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ICF Michigan Newsletter

October 2015


"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it."

- Ralph Marston

Rebecca Kraus, 2015 ICF Michigan President 

Dear ICF Michigan Coaches,


As I sit at my kitchen table looking out the window at the gorgeous red and gold trees this sunny October morning, I am filled with appreciation. On Thursday, October 15th, I had the great pleasure as President to attend our 11th Annual Statewide Conference in Okemos, MI. What a wonderful day!  For those who were not able to attend, you missed an AWESOME experience.

Our theme, "Optimizing Balance: Your Business, Your Life" provided a day's immersion in learning and experiencing ways to care for ourselves and our clients. The Conference Planning Committee structured a wonderful day featuring nationally renowned health and wellness keynote speaker Chris Johnson, 4 break-out sessions and an AMAZING TED-style session with several of our Michigan pioneer coaches.

With Conference Chair Susan Combs, it was a thrill to welcome 60 attendees to Okemos!  Susan shared that PCAM (now ICF Michigan) had been literally founded in her living room 11 years ago. She then acknowledged those Past Presidents in our audience who were in attendance. I had the pleasure of introducing our great Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee. Hats off to the following 2015 Conference Committee Members for their wonderful work and commitment on such a perfect day! There were:

Susan Combs, Chair

Gwendolyn Esco Davis

Andrea Fleischfresser

Beki Fraser

Diane Norris

Gail Walter

Carol Winslow

Jan Martínez & Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Board Champions

Chris Johnson, a nationally renowned health and wellness coach and consultant kicked off the Conference as our Keynote, educating us on healthy living and eating. I think I speak for many when I say, who knew orange flavor cod liver oil could taste that good?  How may knew how good it is for you? Seriously, Chris's presentation was incredibly informative and he did a masterful job in showing us how we could dramatically, positively impact our lives and our health by eating well.

Our morning breakout sessions were Building Resilience to Optimize Balance and Performance, with Dan Johnson and How Mindfulness Can Make You A Better Coach, with Cynthia Knapp Diugosz. I wish I could have attended both, but as I haven't quite figured out how to do that quite yet, I chose one and found it wonderfully informative. Same for our two afternoon sessions, Origin of The Universe Qi Gong: Tapping into The Wisdom of The Body, with Eric Couillard and Making Room for Balance and Change: Simple Strategies to Identify, Motivate and Develop Habits to Tackle Clutter, with Carol Winslow. Feedback from these sessions as our morning speakers was extremely enthusiastic!

Our luncheon program consisted of great food, conversation and the opportunity to recognize our wonderful volunteers for whom ICF Michigan could not exist. Our glorious 2015 volunteers include:


Education Development Board Champions: Kathy Munoz, Jan Martínez




Kyle Kinder

Core Competency Teleclass Facilitator

Jan Martinez

Core Competency Teleclass Facilitator

Mary Selzer

Core Competency Teleclass Facilitator

Mary Jo Asmus

Experienced Coaches Teleforum Facilitator

Rebecca Kraus

Teleclass Facilitator

Marsha Barnosky

Coach Cafe Leader - Western MI (Grand Rapids)

Nadine Henry

Coach Cafe Leader - Ann Arbor

Lori Kerlin

Coach Cafe Leader - Northern MI

Gail Walter

Coach Cafe Leader - Michigan (State) Telecafe

Jan Martinez, Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

Coach Cafe Leader - SE Michigan (Royal Oak)

Susan Combs

Conference Committee Member

Gwendolyn EscoDavis

Conference Committee Member

Beki Fraser

Conference Committee Member

Diane Norris

Conference Committee Member

Gail Walter

Conference Committee Member

Carol Winslow

Conference Committee Member


Education & Development Board Champions: Kathy Munoz, Jan Martínez 



Andrea Fleischfresser

Committee Member

Vincenza Mueller

Committee Member

Sonia Ridao Granado

Committee Member


Marketing Board Champion: Nadine Henry





Beate Stumpe

Committee Member


Community Outreach Board Champions: Sandy Marshall, Aaron Handelsman





Martha Phoenix

Volunteer Coach

Michelle Russell

Volunteer Coach

Beate Stumpe

Volunteer Coach


For the first time ICF Michigan experienced a TED-style session with 3 Michigan coaches, Sandy Carter, Rob Elliott and Julie Norris. Not having attended a session of this type, I really had no idea what to expect. For those not there you missed an amazing experience! The personal stories, experiences, observations and learnings shared by Sandy, Julie and Rob were spell-binding; people truly sat at rapt attention. I strongly suspect this segment will appear at our 2016 conference!  Thank you all!

