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July 2020 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 7/6/2020

Important Dates

July 9  Chapter Webinar: 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

July 10 Virtual Meeting/Program: 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

July 21 Virtual Happy Hour 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Aug 13 SE Regional Webinar: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CT

Aug 14 Virtual Meeting/Program: 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

New Members and New Credentials

Please welcome our new member:

Merle Ray

New credential congratulations go to:
Elonda Johnson, PCC
Krystin Lopez, ACC
Dara Rossi, ACC

President's Message

Read the President's Message 

        Monthly Events

July 9 Chapter Webinar
The Coach as Speaker: How to Create a Masterful Speaking Presence
Denise Hedges, PCC

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Our July 9 webinar features Denise Hedges,
PCC, a business development coach and speaking coach with over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing. She specializes in training and coaching business owners to market themselves more effectively using the strategy of speaking.

Speaking to groups is the number one way to build a coaching practice, but only if who you’re being in front of the room is as present, authentic, and sincere as when you’re interacting with clients. But, what’s the key to making it happen? Never stop being a coach! Apply the same core competencies to speaking as you do to your coaching. Create a safe and supportive environment in your room that honors your audience’s agenda. When you’re open and flexible in the moment, you create a dynamic synergy with your audience.

CCEUs for this webinar: .5 Core Competency and .5 Resource Development Credit.

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
July 9 Chapter Webinar

July 10 Virtual Meeting and Program
The Culturaly Intelligent Coach: Empowering Authentic Leaders
Kelley Johnson

11:15 – 1:15 PM

Online Meeting and Program Fee: Chapter Members: $10 / Non-Chapter Members: $20

Our July 10 virtual program features Kelley Johnson, Founder and CEO of KJE Consulting & Coaching. For the past five years, she has provided strategic diversity, inclusion, executive coaching and talent management solutions to clients across a number of industries

Embodying a Coaching Mindset requires coaches to remain aware of and open to the influence of context and culture on self and others. But what does that look likeparticularly in cross-cultural coaching engagements?
During this session, we will learn how coaches of all backgrounds can create greater awareness with their clients by deepening our listening for what may be unsaid about cultural influences and how they are showing up in the client’s professional life.

CCEUs for this program: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:

July 21 Holidays in July Virtual Happy Hour!

Tuesday, July 21
5:00 - 6:00 PM

For a bit of mid-summer fun, ICF North Texas invites you to a virtual happy hour celebrating the December holidays! To quote from Wikipedia, celebrating the holidays in July can be “an intentionally transparent excuse to have a party.” Well, let’s just have a party. Tuesday, July 21 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM is the place to be (virtually, of course).


You can wear your ugly holiday sweater or a Santa hat or come as you are! Bring your own snack and beverage of choice and be prepared for a little fun and networking through breakout rooms.

Register here:
July 21 Virtual Happy Hour 

Chapter News

Texas Conference for Women - Pro Bono Coaching Opportunity



The Texas Conference for Women (TCW) is a full day of incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development, and personal growth. Participants can attend a wide range of sessions, from personal finance to health and wellness to career advancement. Virtual this year, the October 1 conference will include morning and afternoon keynotes, nine breakout sessions, Coaches Corner, coordinated networking, a virtual bookstore, and more. For more detailed conference information visit

We are thrilled to offer the chance once again for International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coaches from ICF-NT to help staff Coaches Corner October 1 8, 2020. There will be four shifts per day, giving ample time for attendees to discover the gift of coaching. ICF-NT coaches who volunteer for these shifts will provide 20-25 minute sessions for TCW conference attendees. Volunteers who participate will receive:

  • A complimentary ticket to the full-day conference
  • Recognition in the conference program and website
If you are an ICF-credentialed coach who is interested in offering a pro bono shift at this conference, you can enter our drawing at the July 10 virtual meeting. 

