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March 2021 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 3/1/2021

Important Dates

Mar 4 Virtual Happy Hour: 5:00 - 6:00 PM CT

Mar 11 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

Mar 12 Virtual Mo. Mtg/Prgm: 11:15A - 1:15P CT

Apr 8 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

Apr 9 Virtual Mo. Mtg/Prgm: 11:15A - 1:15P CT

New Members and New Credentials

Please welcome our new members:

Debra Atkisson, ACC
John McShane
Amanda Panko

New credential congratulations go to:

Beth Cory, PCC
Lisa Yarbough, PCC

      Board Message

Read the Board Message 

Monthly Events

March 11 Southeast Region Webinar
When Clients Attack: How to Maintain a Coaching Mindset in the Presence of Fear
Kathleen O’Grady, MCC

12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members - $10 / Non-ICF Global Members - $20

Kathleen O'Grady, MCC, is the self-made authentic leader and positively disruptive pioneer responsible for launching Raleigh Coaching, LLC in 2008. She did this to support individual and organizational clients by inspiring authentic leadership, creativity, and innovation. Driven to increase her level of impact, she later launched Raleigh Coaching Academy™ (RCA) to credibly educate and foster coaches who share her commitment to the coaching field's ethical integrity. RCA's Certified Authentic Leadership Coaching (CALC) program, is the most competitive edge one can harness. It is the only ICF-approved coach specific training in the world designed for Authentic Leadership. In other words, coaching to the soul versus just the goal.

One of the most taboo and uncomfortable topics to discuss is how coaches feel when their clients go on the attack. While this can be a rare occurrence, it's bound to happen sooner or later. Participants will learn how to spot the three stages of fear-based resistance in their clients—and themselves. They will also learn tools to turn to when a future client inevitably becomes defensive (projecting his or her own fears/flaws) or otherwise adversarial.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
March 11 Southeast Region Webinar

March 12 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program
Are You Splitting the Difference?
Alex Kudinov, PCC

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Virtual Meeting/Program Fee: Chapter Members: $10 / Non-Chapter Members: $20

Our March 12 virtual chapter program features Alex Kudinov, PCC. Alex is a Managing Director at Tandem Coaching Academy—a premier provider of individual and team ACTP, ACSTH and CCE coach training programs for beginner and experienced coaches alike. He is a Board-Certified Coach, Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach, Certified Team Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer with, and Kanban Coaching Professional and an Accredited Kanban Trainer with Kanban University. As a professional coach Alex believes that clients have every thing they need to achieve their goals. They are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole and do not need fixing. What they need is support, a different way of looking at things, a soundboard, a partner on their journey to achieving their life goals.

We don't negotiate the price of a loaf of bread in a grocery store, which is a shame (or a blessing for some); yet, like it or not, negotiation permeates every facet of our professional lives. Product owners negotiate with stakeholders, stakeholders negotiate with management, management negotiates with teams, Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches always negotiate everything. Splitting the difference is like agreeing to wear two different shoes just to seal the deal. Are you splitting the difference and ending up wearing one black and one brown shoe? Tune in to find out!

CCEUs for this program: 0.75 Core Competency and 0.25 Resource Development Credits

Read the entire program description and register here:
March 12 Virtual Chapter Meeing and Program

        Chapter News

March 4 Virtual Coach Connection / Happy Hour

5:00 – 6:00 PM CT
No Fee

Would you like to make new connections and strengthen old friendships within the chapter this year—and talk about coaching skills?

At our upcoming Coach Connection, we are planning a little fun and a skills-building debrief, both in breakout rooms. After a fun ice warmer game, we’ll have an opportunity to discuss the group coaching workshops that ICF North Texas presented this month while they are fresh on our minds.

Please join us for an hour of community-building with your chapter. There is no cost to attend, so bring your friends!

Please register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this event.

Register here:
March 4 Virtual Coach Connection Happy Hour

Save the Date!

International Coaching Week is May 17 - 21, 2021

We have enjoyed serving our North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) team in recent years with pro bono coaching, expanding our offerings further into the organization over time. It has been a meaningful era for them to receive coaching, as they have more than tripled their workload through the pandemic and other issues. Coaching has allowed them to improve specific skills, enrich relationships, and more.

During this year’s International Coaching Week from May 17-21, ICF North Texas will have an opportunity to provide a free coaching session to employees who sign up and may not have experienced coaching yet. It will allow NTFB to deepen their coaching culture.

Our coach volunteers provide one-hour sessions with up to three employees. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering to help us provide one full week of coaching by answering this quick survey. Just scan the image to your phone camera or go to and enter the code: 3805198.

New ICF Branding


We hope you have been enjoying the new ICF branding, the face of our global organization that represents more than 35,000 members across more than 140 chapters around the world. Consistent use of ICF logos, colors, fonts and styles enables ICF to maintain a clear, recognizable and unified brand identity. We invite you to share news of ICF in any coaching presentations. Our tag line is: Together, we are advancing the art, science and practice of professional coaching.

Please refer to the Brand Guidelines here to be learn more.

