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                         PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

                              November 2018

Greetings Coaches and Friends of ICF Sacramento,

As many of us are preparing for Thanksgiving, we are reminded once more about the fragility of life and our environments, and that nothing can ever be taken for granted.

Witnessing yet another horrific shooting and the devastating fires raging from Northern to Southern California, I ache for the pain that thousands of families are going through, for the loss of lives, pets, homes and cherished belongings, and the sense of security and safety - that should be ours to enjoy freely - shattered in a second, minute or hour.

What attracted me to America when I immigrated here nearly 40 years ago was the resiliency and hopeful optimism of its people - a can-do attitude even in the face of significant challenges. I am in awe of this vital force that unites us over and over again and brings communities together to rebuild and start the process of healing. This time will be no different. And yet, let’s not brush too quickly over the reality of how daunting this journey really is, especially for those who have lost loved ones. We honor you and your courage.

So, what can we do? That’s often the question asked after such tragedies. Coaches are generous. Some of us will donate time, money and essential items; some will pray; others will act through our political and legal systems to effect changes. One thing we can all do - and coaches know that intimately - is be the best we can, live the most fulfilled life we can, shine our light as bright and as wide as we can, so we touch people in a way that transforms lives and brings more peace to the world.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish you a safe, joyful, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving!

Coleen Chandler, PCC, CPCC
President, ICF Sacramento


            President's Message
          May 2018 

Dear ICF coaches and friends of ICF Sacramento,

Spring is flying by and our chapter is buzzing with activities and “premieres”. 

    Board meetings go long as Directors brim with ideas and discuss ardently ways to make them happen. Monthly on-site events, where we offer high quality speakers on dedicated coaching topics, are well attended. 

    In May, we offered our second hybrid in-person/virtual class, which brought yet another dimension to our monthly meetings. So what are we up to?

    We had two major “premieres” this spring:

    • We launched our first Lunch & Learn event on March 28, led by Melna Jones;
    • In addition to our regular monthly meeting, we held our first Core Competency call on March 22 on Ethics Foundation, which I facilitated. 

    Both were well received and brought extra value to our members and non-members alike. The feedback is clear: our members like the variety we now offer.

    In parallel, the effervescent energy around the preparation for International Coaching Week (ICW) reached its peak on May 7 to May 11 when ICF Sacramento brought the power of coaching to the community with four successful events. We believe that these events will bring strong alliances between the business community and our chapter to help you position your talents in the coaching marketplace.

    A BIG thank you to our event hosts:

    • The Sacramento Chamber of Commerce 
    • American River Bank 
    • COWO (a brand new co-working facility located in midtown Sacramento) 

    You gave us the opportunity to share the benefits of coaching (and our passion for this beloved profession) with your members and your staff. We had a fantastic time coaching with you

    A special mention and our HUGE appreciation to the ICW Team, which rocked under the leadership of our lead organizer, Lean Ferry, ACC, and her two right hands, Diane Garga, ACC and Tina Shaw, PCCOur super pro-active ICW committee and about fourteen volunteer coaches brought the spirit and mission of ICW to the Sacramento region. We acknowledge and thank you all.

    We can bring you these initiatives because, among other things, the chapter has an adequate budget for season 2017-2018. It’s you, our members, who make it possible by participating in our events and, yes, by renewing your membership. And it’s that time of year again. 

    Have You Renewed Your ICF Membership? If yes, thank you. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. If not, please renew here for ICF Global, and renew here for ICF Sacramento. To succeed, ICF Sacramento needs every one of its members.  

    We have two exciting speakers for you in June: Gloria Manchester, ACC and David Drake, PhD. Go to to learn (and register) about their event. 

    And be sure to check out our May/June newsletter for more information.

    As I witness the strides made since January 1st thanks to the greatness of our board and our coaches, I feel deeply privileged to serve you and this profession. Don't hesitate to come say hello during our meetings. I always enjoy it.

    On behalf of the entire board, I wish you continued fun and growth this spring.

