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 – Winter 2015

Dear Colleague,
Happy New Year!
A new year provides a perfect time to reflect on the year before and prepare for the year ahead.
As a professional coaching community, we focused on and began exercising some key muscles in 2015 — namely acknowledgementtransparencycommitment to quality, and expansion. The impact of these efforts is that chapter membership now stands at a record 92 coaches in the International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter!
Acknowledgement highlights
  • The chapter now submits announcements to local newspapers and business publications for member coaches once they earn a professional credential. Now 50% of you reading this note hold an ICF credential and many more members are currently working towards obtaining a credential. Congrats to each of you! In 2015, the chapter created an awards program to recognize members and presented the first awards to three members: Coach of the Year for 2015 to Kristen Beireis, Hall of Fame to JoAnne Hilliard, and Leadership Award to Belinda Gates, ACC.
Transparency highlights
  • Running the chapter in a transparent way has been a hallmark of 2015. The chapter leadership team posts the monthly minutes on the chapter website each month so that you can understand the topics discussed, sentiments conveyed, and votes taken by the leadership team. The chapter also publicly shares membership statistics and credential earner statistics. Being transparent is our commitment to you throughout 2016.
Quality highlights
  • In 2015 your chapter produced a series of educational and professional development programs that was the envy of the global coaching community. Ohio Valley now has a global reputation for the quality of its programming. These programs were organized by Ann Huttner, PCC, past president. As a testament to the quality of the chapter programming, coaches from around the United States and several foreign countries participated in Ohio Valley’s virtual programs. Programs included diverse topics and brought industry thought leaders to your chapter.
Expansion highlights
  • When we learned our coaching colleagues in West Virginia did not have a chapter to call “home,” we invited them to join us and expanded the chapter footprint to include West Virginia. We are thrilled with the new coaches from West Virginia who have chosen to affiliate with Ohio Valley.

Below, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
1. New Credential Earners
2. New Members
3. Election Results
4. Career Opportunity
5. 2016 Programming 
6. By-law Revisions 
7. Chapter Operations 
8. Participation Opportunities 
1. New Credential Earners
Congratulations to our chapter’s most recent credential earners:
  • Stephanie Broader, ACC – Mason, Ohio
  • Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Floyds Knobs, Indiana
*A total of 50% of our membership now holds a credential from the International Coach Federation.
2. New Members
Welcome to the following new members who have recently joined the International Coach Federation and the Ohio Valley Chapter:
  • Kimbaird Avant – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Donald Brunetti – Canfield, Ohio
  • Ericka Foley – Mason, Ohio
  • Lori Hoene – Shelbyville, Kentucky
  • Lynn Jereb – Aurora, Ohio
  • Frederick Jones – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Leslie Meyer – Toledo, Ohio
  • Wendy Roop – St. Paris, Ohio
If you haven’t already, you will each be contacted soon to learn more about how you can participate and maximize your membership.
3. Election Results
Coaches elected to lead the professional coaching community in Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and West Virginia for 2016 are:
President: Chris Padgett, PCC – Kentucky
President-Elect for 2017: Janet Fulton, ACC – Indiana
Secretary/Treasurer: Sandy Hughes, ACC – Ohio
VP Programming: Michelle Naiser, ACC – Kentucky
VP Marketing: Jeff Nally, PCC – Kentucky
At-Large Director: Angela Greer – Kentucky
At-Large Director: Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Indiana
Congrats to these leaders and in advance, thank you for the commitment, sacrifice, and contributions you’ll each make in the year ahead leading the profession in the Ohio Valley.
4. Career Opportunity
CareSource is currently recruiting a Leadership Coach in its Louisville office.
For more information or to apply for this position, follow this link:
If you know of any career opportunities you’d like to share with the community, please email me and I’ll pass them along. Thanks to Matt Becker, PCC, in Columbus, for reaching out and sharing this one.
5. 2016 Programming
The chapter will be announcing several new, exciting, and dynamic programs for 2016. Michelle Naiser, ACC, VP Programming, is hard at work developing programs for the chapter and you’ll be hearing about new programs throughout the year.
Your input is really important to the leadership team and that’s why in early 2016 you’ll receive a membership survey. The goal of this brief survey is to give you an opportunity to provide your thoughts on what you want from your chapter in the future. This survey will build on input provided by members following the last membership survey in 2013.
6. Bylaw Revisions
Over the past year, the leadership team has been hard at work developing revisions to the chapter by-laws. This effort, led by Jeff Nally, PCC, vp marketing, is the culmination of a significant amount of effort and input by many people. Jeff has taken great care to capture input from the leadership team. In early 2016, you can expect to receive an email detailing the current by-laws and proposed revisions for your consideration.
7. Chapter Operations
I want to thank and acknowledge Sandy Hughes, ACC, secretary/treasurer, for helping to facilitate and build the first budget in the history of Ohio Valley. Sandy has put in a significant amount of time, wisdom, and talent into creating a budget preparation and reporting process that will position the chapter for success many years into the future. Thank you Sandy!
Another person I’d like to acknowledge in helping run an efficient chapter is our chapter administrator, Meredith Williams. Meredith takes care of all the details behind the scenes to keep the chapter running smoothly. In November, the chapter presented Meredith with a “Certificate of Being Awesome” to thank her for her many contributions. Thank you Meredith!
8. Participation Opportunities
Interested in shaping the future of the professional coaching community? There are several ways to participate and contribute to the chapter. 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
I send out this message every two months to keep you informed. In the meantime, stay connected to your chapter on social media to learn about opportunities as they become available:
Thank You!
Thank you for taking the time to read this update and thank you for your commitment to professionalism as a coaching practitioner. My hope for each of you is that 2016 be full of good health, happiness, fulfillment, love, and prosperity!
I’ll end this note with the following message I was recently reminded of:
The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith.
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
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


