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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 2019 Catalyst



November 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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Yes, only 2 months left in 2019, where did the year go?

Come November we are wrapping up 2019 and some are planning for 2020. Are you in the midst of creating your goals for 2020? Are your clients creating their goals?

There is something wonderful about “wiping the slate clean” and starting the New Year with new goals. Do you plan to write your goals down? Do you plan to share them? Do you plan to give updates?

I am sure you have all seen the numbers- they vary by source, but I think they are still staggering.

· 14% of people have a goal plan in mind, but these are unwritten goals.

· Only 3% of all adults have written goals for the year.

· People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals.

· Only 8% of adults reach their goals in the year.

· Studies by Gail Matthews at Dominican University has proved that strategies for effective goal achievement include writing goals down, sharing goals and providing confidants with one's progress updates.

ICF MN has a 3 year strategic plan and goals for the year. Read more...


Dave Wondra
Celebration ofDave Wondra, a 2019 ICF Global Circle of Distinction Award winner.

We are beyond thrilled and proud to announce that Minnesota’s own Dave Wondra has won an ICF Global Circle of Distinction Award for his outstanding work in coaching.

Dave is a very successful executive coach who has touched the lives of many! He has served as the President of ICF MN, won the Gaston Award, served as the President of ICF Global, served as the President of the ICF Foundation along with continuing to serve his coaching clients and being an accomplished trumpet player!

We will be celebrating Dave on November 8, at 12:00 PM at:

The Mediterranean Cruise Café

12500 Nicollet Ave

Burnsville, MN,


Please join us if you can. Thank you to John Owens for coordinating!

“The ICF Circle of Distinction program celebrates the best of the coaching profession who have made their mark on ICF and the coaching profession.”


Coaching Connection!
ICF Minnesota would like to invite you to ourCoaching Connections Event, an informal networking event designed to help you build your own coaching community. While there will be no formal program, guests will be nudged toward building relationships and community.
Coaching Connection event locations will rotate around the metro area designed to draw-in new people each time.
Why Attend?
  • Connect with professional coaches from different specialty areas
  • Share ideas - Get ideas
  • Build your coaching community
When:Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:Kip's Irish Pub
9970 Wayzata Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN
What:Appetizers provided, cash bar
ICF MN Members who have paid the annual fee: free
ICF Global & MN Members (who have not paid annual fee) and non-members: $10.00
We look forward to seeing you there!!
Click the link below to register!
Coaching Connection - 11/19/2019

Speaker Event: 4 Keys to Aligning with Who you Really Are - 12/10/2019

Midwest Regional Conference Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2020

Past Events

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Wonderful time together!!
Elaine Sept Gaston event
Acknowledging Excellence!


Sept 2019, Written by Mary Kay Delvo, INspiring SIGHT


If we were to view the coaching profession through a lens of human development, we would see that as a profession, coaching is in young adulthood. Just as in human development, we go through stages, so did the coaching profession


Coaching has moved from the early years of “What little league team do you coach?”, to today, where coaching is being utilized in all sectors, with individuals, teams and organizations and as a way to create healthy cultures on purpose instead of thought of as a way to fix what is not working.

Chapter News

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Truly for All?

By Shawn Moore


On Oct 12, MN ICF Mirror team conducted a beta test! What type of test you might be asking? Well, it was more of a question about “what could happen,” if we invited folks to a workshop that centered on introducing coaching to E.R.C (Ethnicity, Race, and Culture) folks, and Urban Community agencies?

The beta workshop was one way the ICF Mirror team is trying to accomplish one of its initiatives of introducing coaching to a more diverse audience. The overall idea for the event was simple, and ICF MN intended to gather information as to whether we would do something much larger in 2020.

The day included round table exercises, small and large group discussions, storytelling from folks of color who have used coaching as a means to change their world, and a lecture/training from Master Coach Jennie Antolak and myself. The day started with Jim Bear Jacobs inviting folks to engage in a Native American Smudging ceremony.

Overall, we had 22 people at the event, in which 60 % were People of color. A survey was given out and beta workshop received a 4.9 out a 5-overall rating.

The beta workshop was a success and the Mirror team is currently examining the data to determine the best way to move forward in 2020.

Clarity on ICF Minnesota Membership

We hope last month’s article offered clarity about different types of membership and other questions that were raised by membership during the recent survey.

We invite you to refer to the information on the following link and let us know if you have any questions.”


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Niels Gott
Beth Hanson
Tirzah McPherson
Lisa Orts
Sue Wheeler

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 Roster

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.

We are still looking for a Treasurer if you would like to be of service. You don’t have to be super number savvy as Christopher, our accountant, does all of the number crunching. It might even be a great way to get in touch with bookkeeping for your business.

Contact Deb Johnson for more information.

Meet the Coach

Holly O

Meet the Coach withHolly O’Hanlon

What brought you to coaching?

The desire to work with people in a more meaningful way. As I grew a team in my corporate role, I realized how much I enjoyed helping those on my team develop and grow, and I just wanted to be better at it.

I have also always had a passion for well-being and helping others improve theirs. Eventually, I decided to leave my corporate job, learn what being a Coach truly meant and start my own business!

Global news

Converge 2019

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.

I will be recapping all of my sessions for the December Catalyst as it will take me a week to do the recaps. For this issue, I do want to recap the closing keynote by Luvvie (pronounced Lovie) Ajayi who is a Nigerian born author, speaker and digital strategist. She was engaging, inspiring and challenging. A great close to the conference. I could write 3 pages, but I will stick to the key points.

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable.


Extra Coaching Resources

Courage Calculation
Sheet 1
Questionnaire 2
Courage Calculation
Sheet 2

ICF Board MemberAnn Houser


I attended the U of M’s program on purpose recently. Louellen Essex shared a courage calculation questionnaire regarding culture and risk assessment. It’s highly applicable to coaching clients contemplating courageous action at work (or home). It will be a great coaching tool to add to my collection.


The way the questionnaire is written, it appears primarily focused on one's work or organizational involvement. I had a former client who is a professor, dealing with a difficult work dilemma and sent it on to him.


If one tweaks the language, it could also apply to a challenging interpersonal relationship, in which a client is contemplating courageous action.

We would love to hear from our members.
If you have something for the Catalyst.
Send an email to:


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