Join us at ICF Midwest 2016 in Indianapolis!

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ICF Ohio Valley is once again proud to present #ICFMidwest2016! We couldn’t be more thrilled to sponsor this conference such a short distance from the chapter geography in Indianapolis, Indiana with special keynote speaker Marshall Goldsmith.

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JOIN US as we change up the traditional coaching conference
to provide a fun opportunity to grow your coaching business,
collaborate with other coaches, connect with valuable resources,
and celebrate the coaching industry!

In 2012, a group of coaches just like you started with no template, no design, nothing but the desire to create an event that would bring coaches together to form a community and strengthen the coaching industry. And it wasn’t your typical “talking head” conference that only leaves attendees disappointed. We put together our own model for a coaching conference that:

  • Is presented by experts who have real-world experience in topics like expanding your coaching skills, marketing your services, and growing your business (NOT just theory that sounds good on paper but doesn’t work in the real world).
  • Provides attendees with structured opportunities to network – so you’re not left to “figure it out” on your own (all the while wondering how to make those valuable connections with fellow coaches, potential referral partners and/or prospective clients!)
  • Is chock full of practical information to help you become a leader in your field, serve more clients and make a bigger impact on the world (minus the hour-upon-hour of feel-good “fluff” of so many other industry conferences)
  • Has just the right mixture of networking, content and downtime (so you can make the most of your time while avoiding information overload)
  • Highlights state-of-the-art resources & all the latest gadgets to help coaches like you to maximize your time, serve more clients, and grow your business
  • Is sponsored by hand-selected, top-notch vendors whose products and services can provide the tools and support you need to keep your business moving forward. Interested in gaining exposure for your business by becoming a vendor? Sign up for our mailing list (right-hand side) to be notified when we’re accepting applications.
  • Helps you fulfill your CCE Unit requirements while you network, learn and play!

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2016 Registration Fees

ICF Global Members (see pricing policy below):

Early-Bird Registration: $497 (February 1 – March 15)

Full Registration: $597 (March 16 – June 12)

On-Site Full Registration: $697.00

On-Site One-Day Pass: $397.00

Thursday Evening Reception Ticket: $40.00 (1 admission; sold on-site only)

New for 2016:  Two-payment plan-available during Early Bird registration only (February 1-March 15)

ICF Global members-1st payment $249 due at time of initial registration; 2nd payment $248 due by March 15 (you will be invoiced through Paypal March 11, 2016).  If second payment is not received by March 15, registrant will be charged full conference pricing (second payment $348).

Interested in joining  ICF Global? Click here for more information!

Non ICF Global Members (see pricing policy below):

Early-Bird Registration: $621 (February 1 – March 15)

Full Registration:  $747.00  (March 16 – June 12)

On-Site Full Registration: $871.00

On-Site One-Day Pass: $496.00

Thursday Evening Reception Ticket: $40.00 (1 admission; sold on-site only)

New for 2016:  Two-payment plan-available during Early Bird registration only (February 1-March 15)

Non ICF Global members-1st payment $311 due at time of initial registration; 2nd payment $310 due by March 15 (you will be invoiced through Paypal March 11, 2016).  If second payment is not received by March 15, registrant will be charged full conference pricing (second payment $410).

What’s included with Registration:

 ICF CCE Units

There is the potential to earn up to 12.75 ICF CCE Units by attending educational sessions, including keynotes, general and breakout sessions.  All attendees will receive a passport that will be used to track their CCE Units.

Conference Activities

Your conference registration gets you in to hear our dynamic keynote speaker, as well as an all-access pass to general and breakout sessions lead by top-of-their-field professionals. You also receive access to our special events, including the Thursday evening reception and fun networking events.

Meal Perks

Fuel up on Friday and Saturday before heading into a full day of conference activities, with a full breakfast (much better than donuts and coffee!!). Midday on Friday and Saturday you will recharge with a tasty lunch. And if that isn’t enough, strategically-placed snack breaks will keep you buzzing with goodies and conversation (but mostly caffeine!)

Networking

Rub elbows with the best and the brightest in the coaching world, those who are taking our field in new and exciting directions! Create relationships and collaborations that will last a lifetime!

