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May 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 5/1/2023

Important Dates

May 8-12 International Coaching Week

May 11 Southeast Region Webinar 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CT

May 12 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

May 12 Hybrid Chapter Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 PM CT

May 25 New LINC Organizational Zoom Mtg - 9:00 AM CT

June 8 Southeast Region Webinar 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CT

June 9 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

August 23-26 ICF Converge 2023 in Orlando, Florida

Sept 8 Celebrate Coaching 2023 Event

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Laura Burnside
Kristiana Corono
CarolLaine Garcia
Augusta Good
Carola Hundrich-Souris, ACC
Olayinka Massally
Vardhini Ram
Kristen Smith

Congratulations on Your New Credentials

Rory Branum, ACC
Karuna Thomas, PCC

      Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

May 11 Southeast Region Webinar (Hosted by ICF-North Texas)
Building and Growing Your Brand for Business Success
Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC

11:30AM – 12:30 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC, is the founder of Careers Done Write, a personal branding company. With her background in corporate human resources with financial services, advertising, and media and entertainment companies, Debra guides clients to reach goals aligned with their professional needs. Debra has been featured on Good Day New York, Fox Business News, CNBC, Forbes, and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others. She is the author of Help! To Hired and an award-winning blogger.
Establishing, managing, and maintaining a professional, compelling brand is essential to pursuing new clients or conducting an effective job search. Telling a meaningful and relevant story to achieve the "law of attraction" from potential clients, hiring managers, and companies enables professionals to establish thought leadership status and define a clear competitive advantage, leaving a positive and memorable impression. This presentation will cover strategies to prepare for and pursue new clients with a compelling brand story that will enable you to stand out in a crowded market, build trust, and generate referrals and repeat clients. Brand expert, author, and career advisor Debra Wheatman will cover understanding your value and sharing things that make YOU unique. She will discuss appropriate preparation, practice, confidence, and ways to showcase your talents to serve as the framework for the expansion and reputation of your business.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Development Credits

Read the entire webinar description and register here:

May 11 Southwest Region Weginar

May 12 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Is There Unconscious Bias in My Coaching? Yes!
Tony Gilliard

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

In Person at Las Colinas Country Club
4400 N O’Connor Road
Irving, TX 75061

Or Virtually Via Zoom

Cost for In-Person Attendees: Members – $40 / Non-Members $50
Cost for Virtual Attendees: Members – $30 / Non-Members - $40

Tony Gilliard is a strategic Diversity and Inclusion Executive Consultant and Coach. He combines his knowledge and expertise in business and industry with the reality of our lived experiences to help teams and organizations understand the value of DEI&J and its impact on businesses and organizations. Heralded as a dynamic and inspirational people expert with outstanding business acumen, Tony is a leader who uses inspirational, motivational speaking, and dynamic facilitation to get desired results.
In a word, yes, we all have unconscious bias, and there is no way around it. Buried deep inside your “unconscious mind” are memories of where and how you grew up, friends you played with, parents who reared you, teachers who taught you, the media you consumed, and hundreds of other experiences you encountered over your lifespan. The challenge is how we choose to manage that bias once it is no longer unconscious! When we go into a coaching session, we bring our whole selves to the engagement. It just may be that the smallest percentage of your “whole self” is the training, education, and experience you have as a coach. The foundation on which your work has been built started long before your formal education.
CCEUs for this Program: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
May 12 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

May 12 Hybrid Chapter Workshop
The Impact of DEIJ on My Coaching Practice
Tony Gilliard

1:30 – 3:30 PM CT

In Person at Las Colinas Country Club
4400 N O’Connor Road
Irving, TX 75061

Or Virtually Via Zoom

Workshop Fee:  Chapter Members - $69 / Non-Chapter Members - $79

Join us following our chapter meeting and program as Tony Gilliard delves into the impact of DEIJ on your coaching practice. You've had a successful coaching practice, and now the conversations are changing. George Floyd; the pandemic; another police shooting of an unarmed Black man; and your client, a Black mother of two teenage boys seeking to become SVP of Procurement in the middle of a supply chain crisis. Buckle up, folks; you've still got to make a living.

