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.
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
All the best to you,
2015 ICF Michigan President
sought for all our ICF Michigan Committees:
(Two Teams - Base and Affiliations)
Community Outreach and Volunteers
ICF Michigan Conference Team
contact the following Board Member Champions of these Committees:
(click on name to
access e-mail addresses)
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
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:
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
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:
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.
2015, 1-2:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU -
"Is There An Inspired Thought Leader Inside of You?"
with Lizabeth Phelps
2015, 2-3:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU -
"The Do's and Don'ts of Coaching Agreements" with Geertje
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
Cordes-Hoelterhoff, Past President
Selzer, Vice-President, Membership
Marketing and ICF Ethics Liaison
Nadine Henry, Education & Development, 2015 ICF Michigan Conference
Sandy Marshall, Outreach & Volunteers
Education & Development
Education & Development
Deb Voyt, Marketing (Affiliations, Sponsorship)
Kathy Vlietstra, Administrator
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REBECCA'S QUOTE FOR THE MONTH
"What is the
essence of life?
To serve others and
to do good."
- Aristotle (384-322 BC)