Greer – Member at Large

Chris Padgett, PCC – Past President (Ex-Officio)

The new team starts January 1. A special thank you to each of these members who stepped forward to lead the community in 2016. Janet Fulton, ACC, and Sandy Hughes, ACC, will represent the chapter at the ICF Global Leadership Forum in Warsaw, Poland, in March 2017.


5. Chapter Advance

Coaches converged from throughout the Ohio Valley to the Chapter Advance, held in Utica, Indiana. Janet Fulton, ACC, and I organized and facilitated the day.

The theme of the day was “Bridge Building” and it created a unique in-person space for meaningful connection, fellowship, and community building.

Participants enjoyed a celebratory meal and won door prizes. In addition to connecting on a human level, coaches participated in one of three breakout sessions and generated ideas to advance the chapter including:

  • Creating local meet-ups: creating space for members who would like to meet to do so in an organic way in local communities
  • Relaunching the chapter membership directory: our online “Find A Coach” is in need of a refresh for those members who would like to promote themselves on the chapter website for new clients and referrals
  • Creating opportunities for the chapter to exhibit at trade shows/conferences: as grant monies become available — exploring how our chapter can show up and promote professional coaching at trade shows and conferences in the Ohio Valley to create more business opportunities for members

If you have an interest or would like to participate in developing anyone of these concepts, feel free to contact one of the chapter leaders.

For 2017, the ICF Ohio Valley Chapter Advance will be held somewhere in southern Ohio. A special thanks to Janet for hosting the gathering in Utica.


6. Annual Financial Report

A special thanks to Sandy Hughes, ACC, secretary-treasurer, for recently completing our annual financial report for calendar year 2015. The chapter beginning balance on January 1, 2015 was $4,677.66. The ending balance on December 31, 2015 was $6,945.14. Community finances improved 48% during the 12 months of 2015. Because our chapter members value transparency, we’ll continue to share with you the financial health of the chapter. You can also view meeting minutes from all chapter leadership team meetings on the chapter website at the following link.


7. Membership Participation Opportunities

Want to participate in the chapter? There are several ways to participate:

  • Have an idea on how to advance the art and science of professional coaching in the Ohio Valley? Don’t know where to start, but just want to speak with someone? Have some feedback? Feel free to contact me directly at 502-554-3029.

Thank you for being an integral part of this community!

With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
President
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Leader’s Update – 22 June 2016

Check out the latest chapter update from Chris Padgett, PCC, president of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.

 

Announcing Summer-Winter 2016 Programs

ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter is proud to announce its 2016 Fall and Winter program calendar.

Combined together, these programs offer 8.0 total hours of continuing education units (CEUs).

All programs are delivered virtually using Zoom webinar software and all program times are Eastern Standard Time.

View upcoming programs here: ICFOV Summer Winter 2016 Virtual Program Calendar.

Program registration is always FREE for Ohio Valley Charter Chapter Members.

Non-Members and ICF members from other chapters pay a small $15 fee per program. All interested are welcomed to register and participate!

You can register for an upcoming program here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/icf-ohio-valley-3192107426

A special thanks to ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter VP Programming Michelle Naiser, ACC, and her committee for organizing these programs.

 

Grow with Coaching, Grow with ICF

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Today ICF Ohio Valley made a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every member coach in our community.

These trees symbolize the commitment you’ve made to being a coach, your professional growth and development as a coach, and the growth your coaching clients experience from you.

A total of 113 trees will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation for ICF Ohio Valley member coaches.

Reforestation efforts are currently underway throughout the Ohio Valley: at the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, the Patoka River Watershed in Indiana, the Egypt Valley Wildlife Area and Brannon Place Project in Ohio, and the Monongahela and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia.

The impact of tree planting is significant. Trees remove pollution, protect watersheds, support wildlife, mitigate flooding, and combat climate change.

Your chapter leaders were inspired to take this action as part of a global campaign organized by Artur Michalski, ACC, president of ICF Poland, to encourage the planting of 27,000 trees around the world for every member of the International Coach Federation.