Experience Coaching 2020

Our ICF North Texas tradition to support a nonprofit organization in our community as part of our annual International Coaching Week celebration is well under way! For the second year we are partnering with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) who are eager to Experience Coaching to help them more effectively manage three times as much workload because of the pandemic.


Experience Coaching has become part of the NTFB’s leadership development strategy to provide professional growth and development opportunities at every level of the organization.

  • In May, we launched this year’s effort by recruiting 40 ICF North Texas coaches to provide pro bono coaching, 10 in group coaching and 30 in one-on-one sessions.
  • In June, we held our Kickoff Session with 33 NTFB leaders and 12 ICF North Texas coaches. This interactive workshop introduced these leaders to what coaching is and to ensure they understood how they would be experiencing coaching in coming weeks.
  • In July and August, we will provide one-on-one coaching to all NTFB leaders!
  • In September, we will finish with a Wrap-Up Workshop with all the NTFB leaders and send them off with additional focus and coaching skills they can use with their own teams.

Why ICF North Texas coaches have volunteered to do pro bono coaching:

  • Focus Business Coach Brad Sullard says, "Coaching is first and foremost about helping people. By gifting coaching to the non-profit food bank I am not only helping the person I'm coaching but investing in the mission of the organization they serve. Giving and sharing are important for my growth and at the heart of what it means to be in community with others."
  • “Pro bono coaching allows me to share what I do best to help others do what they do best to serve our community.” Sumom Geevarughese, Career & Business Coach at Steady Focus Coaching +
  • Teresa Dabney is the owner of Strive 4ward Coaching (  She moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C. area, where she was part of the ICF chapter, though she was unable to be as active as she wanted.  “I just arrived in Texas a year ago this month, and I joined the chapter as soon as I got here…. It’s been such fun, I can’t wait until we can meet again in person…. [Experience Coaching] gives me an opportunity to coach, and that’s exactly where I want to be – coach, coach, coach!  I’m excited to be doing this!”

ICF North Texas is proud to be supporting each NTFB leader with nine hours of coaching. Through Experience Coaching, our members are giving back to leaders and an organization that gives so much to our North Texas community. Look for more updates throughout the summer.

Join a LINC Group Now and Add a Whole New Facet to Your Coaching Life!


We just re-launched our ICF North Texas LINC special interest groups! LINC groups, designed to help our members learn, interact and network, are a great way to form small group connections on a specific topic with other coaches. We have added several new groups, many that meet virtually. In addition, we have added tons of enhanced tools to help you join an existing, or start your own new, LINC group!


Find these tools and resources on our Chapter website or view a list of active LINC groups

ICF North Texas Volunteer Opportunity and Training!

Now that holding conference meetings online has taken a big spike in popularity, ICF North Texas is looking for more volunteers who can be available occasionally to facilitate chapter-related meetings or events with Zoom. We are offering Zoom training and will make sure you are well-equipped for this role. Please contact Past President Mike Caracalas at if you are interested in volunteering.

Join a LINC

augh  Interact  Nurture  Contribute 

If you’re interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups and how to join, please contact Laurie Goetz at for more information.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

As we continue our Coaching Experience with NTFB and moving this organization toward a coaching culture, special thanks to Kick-Off Session facilitators Sherry Yellin, Demi Prentiss, Susan Daniel and Staci Witten (our Zoom host).

We appreciate Staci Witten and Lisa Seay for managing our virtual meetings! (Remember, see above to get training so you can volunteer, too!)

We are also grateful to Dara Rossi for starting our new LINC Book group!

Contact Information 


President  Kritin Robertson, PCC
President-elect  Kathleen Klaviter, PCC 
Secretary  Timothy Kincaid, PCC
Treasurer   Jay Harris, PCC
Past President Mike Caracalas, PCC
Programs   Steve Hendon, PCC
Alliances  Susan Daniel, ACC
Membership   Laurie Goetz, ACC
Communications   Jane Koenecke, 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