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Leader’s Update – Winter 2015

Dear Colleague,
Happy New Year!
A new year provides a perfect time to reflect on the year before and prepare for the year ahead.
As a professional coaching community, we focused on and began exercising some key muscles in 2015 — namely acknowledgementtransparencycommitment to quality, and expansion. The impact of these efforts is that chapter membership now stands at a record 92 coaches in the International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter!
Acknowledgement highlights
  • The chapter now submits announcements to local newspapers and business publications for member coaches once they earn a professional credential. Now 50% of you reading this note hold an ICF credential and many more members are currently working towards obtaining a credential. Congrats to each of you! In 2015, the chapter created an awards program to recognize members and presented the first awards to three members: Coach of the Year for 2015 to Kristen Beireis, Hall of Fame to JoAnne Hilliard, and Leadership Award to Belinda Gates, ACC.
Transparency highlights
  • Running the chapter in a transparent way has been a hallmark of 2015. The chapter leadership team posts the monthly minutes on the chapter website each month so that you can understand the topics discussed, sentiments conveyed, and votes taken by the leadership team. The chapter also publicly shares membership statistics and credential earner statistics. Being transparent is our commitment to you throughout 2016.
Quality highlights
  • In 2015 your chapter produced a series of educational and professional development programs that was the envy of the global coaching community. Ohio Valley now has a global reputation for the quality of its programming. These programs were organized by Ann Huttner, PCC, past president. As a testament to the quality of the chapter programming, coaches from around the United States and several foreign countries participated in Ohio Valley’s virtual programs. Programs included diverse topics and brought industry thought leaders to your chapter.
Expansion highlights
  • When we learned our coaching colleagues in West Virginia did not have a chapter to call “home,” we invited them to join us and expanded the chapter footprint to include West Virginia. We are thrilled with the new coaches from West Virginia who have chosen to affiliate with Ohio Valley.

Below, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
1. New Credential Earners
2. New Members
3. Election Results
4. Career Opportunity
5. 2016 Programming 
6. By-law Revisions 
7. Chapter Operations 
8. Participation Opportunities 
 
1. New Credential Earners
Congratulations to our chapter’s most recent credential earners:
  • Stephanie Broader, ACC – Mason, Ohio
  • Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Floyds Knobs, Indiana
*A total of 50% of our membership now holds a credential from the International Coach Federation.
2. New Members
Welcome to the following new members who have recently joined the International Coach Federation and the Ohio Valley Chapter:
  • Kimbaird Avant – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Donald Brunetti – Canfield, Ohio
  • Ericka Foley – Mason, Ohio
  • Lori Hoene – Shelbyville, Kentucky
  • Lynn Jereb – Aurora, Ohio
  • Frederick Jones – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Leslie Meyer – Toledo, Ohio
  • Wendy Roop – St. Paris, Ohio
If you haven’t already, you will each be contacted soon to learn more about how you can participate and maximize your membership.
3. Election Results
Coaches elected to lead the professional coaching community in Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and West Virginia for 2016 are:
President: Chris Padgett, PCC – Kentucky
President-Elect for 2017: Janet Fulton, ACC – Indiana
Secretary/Treasurer: Sandy Hughes, ACC – Ohio
VP Programming: Michelle Naiser, ACC – Kentucky
VP Marketing: Jeff Nally, PCC – Kentucky
At-Large Director: Angela Greer – Kentucky
At-Large Director: Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Indiana
Congrats to these leaders and in advance, thank you for the commitment, sacrifice, and contributions you’ll each make in the year ahead leading the profession in the Ohio Valley.
4. Career Opportunity
CareSource is currently recruiting a Leadership Coach in its Louisville office.
For more information or to apply for this position, follow this link:
If you know of any career opportunities you’d like to share with the community, please email me and I’ll pass them along. Thanks to Matt Becker, PCC, in Columbus, for reaching out and sharing this one.
5. 2016 Programming
The chapter will be announcing several new, exciting, and dynamic programs for 2016. Michelle Naiser, ACC, VP Programming, is hard at work developing programs for the chapter and you’ll be hearing about new programs throughout the year.
Your input is really important to the leadership team and that’s why in early 2016 you’ll receive a membership survey. The goal of this brief survey is to give you an opportunity to provide your thoughts on what you want from your chapter in the future. This survey will build on input provided by members following the last membership survey in 2013.
6. Bylaw Revisions
Over the past year, the leadership team has been hard at work developing revisions to the chapter by-laws. This effort, led by Jeff Nally, PCC, vp marketing, is the culmination of a significant amount of effort and input by many people. Jeff has taken great care to capture input from the leadership team. In early 2016, you can expect to receive an email detailing the current by-laws and proposed revisions for your consideration.
7. Chapter Operations
I want to thank and acknowledge Sandy Hughes, ACC, secretary/treasurer, for helping to facilitate and build the first budget in the history of Ohio Valley. Sandy has put in a significant amount of time, wisdom, and talent into creating a budget preparation and reporting process that will position the chapter for success many years into the future. Thank you Sandy!
Another person I’d like to acknowledge in helping run an efficient chapter is our chapter administrator, Meredith Williams. Meredith takes care of all the details behind the scenes to keep the chapter running smoothly. In November, the chapter presented Meredith with a “Certificate of Being Awesome” to thank her for her many contributions. Thank you Meredith!
8. Participation Opportunities
Interested in shaping the future of the professional coaching community? There are several ways to participate and contribute to the chapter. To participate on a chapter committee (programming, marketing, membership, or finance/administration), please contact one of the chapter leaders to express your interest to contribute: www.icfohiovalley.org/leadership
I send out this message every two months to keep you informed. In the meantime, stay connected to your chapter on social media to learn about opportunities as they become available:
Thank You!
Thank you for taking the time to read this update and thank you for your commitment to professionalism as a coaching practitioner. My hope for each of you is that 2016 be full of good health, happiness, fulfillment, love, and prosperity!
I’ll end this note with the following message I was recently reminded of:
 
