Call for Presenters


2018 Theme: Creating Community through
Conversation and Collaboration

ICF-MD Chapter, Professional Development Committee (PDC) seeks to identify programs and speakers for the 2018 calendar year. The Professional Development programs are held quarterly and will be a mix of in-person presentations and webinars. Sessions are typically 1.5 – 2 hours in length. The theme for 2018 is Creating Community through Conversation and Collaboration. We are particularly interested in presentations focused on Systems Thinking, Critical Conversations, Polarities and Team/Group Coaching, but other topics will be entertained.   

Topics that advance the coaching profession and enhance the capabilities of Chapter members are preferred and should incorporate relevant aspects of the ICF definition of coaching, the ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics. Presenters are expected to incorporate various learning styles, including interactive and experiential learning.


ICF-MD Chapter Professional Development sessions will be held on the 3rd Thursday of February, May, September, and October in 2018. These sessions are 1.5 -2 hours in length. Proposals for in-person presentations and webinars will be accepted. Each presenter will provide a listing of topic resources and handouts as well as identifying activities to help reinforce application of the concepts and tools learned.


In addition to the Professional Development programs, the Professional Development Committee is seeking to identify programs and speakers for the Business Development Series sponsored by the chapter. Business Development topics will include areas that assist coaches in developing and nurturing their businesses. The Business Development Series is usually held on the second Friday of each month at the UMBC Training Center in Columbia from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., although we are exploring the options of providing some events by webinar.


Additionally, the Professional Development Committee is seeking to identify programs and speakers for the monthly Conflict Management Community of Practice. Topics will promote coaching opportunities to resolve conflict and mitigate the impact of conflict. The Conflict Management Community of Practice is conducted by webinar on the last Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. ET.

Honoraria and Expenses:

ICF-MD Chapter is a non-profit organization that does not supply honoraria to speakers or cover any travel expenses. If selected, presenters are responsible for their own program content, expenses (such as travel) associated with the speaking engagement and applicable handouts. ICF-MD will coordinate with presenters for agreed upon audio-visual equipment.

Selection Process & Notifications:

The PDC will review proposals and contact those whom they wish to schedule.  We will also notify those who are not selected for the upcoming year. Because we are working to balance the topics and presenters based on members’ interests, it is not always possible to schedule everyone who submits a proposal. 

Selection Criteria:  

  1. Proposal completed in full detail and submitted on time to ICF-MD Chapter.
  2. ICF Core Competencies addressed are identified as part of the proposal.
  3. Preference given to:
    1. Support ICF-MD Chapter annual theme.
    2. Programs previously approved for ICF CCEUs.
    3. Engaging programs.
    4. Potential to attract diversity of audience.
  1. Committee decisions will be based on general interests of Chapter members.

Please Click Here to Complete Our Presentation Proposal Form

Please complete our form by September 1, 2017.