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HomeMay 2018 Catalyst
ICF Minnesota Catalyst

   May 2018
    Volume 29   Issue 29  Spring 2018    

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In This Issue...

1. President's Letter
2. May 8th In Person Event - The ROI of Coaching Panel Presentation
3. May 16th Webinar - Coaching Strategies for the Multi-Generational Workplace (repeat event)
4. Chapter Updates - PRISM Awards, LCST
5. Chapter News
6. Regional News
7. Global News
8. Member Announcements

Thank you to our Silver Partners

Thank you to our Bronze Partners


The Coaching Hour Live

President's Letter

Get Out of Guilt Free Card

I’ve been trying to write the presidents letter for about a week now. Normally, when I write, I start about a week or so prior and then tweak it as the deadline approaches. This month I didn’t have that luxury as I didn’t even remember the letter was due until the reminder popped up on my calendar the day prior.

Some of you know I lost my mom on April 13th. She has been battling a form of Parkinson’s for several years now and while we have been noticing the steady decline for several months, nothing can prepare you for the call from the hospice nurse stating that your mother has started her dying process.

We were fortunate in that we had a week to be with her as her body left earth; yet that week was emotionally and physically exhausting like nothing I have ever experienced. Those of you that have been through it can relate, those of you who haven’t I’m not even going to pretend to try to express what it feels like because it is unlike anything I have ever felt or experienced in my lifetime.

Needless to say, I’m still exhausted and therefore a formal presidents letter is just not going to happen.

Up to this point (course of a week) I thought I would be able to eke out something. About an hour ago something a friend shared with me last night hit me like those ‘ah-ha’ moments do and I’m going to listen. She wrote on a piece of paper “Official Get Out of Guilt Free Card” valid until 4/13/2019. I’m not going to write a purposeful letter and I’m not going to feel guilty about it. Period.

As coaches, we would coach our clients with the exact same kindness, encouragement, advice and gentleness. I’m pretty sure I’m the worst client ever yet this time, I’m listening. I hope you give yourself the same permission when you need it in your life.

There was a lot of content to be shared this month so I do ask you to please read the entire Catalyst this month. There are a lot of updates regarding our May 8th ROI of Coaching event, the Prism Award and updating your member profile on the website to name a few.

Be kind to yourself and I will see you on May 8th at the Metropolitan Ballroom.

Shari Fruechte, ACC, CAP, OM

ICF Minnesota President

A friendly reminder to complete your profile on the ICF MN website Find a Coach section.

Please upload a professional photo, contact information and specialty Area. This area is being looked at by potential clients and utilized.

2018 ICF Minnesota Chapter Prism Award

ICF Minnesota will have a Minnesota Chapter Prism Award in 2018. The ICF Minnesota Chapter Prism Award honors businesses and organizations with coaching programs that:

• Fulfill rigorous professional standards
• Address key strategic goals
• Shape organizational culture
• Yield discernible and measurable positive impacts

ICF Minnesota will accept nominations for the 2018 Minnesota Chapter Prism Award between April 1 and May 30. The Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of September 18, at the Metropolitan Ballroom.

The ICF Minnesota 2018 nomination form and process is a simplified version of the Global ICF process that also takes nominations beginning in early April.

The nomination process is intended to be lead by an ICF coach working with a for profit or non-profit business or organization. If you know a great organization, please work with them to apply for the ICF Minnesota Chapter 2018 Prism Award by completing the 2018 Prism Nomination Form. The nominaton form is available from Christine Pouliot or Lance Hazzard or it can be downloaded HERE. All nominations must be submitted by May 30 to: Christine Pouliot at or Lance Hazzard at

ICF MN Outreach Chair and Co-chair


The Ignite Leadership team from the ICF MN chapter is looking forward to meeting with their Neighborhood House Liaison on May 9 for a mid-point check in. We anticipate hearing Director-level reviews that highlight shifts they are noticing within their organization because of the coaching that is occurring. At the same time, ICF MN coaches are submitting a midpoint evaluation showing their impact with their pro-bono clients to Carla Beach, Coach Liaison. Our cadre of coaches have been phenomenal, and the connection with Neighborhood House and ICF Foundation has been easy and supportive. These factors combined are making this a wonderful experience to date.

Looking ahead, one of the strategic aims for this project is to showcase how coaching can impact organizations in our MN community. Specifically, the leadership team would like to highlight how coaching interventions create change in a cost-effective and positive way. In the months ahead, we hope to identify media channels for a possible story as it unfolds. Contacts appreciated!

For questions or further information, you can contact members of the core leadership team: Christine Schwebel, John Owens and Joan Haan Or review February’s Catalyst article or

May Speaker Series

The ROI of Coaching--Panel Presentation

Tuesday, May 8th

6:00 - 6:30 PM Networking
6:30 - 8:30 PM Program

Metropolitan Ballroom, Golden Valley


Register For This Event

When it comes to leadership development, few tools are as powerful as coaching. Calculating the ROI on coaching is a different conversation. A quick Google search will report coaching ROI’s from 7 times to 1200 times.

As coaches, we’re interested in the facts. Those facts include the process by which ROI is measured and the stakeholders who care about the data and results.

Join ICF Minnesota and a panel of coaches discussing how they measure success, their ROI formula, case studies and what matters most to clients and coaches.

Panel Moderator:

Judy Zimmer is the founder and president of, a national coaching, branding and speaking company. Judy holds three coaching certifications including Certified Effectiveness Coach, Certified Master Coach and Certified TIPS Innovation Profiling Trainer and Coach.