    To your coaching success,

    Coleen Chandler, PCC, CPCC
    President, ICF Sacramento 


    March 2018

    Dear coaches and friends of ICF Sacramento,

    Besides beautiful weather and outdoor fun, what does March and springtime mean to our ICF Sacramento Chapter? First and foremost, it’s ICF Global membership renewal time!  This is the time when we recommit not only to our professional coaching association, but to our profession; when we show our desire to advance alongside outstanding professional and credentialed coaches; and when we proudly claim that, as Global ICF members, we are raising our excellence, integrity and collaboration to the highest international standards in the industry – the Gold Standard, as ICF calls it.

    At 23 years old, this tiny association created by Thomas Leonard in 1995 has seen explosive growth. We are 30,000 members strong with 131 chapters in 70 countries (in 2017), and growing every day.  ICF Global works hard to be at the forefront of the coaching profession and to maintain the highest quality credentialing process.

    Your continued membership makes us all shine. Thank you for renewing before March 31 on our website
    . What do you say we beat all chapters in renewal membership rate percentage’s this year? Let’s do it!

    In other news this month, we are delighted to present our first Lunch & Learn on Wednesday the 28th at Noon (in person meeting), and the first Core Competency Call on Thursday the 22nd at 6:00 pm (virtual meeting). You can sign up on our chapter website. We have listened to you and are proposing a variety of days and times among our three monthly events to accommodate as many of you as possible. We are excited and cannot wait for you to join us.

    Finally, this month I will be going to the ICF Global Leader Forum (GLF) in Vancouver (Tina Shaw attended it last year in Poland). GLF is the yearly gathering of ICF chapter leaders from around the world.  For three days, I will proudly represent YOU to the rest of the ICF community and expect to come back eager to share valuable information and knowledge with you.

    In the meantime, I will see you at Dr. Maria Nemeth’s presentation “Establishing a Powerful Coaching Presence” on March 13.  Please register for that as well.

    On behalf of the entire Board, I wish you a lovely passage into springtime.

    To your coaching success,

    Coleen Chandler, PCC, CPCC
    President, ICF Sacramento

    February 2018

    Dear coaches and friends of ICF Sacramento,

    On January 6, 2018 the Board of Directors of ICF Sacramento had its first retreat of the year and spent many hours hashing out a plan to optimize your membership and the chapter’s impact on the greater Sacramento Region. Along with our members – in an exciting and interactive meeting on January 9th - we came up with a plan to create more opportunities for you to connect, share and grow.  Here are the three projects that we intend on bringing you this year:

    a)      Monthly Lunch & Learns, where members will be able to participate in discussions on any topic pertaining to coaching and the coaching business. This is an informal gathering and an excellent opportunity for you to bring your questions and learn from the wisdom and experience of your fellow coaches. We are planning to introduce our first Lunch & Learn in March. Be on the lookout for that information. Melna Jones, our Public Relations Director, is the lead on this project. Please contact her at if you wish to be a part of her team to set this up.

    b)      Monthly Core Competency calls, where we will, virtually and as a group, review one ICF Core Competency per month. There are 11 ICF core competencies, starting with Setting the Foundation: Meeting Ethical Guidelines & Professional Standards. On these calls, we will deepen our experience in each competency and share our insights on how to best use it in our practice. Calls will be facilitated by different coaches throughout the year. If you are interested in leading a call, please contact me  at Best of all, we are looking into getting you one ICF Coaching Continuing Education Unit (CCEU) in Core Competency per call, if you are live on the call.

    c)      International Coaching Week (ICW). This is our yearly, global celebration of coaching. We are already in preparation for the week of May 7-13. Leann Ferry, ACC, our Special Events Director, is the lead organizer. You can contact her at to propose your services, your ideas, or your company or association for mutual benefit. It's a fantastic way to become more visible in the business community.

    Everyone is welcomed to these events. Whether you are a seasoned coach or newer to the field, we encourage you to participate in as many of the Lunch & Learns and Core Competency calls as you can, and to get involved with ICW. This is your chance to maximize your ICF Sacramento membership, and grow as a coach and business owner.