On this Earth Day, thank you for being a member of ICF Ohio Valley, thank you for growing as a coach, and thank you for helping your clients grow.

With all my best,

 

Chris Padgett, PCC
Chapter President

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P.S. Here is a video (in Polish) from my friend Artur who is inspiring this global campaign to plant one tree for every ICF member. While it’s in Polish, I believe you can ascertain the emotion it is intending to convey.


Want to experience what it’s like to be a tree? Try out this tree visualization:

Tree Visualization: “Visualize yourself as a tree with branches reaching to the sky and roots extending deep into the earth. As you inhale, imagine you are drawing air and sunlight down through your branches and into your trunk. As you exhale, imagine your breath continuing down through your roots and into the earth. On the next inhalation, imagine bringing the energy of the earth up through your roots into your trunk. Exhale out through your branches. Continue breathing in alternate directions like this for five minutes.” – 1001 Meditations: How to Discover Peace of Mind by Mike George

Early Bird Pricing extended to April 30, 2016 for ICF Ohio Valley Chapter Members ONLY!

There are still seats available for the 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference, “The Crossroads of Coaching”, June 23 – 25, at The Westin – Indianapolis.

Don’t miss two days of dynamic content from Neuroscience and Resiliency to Marketing and Mentor Coaching. See the list of presenters and topics here and plan to join us Thursday afternoon for a bonus session with Judith Glaser!

Visit the registration portal today and use code 100spec16 to receive your discount!

http://icf-midwest.com/conference2016/registration/

ICF Ohio Valley Kicks off partnership with Stand Beside Them

Today the ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter kicked off a special partnership with Stand Beside Them, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Stand Beside Them connects military veterans, their caregivers, and families with ICF credentialed coaches.

A special thanks to Steve Aidikonis, ACC, Stephanie Richmond, and Amanda Veinott for participating in today’s conversation.

To apply to become a Stand Beside Them coach and offer pro-bono coaching to veterans, their families, and caregivers, go here.

Click here to refer a veteran, veteran’s family member, or veteran’s caregiver for free, pro-bono coaching by a professional ICF credentialed coach.

A recording of the conversation is available here:

Leader’s Update – Spring 2016

Dear Colleague,

What is the tie that binds a community together? This was a question I answered recently while participating in a community forum. I was speaking on a panel to raise awareness of professional coaching. It’s a powerful question and one that I want to answer in this newsletter. There are several ties — both tangible and intangible that bind us together as a professional coaching community.

Ohio Valley is a unique geography: a place that rests between a mighty and powerful Ohio River. It includes mountains, tall hills, rolling meadows, and low valleys. It’s filled with unique rock formations: palisades of limestone, sandstone, and rich veins of coal.

From a meteorological perspective, the Ohio Valley is predictably unpredictable: sunny skies can quickly transform into a punishing hail storm. While beautiful rainbows occasionally appear in the sky, we also experience nature’s fury and devastating tornadoes.

Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana is a place going through tremendous change: cultural, economic, and social. Mega trends — globalization, technology, advances in health and science, and increased human consciousness are bringing about even more significant change to this place we live and work.

Through all the change taking place in our geography — the role of the professional coach — is becoming more important than ever before. The transformations occurring in our geography will not just happen by accident. Change requires highly skilled and competent change-makers and leaders to help people go from where there are now to where they will be tomorrow.

As a professional coach, you are the epitome of a change-maker for the individuals, teams, and organizations you serve. Change is not easy for our clients: it’s often messy and unpredictable. Many times our clients view us as the eye in the calm of the storm they are experiencing.

I want to acknowledge you for having the courage and spirit of being a change-maker in this place — the Ohio Valley. Your contribution as a professional coach in the Ohio Valley is what ties us together.


