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Welcome to International Coach Federation, Greater Richmond!

Our member coaches embody the creativity and energy found in our host city of Richmond, Virginia. ICFGR's mission is to be a dynamic chapter known for promoting the coaching profession through increasing awareness, sharing knowledge and expertise, and empowering others to reach their full potential.

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!

All the best,

Melissa M. Lubin, PhD, ACC
2015 ICFGR President

Click Here to read the February 2015 President's Message


ICFGR Sponsored Webinar

Do Your Clients Have Emotions, or Do Their Emotions Have Them? Coaching your clients to value and leverage their emotions

Thursday, February 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ann V. Deaton, PhD, PCC, The Bounce Collective
$20 for Members; $30 for Guests

CCEUs: 1.5 Core Competencies
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My first career was as a Clinical Psychologist specializing in health and neuropsychology. So when I was first learning coaching skills in 2000, more experienced coaches often shared with me their key distinctions between therapy and coaching. One piece of wisdom offered was one I’ll always remember: “Therapy is about emotions and coaching is about action.” Fast forward 15 years, and I notice that no one shares this emotion-action distinction any more; coaches understand that emotions are part of coaching, and key to our clients’ success. Yet coaches don’t always feel comfortable with their clients’ strong emotions, and don’t always know what to do with them.

Whether you call yourself a business or leadership coach, a personal coach, a career coach, a money coach, or something else entirely, you can expect that your clients will bring their emotions to your coaching sessions. How will you listen effectively to their emotions? What questions will you ask to grow your clients’ awareness around emotions? And how, as a coach, will you empower your clients to leverage the power of their emotions and minimize the downside, particularly of so-called “negative” emotions? This session is designed for coaches who want to develop their understanding of emotions (theirs and clients’) in the context of coaching, and experience some tools for enabling your clients to manage their emotions instead of being held back by them.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define emotions in a way that is useful with respect to coaching
  • Understand the myriad of emotions, and one way to distinguish among them
  • Identify the gifts and shadows of several frequently occurring emotions
  • Commit to playing with at least one coaching tool after the session to enable your clients to gain greater value from their experience of emotion
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Roanoke Region Meeting

If you’ll be in the Roanoke area on February 27, join their meeting titled "Collaging: A Coaching Tool to Create Awareness, Set Goals and Promote Accountability” offered by Sarah Beth Jones. This presentation will provide the coach with hands on experience in the process of the creation of a collage board as a tool to use assist the client in creating awareness, goal setting and accountability. Read More

Competent to the Core: Mastering the ICF Core Competencies

ICFGR is pleased to offer this monthly series of eleven 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 attend individual classes scheduled for the first Monday of each month except February (first Tuesday),August (no class) and September (second Monday). Find out more about the topics and the presenter, Lynn Meinke, PCC. Registration available for each Teleclass.

Register Now for March 2, 2015 Core Competency #3: Establishing Trust and Intimacy
7-8:15 PM
Thomas Leonard once said, “The relationship is much more important than the results!" So, establishing a trustworthy relationship is absolutely crucial in doing coaching. Read More

March 2015 Program

It Takes You to Tango for Coaches: The three (dance) steps from individual expert to expert partner
Friday, March 13, 2015
Networking 11:30-12:00
Lunch 12-12:30
Program 12:30-1:30
Tom Davidson, PCC and Ellen Davidson, RPh
Rigby's Jig, 5470 W Broad St (Willow Place located beside Car Pool at stoplight directly across from Libbie Place)
$25 for members; $40 for guests
Special Offer: Eleanor Robertson, Rigby's Jig, is offering a one hour free group dance lesson immediately following the program.
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Coaching Competencies:
  • Direct Communication
  • Creating Awareness
  • Designing Actions
  • Planning and Goal Setting
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify and articulate a memorable and portable three-part collaboration model that reflects our coaching competencies.
  2. Assess a collaboration relationship (coaching or otherwise) to determine what could be made even better and how.
  3. Apply the three-part collaboration model in their own practices as a way of helping their clients improve partnerships in work and life.
This unique program explores the heart of partnership through the art of dance, illuminating key principles of collaboration familiar to all coaches but in a whole new - and memorable - way. Partnership is at the heart of coaching, one individual collaborating with another to get different or better results. While partnership is also essential to good leadership, teamwork, project coordination and customer service, not all individual contributors make good collaborators, at least not without the right mindset and skill set to get things done with others.
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April 2015 Program

