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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. //

HomeFebruary 2019 Catalyst
ICF Minnesota Catalyst

   February 2019
    Volume 38   Issue 38  Winter 2019    

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In This Issue...

1. President's Letter
2. February 26th Speaker Event - The Human Side of Ethics: A Transformational Discussion on Ethical Awareness
3. March 21st Webinar - Have you Considered Team Coaching?
4. Chapter Updates
5. Chapter News
6. Regional News
7. Global News
8. Member Announcements

Thank you to our Silver Partners

Thank you to our Bronze Partners

President's Letter

By February we are implementing the plans we have created to achieve the goals we set for the year. This month I want to share our ICF MN 3 year strategic goals (2018-20), the metrics we use to measure our success and our focus initiatives for 2019 to meet those goals. There are other initiatives taking place, but the ones listed are the ones we are focusing on as a board.

GOAL #1- CULTIVATE COACHING COMMUNITY: create opportunities for resource sharing, network development, cross collaboration, coaching awards and recognition.


1. Grow ICF Minnesota members to 250 by 2021 (195 in 2019 and 250 in 2020)
2. Maintain an 75%-member retention rate
3. Receive at least 3-5 nominees annually for Gaston & Prism (every other year) awards


1. Assign new members to a board member for follow-up [conversation around value].
2. Talking with people 1:1, introduce to others, FU afterwards to create a welcoming atmosphere.
3. Develop a membership survey on satisfaction- design and administer in 2019. Get benchmark.
4. Have cards at the registration desk year round to start Gaston nominations.The card would say “I would like to start a nomination for _____.” Then the Gaston committee would follow up to ensure a nomination is filled out.

GOAL#2 PROMOTE ICF ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS: Create opportunities for coaches to develop and refine professional competencies, skills, and best practices.


1. Annual member survey will show that ICF MN is positively addressing coaching competencies and meeting members’ needs by scoring at least 3/5.
2. Offer a minimum of 1.5 hours off continuing education units via webinar (1.5) or in-person (2.0) on ICF ethical & professional standards as well as promote ICF Global educational opportunities on these topics.


1. Upgrade website for personal executive and organization coaching including ethical and professional standards
1. Recognition corner – highlight people who recently received ACC, PCC, MCC in Catalyst at meetings and on website

GOAL #3 OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY: Develop, local, regional and statewide collaborative alliances which advance the coaching profession in the eye of the public.


1. Identify 4 opportunities to create awareness.
2. Determine the benchmark we will use for awareness.


Set up a committee to work on this come up with a plan and present to Board by June of 2019

GOAL #4 OPERATIONAL HEALTH: Protect and direct the organization for ongoing financial and operational health.


1. Operate in the black (measured yearly at year end)
2. Maintain a 50% fund balance or $15k, whichever is less (measured monthly)
3. In aggregate, in-person event attendance will offset costs in 2019 and produce revenue in 2020 and beyond.
4. Maintain 80% of the board roster (after serving 3 months) to ensure consistency- added- needs vote
5. Annual ICF Board Satisfaction Survey Score of at least 4.0/5.0


1. Review all metrics on a monthly basis to track our progress and ensure health creating action plan if off more than 20%.
2. Deliver Annual Board Survey by end of June 2019.

With these plans in place, the strong board we have guiding these efforts and the amazing contingent of coaches we have as members, I have no doubt that we will exceed our plans for 2019! If you have any questions, ideas or comments, I would welcome a conversation via email, phone 612-805-0997 or over coffee.

Here's to everyone’s success in 2019!

Trish Perry

ICF Minnesota President

Something New - Gaston Award Nomination Opportunity!

We are adding something new to make it easy for our members to nominate a fellow coach for the annual Gaston Award. Starting in February at every Speaker Series and Coaching Connection event we will have a special card that can be filled out with your nomination. The card will include the criteria. on the front and the nomination information on the back. There will be a special box for you to place your nomination card in. Our intention is to ensure that everyone has significant time and chance to nominate someone that exemplifies the true nature of the coaching profession. The following is the criteria used to select the Gaston Award winner:

Criteria for Gaston Award Recipient

1. Holds a coaching credential that meets one of the following:

• ICF-issued credential
• Certification from an ICF-accredited coaching school
• Certification from a professional coaching program within an ICF-accredited educational institution

2. Demonstrates clear and strong leadership for the advancement of the coaching profession.

3. Demonstrates integrity through professionalism and selfless service.

4. Has been an active member of ICF Minnesota for three or more years and continues to contribute uniquely to ICF Minnesota’s growth.

