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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. //

HomeNovember 2018 Catalyst
ICF Minnesota Catalyst

   November 2018
    Volume 35   Issue 35  Fall 2018    

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In This Issue...

1. President's Letter
2. November 27th Event - Coaching Connections
3. December 11th Speaker Event - Trust the Process
4. Chapter Updates
5. Gaston Corner
6. Chapter News
7. Regional News
8. Global News
9. Member Announcements

Thank you to our Silver Partners

Thank you to our Bronze Partners

President's Letter

2019 and Beyond!

ICF Minnesota held its 2019 Board Retreat on October 23rd. The purpose of the retreat is to onboard the newest board members and give them an opportunity to get to know the current board members as well as insight into the mission of ICF Minnesota, and the upcoming years initiatives.

While we call it a ‘retreat’ in reality, it is a full day of working on ICF business. This year the retreat was facilitated by Jennie Antolak, President of Learning Journey’s and this years ICF Minnesota Gaston winner. We are fortunate to have Jenny in our coaching community and her expertise assisted us in getting to know each other as well as identify how as a board, we are going to take the vision, mission and strategic direction from what to how.

On a personal note, I had an interesting observation as I sat down in my seat that morning. This retreat was one of my first responsibilities as incoming president last October. I was excited and nervous at the same time and as I sat down to participate, a wave of emotions consumed me. The feelings of gratefulness for the experience consumed me.

My year is coming to an end; and I couldn’t be more excited for Trish and her year ahead.

The photo below was taken during the portion of the retreat where each of us had the opportunity to share with the group why we chose a particular photo and then others shared with each of us, what they see in us in regard to the gifts and talents that we bring to the board and our coaching community. It is always touching and heartfelt to hear words of affirmation from those we work closely with and this exercise was no exception.


Shari Fruechte, ACC, CAP, OM

ICF Minnesota President

Join Us for the Next Coaching Connection

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:00 PM until 8:30 PM

Kip's Irish Pub
9970 Wayzata Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN

Advance Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
Member:No Fee
Non-Member: $15.00

Register For This Event

ICF Minnesota Chapter

Webinar Series October 11, 2018

“Mind-Body-Spirit Tools to Optimize Holistic Health Coaching”

Presenter – Michele Rae

Michele presented a very impactful and interactive webinar focused on a Holistic approach that include authentic communication, spiritual practice, emotional and social intelligence and mindfulness. Those skills change moment by moment as we meet our clients where they are and invite them to step more fully into their power. The objectives of the webinar were:

• Discussion of holistic health coaching and wellbeing
• Explore assessing one’s current condition and level of consciousness
• Deepen your understanding of the Mine-Body-Spirit connection
• Develop your tool box of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, social and conversational intelligence, authentic communication, spiritual and transforming practices designed to enhance coaching skills and client outcomes.

Michele introduced tools as well as resources to help us explore in more depth the specific areas of the holistic approach. Her approach was very insightful and created a greater awareness of how to be present as a coach creating a safe space for creating SMART goals to achieve the change they desire.

The coaching model Michele reviewed includes three levels of consciousness; 1) Individual, 2) Interconnected and 3) Infinite. The level of consciousness model provides a foundational approach for the discovery process for ourselves as coaches as well as our clients. As clients move through the different levels they are able to shed limiting beliefs and blocks that inhibit their ability to reach their best self.


Trust the Process: What really happens when we shift from rescuing clients to releasing responsibility?

DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CEUs: 2 Core Competencies

LOCATION: Metropolitan Ballroom

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Registration is required by December 8, 2018
Payment In Advance Only
Member: No Fee
Non-Member: $40.00

Presented by: Jennie Antolak, MA, MCC

Most of us would deny we ever rescued a client. We faithfully recite the statement, “We believe our clients are resourceful and they have the answers inside of them.” However, when the stakes are high, we are tempted to step in and expand awareness for them. We think we are simply helping by sharing a story, providing a bit of information, or suggesting alternatives in hopes that our efforts wake people up to better outcomes or solutions. The reality is the opposite often happens. When we step in, we remove their opportunity to discern what is important, discover their path forward and develop self-efficacy and resiliency. This keeps them playing small in the world and limited to the information we imparted on them rather than them stumbling and learning from each experience. In addition, it greys the lines of coaching, impacts the coach’s personal credibility and ultimately, extends into the perception and validity of the entire coaching field.

Join us in hearing compelling stories, supporting data and the value of releasing responsibility. Attendees will see how allowing clients to falter can help them better find their way to a greater story.

ICF Core Competencies Addressed:
1) Establish the Coaching Agreement,
2) Powerful Questioning,
3) Direct Communication
4) Creating Awareness

1. Understand the possible negative effect a coach can have on a client when s/he influences the session vs. trusting the person and the process.
2. Further develop coaching skills to expand perspective for the client without having to insert personal perspective or guidance.
3. Re-engage and further believe in the power of coaching.

Jennie Antolak is co-founder and President of Learning Journeys, a coaching certification institute committed to protecting the standards, ethics, and credibility of coaching throughout the world. Jennie co-developed and teaches the practitioner level (ACTP approved), mastery level, and narrative coaching certifications. When she is not teaching or coaching, Jennie is continually developing coaching tools and materials to ensure coaches have access to relevant and reliable resources.

