President's Message

Dear Metro DC Chapter Coaches -   

I am honored to serve as the President of the ICF Metro DC Chapter.  If you’re new to the Chapter – welcome!  If you’ve been a member for a while – welcome to you too; we’re glad you’re with us.  I offer a few thoughts below about our Chapter and where it’s headed.

Professional development.  Community and connection.  Service.  These are the ICF Metro DC Chapter’s three value propositions – we strive to provide high quality education programs, foster community and connection among coaches in our geographic footprint, and provide opportunities for service to others, both through pro bono coaching to clients in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and through volunteer work for the Chapter and its members. 

Our Chapter’s board members (dedicated volunteers all!) are working hard to serve our members – you.  They plan professional development events, lead the CCC, prepare newsletters, coordinate the Coaches’ Coffee program, organize social events, reach out to our many new members, develop ICW activities, coordinate our pro bono coaching program, liaise with new CPs, manage chapter finances, and so much more. 

Our 2018 and 2019 Capital Coaches Conference (the “CCC”) drew hundreds of attendees for a day jam-packed with educational and networking opportunities.  Our virtual and in-person professional development sessions regularly draw dozens of coaches.  Our holiday party in downtown DC was a big hit last year.  Our 2018 International Coaching Week (“ICW”) activities attracted hundreds of participants.  We have dozens of Chapter coaches delivering or about to deliver coaching services to clients in local non-profit organizations such as Teach for America, Advance CTE, and Institute for Educational Leadership.  And we have scores of coaches in leadership roles on committees, working on the CCC, and leading and participating in our various Coaching Coffee groups that meet throughout the region.  In addition, we are about to launch a Community of Practice (“CP”) on Social Identities (the theme of the 2019 CCC).  Wait – there’s more – we also offer a mentor coaching program to satisfy ICF credentialing requirements.  And, with apologies to those areas omitted, I’m sure that I overlooked other Chapter offerings…

The board members and the Chapter need your assistance - new member or a veteran, opportunities abound to pitch in and assist.  We invite you to jump in and volunteer to help us do more to enhance our members’ (your!) Chapter experience.  Places where you can help include converting our website to a new platform, helping with social media, member outreach, the new Social Identities CP, and the 2020 CCC.  If you don’t see a committee that appeals to you here, send us a note at [email protected] indicating your interest area and we’ll connect you to the right person on the board or elsewhere to get you connected.

Whether you are a life coach, leadership/executive coach, health and wellness coach, retirement transition coach, career coach, ADHD coach, or any of the other myriad types of coaches, we all promote coaching as a life-changing experience for individuals, groups, and teams.  Take advantage of your Chapter to enhance your skills, make and renew friendships and connections, serve others, and promote through your work the life-changing experience that coaching is. 

Finally, if there’s an issue you’d like to address, please let us hear from you.  You can contact me directly at [email protected].  If I’m not the right person for your issue, I’ll get you to the one who is.

Thanks for the opportunity to serve as the Chapter’s President for the Chapter’s 2019-20 year.  It’s an honor and privilege to step into and serve in this role, to work with and meet so many great people, and to help support our Chapter and its members – all of you.

With gratitude,

Jim Sims                                                          

ICF Metro DC Chapter President 

Co-Chair, 2019 Capital Coaches Conference

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