    Personally, I am thrilled to be back on February 13 to teach Part 2 of the Creativity Coaching Class. This class will stand alone; you do not need to have taken Part 1. We had a great time last year and the feedback was wonderful. I hope to see as many of you as possible.

    In the meantime, with February being traditionally the month of love, on behalf of the entire Leadership team, I wish you a loving and gratifying month.

    To your coaching success,

    Coleen Chandler, PCC, CPCC
    President, ICF Sacramento

    January 2018


    Dear coaches and friends of ICF Sacramento,

    I hope that your holidays were wonderful and that this New Year finds you with a spring in your step, joy in your heart and enthusiasm for your coaching profession. 

    Coleen President

    A new year also means a new president for your chapter. I am honored to be your 2018 president and to serve alongside an amazing Board of Directors, nine of whom are continuing on in 2018. We are also welcoming a new Secretary, Mary Lynn Tobin, ACC and a new Director at Large, Boni LaValley, ACC. And I am happy to announce that Michele Tevis, PCC has accepted the position of President-Elect while remaining our Membership Director.  

    Please acquaint yourself with these remarkably accomplished and committed coaches - all volunteers - who work tirelessly in the background to provide you with a membership experience as seamless as possible, and who help keep your coaching skills up to date with programs, activities and events like our monthly membership meetings and ICW.  You can check your Board of Directors' profiles here

    Sprinkle in some networking fun during our monthly meetings, and our very successful year-end holiday parties, and you have a winning chapter. 

    We are saying goodbye to our dear Dolores Davis who is being termed out as Director at Large. Dolores is one of the first people I met when I joined ICF Sacramento and she instantly made me feel at home and part of the ICF tribe. Dolores has helped the chapter in numerous capacities over the years and we are grateful for her smile and unwavering dedication to contribute wherever needed. Dolores isn’t the retiring type so I am sure that we will find a special committee where her talents can continue to shine. Thank you, Dolores.

    A little bit about myself for those who do not know me
    : I joined the Board of ICF Sacramento back in 2015 as the Public Relations Director, invited to the role by then president Pam Alexandra. I said yes, having no clue what the position would entail (sometimes ignorance is a good thing). This turned out to be a great decision as I found myself uplifted and inspired by the comradery of the leadership team and the gratification of giving back to a profession that has brought me so much joy. As the chapter grew in size, depth and efficiency, I grew along with it and todayI am proud and privileged to serve as your president.   

    I stand on the shoulders of the many presidents before me. I particularly want to acknowledge and give our thanks and gratitude to our past president, Tina Shaw, whose steady hand and proactive leadership - in a time of high turnover among board members - brought a vision and a direction to the chapter that will be felt for years to come. Tina’s presidency was consequential and, fortunately for us, she will remain a vital part of the board in 2018 as our past president. Broadening her ICF horizons, Tina is now a member of the ICF Western Region Steering Committee, whose task is to represent the western region ICF chapters to ICF Global. If that was not enough, Tina has also accepted the role of ICF Sacramento Webmaster, so for all things Club Express, she’s your gal.     

    On Saturday the 6th, the new board will meet to refine our objectives for 2018 and maintain a fiscally sound business plan. 

    We are blessed to belong to a profession that makes the world a better place and we hope you will join us in making 2018 another milestone year for our thriving ICF Sacramento chapter, so we can continue to serve you and the greater Sacramento region. But we cannot do it alone. We need your wisdom, energy, creativity and input. Your voice and engagement are vital. Without you, this chapter would not exist. To that effect, we are planning a town hall style meeting at our regular daytime monthly meeting on the 9th of January to hear your ideas. Please register as soon as possible and come kick off the New Year with us.

    And don't hesitate to come say hello during our meetings. I'd love to meet you. 

    To your coaching success in 2018 and beyond, 

    Coleen Chandler, PCC, CPCC
    President, ICF Sacramento 


    December 2017 

    As 2017 comes to a close I want to extend my profound gratitude to our leadership team, Coleen Chandler, Diane Garga,, Michele Tevis, Leann Ferry, Jim Geiger, Dawn Karner, Melna Jones, Joe Littell for their selfless work and dedication to moving our Chapter forward and creating value for our members and guests. I also want to acknowledge and thank our membership, guests, sponsors and partners for helping us to make this year a success for our Chapter! Without all of YOU, we could not have achieved all we accomplished this year. 

