Welcome to Checking In, the monthly newsletter for ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
members and friends. In this newsletter you will find details about the
next chapter gathering, ways to take advantage of your ICF San
Francisco Bay Area Coaches membership and other valuable pieces of
information to benefit you as a coach.
Hello Members and Friends,
Spring! Spring is a time for growth and renewal*, and I'm pleased to
report that we're making significant progress as we transition from four
separate ICF chapters to become one, unified SF Bay Area mega-chapter.
We are definitely growing and renewing our commitment to be the most
warm and inviting community for coaches in the Bay Area!
Thanks to the
enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of the Transition Team, its
committees, and the SFBAC Board, we've finalized our new Vision &
Mission Statement, and we're putting the final touches on a totally new
Membership and Dues Structure (which will be announced in April).
I'm excited to share our new Vision & Mission Statement with you:
ICF San Francisco Bay
Area Coaches is a vibrant, innovative, fun and wildly successful
community of professional coaches ... the go-to place to learn, grow,
succeed and thrive together.
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches is an ICF charter chapter of coaches that:
- Creates a supportive, fun, and personally fulfilling
environment to network, connect with like-minded people, engage in
transformational conversations, and share experiences about coaching.
- Offers relevant, valuable and leading edge programs to both
novice and experienced coaches for skill building, ongoing
professional growth and mastery, and business development.
- Fosters the growth of a committed and connected community of professional coaches.
- Increases public awareness of the benefits of partnering
with a professional coach and refers prospective clients to our
- Is the visible, leading advocate and representative for the
coaching profession in the San Francisco Bay Area, committed to
advancing the art, science and practice of professional coaching.
Our Transition Team has
been talking to other successful chapters around the world, and learning
how they engage members across large urban areas. We'll soon be
announcing exciting new ways to conduct face-to-face and virtual
meetings to engage our members across the Bay Area. We're also
developing interactive web platforms to centralize our resources and
enable our members to easily connect with each other online.
You can help to shape
our future! We welcome any of you who are willing to volunteer a few
hours a week to participate on one of our committees. Please contact me
at keiko@WingsForWomen.net or 415-738-2313 if you would like to learn more about serving on any of these teams:
- Communications Committee
- Marketing & PR Committee
- Membership Committee
- Programs Committee
- Website/Technology Committee
We are also looking for a person to join the board as the
East Bay Liaison. With the unification of the Bay Area chapters into
one, the board created positions to represent the former North Bay, East
Bay and Silicon Valley chapters in 2012. The East Bay Liaison should be
someone who was active in the chapter, perhaps (but not necessarily) a
past board member. If you are interested in joining the board in this
capacity for the rest of 2012, please let me know!
This is an exciting time
to be a member of SF Bay Area Coaches. We invite you to be an active
participant in our lively community of professional coaches, so that you
can grow as we grow!
I look forward to seeing you at our April 11th monthly gathering.
All the best,
Keiko Hsu, CPC, ACC, CDC
President - SF Coaches | www.sfcoaches.com
San Francisco, CA
*P.S.: Speaking of growth and renewal, remember to renew your ICF membership! Click here to renew: http://www.coachfederation.org/icf-members/my-icf-membership/renew/
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches Launches a Chapter Facebook Group!
The Transition Team and
the Board heard the many calls by members for ways to connect online,
and so a Facebook group has been created for members of ICF SFBAC. This
Facebook group page provides a way for members to ask questions, launch
discussions, make announcements, and request help with everything from
carpooling to brainstorming.
This is a private group,
which means that non-members can see the page but only chapter members
can be approved to join the group and post updates and comments.
Click Here to visit the group (or search for "SF Bay Area Coaches")! If you are a current member of ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches, click "Ask to Join Group" so that you can connect with other members!
Accelerating Your Coaching From Good to Great
Compelling Insights From the Research And Realities of Executive Coaching
Presenter: David Peterson, Director of Learning & Development at Google
April 11, 2012
351 Geary Street (at Union Square)
San Francisco, CA
6:30 - 6:45 pm Registration
6:45 - 7:20 pm
7:20 - 9:00 pm Program
this lively, interactive presentation to learn the surprising reasons
why it is relatively easy to become a good coach, and yet rather
difficult to become a great coach. (Note: it's also pretty easy to be a
bad coach, and this presentation highlights some of the key reasons
We'll also look at the myths and realities of such questions as:
* How can Executive Coaches best help people gain insight, build skills, and ensure that learning lasts?
