May President’s Message


The week of May 7-11 was International Coach Week, a time where coaches around the world celebrate and acknowledge the good work of the profession to benefit humanity around the globe. ICF Ohio Valley was no exception — we had the first ever Virtual Happy Hour! This was a great time to connect, network and share best practices about pro bono coaching. Click here to see a summary of the learnings. Thanks for all you do to help our communities.

I’m also grateful to the coaches who have already renewed their membership (Renew Here) with ICF global and declared Ohio Valley as their home chapter. If you haven’t yet, you will be dropped the beginning of June. As sole entrepreneurs, it can sometimes get professionally ‘lonely’ so ICF OV can help bridge that void. We would hate to lose you as we have a lot planned for the rest of this year!

For example, we are revamping our monthly virtual peer-to-peer support meetings that rotate topics focused on discussion of best practices in business development, technology/resources, and client challenges. We will take a hiatus through the summer and re-launch in August/September with Virtual City-Satellite clusters — meeting the needs of coaches who want to network in person but also be able to connect with those who prefer to meet across our geography using Zoom Video conference technology. We would like to hear more great ideas from you! Send us a message!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the coaches who have stepped up to lead our chapter — both on the Board as well as special projects. Please check out the opportunities and benefits of our Step up to Lead efforts.

Finally, the Pittsburgh Midwest Regional Coaches conference is just around the corner — two of our ICF OV members are speakers! Members are exploring carpools from various cities in our geography to save travel expenses – room sharing is also an option. Contact me or Meredith if interested to know more.

And Welcome to our new members and Congratulations to new credential holders! See the list at the bottom and please reach out to them on LinkedIn.

Good luck this month and thanks again for just being a coach in helping others!

April President’s Message


Hello my friends!

Spring rains always make me want to renew and refresh my foundation – both personally and professionally. I try to get rid of the clutter and get better organized. How about you? Does it affect you the same?  One of the things I hope you notice is this new format for my monthly messages to you! I want to make it easier for you to find what interests you so that you want to get engaged with your chapter. Your ICF Ohio Valley Board is here for you, so feedback is really appreciated. Email me, or better yet — Join us for our first ever Virtual Happy Hour May 10 and tell us what you want for the future! Register here.

Besides renewing your membership ASAP, there’s another deadline approaching – early bird registration for the Midwest Region ICF Conference June 21-23 in Pittsburgh. In addition to the opportunity to attend talks given by top-notch presenters, you have the opportunity to meet with other coaches from your area and around the world, and gain valuable core competency credits required for renewing your certification.  Learn more and register at

What would make it more conducive for you to join the 16 of us already registered? A) Riding in a van with others from the ICF OV Chapter in order to save on transportation costs (ICF OV will pay for the vans).  B)  Sharing a double room with another chapter member in order to split the costs of lodging? C) What else?   Please let us know if any of these options is something that you would be interested in doing   Bonnie Stith has agreed to be ICF OV’s ambassador to the planning committee and will put together information and connect anyone interested in vans or room sharing. Email her your ideas/requests by clicking her name above.

Finally, please check below for the results of our annual survey conducted late last year. What ideas or conclusions do you draw from this that could help our chapter do more good for our coaches and our communities?

Thanks for reading – get ready to smell the roses!

March President’s Message


Hello Everyone in the ICF Ohio Valley Chapter!

It’s my pleasure to reach out to you each month with a snapshot of what’s available to you within your local community of coaches! ICF  OV is invested in your ongoing success and professional development.  I look forward to meeting you virtually and in person! Check out our Calendar of Events.

As we March into Spring(?!) there are a couple things requiring some quick action from you-

1. RENEW your membership with ICF Global and declare Ohio Valley as your default home chapter! Otherwise ALL memberships will expire March 31.  I’ve created a video of all the reasons why, including how you can recover the cost that you can view on Facebook. It’s my first ever video so be kind! 🙂

Being a member of ICF Ohio Valley is FREE once you join globally. This is different than many other chapters. Money aside, you’ll want to choose us because we have won 2 global awards in the last 3 years for our strong foundation, financial stability, and offerings for coaches locally that keep them coming back to us!  Don’t delay – Please Renew – we love having you as part of our community!

2. REGISTER NOW for the Midwest Regional Coaches Conference immediately as the deadline for early bird is April 1! This years conference will be held June 21-23 in Pittsburgh — just a road trip for many of us! Carpool options will be available…maybe even a Party Bus?!

