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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 September 2014 President's Message

November 2014 Program

What: Discovering what organizations need: A Conversation with John Sarvay
When: Friday, November 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Who: John Sarvay
Where: Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
How much: $25 for members; $40 for guests
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John Sarvay is the founder of Floricane Consulting, a Richmond organizational change and strategy group he formed about five years ago. John will share his journey of connecting with local organizations to determine the issues they are facing and how he created services to help them find solutions. He is seeing a shift in the demand for coaching as an element of his organizational change and strategy work. As a result, John has increasingly included coaching in proposals to his clients. The meeting will be in an interview format with ample time for questions from attendees.

Attendees will come away with more clarity about how some local organizations are leveraging coaching, how coaching serves to complement other development initiatives, and John’s perspective on how the marketplace for coaching in Richmond has evolved over the last five years.

Attendees will receive 1 Resource CCEU for the program.

About the presenter:
John Sarvay has more than two decades of experience in leadership and team development, facilitation and strategic planning, and communications. He has worked in academia and for Fortune 500 corporations. He founded Floricane in 2008 after a decade of leadership development, facilitation and strategic communication work for Richmond-based Luck Companies.

John is a profound storyteller and likes to work with clients to draw out their unique narratives. He and his wife spend their spare time with a newborn and chasing their six-year-old around their Northside neighborhood – and the rest of Richmond. 
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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.

September 2014 President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Fall - a beautiful Season of Change and Reflection. I've always found it intriguing to observe how people react to change: from the early innovators who embrace change to the steady folks who like to keep things the way they've always been, and, all points in between. There is no right or wrong way to deal with change, other than to understand that change properly managed eventually leads to growth.

ICF GR is facing several changes in the upcoming months, and the ICFGR board members are working diligently to manage these changes in a way that will lead to growth for all; in our chapter, as well as - in our businesses. Below are some of the imminent changes:
  • ICF GR will begin 2015 with a newly elected Board of Directors. The board is currently seeking interested candidates for the 2015 Slate of Officers to serve ICF GR and will publish the proposed slate following the October board meeting.
  • ICF Global has initiated changes to the CMER (Chapter Member Eligibility Requirements). As of 1 January 2015, members of ICF GR will be required to be members of ICF Global. To be eligible for ICF Global membership, a coach must have at least 60 hours of ICF-Accredited Coach Training hours and/or be enrolled in an ICF-Accredited Coach Training Program.

If coaches who do not meet the ICF Global eligibility requirements, or do not wish to join ICF Global, ICF GR offers an affiliate status. For 2015, affiliate status is $75/year and each monthly luncheon program is $25. Affiliate status excludes voting on chapter activities and eligibility to serve as an officer on the Board; however, it does include serving on chapter committees. The Find-A-Coach enrollment program is not included in the affiliate status. The affiliate status is designed to allow coaches to continue to benefit from the networking and educational benefits offered by ICFGR.

  • ICF GR is working on a Regional Strategy to better serve coaches throughout Virginia. Requests to participate in a Town Forum were emailed to members and we had several people contribute their ideas and opinions. A second Town Forum is scheduled for 12:00 noon on October 7, 2014, for those unable to participate in September to share their feedback on the proposed Regional Strategy concept. Several people have already volunteered to work on the Regional Strategy committee and will begin development strategies in the next few weeks. I invite you to contact me:, for your ideas or thoughts about the Regional Strategy concept.
Our ICF GR chapter continues to grow in numbers and impact. I am delighted each month to see the dedicated coaches who participate in the programs offered by ICF GR. We each have something unique to offer to our chapter and to our profession. Together, we will continue to enhance our impact on Virginia!

Kathy Harman, MCC
President, ICFGR



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