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Jason Jones ICF-MN fills my bucket!! I look forward to the in person meetings to connect with my tribe of coaches and enjoy the way of being only coaches embody. It energizes me.
Bev Lutz ICF membership provides incredible professional networking opportunities, professional and personal growth, and opportunities to explore my strengths as I volunteer in service of my profession.  My chapter really helps me stay current with coaching, thought leadership, and learn-n-earn (CEU’s) from professional development events.  But it’s the supportive coach-friends and collaborators who have made membership for me priceless. //

Irene Kelly

Being a member of ICF offers me the opportunity for certification by the industry professional standard bearer; being a member of ICF Minnesota connects me to my professional peers for networking and collaboration.  Membership in both establishes me as “credible” and provides me opportunities to learn and grow.


Mary Kay Delvo  

Being a member of ICF-Minnesota helps me continue to bring my 'best self' to my clients.

Trish Perry ICF-MN gives me a place to authentically connect and share with other coaches. I have created long lasting friendships, collaborations and mentorships that have profoundly enriched my life and my business. //
Ann Marie Forshay ICF MN has provided me with crucial connections to other entrepreneurs and colleagues who share similar goals and challenges in their businesses. It's a welcoming place full of great ideas that have moved me forward both professionally and personally. //
Sara Krisher ICF Minnesota is the place to be if you're a coach or you're interested in the coaching profession. We come together to connect, grow and give because we are stronger together than we are apart. //
Lance Hazzard I chose to get involved with the ICF Minnesota Chapter to be part of a community of coaches who help our clients grow and achieve their goals. This organization brings great content to our coaching community and enables opportunities to learn and collaborate in multiple ways. //

HomeAugust 2018 Catalyst
ICF Minnesota Catalyst

   August 2018
    Volume 32   Issue 32  Summer 2018    

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In This Issue...

1. President's Letter
2. August 28th Speaker Event - Coaching the Executive Brain
3. Chapter Updates - PRISM and Gaston Awards, LCST Updates
4. Blogs from the Board
5. Chapter News
6. Regional News
7. Global News
8. Member Announcements

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President's Letter

Coaching has re-opened my eyes to the value of not only having a good coach (or three) but also the importance and value of having a mentor and a good support system. While these concepts are not new to me, I’ve been reminded of their importance in both physical and mental aspects recently. I feel blessed to have the support systems and mentors I do in my life.

A friend and I recently rode our bikes 70 miles; a task I have never challenged my mind or body with before. While my friend is an accomplished rider (she’s ridden to Chicago in the past), she has not been riding consistently for years and while I’ve ridden off and on for years as well, the training we are doing this summer in preparation for riding a Century (100 miles) has required me step up my game in the distance area.

I suspect by now you are asking yourself what does this have to do with coaching? In all honestly, not much other than I have once again been reminded of the importance of having a mentor, a coach and a good support system.

Our ride this past Saturday, was by far, our most difficult: mentally and physically. While we thought we were prepared in both areas, no amount of physical or mental prep can prepare you for a crappy trail and ride. We’ve gradually increased our mileage with our last ride being 50 miles and it was almost easy, so we were not prepared to have 70 miles be so difficult. While the physical difficulty can largely be attributed to the trail being old, not maintained and extremely rough, it ultimately carried over to the mental challenges we were faced with as we endured each mile.

This is where having a great mentor comes in. She made sure we didn’t push too hard on speed and that we tried to enjoy it as much as possible, as well as, knowing when we had gone as long as physically possible on protein bars and electrolytes. We needed caffeine and calories in the form of real food!

Around the same time we stopped to refuel, two texts came in from my personal support system. One said “You can do it!!!”. It was just the encouragement I needed to finish the ride.

The physical challenge disrupted my mojo; yet having access to my support system allowed me to still reach my goal. Do you have a support system? In one of those areas, two or all three? While I often access them individually, I’ve rarely found the need to access them all on the same day like I did for this ride. The realization was a great reminder of how important they are to me, as well as, how grateful I am to have them in my life!


Shari Fruechte, ACC, CAP, OM

ICF Minnesota President

Gaston and Prism Awards

September 18, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN.

Prism Award:

The Prism Award recognizes and celebrates organizations who have created excellence and enhanced effectiveness through their commitment to and utilization of coaching as a part of their leadership strategy.

Please join us on Tuesday evening, September 18, as we hear from three organizations on how coaching has made a positive difference in their places of work. Each of the three nominees will present and discuss the:

• key needs, objectives, or priorities addressed through the implemented coaching program
• coaching process and methodology used
• scope of the coaching initiative
• influence, value and impact that the coaching initiative has had on the organization

They will show how their coaching initiatives have addressed key goals, shaped organizational culture and yielded discernible and measurable positive impacts.

