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November 2019 Newsletter

Published on 11/4/2019

Important Dates

Nov 7     Voting ends at Midnight Nov 7 for
              2020 ICF North Texas Board Slate

Nov 8     Annual Meeting: 11:15 AM -1:15 PM

Nov 19   Webinar: 10:00 AM

Dec 5     Annual Holiday Party: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
              Noah's of Las Colinas

April 2-5, 2020  All-Texas Retreat & Conference:
                         Canyon of the Eagles

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to our new chapter members:

Teresa Dabney
Frederick Sanders

President's Message

Read the President's Message 

Monthly Events

ICF North Texas Annual Meeting
All Things 2019 for ICF North Texas

Friday, November 8


11:15 AM – 1:15 PM


Members: Register by November 6 – $35 / Register after November 6 – $45

Non-Members: Register by November 6 – $45 / Register after November 6 – $55

Register here:
November 8 Annual Meeting

ICF North Texas Featured in Webinar about ICF Global Chapter Recognition Winners
Tuesday, November 19

10:00 AM CST

Curious about what makes ICF NT a high performing and recognized chapter? Whether you are new to the chapter or someone who has contributed to our rich history through the years, you are invited to join us for a special webinar on November 19 at 10:00 AM CST.

This webinar series features each of the 2018 ICF Chapter Recognition honorees individually sharing their stories and initiatives that earned them this designation. On November 19, it's ICF North Texas' turn to be featured.  ICF North Texas Past Presidents, Jude Olson, PCC, Catherine Oleksiw, PCC and Mike Caracalas, PCC will share the story of ICF North Texas and how strategy, leadership and engagement have driven our chapter's growth and development from its beginning in 1995. 

Chapter recognition honorees are selected on the basis of their annual chapter activity reports and evaluated according to ICF’s criteria for high-performing chapters. Based on these criteria, a high-performing ICF Chapter:

  • Creates an attractive, credible presence and voice for professional coaching in its local community.
  • Exhibits qualities of a high-performing chapter (namely, agility, adaptability, accountability, sustainability, caring, innovation and relevance).
  • Creates sustainable governance.
  • Ensures financial viability.
  • Defines and manages culture.
  • Ensures infrastructure.

Register here and join ICF North Texas leaders on November 19 at 10:00 am CST for an inside look at what makes us an award-winning chapter.

Chapter News

Voting Ends at Midnight on Thursday, November 7
Slate of 2020 ICF North Texas Board Directors and Officers


Voting is available to Members only. Members must be logged in to access the ballot.

The Slate of Directors and Officers for the 2020 ICF North Texas Board was approved by the current ICF North Texas Board. According to our bylaws, “Members of the Board of Directors shall serve a minimum of two (2) years and a maximum of three (3) terms (six years). Directors who complete six years of service on the Board are not eligible to run for Board election again for two years.”

Please vote YES to accept the 2020 slate by clicking here.

New Board Members for the 2020 Slate:

  • Steve Hendon, PCC, Director of Programs (Year 1 of first 2-year term as Director)
  • Jane Koenecke, Director of Communications (Year 1 of first 2-year term as Director)

Members Continuing from 2019:

  • Kristin Robertson, PCC, new role as President (1-Year term as Officer; Year 2 of second consecutive 2-year term as Director)
  • Kathleen Klaviter, PCC, new role as President-Elect (1-Year term as Officer; Year 1 of second consecutive 2-year term as Director)
  • Timothy Kincaid, PCC, remaining as Secretary (1-Year term as Officer; Year 1 of third consecutive 2-year term as Director)
  • Jay Harris, PCC, remaining as Treasurer (1-Year term as Officer; Year 2 of first 2-year term as Director)
  • Mike Caracalas, PCC, new role as Past President (1-Year term as Officer; Year 2 of third consecutive 2-year term as Director)
  • Susan Daniel, ACC, remaining as Director of Alliances (Year 2 of first 2-year term as Director)
  • Laurie Goetz, ACC, remaining as Director of Membership (Year 2 of first 2-year term as Director)
  • Staci Witten, ACC, remaining as Director of Online Platforms (Year 2 of first 2-year term as Director)

For more information on each person on the slate, please click here.

The following Board position remains open: Director of Special Events. Please contact Kristin Robertson (, 817-577-7030) for more information.

Save the Date
ICF North Texas Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Noah's of Las Colinas

We’re changing it up… Only fun to close out the year. There will not be a chapter luncheon meeting on December 13. Come celebrate this year’s accomplishments as a chapter. Wear your ugly holiday sweater (prize for the ugliest!), bring your significant other and join us for our Annual Holiday Party on December 5. Look for details on how to register very soon.  Capacity is limited at 50 guests for this event.

Save the date!
We hope to see you there!

2nd Annual Celebrate Coaching Event a Success!

Celebrate Coaching 2019: The Business Case for Building a Coaching Culture, our signature event of the year, was held October 11 at La Cima Club in Las Colinas. The event was designed to celebrate the professional field of coaching by sharing specifically how to create a coaching culture and to learn from the organizations that are making it happen.


Braving extremely rainy conditions, 120 attendees arrived and began the morning with breakfast and some networking time. The program opened with an overview of 2018 HCI/ICF research about building a coaching culture ( presented by Sara Smith, MCC.


