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.

    • Friday, May 27, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 95

    This event will be held virtually via ZOOM and Remo!

    Are you looking for connections with your coaching colleagues?

    Calling All Coaches and Coaches-to-Be! We invite you to join us each month if you are looking for ways to network with your Chapter members. 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.

    Bring your favorite beverage and snack along and let’s have fun catching up jumping around from one breakout room 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, this event is for you!

    We are using a new platform called Remo to accommodate up to 100 guests, so come join us and test drive this fun and interactive platform. You'll be able to pick and choose which conversations to join in our virtual 'living room'. We want you to walk away with new connections and feel refreshed from the association.

    Once you reserve your seat, you will receive a Zoom link by email the day of the event. Then we'll move over into the Remo room for fun and engagement.

    Registration Fees:

    This event is free and open to Members, Affiliates, Partners and Guests. Registration is required to enable us to send you the private Zoom link.

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

    • Friday, June 03, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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

    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.

    • Friday, June 10, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    June 10th | 11:00am - 12:30pm

    CCEUs- 1.5 Resource Development Credits

    Join us and our guest, Coach Cheryl Thacker, during this training that will help you to package and price your services easily and confidently, in a way that feels good and not salsesy or spammy.

    Cheryl will teach you how to package and price your offers in a simple and effective way so you can market with ease while giving value to your ideal clients and reaching your business goals.

    We will be covering:

    • Getting Clear on Your Ideal Client:

    Knowing your audience and what their needs are is an essential part of being successful in your business. If you’re going to offer ways to meet your clients’ needs with packages, you need to be certain about what those needs are.

    • Package Your Offers with Ease

    Packaging up your services based on client needs means that clients see your offers in terms of "solutions" rather than services. You’ll learn a simple system to create the most effective package that will grow your business and best serve your clients.

    • Charging What You’re Worth

    What do you charge for your products or services? Is not an easy question to answer. One of the most difficult things that Coaches face is figuring out what to charge for their services. It’s a huge obstacle and hard to overcome on your own. I am going to walk you through a simple method that will help you not only choose the best pricing for your packages that aligns with the goals you have for your business but also ensures you are charging what you are worth.

    About our presenter: Coach Cheryl Thacker, PCC, BCC

    Coach Cheryl Thacker, PCC, BCC is the CEO and Founder of Successful Coaches Enterprise, ICF Mentor Coach, creator of the Coaching Biz Accelerator program and host of the Master Your Coaching Biz Podcast. She and has helped hundreds of coaches create the Freedom they crave in life by building successful sustainable businesses.

    In addition to her coaching certifications and credentials, Coach Cheryl is certified in the EQ-I 2.0 and EQ360 Assessments and enjoys helping people explore how to increase their Emotional Intelligence for greater success in life and business.

    Registration Fees:

    1. Members and Students: Complimentary

    2. Affiliates members: $5

    3. Partners: ATD-RTA & TODN: $5

    4. Guests: $10

    5. Scholarship

    We have scholarships for all of our chapter programs.  No member is ever turned away.  Please email  admin@icfraleigh.org if you need a partner code or are unable to attend due to financial circumstances.

    • Friday, June 17, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Q2Membership Meeting with

    Special Guests from ICF Global

    June 17 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

    CCEUs- 1.5 Resource Development Credits

    Agenda -

    11:00 – 11:30 am – Hear updates from your Board Directors about all that we’ve accomplished in the 2nd Quarter of 2022.

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm – Updates from Global ICF with our guest speakers, Angie Holleran and Kaveh Mir-Tahmasebi. Bring your questions about credentials, ICF Global, and more.

    ICF Global Guest Speakers

    Angie Holleran, ICF Regional Development Manager – North America

    For those of you who do not know me, my name is Angie Holleran. I joined ICF in 2010 as a Credentialing Coordinator before transitioning to the Assessor Manager role in 2019. In May 2021, I began my role as Regional Development Manager for North America.

    Kaveh Mir-Tahmasebi, Director of Professional Coaches Global Board at International Coaching Federation

    Kaveh (MBA, MSc, MAPPCP) works with Executives in critical psychological processes such as thinking, motivation, learning, sensation, perception and emotion using Positive Behavior Change. Before starting his career in executive coaching for 19 years, he had various senior executive roles. He was the founder of a technology start-up firm – responsible for all aspects of the organization design and development, support, training, marketing, and sales. He completed a management buyout from 3is and worked very closely with appointed 3is directors to complete the MBO. In 2008, he successfully conducted a merger and acquisition– responsible for organization redesign and cultural change post-merger. As well as Executive Coaching, Kaveh works with Henely Business School as a tutor, mentor and assessor.

    • Monday, June 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Come and discuss with chapter members and leadership the topic of “pro-bono coaching” and how the chapter should provide, enable, support, and offer pro-bono coaching.

    Some options currently under discussion include:

    1.  providing referrals from interested organizations to individual coaches

    2. identifying non-profit organizations that would be officially supported as ICF-RAC pro bono coaching recipients

    3. identifying other (for-profit) organizations that might offer leads to paid coaching engagements and paying clients

    4. forming a Special Interest Group of coaches offering pro bono coaching

    And we want to hear your thoughts!

    Pro bono coaching is when a coach conducts a session with the client either free or at significantly reduced cost. Many professionals offer their pro bono services to non-profit organizations, such as educational institutions, healthcare facilities, foundations, charities, etc.

    Pro bono coaching can serve several purposes:

    • Offering the benefits of coaching to individuals who might not be able to pay for it

    • Building the leadership capacity of non-profit organizations

    • Contributing the community in support of the goals of non-profit organizations

    • Building your reputation as a coach

    • Growing your coaching hours for credentialing requirements

    • Generation of leads for paid coaching clients

    Register now to contribute to this discussion. Once registered, a pre-event survey will allow you to contribute your thoughts for consideration, even if you can’t attend.

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