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ICF Michigan Newsletter

January 2016


Mary Selzer, 2016 ICF Michigan President

Dear Fellow Coaches,

Almost ten years ago, I stumbled upon the coaching profession quite by accident. I was attending a conference where the main speaker taught a session on an Introduction to Coaching. Prior to that enlightening exposure, I thought all coaches functioned in a sports arena or football field. Frankly, I had no interest in the topic, and I longed for the session to end-until the speaker distinguished between counseling, mentoring, consulting and coaching. "Coaches work with healthy people and healthy issues," she said, "moving them forward toward their intended goals." I saw up in my seat as the lightbulb came on. I realized I had been working with the wrong types of people, using the wrong skill sets. Now I wanted to learn more.

Within a few months, I entered a coach-training program, and my life has never been the same. I joined ICF, ICF Michigan, and almost immediately became active on one of the committees. I never dreamed that one day I would serve on the board of directors, let alone become president of this great chapter.

For those who don't know who I am, let me briefly fill you in. My husband and I are Eastsiders (St. Clair Shores). We have two daughters and 4.5 grandchildren-all living out of state. I serve as a coach to leaders and executives of non-profits, and am also a coach trainer and mentor/coach. I love to read, and have authored a couple of books, including 25 Questions God Asked-Discover the Answers That Will Change Your Life (available September, 2016).

My last four years of service on our chapter's board have been a valuable learning experience. Each of the presidents I served under have impacted my life. Mary Jo Asmus taught me the importance of maintaining balance in life and work; Barb Grigsby inspired our entire chapter by showing us how to persevere while battling a serious illness; Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoffer has endless passion for everything she does-she has taken my breath away more than once; Rebecca Kraus is a strategic thinker who is filled with wisdom.

Now I guess it's my turn. I am truly humbled and, truthfully, feel a bit incompetent. Fortunately, I'm surrounded with board members who are gifted, dedicated, and passionate. We are all very much aware we are only building on a foundation that has been carefully laid over the years by many capable leaders and active members. It is a solid foundation that we hope leads to a fruitful year of growth and development.

Let's plan to work together and fulfill our chapter's vision to be the thought leaders pursuing excellence in the coaching profession.

Enjoy your day!


Mary Selzer
2016 ICF Michigan President




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 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

 for more information about this exciting opportunity!


If 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 with. 

Join our next teleforum on Tuesday, February 23 

Topic: "Producing Objective and Subjective Results" 

Click here for more information and to register


April 26, June 28, August 23, October 25 and December 20.  



Each of our monthly teleclasses will focus on one of the eleven ICF Core Competencies and is open to all coaches! This series will be an opportunity for all coaches to learn from one another, practice skills, and obtain resources.  Earn 1.0 Core Competency CCEU at each class.

Join our next teleclass on Tuesday, February 9

Topic: "Setting the Foundation: Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standard"

Click here for more information and to register


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:

Join our next teleclass on Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Topic: "Staying Out of Ethical Hot Water as a Coach" with guest speaker Tina Elliot, MCC.  1.5 Core Competency CCEUs
Click here for more information and to register


March 16, 2016, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Coaching You and Your Clients to Inner Peace, with Mary Allen, MCC.


April 6, 2016, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Creating A Sustainable Business Model for Your Expertise, with Margie Beiswanger.

April 20, 2016 1:00PM-200PM, Turning Your Expertise Into Programs & Products for Your Ideal Clients, with Margie Beiswanger



  1. Instant Credibility - Gain instant credibility by becoming part of a local community of trained coaches.
  2. Continuing 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.
  3. Resource 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.
  4. Local opportunities - Participate in events that promote awareness of coaching and participate in our Community Outreach efforts.
  5. Give back to your community -  give back to your local coaching community and share the power of coaching with those in need.
  6. Local Connections - attend Coach Cafes and meet other coaches for networking, information sharing, and potential business/partnering opportunities.
  7. Coaching hours - Gain coaching hours toward your certification when you participate in our Community Outreach efforts.
  8. Grow your Business - Add your name to our Coach Directory and obtain referrals for business opportunities.
  9. 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.
  10. Scholarships - ICF Michigan offers four scholarships per year to support Michigan coaches enrolled in an International Coach Federation accredited coach-training program (ACTP).





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.

Click here to read the election results.

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!

Upgraded Research Portal
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).



Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions.  Click here to learn what our board members are excited about for 2016! 

Mary Selzer, President

Vicki Hepler, President-Elect and Member Relations

Rebecca Kraus, Past President

Andrea Fleischfresser, Secretary

Darren Johnston, Treasurer

Jackie Browning, Outreach

Beki Fraser, Education and Development 

Nadine Henry, Marketing

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator




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



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