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Kathy Harman
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 2014 are to:
- Promote coaching in Virginia
- Educate our members and support them in developing their coaching business.
- Engage members to fully support our profession and chapter

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!

If you are looking for a coach, take a look at our
About Us section to learn more about selecting a coach. Then use our Find-a-Coach feature to locate a Richmond area coach who is just right for you. If you’re a coach, we have many resources to support you and your business. If you’re interested in becoming a coach, come talk to seasoned coaches to learn more about the profession and how to start your journey.

Join us today to become part of our friendly, open and supportive network of coaches!

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Kathy Harman, MCC, CCM

2014 ICFGR President

Click Here  to read the August 2014 President's Message

Breaking Bias - Coaching Different Cultures/Generations, Communication with Clients

ICFGR is pleased to offer another webinar hosted by the New York chapter in our ongoing collaboration among East Coast Chapters for professional development. You register for this event just as you would any other ICFGR event.

If you attend the seminar and want to obtain CCEUs for it, email Nancy Kindervater at with the beginning and ending passwords from the webinar. Recordings will be available to those who register, but CCEUs are only provided to those who attend the live event.

What: Breaking Bias - Coaching Different Cultures/Generations, Communication with Clients
When: Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Who: Josh Davis, PhD
Where: Via GoTo Webinar (link sent to registrants one day prior to presentation)
How much: $20 for members; $30 for guests

CCEUs: 1.5 Core Competencies

Josh Davis, PhD presents Breaking Bias. The human brain is deeply and intrinsically biased. The reality is that many biases are completely unconscious to us, yet they dramatically affect nearly every decision we make. From the individual to large teams, biased decision-making can scale to adversely impact entire organizational systems and culture. We know how critical sound decision-making is, and how costly a poorly made one can be, not only for us, but for our communities and organizations as well. This is why it is imperative that all leaders identify and minimize bias whenever possible. The question is how do we break bias, before it breaks us?

Three things you will learn:
  • The different groups of biases
  • The way bias affects decisions
  • Bias mitigation techniques

  • **REGISTRATION will close at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2 to allow for administrative preparation to support a smooth experience for all. Please plan ahead to the best of your ability.
  • Within 24 hours of the teleclass, you will receive an email from Sometimes these emails go to spam folders. Please check them before emailing us for assistance.
  • Upon receiving the email, you will be prompted to register with GoToWebinar and it will provide you with all of the information you need to participate in the webinar.

Dr. Josh Davis is the director of research for the NeuroLeadership Institute. His research deals with adaptive emotional state control and mind-body connections. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and as taught at New York University, Columbia University and Barnard College.

September 2014 Program

What: Coaching Through Conflict: Yours and Theirs
When: Friday, September 12, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Who: Barbara Hulburt LLC
Where: Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
How much: $25 for members; $40 for guests
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Coaching Competencies:
  • Coaching Presence
  • Active Listening
  • Direct Communication
  • Creating Awareness
  • Personal Development of the Coach
This session is designed to help coaches sharpen their skills in dealing with conflict. These skills are useful whether a coach is addressing a conflict that has arisen with a client or working with a client who needs tools to deal with conflict in other settings. In either situation, the foundational skill is what I describe as “listening without ego” – a way of staying present as a listener and not getting sucked into the mistaken belief that other people’s “stuff” is about you. Removing the filter of our ego (or at least pushing it out of the way for a few minutes) is what makes it possible for people to listen effectively and engage in creative problem solving. Read More
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October 2014 Program

What: Peaks and Valleys: Coaching Senior Executives
When: Friday, October 10, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Who: Deborah B. Mayberry, M.S., LPC, NCC
Where: Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
How much: $25 for members; $40 for guests
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Coaching Competencies:
  • Coaching Presence
  • Active Listening
  • Powerful Questioning
  • Creating Awareness

Coaching the “C Suite” (Chief Executive Officers, Chief of Operations, Chief Financial Officers), executive officers (Presidents, Vice Presidents), and other senior leaders is fast paced, challenging, dynamic, and highly rewarding work. The coaching engagement is defined by the executive’s agenda, a more present-centered approach defined largely by unpredictable circumstances and personal needs punctuated with soaring highs and sometimes desolate lows. Understanding the common thinking patterns, behaviors, emotions, and other unique characteristics of these super stars is critical to a successful coaching engagement. Just as important is deploying effective strategies to assist the coachee in recognizing patterns and evaluating courses of action…..all designed to integrate and promote personal and professional achievement. Read More 
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August 2014 President's Message

Dear friends and colleagues,

What ... September is next week!! Where did the summer go??!! There is still so much to do!

The board continues to work on strategies to provide an opportunity for coaches in other locations throughout VA to access our programs, activities, as well as, designate ICFGR as their membership chapter. We are grateful to have the Roanoke chapter join ICF GR this past year. The association has been so positive for both parties, that we are enthusiastic and motivated to extend these same benefits to other coaches in VA who may not have the presence of a coaching community in their area.

  • Roanoke coaches are able to set up their own programs, and offer CCEUs via ICFGR.
  • A liaison member from Roanoke sits on the board, which has been helpful in representing this area in ICF GR strategic plans
  • Roanoke coaches can access our programs and conference activities at ICF GR member prices

Plans in our ICF GR future include methods for more remote coaches to attend the Richmond programs via webcast. Creating this strategy for including remote locations in Virginia to join ICF GR involves getting member feedback/thoughts as to a ‘Virginia chapter’ concept is concerned:

Ideas … Needs … Wants …

ICF GR has a “Town Forum” scheduled call on Wednesday, 9/24 at 12 PM to receive your feedback and ideas regarding the Virginia chapter concept. All members will soon receive an email announcement with further details.

One issue that frequently re-surfaces is the difficulty for independent coaching entrepreneurs to build a thriving coaching practice. A fact that has been widely recognized is that neither the general public nor professional businesses fully understand the amazing advantages of engaging professional coaches. As a coaching community, we should all take an active part in presenting information and materials as to the benefits and values of the coaching profession … on our websites … professional blogs … presentations. There are so many ways to communicate the value of coaching to the greater Richmond area! I invite you to become even more vocal with your coaching ideas, and to share with us when you do publish so our fellow coaches have the opportunity to ‘like’ your site, comment or forward the messages. Let’s get some BUZZ going??

As always, it gives me great joy to see each of you at our monthly programs. I’m awed by the power and presence in our chapter! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer –like weather, and I’ll see you soon!

President, ICFGR



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