Leader’s Update – Summer 2015

Hope this note finds you well! If you’re like me, you’ve used part of your Summer to relax and restore. Long days and short nights lend well to relaxing and contemplation. I just returned from Paris, where I celebrated my partner’s 40th birthday and our 13th anniversary.

Historically, I recall fond memories of vacations and adventures over the years to places near and far. I’ll never forget family vacations as a young person. Being one of six siblings, each summer my parents would load up the family camper and travel to state and national parks to get away. Lots of good memories from those family trips. And I’ll never forget each year from age 8-16, attending a summer camp called Camp Tall Trees. Looking back that experience was chock full of experiences that have served me well throughout my life.

There was the vacation my family took to Appalachia when I was 10 years old. My dad thought our family should experience a part of the country that most people from the city never visit. He wanted us to understand the plight of people living in that area. What I observed and learned during that trip stays with me to this day.

So, however you’ve spent your summer — traveling afar or relaxing at home or busy with work — a hearty hello and hope it’s been a summer full of rich experiences and fond memories that will remain with you.

In this note, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:

  1. Welcome to the ICF Coaches of West Virginia
  2. “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” in Kansas City for #ICFMidwest 2015
  3. Welcome to new members
  4. Recognizing new credential earners
  5. New chapter secretary/treasurer
  6. Chapter leadership advance – You’re invited!
  7. Thanks to our chapter advertisers
  8. Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery
1. Welcome West Virginia coaches to ICF Ohio Valley!

Can you imagine being an ICF coach without a local chapter to belong to? This has been the situation many ICF coaches in West Virginia have experienced. Not anymore. As of June 1, 2015, ICF Ohio Valley expanded its catchment area to include our colleagues in West Virginia. We already had members joining us from West Virginia and so we thought it would be great to open our chapter up to all the coaches in this geography not previously served by a chapter. We’re now in the process of reaching out and encouraging unaffiliated West Virginia coaches to join ICF Ohio Valley. The best part is, there is no cost for these coaches to affiliate and coaches located in West Virginia can begin to automatically participate in our chapter virtual education programs and take advantage of volunteer committee and leadership opportunities. So, welcome West Virginia coaches to ICF Ohio Valley and we look forward to the perspectives and experience you bring to the chapter.

2. “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” in Kansas City for #ICFMidwest


We had 10 coaches from ICF Ohio Valley attend #ICFMidwest in Kansas City. Our chapter had one of the largest delegations of coaches attend this conference. A special thanks to: J. Matthew Becker, PCC, Kristen Beireis, Carrie Doubts, PCC, Belinda Gates, ACC, Angela Greer, Kevin Guerrero, Janet Fulton, ACC, Ann Huttner, PCC, Linda McGillivray, and Jeff Nally, PCC, who attended the conference!

