April 2018

Message From The President

Mary Ellen Waltemire, PCCMary Ellen Waltemire, PCC

Think of a time when you’ve felt energized, inspired and grateful…that’s a great combination right?

That’s how I’m feeling after just returning from the 2018 ICF Global Leaders Forum in Vancouver – energized by the networking and connections made with other coaches, inspired by the difference ICF Chapters are making around the world and grateful for YOU the passionate and talented members of our Maryland Chapter.

This engaging leadership development forum included representatives from over 169 ICF Chapters from 70 different countries. Time spent at the forum centered around four conversations that include:

  • Membership is key to a successful Chapter. This discussion shared ways we might engage and involve more members in the programs and events of our local Chapter. I’m wondering how YOU might want to be involved?

  • Credentialing is an important part of our coach industry. This conversation focused on changes to this process that ensure continued excellence in our profession. What answers and support do you need as you consider the ICF credentialing process?

  • Financial Stability is a sign of a healthy Chapter. This conversation provided guidance on best practices relative to our non-profit Chapter. What ideas do you have for new sponsors and/or advertisers to support upcoming events and services for members?

  • Leadership of the Chapter was the focus of the final conversation. It was fun to re-connect with former ICF Maryland Chapter member Denice Hinden who facilitated a discussion around Board & Chapter leadership strategies. What do you want our Board leadership to consider this year? 

As I visited with other Chapter leaders, it occurred to me that we have one of the best Chapters in the world because of our collective commitment to excellence in all that we do. I also believe that you are a leader and as such can contribute much to our continued success. I recognize that we all have choices of ways to use our time, energy and talents. I ask you to consider giving just a bit of YOU this year to our ICF Maryland Chapter. There are lots of opportunities to…

Share your ideas

     What do you want to get from your chapter membership?

     Who do you know that might want to be a sponsor of a Chapter event?

     What organization might benefit from being a partner with us?

Share your time

    What special task or project might you want to help with?

    What Chapter committee might benefit from your ideas?

Share your expertise

    What excites you?  

    How would you be willing to share your passion, skills, and experiences with our Chapter?

Please let us hear from you…feel free to connect with me or any of our Board Members to find out more about ways to get involved, even just a bit this year. When you chose to give a little, I can promise you a warm welcome, a friendly connection, and feeling of gratitude for being involved in an organization making a difference!

Yours in leadership, 

Mary Ellen
ICF-Maryland Chapter President

AND make a note…the next Conversation with the President will be held on Wednesday morning, June 20th from 8:00-9:15 a.m. via zoom. I hope to see many of you there!

Back to top

How to Help Your Clients Make Real Change in Real Time

ZOOM or Call In Webinar

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 |  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CCEUs in Core Competency

$30 Members | $40 Non-Members

This webinar offers the latest insights to Dr. David Drake’s groundbreaking research and experience:

  • The essentials of his latest work on attachment theory and its links to adult development

  • The tools you need to help your clients break through without the need for goals

  • Key insights on the future of coaching and what it means for you

  • A case study on what real change in real time looks like for clients

Dr. David DrakeAbout our Presenter: With deep expertise in both human and organization development, Dr. David Drake, CEO, and Founder of the Moment Institute has spent over twenty-five years working in the change and coaching space with over 70 organizations. David has taught over 15,000 leaders, managers and practitioners around the world how to coach using people’s stories. He is a Thought Leader for the Institute of Coaching at Harvard and continues to be at the forefront of coaching’s evolution. He is the author of over 50 publications on coaching as an evidence-based practice, including the new edition of his book, Narrative Coaching: The Definitive Guide to Bringing New Stories to Life.


Back to top

Q&A from March 13th Event

Core Strength:  Take Your Coaching to the Next Level

Click Here to View Questions & Answer

If you want to learn even more about ways to enhance your core strength, attend the Core Strength: Core Competency Webinar Series!!!

Back to top

Core Strength: Core Competency Webinar Series

April 17, May 1, and May 15, 2018 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Zoom Webinar or Call In 

April 17: Defining and Aligning with Your Client’s Agenda 
May 1: Leveraging Your Coaching Skills for Learning, Growth, and New Results
May 15: Creating a Trusting Relationship for Coaching
(Participants who signed up for the canceled April 3rd offering of this webinar
have been automatically registered for the May 15th event.
Contact if you would like to handle it differently.)

Individual Webinars

$100 – ICF Maryland and Global Members
$125 – Non-Members 

1.5 CCEUs – Attend Webinar
1.5 CCEUs – Complete Post-Webinar Assignments

REGISTER NOW! – April 17th Session

REGISTER NOW! – May 1st Session

REGISTER NOW! – May 15th Session or All 3 Sessions

April 17: Defining and Aligning with Your Client’s Agenda

What differentiates coaching from other disciplines? The answer lies, in part, in how coaches use the skills of Active Listening, Powerful Questioning, and Direct Communication. The practice of these skills in coaching is different than consulting, teaching, counseling, and our everyday interactions with friends and colleagues. Supported by the foundation of a trusting relationship, we listen intently to the client, we ask questions that expand their thinking into new perspectives and possibilities, and we share our observations and experiences as input to their process, not as the answer to the problems.

This workshop is your opportunity to deepen your understanding of how to apply these coaching skills and take an honest look at your own listening, questioning and communicating. We’ll explore how these skills are supported by the trusting relationship we have with the client and serve the client’s work to create the life they desire. Through sharing and discussion of the challenges we face, we’ll find pathways to return your coaching to these fundamental coaching skills.

