President's Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues, 

With excitement and gratitude, I share that Brooke Carpenter has accepted the position of President-Elect, filling an off-cycle vacancy in this spot.  Brooke currently leads our professional development team which has been diligently focused on planning for our own events as well as tapping into the resources of the Maryland chapter and CBODN, among others.  The DC area is rich with coach development opportunities and we are intent on cooperating where it makes sense to do so, rather than trying to “reinvent the wheel.”  Check out the upcoming events!

In other Board news, Loretta Cooper has joined as our Communications lead. Loretta is filling the position vacated by Michal Safianik who stepped away from the Board due to growing business commitments. (Thank you, Michal, for your gentle spirit and wise counsel regarding communications! We will miss you!) Loretta has an extensive career in media before turning to OD and coaching and is actively working on our Strategic Communications Plan. 

We will be rolling out a new look and refreshed content on our website soon thanks to the efforts led by Board member Laura Phelps and our chapter’s assistant, Lee Wiercinski. Our focus in this re-design is to make it easier for our various audiences (members, prospective members, general public) to find what they need more easily and to ensure that the content is kept current.

Board members Saundra King, Marlene Thomas and Charles Jewett are mining the data we have on our membership to help us craft our messages, programs, and outreach. We’ll be sharing statistics about the size and diversity of our community and have begun to develop a member survey to seek your input on how the Chapter can best serve your needs as professional coaches. 

Work on the 2018 Capital Coaches Conference is underway led by Board Members Jim Sims and Shannon Polly. We’ll be looking for hearts, minds and hands to help with this effort so stay tuned for more news in this area!

On the financial side of the house, Gary Crane, our Treasurer, is a careful steward of our financial resources and reports that we are on track to manage to our break-even budget for 2017-2018.

Over 300 members of the ICF Metro DC Chapter attended the Converge event in late August! The opening session celebrated over 60 countries and 1600 coaches in one space. In addition to the educational nuggets we all gained, it was inspiring to enjoy the comradery of such a diverse group.

 I look forward to seeing you at the Horse Sense for Leaders and Coaches event on October 19, 2017!

Kori Diehl