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
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?
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
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS
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
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 &
19th Core Competency Teleclass
the Foundation: Establishing the Coaching Agreement"
Click here for more information, and
the link to register.
"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.
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
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.
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
Please don't hesitate to
contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or
Barb Grigsby, Past
Vice President; Education & Development
Lori Kerlin, Education & Development (Chair)
Education & Development
Sandy Marshall, Outreach & Volunteers
Marketing & Branding
Deb Voyt, Membership & Affiliations
Kathy Vlietstra, Administrator
Come and join us for Collaborative
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
Join us February 11th at
at 9:00 am!
Check us out on Facebook!
Connect with us on Twitter!
SUSANNE'S QUOTE FOR THE MONTH
"I've learned that people will forget what you
said, people will forget what
you did, but
you made them