Below in this Spring 2016 newsletter, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
1. New Credential Earners
2. New Members
3. Global Recognition Comes to ICF Ohio Valley
4. Our First Chapter Partnership: Stand Beside Them to Provide Pro-bono Coaching to Military Veterans
5. 2016 Programming
6. By-law Revisions
7. Mayoral Proclamations
8. Participation Opportunities
9. #ICFMidwest in Indianapolis

10. A Reminder to Renew Your Membership


1. New Credential Earners

Congratulations to the Ohio Valley chapter’s most recent credential earners:
  • Donald Brunetti, ACC – Canfield, Ohio
  • Mary Carethers, PCC – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Heather Clutter, ACC – Dayton, Ohio
  • Fred Goodwin, ACC – Lewisport, Kentucky
  • Linda Lewis, PCC – Marietta, Ohio

Now, 51% of the members of ICF Ohio Valley hold a credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) from the International Coach Federation. Our chapter has the highest percentage of credential holders of any ICF chapter in the Midwest and one of the largest concentrations of credential holders in the United States. Congratulations to everyone who has earned or is working towards earning an ICF credential. This is a significant accomplishment and speaks to the quality of the professional coaches in Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana.


2. New Members

Welcome to the Ohio Valley chapter’s newest members:
  • Elizabeth Clute – Lexington, Kentucky
  • Rose Corrick – Brecksville, Ohio
  • Patricia Doyle – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Deborah Fortel – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Linda Lewis – Marietta, Ohio
  • Justin Patton – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Shane Scott – Westlake, Ohio
  • Dennis Sparks – Westerville, Ohio
  • Shuhan Yang – Elizabethtown, Ohio

In the first couple months of 2016, our chapter accomplished a goal unheard of a few short years ago. We accomplished a long term goal to have 100 members! And now the chapter includes 108 members throughout Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana. In case you are curious, here is how far we’ve come in the past few years: 2014 – 62 members, 2015 – 82 members, 2016 – 108 members. This membership growth is enabling the chapter to do and be more than ever before to help spread the word about professional coaching. If you know of a coach colleague who hasn’t joined ICF Ohio Valley, please encourage them to become a part of the growing community of coaches.


3. Global Recognition Comes to ICF Ohio Valley

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to represent the chapter at the International Coach Federation Global Leaders Forum. This annual forum brings together chapter leaders from all over earth. Janet Fulton, ACC, president elect, and Ann Huttner, PCC, past president, also attended. It’s a unique gathering as it enables global leaders to identify the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the professional coaching community, share best practices, and network with one another. The most exciting news to come out of this forum was ICF Ohio Valley was awarded a global recognition award for excellence and inspiration in the performance and operations of our chapter. In accepting this award, I dedicated it to the 108 professional coaches who choose to be members of ICF Ohio Valley. This special award was only presented to three ICF chapters in the United States: Ohio Valley, New York City, and Raleigh. If you’d like to learn more about my experience at the Global Leaders Forum and see some fun photos, I authored a blog post about my experience here that you read here: http://www.icfohiovalley.org/icf-global-leaders-forum-2016/


4. Our First Chapter Partnership: Stand Beside Them is Providing Pro Bono Coaching to Military Veterans

b4e963_1b48ecd0f2b1fd42bb01f5ddd2bf30e9For many years, our chapter has considered various organizations to explore a partnership with to help promote coaching in the communities we serve. In considering a partnership, we’ve been extremely thoughtful to identify a partner that has a track record of success, a strong reputation, and is benefiting an underserved population. Tomorrow, the chapter will kick off a special partnership with Stand Beside Them, a non-profit that provides pro-bono coaching to returning military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The Ohio Valley has one of the largest concentrations of military veterans anywhere in the United States and we believe coaching can help play a big role in helping these heroes returning from military service. Tomorrow the chapter is hosting a kick-off conversation with Steve Aidikonis, ACC, and Stephanie Richmond, the CEO and Founder of Stand Beside Them. To learn more about the program, apply to offer pro-bono coaching to a veteran, or share the program with a veteran you know, please visit: www.standbesidethem.org. This is an excellent program as it provides pro-bono (FREE) coaching to returning veterans, their families, and caregivers. I anticipate the chapter will actively promote this program through various media channels throughout the Ohio Valley. A special thank you to Steve Aidkionis, ACC, for bringing this partnership to life in the Ohio Valley.