Blogs from the Board

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Stephen Hawking

The top 5 reasons why Introverts make great speakers

I encounter it all the time. The look of concern and apprehension as my client confesses to me that they are an introvert. Their eyes tell me – “I’m sorry. This isn’t going to be easy. I sure hope you are up for the challenge.” They go on to express all their fears regarding speaking to groups and how they’ve been avoiding the traumatic experience that is sure to ensue. They are afraid they won’t be any good, but their gut is telling them that if they don’t take action, they will regret it.

While inclined to speak less on average, I am pleased to dispel the myth that introverts can’t be good at speaking to audiences. I have been witness to incredible speakers who captivate me from the beginning, engage me throughout and leave me inspired to act. In talking with these amazing speakers, they have openly admitted their introvert status usually with the caveat that they will need to retire to their hotel room as soon as possible after their gig to recharge.

Here are the top 5 reasons Introverts are great speakers

1. They won’t speak to an audience unless they have something of value to pass along.

What an introvert has to say must be more important or more valuable than the discomfort they will have to go through to share it. This means they spend the time to contemplate why their message matters. By the time they take the stage there is a damn good reason for it.

2. They enjoy the thoughtful, quiet space and time needed to prepare for a presentation.

Let’s face it. Introverts like being alone because it refuels them. The process of preparing a great presentation requires alone time. The writing, researching, and organizing are all providing them with energy. It’s fun for them and the audience benefits.

3. They are succinct and purposeful with their word choice.

When an introvert is ready to deliver a presentation, they have completely contemplated every which way the topic could be communicated. They’ve thought of the pitfalls, the advantages and everything in between. They are deliberate and have thought through the talk from start to finish leaving nothing to chance.

4. Their passion comes from a deep meaningful place.

Introverts don’t speak for the lime light or the attention. They are driven by passion, responsibility, or purpose. They are reflective and work hard to create a great presentation. They are open to feedback and interested in the audience’s experience. They are not speaking for themselves. They are sharing a message the audience needs to hear.

5. The audience trusts them because they know their shit.

Introverts loath small talk. They are great listeners and observers. When they communicate, they like to communicate truth. They have evidence to back up their claims and they can site the source. They don’t make assumptions. They test theories and measure outcomes. They take their status of expert seriously. They won’t let something they say lead you astray.

So, if you are inclined to recharge in solitude be assured you have what it takes to be great at public speaking. You are uniquely qualified to make a powerful impact at the front of the room.

Sara Krisher, ACC
Speaker, Trainer, Coach
Lead at the front of the room with CONFIDENCE!
(763) 331-2914

ICF Minnesota Speaker Series

The Human Side of Ethics: A Transformational Discussion on Ethical Awareness


Tuesday, February 26, 2019


6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Networking

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Moderated Ethics Panel


2 Core Competencies


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Airport, 7901 34th Avenue S, Bloomington

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Have you ever considered what it would be like to open your Inbox only to discover an email notifying you that a breach of the ICF Code of Ethics has been adequately alleged in a complaint led against you? As with any ethical situation, there is rarely a clear-cut answer but lack of awareness or alignment with personal beliefs and values can cause a coach’s behavior and actions to lead to an unethical situation despite good intention. Given the confidential and emotional spaces we work in, without ethical awareness and curiosity, even well-intentioned coaches can make mistakes that put their business at risk and can be emotionally harmful to their clients.

You won’t want to miss this transformational discussion intended to expand your ethical curiosity, increase your ethical knowledge, and increase your awareness of the human side of ethics. Not only does ethical knowledge demonstrate your professional responsibility, but it can also serve to strengthen your confidence as a coach.

We will hear from a pastor/faculty member, Center for Ethical Organizations Director and lawyer, and Chair of the ICF Ethics Review Panel. Through moderated discussions, our professionals will help attendees discover how to approach these types of questions through an ethical lens, what the legal ramifications may be, and what resources ICF has available to support coaches for ensuring ethical standards are met.