Our responsibilities as coaches don't change because the world does. Our approach and understanding of the world's impact on our clients and our practice may shift, but we work in the best interests of our clients to help them gain clarity and focus on achieving their goals. However, the conversations may now be different and even a little uncomfortable. But what makes them uncomfortable? How do you become comfortable with your discomfort?
CCEUs for this Workshop: 2 Core Competency Credits

Read the entire workshop description and register here:
May 12 Hybrid Chapter Workshop

      Chapter News


International Coaching Week is May 8 - 12

We have two exciting offerings for International Coaching Week (ICW) this year: Lunch & Learns and Complimentary 30-minute laser coaching. Please “like, comment and share” when you see the social media posts in your feed.

To celebrate the power and impact of professional coaching during ICW, the ICF-North Texas Chapter will again host 45-minute “Lunch & Learns” from May 8 – 11 (Monday – Thursday, with a session from 12:15 – 1:00 PM. The structure will include a learning session and time for discussion.

These live learning engagements are free to the public and designed to raise awareness and promote coaching, which is ICW's main focus. Check our website for more information and full registration.

Complimentary 30-minute Laser Coaching

We will offer the public these laser coaching sessions May 8-11 from 9 AM to 6:00 pm.  Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up here.

Lunch & Learns

Monday, May 8 from 12:45 - 1:00 PM CT
Optimize Your Potential (The Best is Yet to Come)
Presented by Susan Daniel

Are you ready to take your personal and professional life to the next level? Join our interactive group discussion and learn how professional coaching can help you achieve your goals, overcome limiting beliefs, enhance self-awareness, and be your accountability partner. Take control of your future and soar to new heights!

Register here:
May 8 Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, May 9 from 12:15 - 1:00 PM CT
5 Essential Overlooked Superpowers to Expand Possibilities for Performance, Wellbeing, and Life Satisfaction
Presented by Paula R Holland

What’s really possible for your life? Much more than you can possibly imagine. You’ll learn how these overlooked superpowers allow you to step over the naysaying voices in your head and creatively explore deeper, more satisfying achievements for your work, wellbeing, relationships, and overall happiness.

Register here:
May 9 Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, May 10 from 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Help! A Leader’s Guide to Hiring a Coach or a Consultant - Hint: They’re Different
Presented by Lisa Seay

Leaders today are dealing with challenging situations…what’s new? However, the rate of change and speed of disruption that the world and its workplaces are encountering is escalating at an unprecedented rate, leaving many wondering if hiring a coach or a consultant is a good idea. And what exactly is the difference between the two? In this session, we’ll discuss some of the top challenges leaders are facing, while examining the differences in how a coach vs a consultant can best serve leaders and their organizations.

Register here:
May 10 Lunch & Learn

Thursday, May 11 from 12:15 - 1:00 PM CT
Your Business Potential
Presented by Lizette Warner

How do you know if you and your idea have good business potential? Do you have what it takes? Bring your lunch and join us in this lunch and learn session to find out the essentials needed to build your business.

Register here:
May 11 Lunch & Learn

Exciting LINC News

Mark your calendar now. We have a new LINC forming! It will be the Ready to Retire – Now, Later, or Never? LINC Group.

If you could be considering retirement—whether or not you will ever retire, this is the group for you. Our first organizational meeting will be on May 25 at 9:00 AM CT on ZOOM.

If you would like to attend, please email Once Cheryl receives your email, she will forward you the ZOOM ID.