“What I Know Now (that I Wish I Knew Then)” Panel Discussion
Friday, April 10, 2015
Networking 11:30-12:00
Lunch 12-12:30
Program 12:30-1:30
Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
Registration Fee by April 6: $25 for members; $40 for guests
*Registration Fee after April 6: $30 for members; $45 for guests
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(*Our venue for chapter meetings, Westwood Club, is enforcing a surcharge for those participants that do not register 72 hours in advance. Although we will continue to accept last minute registrations, we will be charging a higher rate ($5) to cover the cost of that surcharge.)

  • Rick Albee, PCC, a seasoned career and executive coach who founded Hiller Avenue Partners, LLC, and provides career coaching as a part-time associate for Lee Hecht Harrison
  • Estelle Brodeur, ACC, a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach who’s coaching practice incorporates health, wellness, life and career
  • Alix Miller, PCC, a veteran educator and trainer who launched Avancer Coaching in 2004 to provide life, leadership and career coaching
  • Helena Nyman, MCC, who has attracted clients from more than 45 countries as the president of Nyman Consulting International and founder and president of the Executive Center of Excellence
Coaching Competency:
• Business Development and Marketing

“There are no regrets in life, just lessons.” – Jennifer Aniston, actor. Business development and marketing are at the forefront of most coaches’ minds, so who better to share valuable lessons than other successful coaches? This interactive panel – moderated by ICFGR Program Co-chair Marcelle Fowler – will take attendees’ questions and discuss business development concerns raised in the recent ICFGR member survey. Our panelists will draw upon their diverse paths, backgrounds and areas of expertise to offer practical views on what has worked for them – and may help you – as you contemplate your own path to growth in your coaching career. Read More
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February 2015 President's Message

Greetings Coaching Colleagues,

One of the things I love about being a Virginian is that we have the opportunity to experience the four seasons each year. While summer is my favorite time of year, I have learned to appreciate the stark contrast of winter. When the temperature dips into the 30's, I look forward to evenings by a roaring fire. When the trees become barren, I notice how earth's neutral backdrop becomes the perfect setting for a cardinal. When the snow starts falling, I pull on my boots and begin anticipating the enchantment of a snow day-no school! no work! And just like that, the realities of what a snow day means-digging out and rescheduling appointments-tempers my spirit. Through the flurry of it all, I ask myself-how truly resilient am I to what life has to offer?

If you joined us at our chapter meeting last week, you had the pleasure of learning more about the concept of resilience from Hile Rutledge, president of OKA in Fairfax, Va. Hile framed his discussion on resilience around five aspects of emotional intelligence: Self-Esteem, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Responsibility, Self-Regard and Optimism. He helped us become aware of our own level of resilience and learn strategies for adopting new behaviors to combat life's stressors. The session was powerful and enlightening-reminding us all that with just a slight shift in behavior, we can build resilience. If you weren't able to attend, remember that one of the benefits of membership is access to chapter meeting materials and handouts. Just go to our website:, click on the "members only" tab and then, "presentations/tools". I hope that you'll find these resources valuable in helping you build your own resilience.

Enjoy the best that our winter wonderland has to offer you!

Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech Richmond Center and
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers,
Newport News & Virginia Beach
Office: 804.662.7288
Mobile: 804.387.8377

February 2015 Program

Coaching Resilience
Friday, February 13, 2014
Networking 11:30-12:00
Lunch 12-12:30
Program 12:30-1:30
Hile Rutledge
Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
$25 for members; $40 for guests
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Coaching Competencies:
  • Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
  • Designing Actions
  • Planning and Goal Setting
  • Managing Progress and Accountability
  • Personal development of the Coach
  • Business Development and Marketing
Resilience is more than just endurance. True resilience is the ability to return to form or “bounce back.” The current demand and interest in the topic of resilience reflects the bombardment of stressors that so many people are feeling and the sharpness of their impact on our lives and work. Emotional Intelligence in general and the EQ-i tool in particular give us a terrific tool to build our resilience. People with effective EQ have greater resilience. Read More
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