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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. //

HomeMarch 2019 Catalyst
ICF Minnesota Catalyst

   March 2019
    Volume 39   Issue 39  Spring 2019    

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In This Issue...

1. President's Letter
2. March 21st Webinar -  Have You Considered Team Coaching?
3. April 30th - Coaching Connection
4. May 28th Speaker Event - It's one thing to have Emotional Intelligence, but how do you Coach with it?
5. Chapter Updates
6. Chapter News
7. Regional News
8. Global News
9. Member Announcements

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President's Letter

Gratitude is something that is very present for me this month, especially with the February weather we’ve had! As a coach, I talk to my clients about the importance and power of gratitude. Am I practicing what I preach? Today I am and I want to share my gratitude with you.

1. I am grateful for the incredible ICF MN working board that I have the privilege to work with. They give their time, effort and hearts to grow and support this organization.They are a world class board! Please thank them for their service the next time you see them.

2. I am grateful for you, the ICF MN coaches and your passion to help others lead their best life possible. What a wonderful career we have chosen!

3. I am grateful for the community of coaches that values helping both our clients AND each other. I’ve seen this clearly at the St Thomas Coaching Conference in January with 240 attendees sharing with each other. I also see this level of sharing at our ICF MN Coach Connection and Speaker Events. As Paul Wellstone said “We all do better when we all do better.”

4. I am grateful for Ignite 2.0.ICF MN will be working with the Alafia foundation, providing 9-11 coaches to help make their vision of championing purpose-filled leaders transforming life in north Minneapolis come to fruition. I am also grateful for the 9 (soon to be 11) coaches that have committed their time and talent to work with the Alafia Fellows.

5. I am grateful for the Gaston Award winners who provide a benchmark for excellence and quality for ICF MN.They support ICF MN by providing coaching to our board members, consulting on any question or topic we present, being the keepers of our ICF MN history and the countless other ways they have helped this organization.

6. I am grateful for the many friendships and connections I have made by being a part of this great organization. I am grateful that we are growing, flourishing and providing our tribe of coaches a community to connect, learn and grow.

And, I am grateful that you have allowed me to lead this incredible organization that is made up of coaches that are changing lives throughout MN and the world. I have learned a tremendous amount from all of you and feel blessed to serve you.

Gratitude opens the door to deepen relationships, increases happiness, improves health, enhances empathy, improves self-esteem and many other positive results. I encourage all of you to take a moment and share your gratitude with someone!

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.

ICF MN announces a partnership with The Alafia Foundation for Ignite 2.0

ICF MN is partnering with The Alafia Foundation in 2019 as our second Ignite program. ICF will support Alafia with 11 ICF coaches. The Alafia Foundation is a non-profit organization in North Minneapolis that champions purpose-filled leaders (Fellows) transforming life in north Minneapolis.

The coaches that have volunteered to fill this calling are Lance Hazzard, Joan Haan, Christine Schwebel, Jeff Staggs, Christine Pouliot, Nancy Jamieson, Gary Dietrich and Bev Lutz.

If you feel inspired to bring your passion for coaching to ignite social change, we are still seeking 3 additional coaches (PCC, MCC or second renewal ACC) to coach Alafia Board Members. If you are interested, please contact Trish Perry at

The Ignite program is an ICF Foundation initiative: Imagine every ICF Chapter connected through the positive impact of coaching. The spark of light to ignite humanity! When we share the power of coaching with our world, we have the power to ignite our local communities and spark a global impact.Through pro bono coaching projects, the Ignite Initiative uses the collective power of ICF Chapters to accelerate the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Event Recap

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

The best of the best were present at our monthly ICF MN event as the panel discussed the human side of ethics. Over 50 attendees gathered on this snowy February evening to discuss a topic some might say can be dry. However, each of our panelists presented this topic through their passion for ethics in their own area of expertise and the group was left with wanting more.

Our panel was lead by moderator Mary Kay Delvo, INspiring SIGHT, and Professional Development Chair of ICF Minnesota.

