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ICF Michigan Newsletter

December 2014


Dear fellow Coaches,

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:


  • We have very successful Teleclass programs with two other ICF Chapters in the Midwest joining us each month.
  • We've launched a program for experienced coaches.
  • We've launched a scholarship program.
  • Our Coach Cafés, both in person and virtual, continue to be popular and have become role models for other chapters.
  • We increased our membership by 20%.
  • We partnered with MiQuest and Women4Change and contributed approximately $13,000 market value of billable coaching hours to the community.
  • We rocked Cleveland with the second largest number of participants at the ICF Global Conference.
  • Three (!!) ICF Michigan Coaches received a Midwest Regional Recognition Award:

- Leadership:   Sylvia Becker-Hill 

- Innovation:    Rebecca Kraus
- Outreach:     Nancy Mathias

  • We 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:


  • Belong
  • Fearless
  • Balance

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 year?


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, and Darren 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:



Rebecca Kraus


Mary Selzer


Darren Johnston


Lisa Bradley-Mitchell


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff


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 New Year.


With much warmth, gratitude, and love, stay energized,


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President

(248) 225-9032



Did You Know?

ICF Michigan and the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) have an affiliate relationship that allows our members to join and receive the benefits of their many services and programs offered to individuals and businesses. In addition to supporting businesses through Business Knowledge, Facilitated Networking, Legislative Influence and Health Care Reform Connect™, MBPA partners with over 100 companies to offer Financial Savings on products and services. 

ICF Michigan members who join MBPA will receive $25.00 off a one, two or three membership.  To take advantage of this offer, just mention that you are a member of ICF Michigan on the application submitted to MBPA.  For more information about this organization, visit their website at www.michbusiness.org

"Women for Change Coaching Community" - Coaches wanted!

Are you interested in making a difference in the world by using your coaching skills to help others? ICF Michigan is partnering with "Women for Change Coaching Community" (www.Women4ChangeCC.org) to provide volunteer coaches to help financially challenged women make powerful changes in their lives.  If you are looking for an opportunity to provide coaching by telephone, this may be a great fit for you. Better yet - you will receive "paid" coaching hours toward ICF certification! ICF Michigan coaches (men, you are welcome as well!) who have completed or are currently enrolled in coach training are invited to apply. Be one of the first to apply and receive a special benefit! Want to learn more? Contact Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com

ICF Michigan's Scholarship Program

In a demonstration of ongoing commitment to
the coaching community, ICF Michigan is launching a new scholarship program for current or prospective ICF Michigan coaches. The scholarship program is designed to support and promote the highest standards of professional coaching in Michigan and serve our vibrant community where coaches connect, learn, grow, and succeed to best serve our clients.

Scholarships will cover the membership fee in part or in full and are available to individuals who are studying to become a coach or continuing their coach education. Applicants must be actively involved in current ICF or ICF Michigan Programs, events, or committees and be willing to support the ICF Michigan mission, vision, values, and community. Please see the ICF Michigan website for more information about this exciting new opportunity!

Teleclass and Core Competency Porgrams
Our teleclass programs for 2014 have ended and we are so excited about continuing these programs in 2015. Check back for more information coming soon...we are firming up details now!




Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions.


Barb Grigsby, Past President; Website


Rebecca Kraus, Vice President; Education & Development

Lori Kerlin
, Education & Development (Chair)


Jan Martinez, Education & Development

Sandy Marshall
, Outreach & Volunteers


Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Sponsorship


Kathy Munoz, Marketing & Branding


Mary Selzer, Treasurer 

Deb Voyt
, Membership & Affiliations 

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator


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"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

- Maya Angelou

As I did in January, I
choose this quote because
it is one of my absolute favorites and no quote
better embraces what ICF Michigan means to me. 




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