Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, May 19, 2022
    • Thursday, October 20, 2022
    • 6 sessions

    Higher Education Coaches Special Interest Group (HEC-SIG) - Cohort #3 

    Open for registration!

    Who should join? 

    Anyone interested in coaching in a Higher Education environment

    Novice coaches or those considering a coaching career will be exposed to the new ICF Core Competencies

    Experienced coaches will have an opportunity to refresh their skills, demonstrate the updated core competencies in practice sessions, and expand their coaching network

    Why should you join?

    Certificate of completion (attend 5 or more sessions)

    Earn a digital badge for your LinkedIn profile

    Opportunity to collaborate

    Includes a celebratory gala

    Group expected outcomes:

    • Create a community of practice to support coaching in Higher Education
    • Share evidence based & best practices in coaching in Higher Education
    • Familiarize coaches with needs of undergraduates, graduate students, & faculty/administers
    • Increase visibility & recognition of coaching on campuses while building a supportive network for coaches in higher education
    • Build evidence for and evaluate the effectiveness of coaching in Higher Education


    May 19: Tools to start an ethical effective coaching relationship with clients in academia 

    June 16:  Supporting university populations by cultivating safety and trust 

    July 21:  Setting an agenda for a successful coaching engagement : maintaining presence with clients in academia 

    August 18:  Leading with curiosity and listening actively as a coach in a Higher Ed environment

    September 15:  Developing clarity by evoking new perceptions of thoughts, behaviors, and action in academia

    October 20:  Supporting goal-directed forward movement in Higher Ed coaching practice 

    Celebratory Gala: TBD 2023


    Date: Third Thursday of each month - May through October 2022

    Time: 8-10 a.m.

    Location: Online via zoom

    CCEUs- 1.5 Core Competencies and .5 for each event held.  

    Registration Fees: 

    ICF-RAC Members and Affiliates: $80 ($60 early bird special until May 6)

    Partners and ICF Global Members*: $90 ($70 early bird special until May 6),

    Guests/Non-Members: $100 ($80 early bird special until May 6)

    Any Cohort 1 or 2 member is welcome to register and participate in Cohort 3 for free.

    Cohort Development Leadership Team & Cohort 3 Facilitators:


    Rebekah Layton, PhD, CMC, PCC, is the Director of Professional Development Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rebekah provides individual career coaching and leadership mentoring for trainees, and is a  Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She is a published author on professional development and career outcomes, a contributor to Inside HigherEd Carpe Careers, and a member of the Graduate Career Consortium where she currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director. Rebekah designs, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive professional and career development program housed in the Office of Graduate Education supporting biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Her expertise in personality and social psychology includes the study of self-regulation and goal-setting. Rebekah firmly believes that exciting career options await each trainee, and she helps individuals to identify and capitalize on their strengths to prepare for the next steps that are right for them to launch them toward career success.


    Maryam Mohaghegh, MSc, is the Founder of Coaches in Academia, an online community of coaches in Higher Education. Maryam is a Lecturer of Persian Language and Culture at North Carolina State University where she serves as the ICF Academic Liaison, a member of the Board for Student Success and Program Coordinator for Asian Language Concentration. Maryam developed expertise as a scientist in molecular biology and virology, before turning her energies toward languages and teaching. Most recently, she has blended her passion for helping students learn and grow through teaching in the academy, with her passion for serving the whole person through coaching. She is a trained graduate of the Business Coach Institute in Raleigh and now brings her coaching skills to support students and faculty. Maryam believes coaching as a required element of higher education as they attempt to define and design their future path and work to bring it forward.


    Peter Vincent, MS, is a Leadership Coach and Human Resources Consultant based in Winston Salem, N.C. and New York City. After a lengthy career in Human Resources, having held senior HR positions at Sony, Time Inc/Time Warner and the National Audubon Society, Peter trained as a coach at Georgetown University, an ICF recognized program. He has extensive experience coaching leaders in the for profit, non-profit, religious and academic environments, and brings expertise, humor, and focus to his work. Peter is an internationalist, having lived in, worked and traveled to 30+ countries, can communicate (sometimes   well, occasionally poorly) in 5 languages, and of late, has particularly enjoyed bringing the value of coaching to graduate and international students.


    Shirley Rijkse, MBA, SHRM-SCP, DTM is the Human Resources Lead Instructor for the Business Technologies Department at Central Carolina Community College. Advising for academic studies in Business and HR, using a coaching style. She is also the advisor for HR Student Chapter and Toastmasters, and one of the advisors to Phi Beta Lambda student organization. Shirley serves on the North Carolina SHRM State Council as the 2022-23 State President; and serves on   various workforce committees and community resource organization boards. Shirley is trained with Choose to Win   Coaching from Ziglar. She holds many certifications to enhance her proficiencies. Her many years of leadership and training were developed through experiences in human resources, business management & ownership, senior retirement/assisted living administration, vocational rehabilitation, medical/dental office management, and cosmetology. Shirley brings an enthusiastic passion for education and helping others create their own success stories through personal empowerment coaching.


    Irina Filonova, PhD, is the founder of "the phd whisperer", evidence-based coaching and training company for PhDs within and outside academia. As a coach, Irina helps PhDs to create professional lives and realize their leadership potential in alignment with individuals' values, skills, and interests. Her daily interactions are never boring as she gets to work with   an incredibly diverse international population and faces the peculiar challenges of cross-cultural   communication.Previously, Irina worked as an academic developer at Faculty Affairs Office, OIST, Japan after completing a 3-year postdoc at UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience) and is currently obtaining the ICF PCC certification.


    Denise Stewart, Esq., ACC, Realtor® is the Founder of Denise Stewart Coaching, LLC. She focuses her coaching  practice on supporting people intransitions, most notably in the areas of career, relationships, and significant life changes. Denise obtained her initial certification as a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC and has completed additional coaching programs to become a Certified Happiness Coach and a CliftonStrengths Coach. She is currently obtaining an Executive Coach Certification. Denise is active in her community, serving as the Special Events Chair on the ICF-Raleigh Chapter board since January 2022 and as an active member of The Junior League of Raleigh since moving to the area in 2011. Prior to becoming a coach, Denise taught law students and lawyers how to effectively use a legal research platform over the course of 19 years in Texas, D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina.

    • Thursday, August 25, 2022
    • Thursday, December 08, 2022
    • 10 sessions

    ICF RAC is launching its first cohort of a new Business SIG: “Grow Your Best Coaching Business” Mastermind Group

    10.5 RD CEUs

    The “Grow Your Best Coaching Business” Mastermind Group is a six-month program (starting with our first Kickoff Session on June 3 at Noon ET) designed to assist you, the evolving and experienced coach, in obtaining specific content for growing one of six different aspects of your coaching business within a collaborative community.

    This group is for you if you’ve been stuck in the same place, knocking your head against the wall, and are ready to get focused and get help with elevating your business.

    You will begin your six-month journey by identifying the FIRST growth area of your business on which to focus over the next few months. You can always change your growth area or choose to work on another one at any time.

    You'll attend monthly workshops facilitated by subject matter heroes, who will share their business experience with you and provide Q&A sessions around your specific growth area.

    The growth areas you'll pick from are the same business areas covered in Annie Franceschi’s new book, “Establish Yourself”:

    • Branding
    • Operations
    • Sales
    • Client Experience
    • Referral Relationships
    • Marketing

    Using techniques found in “Establish Yourself” and the exercises in the Activity Guide, you will learn how to expand and/or strengthen a specific area of your business, overcome the anxiety you may have wondering why things aren't working in your business, and even put the right things in place so you can effectively operate your business! (In order to participate, you will need a copy of “Establish Yourself”, plus the downloadable activity guide)

    There will be laser coaching and opportunities for peer-to-peer brainstorming and accountability. In addition, you will learn the right strategies for creating your best coaching business foundation and model.

    Each month, we’ll get together in our Remo Conference area where you can:

    • Meet and mingle with your growth peers in small groups
    • Celebrate as you reach measurable milestones through your growth exercises
    • Participate in peer coaching with your pod about what has or hasn’t worked as it relates to your business
    • Attend facilitated discussions on building out your growth areas

    In fact, here's just a sample of what we'll cover during this incredible 6-month “Grow Your Best Coaching Business” Mastermind Group:

    • Uncover your ideal client and what they want to achieve (create the right solutions that they are willing to pay to receive).
    • Convert 'tire kickers' into paying clients in two simple steps (increase your conversion rates into ka-ching on a regular basis).
    • Start ‘selling’ using your sleaze-free S.A.L.E.S. process (walk into any sales conversation with confidence whether the end result is a YES or NO).
    • Create a referral statement for clients and potential partners to use (so they can send the right people to you).

    ... and much, MUCH More!

    You don't want to miss this breakthrough Mastermind Group in which you will finally learn the exact steps you need to take to strengthen and/or expand your Branding, Operations, Sales, Client Experience, Referral Relationships, or Marketing in order to grow your business.

    Your Business SIG Mastermind Co-Facilitators

    Kim Gray, ACC, CMAC | Marketing Monsters Coach

    When I opened the doors to my online business, I was confident that I could make it work. Only I found out that I had no clue how to build relationships online. I also discovered that I was scared to death of networking locally. That’s when the Introvert showed up. It took a few years for me to build up my confidence and credibility to stand out online. Local networking was another monster, but with more time and a few trial-and-error strategies, things changed.

    Marketing and networking strategies differ for marketing-shy coaches. Finding the right balance based on your needs and personality style is key. Then by creating a consistent schedule you can live with will enhance your online credibility and reach over time.

    Kelli Hendrickson, ScD, ACC | Pathmakers Coaching

    Kelli is a Career and Leadership Coach helping women with STEM PhDs create more Success, Time, Energy and Meaning in their careers.  Kelli’s path to coaching began as a Research Engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was in her role as a mentor and advisor that she noticed a need and desire for coaching for professional growth in her colleagues and students and began her coaching journey in 2019. 

    She earned her Certified Professional Coach designation from the Transformation Edge Business Coach Institute.   She currently holds dual positions as Research Engineer at MIT in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Research Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics. 

    Alessia Nizzola, CPC

    I have recently relocated in the area from Italy, where I studied Business Administration and Foreign Languages. I worked in an international banking group for more than 20 years, as a Relationship Manager for individuals and companies, where I learned the importance of trust in connections, direct communication and thought-provoking questions while deeply listening to my customer’s dreams for their future. 

    Coaching was love at first sight, in 2018. I started my training and became Certified Professional Coach with International Coach Academy, loving every step of my learning. Now I’m giving birth to my own business, full of wonder for what the life will bring to me, now and here.

    Our next 5-Step Challenge opens in December 2022; our next Business SIG cohort starts January 2023.

    • Thursday, October 06, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Venue: BCBS NC (Durham) BCBS NC Building 450 4613 University Drive Durham, NC 27707
    Registration is closed

    In Person Event with ICF-RAC,TODN and ATD

    October 6, 2022 
    6:00pm-7:30pm ET

    This event is free for our chapter members.

    This is great a networking event! 

    Join us for a special collaboration event with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Triangle Organizational Development Network (TODN).

    Come to this event to:

    • network with a wide range of professionals

    • gather information about what’s happening in our industry

    • increase your knowledge about ATD, TODN and ICF

    • develop a cooperative spirit among the three associations!


    (Food will be included)

    Registration closes October 4th and don't miss out! There will be limited

    on-site registration at the time of the event. 

    Click the organization's logos below to learn more about each.



    • Thursday, October 13, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Zoom

    CEC: One Word

    October 13th at 11:00 - 12:30pm

    CCEUs-1.5 Resource Development Credits

    Choose One Word to set the course and direction for your new year. Create and connect clarity, passion and purpose to your year's journey. By living through a single word that is meant just for you, take the opportunity to experience a renewed sense of significance and focus throughout the coming year.

    In this Cutting Edge Conversation, we will explore and use breakout rooms as we discuss the following:

    => What One Word did you choose to set your intention for 2022 and how did you come to choose it?

    => How can your One Word impact or change the way you live each day?

    => How can your One Word move you from busyness to purposeful action?

    => How do you anticipate your One Word will stretch you outside your comfort zone?

    => How can we encourage clients to explore the One Word approach to set intentions?


    Join Amal Saymeh as we share One Word for the year ahead.  Amal’s professional journey started more than two decades ago as a bench-top chemist. She reinvented herself multiple times as she transitioned into technical and strategic project management roles. Amal has co-led company efforts in establishing STEM outreach activities within the community and initiating a Diversity and Inclusion program. Throughout this journey, she discovered her passion for connecting with and supporting people; this inspired her to begin her coaching journey in 2016. Amal uses her coaching and leadership skills to help technical experts successfully transition into and thrive in their leadership roles. She loves to connect and learn with and alongside others.

    Amal earned three professional coaching designations: Certified Professional Co-Active® Coach (CPCC) from the Co-Active® Training Institute (CTI), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). She has an MBA in Strategy and Leadership with a focus in Marketing from UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School, and a BS in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill Chemistry Department.

