Rebecca Kraus, 2015 ICF Michigan President
morning I look out at the darkness of the morning, sitting at my
office desk and writing my last ICF Michigan newsletter and message
to you. It doesn't seem possible that 2015 has come and gone so
quickly. It seems like yesterday that I experienced the panic of
January and the first month as your President. That first month, and
several to follow! were filled with learning all the myriad number of
tasks and responsibilities that one can not really know until you sit
in this seat!
I think with fondness and appreciation of our 2014 President, Susanne
Cordes-Hoelterhoff who was there for me in those early months to
catch me and to provide sanity checks. Thank you dear friend for your
friendship and support!
Susanne showed me the way to prepare an incoming President throughout
her term of service in 2014, keeping me up to speed on issues,
seeking my involvement, asking me to take on certain responsibilities.
With that example I wanted to "pay it forward" in 2015 with
our Vice President and Incoming 2016 President Mary Selzer. I hope I
have provided you Mary with the support and guidance that Susanne so
generously provided me. You are going to be a great President! And as
Susanne, I will be there for you with whatever you need in 2016.
To the Board members leaving our Board this year, continued
success! Over the last 3-4 years I have had the pleasure of
developing wonderful relationships with Jan Martinez, Kathy Munoz and
Sandy Marshall that will extend beyond their service on our Board.
They, along with Aaron Handelsman who served in 2015 freely gave of
their time and knowledge to helping build ICF Michigan into a premier
ICF chapter. Jan has been instrumental in co-championing with Lisa
Bradley-Mitchell our fabulous 2015 ICF Michigan Conference, acting as
a coach facilitator of the Core Competency calls AND facilitating the
Royal Oak Coaching Café. Kathy Munoz has ably guided our largest
committee, Education and Development. Sandy Marshall created and
launched our wildly successful Community Outreach program and was
aided in that effort this year by Aaron. Sandy also co-championed our
2014 conference. I am indebted to each of you for your support, friendship,
wisdom and unflaggable spirits! Bless you all my friends!
To those Board members continuing into their second term, it has been
a wonderful experience to get to know and work with you. It has been
such a pleasure to watch Nadine Henry continue to build the Ann Arbor
Café! Nadine also took on the role of our Marketing Champion in 2015
and brought a strategic mindset to our positioning of our chapter.
Vicki Hepler joined us on the Board in 2015, replacing Deb Vogt, and
has done an extraordinary job working with Member Relations to
re-engineer our member outreach. Vicki, like Nadine, brings years of
business experience into our chapter, helping us strengthen our
structure to be the best we can be for you, our members. Lisa
Bradley-Mitchell served as our first Secretary this year, and was
instrumental in website changes we made to make our site more user
friendly. She also co-championed our 2015 conference. Thank you Lisa,
Nadine and Vicki!
On behalf of our chapter, let me offer a huge WELCOME to our new
two-year term Board members Jackie Browning, Andrea Fleischfresser
and Becki Fraser. I promise you a 2016 filled with collaboration,
laughter, responsibility and fulfillment. Thank you for your
willingness to serve ICF Michigan on our Board. I look forward to
getting to know you all in 2016!
The sky is turning light now. A new day, like the New Year is quickly
approaching. I feel a sense of sadness but also of pride for what I
have been given the opportunity to experience working with all these
wonderful coaches. I think back over the year and all the experiences
we have shared. It has been a year of change within ICF and that
change rumbled through our chapter. In 2016 we were tasked with
implementing ICF's CMER, the Chapter Member Eligibility Requirement.
This change, requiring all voting members also belong to ICF as well
as our state chapter was required to be implemented by December 31st
of this year. At the same time we established a new renewal date of
June for our membership renewals. I am happy to say that we made it
through the transition and came out as strong as before. ICF Michigan
is today comprised of 145 members! I look forward to this number
growing in 2016 as we implement our new business plan and as more
coaches discover the value we bring to our members!
2015 saw our chapter become stronger through the completion of our
By-Law review, the revamping of Member Relations and the
documentation of roles and responsibilities of our Committees, Chairs
and Champions. With the guidance of Susanne and Mary, The Board
also created a business plan that is now modeled in alignment with
other ICF chapters, bringing consistency to approach while reflecting
the unique needs of our coach community.
Our Education and Development programs, tele-classes and cafes
flourished in 2015, providing outstanding learning experiences
through our facilitators and speakers. Education is a core purpose of
ICF Michigan and I believe we provide one of the best programs in the
nation. Special thanks to Mary Jo Asmus who headed up our Experienced
Coaches calls who leaves us this year. MJ, you have been awesome and
ICF Michigan thanks you! Stepping into Mary Jo's shoes is none
other than our amazing Master Coach and Thomas Leonard Award winner
Barry Demp, who will host the 2016 calls. I can't wait! And- Kyle
Kinder, thanks for your dedication to the Core Competency program!