3. Welcome New Members!

A total of 18 new members recently joined or affiliated with ICF Ohio Valley. I’d like to welcome each of you and invite you to get involved in our chapter. There are lots of opportunities!

  • Melanie Traicoff – Lexington, KY
  • Cameron Shoaf – Lexington, KY
  • Tina Wade-Hairston – Columbus, OH
  • Hagop Mekhjian – Columbus, OH
  • Heather Clutter – Dayton, OH
  • Kneisha Sanders – Cincinnati, OH
  • Sara Huron – Cincinnati, OH
  • Hanna Reisdorff – Batavia, OH
  • Patrick “Gavin” O’Shea – Louisville, KY
  • Ann Coffey – Louisville, KY
  • Mary Jane Aboud – Louisville, KY
  • Vickie Ball-Seiter – Millfield, OH
  • Kevin Guerrero – Floyds Knobs, IN
  • Linda McGillivray – Piqua, OH
  • Sandra Miller – Louisville, KY
  • Matthew Ryczko – Toledo, OH
  • Sandy Schmiedeknec – Davis, WV
  • Karen Wunderlin – Louisville, KY

4. Recognizing new credential earners

As of June 1, 66% of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter members earned a credential from the International Coach Federation. Our chapter has the highest percentage of credential holders of any ICF chapter in the Midwest region. Kudos to these four coaches listed below for making the commitment to professionalism and quality in the coaching profession and recently earning an ICF credential. Please join me in acknowledging the following coaches:

  • Julia Huber, ACC – Lexington, KY
  • Ann Huttner, PCC – Louisville, KY
  • Patrick “Gavin” O’Shea, ACC – Louisville, KY
  • William “Lee” Strawhun, ACC – Cincinnati, OH

5. New chapter Secretary/Treasurer


Please join me in congratulating Sandra “Sandy” Hughes, ACC, on recently being appointed Secretary/Treasurer of ICF Ohio Valley.

Located in Cincinnati, OH, Sandy is an excellent ambassador of the coaching profession. She joined the chapter in May 2013, and has stepped up repeatedly to help build community and strengthen our chapter.

In her new role as the chapter “COO,” Sandy will help steward our chapter’s resources. I’m thrilled Sandy’s joined the chapter leadership team. She brings a high level of commitment, energy, and leadership to this role. Please join me in congratulating Sandy!

6. Chapter Leadership Advance – You Are Invited!

On August 7, your ICF Ohio Valley chapter leadership will convene in Louisville to develop the chapter “Future Self” and plan activity to advance our mission over the next 36 months. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our chapter! We are growing stronger and better organized than ever before and this is enabling the chapter to begin to focus more on external efforts. At the top of our list is building awareness and connection with individuals, organizations, human resource professionals, and the media throughout the Ohio Valley geography to raise awareness of professional coaching and the benefit of working with an ICF coach. The chapter recently obtained a marketing grant from the International Coach Federation to support our chapter efforts. We’re thrilled about the opportunities before us and I want to invite any member who is interested in becoming apart of this planning effort to contact me for more information. The meeting will run from 8:30-Noon and breakfast and lunch will be served. If you’d like to get more involved in the chapter or have ideas to contribute, simply reply to this note and let me know of your interest.

7. Thanks to our Chapter Advertisers!

Last Fall, your chapter began selling advertising and sponsorships. So far three organizations have invested in your chapter. I’d like to acknowledge: CRR Global, Coaches’ Marketing Source, and the Center for Coaching Certification for supporting the operations of ICF Ohio Valley. If you know of an organization that may be a good fit for sponsoring or advertising with the chapter, learn more about opportunities here: www.icfohiovalley.org/sponsorship-opportunities/

8. Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery with Janet Harvey, MCC


This past week your chapter kicked off the first part of a special two-part program, “Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery with Janet Harvey, MCC.” We had one of our largest registrations ever for this virtual program and had coaches register from Ohio Valley, Ireland, Vancouver, and Kansas City! In case you missed it, the program is being recorded and will be made available later on the chapter website. A special thanks to Ann Huttner, PCC, for organizing this special program for the chapter and to Janet Harvey, MCC, for teaching this program!

Thank you for taking the time to read this note and hope you enjoy your Summer!

With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter