From the Desk of the ICF-RAC President

August 2021

Q3 Newsletter

Hello ICF RAC members, Affiliates, Sponsors and Partners,

Let me start off by saying that I LOVE serving as President of this chapter.  I work with an amazing group of seven hardworking and dedicated board members whose commitment to moving this chapter forward, month after month is as strong as ever.

While we slowed our program offerings down during the summer to allow everyone more time for family and friends; we, your service oriented board members and committee members continue to plan for the Fall 2021 schedule.

Throughout this newsletter, there will be opportunities to win some great ICF – RAC branded products.

Here’s what coming up:


Thanks to Sholeh Dadressan and her devoted committee members, we have many programs already in place for the Fall. Keep checking the website as we add new programs often.

Opportunity #1 – If you have not yet attended a program in 2021, sign up for and attend your first program this year and we will send you an ICF branded coffee mug! 

Join Barton Cutter, PCC and Sandy Lewis, PCC for an educational evening session

With all the abbreviations, the ICF credentialing process may make you feel lost in an alphabet soup.  

In this session, we’ll clarify the three levels of credentialing, the credentialing process, and the various paths to credentialing. 

Additionally, we’ll explore the benefits of the credentialing process for the evolving coach and field, lending particular attention to the relationship between credentialing and ethics.

  • Money Block Breakthru 6 Sessions Group Program

    Money blocks are unconscious beliefs about money, that lead to negative thoughts, feelings, or a mindset that gets in the way of achieving our financial goals and success. They just keep us “stuck,” because often they go against our positive conscious desires. This tug of war gets exhausting and disheartening. Sooner or later, if we’re lucky, we experience a wake-up call. Asking the challenging question: Are you ready to make a committed decision to grow your business by taking charge of your money mindset and finances?

  • ICF Raleigh Book Club - White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege

    Gently addressing the challenging topics of privilege and race, power and inequality, White Picket Fences is a memoir of Amy Julia Becker's growing awareness of the unequal benefits (and secret harm) she received by virtue of her white skin, Protestant heritage, education and able body. Through telling her own story, Amy Julia Becker shares her process to acknowledge and examine the injustice, oppression and silence that has characterized American history and her own life. These forces of division, social power and unequal opportunities are still active and relevant to the church, education system, and even the books we give our children to read today. She reflects on her upper-middle-class childhood both in the American South and later New England, her own struggles with perfectionism, and raising a child with a disability, in light of privilege. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM via ZOOM

As a member of ICF RAC you enjoy numerous benefits which include having access to two other professional organizations in the Research Triangle Area.Want to learn more?

Join us for a special virtual collaboration event with the Association for Talent Development-Research Triangle Area (ATD-RTA), the International Coaching Federation (ICF) – Raleigh Area Chapter, and the Triangle Organization Development Network (TODN).

Join us to:

• network with a wide range of professionals
• gather information about what’s happening in our industry
• increase your knowledge about the ATD, TODN and ICF organizations
• develop a cooperative spirit among the three associations.

Speakers will include a representative from each organization.

As a global coaching community, we’re at our best when we can learn, grow, connect, lead and inspire together. If you’re ready to help bring together the world of coaching to strengthen connections and participate in cutting-edge learning sessions, then ICF Converge 2021 is a must-attend event.

To continue keeping our community safe and healthy, ICF Converge 2021 will return as an entirely virtual event, but with all the same compelling content, learning and networking opportunities as has been offered in previous years – each one representing vital concepts to the coaching industry and offering attendees unique learning experiences.

Make plans today to invest in your personal and professional development by joining the global coaching community October 26-28, 2021 for this virtual event.

Opportunity #2 – join our Facebook and LinkedIn page and we will send you an ICF branded USB charger


Bob Stapleton, our intrepid treasurer assures us that we are in great shape and helps keep us there. That’s why we are able to offer so many free programs. 

Remember, scholarships are available for many programs. Simply make the request at

Business Development

Rick Mazzetti is our hard-working BD guy on the board. He drove the Leadership NC program this year and supports me with our sponsors and student groups.

