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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. //

Date: 5/1/2020
Subject: May Catalyst 2020
From: ICF Minnesota


May 2020

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

Deb Johnson

What will you take with you and what will you leave behind?

As we navigate our current situation I wondered, what will we take with us and what will we leave behind? As we are on this journey, albeit we did not ask for it, what are we gathering and packing in our suitcase of life. Just as important, what are we discovering about things we thought were “must do’s” or “must haves” that now seem not important.

Before the pandemic being busy seem to be the “thing to do” or at least it was comfortable, we knew what to expect. Along with that came the assumption that things were settled and clear so we had “the plan” figured out. I don’t know about you but the idea of having a plan, and of course it was my plan, which I could control, or so I thought. Well, this is certainly not what was planned and yet I am finding that now it is the smallest of things that really make an impact, a call from a friend, zooming with family, etc. Letting go of the control of many things can be overwhelming and yet pivoting to focus on what we can control can be key. Allowing ourselves to have space and give ourselves grace to just “be” creates a cushion where we can rest and allow the feelings to percolate up as they happen. It lets us process in our own, individual way what ever that is. The more we let ourselves process the feelings the more we can move forward to whatever our new space will be. What have you been packing in the new bag, what have you tossed and what are you looking forward to as you travel to your new destination? Some of the questions that have bubbled up for me as I pause have been:

· What has caused you pause during the current situation?

· In the swirling have you been searching for an anchor?

· What type of creativity has been most inspiring?

· Have you found a new “view”?

· What has been missed that somehow had been assumed would always be there?

My hope for you is that you find your way as you ride this rollercoaster of unknowns. That you take time to feel whatever you are feeling and to land softly in an exciting, new place full of opportunity and new beginnings. I wish you good health and happiness, we will get through this together.

Take Care,

Deb Johnson

ICF MN Chapter President



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ICF Minnesota would like to invite you to our
Using Coaching to Build Communities Across Diverse Lines Speaker Event!

 Register Here

Shawn Moore | CPCC | Ethnicity, Diversity & Inclusivity Coach (EDI) ~ We are truly living in a global context that continues to challenge us right before our eyes.  How do we engage in difference without harming others or even losing ourselves in the process?

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
            6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:  Virtually - Zoom

CEU's: 1.5 Core Competency and .5 Resource Development
ICF MN Members who have paid the annual fee: free
ICF Global & MN Members (who have not paid annual fee) and non-members: $40.00
We look forward to seeing you there Virtually!!

Register Here for Upcoming Events!!

Curiosity Corner

We want to hear from you!
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Answer the following question:
How do you find a place of calm?
Post your response on our Facebook page or send an email to
We will share your answer at the ICF Minnesota event.

Chapter News

Meet our new members in April!!

Patricia Sauer
Vanessa Tennyson

Board Position Openings

Professional Development and Outreach Board opportunities!

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:

Professional Development Board Member
  • This position focuses on events for the chapter which include Speaker Events, Coaching Connections and Webinars.  It also includes venue selections and management as point of contact.
Outreach Board Member
  • This position focuses on creating opportunities to serve our community through coaching, outreach, alliances and partnerships.
If you are interested please contact Deb Johnson at

We want to hear from you. Our professional development team is already busy planning for 2021 so we can provide high quality programming to you. Let us know what kinds of topics and programs you would like to see in 2021 by emailing

Calling for a Grant Writer!
The Mirror Team, which is focusing on diversity and inclusivity in coaches and coaching within ICF MN, is looking for a volunteer with grant writing experience to help with a grant we are considering for ICF MN.  We would greatly appreciate your help! Please contact Trish Perry at or Shawn Moore at if you are willing to help us with this important project. 

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In Memory of Phillip Sandahl,1948 - 2020
Co-Founder of Minnesota Coaches Association 

When I think back to receiving my first “coaching letters” through the Coaches Training Institute, I am reminded of meeting Phil Sandahl. He was one step ahead of me. He too traveled the path of changing his career to become a Co-Active Coach in the mid-1990s. This is how we met.

We were both drawn into this newly developing profession. We both wanted to be in community with others who felt the draw. So we started collecting names and sending out invitations to “coaches in training” to come together. I had an interesting Office Space to offer and Phil had the willingness to collect and form the first unofficial MN Directory which he simply referred to as “the list” so he became the “keeper of the list”.  Read more...


2020 ICF Minnesota Chapter Prism Award

The ICF Minnesota Chapter Prism Award honors businesses and organizations with coaching programs that:

  • Fulfill rigorous professional standards
  • Address key strategic goals
  • Shape organizational culture
  • Yield discernible and measurable positive impacts
ICF Minnesota will accept nominations for the 2020 Minnesota Chapter Prism Award between April 1, and May 30, 2020.  The Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 29, at the Metropolitan Ballroom, as part of the Annual Celebration of Excellence and Service in Coaching.  Registration and additional details on this event can be found here.

