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ICF Michigan Newsletter

November 2015


Rebecca Kraus, 2015 ICF Michigan President 


Can you believe THANKSGIVING is right around the corner?

As seems to be a pattern for me, I am writing you from my kitchen table - this time looking out on our first snow of the season! The boughs of the giant pines in our backyard are already coated in white as big fluffy flakes drift slowly through the air. There is something always magical about the first snowfall of the year. I like to think that it is nature's way of telling the plants and trees to rest now, covering them in a blanket of white, to regain their strength for a new year.

As President, I realize I feel the same way in some ways. As our year comes to an end, there are loose ends that need to be addressed so that our Chapter can transition to a new year and a new leader. Approving budgets, identifying volunteers to help us continue to provide our Education and Development programs, cafes' and tele-calls, Outreach, etc. for all of you around our state and beyond our borders. Just as nature prepares the trees and plants over time with the fall of leaves and the end of bloom season, so too our Chapter transitions. The difference is we never take a winter's sleep!!

And so our work to continue to provide our members great value as well as a community to gain support and fulfillment continues. Watch for our upcoming Board of Directors Election ballot coming your way very shortly. This year we have several candidates who have stepped forward to run for the Board and as you review your ballots you will be able to learn more about each of them by reviewing their bios. Be sure to vote!

As you read below you will see that we need your help by completing the ICF Coach Survey. We can all benefit from the break-out Michigan report that will be generated ONLY IF WE REACH 100 RESPONSES. If you have not completed this brief survey, would you please do so now?  If we qualify, all members will be e-mailed a copy!!! LET'S BE ONE OF THE STATES THAT QUALIFY!!!

As we look toward 2016, please consider volunteering with one of our wonderful committees!  You will find the opportunity to learn and collaborate with your fellow coaches, in a way that I guarantee will richen your commitment to coaching and sense of being a part of an extraordinary community. Join us!

To you, your families and all whom you hold dear, have a holiday filled with love and joy.

One with you,

Rebecca Kraus

2015 ICF Michigan President



New online resource for prospective coaches, Upgraded Research Portal!!!!

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).



  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).




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!

Experienced Coaches' Teleforum 

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.

Thursday, December 9 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, 1.0 Core Competency CCEU. Topic is "How Are You Changing Your Business Model?" 

Click here to register.

Core Competency Teleclass Program

The ICF Michigan Core Competency Program is offered the second Thursday of the month. Please join us for 60 minutes of exploring the intent and practice of the ICF Core Competencies.

Thursday, December 10 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

This month is a special "double feature" with 2 topics and 1.5 CCEUs. Topics are

"Planning and Goal Setting AND Managing Progress and Accountability"

Click here to register.    

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:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, 0.75 Core Competency and 0.25 Resource Development CCEUs. Topic is "Ditching Either/Or for Both/And Thinking" with Jane Kise, Ph.D.

Click here to register


January 13, 2016, 1:00PM-2:00PM, The Four Basic Legal Agreements Every Coach Needs, with Gene Policasti.

February 17, 2016, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Staying Out of Ethical Hot Water (Coaching and Ethics) with Tina Elliot, MCC.

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



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

Vicki Hepler, Marketing Relations 

Sandy Marshall
, Community Outreach

Jan Martinez, Education & Development 


Kathy Munoz, Education & Development

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator




The coaching industry grows and evolves daily, creating new opportunities for professional coaches and new challenges to overcome. The 2015 Global Coaching Survey, commissioned by ICF and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, collects information and insights from coaches around the world to provide an up-to-date picture of the industry.


All professional business and personal coaches-regardless of ICF affiliation-are invited to take the survey TODAY.   


Chapters that reach 100 responses per chapter will receive a separate report to share with their members providing invaluable information on coaching. This data is crucial in helping all of us build and grow our practices. PLEASE take a moment of your time to complete this invaluable survey and help ICF Michigan qualify for this special report.


The survey is accessible here:




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