We welcome our newest sponsor – Tilda Whitaker Bailey with P4 Coaching. P4 Coaching joins our four other sponsors including Transformational Edge, Raleigh Coaching Academy, NC State Business Coaching and Assenter coaching whose support allows us to bring top quality low-cost programming to the chapter.

Offer from a coaching start-up! 

We are excited to tell you about, a new online coaching platform, developed by ICF RAC Member Kristin Hiemstra. Here is a little information: 

Alightsuccess is a coaching startup.

  • They will be offering 5 certifications for employees including:
    • Personal Wellness (available in Oct. 2021)
    • Emotional Intelligence (available in Oct. 2021)
    • Developing Organization Culture (available in Jan. 2022)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (available in Feb. 2022)
    • Leadership and Management (available in March 2022)

Each certificate will include 10 video lessons and ten one-on-one guided coaching sessions to put the material into practice.

What they are looking for:

  • Coaches to specialize in one of the 5 certificates (You need your ICF ACC, PCC, or MCC)
  • Coaches to work with clients in general - open to all levels including non-credentialed coaches who have completed their training. 

What they will pay:

  • $350 for certificate training (Ten .5 hr ish videos) - Paid upon completion.
  • $70 per coaching session for ICF ACC, PCC and MCC certified coaches
  • $35 per session for students who have completed their training and are earning their hours toward certification 

Their expectation if you are selected:

To learn more and set up an interview time with Kristin Hiemstra:

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Thanks to board member Maryam Mohegheh, we are deep into the second cohort of the Higher Education SIG. 

Additionally – with the leadership of Kim Gray and Wayne Upchurch, we just completed a hugely successful “Create Your 30-Day Signature Program and Pitch It!”

The testimonials are outstanding.  Stay tuned for a webinar that Kim will be running later this year.

Special Projects

Our Past President Kelly Best is guiding the board in revamping some of the outdated by-laws to ensure that we continue to be both an efficient and effective chapter

President and Vice President (President Elect)

Vahbiz Shroff and I have been working for you throughout the year to fulfill the 3 major goals that I laid out in my presidential campaign.

Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion

Every program we deliver is vetted through the JEDI lens.  The books we choose for book club are inclusive, the topics and even the slides we use in our programs are reviewed for bias mitigation.  We ensure that our presenters represent a diverse community.

Business Development

We increased our sponsorships and have a successful partnership with Leadership North Carolina.

Membership Engagement

Our team reaches out to new and potential members throughout the year.  There is also an onboarding program for all new members to connect them with our community. 

Membership Engagement

Our Volunteers and Raffle winners have received gifts on behalf of our chapter.

Sandy Lewis and her team fields calls from potential members throughout the year. They have also created an onboarding program where new members are contacted 3 times during their first year to ensure that they are maximizing their experience.

Are you interested in joining a committee?  We are currently recruiting for board members and committee members.

Opportunity #3

If you reach out to a board member regarding a volunteer opportunity with a committee, we will send you an ICF branded water bottle.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback.

Thank you,

Debbie Laxer  MBA.SPHR.ACC
Business and Leadership Coach
President ICF-RAC 2021

March 2021

On the cusp of Black History Month and Women’s Month “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou.


Check out all the Virtual Programs coming to you this month!

Coach Connect: Back by popular demand - The third Thursday of each month

Southeast Webinar: When Clients Attack: How to Maintain a Coaching Mindset in the Presence of Fear - Presented by our own Kathleen O’Grady

Cutting Edge Conversation - Exploration of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)

Book Club: How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

Board Updates

Membership renewal is coming up: Get ahead of the curve and renew your membership today.

Micro Volunteers Needed:

Are you available to give two hours a month to your chapter? Perhaps help a new member learn more about our programs, make a few phone calls or send a few emails? Our Membership Committee is looking for a few volunteers to help enhance the membership experience. Email if you are interested and available.