    Here are a few highlights:

    • Our membership has grown from 63 this time last year to 70!   
    • We have improved our fiscal soundness with increased revenue and reduced expenses!
    • We built a strong leadership team with phenomenal retention as we go into 2018 with 9 out of 10 Board Members continuing into next year, and we have two more NEW members joining the leadership team!
    • We created governance structure and systems to support the administration of our Chapter, including the implementation of Club Express and other systems as described in my November President's Message!

    I want to thank our sponsors who provide space for our meetings, which allows us to bring valuable programs to our members and guests while helping us manage our modest budget.


    The Academy for Coaching Excellence (ACE) and Dr. Maria Nemeth and her staff who graciously provide us space at ACE for our regular monthly meetings, as well as for our in-person Board Meetings and Retreats. We are blessed to have you supporting our Chapter, and we are deeply grateful for your generosity.


    UC Davis Extension and Crystal Babowal and the UCDE staff who provided the venue and set up support for our 2017 International Coaching Week Event in May. Our Chapter appreciates your continued support of our Chapter and for spreading the word about the value of ICF membership to your coaching students.


    I have enjoyed leading the Chapter since taking on the role of President in August 2016, and I am pleased to hand over the reigns to the very capable and creative Coleen Chandler. I am eager to see where we go next! You can help steer our Chapter towards our future while planning your own business future in our January monthly meeting. Check it out here. I would love to see you there!

    And in case you are wondering, I will continue to serve on the Board as Past President and Webmaster in 2018. I am delighted to contribute, learn and continue to grow with my fellow ICF Sacramento coaching tribe!

    Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Successful New Year!


    With gratitude,


    Tina R. Shaw, PCC

    2017 President, ICF Sacramento


    November 2017 

    November is a month for giving thanks, and I have much for which to be thankful. I am blessed to be able to do work I love, and to work with a team of exceptional coaches who have worked diligently to create positive change within our Chapter. As I look back on this year I am quite pleased with the progress we have made in improving our policies and processes in our operations while building relationships and capabilities in our team. When I took on the role of President I discovered various challenges that caused hiccups in the transition from one Board to the next. Some of these challenges included:


    • Various Chapter accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Zoom and others were created using individual Board Member’s email addresses, causing difficulty in transferring ownership of these accounts from one President to the next, and as a result we found ourselves locked out of our Facebook and Twitter accounts for several months earlier this year. We also missed some billing renewal notices because notices were sent to now defunct email addresses.
    • Board documents were stored by individuals who created them on their own private systems, which limited access to documents and resulted in a loss of historical data from year-to-year.
    • Our website was built on a platform with a significant administrative learning curve that only a few Board Members had limited experience with, thus requiring dependence on third party administrator at significant expense for technical support.
    • We required multiple stand-alone systems for website, email communications, event registration and payment transactions, each with separate administrative responsibilities.

    Our Board decided to tackle each of these issues in an attempt to simplify the administrative duties of the Board and deliver a better experience for our members. Some of the changes we implemented include:

    • We created a Chapter email address to be used on all Chapter accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Zoom, etc. Access to this email address is transferred to the incoming President each year, and to allow for resetting of account passwords to maintain security.
    • We purchased a Chapter Dropbox account to have a shared depository for all Chapter documents and created a file structure protocol to make it easier to find what we need quickly. Access to this account can easily be shared with incoming Board Members ensuring historical data is not lost as we transition from one Board to the next.
    • We successfully implemented Club Express, a website and member management software system with an easier learning curve, greater functionality, lower cost, and free phone and email support for Administrators and Users.
    • Club Express offers an integrated system that includes email communications, event registration, payment transactions, survey capabilities, links to social media, and automation to reduce the administrative burden of managing our Chapter.