5. April, May, and June Signature Programs Announced for ICF Ohio Valley

Our programming committee, led by Michelle Naiser, ACC, has been hard at work creating some exceptional learning opportunities for you. In case you didn’t know, our educational programs are recognized around the global community as some of the most insightful offered. Regularly, we have ICF members participate from all over the United States and foreign countries.

Here are links to the next three programs. These programs are FREE to ICF Ohio Valley members and are delivered virtually using webinar software. This is a benefit of your membership in the chapter.

TaraHeadShotSavvy Strategic Alliances: 7 Steps to Creating Fun & Profitable Partnerships with Other Professionals with Tara Butler Floch, PCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Wed, April 20, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CEU

Coaching Your Clients to Mindfulness with Scott Eblin, PCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Wed, May 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CEU

1ff2803Feng Shui Your Way to a Bigger Bottom Line: 3 Feng Shui Secrets Most Coaches Will Never Know About Eliminating Blocks to Increasing Business, Clients, and Money with Linda Hardenstein, PCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Thurs, Jun 2, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CEU

A special thanks to Michelle and the volunteers working to coordinate these signature programs for our members.


6. By-Law Revisions

Thanks to everyone who cast a vote for the by-law revisions proposed by chapter leadership team. They bylaw vote was UNANIMOUS in favor. A special thanks to Jeff Nally, PCC, vp marketing, Sandy Hughes, ACC, secretary-treasurer, and Meredith Williams, chapter administrator, for the work done to modernize the bylaws. The revised and current bylaws are posted on www.icfohiovalley.org. Many of the bylaw revisions were inspired by best practices shared by ICF France at the Global Leaders Forum held last year in Atlanta.


7. Proclamations for International Coaching Week

In preparation of International Coaching Week, being held May 16-22, 2016, we’ve been working on a project to have each of the mayors of the major cities in the Ohio Valley geography declare the week International Coaching Week. We’re thrilled to announce today we’ve obtained proclamations from Mayor John Cranley, in Cincinnati, Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, and Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville. We hope to obtain a proclamation from Governor Ray Tomblin from West Virginia as well. These proclamations will be incorporated in some p.r. the chapter is doing to promote coaching in the region and we intend to post them on the chapter website and social media.


8. Participation Opportunities

Want to participate in the chapter? There are several ways to participate. Feel free to contact any chapter leader to let them know of your interest: http://www.icfohiovalley.org/leadership/ Have an idea on how to advance the art and science of professional coaching in the Ohio Valley? Don’t know where to start, but just want to speak to someone? Have some feedback? Need an ear to bend? Feel free to contact me at chris@growthrevolution.com or 502-554-3029. Need help getting your listing on the chapter website Find A Coach directory? Contact Meredith William, chapter administrator, at info@icfohiovalley.org. Want to schedule a local meet-up in your area? Let us know and we’ll help get the word out to coaches in your area and place the meet-up on the chapter calendar.


9. #ICFMidwest 2016 in Indianapolis June 23-25, 2016

2016Logo700-300x239We are thrilled to announce Ohio Valley will have a very large delegation of coaches planning to attend ICF Midwest in Indianapolis. As of the last report, we had 27 coaches from our chapter planning to attend this annual conference (this is double the number from Ohio Valley who attended last year’s conference in Kansas City).

hero_photo_coachingThere are still a few spots left. The opening and closing keynote speaker is Marshall Goldsmith. To learn more or register, visit: www.icf-midwest.com You’ll want to act fast though as registration is limited to 400 coaches. Our chapter is proud to sponsor this conference as a way for members to connect with one another, learn best practices, and get inspired by industry thought leaders.

I want to acknowledge three ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter members who are volunteering for this conference: Janet Fulton, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, and Jennifer Seaver-Stokes. Thank you for your contributions!