The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith.
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Chris Padgett, PCC
President
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

What Could an ICF Coaching Credential do for Your Career?

Nearly two out of every three members of ICF Ohio Valley currently holds an ICF credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC).

If you are curious about earning an ICF credential, ICF Midwest recently hosted a virtual program with ICF HQ to answer commonly asked questions about earning an iCF credential. The program was recorded and is available for you to access.

Click here to access a recording of this program.

Leader’s Update – Summer 2015

Wherever this Labor Day weekend finds you, I want to acknowledge you for taking the stand to be a professional coach in the Ohio Valley. A while back I started working with a coaching client in Europe. My client was trying to better understand where in the United States I was located. The conversation went something like this: “How far are you from New York or Los Angeles?” After explaining my middle-America location along the Ohio River, my client immediately focused on one word: Ohio. “So goes Ohio, so goes America,” they said. Yes, I explained the geography of the Ohio Valley is a pretty good barometer for America. This got me to thinking about the enormous social and economic changes taking place throughout the Ohio Valley geography and how much now–more than ever–individuals and organizations can truly benefit from working with a professional coach. It’s a significant opportunity.

Coaching in our neck of the woods is truly a labor of love. We work everyday with our clients at a noble intersection of courage, change, and choice. For many clients, making change and being at conscious choice is far from easy. This intersection–and the roads that lead to and from it–can bring out the best and the worst in people and organizations. As a member of ICF Ohio Valley, you’ve made a conscious choice to be a part of a community of professional coaches advancing the art and science of professional coaching in Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and West Virginia. In recognition of this Labor Day, thank you for inspiring others to be courageous and make important and meaningful choices and changes in their lives and/or organizations.

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“We work everyday with our clients at a noble intersection of courage, change, and choice.”

In this note, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:

1. Chapter advance 2015
2. The Crossroads of Coaching
3. Welcome new members
4. New author
5. New vp programming and vp marketing
6. Upcoming programs
7. Participation opportunities
8. Global coaching survey
9. Member blog post


1. Chapter Advance 2015

In my last note on July 16, I extended an open invitation to every member in our chapter to attend our annual chapter advance. I want to acknowledge the members of Ohio Valley who came together on August 7, to develop the chapter Future Self and plan directional activity to advance our community focus over the next 36 months. Thanks to: Sandy Hughes, ACC, Kevin Guerrero, Jeff Nally, PCC, Belinda Gates, ACC, Janet Fulton, ACC, Michelle Naiser, ACC, Peggy Hinds, ACC, Jodi George, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, Ann Huttner, PCC, and chapter admin Meredith Williams who gathered together.