What a wonderful day; such great speakers! It was so wonderful to see those who I had not spoken to in a while and from the sound of buzzing around the rooms at break-out times coaches from around the state were SERIOUSLY connecting and reconnecting! I was thrilled with the New Member Lunch table where new members ate lunch with Member Relations Co-Chair and Board Member Vicki Hepler and had questions about ICF Michigan membership answered for them. At the Volunteer Table, Board Members Sandy Marshall and Nadine Henry distributed our Volunteer Certificates and signed up new volunteers. Such great teamwork amongst our Board members!

I would also like to acknowledge our wonderful Virtual Administrator, Kathy Vlietstra!  ICF Michigan runs well due in no small part due to Kathy. From managing correspondence, to supporting us at the registration table at conferences, to handling our membership list, and on and on and on, she is an indispensable member of our Administrative Team. For many, this is the first person you may meet with our Chapter. I hope you had the opportunity to chat with Kathy as you received your program packet. Kathy, a million thanks for all you do for us!

Our day ended with Board Member and Conference Committee Champion Jan Martinez calling our speakers and Committee members forward for a moving silent thank you from the audience. It was so powerful and I hope all felt the appreciation pouring over them.

I left the conference feeling a sense of pride and overwhelming appreciation. I reflected upon all that our chapter has achieved in 2015 as well as the goodness and generosity of those who have helped ICF Michigan through their service, volunteerism and attendance at our events. I basked in the warmth of the comments from a number of attendees as to what the conference meant to them. And I thought - we indeed are a community of coaches, who are so strong, and are so powerful when we support and lift each other up. Today was proof!

It is an honor to count myself as one with you.


Rebecca Kraus

2015 ICF Michigan President



JUNE 2015 was ICF Membership renewal month!
Beginning in 2015, ICF Michigan has moved our renewal calendar to start our membership year in the month of June. A new membership or a renewal would therefore span from June 2015-June 2016.

Please note that a membership in ICF does not automatically make the person an ICF Michigan member. At the time of joining or renewing your ICF membership you are asked during the process to provide or confirm your local chapter. We encourage you to name ICF Michigan as your home chapter. The ICF Michigan chapter membership fee is separate and in addition to the ICF fee. If you choose not to join ICF, you may still belong to ICF Michigan by utilizing our ICF Michigan Associate Membership classification. It provides a number of the educational benefits the full ICF Member classification, but limits voting and committee participation.

Don't miss benefiting from all we as a chapter have as resources for our members. 

Click here to renew!



  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, October 28 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, 1.0 Core Competency CCEU. Topic is "What Do Ethics Have To Do With Coaching?"
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. Check out the website or contact Kyle Kinder for more information.

Thursday, November 12 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm,
Topic is "Facilitating Learning and Results: Designing Actions"

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, November 10, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, 1.5 Core Competency CCEUs, "How to Coach Someone Through a (major) Illness"

with Keri Lehmann and Shariann Tom 

Click here to register.

Save the date for future teleclasses:

December 1, 2015 Tent. 1:00 - 2:30 pm, 0.75 Core Competency and 0.25 Resource Development CCEU, "Ditching Either/Or for Both - And: Using Polarity Thinking to Juggle Opposing Truths" with Jane Kise, Ph.D.



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




Michigan is working to achieve a 100-person response rate for the Global Coaching Survey! Once we cross the 100-person response threshold, our chapter - and you! - receive a special breakout of research data that we can use in communications and presentations when the survey closes. This information will inform all of us on statistics and trends within the world of coaching and our practices.

The survey is accessible here:




Come and join us for Collaborative Coaching Conversations!  

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


  The Northern Michigan Café and the Michigan Tele-Café are taking breaks for now.
Stay tuned for more details later soon.  



"Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."

 - Voltaire




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