ICF Core Competencies Addressed:

Setting the Foundation

Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards

Establishing the Coaching Agreement

Co-creating the Relationship

Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client

Coaching Presence


• Dispell the commonly held myth that ethics are transactional

• Introduce a paradigm for transformational ethics

• Increase your ethical knowledge

• Increase your understanding of the human side of ethics

• Become aware of potential ethical ‘blind spots’

• Be introduced to ICF’s Ethics and Regulatory mechanisms



Mary Kay Delvo, INspiring SIGHT, Organizational Alignment Coach | Speaker


Dr. Daniel Bolt, Ordained Minister with Converge Worldwide, Theology Teacher, & Counselor

Dr. Nicole Zwieg Daly, J.D., Ed.D., Director of Education & Programming Center for Ethical Organizations, Opus College of Business University of St. Thomas

Sue McMahon, Chair, ICF Ethics Independent Review Board, Professional Board-Certified Coach and founder of Living from the Heart LLC

Mary Kay Delvo, INspiring SIGHT, Organizational Alignment Coach | Speaker

As an organizational alignment coach, Mary Kay shakes up thinking, so organizations can discover the source of their pain and how to realign themselves. Her signature style invites honest conversations at the board and leadership level, creating a culture of candor, trust, and clarity.

Twenty-five years of multi-sector experience in county and state systems, higher education, non-profit management, social work, agriculture and leadership drives her passion for giving her clients a different experience. One that incorporates strategic planning into the daily life of the organization and teaches organizations how to ask themselves the powerful questions necessary for leveraging their strategy as the litmus test for staying engaged, focused and aligned.

Mary Kay’s infectious energy and passion for leaving things better than she found them is obvious to all who hear her speak. She uses humor, vulnerability and a little dose of reality to help her audiences see things through a new lens. Board work, coaching and strategy aren’t just her business, she is passionate about giving back and ensuring good governance is adhered to by serving on boards herself. She is an avid bicycler, sings the National Anthem at sporting events, loves adventure, stream fishing, hockey, and has two sons, Ben, 19 and Lucas, 17. Mary Kay also serves as the professional development chair on the ICF Minnesota Board of Directors.


Dr. Daniel Bolt, Ordained Minister with Converge Worldwide, Theology Teacher, & Counselor.

Rev. Dr. Daniel A. Bolt is an Ordained Minister with Converge Worldwide, and has served as pastor, church planter, chaplain, theology teacher, counselor, financial analyst, graduate level recruiter, project analyst, and supervisor. In 1991, Daniel graduated with his Master of Divinity in theology, pastoral leadership, and ethics, and in 2016, graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel University.

He published his doctoral thesis on the Work with Purpose/Faith at Work Ethos. Daniel has over 20 years combined ministry, business management, relationship/talent management, and organizational development experience. The organizations he has worked with include Bethel Theological Seminary, Southwest Christian High School, SHINE Ministries, Comcast, Viking Financial and Home Depot, among others. In his various leadership roles, Daniel has confronted and navigated ethical issues in ministry, in the corporate environment, and in the non-profit arena. Daniel and his wife Elizabeth have four adult children and two grandchildren, making their home in Chaska, Minnesota.

Dr. Nicole Zwieg Daly, J.D., Ed.D., '01, '04, '18

Director of Education & Programming Center for Ethical Organizations, Opus College of Business University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Zwieg Daly has nearly 20 years of business management, relationship management, and organization development experience. She has held a variety of leadership and management roles including being the start-up CEO and sole proprietor of a sales and business consulting firm where she worked with international manufacturers and retailers of all sizes - small firms and Fortune 500 companies alike. Prior to starting her own company, she worked as the Director of Operations for an international manufacturing company in Minnesota where she was responsible for the operations, legal management, financial management, and human resources departments of both domestic and international branches of the firm. She also writes a monthly Outside Consultant column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune focusing on ethical business practices.

Nicole is a frequent speaker throughout Twin Cities associations and companies, lecturing on a variety of ethics topics including principled leadership and organization culture. Dr. Zwieg Daly is a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota. When she isn’t spending time with her family, her passion for education and giving back to the community is fulfilled by volunteering for her local school district.

Sue McMahon, Chair, ICF Ethics Independent Review Board, Professional Board-Certified Coach and founder of Living from the Heart LLC based in Northwestern Ohio

Fully committed to her profession as a coach, Sue aligns with the International Coach Federation (ICF) as the global leader in professional coaching associations, with nearly 33,000 coaches in 170 countries around the globe. Sue has been actively involved with the ICF since 2003, serving in numerous leadership roles involving ICF Ethics & Standards, devoting a tremendous amount of time and energy to the promotion of professional integrity and ethical coaching practices. Her efforts toward ethical conduct within the coaching profession continue in her current role as the Chair of the ICF Ethics Independent Review Board (IRB), and her ongoing efforts to bring ethical awareness to coaches, she was instrumental in developing the three-hour self-study course on ethics through ICF.