Our three panelists:

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

• Rev. Dr. Daniel A. Bolt, ordained minister with Converge Worldwide, theology teacher and counselor from Chaska, Minnesota

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

Sue McMahon chairs a team of ICF Global members that investigates issues and help to maintain self-regulation on the ICF Ethics Review Board. ICF has a member list of over 33,000 members growing by 750 per month and represents over 170 countries from around the world. Some of the biggest issues and conflicts that they review are unclear agreements, confidentiality breaches, referral to another professional, inappropriate relationship and terms to terminate.

ICF Global offers resources to support coaches to ensure ethical standard are met. ICF’s Global website has three resources for members:

• Ethic Assist Line
• Ethic Community of Practice
• Water Cooler Conversation

They offer a safe space to work through issues that ICF members may be struggling with.

With over 30,000 members they have only a handful of issues that require investigation and when found to be in breach the coach is provided with the results as a “learning” opportunity versus a punishment.

Dr. Bolt focused on the organizational development ethics, and stated that simply put ethics is the study of what is right and wrong. They are guideline to have deeper relationships, they are not just a box to check off. He discussed the transformational vs. transactional side of ethics. In which, transformational is engagement, empowerment, whole being approach and motivational, whereas, the transactional; is power, control and checking off the boxes. In summary, we all do ethics every day of our lives and they are the springboard to deeper, authentic relationships.

Dr. Daly, a lawyer, shared her perspective of ethics on the business side. Many of our coaches are business owners and it is important to consider this component for our industry. She discussed the difference between ethics the “should do” and compliance the “have to do” of business. She suggested strongly that all coaches, doing business, should have an established written agreement.

Business ethics is a value set within the institution and “how” they function. Ethics is the business of people. What type of business are you? Stakeholder working towards the common good and community or, Stockholder working for the money and the bottom line.

The board was open to questions and discussion and the evening wrapped with the crowd wanting more. Thank you to Mark Kay Delvo, Dr. Nicole Zwieg Daly, Rev. Dr. Daniel Bolt and Sue McMahon for sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Blogs from the Board


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

While growing up, I remember hearing and even saying the phrase "ignorance is bliss". Although I must admit, I didn't really understand the meaning of it until I was in my twenties in my new career as a social worker. What I experienced in my first four years on the job forced me to learn first-hand what it meant in my own life and its prevalence throughout our society.

It was 1994. I had just moved to the Twin Cities from North Dakota to begin a job as a homeless outreach counselor. I served roughly 400 adults per year who were living with serious and persistent mental health diseases. I did outreach, so the people I met were either already homeless or about to be. In most cases, the issues were complex, heartbreaking and systemic.


Over the course of my four years on the job, I came to learn that it was possible even for people with good-paying jobs to lose everything in an instant should they develop a serious mental health condition or other equally debilitating health issues. As a homeless outreach counselor, I came to know the locations of hidden homeless shelters and apartments run by slumlords. I learned that even in below zero temperatures people called empty semi-trailer boxes home and that dumpsters doubled as teenage bedrooms and temporary hiding places for belongings while at school or work during the day. To my surprise, I also learned that children can be removed from their homes under the guise of neglect because parents could not afford to purchase a new mattress, a mattress cover or wash their child's bedding daily to get rid of the urine smell after their child's nightly soiling driven by extreme levels of anxiety.


Before the experience of my job forced me to see a reality different than my own, I lived what I would call an "ignorance is bliss" life. Like most of us, I drove through communities seeing only what is on the surface--shopping malls, churches, schools, city halls and parks. No longer. I have lost my "bliss factor". What I was now aware of could no longer be unseen. I could no longer look at dumpsters and see just trash receptacles. I could no longer look at city parks and see only recreational space without seeing them as places people call home in the dark hours. I could no longer drive by apartment buildings without knowing some of what happens there and how many people would be evicted from them. I could no longer look at certain houses as family homes once I knew they doubled as homeless shelters. With my "bliss factor" no longer intact, I had a new lens for looking at the world around me. I no longer only see what is on the surface but am curious about what lies below that isn't readily visible. I no longer look at individuals without understanding they are part of a larger system. I no longer evaluate a person's behavior based solely on what they are putting in front of me--I no longer see things simply as black or white.