A special thanks to: All our members who earned or renewed their ICF credentials this quarter! Head over to our website and check out all our fellow coaches who have earned new credentials.

Questions or Feedback

We’d love to hear from you!

Always looking forward,

Debbie Laxer

President, ICF Raleigh Charter Chapter

October 2020

As we move into the ICF Raleigh 4th Quarter, I hope you are enjoying the change of seasons. Fall is bringing news from Global. Updated PCC Markers will be released to ICF membership on October 21, 2020. After a seven-month review, the PCC Markers have been streamlined to 37 from the previous 47. All the details will be presented on October 21st.

The 2020 ICF Global Coaching Study and the snapshot survey, COViD-19 and the Coaching Industry, are now available. The 2020 ICF Global Coaching Study is the largest coaching industry research study in history. It incorporates 22,457 valid survey responses from coaches and managers and leaders who are using coaching skills in 161 countries and territories. To get a clear picture of how the pandemic has impacted coaches so far, in June 2020 ICF and PwC launched the survey, COVID-19 and the Coaching Industry. In less than one month, the survey yielded more than 10,000 responses from 140 countries and territories. You can download the reports HERE.   

The ICF Raleigh 4th Quarter theme is ENGAGE - Creating Your Impact in the World. Event highlights include the 4th Quarter Members Meeting on October 14. Cutting Edge Conversations (CEC) on Legacy and Impact as well as Vision, Perspective, and Impact will be held on October 29 and November 17, respectively. Becoming by Michelle Obama is our Book Club selection this quarter, and the group will gather to discuss the book on November 5. Mid-November will see our first ever virtual Members and Affiliates Book Fair, and on November 12 the last Southeast Webinar of the year will be held. We will finish the year with a virtual social where we thank our outgoing Board and introduce the 2021 Board. Stay up to date on the latest ICF Raleigh programs by checking our website’s Upcoming Events page often. The Program Committee works hard to offer a creative range of value-added programming for our membership.

Likewise, another way to stay informed is to download the Wild Apricot app to your phone. This app will allow you access to our website and all the information on site.  Simply visit your APP STORE and search Wild Apricot Member for the application. Free and special events, a range of CCEUs, and the Wild Apricot app are just a few of the ways we hope we benefit you as an ICF Raleigh member.

As we look to impact the world this quarter, continue to be a conscious coach.

Here’s to a great final quarter of 2020!

Kelly Best, 2020 ICF Raleigh Chapter President

July 2020

As one ICF, we stand together.
We stand for greater diversity and inclusion.
We stand against racism.
We stand against violence.
We stand for respect, dignity, and integrity.
                                                           - ICF Global

July 2020

In this time of COVID-19 and racial injustice, we want to do something. We are all searching for answers. We want to come together, in a safe place, to share our thoughts, feelings, ideas, and opinions. The ICF Southeast Region is offering an opportunity to meet in a Virtual Town Hall. UNITED: Breaking Down Barriers of Race and Systemic Inequality will take place July 15th from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm ET. For more information on how to participate click here.  In late August, ICF Raleigh will hold a Cutting Edge Conversation on the topic of race and inequality. Coming soon, look for more information in our Upcoming Events section of the ICF Raleigh website.

As we continue to face the ramification of COVID-19, ICF Global is offering a 90-minute OnDemand webinar - Coaching in a COVID-19 World:  What are the rules . . . now? Click here or go to the Global website and click on the ICF Learning Portal and take advantage of this free webinar and earn 1.5 CCEUs as a bonus.

Those of you working on credentialing, click here for a Credentialing Video available from Global. Once you have watched the video, you may sign up for a quarterly credentialing Question & Answer session with Global staff. For more information about the Q&A sessions and how to register, click here. If you have received a new credential this year, let us know at We want to celebrate your accomplishments!