    Why does all of this matter? Reducing the amount of time and expense required for administrative duties frees the Board to spend more energy and resources on activities that deliver more value to our members and guests while fulfilling our strategic vision and mission. And, it makes serving on the Board more FUN!


    If you are interested in helping to shape the future of our Chapter, please consider volunteering for a role on our Board of Directors or serving on a committee. We have a variety of opportunities available. Contact us at and let us know how you can contribute and we will match you with a volunteer opportunity.


    With gratitude,


    Tina R. Shaw, PCC

    President, ICF Sacramento



    October 2017 

    As we welcome a new season our Chapter is thrilled to announce a new member has joined our Leadership Team! Please join me in congratulating Joe Littell for his new position on the ICF Sacramento Board as Professional Development Director effective this month! Joe brings a background in event planning along with a passion for learning and coaching that will serve him well in his new role. Come meet Joe at our next monthly meeting when Coleen Chandler, PCC will help us explore our creativity as coaches, and how to bring out the creativity in our clients on October 10th from 6:30 - 8:15 pm at the Academy for Coaching Excellence. Register Here

    October is the month we open nominations for next year's Board of Directors. Our President-Elect, Coleen Chandler will be putting together a slate of candidates to present to the Board for the ballot. This is your opportunity to take on a leadership role with our Chapter and contribute to our wonderful community of coaches! What's in it for you? You will have the opportunity to co-create the kind of professional organization you are proud to be part of, and you get to hang out with a pretty incredibly group of coaches, too! If you are interested in a role, please contact us at to submit your nomination. 

    After the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, my September message outlining three coping strategies during times of distress seems especially relevant. You can read it here

    I hope to see you at our October meeting!

    With gratitude,

    Tina R. Shaw, PCC
    President, ICF Sacramento


     September 2017

    I have noticed that at times these past few weeks I have been quite distracted by what is happening in the world, from floods to wildfires, to political unrest. In the midst of distressing times, it is especially important to put on our own oxygen masks first. As coaches, before we can help our clients, we need to make sure we attend to our self-care.

    Here are some tactics that help my clients - and me, too.

    • Gratitude. What can I be grateful for today? It is nearly impossible to stay down when you focus on things for which you are authentically grateful.

    • Action. Whether it is donating to flood or fire victims, volunteering for a cause you believe in, or otherwise using your influence, talents or resources to help make things better, doing something allows us to stand in our power rather than helplessness.

    • Support. For me, being with other coaches helps to uplift me and inspire me to show up as my best self and to use my strengths to make a positive contribution to the world.
    Spending time with the brilliant coaches in our ICF Chapter is a form of self-care for me because they teach me the great power we hold to bring love and positive change to the world,k and that inspires hope for the future. 

    With gratitude,

    Tina R. Shaw, PCC
    President, ICF Sacramento


    August 2017 

    I want to acknowledge and thank outgoing Board Member SueAnn Freeman as she steps down from her role as Director-at-Large to attend to family needs. I want to acknowledge and thank SueAnn for her contributions, including the phone calls she made during our member renewal campaign. Our renewal rate is higher than average for Chapters per ICF Global, and I believe SueAnn’s efforts helped us to achieve that. Thank you, SueAnn! 

    I have the privilege of leading a team of brilliant coaches who are helping me become a better leader while providing their talents in support of our coaching community. It takes a significant commitment and a desire to contribute in order to make an all-volunteer organization such as ours work, and I want to extend a well-deserved THANK YOU to our amazing Board Members: 
    Coleen Chandler, Dolores Davis, Diane Garga, Leann Freeman, Jim Geiger, Melna Jones, Dawn Karner, and Michele Tevis. 

    Our ICF Sacramento leadership team met for a mid-year retreat on July 15th to build relationships, share learning and co-create where we will go next. I am delighted with the outcomes we achieved from this meeting. We built stronger bonds, shared struggles, made requests, learned from each other, agreed to next actions, celebrated our successes, and learned from failure, too! Here are some things that came out of our meeting:

    • We will hold at least one in-person Board meeting per quarter to build and maintain a feeling of “team”.
    • We are providing additional training and support to Board members to support them in their roles.
    • We will implement new communication practices to improve connection, clarity and support us with positive accountability.

