Grow with Coaching, Grow with ICF


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


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