10. A Reminder to Renew Your Membership

Thank you for choosing to be a member of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter. We’ve accomplished a lot as a collective this past year. The momentum for professional coaching is building and the recent global award for ICF Ohio Valley is a strong indicator that something special is happening in our neck of the woods. I want you to know your contribution to this profession of coaching is important to the individuals, teams, and organizations we serve as a community in the Ohio Valley. Coaching is a pioneering profession and we are creating it as we progress.

If you have already renewed your membership for 2016: thank you. If you haven’t already renewed your annual membership, please do so today as tomorrow is the deadline to renew. Please remember to designate ICF Ohio Valley as your chapter. You can renew here: http://coachfederation.org/renew


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thank you for being an integral part of this community.

With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
President
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
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Don’t miss #ICFMidwest2016

It’s not too late to register!

There are still seats available for the 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference, “The Crossroads of Coaching”, June 23 – 25, at The Westin – Indianapolis.

Don’t miss two days of dynamic content from Neuroscience and Resiliency to Marketing and Mentor Coaching. See the list of presenters and topics here and plan to join us Thursday afternoon for a bonus session with Judith Glaser!

Visit our registration portal today! http://icf-midwest.com/conference2016/registration/

Tell your friends!

The ICF Midwest Regional Conference is always a great event for our friends in the allied professions, yet this year’s slate of presenters is especially enticing. Consider reviewing your network (LinkedIn connections, Rolodex, Contact lists, Networking groups, etc.) and forwarding our website: www.icf-midwest.com with a personal invitation.

Feel free to customize this one and don’t forget to remind them of the “Convince Your Boss” Toolkit available at our website!

Subject – INVITATION TO THE 5th ANNUAL ICF MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Dear XXXXXXXX,

I am excited to personally invite you to attend the 5th Annual International Coach Federation’s (ICF) Midwest Regional Conference – The Crossroads of Coaching, June 23 – 25, 2016 at The Westin – Indianapolis.

ICF has been providing dynamic experiential learning, inspiration, networking, and the latest in resources and products for the coaching, HR, and OD industries for several years and the 5th Anniversary conference is shaping up to be one of the best.

This year, our keynote speaker is New York Times Bestselling author, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. Recently recognized as one of the fifteen most influential business thinkers in the world, Dr. Goldsmith is a world authority, helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior, for themselves, their people, and their teams.

From the schedule of presenters and service project to the opening reception and networking, I believe you won’t find a better conference anywhere this year. Please visit our website and I look forward to seeing you at The Crossroads of Coaching! www.icf-midwest.com

Sincerely,

It’s a social event, too!

Don’t forget to check out our Special Events page and make plans to join us at any, or all of these exciting events!

  • Celebration At The Crossroads Opening Reception
  • Sponsor/Exhibitor Appreciation Event & Raffle
  • Crossroads Cuisine & Connections
  • Calm At The Crossroads

ICF Global Leaders Forum 2016

March 3-6, 2016, I had the unique opportunity to participate in the International Coach Federation Global Leaders Forum (GLF). Other ICF Ohio Valley Chapter leaders attending included Chapter President-Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, and Chapter Past President and current President of ICF Midwest Ann Huttner, PCC. The forum was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and brought together chapter leaders from around the globe.

Taking Advantage of the In Between Space

I arrived many hours prior to the beginning of the Global Leaders Forum and so I used this time to do what I do anytime I visit a new city: visit the city’s art museum.

In Charlotte, I ordered a Lyft from the Renaissance Hotel and headed to the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art which is located next door to the Mint Museum. In these places, I viewed some artwork that helped me understand the culture and history of Charlotte.

An art museum is a portal into the perspective of people. I find they ground me to what matters to the people in a particular geography. Art is neither right nor wrong. Viewing it helps me understand the choices, values, and priorities of the curators who chose to hang it in a museum and the creators who chose to create it. Here are three highlights from what I viewed in Charlotte:

Selma, Bloody Sunday

Mint Museum Collection: Selma, Bloody Sunday

Max Ernst, Project Pour un Monument a W.C. Fields, 1957 at the Bechtler Museum.