May 16th - Webinar - Coaching Strategies for the Multi-Generational Workplace

Location: Webinar/Zoom (requires additional registration)
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
1.5 Core Competency CEUs

Register For This Event

For the first time in history, four generations are working alongside each other in the workplace—often creating frustration, tension, misunderstanding, isolation & communication breakdowns. The good news is, strategies exist for understanding the shifting workplace environment so organizational leaders and their employees can create workplace cultures which inspire creativity, relevant solution-finding and buy-in, regardless of the generation they identify with.

Attendees will be introduced to a coaching model for creating a culture of insight within the workplace beginning with the cultural and systemic issues shifting the 21st Century workplace. This workshop is for anyone interested in going beyond, “how are millennials and Gen Z different?” to understanding the drivers of generational differences, conflict and how to get to solutions. This unique systemic perspective will set the stage for the shifting perspectives necessary for developing insight and relevant solutions.

Core Competencies Addressed:

Communicating Effectively through active listening and powerful questioning

Facilitating Learning and Results through creating awareness, designing actions


• Provide context for understanding the underlying drivers of generational conflict in order to facilitate shifting perspectives.

• Increase understanding of the impact multiple generations will impact every organization.

• Identify the twelve-common generational “sticking points” and how to differentiate between business decisions and generational preferences.

• Learn a process for creating a culture of insight utilizing coaching competencies

Mary Kay is a speaker, business coach, and strategy consultant with INspiring SIGHT. Her grasp of macro-level and complex system dynamics, understanding of the drivers of multi-generational tensions and passion for leaving things better than how she found them differentiates Mary Kay from other consultants and coaches. She draws from her twenty-five-year multi-sector experience working with family, public, private, non-profit, educational and organizational systems to nudge others to “wake-up to how they show-up”.

Prior to founding INspiring SIGHT, she was the director of strategic engagement for a member association representing agribusiness and food companies throughout Minnesota. Mary Kay serves on several boards including ICF Minnesota, Fridley School Board (2nd term) and Minnesota Ag in The Classroom Foundation Board. She was also selected to participate in class IX of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL), a two-year cohort leadership program.


Did you know? ICF Members report a higher income than coach practitioners who do not belong to a professional organization (2016 ICF Global Coaching Study)

Did you know? 88% of consumers reported that they were somewhat or very satisfied with their coaching experience (2017 Global Consumer Awareness Study)

Did you know? 42% of respondents saying they have participated in a coaching relationship said they saw an improvement in their communication skills, followed by increased self-esteem/self-confidence at 40 percent and increased productivity at 39 percent (2017 Global Consumer Awareness Study)

Did you know? Part of your ICF Global dues goes to doing this intense research that can be used in your sales conversations with individuals and companies to credibly quote coaching numbers? ICF is a wealth of information!Take a look and note that you have to be a member of ICF Global to get this information-

Chapter News

Value Proposition – ICF Minnesota Chapter

The ICF Minnesota Chapter is an inspiring and innovative community of coaches committed to your professional excellence. Connect, engage, learn and grow with a coaching community that supports you at any level of your practice. You’ll benefit from:

• Monthly events that includes speakers, webinars or coaching connections
• Find a coach feature that allows the public to search for you as a coach in the ICF Minnesota Chapter
• CCEU’s for credential requirements
• Coaching awards and recognition for individuals, businesses and organizations
• Partnerships with accredited coaching schools and inspiration for aspiring coaches
• Opportunities for our certified coaches to work with non-profits in a pro-bono or reduced rate fee schedule to give back and create greater capability and community value

Regional News

Register for Full Conference

Our theme this year is Creating Connections in the City of Bridges. We are coming together in June at the Westin Hotel in the cultural district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has an iconic history; home of Rosie the Riveter, Heinz everything, and Mr. Rogers. With Pittsburgh's culture, premiere sports teams, industries, diverse communities and thriving restaurant and tourist attractions, you will discover a new favorite place.

We have terrific opening and closing speakers to provide new insights, inspire and equip you. There is a very robust and dynamic professional program focused on four different tracks:

• Client Connections
• Business Connections
• Science of Coaching Connections
• Global Connections

We have designed into the program, time to relax, connect with other professional and take advantage of the city.

There is still an opportunity to volunteer at the conference. When you volunteer, you expand your network with many leaders in our profession and make a difference in your coaching community. Please contactinfo@icf-midwest.comif interested in volunteering.

More exciting news about the conference is coming soon so stay tuned!

2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference: Call for Presentations

Do you have expertise and resources valuable to your professional colleagues? Do you want a chance to test your new ideas, practice your message, and share your proven approaches? Review the Call for Presentations for the 2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference: Creating Connections in the City of Bridges. Submit your proposal!

2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference: Call for Volunteers

We are looking for additional Program Committee members for the 2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference in Pittsburgh. Please contact Diane Bickford at if you are interested in getting involved.

Global News

2018 Business Development Series

The popular series is now available OnDemand and will help you build, sustain and expand a successful coaching business. Four weeks of content, 14 sessions. Up to 14.25 Resource Development CCEs. To view the session descriptions, speaker bios, and to purchase, visit the BDS Webpage.

It’s edutainment.

It’s personal transformation.
It’s a must attend event if you are ready to play bigger.

Join Hay House author and CTI senior trainer Rick Tamlyn at Bigger Game Live!

It all starts with YOU and your commitment to yourself. Isn’t it time to make your dream – your Bigger Game – real? Join Rick and other like-minded entrepreneurs who are ready to play bigger and say goodbye to business as usual.

Enroll now – and get a complimentary ticket to bring a friend for free.

ICF Minnesota members receive a $300 discount to attend. Enter “save300” at checkout! Learn more at

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