    We learned a lot from each other in that meeting, and we are actively creating a better future for our Team and the Chapter. YOU could be a part of this awesome team, too! Contact me at to learn more about how you can volunteer your talents in service of our profession. 

    Board of Directors Positions Open

    ICF Sacramento Accepting Applications for Vacant Board of Director Positions 

    Are you interested in an opportunity to exercise your leadership muscles?  The ICF Sacramento Valley Chapter is looking to fill two key positions.  Give back to the profession by serving in one of these rewarding positions!

    ·    Professional Development Director

    ·    Director at Large

    If you’d like to be considered, or would like more information, please email Tina Shaw, President, ICF Sacramento Chapter at

    With gratitude,

    Tina R. Shaw, PCC 
    President, ICF Sacramento


    July 2017 

    Summer is upon us, and with the change in seasons comes another change for our Chapter. Our Professional Development Director, Andreea Hurduzeu has decided to step down from her role on the Board for personal reasons. Andreea joined the Board in September 2016 jumping in with both feet to take on this very important role. Attendance at our monthly programs has steadily increased over the months since she started, and I credit her smart sourcing and vetting of presenters for that positive result. She will be dearly missed on the Board, and she has assured us she will continue to be an active part of our membership as she continues her own coaching journey. I am deeply grateful to you, Andreea, for your energy and willingness to take ownership of the role and run with it. It was a pleasure working with you and we wish you well.

    Do you have a passion for helping others thrive? Would you like to have influence in the types of Programs ICF Sacramento offers to its membership? Do you have a call to serve others? Would you welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a team of Brilliant Coaches as part of the ICF Board? If you said YES to any of these questions, I want to hear from YOU! We are in need of a new Professional Development Director to join our Leadership Team and make a difference in the lives of our Member Coaches. Please contact me at or call me at 916.342.2048 if you are interested in making a positive contribution to our profession by serving in this role or serving on a committee in support of this role.

    Here is to a Summer of Growth and Gratitude!

    Tina R. Shaw, ACC
    President, ICF Sacramento


    Dear Chapter Members,

    News AlertAnnouncing the SACRAMENTO ICF Chapter Members expiration date has been extended to April 30!  An extra month free!  The new chapter annual membership period will be May 1st to April 30th starting with the 2017-2018 year.

    As trained coaches and ICF members, we know that our ICF Membership helps us to be the best versions of ourselves, both personally and professionally.

    We each represent the highest quality of professional coaching. Together with our colleagues around the world, we are raising the standard for our industry and helping our clients to become the best version of themselves. For those of us who choose to rejoin ICF this year, here are some of the local opportunities and benefits we can expect:

    • Professional Credibility: Membership in a chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) enhances your credibility as a coach.  ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching professional by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a network of credentialed coaches.

    • Continuing Coach EducationICF Members can enhance their professional development and earn Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units by participating in select ICF Chapter events and Communities of Practice at minimal to no cost.

    • Leadership Opportunities:  ICF Sacramento provides leadership opportunities for members to support, shape and lead the growth of our Chapter and the professionalism of coaching.

    • Your Individual Coach Page on our “Hire a Professional Coach” Website Page:  Members may be included on our Hire a Professional Coach page, by coaching specialties and by name.

    You must be an ICF Global Member to enjoy full membership in ICF Sacramento.  Renewing your ICF Global membership qualifies you to also renew your membership with the Sacramento Chapter of ICF. 

    As a member, you’ll continue to enjoy the credibility, community and opportunities for continuous development that come with identifying yourself as a member of the world’s largest community of professionally trained coaches. ICF renewal fees are as follows:

    • ICF Sacramento Chapter - $60 annually 
    • ICF Global - $245 annually

    I look forward to continuing to partner with you in 2017 as we strive, individually and collectively, to be the best coaches we can be. Maintain your GLOBAL ICF Membership by renewing today.

    Kind regards,

    Tina R. Shaw, ACC

    President, ICF Sacramento