ICF Metro DC Pro Bono coaching has been instrumental in giving back to the community, demonstrating the value of coaching, and allowing coaches to practice their skills and gain hours for their next level of certification.
At this session, our panel of speakers will discuss:
- How pro bono coaching clients benefit by optimizing performance and business outcomes;
- Coaches' and clients' perspectives on pro bono coaching; and
- How ICF members can engage and benefit from participating in our pro bono coaching program.
Program time line and agenda for Tuesday, 17 May, 12:00-1:30pm Eastern:
12:00-12:05 Welcome and Introduction by Kenny Leahman, ICF Metro DC Chapter Pro Bono Program Director
12:05-12:25 Larysa Homans, ICF Ukraine Chapter Past President and Ambassador
12:25-12:40 Marilyn Edmunds Bowser, Vital Voices
12:40-12:55 George A. Jones, Bread For The City
12:55-13:20 Suzan Jenkins, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD
13:20-13:30 Concluding Remarks
First Guest, Larysa Homans: As Past President and current Ambassador of the ICF Ukraine Charter Chapter (2019-2020), Larysa continues to lead ICF Ukraine’s international partnership initiatives. She is Metro DC Chapter’s partner in providing Pro Bono coaching to Ukraine Chapter coaches. As Certified Integrative and Story Coach, mentor, strategic communication expert, and business advisor, Larysa Homans helps soul-driven leaders, executives, and professionals define and design, execute and expand their new experiences, their New Stories–in career, business, and in life. Larysa has combined 40+ years of interrelated experience as a journalist, business communication expert in many international projects and organizations in Ukraine and other countries, and business educator with her professional path in transformational story designing, coaching and mentoring. She holds one master’s degrees in Psychology and a second in Journalism, obtained from Kyiv National University. Larysa loves learning constantly and consistently looks for new ways to create new stories, lead changes, and make unique contributions. Larysa lives in Ukraine and the United States and works globally.
Second Guest, Marilyn Edmunds Bowser, Vital Voices: Marilyn serves as the Vice President of People Ops for Vital Voices, an NGO investing in women taking on the world’s greatest challenges to achieve gender equity globally. She is an innovative People Operations leader with a decade of experience in the Education and Human Resources. Over the course of her career, Marilyn's passion for equity ignited her focus on recruiting Women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQIA+ to open access to opportunity. Her experience is in Change Management, Employee Engagement, L&D, Full Cycle Recruitment, Performance Management, Continuous Improvement, JDE&I, and Employee Relations. Marilyn was born and raised in Virginia, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Paul's College and an MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Third Guest, George A. Jones, Bread for the City: Mr. Jones has been Chief Executive Officer of BFC since January 2, 1996. BFC is a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, medical, legal and social services to Washington, DC residents living on low-incomes. Mr. Jones is responsible for managing all administrative, financial, and programmatic aspects of the agency and its 110 full-time staff. Under Mr. Jones' leadership, BFC has taken on the challenge of attacking poverty through a racial equity lens. The agency is committed to embedding racial equity in all of its direct services and its efforts to organize around and advocate for affordable housing. BFC strives to be an anti-racist agency and one that helps to lead the movement of creating a racially equitable DC. Mr. Jones serves on the Board of the Directors of the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), the DC Affordable Law Firm, and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. He is also a founding member of the DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Fourth Guest, Suzan Jenkins: Ms. Jenkins has served as the CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Maryland since 2008. She is a leader in the non-profit arts and culture sector having served in senior executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and the Recording Industry Association of America. A Peabody Award winning producer of the radio series Let the Good Times Roll for Public Radio International, Jenkins has been recognized for her leadership and entrepreneurial endeavors, including by the Gazette of Politics and Business, Women Business Leaders of Maryland, Jazz Alliance International, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Howard University Jazz Ensemble, the Black American Heritage Foundation and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. As co-founder of the Nonprofit Energy Alliance, Jenkins is the winner of the 2012 Washingtonian Green Giant Award. Jenkins serves on the Boards of Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Nonprofit Montgomery; as a mentor for Women of Color in the Arts; as Past President of the County Arts Agencies of Maryland; and on the Montgomery County MD Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission. Jenkins holds an Honorary Degree in Public Service from Montgomery College, MD, a BS in Psychology and Management, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and is dedicated to anti-racist work that is both organizationally and individually bound.