Max Ernst, Project Pour un Monument a W.C. Fields, 1957 at the Bechtler Museum.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Firebird 1991, Bechtler Museum

Niki de Saint Phalle, Firebird 1991, Bechtler Museum

Feeling more grounded in Charlotte, I was ready to be present for the forum kickoff and ready to listen, learn, and share with colleagues from throughout the global community.

Positive Disruptions in Leadership

This was the third ICF leaders forum I’ve attended. Last year’s in Atlanta celebrated the 20th anniversary of our professional community and a regional leaders forum was held in Cleveland in 2014. In case you’re curious, you can read my blog about the 2015 GLF here. The 2016 theme was extremely fitting: “LeaderShift: Positive Disruptions in Leadership.” As leaders of a professional global community we have a big choice to make in our leadership approach: Will we be Agents of Change? or Stewards of the Status Quo? Or Both?

This message was eloquently conveyed during a kick-off talk by Leda Turai Petrauskiene, MCC, the 2016 ICF Global Board Chair who boldly challenged us to be curious and courageous in examining our own thinking patterns, assumptions, principles, and habits.

The true beauty of the GLF experience is the bringing together an extremely diverse leaders of the professional coaching community from all over the earth for connection, sharing, learning and fellowship.

ICF Ohio Valley Globally Recognized

GLF kicked off with a bang for ICF Ohio Valley: the chapter won a global recognition award for high performance and overall excellence!

This was a complete surprise and what made it extra special was knowing the selection was made by a judging panel comprised of peer coaches from all over the world.

A total of 12 chapter received this recognition and you can view a list of them all here. Three chapters from the USA (Ohio Valley, Raleigh, and New York) were recognized.

Congrats to Noa Ronen, ACC, from ICF Raleigh and Margaret Walsh from ICF NYC on their chapter recognition, and congrats to colleagues all over the world for earning this special honor!

For Ohio Valley, this honor is dedicated to the 107 human members working as professional coaches in Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana.

Global recognition: International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter Leaders (L-R): President Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, President Chris Padgett, PCC, and Past President Ann Huttner, PCC were thrilled to hear the good news!

Global recognition: International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter Leaders (L-R): President Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, President Chris Padgett, PCC, and Past President Ann Huttner, PCC were thrilled to hear the good news!

A Tapestry of Experiences

The forum was a tapestry of inspirational keynote presentations, informal networking, and idea labs. In particular I found the unstructured aspects of the conference to create exactly the kind of creative thinking container that mature global leaders of the coaching profession need to spark change and partnership through conversation.

Two keynotes of note were particularly good: an opening talk by Kate Canales, research professor and director of design and innovation at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and a closing keynote by Cal Newport, a professor at Georgetown University and the author of Deep Work.

These two talks alone made the GLF a extremely valuable investment of time. Kate inspired participants to think big and Cal inspired us to think deeply. I previously heard Cal speak several years ago at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, and believe he’s putting forward a valuable contrarian view to the Twitter obsessed, attention deficit based world we find ourselves living in today.

Four global leaders made talks during the conference: Jurgen Bache, president of ICF Deutschland, Suzanne Ricard-Greenway, ACC, past president of ICF Vancouver, Jim Milner, MCC, president of ICF Wisconsin, and Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudi Arabia who challenged all participants to bring light to darkness. All were excellent presentations.

Abdullah’s talk really resonated as it connected to me on a heart level. My life’s work is centered around shining a light on darkness and blindspots that leaders, teams, and organizations typically shy away from and/or find uncomfortable. Shining a bright spotlight in these — often invisible spaces — brings awareness, identifies hidden gems, reveals powerful learning, and sparks explosive growth. While many believe growth only happens in the sunlight, I consistently find that organic growth is typically lurking somewhere near a shadow, stigma, secret, or self-limiting belief of a leader, team, organization, or community. These are powerful places for awareness, reflection, learning, and growth.

Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudia Arabia, challenges global coaching leaders to bring light to darkness.

Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudia Arabia, challenges global coaching leaders to bring light to darkness.

