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  • December 09, 2019 11:00 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    We on the Board of Directors for ICF San Diego are ending 2019 with a deep sense of gratitude.

    First, we're grateful for our community. With 188 members and counting after just two years as a Chapter, we couldn't be more thankful for the engagement and participation of our membership. We look forward to continuing to connect with you all in 2020!

    As we move into next year, we remain focused on providing high caliber professional development opportunities for the San Diego coaching community. We're proud of the great offerings we had this past year, and in the spirit of gratitude, be sure to check out my blog post thanking our 2019 speakers!

    We also owe our appreciation to a number of our Founding Board members who are ending their two-year terms with us:

    • Bob Little, Treasurer
    • Felicia Lyon, Secretary
    • Kelby Kupersmid, Director
    • Arthur Schwartz, Director

    These leaders have contributed countless hours of time and talent to bring ICF San Diego to where it is today. To Bob, Felicia, Kelby, and Arthur: I will miss working with you all, and on behalf of all of our members, I thank you for all you've for our Chapter!

    Lastly, I want us to take a moment to recognize ICF San Diego's Founding President, Charles Furman. We appreciate his dedication over the last two years in bringing this Chapter to life, because we wouldn't be here without his leadership! I encourage you all to join us at our Holiday Social next week so we can toast Charles as he moves into his Past President role.

    I wish you all a happy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in 2020.

    All my best,

    Lynn Levis

    ICF San Diego President-Elect

  • December 07, 2019 11:30 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Written by Lynn Levis and Diana Long

    In 2019, we enjoyed high caliber speakers and educational programming that stretched us, challenged us, and help us grow as coaches and individuals. We want to personally thank each and every speaker for contributing their time and expertise to the growth of our community.

    We offered six educational programs this year, coordinated by our Director of Programming, Diana Long:

    • In January, Anne Egseth and Stefano Olmeti had all of us up and moving, learning about somatic competence for elevating coaching presence in this interesting and interactive session. 
    • Mary Andrews and Brian Conlon joined us in March and encouraged us to ‘play big’ and more deeply explore goal setting and managing progress and accountability. They taught us how to ask more empowering questions so that our clients can tap their inner motivation for action plans.
    • In May, Sezin Hason facilitated an experience using Points of You, a card deck based on phototherapy that serves to expand one’s point of view, create new awareness, and build connections with one-on-one clients and groups. With our partner-sharing and then full-room debriefs, we had a dynamic and lively discussion.
    • September's presentation was all about agile coaching, and Alicia McLain and John Eisenschmidt provided an overview of how this process is used for guiding teams in organizations to create effective outcomes.
    • Aleksey Groshenko and Souheyla Ford took us on a journey in October, teaching us how to understand different levels of the spiral dynamic model, helping to make it relative to where we see ourselves and others. We had the opportunity to have table discussions, exploring new ways to ask questions based on different levels.
    • We were honored to host Doug Riddle in November. He challenged us to look through a metaphorical lens with our clients, and we stretched ourselves as coaches to go beyond just asking questions about the client's story and rather to play with metaphors.

    Please join me in thanking each speaker that shared their expertise with our Chapter in 2019!

    PS. As many of you know, we've also done a number of Networkshops -- lightly facilitated networking and learning events at which you all bring your expertise and share it with the group! These events are a continuous success thanks to our Director of Membership, John Murphy, and he'd love your feedback on these events and what topics you'd like to see in 2020. Feel free to contact him and share your ideas!


  • October 23, 2019 8:00 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    I'm writing this post to share more information about getting involved with ICF San Diego. I'm thrilled that there has been so much interest, and I thought it'd be helpful to write a post to put all our information in one place.

    I'd like to start by emphasizing that we do not take the gift of your time and dedication lightly. We are grateful for all of our volunteers, and want to ensure that the time you give to ICF San Diego is enriching and meaningful for you. To that end, we will work with anyone who is interested in volunteering in any capacity to find the right match for their time and talents.

    Board members must be ICF Members in good standing and maintain membership during time of service. Board terms are typically two years in length, and annual commitments include:

    • Attendance at two in-person planning meetings
    • Attendance on two conference calls
    • Regular attendance at monthly events (at no cost)

    The following positions are/will be soon available:

    Secretary

    The Secretary maintains and oversees all official records of activities of ICF San Diego. Duties will include recording minutes at all Board meetings and retreats, managing Board succession documentation, coordinating and managing regular meetings, and overseeing the annual election process. 

    Monthly time commitment: approximately 3-5 hours.

    Treasurer 

    The Treasurer oversees all financial aspects of ICF San Diego. Duties include monitoring expenses and revenue, recommending financial policies for Board approval, maintaining Chapter financial records, provide monthly and year-end financial reports to the Board, and developing and maintaining annual Chapter budget. 

    Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-7 hours.

    Director of Event Operations 

    The Director of Event Operations  oversees all operational aspects of our chapter's events. Duties include coordinating event logistics, overseeing the onsite registration process, supporting presenters, and taking photos and videos during events. 

    Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-7 hours.

    If any of these positions interest you or if you'd like to serve our Board in another way, please complete the Expression of Interest Form. Our Nominating Committee will accept expressions of interest until an extended deadline of Friday, October 25, 2019.

    For more information on any of these positions or to volunteer for ICF San Diego in a committee/support role, please contact me anytime at lynnannettelevis@gmail.com.

