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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. //

HomeDecember 2019 Catalyst


December 2019

Be the premier organization for advancing the coaching profession.


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

Presidents Letter

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As I wrap up my presidency for 2020, the word Abundance is on my mind and in my heart.

I am abundantly grateful for:

· every one of you who has chosen coaching as a profession and makes ICF MN a great organization.

· the opportunity to serve you this past year as president.

· Deb Johnson, the incoming 2020 president. Deb has been an amazing partner.

· the board that worked so hard to deliver outstanding results this year.

· the Gaston Award Recipients that are helping to create updated criteria for the Gaston Award and prompted additional awards that you will see next year.

· my coach Elaine Gaston for her support these past two years. You are an incredible inspiration!

· new friends and colleagues I have met through belonging to ICF MN and serving on the board.

2019 brought many wins. Here are a few highlights,


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Do you struggle trying to figure out how to be Who You Really Are in your everyday life, often feeling like the "human you" and the "spiritual you" are two separate people?

Do you find yourself oftentimes stuck in the "I'll be happy when ____ happens” trap?

Do you wish you could stay in that sweet spot of Alignment, flow and conscious manifestation more often?


Now more than ever before people are waking up to the truth of Who They Really Are and are aware of things like the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking. Yet most do not know how to Align with that truth in a real, functional way, or fully understand the intricacies of what it takes to access the magic within, especially how to navigate those human moments when we forget all we know and believe. Not only are there simple and practical ways to do this, but once you understand and begin applying these keys to Alignment you will notice a difference in the way you experience and show up for life, and all aspects of life, almost immediately. And better yet, these are tools you can use and that will serve you for the rest of your life!


ICF Core Competencies Addressed:

Communicating Effectively -- Active Listening, Powerful Questioning

Facilitating Learning and Results -- Creating Awareness, Designing Actions

Resource Development -- Development of coaching tools


Objectives:Participants will learnthe 4 Keys of Alignment are and how to implement them

  • how to consistently access clarity, ease, joy, pleasure, love, peace, & forward momentum
  • what to do when you forget what you know or get sucked under by negative thoughts & emotions
  • how to expertly focus thoughts, emotions and vibration in the direction of what you want
  • how to get out of "I'll be happy when ______" trap. Be happy, begin living and find joy in the now


Meet Nova Wightman,CPCC, NLP, & Reiki Master, Go Within Life Coaching, LLC

Nova Wightman is an author, speaker, Certified Life Coach (CPCC), NLP Practitioner, Reiki Master, and a Conversations with God Coach on the team of Neale Donald Walsch (author of the Conversations with God Series of Books). She owns and operates a coaching & consulting company, Go Within Life Coaching. Nova specializes in an approach called "Spiritual Alignment," a powerful and practical blending of one’s spirituality with their humanity. Her spiritual alignment work helps clients live more intentionally and authentically through a deep understanding and application of energy, vibration and Universal Law. Trained and certified through The Coaches Training Institute, Nova works with clients who want to live in Alignment with Who They Really Are, creating and maintaining a spiritually empowering and joy-filled life.


A mother of two beautiful little girls, wife to her soulmate, and a 5th degree Master Instructor in Tae Kwon Do, Nova enjoys lots of quality family time, Netflix binging, and playing hide-and-seek.

Register with the link below.
Speaker Event: 4 Keys to Aligning with Who you Really Are - 12/10/2019

Chapter News

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Committee Opportunities

In 2020 we will be utilizing committees to help with chapter activities. We will be putting committees together in the first quarter. Please review, determine if you have an interest to help on a committee in 2020. If you do, please Thank you for supporting your ICF Chapter!

Committee Types of activities

Membership Mentor:New members, pair new members with mentors, help determine membership strategies, be an event host, help at the registration desk at events.

Professional Development Help:Coordinate events, help staff events, be an event host, help with food and coordinating venues, help with event surveys.

Communications Help:Help with social media, help writing marketing content, help with sponsors and partners, help spreading the ICF MN word!

Outreach Help:Communicate with outreach partners and members, help coordinating meetings and events, help with survey data for outreach Website/Technology Help determine apps we should be using, help gather information about website.

Other:Are there other ways you want to help serve ICF MN?

Please emailpresident@icfminnesota.comwith your interest and your contact information including your phone number.

Again, we would love to have your help on a committee. THANK YOU!

2020 Board Opportunities

We are happy to announce the 2020 board!

It’s a great collection of continuing board members and new board members who are ready to take the ICF Minnesota chapter to the next level.

Professional Development Board opportunity!

Are you passionate about creating new opportunities for learning and connecting with fellow coaches? Do you enjoy being involved and making an impact to the coaching profession? If that sounds like you then we have a board position just for you. We are searching for 2 Professional Development Board members for 2020. The positions focus on the events for the chapter which include Speaker Events, Coaching Connections and webinars. It also includes venue selections and management as point of contact.

If you are interested please contact Deb Johnson

Meet the Board Member

Meet the Coach with Ann Houser

1. What brought you to coaching?

Several years ago, friends at Medtronic participated in an internal coach training program created in partnership with Jeff Staggs and delivered through the Coactive Training Institute. They had so much fun and seemed be transformed in their energy, impact and love of the work. I wanted to get some of that “wow” in my life. I joined the next coach training cadre. After leaving Medtronic as a VP HR, I started my own executive coaching business less than 2 years ago.