Our 3rd Quarter theme is “Tending Your Personal Landscape: Consciously Cultivating a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Programs include the 3rd Quarter Members Meeting where Mindy Schrager introduced us to “The Facets of Tending Your Personal Landscape.” There will be Cutting Edge Conversations on Intuition and Empathy with Joann Ehlman. The Book Club will read, “The Right Questions” by Debbie Ford, and in September, we will hold a workshop on “Messages from Within: What Our bodies, Homes, and Family Loyalties Want Us to Know.” Two Southeast Regional Webinars will take place on August 13th and September 11th and other possible programs are being considered. Keep checking in at Upcoming Events on the ICF Raleigh website –

As we move into the second half of 2020, think about getting involved in an ICF leadership role. Join a committee or our Ambassador Program. Consider a Board role for 2021. It is not too early to talk with a Board Member to learn more about their position, and if you are interested, come to our next Board Meeting on August 4th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Zoom. Just contact our administrator at and let Sue know you want to attend. 2021 strategy meetings will begin in August 2020. Help us plan for the next year.

Also, I want to announce some 2nd quarter changes on the Board. Please join me in congratulating Debbie Laxer for being appointed Vice President for the rest of 2020. Rick Mazzetti has taken on the Communications Role, and Carol Locke will be stepping into the Program Chair position as Susan Westbrook steps off the Board. Fortunately for us, Susan will continue to be a member of the Program Committee. We thank everyone for their willingness to volunteer their time to serve.

Finally, as we close out the 2nd Quarter, I want to thank all our speakers and presenters who made April, May, and June so educational and memorable. A special “Thank You” to the Spring 2020 Coaching Summit presenters and to Susan Westbrook and the entire Program Committee for planning and making the Summit a great success. I hope you had an opportunity to participate.

Now as we begin the 3rd Quarter, be kind to yourself as you continue to support your coaching clients. In the coming months, find one or more ICF Raleigh event to participate in and turn your focus to your mind, body, and spirit.

Here’s to your health!

Warmest regards,

Kelly Best, 2020 ICF Raleigh Chapter President

March 2020

I hope you find yourself safe, healthy, and resilient during this time of COVID 19. Our world has been turned upside down in many ways these last few weeks. Your coaching clients probably need you more than ever as staying at home becomes hard and stress rises. As you support your clients, friends, and family through these trying, confusing times, please be kind and patient with yourself as well as others. Practice self-care in these weeks ahead. Treat yourself to a walk in the woods, a new book, a warm bath, journaling, meditation, or a quiet place to just think and breathe. 

ICF Global is sharing webinars from chapters around the world. To view a list of the 60 upcoming ICF Chapter virtual events through June 2020, click here. Additionally, all ICF Global Members can join any of nine Communities of Practice (CPs) and participate in webinars free of charge.  CPs are virtual groups of coaches interested in a specific topic area. These communities are designed to provide a platform for sharing best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips among ICF Global Members to advance their professional development. To view a list of upcoming CP webinars, click here.

ICF Raleigh is here to connect with you too. Our chapter is here to engage and educate. I hope you will join us in Quarter 2 as we go virtual! Our Book Club, Cutting Edge Conversations, Coffee Café, and workshops will all be online. Register for the next book club meeting or one of the monthly regional webinars. Our Programs Committee is organizing a 3-part series with Wendy Gates Corbett on how to use Zoom for online workshops. Our own Sackeena Gordon-Jones plans to offer an online workshop introducing the new core competencies, and there is more coming soon. So, join our coaching community in Quarter 2 as we come together even when we are physically apart. Click here to go to our Upcoming Events page.

Also, as you begin to register for the ICF Quarter 2 programs, remember our membership renewal season is upon us. Thank you to all of you who have already renewed your ICF Raleigh membership. We realize that this is a difficult financial time for many of our members. Therefore, we have extended the ICF Raleigh renewal deadline by two months. Members and affiliates now have until June 30 before you will be considered “lapsed.” We hope this additional renewal time will help make it possible for you to continue your membership in ICF Raleigh.

Finally, I want to thank Angie Arrington for serving as our Communications/PR Chair. She has decided to step down as chair to focus more on new business opportunities. We appreciate all that Angie has done to support our chapter and are thrilled that she still plans to stay involved in chapter activities. Angie is a member who makes our chapter strong.

