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ICF Michigan Newsletter

January 2015


Rebecca Kraus, 2015 ICF Michigan President

Dear ICF Michigan Community Coaches,

Hello and Happy New Year! I write this newsletter as your 2015 ICF Michigan Chapter President! I am filled with a sea of emotions and memories of the path that led me to this moment in writing to all you. I'd like you to get to know me and I am excited at the prospect of the same with each of you in the months to come.

I began my journey in coaching in 2000, encouraged by a friend and leader who believed that  I had value to contribute in working and helping others to develop to their full capacities. I had always loved working with and "helping" people, and so it took little encouragement to enroll in Corporate Coach U. Several years later, after starts and stops in the program due to family illnesses, I graduated from the program.

I next recall discovering a group called PCAM that had come into being a year or two before and who was holding a conference for all interested in coaching. I was excited to discover a group of people who apparently shared my passions and registered for the 2005 (or was it 2006? !) conference. I remember being in awe of those in attendance who seemed to "have it together" and had established practices and found myself approaching several who seemed particularly welcoming and supportive to ask for advice. I felt like a newcomer to a new community, shy and not at all totally sure I knew what I was doing; I only knew I wanted to learn more. I joined PCAM to expand my horizons.

Fast forward a few more years to 2010. Since my first conference, I had continued to attend PCAM events and developed relationships with a few coaches, but basically I was a loner. My coaching practice had blessedly grown through some wonderful opportunities and doors that opened for me. The reality was that I worked alone, except for when of course I was with clients. PCAM's newsletter announced a call for new Board members, and I felt a desire to connect with people who shared a common bond, and who I could develop relationships with. I decided to throw my hat in the ring and was excited (and not at all confident) when I was elected to the Board.

Since that time, I have had the opportunity as a Board member to serve under three extraordinary women, ICF Michigan Presidents, who today are examples to me of commitment to coaching and to service; Mary Jo Asmus, Barbara Grigsby and our 2014 President Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff.  During these years as a Board member I had the opportunity to learn, to be encouraged, to take risks and feel supported and to have others there for me when I needed a hand up or a shoulder to lean on. I was given the opportunity to lead Education and Development and to create tele-class programs, encouraged to "go for it." When you have the opportunity to interact with people who give you so much, it becomes so easy to want to give back and to serve. When you watch and realize what you achieve together and the good that it is does, it is indeed glorious.

As your new President, my vow to you is I will serve you and through our Board, we will serve you our members to the best of our ability. It is a joy and privilege to serve you, and I know I speak for all our Board members that we take this commitment very seriously. We want to hear from you, and continue to learn from you how we can best support you as our coaching community. I am committed to strengthening our infrastructure, taking our programs and services to new heights, and to increase engagement and value for our members.

My challenge to you? Consider what you can give. Consider becoming a volunteer on one of our committees. You are all gifted people; your strengths, knowledge and experiences are just waiting to be tapped to benefit your own fulfillment as well as helping those around you. We need you and welcome you to our "band of brothers" !  As the great cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said,

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

As we enter our 11th year as a chapter, I reflect back on a small group of committed people who in the fall of 2003 sat in a living room in Lansing and created PCAM. The legacy of ICF Michigan is built upon small groups of committed people, from Susan Combs, Grace Menzel, Carolyn Tody and Kathleen Ribbens in 2003 to our status today as one of the most formidable, progressive chapters in the USA.  I challenge you to consider coming forward in 2015 and joining us as a volunteer. Experience the pride, the friendship, the fulfillment of doing good. I promise you; you will get back so much more than you ever imagined.

All the best to you, 



Rebecca Kraus

2015 ICF Michigan President


Volunteers are sought for all our ICF Michigan Committees:

  • Education & Development
  • Marketing
  • Membership (Two Teams - Base and Affiliations)
    Community Outreach and Volunteers
  • Sponsorship
  • Annual ICF Michigan Conference Team

Please contact the following Board Member Champions of these Committees:
(click on name to access e-mail addresses)  

Education & Development - Kathy Munoz, Champion

Marketing (including Affiliations & Sponsorship) - Aaron Handelsman, Champion, Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, Deb Voyt

Membership - Mary Selzer, Champion

Community Outreach & Volunteers - Sandy Marshall, Champion




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 Programs:

The ICF Michigan Core Competency Program will kick off on March 12 2015. and thereafter the second Thursday of the month. Please join us for 60 minutes of exploring the intent and practice of the ICF Core Competencies. Contact Kyle Kinder for more information.

Monthly Teleclass Program

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 for:

February 10, 2015, 1-2:30PM
, 1.5 Core Competency CCEU - "Deepening Awareness of Self and Other:  A Gestalt Approach to Coaching" with Juliann Spoth; Click here to register.

March 10, 2015, 1-2:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU - "Is There An Inspired Thought Leader Inside of You?"  with Lizabeth Phelps

April 28, 2015, 2-3:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU - "The Do's and Don'ts of Coaching Agreements" with Geertje Tutschka

May 18, 2015, 1-2:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU - "Conflict Mastery: Questions to Ask" with Cinnie Noble

June 17, 2015, 1-2:00PM, 1 Resource Development CCEU
"Profit Ability: How to Create and Market Digital Products That Will Transform Your Coaching Business" with Nick Night



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

Rebecca Kraus, President

Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, Past President

Mary Selzer, Vice-President, Membership

Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Secretary 

Darren Johnston, Treasurer

Aaron Handelsman, Marketing and ICF Ethics Liaison

Nadine Henry, Education & Development, 2015 ICF Michigan Conference 

Sandy Marshall
, Outreach & Volunteers

Jan Martinez, Education & Development 


Kathy Munoz, Education & Development

Deb Voyt
, Marketing (Affiliations, Sponsorship) 

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator


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