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L-R: Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Hughes, ACC, Kevin Guerrero, VP Marketing Jeff Nally, PCC, VP Membership Belinda Gates, ACC, President-Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, VP Programming Michelle Naiser, ACC, Peggy Hinds, ACC, Jodi George, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, Past President Ann Huttner, PCC, and President Chris Padgett, PCC. Photo by Meredith Williams.


2. The Crossroads of Coaching

Given its proximity to our geography, next year will present a rare opportunity for coaches in the Ohio Valley to participate in the ICF Midwest conference–The Crossroads of Coaching–taking place in Indianapolis in 2016. The conference will feature Marshall Goldsmith as both the opening and closing keynote speaker. Please save the date for this fabulous opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn from a global thought leader of the coaching profession. To learn more, visit www.icf-midwest.com. If you are interested in proposing a conference program, there is a current call for educational breakout sessions. Applications must be received no later than Thursday, October 15, at Midnight. To apply to present an educational program, visit www.icf-midwest.com/2016presenters/. Save the date!: June 23-25, 2016.

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3. Welcome New Members!
Our chapter continues to grow and strengthen! We now stand at 80 members! Please join me in welcoming two new members:
Stephanie BroadersMason, Ohiowww.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-broaders/16/7a2/a61
Craig WillardFrankfort, Kentuckywww.linkedin.com/pub/craig-willard/19/348/b30


4. New Author

Please join me in offering a special congratulations to Carole Jean Rogers on the publication of her recent book, Commit to Clarity: The Secret Power to Entrepreneurial Success. Carole Jean joined the chapter in July 2001 and previously served on the chapter leadership team. Carole Jean is hosting a book party on Wednesday, September 9. RSVP here: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-book-party-registration-17719422269 Way to go Carole Jean on playing a bigger game and becoming a published author!

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5. New VP Programming and VP Marketing

Please join me in congratulating Michelle Naiser, ACC, and Jeff Nally, PCC, on being appointed Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Marketing respectively for ICF Ohio Valley. Michelle and Jeff are excellent ambassadors of the professional coaching movement. Michelle joined the chapter in February 2012 and is principal at the Naiser Group. Before launching her coaching business, Michelle was director of organization development for Brown-Forman Corporation. Jeff joined the chapter in January 2009 and is president of Nally Group Inc. Before launching his coaching business, Jeff was executive coaching and assessment portfolio leader for Humana Inc. Both Michelle and Jeff make exceptional additions to the ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter leadership team and will help advance the art and science of professional in Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio, and West Virginia.

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Michelle Naiser, ACC

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6. Upcoming programs

Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC

Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC

 

“The Neuroscience of Stress: Discovering the Most Effective Zone in Yourself and in Your Clients”
Thursday, Sept 17, 2015, Noon-1:30 P.M. EST
Earn 1.0 CCEU
Led by Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC
Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Chapter members will receive an email to register or visit the chapter website: www.icfohiovalley.org

 

header-website“Navigating the Portfolio Credentialing Process”
Earning an ICF credential is becoming an increasingly essential aspect of being a professional coach. More and more individuals and organizations are becoming aware of the ICF credential and third-party research shows that ICF credentialed coaches earn more than non-credentialed peers and their clients report higher levels of satisfaction. In an effort to help coaches who are interested in pursuing a credential, ICF Midwest is offering two opportunities for credentialing support for members throughout the Midwest region to navigate the credentialing process.
Monday, Sept 21, 7:00 P.M. EST
Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:00 P.M. EST
You can attend the call that works best for your schedule. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be made and placed on the chapter blog when available. These sessions are offered to you as a benefit of your ICF membership and no registration is required. You simply need to mark the date on your calendar and then at the time of the call, dial 855-257-8693 and enter pin#: 6571223.


