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Welcome to ICFGR!

We are a small but mighty charter chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) whose coaches embody the creativity and energy found in our host city of Richmond, Virginia. Our mission is to be a dynamic ICF chapter known for promoting the coaching profession through increasing awareness, sharing knowledge and expertise, and empowering others to reach their full potential.

Our primary goals for 2014 are to:
- Promote coaching in Virginia
- Educate our members and support them in developing their coaching business.
- Engage members to fully support our profession and chapter

I invite you to browse our site to learn more about who we are and how we support coaches and their clients. Take a look at our upcoming events detailed below, or check out our Event Calendar to see what’s going on. We always welcome new members and guests at our monthly meetings, where you will meet the friendliest coaches in the country!

If you are looking for a coach, take a look at our
About Us section to learn more about selecting a coach. Then use our Find-a-Coach feature to locate a Richmond area coach who is just right for you. If you’re a coach, we have many resources to support you and your business. If you’re interested in becoming a coach, come talk to seasoned coaches to learn more about the profession and how to start your journey.

Join us today to become part of our friendly, open and supportive network of coaches!

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Kathy Harman, MCC, CCM

2014 ICFGR President

Click Here to read the November 2014 President's Message

Competent to the Core: Mastering the ICF Core Competencies

ICFGR is pleased to offer this monthly series of Teleclasses hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter of ICF throughout 2015. The goal of this series is to raise your awareness of the practical benefits of actively weaving the core competencies into each and every client meeting. A unique coaching model will be presented that clearly demonstrates the ease with which all the core competencies can effortlessly flow throughout every coaching conversation. You'll learn to incorporate best practices so that you can be the masterful coach you want to be. You can register for all 11 classes or attend individual classes scheduled for the first Monday of each month except August (no class) and September (second Monday). The cost in only $25 per class! Find out more about the topics and the presenter, Lynn Meinke, PCC.

Register now for January 5 class: Core Competency #1: Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards.

EQi Certification Opportunity for ICF Coaches Only

Attention ICFGR Member Coaches. If you are interested in adding one of the most highly regarded emotional intelligence assessments to your toolbox, you have a very exclusive opportunity for certification. OKA Principal Consultant and Master Trainer Hile Rutledge will offer a three-day certification training course especially designed to enable coaches to use the highly relevant EQi instrument with their clients. The course, regularly offered for $2000, will be $1300, discounted by 35%. Only members of ICF will be eligible to take the course.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015--Saturday January 10, 2015

Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

City: Fairfax, Virginia

Location: OKA training facility on Chain Bridge Road

CCEUs: 14

When this course was offered last January, every spot was taken, and some coaches had to be turned away. ICF DC Metro’s Professional Development Director Jane Kerschner said that “people who participated in the program were elated with the experience. They deeply appreciated that it was affordable and just for coaches.” The course is distinct from OKA’s other certification courses in its focus on applying the EQi instrument in a coaching context using experiential learning. A detailed tutorial is offered as pre-work so that the face-to-face time is focused on application and group insights.

Please visit the ICF Coaches-Only EQi Certification Course page to register, get contact information and find out more about the course. Register Today!

Want to see Hile Rutledge in action? Check out this 9-minute snippet from an EQi certification course to view one experiential learning exercise.


Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Luck Companies, 515 Stone Mill Drive, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103 
Register Now

Let’s break from our standard program and enjoy each other’s company after the holiday rush. As meeting attendees know, the chit chat and catching up goes on long after the presenter has wrapped, and we still get feedback that there isn’t enough time to socialize. So, here’s your opportunity! We welcome members and friends at Luck Companies in Manakin-Sabot for camaraderie, beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres to kick off the new year just right. Your new 2015 board looks forward to seeing you there.
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Introduction to Presence-based coaching

Tele-seminar: Introduction to Presence-based coaching
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7p.m. -8.30 p.m. ET
Doug Silsbee, PCC
$20.00 for members; $30.00 non-member
Please register by January 7, 2015.

CCEUs: 1.5 Core Competencies

ICFGR is pleased to offer this Teleclass hosted by the Ottawa Chapter of ICF. Doug Silsbee will discuss the value of presence as an ICF core competency. Presence is also at the very core of resilience and a meta-competency for clients that supports every other coaching outcome. Since presence is central to seeing and acting on new choices, evoking presence in our clients is essential to delivering on their behavioural and business outcomes.

Presence-Based Coaching is a cutting edge approach, responding to these central questions: How do we maintain and extend our presence? How do we evoke presence in others? And, what is the relevance of presence to sustainable change? Finding out how to incorporate presence into your coaching will help you to deliver the best possible coaching outcomes for your clients. Join us for this lively 90 minute session, learn immediate practices that you can apply, and extrapolate principles from a live coaching demonstration to your own work.


November 2014 President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Thanksgiving season: a time when we express our gratitude for being part of the warmth and sharing of ICF Greater Richmond. I am equally grateful for being a part of a larger global organization that supports and nurtures the profession of coaching. “We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live them”.

We are all involved in a career that will make a profound impact with individuals and organizations, as well as, the rare ability to make a concrete and visible difference in the world. We are truly fortunate to have the support and shared passion of our colleagues in our career journey.

The ICFGR board is working on developing an outreach program to help support our members in building and promoting a sustainable business model. We need your help! We will be sending out a survey next week to get your perspective on what you would like to experience in our chapter going forward. Meanwhile, here are some ideas we can all use to increase our coaching visibility:
  • Utilize Social Media: Tweet and blog about key coaching concepts, re-post coaching blogs and comment on those you support. Search for interesting coaching articles online and add your comments. LinkedIn now offers the ability to post blogs, and it’s easy to do.
  • Employ your networks: Talk about coaching at networking events. This is such a powerful way to educate people on the value and benefits of coaching. Change your delivery from a ‘sell’ to an ‘educate’.
  • Present your ideas: There are so many organizations in the greater Richmond area that are looking for event speakers. Reference ICFGR and ICF Global for materials to use in your presentations. Remember: You have expertise in a profession that is not widely understood. Establish yourself as an expert in the field.
If you are an ICF Global member, take advantage of the benefits available to you! There is great research available, as well as the Coaching World magazine and extraordinary white papers. Use your membership wisely! Here is an example of what’s out there.
Reminder Notice: December ICFGR program will be held on December 5th. We are offering a Coaching Practicum with an opportunity for you to coach in small groups and receive valuable feedback from our more experienced coaches. This program will you improve your coaching skills in a safe and friendly environment! If you are feeling a bit hesitant about coaching in front of others, think of this as an opportunity to learn. Every assessment you get and those you give are gifts that enable you to increase your skill. Yet another thing to be grateful for!

As always, please contact me with questions, ideas and suggestions for our chapter. I appreciate hearing from you and love what we are building together!


Kathy Harman, MCC
President, ICFGR



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