A Note from Your Chapter DEIJB Committee

The ICF-North Texas chapter has embarked on a learning journey to increase our awareness of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging (DEIJB). We invite you to be an open and active participant as we explore various topics together. We recognize each of us is on our unique journey, and the conversations and discussions may be encouraging for some and challenging for others. Your engagement, experiences, and voice are needed and valued throughout this process. Please share ANY comments, reflections, or resources with a member of the DEIJB committee directly as we continue to create future opportunities (contact Thank you for being on this learning journey.

As part of our commitment to DEIJB within our chapter and our broader community, we would appreciate your participation in a one-minute demographic survey. Please scan the QR code to take the survey. The survey will be open through June 12, 2023. Please note that your responses will remain confidential. Just go to and enter the code below.

Thank you in advance!

Save the Date!
Celebrate Coaching 2023 Event - September 8

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for Celebrate Coaching 2023: Debjani Biswas, CEO and Founder of Coachieve, LLC. Debjani is a PCC Certified Coach, speaker and author of several books on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion. Not only did Debjani serve on the ICF-North Texas Board many years ago, she also was a former coach for BNSF in their Internal Coaching program. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and NAPW “Woman of the Year.” Debjani Biswas applies her unique background of engineering, diversity, and strategy to ask: "What is the business impact of inclusion at work?" Ms. Biswas' powerful and life-changing keynotes resonate across boundaries of space and function at large corporate events, conferences, and universities. Biswas was in the news recently for multiple radio interviews, leveraging her expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion. She was designated as one of the top Influential Women Leaders of the Year 2021!

We are also excited to announce our second hour presentation by UTSW that will showcase a panel of coaches and executives from UTSW who started an Internal Coaching program last year and will be sharing their experience getting that started and where they are today.

This is a must attend event so please save the date and join us on September 8!

Texas Coaches Coalition's All Texas Retreat and Conference

On March 21, a group of North Texas ICF members gathered in New Braunfels for the Texas Coaches Coalition’s All Texas Retreat and Conference. We came home refreshed, invigorated, and excited, but tired. It was wonderful to see how well ICF-North Texas was represented. We presented, led, collaborated, and connected with coaches from all over the state, as well as other parts of our country and even Europe!

It was a powerful three days being surrounded by 87 other coaches at one time in one place. The energy was off the charts and I encourage you to experience it at next year’s event. Next year it will be held at TBarM again on March 21-24. Mark your calendars now. A special thank you to Teresa Pool and Meg Rentschler for leading/presenting in sessions. Huge thanks to these North Texas Members who serve on TCC’s Board and worked tirelessly to host this event: Mina Brown, CurVie Burton, Steve Coxsey, Ken Jenkins, Wendy Lee, and Alma Weaver Jones.

Member Snapshot - Honorary Members Peggy Peterson and Patty Vaccaro

We created the Member Snapshot a few years ago when getting together in person was a challenge. This is a way we can know each other better because these added relationships are a joy for us – and relationships are the fabric of our thriving chapter! We are constantly amazed at the synergy that happens across our members. Today we are especially excited to introduce you to some ‘honorary chapter members’ – two of the people who come alongside our leaders to make our experience with ICF-North Texas great: Peggy Peterson and Patty Vaccaro. Peggy and Patty are a big part of why ICF-North Texas chapter is such a consistently award-winning one that offers so many benefits to the coaching and greater community. These experts are behind the scenes in a variety of ways, and we are happy to share more about them with you today.

Peggy Peterson – Peak Editing & Virtual Support, LLC
Meet Peggy Peterson, CPS, VAA, VA, of Peak Editing and Virtual Support in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peggy is our email and newsletter expert extraordinaire and has been working with ICF-North Texas since 2008. Whenever you receive a newsletter or an email on upcoming events and speakers, it is Peggy who has worked with the board to collect and consolidate all necessary information. She puts it all together for our members so that you can review your options and take action. Says Peggy, “I love the work I do for ICF-North Texas and I don’t do it alone. Patty Vaccaro’s graphics and Lisa Murray’s website support are vital pieces of getting my work product out to our chapter members!”

