February 2020

Message From The President

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2020: A New Decade of Coaching Impact

Welcome to February which includes a leap day on Saturday, the 29th. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so we are luckily in for an early Spring! During February we celebrate: President's Day, Valentine's Day, Black History month, American Heart month and Friendship month.

ICF MD is offering a professional development program, Weaving Positive Psychology Tools into Your Coaching, on March 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST presented by Rayna Schroeder, our current Past President. Please come join us for this impactful session.

On the ICF MD website you will notice an enhanced logo for our chapter to signify our 10 years of service to the Maryland coach’s community. You will also notice a new banner focused on our 10th year anniversary.

We will be offering an anniversary event in November focused on the impact of coaching in organizations with more details to come. Please be on the lookout for a survey inquiring about your coaching impact on local/regional organizations and your interest in presenting your findings. Please complete the survey so we can highlight you, local companies and the amazing work you are doing to help leaders and organizations innovate, grow and excel.

Thriving Coaches, Thriving Clients, a one-day retreat for coaches whose purpose is to help others help themselves. This inaugural Coach Retreat on April 24, 2020 is co-hosted by the International Coach Federation (ICF) Maryland Chapter and the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) held at MUIH. 

I would like to leave you with this thought: Words create worlds; conversation is at the heart of relationships and relationships are currency. 

I would love to hear from you; feel free to email me at [email protected]. Enjoy your month!


Lori Raggio
2020 ICF-Maryland Chapter President
[email protected]

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Weaving Positive Psychology Tools into Your Coaching

Presenter: Rayna Schroeder, M.S.,  PCC 

Bring Positivity into Your and Your Clients’ Lives!!!

$30 – ICF MD / Global Members
$40 – Non-members / Guests

Thursday, March 26, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Zoom Webinar

1.5 Core Competencies CEUs (Pending)

Learning Objectives:

Positive Psychology is foremost a way of looking at the world – of looking for what’s working. This workshop will share Positive Psychology concepts, trends, coaching tools, exercises and assessments that you can use with clients and with yourself. You’ll learn about:

  • Positive Psychology and how positive emotions aren’t just signals of well-being; they are creators of well-being.

  • The flourishing framework from renowned Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman.

  • The Positivity Ratio that can enable clients to go from languishing to thriving.

  • How to use strengths and strengths tools as a pathway to make life and work more engaging, energizing and meaningful.

  • And you’ll walk away with an assessment that identifies positive and negative thinking styles for insight into how your clients - and you - view the world.

You will explore a set of coaching tools that you can use with your clients with comfort and confidence. Additionally, you will know that those tools are grounded in scientific psychological research to show that they ACTUALLY WORK to achieve the outcomes you want.

About Our Speaker

Rayna Schroeder is a leadership coach, workshop facilitator and consultant with over 25 years of experience in leadership development, organizational development, and managing change, including 13 years of experience in leadership coaching. She has extensive Federal government client experience as well as clients from the military, corporate, and non-profit sectors and she holds Top Secret security clearances from multiple Intelligence agencies.

As a leadership coach, Rayna has coached hundreds of leaders using an optimistic coaching approach built on the philosophy of helping leaders make the difference they want to make. As a highly skilled workshop leader and speaker, Rayna has designed and delivered hundreds of training programs and workshops for entry-to-executive level staff, including multi-week, experiential leadership programs for several Intelligence agencies. Training specialties include emotional intelligence, employee engagement, communication and coaching, leading change and positive psychology tools for leaders. 

Rayna holds a Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is certified in a wide variety of assessment tools and is co-author of, “Becoming a Servant-Leader: A Workbook for Bringing Skill and Spirit to Professional and Personal Life,” 2012. Rayna served as ICF Maryland President in 2019 and remains on the Board for 2020 as the Immediate Past President.

Having been called “ridiculously likeable,” working with Rayna is enjoyable as well as enlightening. She lives in Edgewater, MD with her wonderful husband Gary and two cats, Perry and Della. And the entire household is clear that the cats are the ones in charge.

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Thriving Coaches/Thriving Clients

MUIH Retreat

Friday, April 24, 2019

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD  20723

ICF MD and the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) are collaborating on a one-day retreat with the theme…
Thriving Coaches / Thriving Clients


  • Workshops in the morning

  • Coaching demos in the afternoon

Attendance is limited, so sign up NOW!

Given that it’s our first event together of this type, we’re keeping the event relatively small so when it’s announced be sure to sign up quickly to reserve your spot!

We like to express our special thanks to Rayna Schroeder, ICF MD Past President, Beth Romanski, Director of Professional and Continuing Education, and Rebecca Pille, Department Chair for Health and Wellness Coaching and their teams at MUIH for making this a reality!!!!

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Be The Best Coach You Can Be

by Amy K. Stumme, CPCC

Greetings! 2020 marks the 10th Anniversary of ICF Maryland and I’m excited about what this year and coming decade has in store for our community of coaches! Whether you’re a new or seasoned coach, there’s tremendous value in joining the ICF Maryland Charter Chapter. As a member you can...

  • Connect with coaches throughout the state of Maryland by attending social events and coaches’ coffees. 

  • Learn from speakers about the latest coaching trends, skills and business-building practices while earning CCEU’s. This year’s topics include Mindfulness, Positive Psychology Coaching, Cultural Competency Coaching and Connections in Coaching & Neuroscience. 