If you know an organization in Minnesota with an outstanding coaching initiative, please encourage them to apply for the ICF Minnesota Chapter 2020 Prism Award by completing the Prism Nomination Form.

The nomination form is available from Judy Zimmer.

All nominations must be sent by May 30 to:, ICF MN Outreach Chair

Gaston Nomination

Gaston Award Nomination Opportunity!

What is the Gaston Award?

An Annual Award recognizing a coach who exhibits distinguished service to the coaching profession and the ICF MN chapter. The Gaston Award has been given to a distinguished coach every year since 2006. The award is in honor of Elaine Gaston, one of our founding members and our first Gaston Award winner!

What is the deadline for nominations? July 1, 2020

How do I nominate someone? 

Covid-19 Corner

 An Update on COVID-19 and Supporting Clients in a Time of Crisis
ICF is committed to providing our Members and Credential-holders with the support
and most current resources you need to care for yourself and  meet the needs
of your clients during this tumultuous period.

We’ve created a COVID-19 landing page for the ICF community at

Please visit this page for updates from organizations including the Visit the Resource Page.

ICF Global has established a resource page that provides several areas of support that include:

- World Health Organization updates

- Wellness and hygiene information

- Ideas for your own coaching practice

- Resources for supporting your clients

- Professional Development tools and videos

- Zoom support information

- Virtual event information

A Sanskrit song of Peace and Goodness

  • A member of ICF MN and a member of the Mirror Team, Seetha Muthiah sang this blessing at one of our meetings and we wanted to share it with our entire membership during this unprecedented time.
  • In this video, you will see Seetha Muthiah and her beautiful children singing the song for all of us.  For more to read about the meaning of the song and watch the video clip click here... A Sanskrit song of Peace and Goodness

CovidConnector 2020


Meet the coach

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Paul Boehnke

1. What brought you to coaching?
Before becoming a life coach, I spent many years as a classical musician. During that time I learned performers’ tricks to train my brain to think what I needed it to think when I needed it to think it. And when I turned those same skills to taming the negative thoughts of my inner critic voice, I realized he had the power to not only transform my own life, but the lives of others as well. Coaching became the obvious path to bring together my musical past with my desire to spread conscious choice and transformation to others.

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

I have clients of all ages and backgrounds. The one thing that they have in common is a desire to free themselves of the negative self talk. I and a colleague also host a monthly meetup on the Law of Attraction. We dig into these ideas with great depth and from many different perspectives. The Law of Attraction is something I bring into my coaching, either quietly or more obviously, depending on the client. My clients find its ideas so liberating and transformative.

3. What do you love about your coaching work?

Honestly, the think I love most is that I get to spend so much time being present with myself and my own growth while I’m doing the same for others. This helps us both.

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

I, of course, appreciate the continuing ed. through ICF. But I also continue to study the work of other coaches and spiritual leaders (Tony Robbins, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Michael Bernard Beckwith, etc.). I also work as an assistant trainer for iPEC Coaching, one of the premier programs in the country and now world. My constant re-immersion in the training deepens and solidifies everything I learned during my own training.

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

ICF-MN has been great at helping me meet other coaches in the area and with the continuing ed. I appreciate the supportive atmosphere and collaboration I’ve seen.

6. How can folks connect with you? The best way to contact me is via email ( or through the contact page of my website,

Creative Exchange

Zoom  Exchange
Please join us as we share, create, explore
and laugh during the current situation.
Click here for the Zoom link!

ICF Global

New Digital Badges Launching for ICF Credential-holders!

Since awarding the first-ever ICF Credentials in 1998, ICF has been committed to acknowledging the professional achievements of coach practitioners and to supporting their success by offering globally recognized, validated credentials. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges across the globe, and we know that coaching is now more important than ever. For individuals seeking the support of a coach during these challenging times, being able to distinguish a skilled, professional coach is critical.

Even in these times, ICF is committed to holding and maintaining our high standards for coach credentialing. You may have seen some of your peers displaying their ICF Credential with a new digital badge on social media, in email signatures and on their website. ICF will soon offer all ICF Credential-holders with a new, easier-than-ever way to verify that they meet the global Gold Standard as an ICF Credentialed Coach through digital badges at the Associate Certified Coach, Professional Certified Coach and Master Certified Coach levels. We are pleased to provide this new service to ICF Credential-holders through our official digital credential provider, Credly’s Acclaim platform.

Beginning April 27, individuals with an active ICF Credential will receive an email from informing them that they have a new badge to accept. There is no fee for this service and acceptance is totally up to the Credential-holder.

Extra Coaching Resources

“Did You Know”

 Coaching World Digest

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

Coaching World is a dynamic online resource for the coaching community. 

We would love to hear from our members.
 If you have something for the Catalyst.
Send an email to:
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ICF Minnesota
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5500 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis,  MN  55419-1930
United States of America