7. Participation Opportunities

Interested in shaping the future of the professional coaching community? There are several ways to participate and contribute to the chapter and beyond!
a.) Chapter opportunities: To participate on a chapter committee (programming, marketing, membership, or finance/administration), please contact one of the chapter leaders to express your interest to contribute: www.icfohiovalley.org/leadership/
b.) Conference opportunities: To participate on the team pulling together ICF Midwest conference in Indianapolis, visit: www.icf-midwest.com/volunteers/
c.) Midwest region award task force: There is a special task force led by Cheryl Proctor-Rogers, president-elect of ICF Chicago to improve the Midwest region awards program. Cheryl is currently recruiting coaches from ICF Midwest chapters who have led or been a member of a regional or national awards program. Research and benchmarking will guide the work of this task force and so Cheryl is looking for participants who have conducted a SWOT analysis for their organization. If you have this kind of expertise and are interested in contributing to this task force, please send a short email to Cheryl at presidentelect@icf-chicago.org by September 30. Task force participants will play an instrumental role in identifying opportunities to enhance and/or redesign the current awards program. The task force will begin in November 2015 and conclude in April 2016. Estimated monthly time commitment is eight hours.


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8. Global coaching survey
Have you completed the global coaching survey? This survey is coordinated by the International Coach Federation in partnership with PWC. Results will be shared broadly. Ohio members recently hit the 100+ response threshold needed to receive a state-specific breakout. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey and pass it along to non-member coaches. Both ICF member and non-members can complete the survey. The goal is to provide a pulse view of the state of coaching both globally and locally. This is a wonderful opportunity to better understand the skill, profession, and industry that is professional coaching. To complete the survey or share it with a coach that is not an ICF member, go to: www.coachsurvey2015.com.


9. Member blog post

Have you checked out the chapter blog post — Marketing is Messed Up! by chapter member Kristen Beireis? Kristen is a three-time marketing chair of the ICF Midwest Conference and will present a special program for chapter members later in the year. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read Kristen’s post on the chapter blog, visit: www.icfohiovalley.org/blog/ If you would like to contribute a post for the ICF Ohio Valley chapter blog, visit: www.icfohiovalley.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/

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Stay connected to your chapter on social media:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ICFOhioValley
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=4824420
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICFOV


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

With all my best,

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Chris Padgett, PCC

President

ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

 

#ExperienceCoaching 2015

In this post you’ll find some important updates from ICF Ohio Valley, but first, I want to share a short story with you about being learning something new. Perhaps you had a similar experience.

My dad was a craftsman who worked with sheet metal his entire career, he tended to work inside of a lot of commercial office buildings, schools, and hospitals and even helped build the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

While he wasn’t a professional coach, dad was chock full of wisdom and knew how to ask really powerful questions. While teaching me to ride a bicycle, I remember he said, “Are you ready to learn something new?” I looked at him and shook my head up and down. Then he said, “Getting outside of your comfort zone is how you learn.” Off came the training wheels, learning ensued, and magic began to happen.

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You know the experience of being uncomfortable? It’s the feeling you get when you don’t know exactly you are getting yourself into — but in a good kind of way.

When was the last time you felt this way?

Being uncomfortable can be a place of confusion, fear, anxiety — and importantly: aliveness, learning, and growth.

 

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Embracing an uncomfortable position isn’t always easy and doing it regularly certainly isn’t for everyone.

Sometimes we prefer to stay in our routines and ruts — they’re comfortable and predictable.

Remember a time you were coaching a client and they said something during a conversation that caused you to pause?

Maybe in that moment you had let your guard down, you weren’t being a “professional,” and you were just open to the present moment.

What happened in that moment? What did you say? What did you learn? How did it impact your client?

As coaches, we help our clients explore the uncomfortable places — the places where opportunity, learning, and growth intersect.

To develop as professionals, we’re fortunate to have the International Coach Federation. It creates opportunities for us to be uncomfortable and in doing so, to learn, grow, and develop our craft.


A big moment is coming up this week for our profession!

May 18-24, 2015, is International Coaching Week: a celebration of our profession and a way to help others experience coaching.