May 1: Leveraging Your Coaching Skills for Learning, Growth, and New Results

It’s easy to stray from the purpose of coaching after you and the client have spent some time together. When coaching sessions become opportunities for clients to share what’s happened in the last week, complain at length about the status quo or explain how other people are causing their problems, you’ve likely drifted away from the coaching competencies that define why client’s hire us and what’s necessary for them to make progress towards their goals.

This workshop is your opportunity to revisit the “purpose” in the “purposeful conversations” we promise our clients. These core strengths include defining the agenda, intentions or goals of the coaching engagement and each conversation, searching for the new awareness that opens new options, and defining the action steps and success factors for the client to make changes in their life. We’ll explore how these competencies set the framework for all of the coaching competencies to work together to support the client to create the life they desire.

May 15: Creating a Trusting Relationship for Coaching

The magic of coaching begins with the relationship we create with our client. Strong mutual trust and trust in the coaching process create a safe space for clients to honestly share their hopes and dreams, fears and frustrations. When we accept the client as they are every time we meet, and treat them as a partner, the opportunity opens to work together to create the results the client desires.

This workshop is your opportunity to learn about the core strengths that create this magical relationship. Learn about the three types of trust - coach trusting the client, client trusting the coach, coach and client trusting the coaching process. Learn how creating trust and intimacy and coaching presence support the rest of the coaching competencies. This workshop is an invitation to reflect on the quality of the relationships you have with your clients, and learn from Sue’s experience and the wisdom of other coaches how you can strengthen this core of your coaching.

Sue McLeodAbout our Presenter

Sue McLeod has over 10 years of experience as an executive coach, coach instructor, mentor coach and assessor. She holds a PCC from the International Coach Federation and CPCC from the Coaches Training Institute. Sue is a faculty member for Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program and is a PCC assessor for the ICF.

Back to top

The Gears of Selling

Presented by Jim Wiederhold 

May 18, 2018 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am 

The UMBC Training Center
6996 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD  21046
(Check the Front Desk for the Suite Number)

Coaches need successful strategies to develop business. Jim will share his experience in generating sales through a relationship-driven approach. This approach involves building trust and relationships with potential clients.

Jim WiederholdJim Wiederhold, President of Wiederhold & Associates, has over 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

For the past 25 years, Jim has assisted over 1,500 VP, SR VP and C level executives successfully transition to the next level with enhanced skills and behaviors. Working with so many executives over this span of years has afforded Jim the unique insight into how the industry has evolved and changed and how executives need to adapt in order to continue their success. That experience, coupled with his experience in a broad spectrum of industries, including banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing, has helped Jim build a successful company.

Jim has a B.A. in Economics from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and has done graduate work at Adelphia University. He has authored numerous articles on transition and has industry experience in finance, operations, management, sales, and corporate recruiting. Jim is an avid biker, runner, and philanthropist. Jim believes that successful people are all in some level of transition all the time.


Back to top

Coaches Giving Back to the Community

ICF-MD is preparing for International Coaching Week (ICW), which takes place May 7-13, 2018. During this weeklong celebration, ICF Chapters and coaches around the world engage in and celebrate pro-bono coaching services in their local communities.

This year, to celebrate International Coaching Week, ICF-MD’s Outreach Team is pleased to invite chapter members to join us in supporting Turnaround Tuesday (TAT), a jobs movement of BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development). TAT prepares “returning” and unemployed citizens to reenter the workforce and helps shift the hiring culture in Baltimore.

Take Part in this Unique Outreach Experience!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

~ Margaret Mead ~

Give back to the community while gaining coaching experience and hours! Join other amazing chapter volunteers as we provide limited (up to 5 hours), one-on-one coaching to TAT (Turn Around Tuesday) leaders, participants, and graduates. Experience first-hand how coaching transforms lives – ours as well as those we serve. Opportunities are available now. Contact Janet Ladd, Outreach Chairperson, at to learn more.

Watch this 5-minute video to see how ICF-MD Outreach
is using coaching to help rebuild communities!

Back to top

Articles from ICF Headquarters

Back to top

ICF Midwest Region Coaches Conference

June 21-23, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

Back to top

Upcoming Events

Core Strength Webinar #2: Defining and Aligning with Your Client’s Agenda
Presenter Sue McLeod, PCC

Tuesday, April 17th – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Zoom Webinar or Call-In
1.5 CCEUs in Core Competency

How to Help Your Clients Make Real Change in Real Time
Presenter Dr. David Drake

Wednesday, April 18th – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar or Call-In
1.5 CCEUs in Core Competency

Core Strength Webinar #3: Leverage Your Coaching Skills for Learning, Growth, and New Results
Presenter Sue McLeod, PCC

Tuesday, May 1st – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Zoom Webinar or Call-In
1.5 CCEUs in Core Competency

Core Strength Webinar #1: Creating a Trusting Relationship for Coaching
Presenter Sue McLeod, PCC

Tuesday, May 15th – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Zoom Webinar or Call-In
1.5 CCEUs in Core Competency

The Gears of Selling
Presenter Jim Wiederhold

Friday, May 18th – 8:30 to 10:00 AM

The UMBC Training Center
1.5 CCEUs in Resource Competency

Back to top