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  • April 05, 2021 8:33 AM | Yennie Rautenberg-Loya (Administrator)

    Dear ICF San Diego Members,

    Our Chapter is off to a great year with educational webinars, business development sessions and Networkshops throughout the year. 

    The robust schedule of events that our team is putting together is intended to bring to you opportunities to learn and practice ICF Core Competencies as well as other important topics for you to expand as a coach, whether you are an internal or external coach, or you use coaching skills as your leadership style.

    As a regular cadence, you can expect to have a tuition-free Networkshop session the first Tuesday of every month hosted by one of our Board Members. Each month, we will also have an educational training hosted by a guest speaker. Learn more about our April Networkshop here, and our educational session below. Also join us in our educational training on April 20, titled Creating Coaching Prosperity.

    Our Board is looking forward to International Coaching Week, which starts May 17, 2021. Get ready for the exciting events we will be hosting throughout the month!!

    We are currently seeking a Treasurer, Programming Director and Communications Director. Please contact us if this is of interest to you.

    We wish you all well and look forward to seeing you soon.


    Sincerely,

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC 

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego

  • March 05, 2021 12:58 PM | Yennie Rautenberg-Loya (Administrator)

    Dear ICF  San Diego Members,

    March marks many occasions: It is one year that we have been living with the Covid-19 pandemic, the first day of Spring on March 20, the first day of the Iranian New Year (which is on the first day of Spring) and very importantly, it marks Women’s History Month and International Women's Day (IWD). 

    The year 2021 marks 100 years since the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  You can learn more about this journey in the National Archives

    For those of you who are continuing your studies on African-American history following Black History Month in February, there are many podcasts and videos you can explore here.

    Learning about our history aids us in coaching in a way that honors and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. The more we understand where our clients have been and where they want to go, the more we can coach them from a place of empathy and respect. 

    This month, we continue providing fun networking and learning opportunities, relevant to the environment we are living in. We kicked off the month with the networkshop on the New ICF Core Competencies, which we hope was valuable to you. On March 9, we invite you to the webinar Time and Action Mastering! More details here.  

    We wish you all well and look forward to seeing you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC 

    Chapter President

    ICF San Diego

  • February 05, 2021 9:20 AM | Yennie Rautenberg-Loya (Administrator)

    Dear ICF San Diego Members,

    We continue to face our new way of living as the pandemic continues. There is much hope as vaccines are being rolled out to our populations starting with healthcare workers and senior citizens. As difficult as things still are, we have also built many new skills that we did not have about a year ago this time. We manage work, clients and online learning using video technology. We've also gotten creative with how we have healthy movement and stay connected with our family and loved ones. As painful as the pandemic has been, there is much learning and new habits we will all likely take from it. 

    In terms of our ICF Chapter, the year ahead holds much promise. We are creating learning and connecting opportunities that will fill your calendars for the rest of the year. From learning webinars where you can gain CEU credits and expand your knowledge, to monthly Networkshops which will begin in March, our aim is to make ICF San Diego a place where you can grow, connect and feel at home.  

    Our February speaker is Dr. Damian Goldvarg. A past president for ICF Global and Master Certified Coach, Dr. Goldvarg will share best practices about The Coaching Mindset. You can register here.

    Last, if you are interested in getting involved with an engaged Board here at ICF San Diego, we have an opening for a board member or volunteer, who would help with programming. This role requires about 5-7 hours of time a month. The duties include connecting with speakers, scheduling, creating value for members and supporting our current Programming Director Wil Fisher.

    Thank you and I look forward to meeting you all in the months ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD 

    Chapter President

    ICF San Diego

  • January 22, 2021 2:32 PM | Yennie Rautenberg-Loya (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    The Board of ICF San Diego hopes your year is off to a great start. As the new president of ICF San Diego, I am pleased to share some great news.

    This is the first year in ICF San Diego’s history (we launched in 2017) that we have a full board. Lynn Levis will continue supporting us as Past-President and Gaby Alvarez-Pollack is President-Elect for 2022. We have two new board members, Membership Director Jennifer Guillaumin and Communications Director Sylvia Zepeda. You can get learn more about our board here. A big thank you to Lynn and the board members who created learning and connecting experiences in 2020.

    In the year ahead, we have amazing educational webinars planned for the year as well as “Networkshops” where you will have a chance to grow your relationships with local coaches and share your thoughts on current issues as well as ways to support your clients’ growth.

    As a country, we are in a state of transition and healing while we continue to battle Covid-19. Many of you have expressed the stress all of this has brought to your clients. If we are to best serve our clients, we need to also focus on self-care and self-expression and I intend to make our ICF San Diego Chapter a community where you can all have a safe space to talk about the topics that are important to you. My hope is you leave each interaction, whether a webinar or networkshop, not only learning new skills, but also feeling that you have expanded hope, energy and resilience. Wellness, inclusion and how to thrive in business and personally, will be recurring themes in our work.

    We are 224 members strong and growing. We look forward to serving you. Should you have any suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Here’s to your health, wellness and success in 2021.


    Sincerely,

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, PCC

    Chapter President

    ICF San Diego

  • December 14, 2020 11:37 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    As I conclude my term as Chapter President of ICF San Diego, I'm in awe of all we've accomplished during a really challenging year. To all who played a role in what we were able to offer to the coaching community in 2020: I thank you for your time and commitment.

