Great things happen when minds meet and conversation is kindled by a cuppa –
and the ICF Metro DC Chapter’s Coaches Coffees provide a way for that to happen.
Coaches Coffees gather local groups of coaching professionals for regular meetings over coffee or a morning beverage of your choice. These monthly or quarterly meetings, led by facilitators, are designed to provide opportunities for colleagues to explore topics of interest together.
Traditionally these meetings occur at a coffee shop in your neighborhood, but currently we are adapting to the current conditions by using virtual meetings.
Meet and Mug Up
Not only are Coaches Coffees a good way to share ideas and keep on top of trends, but they’re also a good way to connect with other professionals and resources in your community.
Typical topics include:
● Business development
● Current trends
● Professional development
Earn CCEUs for Attending a Coffee
Through an arrangement with ICF Global attendees can earn one Resource CCEU, issued by the Coaches Coffees Group Host/Leader or an administrator.
FIND THE GROUP FOR YOUR AREA
Coaches Coffees bring together coaches in the same geographical area for discussion. Usually these meetings happen in a local coffee shop or café. However, due to the impact of Covid-19, the meetings are in a virtual format unless otherwise noted. Connect with a facilitator below to get plugged into your local group!
District of Columbia
Capitol Hill Coaches Coffee
Contact: Rebecca Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Karen Mack (email@example.com)
Meets: We meet the first Friday of each month from 8:00 - 9:30am. We meet on Zoom now but hope to transition to in-person soon.
Description: The Capitol Hill Coaches Coffee is an intimate group that comes together monthly to support each other to evolve professionally and personally. We value the diversity of knowledge and expertise in the group, as it has been a source of inspiration and experimentation. This facilitates our independent thinking and problem solving.
Meaningful connection and participation are building blocks that create this community. This means we ask members to be actively involved and encourage everyone to:
- Participate in meetings
- Spearhead your own initiatives
- Share in various facilitation and related duties
This is what helps us be in community!
Bethesda/Chevy Chase Coaches Coffee
Contact: Brian Schwartz and Shikina Tellis (both can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meets: We meet on the second Wednesday of each month except July, November, and December, from 8:00 - 9:15 a.m., virtually.
Description: At the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Coaches Coffee Group, we focus on community building and professional development for coaching professionals. We are a collaborative community in a competitive world. Members are invited to join the closed Facebook group.
Frederick, MD – The Frederick ICF Coaches Coffee
Contact: Jon Wikstrom (email@example.com) and Tara Cassidy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meets: Tara Cassidy and Jon Wikstrom are co-facilitators of the ICF Frederick (Maryland) Coaches Coffee. We meet quarterly on the fourth Friday in the months of January, April, July, and October. We used to meet exclusively in-person, though we went fully virtual during Covid. We are exploring with our participants the idea of returning to in-person meetings in Frederick.
Description: We use these meetings as a way to stay connected and engaged as a community, and to explore any and all professional development matters that interest our folks. We make specific efforts to facilitate networking opportunities during meetings, and generally host a speaker with some topic of interest to the world of coaching. Our speakers are most often part of the Frederick coaching cohort, though we sometimes invite someone from outside.
Our standard meeting practice is to gather at 8 AM on the day of the meeting for informal catching up and meeting new people, with the meeting itself running from 8:30 till 10:00. We then either stick around in-person till 10:30 for wrap up and more connecting, or lately, keep the Zoom room open during that time. The Frederick coaches are a friendly group, and very welcoming to anyone who may want to click the Zoom link and drop by! If you let Tara or Jon know ahead of time, we’ll be sure to email you all relevant info.
Arlington/Old Town Alexandria Coaches Coffee
Contact: Jo Ann Lucero (email@example.com)
Meets: We will meet quarterly in 2023 on Thursdays beginning at 10 AM, ending at 11:30 AM on the following dates: February 23, May 18, September 14, and November 30. We may meet in person at some point, place TBD, we will keep you posted and announce any in-person meeting well in advance.
Description: We welcome all individuals in the Arlington/Old Town Alexandria and vicinity to include: McLean; Falls Church City or environs.
CoCo Cafe (Loudoun/Reston Coaches Coffee)
Contact: Margot Halstead (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tanya Zinn Jones (email@example.com)
Meets: We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., virtually.
Description: Our meetings focus on community building/networking, professional growth, and inspiration. Meetings are primarily educational, qualify for CEUs and are a combination of guest speakers, book club, and peer coaching and are always relevant to coaching professionals. We have been fortunate enough to have all of our presentations be from internal participants wanting to share their specialty, a newest book they are working on, a study they have read and would like to share, a book they would like company in reading and digesting, or the like. Internal participation is our bread and butter; referrals to relevant authors as guest speakers is encouraged!
Gainesville/Warrenton Coaches Coffee
Contact: Fitz Carty
Meets: We meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., virtually
Springfield Coaches Coffee
Contact: Kendel Paulsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura Lenz (email@example.com)
Meets: We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am (no meetings in August or January.
Description: The Springfield Coaches Coffee is a welcoming community in which we hear from new speakers, review favorite books, and promote our ability to make connections both in person and on Zoom. We coordinate a coach buddy program pairing practiced coaches with coaches new to ICF Metro DC and/or to the profession.
Metro DC Region
After Dinner Coaches Coffee
Contact: Matt Mattice (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meets: Virtually, every second Tuesday of the Month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Description: The After Dinner Coaches Coffee is a virtual geographic agnostic evening gathering for coaches of all levels to network, learn, grow, and support one another.
Treasury Executive Institute/ICF Coaches Coffee
Contact: J. Howard (Jerusalem.Howard@treasury.gov) and Jo Ann Lucero (email@example.com)
Meets: We will meet quarterly in 2023 on Tuesdays via Zoom beginning at 8 am and ending at 9:30 am on the following dates: February 14, April 11, July 11, and November 14.
Description: The TEI/ICF Coaches Coffee includes Treasury Executive Institute, Department of the Treasury, and other Federal Government members in the Metro DC Area.