Explosive Growth

After 21 years, the once small organization envisioned by Thomas Leonard, has experienced explosive growth in the past few years.

There are many factors for the growth including: market acceptance of coaching, the global economic downturn, and expansion of the coaching movement into countries all over the globe.

This growth is requiring global leaders to examine some fundamental questions: What’s needed? What’s next? and What’s possible? What do we need to stand for? A focused space for conversations on this topic were 16 Idea Labs on diverse topics ranging from Bold Ideas in Leadership and Governance, to the Age of Technology, to Building a Bigger Table through Alliances and Partnerships and many more.

Idea Labs

One of the most beautiful aspects of the GLF was each participant chose to attend whichever Idea Lab resonated most deeply with him or her.

I chose to attend three based upon issues that are important to me and my leadership approach: Building a Bigger Table through Alliances and Partnerships, Bold Ideas in Leadership and Governance, and Membership Engagement — all relevant topics to my experience as a chapter leader within this global community.

In particular, I was inspired by partnership examples shared by Inta Sellick, PCC, from ICF Australasia and Roa Nonen, ACC, from ICF Raleigh. The insights shared by these two will inform the partnership initiative being developed for ICF Ohio Valley based upon a model previously created and shared with our chapter by Michael Jahraus, PCC from ICF Vancouver.

These conversations were extremely valuable and there was a combination of listening and sharing that took place. It may make sense in the future to consider adding some Open Space concepts to these conversation containers as some of the participants (and those who stepped forward to facilitate) struggled with the format.

I picked up some good insights and ideas to bring back to the Ohio Valley and I uncovered some issues that will help me to better participate and advocate in the global community — chief among them being the need for ICF global communications to be made more broadly available in languages outside of English.

Language is a global equalizer and embracing this need will require some pattern disruptions within our community to occur so others can more fully participate.

Global leaders participate in the Membership Engagement Idea Lab at the Global Leaders Forum.

Global leaders participate in the Membership Engagement Idea Lab at the Global Leaders Forum.

I needed a break after the third Idea Lab, so I chose to take a walk to get some fresh air with my friend Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas. Randy, like me, is a Co-Active Coach. The final batch of Idea Labs didn’t resonate with me and I’m glad Randy and I decided to catch-up and take a walk around the hotel property to decompress.

Randy and I discussed the highs and lows of leading a chapter and shared some best practices that we’ve found helpful. In this one conversation — just like all the other 1:1 conversations at the GLF, I found tremendous value.

“Grow with Coaching and Grow with ICF”

Along our walk, Randy and I encountered our new friend Artur Michalski, ACC, president of ICF Poland.

Artur is spearheading a global initiative to inspire the International Coach Federation global community to plant one tree for every ICF member (27,000)! Artur accelerated this effort by coordinating with the hotel management and planted a tree in Charlotte on the hotel grounds.

Artur had to jump through a significant number of hoops to bring this effort to life and I’m glad he chose to do so. The planting of a tree is a symbol of growth and participating in the planting added a spiritual dimension to the GLF that was sorely needed. Many people look at trees with a spiritual reverence and view them as friends.

The slogan of Artur’s campaign is “Grow with coaching and grow with ICF!” I very much was deeply moved to bring this campaign back to the Ohio Valley and inspire the chapter to plant one tree for every professional ICF coach member in Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana.

I’ve started exploring a program offered by the Arbor Day Foundation that plants one tree for every dollar donated at a forest in the United States.

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ICF Poland President Artur Michalski, ACC, and I dig the hole for a tree to be planted in Charlotte at the Global Leaders Forum 2016. Artur is leading a global effort to inspire the planting of one tree for every ICF member!

Inspiration Abounds

Inspiration flowed throughout the forum. I was particularly touched by the creation of Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland. Nathalie invested a significant amount of her time and energy in creating a learning tool which is a deck of cards that incorporates each of the International Coach Federation core competencies.

The core competencies are the backbone of professional model and what I found genius about Nathalie’s creation is that it is tactile, easy to use, well designed, easily accessible, and a valuable learning tool.