Jennie holds a B.A. in Communications, M.A. in Organizational Leadership and is credentialed as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coach Federation.

The Gaston Corner ~ thoughts, insights and stories shared by our Gaston Award Recipients.

On Being a two
by Jim Earley

I’m writing to share a thought I heard nearly 20 years ago. It’s about being a two on a scale of 1 to 10.

It was October 1999 and I attended the ICF’s annual conference in Orlando Florida to hear Tim Gallwey present on The Inner Game of Coaching at a resort in Florida.

Early in Gallwey’s presentation, he polled his audience asking us to rate our coaching prowess on a scale of 1 to 10. You can imagine the results; most hands went up for scores between 6 and 8.

When Gallwey was done polling, he said “I used to be an 8. Now I’m a 2!”

2018 has been my year of being a 2. Again.

As I remember Gallwey, he said going back to a two is the risk of aspiring to be a nine or ten. I also remember being a two again could portend amazing learning ahead.

So, in the event you, too are back to a two, if there’s amazing learning possible, there are amazing teachers head your way. Be ready for them.

Expect them. One of my great teachers this year came to me through Trish Perry. When I met Trish for coffee, she mentioned a poem by Rumi; The Guest House. Rumi has a great recommendation about how to react to both great teachers and important lessons.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Top 5 things you didn’t know about your ICF Minnesota Board member

Deb Johnson

Professional Development Chair

1. After graduating from high school I headed to college to become a Physical Education & Health teacher. I lasted 2 quarters and decided to leave school and started working for the phone company as a cord board operator, yup I actually plugged into the lights on the switchboard to then dial long distance numbers for customers. I did return to school to earn my business degree in Organizational Management & Communications from Concordia when I was 40 and a single parent.

2. I decided to become a Mary Kay beauty consultant in addition to my corporate career, loved the product and built a small team of consultants. Needless to say that the demands of my corporate career expanded and I decided to focus on my career within the phone company, I still love the product and the philosophy that Mary Kay had which was faith, family and career, in that order. She started her business when she was 50 years old, so it is never too late!

3. Speaking of school I bet you never guessed I was a cheerleader, yup all the way thru junior high and high school.

4. I have two beautiful daughters and two give beautiful granddaughter that give me joy and keep me busy.

5. I was born in Bangor, Maine, my father was in the navy at was stationed in Maine for two years, I made my first cross country trip by car at two months old back to Minnesota. Who knew!

Coaching Book exchange, swap, and take-away~ 
December meeting ONLY

At our December meeting, we will have an area designated for coaching books! 
Please bring any books you'd like to donate and please plan to take a book or three. 
We may even have a member willing to host a book club. 

The only parameters are:
1.  No money is to be exchanged.
2.  If you bring books and some of your books are left over at the end of the event 
please take them home because we don't have a place to store them. 

Chapter News

OUR Vision at ICF Minnesota

The vision of ICF Minnesota is to foster significant positive change in the lives of individuals, in organizations and in the world, through the work of Professional Coaches.

Visit us at www.icfminnesota,org


Please consider membership with ICF Minnesota!

We are stronger together than we are apart!
~Walter Payton

Benefits of Becoming a Member of ICF Minnesota

Here are some of our Membership Benefits: Monthly events that include quality speakers, webinars for learning relevant content, and the coaching connection, which is a social networking event.

• Find a coach feature that allows potential clients to search for you
• CCEU's for credentialing requirements
• Recognition for individuals, businesses and organizations who have created excellence around coaching
• Coaching School partnerships
• Opportunities to work with non-profits in a pro-bono or reduced rate fee to give back and create greater capability and community value

Go to the ICF Website for more details and to sign-up for membership now!

Open Board Role: Event Coordinator - 2 year term

If you have a special gift for event planning and coordination and want to get more involved with ICF Minnesota please reach out to Trish Perry, 2019 President.

Suite Mate wanted

We are a group of two coaches (one business and one executive), and one event planner looking for another coach to share our office space at Park Officenters in the West End of St. Louis Park. It includes a private four- person shared conference room and a desk space in the co-working office. You have 24 hour access to the building and the suite in addition to well-equipped training rooms that accommodate up to 30 participants for an additional fee. Some admin support is included such as reception and answering of your business line. The cost is $298 per month.

We are looking for someone who is on a mission and actively building a practice. Our energy is focused, supportive and calm. If you think you can thrive in that environment then you may be our new suite mate. Contact or 651-646-8083 to set up a tour.

Global News
Did you know?

The ICF Strategic Plan? ICF Strategic Plan

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The ICF MN Vision and Mission?ICF MN Vision and Mission 

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ICF Global has great articles? Check out these great reads!

• ICW 2018 Singapore: Strengthening Foundations:
• Coaching from a Partner’s Perspective:
How to Write an Effective Press Release:
• Why Letters Matter: The Importance of Being ICF Credentialed:

Did you know?

ICF Updates Credential information each month?

25,877: ICF Credential-holders 
723: ICF Credential applications approved in September 2018

Last year, the ICF Global Board of Directors agreed upon several changes to ICF Credentialing and Accreditation policies. On July 31, several changes to ICF Credentialing policies went into effect. Learn more about these changes HERE.

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