An impressive panel of four talent and organizational development leaders then shared best practices as well as practical tips on how to bring coaching into an organization—because they’ve done it! Steve Sosland, Chief People Officer at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, engaged the audience with real life examples of how companies live their values and create a coaching culture from the ground up.


ICF North Texas is grateful to our sponsors, hrQ, Lee Hecht Harrison, and Team Delegate along with many member-sponsored tables for making the event one for the memory books. We also extend our gratitude to the volunteers who made this special event a great success.

Texas Conference for Women
ICF North Texas Represented!

On Friday, October 25, ICF North Texas coaches joined with ICF Austin, Houston and San Antonio to provide coaching services to over 150 attendees of the Texas Conference for Women in Austin. This is the fourth year that ICF Austin has sponsored the Coaches Corner and the third year that ICF North Texas has participated, by sending five volunteers from our chapter: Ben Dilla, Ken Jenkins, TJ Johnson, Jude Olson and Lisa Yarbough.


These coaches provided pro-bono coaching, delivered in a laser coaching style, to any attendee who desires it. Through these sessions, attendees experience first hand, the value that coaching offers. Survey feedback included comments like “(She) was super helpful in getting me to think about my situation in a different way. I feel a lot better about my future steps than I used to.” and “Talking out loud about my goals and challenges made me answer my own questions. The questions and guidance by the coach was enlightening and thought provoking.


Membership in ICF North Texas affords you the opportunity to participate in pro bono coaching experiences like this. 2020 will bring similar opportunities so be on the lookout and join in!

2020 ICF All-Texas Retreat and Conference

April 2 - 5, 2020
Canyon of the Eagles on Scenic Lake Buchanan

Early bird registration ends tomorrow, November 5! Register now!

Register Here


Now is the time to reserve your place at the 2020 ICF All-Texas Coaches Retreat and Conference at the Canyon of the Eagles in Burnet, Texas, April 2-5, 2020.

The time is ticking! Remember there is an Early Bird Savings of $50 if you register by tomorrow, November 5. Take advantage of this savings and secure your room so you can stay right there on the property (note, you must make your lodging arrangements separately from your conference registration).

Make sure you are a member of the ICFTX Facebook group. As we have for the past two years, we will update the Facebook group with all the information you’ll need so that we won’t fill your inbox.

For lodging and more details, go to the Retreat & Conference Facebook page.

Read all the retreat details here:
2020 All-Texas Retreat & Conference

Register Here

This Month's Volunteer Opportunities

Greet members at November 8 Annual Meeting (Contact Laurie Goetz at

Create monthly announcement slides (Contact Lisa Seay at

Like celebrating? Join our planning team for the Holiday party (contact Kathleen Klaviter at

Join a LINC

Laugh  Interact  Nurture  Contribute 

Learn about active LINCs and how to join

If you’re interested in creating a LINC, please contact Jim Cooper. He’ll give you a pat on the back, some best practices for getting started and make sure that we know about your new LINC so we can communicate it to the chapter.

       News from ICF Global

          2019 Global Coaching Survey
            It's Not Just for Coaches... Spread the Word


The last time a Global Coaching Study was commissioned by Price Waterhouse Coopers and the ICF was 2015. But, it’s the fourth time that this important survey has been conducted. What is it? The survey is designed to engage with as many coaches as possible to provide an up-to-date picture of the coaching profession and empower coaches to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges ahead. It explores diverse topics, including Industry size and revenue, the business and practice of coaching, and perspectives on industry trends, including regulation, technology and more.


And it’s not just for coaches. This will be the second time that managers/leaders using coaching skills are included in the study. In 2015, their inclusion enabled us to achieve powerful insights into the growth of coaching cultures within businesses and organizations.


Anyone who fits one of the categories below can take the survey:

  • External coach practitioners
  • Internal coach practitioners
  • Coaches who self-identify as both external and internal coach practitioners
  • HR/talent development managers/leaders who use coaching skills
  • Managers/leaders who use coaching skills

The survey benefits coaches by giving them insights into where they can grow their business and help them understand where they fit into the marketplace.


The survey is open through December, 2019. But, don’t delay. Complete the survey and send the link to someone you know who is a coach or someone who is a manager or leader utilizing coaching. We all can benefit by participating in this important research. For more information, visit ICF Global.

                                                 Thanks to Our Volunteers

Special thanks to the following members for volunteering their time to the Celebrate Coaching 2019 event:

Steve Hevesi, Planning Committee
Julie Overholt, Planning Committee
Tracy Cadorine, Greeter
Susan Cedars, Greeter

Contact Information 


President  Mike Caracalas, PCC
President-Elect  Kristin Robertson, PCC 
Secretary  Timothy Kincaid, PCC
Treasurer   Jay Harris, PCC
Past President Catherine Oleksiw, PCC
Programs   Kathleen Klaviter, PCC
Alliances  Susan Daniel, ACC
Membership   Laurie Goetz, ACC
Communications   Lisa Seay, ACC
Online Platforms  Staci Witten, ACC

Our Mission

Our mission is to grow and develop a competent coaching community that drives results for coaches and those they serve. We do this by providing strong credentialed coaches, educational programs, and rich resources for internal and external coaches, and organizations and individuals seeking coaches. 

Our Vision

ICF-NT will be known as the leading resource for the coaching community and the organizations and individuals it serves by providing:
  • A collaborative network of credentialed coaches
  • Continuing education 
  • Impactful contributions to the coaching profession