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Who will you help experience coaching this week? How will you get outside of your comfort zone during the week?

This International Coaching Week is special as it marks the 20th anniversary of the International Coach Federation.

Remember what you were doing 20 years ago?

Perhaps some of these events may jog your memory:

  • The Denver International Airport opened
  • A US postage stamp cost $0.32
  • British soldiers stopped patrolling Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • NASDAQ closed above 1,000 for the first time ever
  • Microsoft releases Windows ’95
  • A dozen eggs cost $0.87
  • The DVD was introduced to the public
  • The Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War is signed in Dayton, Ohio
  • Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise tops the Billboard charts at #1
  • The International Coach Federation was founded

Now imagine what the next 20 years can bring you and your clients by embracing uncomfortable moments.

We have some casual Coaches Cafes planned to celebrate International Coaching Week. These free public gatherings are a way to connect, meet up with colleagues, and learn something new.

Coaches Cafe in Cincinnati, Wed, May 20, 11:00 a.m. RSVP Now.

Coaches Cafe in Lexington, Wed, May 20, 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. RSVP Now.

Coaches Cafe in Louisville, Wed, May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RSVP Now.


Contemplating the present and future was part of the Annual Membership Gathering this past weekend held in Northern Kentucky at General Butler State Resort Park.

Photo by Jeff Nally

General Butler State Resort Park, Photo by Jeff Nally

Coaches attending chose to disrupt their normal routines and traveled from Dayton, Cincinnati, Lexington, Richmond, Jeffersonville, Prospect, and Louisville to get back to nature and get back to basics.

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Get Back to Nature. Get Back to Basics.

The program was chock full of interactive learning and included a special panel discussion that included Kay Cannon, MCC, a 17 year member of the ICF, former ICF global president, and the 2014 inaugural recipient of the Thomas Leonard Lifetime Achievement Award. Kay shared some valuable insights with us about ICF membership and what her ICF credential means to her.
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MCC, PCC, ACC Panel Discussion, Photo by Jeff Nally

A special thanks to the coaches who came from near and far to attend this unique program and a special thanks to the following who played a part in the success of the day: Belinda Gates, ACC, Ann Huttner, ACC, Kay Cannon, MCC, Sandy Hughes, ACC, Jeff Nally, PCC, Janet Fulton, ACC, Kristen Beireis, and Joanne Hillard, ACC.
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Coaches before the Hike

My favorite part of the day was a fun, interactive hike filled with exercise and learning along a rather unpredictable trail.

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Next month, June 18-20, is a unique opportunity to leave your routine behind and connect with coaches from throughout the Midwest for a celebration of learning, community, and fellowship: ICF Midwest. It’s the only coaching conference “of the coaches, by the coaches, and for the coaches” happening this year.

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About 15 coaches from the Ohio Valley chapter are planning to pack their bags and head to Kansas City for “Getting to the Heart of the Matter.”

ICF Ohio Valley is proud to sponsor this unique conference and if you register before June 5, you can save $100! To learn more or to register, check out www.icf-midwest.com.

If you are interested in room sharing or ride sharing, there is a post on the chapter LinkedIn group where you may find others interested in sharing a room or sharing a ride to Kansas City.


I want to acknowledge seven coaches who took a stand for professionalism and earned a credential since January 1, 2015, including:

  • Poyee Dorrian, PCC
  • Carrie Doubts, PCC
  • Michelle Hollingshead, PCC
  • Sandra Hughes, ACC
  • Chandra Irvin, ACC
  • Cheryl Penava, ACC
  • Kneisha Sanders, ACC 

Congrats to each of you on this professional achievement!

Now a total of 66% of the coaches in our chapter currently hold a credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) from the ICF. This is a significant statistic as it speaks to the commitment our members have made to increasing professionalism and quality throughout the Ohio Valley. Want to get started earning your credential? Get started here.


Ohio Valley coaches are playing a bigger game in the world, and in doing so, helping to raise awareness of the profession.

Here’s the scoop on a few of our member coaches and what they’ve been up to recently:

  • Jeff Nally, PCC, started his own coaching practice: Nally Group.
  • Kristen Beireis is serving as marketing chair of the ICF Midwest Conference

Have you recently stepped outside of your comfort zone and it resulted in you doing something big? Let me know so I can share it with our community.


