ICF Metro DC September 2017 News & Notes Print

President's 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


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Upcoming Chapter Events

Coaching Balance—Using the EQ-i to boost performance

September 21, 2017
7:00 PM EDT - 9:00 PM EDT

Bechtel Conference Center
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Register Here

One of the most popular tools in recent years to aid leadership coaching is the EQ-i, a behavioral tool that allows clients to measure/assess the amount of behavior they engage or display on 16 specifically selected scales. While many people seek the EQ-i to identify and address EQ elements that are underdone (yielding low scores), OKA has found that what is more pressing to many leaders/executives is their overdoing (an overly high score) a given behavior. At first glance, it might seem the best approach to overdoing a given behavior would be to do LESS of that thing, but it is actually quite difficult—if it is possible at all—to actively do less of something. Actually, and to many surprisingly, the real goal for someone who overdoes a given behavior is to learn to more actively engage the EQ behavior(s) that naturally balances whatever is being overdone. If I too much or too often overdo Emotional Expression, my development goal would be—not to be less expressive, but to engage better and more often my Impulse Control. The goal of EQ is never to do less of something, but to achieve effective balance.

This practical, interactive session introduces participants to the EQ-i model and points out the most often accessed balancing elements within the EQ-i. Whether an active EQ-i user or merely curious about what all the buzz around Emotional Intelligence is about, this session will be useful and fun.

Horse Sense for Leaders…and Coaches

October 19, 2017

8:30 am- 3pm

Frying Pan Park

Equestrian Center

2709 West Ox Road

Herndon, Va, 20171

6 CCEUs (4.5 core, 1.5 resource)

$150 (includes box lunch/drink)

Register Here

All participants must bring a lawn chair as we will be sitting around the horse training ring in the Equestrian Center all day.

Join the ICF METRO DC Chapter for a fun-filled Fall Day as we observe and apply the leadership skills and coaching competencies demonstrated by a professional trainer (Louis Wood) and his client (a 2000 lbs. horse!) In watching and reflecting upon Louis’ interactions with the horse, we’ll consider many core competencies needed by coaches and organization leaders at all levels. Among the topics will be:

·       Establishing shared understanding of needs and expectations

·       Gaining commitment and increasing motivation

·       Developing meaningful relationships

·       Dealing with conflict resolution and change

·       Establishing clear and concise lines of communications

This unique event is open to members of the ICF Metro DC Chapter, your coaching clients and their teams, and to coaching school communities in the Metro DC area. Come as a group or as an individual and jump into discussions that may change your approach to coaching and leading.

Save the date for the following events:

  • 10/16/17 - 10/27/17: October 2017 Community Coffees
  • 11/16/17: Chapter In Person Program: Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
  • 1/18/18: Chapter In Person Program: Bechtel Conference Center
  • 3/15/18: Chapter In Person Program: Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
  • 5/17/18: Chapter In Person Program: Bechtel Conference Center

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Special Chapter Announcement(s)


Renew Membership

ICF Membership indicates your commitment to the profession and to your clients. But equally important—it is simply an investment in yourself. Renew Online Today! 


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Community Coaching Coffees

You're invited! Attend a Community Coaching Coffee!

Community Coaching coffees have brought together coaches of all experience levels, training backgrounds and specialties resulting in a great cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives. 

There will be a balance of facilitated and free conversation.

The event is free other than your purchase of a beverage or menu item at the venue.  Members are welcome to join one or many coffees at the various locations! 

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Pro Bono Coaching

In an effort to capture how our members are contributing to our chapter, we want to hear where you are donating your time. Please take a moment to tell us if you have done any volunteering so far this year!

Please use our new online form to self report your volunteer hours!



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Non-Chapter Events

ICF Competency Tune Up -

8 Week Course -

19 CCEU's or 7 Mentor Coach Hours

Fall Sept 11-Oct 30, 2017 - Monday's 10-11:15 am. ET

Offered by web platform Zoom - access by internet and/or phone

  • Take your coaching to the next level - Deepen learning about the ICF Core Competencies
  • Explore and practice coaching techniques - Demonstrate peer group and learning lab coaching


Julie Shows, MCC and Jennifer Whitcomb, MCC are pleased to offer this program to help you ground and enhance your coaching by exploring and practicing the 11 Core Competencies and PCC Markers. Filled iwth practice open and experiential learning, the program is designed to provide a collaborative, safe place to try on new skills or tune up your understanding of the competencies with a community of peers and certified mentor coaches.

Contact Kat at for a registration form

Contact Jennifer @ for more information.