    • Thursday, October 13, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Webinar Via Zoom

    The Four Stages of Psychological Safety (ICF Central Florida hosting)


    Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 1 pm- 2:30 Eastern Time (US Canada)
    Presenter:  Dr. Timothy R. Clark

    CCEU:  1.5 CC


    In 2021, organizations around the world are striving to achieve two goals: First, to create a sanctuary of inclusion. Second, to create an incubator of innovation. These goals can only be accomplished when leaders model and reinforce psychological safety to activate the full potential of people. Psychological safety refers to “an environment of rewarded vulnerability”. But psychological safety is not a binary proposition. It's a matter of degree. When leaders nurture psychological safety to the highest levels, individuals are able to climb the ladder of personal vulnerability and do four things:

    1.Feel included 2. Feel safe to learn 3. Feel safe to contribute and 4. Feel safe to challenge the status quo

    And when organizations progress through the 4 stages, they can, in fact, create sanctuaries of inclusion and incubators of innovation.

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will receive a deep understanding of the concepts, skills, and behaviors that will help participants create high levels of psychological safety in their organizations to unleash and accelerate the development of their people.

    They'll also walk away with LeaderFactor’s What is Psychological Safety? eBook and the 4 Stages Behavioral Guide

    Presenter Bio:

    Tim is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor and ranks as a global authority in the fields of senior executive development, strategy acceleration, and organizational change and is the author of five books including his most recent, “The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety” (Berrett Koehler 2020).

    Tim has a plethora of articles on leadership, change, strategy, human capital, culture, and employee engagement in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. He is a highly sought-after advisor, coach, and facilitator to CEOs and senior leadership teams. He has worked with leading organizations around the world.

    Dr. Clark earned a doctorate degree in Social Science from Oxford University and was both a Fulbright and British Research Scholar. He also earned a master’s degree in Government and Economics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was named a first-team Academic All-American football player where he completed a triple degree cum laude.


    Because this webinar is being offered by ICF Global, registration requires a two-step process.  The first step is to register with ICF-Raleigh.  Once you successfully register and make payment, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register with global.  Payment is only required during the first step.  The second step authorizes global to send you the Zoom link for the webinar.  

    Please contact us if you have any questions.

    • Thursday, October 20, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Durham, NC

    Let’s get together and have some fun as a coaching community!

    During this 2.5-hour event, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with other coaches – both new and familiar – and learn how our chapter sponsors can benefit us AND how we can benefit them in return. Discover what professional development opportunities they offer us as individual coaches and for our coaching businesses. Learn WHY these generous individuals and organizations choose to sponsor and support our chapter. Grab your coaching friends AND your friends who may be interested in becoming a coach and come out for an enjoyable evening in the RTP!

    Cost: (includes one drink and hors’ d'oeuvres)

    $10 for members, students, partners and affiliates; $20 for guests 




    • Friday, October 21, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 100

    • Friday, October 28, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 100

    Are you looking for connections with your coaching colleagues?

    Calling All Coaches and Coaches-to-Be! We invite you to join us each month to participate in one of our focus groups, meet your Board members, and learn more about the business of coaching. For example, we'll have tables set up for these conversations:

    • Pro bono coaching
    • Peer (barter) coaching
    • Buddy Coaching
    • Volunteerism
    • Facilitator Opportunities
    • Sponsorship
    • Membership
    • Just to name a few!

    Coach Connect Cocktails is our virtual Happy Hour where you can kick off your shoes (at your house) and unwind at the end of each month plus participate in targeted focus group discussions.

    Bring your favorite beverage and snack along and let’s have fun jumping around from one Remo Focus Group Table to another.

    WHEN: The 4th Friday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00pm ET.

    Whether you are a new coach, a seasoned coach, or still in coach training, we would love to hear from you!

    You'll be able to pick and choose which focus group conversations to join in our virtual 'living room'. We want you to walk away with new information and connections from the association.

    Registration Fees:

    This event is free and open to Members, Affiliates, Partners and Guests. Registration is required so that you'll get the reminder email from Remo.


    Please contact us if you have any questions. admin@icfraleigh.org

    • Thursday, November 10, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Save the Date!

    Chapter Conference

    November 10, 2022 |
    10:00am - 4:00pm ET

    • Friday, November 18, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Save the Date

    Cutting Edge Conversation: The Power of Self Discipline with Dr. Angie

    November 18, 2022 |
    4:30pm ET

    • Wednesday, December 07, 2022

    Delta Leadership Six Domains of Leadership Coach Certification


    Coach your clients using the Six Domains of Leadership Model to pinpoint customized behavior change that will drive their success.

    Dates: Wednesday, 7 December Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 

    Time: 9am-2pm ET

    Location: Online

    Website URL for more information: https://deltaleadership.com/six-domains-of-leadership-courses/

    • Friday, December 09, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Save the Date

    Cutting Edge Conversation: Client Triggers with Mindy Schrager

    December 9, 2022 |
    11:00am ET

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Save the Date

    In Person Year End Celebration

    December 15, 2022 |
    6:00- 8:00pm ET

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