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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 October 2014 President's Message

December 2014 Program

What: 2014 Coaching Practicum
When: Friday, *December 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (*date/time change)
Who: Demonstrations by Certified Member Coaches
Where: Luck Companies, 515 Stone Mill Drive, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
How much: $25 for members; $40 for guests
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One characteristic of a great coach is that whatever their skill level, they want to get better. When it’s just you and your client, there aren’t many opportunities to explore what just happened with fellow coaches. Wouldn’t it be great to hear from people you respect that you just hit one out of the park? Or maybe you’d like to know of alternate coaching moves that could be more effective in a specific situation.

ICFGR is proud to offer this opportunity to take your coaching level up a notch with the 2014 Coaching Practicum. It’s an opportunity to learn by doing. You’ll observe and debrief coaching demonstrations, coach a client and receive feedback from peers in the safety of a small group, and you’ll be coached. All three experiences can add to your repertoire, add to your confidence, and give you food for thought as you move forward in your practice.
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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.

October 2014 President's Message

Dear friends and colleagues,

As I enjoy the beginning of a wonderful autumn season starting with unusually warm October weather, I am reminded of the importance of being present to celebrate these times, as we are continually changing and transitioning. With that being said, I plan to thoroughly enjoy my last few months as President of ICFGR, taking full advantage of the wonderful upcoming programs and appreciating the company of the greatest and most dedicated coaches in the world!

To prepare for upcoming changes, we have developed a slate for the 2015 board. We will vote in November for the new board members. Please see Plum’s message below for the 2015 slate and details.

As a coaching community, we have many opportunities available to us in the next couple of months. I’m excited that John Sarvay will be joining us in November to elaborate on how local business is increasingly asking for coaches. As this is an area of particular interest to me, I am looking forward to learning some of his positive strategies regarding this topic.


Our ** December meeting will be held on 12/5, to allow ICFGR to host a very popular interactive program, including: coaching practice, coaching demos and coaching assessments. During this ½ day event, members have the opportunity to observe experienced coaches coach and to practice their own coaching skills in small groups, gaining valuable feedback on their coaching style. As coaches, we are dedicated to continuously improving our skills and with this invaluable opportunity we can gain techniques to sharpen our techniques, absorb new coaching proficiencies, and to learn through assessing others. Save the date & watch for more details!
  • Next year we will celebrate the ‘20th Anniversary’ of ICF Global! As a profession, coaching continues to endorse and demonstrate its value and benefit to our communities and businesses worldwide.
  • ICFGR will host the 2015 coaching conference, tentatively scheduled for June 2015. We are currently deciding on a theme, topic areas and speakers for the conference. We appreciate any suggestions you may have to contribute to our efforts.
As a reminder: 2015 ICF Global Membership changes in chapter membership requirements CMRE, as of April 1, 2015:

Membership of a local ICF Chapters requires membership of ICF Global. To qualify to be a member of ICF Global, a coach must have at least 60 hours of Coach-specific training, be enrolled in an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or be enrolled in a coaching course that offers Accredited Coach-Specific Training Hours. To comply with this ICF Global directive and to continue to serve as the hub of coaching in Virginia, ICFGR chapter will make the following membership changes as of April 1, 2015:

  • Members of ICF Global will continue to be counted as members of ICFGR, with no change in dues ($75/year), status, membership rates ($25 per monthly program), or benefits.
  • For coaches who do not meet the ICF Global Membership Eligibility Requirements, or do not wish to join ICF Global, ICFGR will offer an Affiliate Status. For the year 2015, Affiliate Status includes: membership dues ($75/year) and monthly luncheon programs ($25). Affiliate Status excludes voting on chapter activities and eligibility to serve on the Board; however, does include serving on chapter committees. The Find-A-Coach enrollment program is not included in the Affiliate Status.
Please note that there is no change in membership through the current membership renewal period. The membership changes will go into effect on April 1, 2015 and will be transparent and seamless.

We had a great response to our town forum calls regarding our future Regional Strategy proposal. Members are enthusiastic about welcoming coaches from all over Virginia to our chapter and extending ICFGR benefits to local chapters throughout VA. Our next step is to create a strategy that will offer attainable benchmarks to take us into 2015.

I look forward to seeing you at the November program! As always, please let me know if you have questions or comments.


Kathy Harman, MCC
President, ICFGR



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