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/

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.

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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

 

 

Call for Breakout Session Proposals for #ICFMidwest 2016

Call for Breakout Session Proposals

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ICF Midwest Regional Conference
The Westin, Indianapolis, IN
June 23-25, 2016
The Crossroads of Coaching

We’re excited to announce that Marshall Goldsmith will be our opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2016 conference. Now, we are looking for dynamic presenters with creative, innovative and experiential proposals for our educational breakout sessions that:

Fit our conference theme The Crossroads of Coaching and at least one of our program tracks:

  • The Crossroads of Complementary Disciplines,
  • The Crossroads of Client Growth,
  • The Crossroads of Research and Innovation,
  • The Crossroads of Our Coaching Businesses, and
  • The Crossroads of Professional Development

Application deadline: October 15, 2015

Questions may be directed to John Moore, Program Chair, 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference programs@icf-midwest.com

Join our Conference Team

Are you looking to hone your leadership and teamwork skills, while developing relationships with colleagues across the region? Do you want to serve the coaching profession and make a difference in this year’s conference? We still have room on our conference team for you! Click here for more information or to volunteer.

#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.

Get Back to Nature. Get Back to Basics.

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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This is the must-attend professional coaching conference in the U.S. Midwest — for the coaches, by the coaches.

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

To learn more, volunteer, or register, visit: www.icf-midwest.com.

We hope to see you in Kansas City!