As a freelance editor and proofreader, a virtual author's assistant (VAA), and a virtual assistant (VA), Peggy works on manuscripts for non-fiction and fiction books for authors, and white papers, case studies, articles, blogs, and newsletters for her clients. She says, “After 30 years in the corporate world, I went back to school and started my own editing business. I am blessed to be able to do work that I love and am passionate about. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with more and more coaches, for whom I have such a high regard. Coaches are like trusted teachers who help the rest of us reach our potential.”

Peggy lived in Colorado for more than 40 years, where she enjoyed skiing, fishing, and hiking in the mountains. When her husband passed away a few years ago, she decided to return to the Midwest to be nearer to her ten siblings as well as her daughter and step-daughter and her two grandchildren. Says Peggy, “I love being back in the Midwest and enjoy my new home in Minnesota.

With daughter Lara (L) and step-daughter Heather (R)

Skiiing in Colorado

Patty Vaccaro - True North Marketing
Patty is an independent marketing professional with a wealth of experience providing creative, analytical, and organizational support to small businesses and entrepreneurial clients. She is passionate about marketing and design, and brings big picture thinking combined with the ability to manage processes and details to make things happen.

For our chapter, Patty plays an integral role in keeping our leaders connected. She ensures that we have clear and consistent design and branding so that we continue to build brand trust and confidence with both existing and prospective members.

Patty has been working with ICF-North Texas since 2018 when she lent her skills to support the planning of our flagship event, Celebrate Coaching. Her role has expanded over the years to support our communications, membership, programs, online platforms, and special events committees by creating messaging and providing graphic design support to promote our chapter and its activities throughout the year.

Patty's background includes 30+ years of working in notable advertising agencies in both Texas and Florida serving consumer and B2B clients across a variety of categories, including technology, toys and games, beverages, real estate and more. In this role, she was responsible for leading teams, managing advertising campaigns, and making sure all work was delivered on strategy, on time, and on budget. She learned how to understand how organizations and business works, and how to connect with all stakeholders to reach goals and help to make everyone successful.

In addition to the work she does for ICF-North Texas, Patty also provides marketing support to a variety of entrepreneurial clients, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. She loves a good challenge and likes to ask "why" to ensure that every task and project—no matter how small—is rooted in a reason.

Patty and her husband Joe have two teenaged children and live in Lewisville, Texas. If you're not already connected, get to know more about Patty by connecting with her on LinkedIn

Patty with her family in Colorado

Get Involved

Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in any of our pro bono opportunities, please complete this Google Form now.

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
- Business Building LINC
- Digital Marketing LINC
- ACC Credential Support LINC
- PCC Credential Support LINC
- MCC Credential Support LINC
- Internal Coaches LINC

Coming Soon:
- Virtual Book Discussion LINC, re-forming soon
- Team Coaching LINC, forming now
- Ready to Retire - Now, Later or Never LINC, launches May 25
- Experienced Coach Mastermind type LINC, possible new LINC. Email Cheryl if interested.

If you are interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups, contact Cheryl Close for more information

      Global News

Registration Now Open for ICF Converge 2023

As a global coaching community, we’re at our best when we learn, grow, connect, lead, and inspire together. And after four years apart, we’re excited to connect in person for ICF Converge 2023. Join us August 23-26 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

We Thank Our Volunteers

A big thank you to the new and awesome Alliance Team Members: Valerie Hayes, Ben Dilla, Lupe Prado, Nancy McGruder, and Andrew Royal.

Contact Information 


President  Staci Witten, PCC
President-elect  Steve Hendon, PCC 
Secretary  Sue Shibley
Treasurer   Elisabetta Mroski, ACC
Past President Tim Kincaid, PCC
Programs   Open Position
Alliances  Dara Rossi, ACC
Membership   Cheryl Close, MCC
Communications   Lizette Warner, PCC
Online Platforms  Teresa Dabney
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