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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. //

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Date: 1/1/2021
Subject: Jan Catalyst 2021
From: ICF Minnesota

January 2021

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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Welcome to 2021!

I planned to jump right into talking about 2021; however, it seems impossible to start this year without reflecting on 2020. It was quite unique, wasn’t it? A tiny virus completely upended the world as we knew it, forced us into uncomfortable places, and caused us to grow in unexpected ways. Everyone got a course in Advanced Life 501. For example, who knew I could become so proficient at using Zoom? I am grateful for this ICF Minnesota community and how it supported the coaching profession during 2020. As a group, we responded quickly and continued to provide high-quality programming along with a supportive community. We had groups like the Creative Exchange who met daily for several weeks, the in-person events turned into virtual Zoom events, and the Diversity and Inclusion book club which was born to name a few. I appreciate the flexibility and support each of you demonstrated.

It is exciting to think about 2021. We can take our learnings from 2020 and apply them as we move forward. We can look forward to great programming along with the hope of meeting in person later this year! We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated through the Catalyst, our website, and meeting announcements.

Although the skies have been dreary and overcast lately, I have been thinking about a song, “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. The song is energetic and joyfully talks about the return of the sun after the rain. It always lifts my spirits. Similarly, when I remind myself of the clear, brilliant blue sky always above me, even if obscured by clouds, it makes me smile. It has been my way of approaching things with a positive mindset. “Mr. Blue Sky” runs through my head when I think of ICF Minnesota. Our future looks bright because of each of you. I look forward to serving you and working with you in this upcoming year.

Happy New Year!
Cheryl L G Hegland
President ICF Minnesota Chapter


ICF Minnesota would like to invite you to our
Virtual Coaching Connection Event

Register Here!

DATE: Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


This will be an excellent opportunity to connect with other professional coaches from different specialty areas to share ideas and experiences that can help expand your coaching practices. This will not be your “typical” networking event. You will have an opportunity to interact in a unique way through our creative “soft structure”. You won’t want to miss this exciting event.

ICF MN Members who have paid the annual fee: Free
ICF Global & MN Members (who have not paid annual fee) and non-members: Free

We look forward to seeing you there Virtually!!

Chapter News

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December 2020 - New Members!
Carol Chamberlain
Debra Enloe
Heidi Fitzgerald
Jermaine Davis
June Noronha
Kathleen Del Monte
Nirav Sheth

Congratulations to our ICF MN members for receiving their ACC/PCC accreditation in 2020!

Dawn Alitz
Monica Anderson
Pari Becker
Brian Bernard
LesLee Bickford
Kathleen Browning
Susan Burbank
Delphine Castanet
Caroline Cochran
Marcella De La Torre
Mary Kay Delvo
Sylia DeMott
Heather Digolo (Stewart)
Grant Ecker
Audrey Elegbede
Greg Ellis
Tracy Foley
Ann Houser
Stephanie Jacobs
David Krull
Gina Lokken
Amy Madsen
Kimberly Meek
Brenda Nelson
Lynne Penke-Valdes
Jaclyn Peterson
Janet Polach
Maureen Rehfuss
Brittany Schmaling
Sarah Seidelmann
Jill Steinhaus
Tiffanee Swanson
Vanessa Tennyson
Rachel Thoe
Anastasia Tripolskaya
Pamela Twiss
Jeffery Werthmann
James Willenbring
Jan Williams
Mary Zahorsky

Tony Joseph
Becky Dale
Pamela Davies
Keith Edwards
Suz Feely
Tonya Hampton
Lance Hazzard
Deborah Herrera
Holly Margl
Daniel Mattson
Vivian Rank
Kara Schommer
Shannon Schottler

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ICF MN Coaching Diversity Program and Grant- HOW CAN I HELP?

As you may already know, ICF MN has created a Coaching Diversity Program to develop 10 ICF credentialed coaches of color. This is the first program of its kind. We will be writing a grant to fund the majority of the program. Here is how you can help!

Donations: The cost of this program will be $85,000. It is more likely that we will receive a grant if we already have some financial support. ICF MN is giving a grant of $5,000, we are asking ICF Global to support us as well. We have currently received $35,000.00 in donations from around the U.S. Read more...

Curiosity Corner

We want to hear from you!
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Answer the following question:
What is your word for 2021?
Post your response on our Facebook page or send an email to

Meet the Coach

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Meet Nirav Sheth 


1. What brought you to coaching?

A strong desire to help people live happier and more fulfilling lives. After a 25-year career as an Executive in the Healthcare industry, I wanted to switch my career in a way that directly impacts people in a positive way. I have been volunteering as a Meditation Instructor for over 10 years, and coaching naturally emerged as a wonderful way to fulfill my higher calling of serving people and helping them live more peaceful and happier lives.
2. Tell us about your coaching practice. (Niche, ideal client, etc.)
I am a Life Coach specializing in mental fitness and life planning, which leads to increased happiness and fulfillment in the lives of my clients. My coaching and consulting firm is Stratosphere, LLC (

I offer a 6-week Mental Fitness Program that has been demonstrated by research at Stanford to improve happiness, relationships and performance. Read more...

Coaching Resources

University of St. Thomas Update:

-The annual coaching conference will not be held this year however, will hold an Executive Coaching Summit in 2021.
-Announcing the recent creation of a nonprofit organization, the  Center for Coaching in Organizations (CCO). For more information about the virtual summit and coaching programs visit the CCO site or email:

“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.

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