Gaston Award:

Every year, ICF Minnesota honors one of our own who has made an outstanding contribution to coaching and the coaching community. The award is named after Elaine Gaston, the founder of our local coaching community, then called Minnesota Coaches’ Association (MCA).

Eighteen years ago, in 1997, MCA was formed as an organization to inspire, teach and develop the art and science of coaching. It took dedication, wisdom and courage to make this association successful and it is these qualities that the Gaston Award honors in a member of our chapter.

Gaston Award coaches are coaches that...

• Demonstrate servant leadership in the field of coaching
• Continue to take a stand for the profession of coaching
• Champion others selflessly

LCST Ignite Project Nears Completion

We're moving toward the finish line of the Ignite Project! We look forward to reporting completion results in the September and October Newsletters. New to the Ignite Project? For more information about this project and ICF Ignite, please review February’s Catalyst article or

Christine Schwebel, John Owens (remotely from India) and Joan Haan, Core Leadership Team

August Speaker Series

DATE: Tuesday, August 28th
TIME: 6:00 - 6:30 Networking
6:30 - 8:30 Program

LOCATION: Metropolitan Ballroom, Golden Valley

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CEU’s: 2

Coaching the Executive Brain:

The Power of Neuroscience in Attracting, Retaining and Transforming Organizational Clients

Learn how to use neuroscience to easily convince your clients to engage in even the most "woo-woo" of coaching strategies. We will explore multiple scientifically proven strategies for connecting clients to their higher brains and more easily managing their reactive tendencies.

Understand both the positive and negative impacts of stress, and more......

Meet Ann Betz

Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC, is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation. Ann served as the neuroscience consultant to The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) for many years, and provides neuroscience, leadership and coaching consulting to many other corporations and non-profits.

Ann is also the co-developer/leader of BEabove Leadership’s popular training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching, which has been offered in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, China, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Blogs from the Board

A Happy Life or a Meaningful Life?

Ann Marie Forshay

These concepts may seem to be juxtaposed to one another--but truly, it all comes down to how we define the term “happiness.” Researchers in the field of positive psychology use differing definitions of this term as do non-scholar authors. These varying definitions sometimes obscure a coherent discussion of the topic, and since both concepts are so important to how we lead our lives, let me offer this short primer on how they are interconnected.

If happiness is only to mean the pursuit of pleasure that is self-focused, then certainly that pursuit would be limited to a selfish, trite and meaningless existence. Few would argue that a life-path guided only by selfish pleasure lacks purpose or meaning and lacks a noble goal.

I would argue that a life without happiness (defined as moments of joy, awareness, gratitude, humor, laughter, contentment, and even pleasure) may be so difficult that it might not feel like a life that anyone would want or should have to endure. Life is and always will be filled with adversity: from tragic circumstances such as loss and grief, to financial insecurity, to health crises, to family breakups, to victimization. The best life--the most meaningful life--is one in which we grow from adversity and one in which we find these amazing moments of humor, love, joy, contentment and even pleasure amidst the inevitable pain. This is what makes us resilient to the inevitable adversities.

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In case you missed it, the ICF was recently mentioned on the long-running TV game show Jeopardy! Check out this article that shows how ICF Global leveraged this coverage to create more awareness during International Coaching Week last month.

Chapter News

How to Become an ICF MN Board Member

Have you ever wanted to give back to the coaching profession?

Have you ever wanted to work with wonderful coaches in different fields?

Do you enjoy rolling up your sleeves and being part of a collaborative team?

GREAT…then we would love to have you join us!

ICF Minnesota is looking for coaches to share in this remarkable professional organization as a board member or committee member. We are looking for a range of creative skills; communications, sales, marketing, businesses development or web support. It is a chance to support coaching locally and throughout the state, plus a chance to learn, laugh and meet other coaching professionals.

Reach out to any of our current board members and learn more about how you can be a part of ICF Minnesota. Or email

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

Global News

Did you know?

ICF Global celebrated the inaugural Young Leaders and Circle of Distinction Honorees?

Young Leader Award honorees embody the core values of ICF and represent a diverse community of emerging thought leaders. Learn more about this year’s winners here.

Circle of Distinction inductees are experienced coaches who have made their mark on ICF and the coaching profession. Learn more about this year’s inductees here.

Did you know?

ICF Global Supports
• 32,000+ ICF Global Members
• 22,000+ ICF Credential-holders
• 130+ ICF Chapters located in 140+ countries around the world
• with 47 staff members in 10 departments

Did you know?

Why Every Coach Should have a Personal Board of Directors

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