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September 2020 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 9/7/2020

Important Dates

Sept 10 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Sept 11 Celebrate Coaching Virtual Event
            8:30 AM - Noon CT

Oct 8 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Oct 9 Virtual Meeting/Program: 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Nov 13 ICF North Texas 25th Anniv Celebration
           More Details Coming Soon

New Members and New Credentials

Please welcome our new members:

Robyn Alley-Hay
Katy Brown
Tara Hesson, ACC
Robert (Bob) Kinnison, PCC
Audrey Lawson
Regina Mentesana
Taiwo Olajide
Rupesh Panda

President's Message

Read the President's Message 

      Monthly Events

September 10 Southeast Region Webinar
Transformational Coaching with HEART

Vicki Escudé, MA, MCC

12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

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

Vicki is the owner of Executive Leadership Coaching. She has authored several books and is an international pioneer in the coaching profession as an executive coach, coach educator, Master Coach Trainer, keynote speaker and presenter. Vicki served as an ICF Global board director from 2005 to 2008.

HEART was first introduced at ICF Global Converge17, and marries a rational and emotive change process with energetic awareness for a more holistic approach to behavior change. This presentation touches on all ICF Core Competencies 2 11, with emphasis on Creating Awareness, Powerful Questioning, Active Listening, Direct Communication, Coaching Presence and Trust and Intimacy.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
September 10 Southeast Region Webinar

Celebrate Coaching 2020
An ICF North Texas Virtual Event
Focus: Coaching in Organizations

September 11, 2020

8:30 AM – Noon CT


Virtual Event Fees:

Individual registration $40

Renée Robertson, PCC, SHRM-SCP, and ICF Global VP of ICF Coaching In Organizations will walk us through of the evolution of coaching and how coaching has become a strategic advantage for organizations around the world. She will share a few of her own experiences as an early pioneer and winner of two International Prism awards. Renée is a champion for coaching in organizations. She will share projections for the future and how the ICF’s CIO start-up is preparing to take coaching in organizations to the next level.

CCEUs for Renée’s presentation: .75 Resource Development Credits

Sandy Mitsch, MCC, CPCC, CDWF, CDTLF, will share what she's learned after working with corporate leaders for 33 years and studying Brené Brown’s research on shame, courage and vulnerability for 8 years. We all self-protect when we are uncomfortable and we call this self-protection ‘armor.’ Armor is the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that we use to protect ourselves when we aren’t willing to lean into vulnerability. It moves us out of alignment with our values, corrodes trust with our colleagues and teams, and prevents us from being our most courageous selves.

CCEUs for Sandy's Presentation: 1.75 Core Competency Credits

Read the entire description of Celebrate Coaching and register here:
September 11 Celebrate Coaching Virtual Event

      Chapter News



Save the Date!

ICF North Texas 25th Anniversary Event

November 13


Rick Carson, author and speaker who is best known for Taming Your Gremlins
will join us after our members-only briefing.


Please watch for more details and registration to come soon for this interactive, online workshop!



ICF North Texas and North Texas Food Bank Partnership


Our partnership with North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) continues. Our aim is to optimize their individual and team performance through the partnership with ICF North Texas to implement a coaching culture at NTFB. This year we are offering individual and group coaching and workshops to train NTFB leaders in coaching skills to take forward.

This month we’d like to especially thank our group that put together the opening and closing workshops and overall support for the coaching experience including Larry Cochran, Susan Daniel, Jude Olsen, Tim Kinkaid, Demi Prentiss, Lisa Seay, and Sherry Yellin.

Susan Daniel, Director of Alliances for our Chapter Board, led this initiative alongside a very active steering committee. During a recent meeting she facilitated with the pro bono coaches who participated, we heard many valuable comments about the experience so far. Comments such as these were shared over and over.

“It was a wonderful opportunity…

  • To participate in group coaching.”
  • To observe and learn from other coaches.”
  • To help the leaders who are in such a high stress time.”

One volunteer coach captured an important point about the experience from her perspective. “A lot of us are really busy, but you made volunteering so easy this year! It was an amazing experience and it filled my heart.”

Demi Prentiss, who gathered up our 45 pro bono coaches on behalf of our chapter, shared that when she asked for help, “We got tons of people volunteering! I’m proud of our organization. We’re a group of givers.”

Leader of the group coaches Michele Galen added, “Our pro bono coaching added up to more than 400 hours donated, and we know and are grateful for the many hours being contributed beyond the actual coaching. I’m very impressed with our coaches’ level of participation.”

Suzanne Drotman, Vice President of People and Culture of NTFB, explained how meaningful the coaching has been for their 34 leaders who got very engaged in the comprehensive offering (individual and group coaching plus workshops to help them learn some coaching skills themselves). “Your efforts fit into our vision and priorities so beautifully this year,” Suzanne explained. “We had more buy in, more momentum – and we needed that because we also have a great deal more stress through the pandemic and a great deal of transition happening.”

As we head into the final weeks of this important partnership with NTFB in 2020, we are excited to see what additional value comes forth. Please watch for metrics and more in our October wrap up and continue to appreciate all who are making this such a valuable coaching experience.

Should I Find a Mentor or Coach?


As coaches, we are often asked to help others clarify and move forward. During these months it may be more important than ever to have someone we can call to help with how we are pivoting and our overall success. If you do not have a close, ongoing relationship with a mentor or coach to help you stay grounded and be accountable to your values, we encourage you to find that relationship. Perhaps you can barter or create new ways to get and share this important component to your growth journey. Ready, set, GROW!

Additional Learning, Featuring Many ICF North Texas Coaches!

In our ongoing effort to inform members about ongoing opportunities to learn and earn educational credits, here is an annual opportunity for the All Texas Retreat & Conference.

All Texas Retreat & Conference

A Virtual Event Featuring 12 Webinars

From September 8 – December 8, 2020

Each Webinar is $25

Mark your calendar for the All Texas Virtual Retreat & Conference! Come learn from some of the top minds in coaching. For every stage of the coaching journey, these sessions will deepen your expertise as a coach and equip you with practical tools for expanding your impact.

Explore the diverse offerings of the All Texas Virtual Retreat & Conference—each one is $25. To sign up, click here to register. After registering (managed by fellow chapter ICF-San Antonio), you will receive a confirmation email with information to access the Zoom Link for the session or sessions you want to attend.

ICF North Texas Volunteer Opportunities


We always have a variety of ways to volunteer. Please reach out to any board member to inquire.

Join a LINC

Laugh  Interact  Nurture  Contribute

Members are welcome to join these two new LINC groups: 
Internal Coaches group
PCC Certification group

To join, visit our LINC page on the ICF North Texas website here.

If you are interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups, contact Laurie Goetz at for more information. 

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Many thanks to Lisa Seay and Staci Witten for their online event production!

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