* When is it better for coaches to ask powerful questions, and when is it better to give advice?
* Is the coaching relationship really that important?
* Are some people uncoachable?
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Board has extended free attendance at meetings through April
to those who were members of the East Bay, North Bay and Silicon Valley
chapters as of December 31, 2011 while finalizing the new membership
and dues structure.
ICF Updates March 2012
Join and Renew
Join or renew your membership in the International Coach Federation (ICF).
(New and renewing members can get pro-rated fees after 3/31.) Please
note that after April 1st, ICF requires all its members to be have at
least 60 hours of coach-specific training. If you're in training now,
you can join ICF as a Provisional member and have until April 1, 2013 to
get your hours together.
Why join or renew as an ICF member?
By joining and maintaining membership in ICF, you let others know that
you are a professional coach in good standing who is part of an
influential voice that is shaping the future of coaching around the
globe. Also, ICF membership opens a world of opportunity for
professional development, networking, and leadership in coaching from
the local to global level. To join or renew your membership, go to
there are great member benefits and services (see below) to enhance
your professional development, marketing and client outreach!
Coach Referral Service (CRS) - ICF Credentialed members may host a
member profile on the CRS and receive referrals from potential clients
ICF Career Center - ICF members may post their resume for free, review
job openings, and post a job opening in their organization for a
ICF Resource Partners - Discounts for ICF members from AudioAcrobat,
Staples, Choice coaching magazine, Westminster Indemnity (professional
liability insurance) and more
*Discounts on ICF events and conferences
* Virtual classes through ICF (some for Core Competency credit)
* Opportunity to join local ICF coaching chapters at discounted rates
* ICF Logo & Membership Certificate - Available to coaches with a current ICF membership for marketing
* ICF's newsletter, Coaching World
* ICF Research Portal - Access to current research about coaching
ICF Training Requirements
As you may know, the ICF (International Coach Federation, of which we are a Charter Chapter) is working to "advance the art, science, and practice of professional coaching.
As the leading global coaching organization, the ICF is working toward
this goal by setting high standards, providing independent
certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed
this end, the ICF is phasing in new requirements for membership,
specifically completion of a minimum of 60 hours of coach-specific
training. (Read more about that at http://www.coachfederation.org/mer/.)
If you are working toward achieving this level of training, we can help! We have just confirmed with the ICF that the CCEUs you can receive for attending chapter gatherings can be applied to up to 12 of the 60 hours of required training. What does this mean? You don't have to be certified to make use of these CCEUs - they can count toward a portion of the training that will be required for ICF membership by April 1, 2013.
able to attend chapter gatherings where you'll hear excellent speakers
and receive CCEUs - all for free with your annual membership dues - is
yet another great benefit to becoming a San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
(SFBAC) member! Remember, these CCEUs can be used for your initial ICF
membership application, plus getting and renewing ICF credentialing
(ACC, PCC, MCC).
look forward to having you join us at future SFBAC gatherings as an
active member of the Bay Area coaching community to help build your
coaching business and professional standing in the wider community!
ICF Global Conference for 2012
ICF Global conference for 2012 is being held this year in London - the
first ICF global conference to be held outside the Americas! This 3-day
conference offers numerous educational opportunities - and the
opportunity to visit one of the world's great cities!
Are you interested in attending? Please click here to answer!
Chapter Consolidation: Notes from the Transition Team
strides are being made toward the completion of the marriage of the
four San Francisco Bay Area Chapters. As with the blending of families,
there are many details and logistics to be worked out. Much has been accomplished, and much is still in progress:
- The Board approved the new chapter name that the Transition Team recommended, "ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches."
The ICF has accepted this new chapter, and all of the appropriate
documents and web pages are in the process of being updated.
- Eve Siegel, the ICF Liaison for the chapter, launched an effort to reach out to other large urban chapters to gather best practices that we can emulate.
