During International Coaching Week in May, ICF North Texas offered more than 50 free coaching sessions to employees of the North Texas Food Bank, continuing to build a commitment to a coaching culture. Thank you to Susan Daniel and her committee—Demi Prentice, Michelle Galen, Sherry Yellin, Laurie Goetz, Staci Witten, and Jane Koenecke—who pulled all the details together for a fantastic response to International Coaching Week.
Demi Prentiss who coordinated volunteers and more said, “We can be very proud that we had 31 pro bono coaches offering multiple sessions to support this important nonprofit organization, and that several ICF NT chapter members hope to enter into a longer-term pro bono relationship with NTFB.”
More than 76 percent gained awareness that will positively impact their role and we received input like this from employees who participated:
Thank you to all who volunteered for International Coaching Week! Here are the coaches who were able to complete a session.
- I feel more confident about how to maximize my strengths.
- I can move past my imposter syndrome; I now have way to build a leadership mindset.
- My coach helped me figure out what I value most—and to decide that’s where I apply my best energy. I’m already letting go of less valuable work.
- This session gave me a more strategic view and outlook on what I want to accomplish.
- My coach helped me to work through a more effective schedule for long term versus day-to-day tasks.
Jeff Bearrows Kathrine Glass Ann Margolin
Rodger Blaker Jay Harris Natalie Mendez
Katherine Bock Steve Hendon Elisabetta Mroski
Susan Daniel Rachel Heyduck Taiwo Olajide
Tom Donaldson Dale Hintz Amanda Panko
Melody Ford Tim Kincaid Dara Rossi
Darius Frasure Kathleen Klaviter Sue Shibley
Kelly Gallagher Jane Koenecke Lauren Smith
Sumom Geevarughese Wendy Lee Ilene Sporkin
Ever Have Credentialing Questions?
In ongoing efforts to support coaches in earning and maintaining their credentials, the Southeast Region announced quarterly calls available for chapter members who have questions about the ICF Credentialing processes. Please see the registration information below.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM Eastern (New York) Time
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern (New York) Time
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM Eastern (New York) Time
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern (New York) Time
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Member Snapshot - Susan Shapiro, PCC
This month we are pleased to feature our longtime ICF North Texas member and Past-President, Susan Shapiro.
Organization: Susan’s coaching business, OnPoint Leadership, offers executive and leadership coaching for mid to top level leaders. “I have been mentoring and developing people my whole life, so learning coaching was a natural next step,” Susan explained, “teaching me to help leaders become better coaches themselves.”
Training & Continuous Learning: Susan’s coaching journey began when she became part of the first cohort at UTD Coaching program and earned her certification in 2006. She added a Master’s in Administrative Science in 2013. Since then, Susan has experienced countless training programs from accredited sources and from many coaching companies. “My goal is to become a Master Certified Coach and through practice, great mentors and a support system of other great coaches, I believe I can do it. Susan is certified on Hogan, CCL assessments, Korn Ferry, MHS EQ-I, Thomas Killmann Conflict Assessment, Winslow, Workplace Big Five, Leadership Practices Inventory, Strength-finders, Extraordinary Leader, How NASA builds teams, and the Purposeful Coach.
Why Are You a Member? “I love our ICF-North Texas community,” Susan said. They are my friends, trusted colleagues and a source for learning and encouragement for me.” As she looks back on some of her favorite memories so far, Susan reflects on her client, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and how they won the local Prism Award for their coaching programs and outcomes. It is very satisfying work to see your client win such a prestigious award.
“Through my opportunities to attend global conferences, I am connected with coaches from Australia, Canada, UK, Europe, and Japan. As a continuous learner, the insights from the variety of coaches with vast experience, training, approaches, and niches has helped me get better.” She continued, “So many of the programs delivered by ICF North Texas and the All Texas Coaches group have supported my learning journey. ICF Global and Regional conferences were mind-expanding and energizing to me and I remember each one I attended.”
Volunteering Opportunities: Susan has volunteered for a great deal over her years with the chapter, and this effort has helped her build her career and strong friendships. She was President of ICF North Texas in 2012. She initiated the work with North Texas Food Bank during coaching week many years ago. And she has volunteered to lead the ICF MCC LINC group of coaches who are interested in growing, challenging ourselves and learning how to ‘be’ an MCC. Susan said, “Thanks to Sara Smith, Teresa Pool and Mina Brown for advising us along the way. We have been supporting each other on this journey for four years to date.”
Last March soon after Covid 19 broke out and changed the working landscape forever, she and her husband started “Success in Kind,” http://www.facebook.com/successinkind/, a nonprofit that helped small businesses through coaching and consulting. It was very rewarding to serve businesses, listen to them, and help them navigate the complexities of their businesses closing, serving them when they needed it most. It was very exciting to ask for support from ICF North Texas and receive an outpouring of coach volunteers. At one time, they had 50 volunteers serving local businesses.
Favorite Coaching Moments: Susan thought about some of her best memories with her clients and explained.
- “I coached a very bright and motivated woman in middle management, in charge of strategy and data analytics in a large company. Her lack of ability to connect with her team and her stakeholders was getting in her way of taking on more responsibility for the company. We did the Emotional Intelligence assessment from MHS systems, EQ-i. It was life changing for her and helped her understand why she had been missing opportunities to build unity, involve her people, and tap into their wisdom. With that realization, she changed her approach with her team and has risen to senior level leadership and earned continually impressive roles a more organizations. My relationship with her continues to show me that motivated coachees can do anything they put their minds to.”
- Another senior leader was loved by her team yet needed to “own the role” and push limits, challenge herself and others, and really influence more strategic decisions. It was her idea to walk at White Rock Lake together while coaching with me. Moving physically forward on the path, viewing the goal, achieving the goal all became much easier for her while we moved together in our sessions. She reported that in between our sessions as she walked alone, she worked on reflecting and reframing issues like we did in coaching sessions. Here is where I learned that a great deal of learning happens ‘in between the sessions’ when the coachees gives themselves time to reflect.
Life Beyond Coaching
Here is Susan with some of her extended family.
Susan loves visiting her kids and grandkids in California. Hiking National Parks is a much-loved hobby and someday she hopes to bring her grandkids to those National Parks.