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ICF Michigan Newsletter

January 2014


Dear fellow Coaches,

Welcome 2014!! I hope you all have had a wonderful start into the New Year!

Many of you know me in person, some of you may have seen me at an event and some of you might think "...who...?"

Please allow me to share just a little bit of my story with you. I was born in Germany and grew up in Taiwan. I returned to Germany to study business administration and later again to work in Corporate Germany. In the spring of 2010, I left Stuttgart to join my husband who was transferred to Detroit for his job in the Auto Industry. Of the many I had already gone through, this transition was one of the hardest. It was during my coach training that I learned much about myself and about the true value coaching.

Later that year I attended my first "PCAM Conference" and remember returning home to say:  "It's okay for us to stay, I have found my tribe. I now know where I belong."  I had felt like a comforting jacket was laid across my shoulders, as I was welcomed to this wonderful community of coaches. To this day I call this community "my warm jacket."

My favorite question for January is "What is your biggest goal and/or challenge for 2014?"
Of the many answers, one I heard often is "Balance."

In a newsletter I was asked  "What is your word for the year?
Just one?"

I chose three:

-    Belong

-    Fearless

-    Balance

Though very different, it is fascinating to see how connected these three words really are. How do these words show up in your personal life and in your coaching?

As I step into this leadership role of not only president, but also first non-American president of this chapter, I have given this role much
thought. What can I contribute? How can I inspire?  One thing that comes up for me over again is the word "Belong."  It is the welcoming spirit of this community that has fulfilled my need to belong.  It is what makes this chapter so special.  And where you belong, you engage. Where you belong, you share. Where you belong, you give.

Where you belong, you are fearless... It is this sense of belonging that I would like to give back and share.  As for balance, I, too seek a healthy balance between work and play, between ICF Michigan, my own coaching and "me."

What is your word for this year?

Please feel free to share with me or on the ICF Michigan Facebook page!

May this year bring you joy, good health, inspiration, growth, learning, great coaching and goals reached!  May ICF Michigan make you feel like you belong.

Stay warm,


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President
(248) 225-9032



Single Renewal Date
ICF Michigan has switched its membership renewal schedule to a single date!  Mark your calendars to get renewal notice in May 2014.  For more information, check out our website or get in touch with Vicki Hepler.

Volunteers needed!
We all belong to this wonderful chapter and we need your help to take ICF Michigan to the next level.  Sandy Marshall, committee champion for Outreach & Volunteers said: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization."  We invite you to get in touch with Sandy, as we especially need volunteers for the Marketing & Branding and Membership & Affiliations Committees.

February 19th Core Competency Teleclass
"Setting the Foundation:  Establishing the Coaching Agreement"
Click here for more information, and the link to register.

February 20th Teleclass

"Deepening Your Coaching Competency:  How to Recognize and Engage in Powerful Coaching Conversations" with Pat Matthews.   Click here for more information, and the link to register.

February 20th Coach Happy Hour
Join us at the Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for an informal yet structured gathering to meet with other coaches.  Click here for more information. 

Cleveland Rocks! ICF Global 2014 Conference - North America Midwest

Under the Motto "Coaching Rocks" we will be rocking Cleveland, OH  from June 19-21, 2014!  Stay tuned for updates on this huge global conference and for the registration opening in February!  There are lots of opportunities to be a part of this great event.  Click here for more information.

Affiliate Relationship - MBPA and ICF Michigan

Consider joining the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) (http://michbusiness.org/). Benefits of membership include joining an association of 20,000 business owners and professionals, state-wide networking events and seminars, vendor discounts, and much more. ICF Michigan members will be invited to join MBPA at a substantially discounted annual rate of $50 (normally $125).



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


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, President

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


Come and join us for Collaborative Coaching Conversations!  

Click Here for more information about locations and meeting dates for Coach Cafés.

We're excited to announce
a brand new café that has
opened in Traverse City!
Join us February 11th at
at 9:00 am!



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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



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