The "Bliss factor" is real and no one is immune. It takes place within individuals, leaders, communities and entire systems. When ignored, we find black and white solutions or even worse, don't see a problem that needs solving at all. These bliss factors can also create unconscious bias.

Our world is complex and the formula for solving these issues is nearly always in the gray. Consider what a difference it may make if we looked for the bliss factors in our own lives?

Gaston Corner

My heritage is primarily Irish (at least as far as I know, I haven’t done my DNA) and this month we celebrate the “Luck of the Irish”. What’s luck got to do with coaching?

As I pondered that question, several ideas twirled around … the superstitions my late Irish Mother-in-Law held about luck …musings about the Irish proverbs and blessings I’ve heard over the years that speak of luck … luck being my friend … good luck following me. And as luck would have it, my reflections reminded me of an article by Daniel Pink, How to Make Your Own Luck, published in a December, 2007 issue of Fast Company.

Pink, shares that Richard Weisman, Psychology Chair, University of Hertfordshire in England, & colleagues believe they have cracked the code re what makes some people lucky and others not.

In his book, The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles, Weisman reveals four approaches to life that turn people into what he calls “luck magnets”.

• When things go awry, the lucky turn “bad” luck into good.
• The lucky “expect good fortune”.
• The lucky are open to “possibilities”
• The lucky listen to their “lucky hunches”.

Don’t we as coaches, offer clients the opportunity to turn things around, to expect the best, to be open to possibilities, and to listen to our inner guidance? All of a sudden, I began to think about coaching as a “luck magnet”. Luck has a sense of magic about it; coaching produces magical results. Coaches use tools that are magical – metaphor, analogy – as they support clients to uncover hidden solutions.

Doesn’t being a mirror for our clients, allow them to see as a new observer which translates into noticing that there are valuable messages in all events? How we respond to each event establishes the distinction between lucky and unlucky. An illness may seem unlucky because we feel crummy and it reminds us of the need for rest. Luck or not depends on how we respond.

Our thoughts DO become our reality so expecting good fortune leads to “luck” where as anticipating that the worst will occur creates the worst or “unlucky”. As we support clients to see in new ways, thoughts often shift to expecting good news rather than bad. So “luck” becomes the norm not the exception.

The work we do as coaches is all about possibilities, so we have the opportunity to support our clients in being open to new experiences, adopting new attitudes and aligning beliefs with values. The possibilities are endless and contribute to being lucky.

As we encourage clients to pay attention to their intuition or “gut” feelings, they access parts of themselves that they have often ignored. “Luck” shows up all around when we discover and engage our full self.

I would offer that coaches are “luck generators” as we support clients to recognize, acknowledge and embrace their own magic, their “luck”. How do you offer your clients “luck”? How much “luck” are you generating in the world? What is the “luck” you want to generate in 2019? Depending on how you look at it “luck” may have nothing or everything to do with coaching, anyway.

Irene M. Kelly, NCC, PCC, CVI™


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SPEAKER: Jennifer Britton, Potentials Realized

DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

CEU’s: 1.5 Core Competency

LOCATION: Register For This Event

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 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

Coaching Connection

What a great way to celebrate International Coaching Week. Treat yourself to a night out with other coaches from all areas of coaching.

Expand your coaching resource and referral networks as you engage with coaches interested in meaningful conversation and cultivating a local coaching community.