  • Log pro-bono coaching hours while serving others through ICF MD Volunteer Opportunities. Credentialed coaches may have the opportunity to participate in the ICF Foundation’s initiative Ignite: Engaging Humanity through Education.

  • Keep up with the latest chapter news through our website or social media.

Renew your ICF Membership by February 29 and you’ll receive an email by March 17 with exclusive access to the following session from ICF Converge 2019: “Social YOU: How Social Media Can Help You Grow Your Practice”

When you renew, remember to designate Maryland as your local chapter at no additional charge and enjoy all the benefits of being part of our vibrant community of over 330 coaches!

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020 as together we create a new decade of coaching impact!

Warmest regards,

Amy K. Stumme, CPCC
ICF Maryland Membership Director

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Why I Just Renewed My Membership With The ICF

by Chris Holmes
Former ICF Maryland President

  1. Go ahead and admit it, coaches tend to be cool people who you want to hang out with. That is a strong reason why I try to participate in our Maryland Chapter programing. I am particularly drawn to the seasonal socials and regional coffee gatherings where the connections are more personal. Those network relationships have also sometimes led to collaboration on business projects and coaching clients.
  2. You don’t waste my time with dull programing! I stay current with my coaching CEU’s by attending the quality programming our chapter consistently manages to provide. Honestly, the Maryland Chapter has a reputation among other chapters for providing a steady stream of compelling professional development opportunities.
  3. I love being a part of an amazing world-wide community of coaches. Once while traveling in Malaysia I arranged coffee with local ICF Chapter members and felt like I was immediately at home with my tribe. The president of the Portuguese chapter and I happened to meet at my daughter’s wedding in Portugal and formed an on-going bond.
  4. I learn really cool stuff from the research portal on the ICF global website, like…did you know that most coaches do not personally pay for their coaching (their organization does), most coaches combine coaching with another means for generating income, and almost 2/3rds of coaches in the profession are female. 
  5. Finally, it matters to me that “coaching” has evolved from a loose designation into a profession with standards and a code of ethics. The ICF is largely responsible for this professional development and I am proud to be an ongoing faithful member. Why would I not be?

If you share my enthusiasm as a member of this amazing world-wide community of coaches, it’s time to renew your affiliation! I just renewed my membership and it took all of 3 ½ minutes (yes, I timed it).

Here is how to renew:

  • You can renew online right now before your membership expires on March 31, 2020, by going to this link, or clicking on the renew membership button on the Global ICF website. 

  • When you renew your membership be sure to keep the Maryland Chapter as your affiliate local chapter. 

  • For the first time ever, you will be able to “automatically renew” during your 2020 membership renewal process. By opting in, you will automatically be renewed for the 2021–2022 membership year and beyond.

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An Interview with Mary Ellen Waltemire

Former ICF Maryland President

  1. What was your background before becoming a professional coach?

My first career was a 4H Youth Development Educator for the University of Maryland Extension. In this position I was responsible for program planning, project development, as well as the recruitment, training, and recognition of the volunteers and youth who offered their time and talent to achieve our goals.

Shortly after beginning this position, I earned an M.A. in Counseling & Guidance.

I subsequently assumed a position as Regional Extension Director for half of Maryland. This provided me with the opportunity to work with the State Extension leadership team. My role was to support the educational direction of the Extension. My responsibilities included program planning, personnel management, public relations, and the budget, which included Federal, State and local funding.

Once in this position, I was motivated to go back to school and earn my MBA, which proved valuable as my responsibilities increased and diversified.

  1. What motivated you to become a life and leadership coach?

While working at the Extension, I attended a national Extension conference and heard an executive speak on her experience working with an executive coach and the ways in which it helped her. An important benefit was that the coaching helped her decide what more she wanted to do with her life.  That was pretty impactful.

  1. What do you enjoy most about coaching?

I love helping people understand their personal and professional potential. 

  1. What are some highlights of your coaching career?

I love working with a variety of individuals and helping them realize their own potential as they develop. Watching people evolve and grow is so rewarding. It is always nice to have satisfied clients. It is particularly gratifying to have clients send me referrals; that is a meaningful, tangible compliment.

Other highlights involve the great connections that I have made with my work. One of the important connections that I made with ICF Maryland is Catrese Brown, who recruited me to become involved as an Executive Coach with Goodwill International.

  1. Do you have any advice for folks who are starting out in coaching?

I recommend that as people intentionally network that they share their story with as many people as they can because this helps others understand the positive difference you can make as a coach.

I’ll also emphasize the importance of getting involved and engaged in coaching organizations. I found my work on the ICF-Maryland Chapter Board to be particularly rewarding. When you put yourself out there you get to meet some amazing people, who do amazing work!

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Upcoming Events

Coaching for Self-Leadership Series
Using Internal Family Systems for Coach and Client Transformation
Presenter: Guthrie Sayen, Ph.D., PCC

Webinar – Tuesdays, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28
Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25
Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31

Earn CCEUs in Core Competencies

Professional Development Committee Presents...
Weaving Positive Psychology Tools into Your Coaching
Presenter: Rayna Schroeder, PCC

Thursday, March 26 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

1.50 CCEUs in Core Competencies (Pending)

Thriving Coaches, Thriving Clients
Speaker: Paul McFadden, PCC
Speaker: Linda Roszak Burton, ACC
MUIH • Laurel, Maryland

Friday, April 24th – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Coaches Coffees
Maryland and Metro DC Area

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