I would like to get one of these decks into the hands of each member of ICF Ohio Valley at some point if I can figure out how to do so. This creation is a symbol of the shared learning that emerges when coaches are able to connect and share with one another.

This well designed deck of ICF Core Competency cards was created by Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland.

This well designed deck of ICF Core Competency cards was created by Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland.

Breaks in between gatherings were invaluable. I was able to meet up with some colleagues from around the world.

One secret tip I’ll share that I’ve done for many years whenever I attend a meeting  is to sit at an empty table during a meal. It pushes me away from connecting with people I know and enables me to meet with whoever shows up. You’d be surprised at how valuable this one tip has been at helping me identify new friends and clients over the years.

As humans we have a tendency to gather with those we’re most comfortable with. It’s amazing who you meet, what you learn, and the connections made when you force yourself outside of your comfort zone.

View from my seat at a GLF lunch. During this meal, I had a fabulous conversation with Lyne Leblanc, PCC, president-elect of ICF Montreal and Suresh Bethavandu, ACC, president of ICF Chennai Chapter.

View from my seat at a GLF lunch. During this meal, I had a fabulous conversation with Lyne Leblanc, PCC, president-elect of ICF Montreal and Suresh Bethavandu, ACC, president of ICF Chennai Chapter.

Coaches Love to Dance!

One of the principles of many coaching models is to dance in the moment with our clients.

Dancing in the moment involves being present to whatever shows up and not bringing an agenda to a client. There is no more fitting way to observe this principle in action then on a dance floor at an ICF global forum with coaches from countries all over the globe coming together to exercise after a day filled with a lot of sitting!

Coaches from countries all over the globe dance at ICF GLF 2016.

Coaches from countries all over the globe dance at ICF GLF 2016.

Sparks of Growth

Ultimately the coming together of the leaders of the global coaching community is about sparking inspiration, sparking change, and sparking partnerships.

The world at large is going through tremendous social, economic, and political change.

Professional coaches are well positioned to play a critical role in helping move people, organizations, and communities forward: from one place to a better tomorrow.

Coaching is a noble profession as it is a catalyst for change. It was an honor representing ICF Ohio Valley at this forum.

A special thanks to Denise Stenzel, Magda Mook, and all of the people (ICF staff and Charlotte people) involved in making this forum a reality. It was a valuable investment of time.

Midwest Region Forum

The final day in Charlotte was dedicated for regional break-out forum to occur. There are seven ICF regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Latin America, North America Midwest, North America Northeast, North America Southeast, and North America West.

Ann Huttner, PCC, past president of ICF Ohio Valley is the president of the Midwest region and she organized an exceptional meeting for chapter leaders from the Midwest.

Ann brilliantly pulled the place — Charlotte, North Carolina — into this meeting and shared the story of how the first gold rush in American history took place in Charlotte. This was a beautiful and fitting narrative as the entire GLF and our time together was about mining golden nuggets of inspiration from all over the globe. Ann is a masterful facilitator and created and held an extremely powerful space for the Midwest leaders to connect and share on a human level. This was so helpful given the frenetic pace of the prior days of the GLF.

What’s often forgotten when meetings of this nature take place is that we are all human. We all have human needs, desires, and wants. We all have a spirit, soul, and heart that needs to be acknowledged and nourished. A special thanks to Ann for recognizing this need and addressing it with intentionality during our last remaining hours together in Charlotte.

ICF Ohio Valley Past President and President of Midwest Region Advisory Council Ann Huttner, PCC, with Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas share a moment.

ICF Ohio Valley Past President and President of Midwest Region Advisory Council Ann Huttner, PCC, with Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas share a moment at ICF GLF 2016 in Charlotte.

If you have read this far, bravo! My hope is this post conveys a bit of my experience with the reader who was not able to participate. My promise as your chapter leader — with your help — is to transform the ideas and insights from the GLF to action in the Ohio Valley and advance the art and science of professional coaching for the humans, organizations, and communities we serve.

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With all my best,

Chris Padgett, PCC

President

ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter