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ICF Michigan Newsletter

March 2015


Rebecca Kraus, 2015 ICF Michigan President

Dear ICF Michigan Community Coaches,

AMAZING. It is the one word that keeps playing over and over in my head as I try to describe my experiences of March 5-7, 2015.

It's been over a week since my return from the 2015 ICF Global Leaders Forum in Atlanta. And for the last week I have struggled to articulate how I could put into words what it was like, what I discovered, what I came away with to share with you. This column is my attempt to put a rush of feelings and emotions into words.

166 leaders, 57 nations from around the world. Sitting at a breakfast  table representing the state of Michigan as Chapter President with the President's of Ireland, Belguim, Germany, Russia, Saudia Arabia and Argentina. Lunch with the chapter/national representatives from South Africa, Switzerland, Japan and Turkey. Dinner mingling with extraordinary, committed coaches from every corner of the globe.

AMAZING. SIMPLY AMAZING. For 2 ½ days we talked, laughed, danced, sang and listened to each other. We shared ideas, brainstormed and learned from each other.  I learned that chapters around the world struggle with the same issues we do, and that we are connected as one family through our principles, our core competencies and our shared belief in the mission of ICF: "Advancing the Art, Science and Practice of Professional Coaching."

In 20 years our profession of coaching and the ICF has grown from a small band of people joining together to establish the purpose and mission of coaching in the US  to the largest coaching body in the world representing over 25,000 members and 15,000 credentialed coaches in nearly 60 countries. As of 2015, ICF has grown to seven global regions:

- 4 in North America

North America West

North America Midwest

North America Southeast

North America Northeast

- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
- Latin America
- Asia Pacific

ICF Michigan, our chapter of 134 members in the North America Midwest, is comprised of dedicated coaches whose passions for making a difference binds us to the thousands of coaches around the world who walk our same walk, who understand our challenges, our joys, our clients' break through moments. They are our extended family, relatives we may not see often, may never meet, but share our experiences like a gigantic family tree. They were the people in that room all with a connection to each of you.

Professionalism. Standards. Excellence. Credibility. As I would look around the conference room each day, I was struck that I was a part of something extraordinary, bound by a covenant, possessing skills and competencies evaluated and assessed to be worthy of being deemed a coaching professional to the world by this organization. We were one. All 166 of us possessed the passion for coaching and its possibilities. As we talked, we shared what we strive to do:



Over the last year, I will admit that there have been times that I did not understand changes taking place in the ICF or why they were necessary. What I came to learn is that we are a young organization that has grown rapidly and that the organization and the profession is learning together how we can be our best selves. I learned that the profession of coaching is increasingly challenged by other professions who would like to absorb coaching, some who portray coaching as masquerading as a legitimate profession. I have come to believe that the emphasis on credentialing helps to not only set standards of excellence for coaching, it increases our credibility, separates us from those who purport to be coaches and have little/no professional training and helps us stand alongside other behavioral-based professions as equals. These are just several components of the value proposition.

ICF's increasing focus on regionalization drives leadership toward, not away from the regions and chapters, providing us the flexibility to address local/state/regional needs with approaches customized for our audiences, the sharing of best practices, resources, etc. backed by the ICF's global infrastructure. This approach, rather than dictating that chapters must march robot-like to ICF dictates, allow us autonomy in how we manage our chapters, create special classifications of engagement that allow non-ICF members to still belong to a local chapter in their area and enjoy many, many benefits as those of the voting membership.

AMAZING. I find myself using that word over and over, telling family, clients, anyone I am around about my trip and the sense of connection I had to something powerful, meaningful, extraordinary. Every time I share my experiences I get goose bumps - it happens every time. How privileged I feel to have had the opportunity to meet the people in that room, my sisters and brothers, my family, your family.

Our chapter and all of you are integral to the future of our profession of coaching. Your support and volunteering in ICF Michigan's committees and activities increases our presence, our impact and all our futures in a calling we love. Together, we share a pride, a commitment to represent excellence and integrity. In this we are one with our coaching family around the globe. We are joined by our aspirations.



One with you,

Rebecca Kraus

2015 ICF Michigan President



The Midwest Regional Conference Registration is Now Open!
Kansas City, MO and The Midwest Regional Conference will be the place to be from June18 - 20, 2015!  Early discounted registration is now open!  Take advantage of a $100 discounted rate by registering before April 15th!  Simply click on the link here - http://ICF-midwest.com  


ICF Global Membership Renewal Kicks Off February 3rd

ICF (our parent global organization) has begun the member renewal process. E-mails from Global as well as a notice from ICF Michigan was sent to our members in the last several weeks. Be sure to renew your ICF Global membership.  Deadline was  March 31, 2015, but it is not too late. ICF's website is http://www.coachfederation.org

Benefits of ICF are many, including:

  • Setting the standard for coaching excellence world-wide, and for you, in the marketplace
  • Increased credibility by membership in the world's largest community of professionally trained coaches
  • ICF's advancement of coaching as a critically important practice needed across industries
  • Access to advanced coaching research and science
  • Personal learning opportunities through tele-classes, etc.
  • Access to promotional materials to help you build your coaching practice available in 8 languages
  • Discount rates for business insurance and a variety of services
  • Advisory support to you for ethics and compliance issues arising in your practice





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)  


Kathy Munoz, Education & Development  

Nadine Henry, Marketing 

Mary Selzer, Member Relations 

Sandy Marshall, Community Outreach 

Deb Voyt, Sponsorship  

Rebecca Kraus, Annual Conference



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:

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, Member Relations

Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Secretary 

Darren Johnston, Treasurer

Aaron Handelsman, Community Outreach and ICF Ethics Liaison

Nadine Henry, Marketing

Sandy Marshall
, Community Outreach

Jan Martinez, Education & Development 


Kathy Munoz, Education & Development

Deb Voyt
, Marketing (Affiliations, Sponsorship) 

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator


You are invited to join coaches from around the state for 60 minute discussions on topics of interest to coaches.

1st Friday of the month, 9:00 am ET

PIN: 293548#

Contact Gail Walter for more information or questions. 




Magdalena Mook, ICF Global CEO, and Rebecca Kraus

The forum

Rebecca Kraus



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