Wow... I am
filled with pure amazement at how this year just flew by. Our
neighborhood is decorated in the Holiday spirit to the point that I
am fearful planes might land on our street and it seems like it was
just a few weeks ago that I wrote my first newsletter. Now I write my
final one as outgoing president...
I would like to
take this moment to look back, reflect, and celebrate a wonderful
year for ICF Michigan and our coaching community. It was an
incredible year of growth, sharing, learning, and welcoming new
members. Here are a few of the highlights for 2014:
have very successful Teleclass programs with two other ICF
Chapters in the Midwest joining us each month.
launched a program for experienced coaches.
launched a scholarship program.
Coach Cafés, both in person and virtual, continue to be popular
and have become role models for other chapters.
increased our membership by 20%.
partnered with MiQuest and Women4Change and contributed
approximately $13,000 market value of billable coaching hours to
rocked Cleveland with the second largest number of participants
at the ICF Global Conference.
(!!) ICF Michigan Coaches received a Midwest Regional
- Leadership: Sylvia Becker-Hill
- Innovation: Rebecca Kraus
- Outreach: Nancy Mathias
celebrated the 10th anniversary of this AWESOME chapter!!
But none of this would have ever been possible without the lifeblood
of this chapter: you, our members, our dedicated volunteers, our
passionate board, and our incredibly open and dedicated community.
Thank you to each and every one of you.
In my first
newsletter in January, I shared the exercise to choose a word for the
year. Of course I chose 3 and these were:
Though very different, it is fascinating to see how connected these
three words really are and were throughout the year.
As I step out of
my leadership role of not only president, but also first non-American
president of this chapter, I reflect again on these words and how
they showed up for me this year. The welcoming spirit of this
community has fulfilled my need and desire to belong. Where you
belong, you engage. Where you belong, you share. Where you belong,
you give. I experienced an incredible amount of engagement, sharing,
and giving throughout this year. I, too, shared and gave much, and
received more than I could ever have hoped for in return. Where you
belong you are fearless. I led this chapter from the heart. I trusted
and it let me be fearless. As for balance, this was a tough one.
Keeping the balance I had wished for wasn't always easy or possible.
Yet this taught me even more the importance and value of it. In
helping me find or define the balance I was seeking, my own coach
gave me the gift of this question: "How much energy are you
willing to invest in ____?" This question helped me in setting
my priorities and making decisions. May this question be of as much
value to you as it was, and is, to me.
What were your
words for the year and how did they show up for you throughout the
As I prepare to
hand over the baton to our incoming president, Rebecca Kraus, I would
like thank you all for casting your votes in our recent ICF Michigan
board elections. It gives me great pleasure to announce 3 new ICF
Michigan Board members for the 2015-16 term: Aaron Handelsman, Nadine Henry,
Johnston. Each brings with them a very different background,
great amounts of energy, and a strong awareness for the importance of
contributing to the coaching community. I am extremely excited about
the beautiful diversity of our incoming board! Rebecca, I hand you
the baton with great joy and know you will do a fantastic job in
leading this chapter next year.
Your 2015 ICF
Michigan Board Members are:
Aaron Handelsman, Nadine Henry, Sandra Marshall, Jan
Martinez, Kathleen Munoz, and Deb Voyt
I would like to
take this opportunity to thank Barb
Grigsby, Past President, and Lori Kerlin,
Education & Development Committee Chair and ICF Michigan State
Conference Chair, for their years of service, for their passion and
dedication to the organization of ICF Michigan, and deep commitment
to the profession of coaching. I thank you both for the things you
have brought to the Board and for giving me, as 2014 president, the
opportunity to grow, to learn from you, and to share a wonderful time
on the board with you.
As both the year
and my term as president of ICF Michigan come to a close, I look back
with deep gratitude and a huge smile on my face. I thank you all for
being a part of my journey and for letting me be a part of yours. I
wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays and a peaceful
warmth, gratitude, and love, stay energized,
2014 ICF Michigan President