2. Tell us about your coaching practice.(Niche, ideal client, etc.)

Since I have extensive executive experience, I focus primarily on global executive coaching at the senior management level. I also coach global high potential employees to accelerate their development as well as individuals experiencing a crossroads or change in their business or personal life. In all instances, we consider the future possibilities. I love to work with clients who have a sincere desire to elevate their leadership skills or personal capabilties, are open to their growth and development, and seek healthier behaviors and lifestyles.

3. What do you love about your coaching work?

I love watching a client gain a major “aha” which often happens between our coaching sessions. It’s so fun to see a client light up through their growth and learning, as they approach the world with more insight, awareness and focus.

4. Tell us about the coaching tools, books, podcasts, etc. that you follow that helps you to stay informed.

Mary Olk turned me on to a great coaching tool. It’s Mary Nelson-Garrison’s Open-Ended Questions for Coaching Mastery. This is a small box of coaching question cards organized by 3 categories: Simple and Curious, Expanding Awareness and Taking Action. It’s especially helpful for new coaches to have these cards on hand.

I’m enjoying two books:

1) David Drake’s Narrative Coaching: The Definitive Guide to Bringing New Stories to Life to understand how our personal storytelling impacts how we see ourselves.

2) Lance Hazzard recently published a great book for organizations seeking to embed executive coaching internally, called Accelerating Leadership.

5. How has ICF-MN helped you as a coach?

ICF-MN members love coaching and learning to be better coaches. I have found the strong professional development programs and webinars to be extremely helpful. The coaching connection events allow me to meet other great coaches in the local area. It’s a terrific community!

6. How can folks connect with you?

Let me know if you’re interested in connecting over coffee or wine at or on LinkedIn at or my website

Meet the Coach

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Meet the Coach withZihui Lu

Hello! My name is Zihui Lu. You can also call me Zoe.

I’m originally from China, and received my PhD degree in psychology from the University of Toronto.

1. What brought you to coaching?

I moved to Minnesota in 2014 with my husband and my son, who was only 6 months old back then. I was a stay-at-home mom. Although I enjoyed being with my baby a lot, I felt something was missing. Who was I besides being a wife and a mother? How could I make an impact on the world?

In 2015 I learned about life coaching. The profession sounded both familiar and new to me. It was familiar because I was a psychotherapist before. But coaches work with people who are resourceful and help people to move to action, which sounded really exciting. So, I received my coach training from MentorCoach, and became a coach.

2. Tell us about your coaching practice.

My personal experience as a mom helped me realize what a hard job being a mom is. Yes, we have washing machines nowadays. But we also need to balance career, family, and self-care, which is usually not easy. We also need to maintain a good relationship with our partner, discipline kids with love, and manage our emotions. A lot of moms can really use some professional help from a coach.

Therefore, I have worked with more than 150 women so far, most of whom are moms. I coach both in Chinese and English.

3. What do you love about your coaching work?

I really enjoy my coaching work because I like the deep connection with my clients. I love to see my clients’ improvement in their marriage, parenting, personal growth, and career.

My mission is to make a positive impact on people’s lives, and two of my core values are Love and Authenticity. I’m grateful that my coaching work aligns with my mission and core values!

4. Tell us about the coaching tools, books, podcasts, etc. that you follow that helps you to stay informed.

Tools: Wheel of Life

Books: Marilyn Atkinson’s books; Co-Active Coaching

Podcast: The Life Coach School podcast

5. How has ICF-MN helped you as a coach?

I love the talks and webinars that ICF-MN offered. They are high quality.

Being a Mirror member, I have learned a lot from the Mirror team. Together with the Mirror team and ICF-MN, I look forward to making coaching more available to people of all races, cultures and ethnicities.

Trish has been a great mentor to me. I feel so grateful to know her!

6. How can folks connect with you?

My website:

My email:


Global news

ICF Global Converge Oct 2019 Report- Trish Perry

As many of you know, I was in Prague for the ICF Global Converge at the end of Oct. The best word I can use to describe the experience of the conference and Prague is ABUNDANCE.

Click here to read the recap of Converge 2019.

ICF Global Coaching Study- Deadline 12/15/19

PLEASE take a minute right now to complete the ICF global coaching study. Your response is vital as this study is one of the most ambitious pieces of global industry research that has ever been conducted on the field of professional coaching. The International Coach Federation (ICF) has proudly commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) to conduct this research on their behalf. Please press your “control” button and click on your link below to begin the survey. Or copy the link address into your browser.

Click here to access your personalized link

ICF Updates Core Competency Model

Last week, all ICF Members received an email from ICF’s Credentialing, Accreditation and Coaching Science teams regarding the outcomes of our rigorous job analysis process.

The updated ICF Core Competency model reflects the collective insights and wisdom shared with us through this comprehensive research initiative.

Ultimately, this updated Core Competency model will serve as the basis for the ICF Credentialing process through the launch of a new credentialing assessment reflecting the revised competencies. ICF anticipates a lengthy transition process, and we are targeting early 2021 for the launch of the new assessment.

As an ICF Member, you can learn more about the updated model and have your questions answered during a pair of December 10, 2019 webinars.

If you’re unable to attend a live broadcast, these webinars will be recorded.

Broadcast 1 December 10, 2019, at 9 a.m. (New York)Register

Broadcast 2 December 10, 2019, at 6 p.m. (New York)Register

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