Welcome to ICFGR!
We are a small but mighty charter chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) whose coaches embody the creativity and energy found in our host city of Richmond, Virginia. Our mission is to be a dynamic ICF chapter known for promoting the coaching profession through increasing awareness, sharing knowledge and expertise, and empowering others to reach their full potential.
Our primary goals for 2013 are to:
- Promote coaching in our community
- Engage members to fully support our profession and chapter
- Educate our members and support them in developing their coaching business.
I invite you to browse our site to learn more about who we are and how we support coaches and their clients. Take a look at our upcoming events detailed below, or check out our Event Calendar to see what’s going on. We always welcome new members and guests at our monthly meetings, where you will meet the friendliest coaches in the country!
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Kathy Harman, MCC, CCM
2013 ICFGR President
to read the February 2014 President's Message
MARCH 2014 Program
Coaching Mid-Life Transitions
Friday, March 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mimi Weaver, Life Coach Certified
Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
$25 for members; $40 for guests
Something strange happens to us in mid-life. We can
feel overwhelmed and out of balance, sense that something's missing, wonder if we're on the right path, and feel stuck and unsure about how to move past our doubts and fears. The good news is that feeling this way is common and nothing’s wrong with us! It is possible to live a life of balance, ease and grace, fully connected to what makes you feel passionately alive.
In this session, Mimi will show us how to work with people in the grip of their mid-life struggles and how we can help them break through to the new possibilities that await. She will do a coaching demonstration as part of the program.
About the presenter:
is Certified as a Life Coach, with over 1,500 hours of coaching experience. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and ICF Greater Richmond
, participates in a coaches peer group and receives regular training to improve her coaching skills. Recent clients have included artists, attorneys, business executives, couples, development professionals, entrepreneurs, homemakers, ministers, physicians, retirees, social workers, students, therapists and writers.
Members Only: Free Webinar on March 28, 2014
Learn How to Overcome the Top 5 Challenges that Coaches Experience
March 28, 2014 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
• Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
• Coaching Presence
• Powerful Questioning
• Managing Progress and Accountability
• Business Development
Do these questions swirl through your mind?
• Where do I get clients?
• How do I keep clients?
• How do I deliver an incredible coaching experience – EVERYTIME!
• How do I generate referrals?
• How much should I be charging?
These are the TOP 5 Challenges
coaches experience and there's a simple solution to each one of these.
Come to this call...we'll cover each of these challenges and how to solve them all. We'll show you how to
• Generate leads
• Create raving fans
who send you referrals over and over again
• Price effectively,
• Deliver such a deep coaching experience your clients keep coming back Read More
Coaching: A Deep Dive to Discovery
Registration is Open for 2014 Capital Coaches Conference
Want to be sure to take your coaching to a new level? THEN you won’t want to miss this year’s conference. In collaboration with the ICF Maryland and ICF Greater Richmond Chapters, ICF Metro DC is hosting our 11th Annual Capital Coaches Conference Coaching: A Deep Dive to Discovery
on June 5th
at the Marriott Fairview Park
in Falls Church, VA.
We anticipate this year’s conference to be a sellout, because we had so many great submissions for workshops and breakout sessions! There is so much great content, that it is hard to fit it all in on one single day! Check out the Capital Coaches Conference
website for more updates on our speakers and be sure to Register Today
so you can discover new depths in yourself as a coach as we take a deep dive together.
If you are interested in sponsoring or an exhibitor table (or know someone else who might be a good fit) please see/share our 2014 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus
or contact CCCExhibits@conferencemanagers.com
On behalf of ICF Metro DC
Melissa Lubin, Ph.D., ACC - ICF Greater Richmond President-Elect
February 2014 President's Message
Dear friends and colleagues,
IMPORTANT: ICF Global has sent to all its members’, information about the revised credentialing requirements. Hopefully, you have received your email notice by this date. The revised credentialing requirements are designed to reinforce the ICF drive to ensure that consumers are receiving quality services from ICF-credentialed coaches. In summary:
• Every person applying for an ICF credential will be required to take a written exam starting April 4, 2014. If you’ve already passed an ICF exam prior to applying for a credential (for example, if you used the Portfolio application process), you are not required to take the written exam again.
• ACC applicants who have completed coach training through an ICF accredited training program will not be required to submit a coaching recording.
• Every person who applies for a credential using the Portfolio process (i.e., you are not certified through an ICF accredited training program) must also send in written transcripts of the recorded sessions submitted.
ICF is also working to tighten requirements for MCC coaches: a) requiring 3 recorded sessions with the same client, and b) requiring that MCC applicants currently hold a PCC credential. These requirements are not yet in effect.
Coaching is a fairly new professions, which until recently, has not been decisively regulated to assure that individuals are receiving valuable services by qualified ICF credentialed coaches. With the work that ICF Global is doing on behalf of its members, these strengthened credential requirements should reduce the misconceptions surrounding the coaching profession. Completion of an ICF certified training program provides coaches with the competencies needed to be specialists in their profession.
As with any other people focused profession, coaches are working with an individual’s utmost well-being in mind. And as with any developing profession, the potential exists for the government to step in, with individuals not knowledgeable in the coaching competencies, values and benefits creating regulations to govern the coaching practice so as to safeguard the consumer. ICF Global grew out of a need for coaches to self
-regulate, to hold ourselves and our profession accountable, liberating our profession to develop its own guidelines and requirements to certify ICF coaches under the worldwide adopted coaching competencies, ICF-accredited training programs and ICF credentials. ICF has created a framework to support coaching, to announce to the world that we are a serious profession with wide-reaching positive impact, and when you engage an ICF coach you can be assured of the coach’s training and experience.
We may not clearly see evidence of ICF support in our day-to-day coaching business; but it is there. Beyond ensuring that coaches are consistent, trained and effective, ICF is working to support the profession in many ways, including:
• Offering up-to-date and available resources to support our coaching business
• Declaring and promoting on a global platform the value and benefits of the coaching profession
• Conducting industry research to provide coaching statistics to ICF members for marketing purposes
• Being a conduit for connecting coaches world-wide to empower us to share best practices, techniques and ideas
• Maintaining a world-wide database of coaches that can be examined by potential clients, as well as, for networking
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the ICF Global website (www.coachfederation.org) and take advantage of what’s offered to members. The accumulation of information available for members is amazing.
In the coming months, ICF Greater Richmond will share data we are collecting from ICF Global and other chapters in the Northeast Region (ICF Greater Richmond chapter is the southern-most member). We are optimistic that this data will provide valuable ideas to promote marketing, learning opportunities and sharing with colleagues. I welcome your thoughts and questions about ICF; about what our chapter can do to support our members, and what ICF Global is doing to support its members. It’s an exciting time to be involved in a remarkable new profession with an amazing capacity to make a difference in the world!
Kathy Harman, MCC, CCM
President, ICF Greater Richmond