As the International Coach Federation has grown, ICF has made Global conferences more accessible to more members. This year there are three conferences. ICF Global Europe will be in Malmo, Sweden. ICF Global Latin America will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And the ICF Global North American Conference will be held June 19-21 in the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World”—Cleveland, Ohio, with the theme “Coaching Rocks.” Registration is now open and Early Bird registration ends April 15. Register here. The North American Conference offers you the opportunity to earn up to 12 CCEUs.
In addition to the Global conferences, ICF offers many learning opportunities globally and regionally. Sara Smith, our ICF regional liaison, advises ICF Global of our interests and needs via the ICF Southeast Region. This year Sara has been instrumental in creating four regional mastermind groups and ICF-NT is well represented. The Mastermind groups and our representatives are:
• Raising Visibility – Neil Phillips
• Member Engagement – Tom Donaldson
• Programs and Workshops – Randy Fernandez
• Community Outreach – Mimi Heines
We look forward to learning from other chapters to support our chapter initiatives.
ICF Global offers many resources including information on industry trends, marketing tools and materials, a coach referral service, and connection to a global coaching community. One of these connections is through the Communities of Practice. Currently there are 16 Communities such as Career Coaching, Cultural Competency, and Team & Work Group Coaching. Ed Rankin, ICF-NT Chapter member, leads the Coaching & Human Capital Community of Practice. You can join a group by contacting the group’s leader here.
ICF also offers virtual education to improve business skills and acumen. A current Business Development Series that is free to members can be found here. Check out the ICF global site to find archived education, articles and tools to support business development.
These are just a sampling of global ICF resources. We have a lot going on in our chapter, too. Supporting our community service efforts, Mimi Heines and Mike Caracalas have forged a relationship with Dallas HR where ICF-NT Chapter members can volunteer to coach Dallas HR jobseekers. Prism is fast approaching and our first 2014 Social Event is on March 25, led by Debjani Biswas and Pamela Miller.
Read more about these activities as well as our March luncheon program and workshop speaker in this newsletter. We plan to give away another popular book at our March luncheon meeting.
We hope to see you at one of our March events and at the ICF Global Conference in June.