Member Snapshot

Our ICF-North Texas Chapter has recently surpassed 200 members! To help us know more about the type of coaching they perform, their expertise, and the impressive caliber of our DFW coaches, we want to share a snapshot of a member in each newsletter and on social media starting in 2021.

Meet Teresa Dabney
This month we meet Teresa, one of our new ICF North Texas Board Members for 2021. We are grateful she is beautifully ‘wired’ to manage data and technology and is willing to share this strength with our chapter as Director of Online Platforms. Teresa’s husband Dennis served in the Air Force for 26 years and she and their children, Derrick and Maya, have had the opportunity to live in several places before making Texas their home. Over the years Teresa has led, taught, encouraged, and worked with women at military installations across the U.S. which inspired her to become a coach. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the coaching part of her life.

OrganizationStrive 4ward Coaching & Consulting

What type of coaching do you offer?

As a Life Coach, I help solopreneurs and microbusiness owners in the startup and idea phase of development. Clients gain and maintain clarity and focus, and lay a solid foundation for business success.

Do you hold a credential? I'm in the process of getting my ACC.

What training have you had?
I received my coaching certification through the Northern Virginia Community College and I'm a John Maxwell Team Certified Coach.

Client story?
This isn't my favorite client story, but it is definitely my most memorable, post-COVID lesson learned. I donate pro bono client hours to an organization that helps people who cannot ordinarily afford a coach. I received a new client notification and set up the first meeting via Zoom. First client meetings for this organization are always the get-to-know-you/exploratory session. As I asked questions and listened to her responses, the client seemed to be a good match and was enthusiastic about the opportunity for coaching. Following the call, however, I received an email from the client who seemed to have had the exact opposite experience, and in fact, I questioned whether we were on the same call.

I had never had an experience like this. After processing, which included dealing with my own personal feelings, and going back to the organization for guidance. I contacted the client, by phone and asked if we could discuss the comments. Through that conversation, I recognized and remembered how important it is to set the environment specifically for your client. In this case, video created a sensory overload that kept my client from being able to focus on the conversation. The visual cues that help me as a coach were not perceived or internalized in the same manner by this client. As a coach, I had gotten too comfortable with "my" process. I had been successfully using video prior to COVID and did not even offer this client the choice of coaching by phone. And, while I had no way of knowing the impact of this, it is a reminder in this brave new post-COVID world that preferences may have changed with existing clients, too. Ultimately, we agreed to try again, by phone, and have since gone on to develop a good coach/coachee relationship.

Roles or volunteering for ICF?
When I moved to Texas in summer 2019 joining the local ICF chapter was at the top of my list to help me plug in and grow as a coach. I volunteered as a Coach during International Coaching Week with NTFB. And currently, I am serving as the Director of Online Platforms for the chapter. I also participate in ICF Peer Coaching. I currently a participant in the ICF 2020 Business Development Series which is supports me tremendously through any threats and risks the pandemic brings.

Travel / education / mentoring opportunities you’ve enjoyed through ICF?
So far all of my ICF travel has been virtual. I participated in the 2018 ICF Advance, 2020 ICF Business Development Series.

Why you are a member ICF North Texas?
I enjoy opportunities to add skills and stay sharp so ICF North Texas is a great fit for me. In addition to being a Board Member and attending as many chapter events as I can, I participate in a variety of training events from several resources. For me, connecting with our local chapter, our regional and international ICF opportunities makes it easy to meet fellow coaches, grow personally and professionally, build tools and resources across a variety of platforms, attend events and activities that feed my need to learn and grow.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for coach volunteers for Coaching Week and our pro bono efforts with NTFB, to provide one-hour sessions with up to three employees. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering to help us provide one full week of coaching by answering this quick survey. Go to and enter code: 3805198.

Join a LINC

Laugh  Interact  Nurture  Contribute

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
ACC Prep and Coaching Start-Up
Internal Coaches group
PCC Certification group

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

       Global News

ICF Converge 2021
October 26 - 28

ICF Converge is a dynamic global event designed to strengthen connections within the coaching community and offer cutting-edge learning opportunities. ICF Converge will be a virtual event this year, from October 26 – 28, 2021. Learn more here:

                        Coaching in Organizations

ICF Coaching in Organizations is a community for organizations and their direct employees to learn and share best practices; collaborate with external peers from around the world; and begin or continue their professional coaching development by through live and on-demand webinars. Membership allows participation in global research studies that will help to shape the future of coaching in organizations as well as access to industry research, case studies and white papers on organizational coaching topics. Learn more here:

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who help us to produce our events each month!


Many of you responded to our recent survey that will help us know how soon you may want to return to in-person events. We appreciate all the meaningful input and will be sharing more about the results soon!

Contact Information 


President  Kathleen Klaviter, MSOD, PCC
President-elect  Tim Kincaid, PCC 
Secretary  Natalie Mendez, ACC
Treasurer   Jay Harris, PCC
Past President Kristin Robertson, PCC
Programs   Steve Hendon, PCC
Alliances  Susan Daniel, ACC
Membership   Laurie Goetz, ACC
Communications   Jane Koenecke, ACC
Online Platforms  Teresa Dabney, ACC
Special Events
Sandra Knight, 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