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Date: 3/7/2022
Subject: ICF Sacramento Newsletter - March 2022
From: Rebecca A Lachona

President's Message

The flowers are starting to bud, new leaves are emerging, and I have resumed taking a full dose of allergy medication daily.  It’s almost Spring.  

On the board we are planning when the best time to plant the seeds of new projects may be.  So many goals and ideas are on the table. Everything feels like it's going to be here soon, but not quite yet.

As we prepare to build for the rest of the year, we want to reach out to see who might be interested in volunteering with various projects and programs.  Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet more people, amplify impact, and even get a window into what being on the board could be like.

Steve Matthews (pictured with me, above) is coordinating a volunteer outreach effort to share ways that members can get more involved this year.  I feel so fortunate to have his dedication and enthusiasm on the presidents’ team. Steve is also a great example of volunteerism, himself.  In addition to his official role (president-elect) he is also one of our volunteer Ignite program coaches.  He told me he is inspired to stretch further in alignment with his word of the year, “exploration.”  On a personal note, he has some pretty intense coastal bike rides coming up this month, and a triathlon in July!

The March lunch and learn is a great place to come and chat about what projects are underway, and how you can get involved. We hope to see you there (and at all of the programs this month)!  Be sure to read the full newsletter to see what’s coming up just around the corner.

Amy Shuman, PCC

2022 Board President

ICF Sacramento Chapter

Communications Corner

Member Spotlight

I recently sat down with Tracy Kriess, ACC, and owner of TransitionMuse - a leadership coaching firm based in Sacramento, California.  Click here to watch our interview and learn more about Tracy’s experiences as an ICF coach.

You may know Tracy from her role as the Sacramento Chapter’s Program Manager for the global Ignite Initiative. When Tracy’s not working to help Sacramento’s current and future leaders be “more conscious leaders”, you can likely find her reading, learning new things, or spending time in nature hiking, exploring and traveling. 

Rebecca Lachona, ACC

Associate Director, Communications

ICF Sacramento Chapter

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

Coaching Reinvented: ICF Regional Event with Shirzad Chamine March 17th, 4:30 - 6pm

Sacramento Chapter members participate at a discounted rate and
earn 1.0 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Development CCEu's for attending! 

Register Here
Use the discount code: PQ10

Takeaways from this event include:

• How to incorporate freely-available Positive Intelligence tools into your coaching, so you can increase your impact and client base.

• The 10 ways we self-sabotage and which ones affect you the most as a coach.

• How to strengthen the 3 core mental muscles so you can handle challenges with a positive mind, maximal effectiveness & minimal stress.

• A 10-second neuroscience-based technique that helps you go from feeling stressed or overwhelmed, to calm, clear-headed, and laser-focused in action.

Prior to joining the virtual meeting, please have your results to the Saboteur assessment using this Link.
Shirzad Chamine

Chapter meetings and events will continue to be held online for the convenience of our members. Please check our calendar for updates on future in person events.

March 8:    March Chapter Meeting: Trust: An Essential Handbook

March 23:  March Lunch and Learn

March 24:  Core Competency Zoominar: 1 - Demonstrates Ethical Practice 

April 12:     April Chapter Meeting: Life Coaching Isn’t Just for Grownups

April 21:     Core Competency Zoominar: 2 - Embodies a Coaching Mindset

April 27:     April Lunch and Learn 

International Coaching Week (ICW)


Each year the goal of ICW is to increase awareness of the positive impact coaching creates in the world. This year, our focus is how coaching can help Reimagine the Future and be the catalyst for positive changes as we move through all that has happened in the past two years. 


Last year our chapter events connected with people from 20 countries around the globe and provided 65 laser coaching sessions, allowing many participants to experience coaching for the first time. In 2022 we are looking forward to offering this life-changing opportunity to even more people, and we need your help to do that! 


If you are passionate about helping get the word out and expand coaching's reach, join us on May 22nd to provide laser coaching to people from around the world. More details are to follow, but for now, please block off two dates in your calendar; April 27th, 11:30 am-1 pm (laser coach training), and May 22nd, 10 am-1 pm (ICW coaching event).  


Thank you for all you do and for helping change the world, one client at a time! 

Contact Katie Kanowsky, Director of Special Events, with any questions.

Member News

WELCOME new and renewed members!

  • Diane Cruz

  • Carrie DeMuth

  • Holly Dunn

  • Cameron Macias

  • Danielle Siegel

  • Sue Wang

CONGRATS new and advanced certified coaches!

  • Kevin Lee, PCC

  • Rachael Stanley, PCC

Call for Ignite Coach Volunteers  

We are excited to share a new coaching opportunity with you!  This is available to coaches who have an ICF credential and those who have completed their coaching program and are working towards their ACC.

There are slots available to coach leaders at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.  If you are interested in participating as an Ignite coach, please complete the ICF Sac 2022 Coach Volunteer Form by March 15th. 

What can you expect?

  • Provide six to ten, 50-60 minute, bi-monthly, pro bono coaching sessions (hours applicable towards ICF credential as pro bono hours)

  • Determine mutually agreeable dates and times for phone or video coaching, directly with your client

  • Commit to coaching engagement from late March through September

  • Attend Project Kick-off Meeting on March 16th from 5:30-7:00pm

  • Attend monthly Supervision & Best Practices zoom sessions

More about the Ignite Initiative

This project is part of a global initiative called Ignite: Engaging Coaching for Humanity and the Planet, focused on supporting leaders in organizations aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

We are excited about what we can accomplish together! Please contact Tracy Kreiss with any questions.

2022 ICF Credentialing Changes 

For those who were unable to join the last Lunch and Learn with Coleen Chandler, here is a preview of upcoming changes to ICF’s Credentialing Process.  Contact
Coleen Chandler with any questions.

  • Change in credential renewal date
    If you obtained your credential after May 2019, your credential expires three years after your award date, on the last day of the month.  For example: If your credential award date is August 8, 2019, your expiration date is August 31, 2022.

  • All COVID-19 exceptions were lifted on January 1, 2022
    We are back to the standard requirements to obtain or upgrade a credential.  Pro bono hours are now back to 25 (ACC), 50 (PCC) and 250 (MCC) hours.

  • New ICF Credentialing Exam will replace the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)
    The new ICF Credentialing Exam will consist of 200 situational questions with multiple answers, based on the new core competencies. The new exam is expected to be launched in late June or early July.  Note: your application submission date will determine whether you take the CKA or new exam.

  • Application Review Time
    Due to an unprecedented surge of applications, ICF Global is taking 16-18 weeks to review applications. Please plan ahead and practice patience. 

2022 Membership Renewal

Chapter Member Benefits

As an ICF Sacramento chapter member, you’ll engage with a vibrant coaching community that supports you in many ways. These are just a few of the benefits available: 

  • Attend free monthly events and receive CCEUs (Chapter Meetings, Lunch & Learns, Core Competency Webinars, and Special Events)

  • Receive support on the path to receiving new or advanced credentials 

  • Participate in volunteer opportunities (like the global Ignite Initiative)

  • Post your events on the ICF Sacramento Calendar  

  • Share your information on the chapter Member Directory

  • And so much more!

Check out our Member Signup / Information or contact our Director of Membership,
 Lisa Laughter, or our Associate Director of Membership, Angela Lindley for more information.
ICF Global News
Memberships Expire on March 31!
Don’t let your membership lapse!  Visit the
 ICF Renewal page and conveniently pay online in full or in two installments. 

More ICF Global News

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