- The Membership/Enrollment committee, consisting of Janet Valette (North Bay Liaison), Becca
Pronchick (North Bay) and David Laidlaw (Silicon Valley), reviewed
these best practices, as well as the dues structures of the four Bay
Area chapters and the missions of the ICF and ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches (ICF SFBAC). From all of this they drafted a comprehensive proposal for a new membership and enrollment fee
structure. After the chapter's Treasurers studied the financial
impact of the new structure, the Transition Team approved the
proposal and recommended the proposal to the Board. The Board approved the new membership and dues structure proposal at its March 21st 2012 meeting and plans to
announce the new membership structure in mid-April when the
website has been updated to accommodate it. Thank you to Janet,
David and Becca for your hard work and creative solution, and thank
you to the Transition Team and the Board for their insightful
questions when reviewing the proposal!
- The Website/Technology committee,
consisting of Keiko Hsu (President, ICF SFBAC) Joel Orr (Silicon
Valley), Pat Obuchowski (Silicon Valley Liaison), and Susan Blake
(ICF SFBAC Communications Director), has been working on our
technical "home," considering the age-old question: Build or remodel? The committee recently shared a list of functional specifications required for this technical home and its proposal for soliciting proposals, which was approved by the Transition Team and endorsed by Susan Chritton (Past President of East Bay Coaches) and Akasha Halsey (Past President of North Bay Coaches). Meanwhile, a new Facebook group has been launched to facilitate connection between members, and work is commencing on updating the old SF Coaches site to reflect the new chapter's identity and accommodate the new membership and dues structure.
- The Meeting Structure/Visioning team
is looking at the various constituencies this chapter serves,
including members with diverse levels of experience and a variety
of focuses, not to mention geographic diversity (!), and is reviewing
the best meeting practices of other large urban chapters and
compiling suggestions from members of the four Bay Area chapters to
create recommendations on types of meetings, possible schedule changes,
and ways to use technology to help members connect and participate.
- This process has been and is, it turns out, a transformative one. The Communications committee, comprised of Nancy Montier (East Bay), Pauline Tang (East Bay) and Susan Blake (San Francisco), is working to keep you updated as the process unfolds.
Impressed with the level of excitement, commitment and
flexibility we have seen, we also want to introduce you to some of
the people who are helping to make the blending of the four
chapters into more than the sum of its parts. To that end, please meet Eve Siegel:
Meet Eve Siegel
Siegel is an ad hoc member of the Transitions Team, for which she
created a questionnaire to interview successful large urban ICF chapters
around the US and in Europe. With input from most of the Transition
Team members, Eve sent out the questionnaire - focusing on meeting
structures and best practices - to six ICF chapters (Chicago, New
England, Los Angeles, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and France). Five
of the six chapters responded to the questionnaire with valuable
membership enrollment, fee structure, and meeting format information for
SFBAC. Eve then handed over the project to Keiko, who set up follow-up
calls with ICF Chicago, New England, and Los Angeles.
is enjoying being part of the process of transforming the four SF Bay
Area chapters into a lively new diverse and engaging model for
professional coaches at all levels - a community bustling with
activities, networking, continuing education, and business partnerships.
As part of the Transition Team, Eve felt "it was a breath of fresh
air" to help expand the scope of our contacts with other ICF chapters,
nationally and internationally. "There's a sense of excitement as we
listen to leaders from other chapters that are engaging their members in
innovative ways that we can learn and benefit from, too!"
the merging of the four local Bay Area chapters, Eve feels an
increasing sense of engagement and energy at our expanded SFBAC
meetings. This goes right along with her primary belief that where
there is energy, things happen. She can attest to that as she brings
the vigor from this exciting time of Transition Team collaboration to
her own professional projects - including writing a book!
Siegel, M.S., CPCC, CMT, certified life coach and somatic therapist,
specializes in support for professionals who long to create
heart-centered careers and lives with confidence, clarity, and passion. Currently,
Eve is writing an e-book, Successful Transitioning to Work You Love:
Inspiration for Those on the Path to Heart-Centered Livelihood and a
Life in Balance, that will soon be available on her website.
Coaching Resource and Announcements
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is a warm, welcoming, inclusive community - a place where coaches come
together. Whether you are a new or seasoned coach, you have come to the
right place. We are glad you are here!
April gathering of ICF SFBAC is free to anyone who was a member of the
East Bay, North Bay or Silicon Valley chapters in December 2011.