Always know that the ICF Raleigh leadership team is here to serve.  We encourage you to reach out with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

To your health and happiness,

Kelly Best, 2020 ICF Raleigh Chapter President

September 2019

We have much to celebrate this year of our 20th Anniversary. Our chapter had the distinct privilege of having Magda Mook, CEO and Executive Director of ICF Global come to the Triangle to present on The Future of Coaching: Social Progress, Insights and Impact. Magda came to speak at our 3rd Quarterly Meeting on August 1st to share her experience and wisdom around coaching trends and the profession of coaching.

Since then, a committee of this chapter’s past presidents have been working to create a fun-filled event that encompasses celebration and learning entitled Better Together. You can register to attend here. Join us on the evening of November 5th as we re-discover our beginnings as a chapter, acknowledge volunteers that have made this a successful year and DANCE. What better way to celebrate!

To continue doing great things as a chapter, the board is seeking nominations for board chair positions in 2020. You should have received an email from the chapter administrator requesting nominations for Program Chair, Treasurer, President Elect, Marketing Chair and Business Liaison Chair positions. Our chapter runs through the efforts of volunteers dedicated to serving our chapter members. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming part of the board in 2020, please submit your nomination by Tuesday, September 24 to our chapter secretary, Tracy Chellis, at

Wishing you an enjoyable upcoming Fall season!

All the best,

Tracy Jenkins


June 2019

It has been an exciting and eventful time for our chapter these past three months. Since the last message I sent to you, highlights include our ICW Open House event held at the Frontier headed up by chapter member, Jim Reklis. The event was well-planned, and participants who came to learn more about coaching expressed gratitude for the opportunity. Our Second Quarter Meeting offered members the chance to explore curiosity in the context of coaching and participating fully. At this event, the newly revealed ICF Global initiatives were discussed, and Paul Winston's workshop on “Coaching and Curiosity: The Perfect Partnership” energized the audience. Finally, Debbie Laxer and Divya Parekh facilitated stimulating conversations at our ICF Global-recognized Cutting Edge Conversations.

I would like to take this opportunity to share more information on the following areas: the new initiatives of ICF-Global, the upcoming ICF-Raleigh 20th Anniversary Celebration-Third Quarter Meeting with Magda Mook, ICF-Raleigh Board Succession Planning, and Membership Renewal.

New ICF-Global Initiatives

On May 10th, ICF-Global revealed the intention to create a new organization of families, each with a unique focus and dedicated board and staff. These families include a Thought Leadership Institute, Businesses and Organizations, Credentialing, Accreditation, ICF Foundation, and Member Benefits. To learn more about these families and how you can volunteer and share your expertise, go to our website home page. The specific link to learn more is

Upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration – Third Quarter Meeting With Magda Mook

We are thrilled to have Magda Mook, CEO/Executive Director of ICF Global, join us in our 20th year!  She will be presenting on “The Future of Coaching: Social Progress, Insights and Impact” and will have ample time for questions afterward. A catered lunch will be served. This is a big event for our chapter and is open to the public. Feel free to invite interested friends and colleagues from near and far. To learn more about this event and register, click on this link To welcome Magda, we would like to present her with books our chapter members have authored. You will receive more information on this in the upcoming weeks.

Board Succession Planning

There will be several positions opening up on the board by the end of this year. These include Treasurer, Program Chair, Marketing Chair, and Business Liaison Chair. The board is a collegial, supportive, and influential group of people who are invested in co-creating. We are starting early in the recruitment process because we would like to have those interested in a board position attend our strategy sessions in August to begin planning for 2020. If you have an interest in any one of these chairs and would like to learn more about it, please reach out to me at or Kelly Best, President-Elect and we can set up some time to talk.