    Thank you!
    Lynn Levis, President-Elect
    ICF San Diego

  • June 06, 2019 10:34 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    The ICF San Diego Board of Directors seeks qualified members to join the leadership team. We are volunteer-led organization that thrives on the commitment and dedication of members who want to give back to the coaching profession. Would you like to  contribute your time and talents? The following positions are/will be soon available:

    • Secretary
    • The Secretary maintains and oversees all official records of activities of ICF San Diego. Duties will include recording minutes at all Board meetings and retreats, managing Board succession documentation, coordinating and managing regular meetings, and overseeing the annual election process. Monthly time commitment: approximately 5 hours.
    • Treasurer 
    • The Treasurer oversees all financial aspects of ICF San Diego. Duties include monitoring expenses and revenue, recommending financial policies for Board approval, maintaining Chapter financial records, provide monthly and year-end financial reports to the Board, and developing and maintaining annual Chapter budget. Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-10 hours.
    • Director of Event Operations 
    • The Director of Event Operations  oversees all operational aspects of our chapter's events. Duties include coordinating event logistics, overseeing the onsite registration process, supporting presenters, and taking photos and videos during events. Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-10 hours.

    Board members must be an ICF Member in good standing and maintain membership during time of service. Board terms are typically two years in length, and annual commitments include:

    • Attendance at two in-person planning meetings
    • Attendance on two conference calls
    • Regular attendance at monthly events (at no cost)

    For more information on these positions or to volunteer for ICF San Diego in any capacity, please contact President-Elect Lynn Levis at lynnannettelevis@gmail.com.

  • April 01, 2019 10:30 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    April is here, and that means International Coaching Week (ICW) is just around the corner.  This is a week-long celebration that educates the public about the value of working with a professional coach and acknowledges the results and progress made through the coaching process. To learn more, check out the ICF’s International Coaching Week website.

    It’s been a busy spring on the Board of Directors here in San Diego. We’re excited to welcome Diana Long to the Board, and we’re thrilled that she’ll be taking the lead in our Programs area. 

    We’ve also been busy on the technology side of the house, and we’re hoping you noticed our new website! We have also unveiled our new Find A Coach page, which lists all active members of ICF San Diego who hold a credential. Be sure to renew your membership to be listed.

    On that note: all active ICF memberships expired on March 31, 2019. To renew your membership and retain access to all the benefits of being an ICF member, click here.

    Lastly, we hope we’ll see you at this month’s Networkshop: Building Your Toolkit of Powerful Questions. These networkshops are free to attend and are a great way to meet other San Diego coaches and learn together.


    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

  • March 01, 2019 1:00 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    March brings two exciting updates. First, John Murphy has joined the ICF San Diego Board of Directors and will take the lead in our Membership area. With this addition, Board member Kelby Kupersmid will provide additional support to the Programs area as we focus on growing our program offerings.

    Second, and equally exciting, is that during our annual Board retreat last month, your board decided that 2019 will be the "Year of Engagement." The board feels the success of all our activities during 2019 should be measured by member engagement. To that end, we will present exciting programs, networking opportunities, and special interest groups, all with the intention of supporting the unique needs of our members. We hope to do this via in-person offerings as well as with online access to skill-building content on a robust website. It is our belief that the more member value you receive from ICF San Diego, the more engaged you will become.

    I look forward to kicking of our “Year of Engagement” with our March 18th program, “Play Big – Accomplishing Results Based on What You Want.” I hope to see all of you there.

    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

  • February 01, 2019 1:00 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    It is a very exciting time for ICF San Diego. Our first event of 2019, Somatic Competence for Elevating Presence-Based Coaching, was an amazing experience. A capacity crowd of coaches fully engaged in exploring how our non-cognitive being impacts the relationship we have with our clients. Everyone in attendance gained new insights and awareness about how they “show up” somatically. A special thank you to our presenters, Anne Egseth and Stefano Olmeti. 

    This month, we are kicking off our first Special Interest Group (SIG) which will focus on assisting our members in reaching their ACC credential or moving to the PCC or MCC level. The group will meet virtually via ZOOM and our goal will be to create a clear understanding of the ICF credential requirements, determine what each individual needs to meet those requirements, and provide motivation and accountability. If you are interested in participating, email me at charles@sdleadershipinstitute.com.

    ICF Global has launched its 2019 membership renewal campaign, and I encourage each of you to take the time to renew your ICF Membership. Our ICF San Diego Chapter now has over 150 members and we hope you will remain a part of this growing family. Please don’t put it off. Renew today!

    Finally, our ICF San Diego Board will hold its semi-annual retreat in February to revise our strategic plan. If you have anything you would like our board to consider during this meeting, please send your suggestions to me at charles@sdleadershipinstitute.com.


    Make it a great month and we hope to see you soon!

    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

  • January 01, 2019 8:44 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! I hope each and every one of you enjoyed a magical and restful holiday season with your family and friends, and that you’re greeting 2019 with excitement and optimism. We at ICF San Diego certainly are!

    We’re starting the year strong with a great educational program later this month, Somatic Competence for Elevating Presence-Based Coaching. In the spirit of the new year and making positive change, we hope you’ll join us to learn how to better serve your clients!

    Another exciting new initiative we plan to roll out this year is the establishment of some Special Interest Groups. In response to our recent Member Survey, we’re going to start with two groups in particular: one focused on helping coaches build their coaching practices, and one focused on helping members earn their first (or next) ICF credential. If you’re interested in participating, click here to sign up.

    Make it a great month and we hope to see you soon!

    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

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