    Looking ahead, I'm eager for what's to come. Our Elections process has concluded, and the 2021 Board of Directors can be found on our website. This is the first full Board of Directors in our Chapter's history, and when I look at the group assembled to lead ICF San Diego in 2021 and beyond, I'm amazed at the skills they bring and the passion for coaching they represent. I feel confident saying that we've never had a more talented incoming Board.

    I am grateful for the opportunity to have served ICF San Diego over the past three years, and I look forward to staying connected with you. 

    I wish you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season.

    All the best,

    Lynn Levis

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego


  • November 23, 2020 9:05 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    During this Thanksgiving week, I am filled with so much gratitude. 

    In the face of all the complex and challenging twists that 2020 presented, the ICF San Diego Board of Directors has responded with innovation, grace, and resilience. I am so thankful for these tireless volunteers who give us the gifts of their time and talents -- during a really difficult year. Please join me in thanking them:

    • Maggie Murphy Maertz, Secretary
    • Chuck Paglialunga, Treasurer
    • Charles Furman, Past-President
    • John Murphy, Membership Director
    • Barbara Noerenberg, Membership Director
    • Whittney Beard, Programming Director
    • Wil Fisher, Programming Director
    • Yennie Rautenberg-Loya, Communications Director

    I also want to thank the many speakers we were able to host in 2020. Most were virtual and a few were in person, but all were outstanding presenters. Please join me in thanking them for sharing their knowledge with us:

    • James Garrett, Mini Habits: A Small Tool for Big Success
    • Arthur Schwartz, How to Incorporate Conversations That Create Trust into Your Coaching Practice
    • Gene Gilmore, A Practical Leadership Toolkit: Teaching Coaching Skills for Leadership Development
    • Jeff Schneider, A Change in Client Mindset Through Learning How to Effectively Give and Receive Feedback
    • C.J. Hayden, What Can You Do if You Need to Get Clients Yesterday?
    • Amber Setter, Adult Development Theory: The Key to Elevating Your Clients' Consciousness
    • Mary Andrews, Change and Resilience: Navigating How Change Goes for You and Your Clients
    • Sherry Nooravi, Coaching with Presence: Five Keys for Presence-Based Coaching
    • Mark Hunter, A Conversation about Race
    • Leah Grant, The Art of Evoking Awareness

    Last but certainly not least, I want to thank all of you: the members of ICF San Diego. During a time when ICF Chapters all over the world are seeing a major drop in numbers, we proudly maintain a strong base of 210 members. We're grateful that you remain part of our community, and we look forward to serving you in the year to come.

    I wish you all a safe and restful Thanksgiving.

    All the best,

    Lynn Levis

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego


  • October 12, 2020 4:33 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    I hope this email finds you doing well as we transition more deeply into the fall months. It's a busy time of year for many, and yet I hope you'll make the time to join us for A Conversation about Race, presented by Mark Hunter, MCC. See below for more details and to register. We hope you'll be there for this important presentation.

    I want to thank those of you who raised your hands and expressed interest in serving the ICF San Diego Board of Directors in 2021! We received a number of submissions, and our Board and Nominating Committee is hard at work reviewing them at this time. In the coming weeks, you'll be receiving an email with link where you can cast your vote on the slate of next year's Board of Directors. Remember, only active members may vote, so be sure to renew your membership if you haven't already.

    Lastly, we're looking ahead to our December gathering and want to hear your suggestions! While we typically gather for a fun, festive happy hour to celebrate the many joyous holidays in December, we of course can't gather in person this year. Do you have ideas about how we might meaningfully connect? We'd love to hear them, so email me if you have some suggestions or would like to help us to plan!

    Sincerely,

    Lynn Levis

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego

  • September 06, 2020 2:29 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    I hope this message finds you enjoying a restful three-day weekend! It's that time of year when we begin the process for forming next year's Board of Directors. Please below for more information, and be sure to join us for our Information Session next week to learn more about the ways you can get involved.

    We hope to see you at our September event. We're happy to announce that we've extended the usual capacity for our events since transitioning to a virtual setting, so please join your fellow coaches for an excellent session on presence-based coaching!

    Members: are you taking advantage of your benefits? See below for more information about our Members Only Portal, and contact us if you need any support.

    I hope to see you virtually soon! Stay safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Lynn Levis

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego


  • August 11, 2020 9:27 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    Yes, you read that right -- it's August. And what a whirlwind these past few months have been. Many of us are juggling demands like never before, and now more than ever, we need to support each other through these changes and build our own resilience.

    We're thrilled to offer a free workshop on this very topic next week. You can register here -- but be sure to do so quickly! Attendance is limited to 50 participants.

    Though it may be hard to believe, ICF San Diego's leadership team is already looking ahead to 2021! We are seeking talented and committed volunteers to join us on the ICF San Diego Board of Directors. As I approach the end of my third year serving this chapter, I can assure you the experience is worthwhile -- I've been lucky enough to meet many of our members, build relationships with other coaches, gain valuable Board experience, and positively impact the San Diego coaching community. If you're interested in any of the above, let's chat and find a way you can get involved!

    Sincerely,

    Lynn Levis

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego


  • July 06, 2020 11:11 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    As we continue our programming in a virtual format, we're thrilled to be able to offer two educational programs this month! Please see below for more information and to register.

    We'd love your suggestions for a topic for our August networkshop, scheduled for Monday the 17th. If you have ideas or would like to co-facilitate the conversation, please contact us.

    We look forward to "seeing" you at a program soon!

    Sincerely,

    Lynn Levis

    Chapter President, ICF San Diego


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