Cost: $1095

Leadership Embodiment Coach Training (LECT)
Oct 12-15, 2017 

Location:  The George Washington University Alexandria Graduate Center, 413 John Carlyle St #250, Alexandria, VA 22314 (5 min walk from the King Street Blue/Yellow Line Metro Stop)
Event Sponsor:  The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership in Partnership with Leadership Embodiment
Presenter(s):  Wendy & Tiphani Palmer
Contact Person:  Ina Gjikondi-Cecchetto
Contact Phone Number:  202.994.5313
Contact E-Mail:

Improving Performance: 
The Neuroscience of Action Learning

World Institute for Action Learning Annual Conference

October 5, 2017 - Frederick, Maryland    

At this One Day Conference you will:

  • Learn how a leader’s brain works from leadership expert, Phil Dixon.
  • Experience, and/or observe, the Action Learning process during break-out sessions.
  • Hear case studies from a team of panelists who are currently using Action Learning in a variety of areas such as: Corporations, Non-Profits, Government, and Small Business.
  • Network with coaches, leadership specialists, and entrepreneurs.
  • Receive discounts on Action Learning Certification Classes(50% discount prior to the event; 25% discount on the day of)
  • Network and receive CCEU credits 

Keynote Speaker

  • Phil Dixon, of Second and Nun Street Group, will be our keynote speaker and conference presenter. Phil is deeply involved in the application of neuroscience; applying it to leadership and management practices such as coaching, development, change planning/management, creating culture changes, and action learning.
  • Phil is passionate about the brain…everyone’s brain. Since 2002, he has devoted himself to the application of the growing body of knowledge about the brain; applying it to the field of leadership development and management.

Register Here

Peer Coaching Global Summit

11-13 October 2017 
National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
Shepherdstown, WV

The inaugural Peer Coaching Global Summit is set to take place Oct. 11-13, 2017, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Noted leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith calls peer coaching “the wave of the future.”  This intimate learning and networking event brings together peer coaching experts, seasoned practitioners, and L&D innovators to explore the power of this emerging trend.  Attendees will benefit from:


  • Success stories – Real-world stories of how individuals and organizations are using peer coaching to develop and benefit individuals, teams, organizations, and communities
  • Lessons learned – What we all have discovered works and doesn’t work in the many applications of peer coaching
  • Inquiries – Challenges and insights from prominent peer coaching thought leaders
  • What's new and next – What changes are coming or are possible? What else does our community need to thrive? What can we do to accelerate and broaden the impact of peer coaching?
  • Networking – Opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and community building

The learning and networking events begin on Wednesday evening, Oct. 11 and continue through Friday afternoon.  Summit details can be found at:


Eventbrite (Registration)

Foundation Course for Coaches

Date: September 18th - 22nd, 2017

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Event Sponsor: Newfield Network

Presenter:  Julio Olalla, MCC

ICF Member Cost ($): 3,000

Non-Member Cost ($): 3,000

Contact PersonLinda Fisher

Contact Phone Number: 1.303.449.6117

Contact E-Mail:


Event Description:

Ready to bring new and more powerful ways of knowing into your coaching and your personal life?

Then join us for the Foundation Course to learn the Ontological approach to coaching:

•    Be exposed to a solid body of knowledge, models & practices, based on the generative power of language, emotions, and body.

•    Learn how our discourses (personal history, gender, culture, etc.) constitute us and affect our capacity to act.

•    Experience how the body is our conduit for learning and lasting change and how to break immobilizing patterns.

•    Discover how moods and emotions impact our ability to take action. 

      Earn 30 ICF CCEU’s

Click here to learn more.

 “The paradox of coaching is that to be a masterful coach, we need to be voracious learners from many disciplines and acquire the skill of creating numerous distinctions…and then to completely surrender our knowing when we enter a coaching conversation.”     -  Julio Olalla


Want your program here? Email

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Communities of Practice


Communities of Practice (CoP) offers an additional venue for coaches in similar fields to communicate best practices and new ideas. CoPs generally meet by teleconference once a month. You can join by contacting a CoP leader directly.

Government Community of Practice

Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month | Time: 7:00 PM ET
Leader(s): Sue Stein, Ed.D., ACC
Maryland Chapter Liaison: Lynn Chandler, ACC
Bridge line: (605) 475-3215, access code 548301#
Contact: Please email Larry Westberg to be added to the roster for CoP members at

Facilitating Learning and Results Community of Practice

Date: 2nd Saturday of each month | Time: 10:30 AMET
Leader(s): Anne Kelly, PCC

Leadership Community of Practice - via ICF

Date:1st Thursday of each month | Time:11 a.m.
Leader(s): Ms. Hsuan-Hua Chang, Leadership MBA
Bridge: Webinar - visit for complete details

See more Communities of Practice at

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