Finally, you may be wondering why you are receiving this message from me? Recently our chapter president stepped down. We thank Jennifer Blair for her service to the chapter.

As president-elect, I assumed the president role for our chapter and appointed Janet Fulton, ACC, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, as president-elect. Janet has served the chapter exceptionally well as treasurer/secretary for many years and will make an excellent president in the future.

In addition to Janet, we have a wonderful volunteer leadership team leading the chapter and I’d like to acknowledge each of them: Ann Huttner, ACC, as past president, Belinda Gates, ACC, as vp membership, Cyndi Hall, as vp programs, and Sandy Hughes, ACC, as vp marketing.

If you are interested in serving on a committee or as a chapter leader, please feel free to contact me.


I want to end this note where I started — with the anecdote about my dad helping me to learn to ride a bicycle. Dad passed away unexpectedly two years ago this past April after having watched his favorite sports team win their championship game. He wasn’t feeling well, stood up, kissed my mother, his wife of 50 years, told her he loved her, and then collapsed and passed on from this earth.

I’ll never forget the experience dad shared with me when I learned to ride a bicycle. Dad once told me it was in those moments — the unfamiliar and uncomfortable moments — where we crossover from one place to the next and learn something new and realize what it means to be alive.

Thank you for reading this note and thank you for being a part of ICF Ohio Valley!


“The trust is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”– M. Scott Peck

 

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All the best,

Chris Padgett, PCC
President
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

 

 

P.S. Over the course of the past year, the ICF has invested in a multi-media campaign to increase public and community awareness of the ICF credential. Here’s the latest installment of this award-winning video series:

 

Join us for #ICFMidwest 2015

ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter is proud to once again sponsor #ICFMidwest 2015 in Kansas City, June 18-20.

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You can save $100 off your conference registration if you register by April 22!

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ICF Global Leaders Forum 2015

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the International Coach Federation convened chapter leaders from around the globe in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-7, 2015. Approximately 170 chapter leaders from six continents and 56 countries came together to celebrate the history and growth of the profession, understand and align around the ICF global vision and strategic plan, and forge connection and renewal within the community. The coaches gathered represented an extremely diverse mix of all the different niches found in the profession.

ICF 20 Years!

ICF 20 Years!

It was a historic and fun meeting! It was the first time in the association’s history that all chapter leaders from around the globe were invited to gather in one space.

Dancing in the Moment: Coaches danced from around the globe

Dancing in the Moment: Coaches danced from around the globe

During the experience, I kept thinking about Thomas Leonard, who 20 years ago, made the choice to invest $50,000 in seed investment to create the ICF. Twenty years later, the seed he planted has grown into a global organization comprised of over 26,000 professional coaches in chapters located on six continents. This is a powerful example of how the seed you sow and the choices you make can leave a legacy many years in the future!

Graphic recording: ICF Vision and Mission

Graphic recording of ICF Vision and Mission

The forum provided an ideal opportunity to reflect on growth and begin to identify the new seeds of impact we want to plant and germinate for the future of both the coaching profession and the global community.

In many respects, organizations are like gardens. They often start off with a blank canvas, an idea or two, and they can take years of cultivation, time and resource investment, weeding, water, sunlight, attention, and care to become places of beauty, health, and renewal. Organizations — just like gardens — create a powerful container for growth and learning.

When I joined the ICF six years ago, my goal was to connect with like minded individuals who were pursuing this noble profession. At first, I didn’t know one other coach in the Ohio Valley. Now, I’ve met numerous colleagues and friends. I’ve matured as a coaching professional, developed my core coaching competencies, and earned valuable credentials. Along the way, the ICF’s provided me a safe space to learn and grow.

To scale for growth in the organization, ICF is nurturing regional organizations to strengthen connection between local chapters and the global organization. These regional seeds are taking hold and I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of chapter leaders from throughout the Midwest Region. This region is comprised of 13 chapters (Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Heartland, Indianapolis, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Wisconsin). The regional meeting allowed chapter leaders to connect and get to know one another, share best practices, and learn how we can support each other. ICF Ohio Valley is well represented in the Midwest Region leadership with Ann Huttner serving as president-elect of the region. Ann is a strong leader and is doing a super job in this role!

