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: http://www.icfohiovalley.org/icf-global-leaders-forum-2016/

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: www.standbesidethem.org. 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 www.icfohiovalley.org. 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: http://www.icfohiovalley.org/leadership/ 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 chris@growthrevolution.com or 502-554-3029. Need help getting your listing on the chapter website Find A Coach directory? Contact Meredith William, chapter administrator, at info@icfohiovalley.org. 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: www.icf-midwest.com 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: http://coachfederation.org/renew

“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

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.

three way intersection

“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.

ICF Ohio Valley Chapter Advance 2015

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.


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!

Carole Jean Rogers

Carole Jean Rogers







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.

michelle naiser

Michelle Naiser, ACC


Jeff Nally, PCC







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.


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/

Kristen Beireis

Kristen Beireis







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,


Chris Padgett, PCC


ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter


Call for Breakout Session Proposals for #ICFMidwest 2016

Call for Breakout Session Proposals


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.