Outside of her work on ethics, Sue owns Living from the Heart, LLC where she partners with her clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that boldly challenges, inspires, and empowers individuals to courageously maximize their personal and professional potential. Over the years Sue’s work has evolved to include a greater focus on the development of the emotionally intelligent leader. She has been moved and inspired by the tremendous potential she has witnessed while coaching executives from all around the world. Sue loves spending time with her husband, the family’s chocolate Lab, and traveling cross country to be with her three grown children, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter. Sue’s love of nature draws her to the mountains as an avid skier during the winter months, while she finds enjoyment outdoors in the warmer seasons, hiking and spending time around the Great Lakes.



SPEAKER: Jennifer Britton, Potentials Realized

DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2019

TIME: Noon to 1:30 p.m. CDT

CEU’s: 1.5 Core Competency


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This session will look at the growing field of team coaching. Participants will learn how the coaching field is rapidly expanding coaching conversations to include team. This webinar highlights several questions individual coaches should consider before jumping into team coaching.

• How does team coaching differ from individual?

• Are there things you would do in individual coaching, you should avoid in team coaching and vice versa?

• How do you talk with the employer about team the benefits of team coaching?

• How long can you typically expect before the employer will see progress in team coaching?

• Average size of team that lends itself well to team coaching?

These questions will be explored along with: starting points for the team coaching conversations (process, elements, ingredients), ways for adapting coaching tools for the team coaching experience, as well a variety of team coaching delivery methods (in-person vs. virtual – zoom/web/phone). Coaches will leave with an action plan of next steps to explore.

ICF Core Competencies Addressed:

Setting the Foundation - Establishing the Coaching Agreement Co-Creating the Relationship - Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client & Coaching Presence Facilitating Learning and Results - Creating Awareness, Designing Action, Planning & Goal setting,
Managing Progress & Accountability

Objectives: This session will explore:

• The foundations of team coaching (process, elements and ingredients)
• What’s similar and what’s different between team coaching and one-on-one coaching
• Considerations with different delivery methods for team coaching (in-person vs. virtual, phone)

Meet Jennifer Britton, Potentials Realized, PCC, BCC and CPCC

From Corporate Boardrooms, to South American jungles, and Canada’s Lakeland beauty, coach and author Jennifer Britton has spent her career supporting better conversations and learning with groups and teams. Jennifer is a well-known author and thought leader in group and team coaching. Her first two books, Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2009) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) are used by many coach training schools. Since 2006 she has worked with hundreds of coaches through the ICF CCE approved Group Coaching Essentials and Advanced Group and Team Coaching programs. In her 2017 book, Effective Virtual Conversations, Jennifer combines her last 15 years’ experience as a full-time coach with her former experience as a global Leader and Director with the United Nations and the international aid sector. During summer 2018 she released the Coaching Business Building Workbook and Planner – Putting the Pieces Together, providing coaches with planning supports to grow their business. Jennifer has received the Prism Award for Excellence in Coaching (2016) and an Award of Excellence-Curriculum Design from the Institute for Performance and Learning for her work in developing a coaching culture within healthcare.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Environmental Studies and is an avid blogger. Connect with her at: her on Instagram at

Chapter News

As a board we have been working on changing our vision and mission to be more concise and in line with Global. Here is our new Vision and Mission:


Be the premier organization for advancing the coaching profession.


To cultivate a community of coaches that advances the coaching profession through professional development, networking and adherence to ICF professional and ethical standards.







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!

We have 2 Board Positions open and would welcome new members. One of these two volunteer opportunities could be perfect for you! Join us and help us to grow ICF MN in being the premier organization for advancing the coaching profession! For a full job description, please contact Trish Perry at

Event Coordinator: 2 year position 2019-2020

Do you have a special gift for event planning and coordination and want to get more involved with ICF Minnesota? This position includes communicating and coordinating with board members in all areas of planning and execution of chapter events.

Membership Co-Chair: 2 year position 2019-2020

Do you love to connect, engage, learn and grow? Consider being the co-chair of membership on the ICF Minnesota board. We are a coaching community who is working to be the premier organization for advancing the coaching profession.

The time commitment monthly for this role is approximately 6 hours give or take.

If you are interested, please reach out to for more information.

ICF Minnesota Chapter welcomes Ann Houser as Secretary and our newest member of the Executive Team.

Global News
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