Ann Huttner, ACC, president-elect of ICF Midwest Region

Ann Huttner, ACC, president-elect of ICF Midwest Region

I met some wonderful coaches from the Midwest chapters who are each doing their part to help humanity flourish. One such coach is Sharol Tyra, my new friend and president of ICF Minnesota. Sharol and I talked about the type of coaching we do. Sharol is a nurse turned professional coach and she is a wonderful ambassador of the profession. I learned she is planning to travel through Kentucky later this year and I was able to share some tips on potential places to visit during her trip.

Making new friends

Making new friends

I share this bit of my conversation with you because these 1:1 conversations were what I found to be the most valuable aspect of the global forum. Powerful conversations are what we facilitate as coaches with our clients. Conversations can be a catalyst for learning, change, and growth. I really enjoyed being able to meet, learn, and share with coaches from so many different places from all over the globe!

Graphic recording: ICF Global Strategic Plan

Graphic recording: ICF Global Strategic Plan

Overall, the forum was a valuable use of time and I was humbled to represent ICF Ohio Valley and wanted to share with you the key themes and insights from my perspective.

Key themes and insights

1. Community — the glue that binds us together. Matt Varney, ICF director of chapter development, spoke to attendees about the power of our community. Being part of a connected community of professional coaches with high standards and ethics matters to us and our clients. For many coaches, it’s the community that binds us together and renews us. This connection is so important as we are part of a profession that is still in its infancy. Through the community, we can ask ourselves some powerful and reflective questions about our future: What if? What’s next? What’s possible? What’s happening here?

Chapter leaders during a break-out session

Chapter leaders during a break-out session

2. Legacy:  My favorite talk from this forum was given by Fields Wicker-Miurin. You also can watch a TED talk she gave here. Fields asked us a very powerful question: What kind of ancestor do we want to be? This question creates a space for reflection and consideration. Fields further suggested the following leadership qualities for the future: 1. Self knowledge, 2. Vulnerability – I am open for you, 3. Courage, passion, and resilience, 4. Giving meaning and purpose, 5. Humility – it’s not about me, 6. Be the bridge – and cross it.  As coaches working in the Ohio Valley, we operate in communities that are going through transformative change in the attitudes and behaviors of the people and organizations we serve. It takes courage, passion, and resilience to approach our work each day. Fields encouraged us to practice “unzipping” — the act of being vulnerable. Her talk was chock full of rich insights: “You are not your ego.”  “Humility is about knowing your voice is not the only voice.” “Leaders are the reference point in their organization/community.” “Refuel in flight. Leadership is about being there for people when they need you most.” For personal reflection: What kind of ancestor do you want to be?

3. Power of Why: We heard from Peter Docker, an associate of Simon Sinek. Sinek is the author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last.” Sinek’s TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is the third most watched video on TED.com. This message was simple and profound. People don’t buy What you do, they buy Why you do it. Too often leaders focus their activities on the What and the How and spend little if any time focused on the Why. My favorite insight from Peter’s talk: “Leadership is about creating simplicity.” For personal reflection: What’s your Why?

Chapter leaders share best practices

Chapter leaders share best practices

Break-out sessions and panels were focused on best practices and the necessary brass tacks of growing the chapter, serving our members, facilitating exceptional programs, building community, and building partnerships in the communities we serve.

We have big opportunities in Ohio Valley and I hope you’ll make the choice to renew your membership and reflect on how you can best participate in the chapter and help advance the coaching profession in the Ohio Valley.

Thank you for being a member of ICF Ohio Valley and taking the time to read this summary of this exceptional experience!

With all my best,

Chris Padgett, PCC

Chris Padgett, PCC, ICF Ohio Valley President-Elect and Ann Huttner, ACC, ICF Midwest Region President-Elect

Chris Padgett, PCC, ICF Ohio Valley President-Elect and Ann Huttner, ACC, ICF Midwest Region President-Elect