Membership Renewal

If you have not had the chance to renew your ICF-Raleigh membership, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to continue to enjoy member benefits. Remember, our chapter set its membership renewal deadline to April 1 to align with Global’s renewal date of March 31. You received a prorated invoice to reflect this change. If you have any questions, please direct these to

As always, I remain dedicated to serving on the board to support you. Feel free to share your thoughts and questions with me. I am happy that you are a member of this chapter! Thank you for your support, for without it, the chapter would not flourish as it has this year, this year of our 20th anniversary!

All the best,

Tracy Jenkins, ICF Raleigh Chapter President

March 2019

I hope that you are enjoying the winter season as we are making the turn to Spring – the season of renewal. For this reason and appropriately, I would like to focus here on upcoming opportunities and changes that will impact your ICF membership renewal with Global and the Raleigh chapter.

Quarterly Meeting

To start, I want to thank everyone who attended the launch of our first Quarterly Meeting held in early February. At this event, the latest news was shared from ICF Global, the SE Regional Area chapters and our chapter. Attendees also had the opportunity to volunteer to present or contribute to upcoming events or board functions. To keep you informed, we have included the first Quarterly Meeting presentation and handouts on our website under the Members tab.

Our Appreciation

We appreciate your continued interest in and support of the programs our chapter offers. Last year, your membership dues helped the chapter generate innovative workshops, a Business Development SIG, Coach Connect events around the community, the ICW event, “Experience Coaching – How Building a Coaching Culture in Your Organization Will Drive Meaningful Change,” and our conference, “Thrive U: Creating a Dynamic Life and Coaching Practice.” Chapter members provided pro bono coaching to the community through non-profit organizations, and the chapter continues to be recognized in our region for its responsivity to member needs.

Renewal Dues

This year in addition to developing regular programming, we are in the process of planning events to celebrate our 20th anniversary (10 years of start-up and growth as the NC Association of Personal and Business Coaches plus 10 years as the ICF-Raleigh Area Chapter) and our partnership with TODN and ATD. To continue to provide enrichment and professional development opportunities such as these, we will need to increase the cost of membership dues to $65.00/year for members and $95.00/year for affiliate members. Our chapter has not had a raise in dues since 2015. This increase will allow the chapter to continue to provide quality programming and opportunities to best serve members.

Membership Renewal Dates

In an effort to help you better track when your local and Global memberships are due, we will be shifting local chapter renewal dates to be at the same time annually, near the date Global renewals are due on March 31st. Beginning this year, our chapter will launch its renewal season beginning in April to end in May annually. Your membership dues will be prorated to align with the new renewal date. The board will be sending you reminders of this change in the upcoming months.

I appreciate your continued contribution and support of ICF-Raleigh. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with us at

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in 2019!

All the best,

Tracy Jenkins, President

January 2019

Happy New Year!

I am honored to be serving as your chapter President in 2019 and am excited to experience with you all of the opportunities, events and programs we are planning for in the new year. The volunteer chapter board has been working hard since being elected in November to create meaningful events and programs to help you develop professionally as a coach and share the profession of coaching with the community.

In an effort to ensure that you have continued access to high quality programs, we plan to offer our traditional programs, Cutting Edge Conversations, webinars, workshops, Movies That Matter and the book club throughout the year. We are also planning something new. Beginning in February, the chapter plans to offer Quarterly Meetings to membership to share what the board has been up to, as well as share current updates from global ICF and local ICF chapters. Members will also have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer for upcoming events/programs. Our first Quarterly Meeting will be on Wed., February 6th. Subsequent Quarterly Meetings, will also include workshops designed to enhance your professional development and coaching business that are presented by experts in the field.

In regards to programs, I am pleased to announce that Linda Vasquez will be stepping into the Program Chair role in 2019. Linda has been an active member of our chapter for several years and we are excited to have her serve on the board. The Program Chair role was previously held by Laurel Walther. Laurel has recently had some new opportunities presented to her that will make it difficult for her to serve on the board this year. We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

One of my goals for this year is to make sure that you are seen and heard. To that end, feel free to let me know your ideas and thoughts as the year progresses. I am looking forward to a year of growth for our chapter in 2019.

All the best,

Tracy Jenkins                                 

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