Thank you to all members who participated as volunteers in our
educational events. My indebtedness to you is endless!
A highlight of ICF Michigan's 2015 was our incredible October
Conference. Under the leadership of Susan Combs and our Board
co-champions Lisa Bradley-Mitchell and Jan Martinez, we staged an
extraordinary experience people are still talking about! For those of
you who missed it, it was truly special! From our keynote
speaker Chris Johnson, to our wonderful break-outs to our TED-style
(huge hit!) session, this conference was truly memorable.
One of my most special memories as President will be the two Board
Advances we held this year, in February and October. Members may not
be aware that each year, our Board gathers for an entire day, twice a
year, to plan and assess. February kicked off the year with the
opportunity to meet at the beautiful Grosse Pointe War Memorial for a
day of getting to know each other, the building of friendship,
laughter and serious strategic planning. Our second Advance was held
in October at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate where we received a
wonderful tour of the home and then plunged into an intensive day of business
planning and preparations for 2016. It is during these times of work,
intensity, mixed with laughter and camaraderie that our Board, and
Boards of the past meld together, sharing perspectives and becoming a
team. These days are very special and very important to the forming
of a cohesive Board and a clear joint sense of direction and purpose.
It was a joy for me to have experienced these moments with our 2015
Board. I love you all!
I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank our incredible
Virtual Administrator, Kathy Vlietstra for her experience, guidance
and support this year of my Presidency. Kathy is a constant within
ICF Michigan; she knows our processes and systems and is the strand
of continuity that helps new President's "get their act
together" with a style that is both warm and tactful!
Kathy, thank you for everything you have done this year for our
chapter and for me. I don't know what I would have done without you.
As I turn the proverbial baton of leadership over to incoming
President Mary Selzer, I want you to know that it has been an
incredible honor to serve as your President. To represent all of you
at the 2014 Global Conference, to represent our state and chapter was
incredible. I realized how our chapter, small in size compared to
some, was mighty beyond words. We are mighty because of the
dedication and hard work of the individuals you see working at our
conferences, our classes, our cafés, our Board. All these people do
what they do out of a love of coaching and a desire to further your
success and fulfillment as coaches in our community. In 2016, please
consider joining us, volunteer, get involved. I promise you, you
won't regret it!
Happy Holidays to you!
ICF Michigan President
2016 ICF Michigan Board of Directors Elected
Michigan coaches have been elected to serve two-year terms on the ICF
Michigan Board of Directors. They are:
Lisa Bradley-Mitchell (Incumbent)
The full 2016 ICF Michigan Board of Directors will be
comprised of the following individuals:
Vice President: Vicki
Past President: Rebecca
Retiring 2015 Board Members:
Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff (Past President - 2014)
Aaron Handlesman (served one year)
A huge thank you to Susanne, Aaron, Sandy, Jan and Kathy for their
service to ICF Michigan! We will miss you but are excited by
your commitment to our chapter and your desire to continue to support
Michigan coaches through our Committees in 2016!
2016 ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED
The results of the 2016 ICF Global Board of Directors
election have been finalized. In compliance with the ICF bylaws and election process, voting was open
November 4 - 18, 2015, to all ICF Global Members in good standing.
Based on the votes received, Jose Augusto L. Figueiredo, ACC
(Brazil), and Tracy Sinclair, PCC (United
Kingdom), were elected for two-year terms as ICF Global Board
Hilary Oliver, PCC (United Kingdom),
and Leda Turai Petrauskiene, MCC
(Lithuania), were elected for a second two-year term as ICF Global
Leda was also elected to a one-year term as 2016 ICF Global Board
The 2016 ICF Global Board of Directors will comprise:
Turai Petrauskiene, MCC (Lithuania), 2016 ICF Global Board Chair
Barr, MCC (Australia)
Augusto Figueiredo, ACC (Brazil)
K. Leong, MCC (Malaysia)
Mathews, MCC (USA)
Natarajan, MCC (India)
Oliver, PCC (United Kingdom)
Sinclair, PCC (United Kingdom)
Wondra, PCC (USA), Immediate Past Chair*
will serve the second year of his two-year term as Director
resource for prospective coaches, Upgraded Research Portal!!
HEADS UP NEW
The Become a Coach microsite launched in October at http://becomea.coach/.
This is a new online resource for prospective coaches that answers
most frequently asked questions by those contemplating coach training
and certification. It is a really valuable resource for those wanting
to become a coach!
