May President’s Message

May 2018 message from President, Sandra Hughes:

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!