And remember that we are your home to help promote you and your business –

  • List your profile in our ‘Find a Coach’ directory – we will be promoting this at all events and news releases throughout our geography. Contact us with your profile information.
  • Submit your blogpost for free on our ICF OV website; you can include the link in your communications on social media, or to clients.


Robin Barr
Karen Butcher
Keturah Jenkins
Julianne Miranda
Alida Schuyler
Judy Wade

Finally, remember we always want to hear from you – what will make your membership in ICF Ohio Valley more special? Email me via

February President’s Message


Happy February, fellow Coaches of ICF Ohio Valley!

In this month of ‘love’, aka Valentines Day, we have some special Treats for You! I want you to know how much we appreciate you and all that you do to advance our chapter vision to empower coaches — together we enable humanity to flourish for all.

  • Join our ‘kitchen cabinet’ extended leadership committee to hear personally and provide input on ideas and actions planned by your ICF OV board members. Participation on the committee makes you eligible for chapter awards! And, for every hour spent, you will accrue one Resource Development Unit toward your CCEU requirement! Click here for more information.
  • Submit your blogpost for free on our ICF OV website; you can include the link in your communications on social media, or to clients. We already have an example! Click here for more information.
  • Register for the Midwest Regional ICF Conference in Pittsburgh on June 21-23. Click here for more info…AND — Let us know if you would be interested in carpooling from Cincinnati or Louisville to have fun with your peers while saving travel money! Email our Admin, Meredith Williams for more information.
  • List your profile in our ‘Find a Coach’ directory – we will be promoting this at all events and news releases throughout our geography. This was mentioned in my email from last month (click here) but we need more coaches!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: ICF Renewal requirements are now open and required by March 31, 2018. You will get other messages about this because if not renewed by June 1, 2018 you will lose your membership; we wouldn’t want that! NOTE: If you signed up last year, your membership was prorated only until end March, 2018. However, EVERYONE starts over again in April. Click here to renew and please remember to affiliate with our Ohio Valley chapter! We love having you join us.

Amanda Addison
Tara Bevans
Angela Cole
Ashley Wollam

Christiana Hartenstein, PCC

Finally, remember we always want to hear from you — what will make your membership in ICF Ohio Valley more special? Email me via

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:

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: 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 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: 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 or 502-554-3029. Need help getting your listing on the chapter website Find A Coach directory? Contact Meredith William, chapter administrator, at 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: 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:

“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
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

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.


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.


With all my best,

Chris Padgett, PCC


ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter



ICF Ohio Valley Supports Stand Beside Them

Stand Beside Them
ICF Ohio Valley is pleased to partner and promote Stand Beside Them, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that connects returning U.S. service members and their families/caregivers during their transition to civilian life with pro-bono coaches.  Stand Beside Them was born out of the recognition of a staggering need for further support for the massive numbers of military veterans transitioning to civilian life and the knowledge of what coaching services offer to fill this need.  SBT’s mission is to partner with our returning veterans and their families/caregivers and offer free coaching services to help them to attain the happiness and quality of life here at home that they so deserve after serving our country.

Did you know…

  • The Ohio Valley is home to one of the largest concentrations of U.S. veterans in the United States.
  • 1 million active and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces expected to return to civilian life in the next 4 to 5 years.
  •  Over 60,000 veterans are homeless nationwide
  • Unemployment rate for veterans is significantly higher than the general population (IAVA).
  • The youngest veterans have only had one employer, the military; they need coaching on  how to translate their skills and interview effectively, to network and to self-promote.
To learn more about this unique program and pro-bono coaching opportunities available, a special webinar conversation is being held on Friday, April 1, from 11:00 a.m.-Noon EST with ICF Ohio Valley chapter member Steve Aidikonis, ACC, and Stephanie Richmond, the CEO and Founder of Stand Beside Them. This program will be recorded and made available on the chapter blog at This program qualifies for 1.0 CCEU Resource Development. You can register for this informational webinar here.
To learn more about Stand Beside Them, visit
A special thanks to Steve Aidikonis, ACC, for leading this effort for ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.

Here is the link to the application for a veteran or his/her spouse/partner or caregiver to complete to request free coaching from a professional coach.


Research study for certified coaches who have coached nurse managers

This is a call from Xavier University faculty in Cincinnati, OH who are developing a study and need 10-12 certified coaches who have coached nurse managers in the US.  The coaches will be interviewed regarding their experiences coaching nurse managers.  The study will be submitted to the Xavier University IRB for approval before certified coaches will be interviewed. Coaches will be interview either in person or vial telephone call.  Please contact Jennifer Bradley at if you are a certified coach and have coached nurse managers and are interested in being interviewed regarding your experience.