The Research Portal at Coachfederation.org
received a facelift and was launched in mid-September. It is
accessible at http://researchportal.coachfederation.org/.
It contains 2,000 articles, case studies and reports about coaching
and related topics. The portal is open to the public (though some resources
are restricted to member access only).
TOP TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD BELONG TO ICF
- Instant Credibility -
Gain instant credibility by becoming part of a local community
of trained coaches.
education - Free access to a number of
programs and earn Continuing Coach Education Units CCEU's. ICF
Michigan offers monthly Teleclasses, Core Competency Calls, and
a bi-monthly Experienced Coach's Teleforum.
Center - Free Access to Teleclasses and Core
Competency Teleclass Recordings, to the Newsletter
Archive, the 2014 World Business and Executive Coach
Summit files and to the Book Corner.
- Local opportunities -
Participate in events that promote awareness of coaching and
participate in our Community Outreach efforts.
back to your community - give back to
your local coaching community and share the power of coaching
with those in need.
- Local Connections -
attend Coach Cafes and meet other coaches for networking,
information sharing, and potential business/partnering
- Coaching hours -
Gain coaching hours toward your certification when you
participate in our Community Outreach efforts.
your Business - Add your name to our Coach Directory and obtain
referrals for business opportunities.
- Leadership Skills -
Join one of our ICF Michigan Committees as a volunteer, work
side-by-side with other talented coaches and help make a
difference in your local coaching community.
- Scholarships - ICF
Michigan offers four scholarships per year to support Michigan
coaches enrolled in an International Coach Federation accredited
coach-training program (ACTP).
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS
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
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" -
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 has launched 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
more information about this exciting opportunity!
Experienced Coaches' Teleforum
you have at least 500 hours of coaching experience, please join us!
This is one of every-other-month sessions for experienced coaches
where we explore some of the situations experienced coaches deal
We have selected the 4th Tuesday of the following months to hold our
future sessions beginning in February. Please mark your schedules
with the following dates and please note the December session
will be on the 3rd Tuesday. These call will be at 4:00 pm Eastern
23, April 26, June 28, August 23, October 25 and December 20.
More information will be available soon, so save the dates for now!
Core Competency Teleclass Program
Stay tuned for our upcoming dates for the 2016 ICF
Michigan Core Competency Program. Please join us for 60 minutes
of exploring the intent and practice of the ICF Core Competencies.
Check our website and be on the lookout for upcoming emails.
Our ICF Michigan Monthly Teleclass Program promises a
2015 filled with outstanding speakers and thought provoking topics.
Join us! Earn continuing education credits free with your ICF
membership or participate for a small fee as a guest. No matter how
you look at it, the value is outstanding! Watch for our monthly
e-mail announcements and website updates and mark your calendars now
COMING IN 2016! MARK YOUR
January 13, 2016, 1:00PM-2:00PM, The
Four Basic Legal Agreements Every Coach Needs, with Gene
Policastri; 0.75 Resource Development and 0.25 Core Competency CCEUs.
Click here for more information
and to register.
February 17, 2016, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Staying
Out of Ethical Hot Water (Coaching and Ethics) with Tina
Elliot, MCC; 1.5 Core Competency CCEUs.
March 16, 2016, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Coaching
You and Your Clients to Inner Peace, with Mary Allen,
NEW TWO PART
SERIES! 3 CCEUs
April 6, 2016, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Creating
A Sustainable Business Model for Your Expertise, with
April 20, 2016 1:00PM-200PM, Turning
Your Expertise Into Programs & Products for Your Ideal Clients,
with Margie Beiswanger
Please don't hesitate to contact
our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or
Cordes-Hoelterhoff, Past President
Selzer, Vice-President, Member Relations
Community Outreach and ICF Ethics Liaison
Sandy Marshall, Community Outreach
Education & Development
Kathy Vlietstra, Administrator
WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!
2015 ICF GLOBAL COACHING SURVEY
coaching industry grows and evolves daily, creating new opportunities
for professional coaches and new challenges to overcome. The 2015
Global Coaching Survey, commissioned by ICF and conducted by
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, collects information and insights
from coaches around the world to provide an up-to-date picture of the
All professional business and personal coaches -
regardless of ICF affiliation - are invited to take the survey.
that reach 100 responses per chapter will receive a separate report
to share with their members providing invaluable information on
coaching. This data is crucial in helping all of us build and grow
our practices. PLEASE take a moment of your time to complete this
invaluable survey and help ICF Michigan qualify for this special
survey is accessible here:
Come and join us for Collaborative
Click Here for more information about locations and
meeting dates for Coach Cafés.