Join us at our next event

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

ICF Minnesota Speaker Series


DATE: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Networking 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Speaker Program

CEU’s: 2 Core Competencies

LOCATION: Metropolitan Ballroom 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416

Register For This Event

PROGRAM: Whether a client or a coach, understanding and developing Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a critical component of personal well-being and success. But how can coaches use the knowledge of Emotional Intelligence to enhance their coaching effectiveness? Attendees will increase their awareness of EI and learn how to apply EI to their coaching sessions through storytelling and interactive exercises. We are confident that you will discover both personal and professional value in this session.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a set of social and emotional skills that allow us to effectively perceive and express ourselves, build and nurture relationships with others, cope with stress and challenges, and use emotional information to make meaningful and appropriate decisions. In their 2016 Future of Jobs Report, the World Economic Forum, reported Emotional Intelligence as one of the Top 10 Skills of 2020. As the coaching profession continues to grow in relevance and professionalism, every coach should incorporate some understanding of Emotional Intelligence into their competencies.

ICF Core Competencies Addressed:

• Co-creating the Relationship
• Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
• Coaching Presence
• Facilitating Learning and Results
• Creating Awareness
• Designing Actions


• Gain insight into Emotional Intelligence (EI) and its relevance to coaching
• Advance your coaching skills by learning how to apply EI to coaching
• Understand how EI can contribute to your own self-care as a coach

SPEAKERS Lisa Griebel, Principal of Crescendo Inc. Robin Stubblefield, Vitalize Consulting LLC, ICF certified coach


Lisa Griebel, President of Crescendo Inc. Lisa Griebel is President of Crescendo Inc., a Minneapolis based performance-consulting firm committed to the growth and development of healthy organizations. Helping individuals and organizations realize their Emotional Intelligence (EI) and leadership potential through coaching and training is a primary focus of Lisa's practice.

As an MHS (Multi Health Systems) certified EQ-i2.0/EQ 360 Master Trainer, Lisa has administered more than 2500 EQ-i® assessments world-wide. She has certified more than 400 coaches to analyze, interpret and debrief the EQ-I (the first validated assessment to measure emotional and social intelligence).

Additionally, she has served as an adjunct organizational leadership instructor at St. Mary's University and is certified to facilitate the Dependable Strengths Process and Peer Coaching. Lisa has a Master of Education degree in training and organization development from the University of Minnesota, has earned her 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and serves as Vice President of the Rein in Sarcoma Board of Directors.

Robin Stubblefield Owner/Principal Coach & Consultant of Vitalize Consulting LLC

Robin is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach with 13+ years combined career and leadership development and coaching experience. She has worked with leaders, high potential talent and new and working parent professionals in manufacturing, healthcare, government, professional and financial services, and higher education. Robin is passionate about assisting her clients to assess and leverage their talents, make purposeful connections to desired outcomes, and create development plans that propel them in their career and leadership development.

Coaching from an appreciative, strengths-based mindset, Robin uses methodologies grounded in positive psychology, neuroscience, strengths development, and emotional intelligence. Robin holds a M.A. in Educational Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology and is certified in multiple assessments including the EQ-I 2.0 (Emotional Quotient Inventory), EQ360 and Hogan Assessments. She is also a certified SENG (Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group Facilitator and holds a Facilitator Certificate in Strengths-Based Education. Robin is a seasoned facilitator/presenter at conferences and Professional Association meetings.

Chapter News







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 a Board Position open and would welcome new members. This volunteer opportunity 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.

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

Board Members

Please welcome our new board member- Jodi Dehli: Membership Co-Chair.

Your 2019 board:

Trish Perry: President, Deb Johnson: President Elect, Shari Fruechte: Past President, Cheryl Hegland: Treasurer, Ann Houser: Secretary, Lance Hazzard: Outreach Chair, Judy Zimmer: Outreach Co-Chair, Mary Kay Delvo: Professional Development Chair, Sara Krisher: Professional Development Co-Chair, Polly Edwards: Membership Chair, Jodi Dehli: Membership Co-Chair, Danielle Allen: Web Support Chair, Ellen Carlson: Web Support Co-Chair, Michon Willman: Communications Chair, Theresa Nutt: Communications Co-Chair, Jennifer Byrnes: Sponsorship Co-Chair

Global News
Did you know?

The ICF Strategic Plan? ICF Strategic Plan

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

Here are a few of the exciting articles now trending in Coaching World:

You can access ICF Global Events which include a variety of options from webinars, training, etc.  Check it out at the following link:



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