April 2019

Message From The President

Mary Ellen Waltemire, PCCRayna Schroeder, PCC

“Our vision is that coaching becomes an integral part of a thriving society.” That was the opening from the 2019 ICF Global Leaders Forum in Dublin, Ireland held March 21-23. The global forum brings together chapter leaders from around the world and having just returned; I am truly inspired by the difference ICF Chapters are making. I am excited to share some highlights as well as an opportunity with you, our Maryland Chapter members.

The global forum included leaders from 139 chapters in 77 different countries. One key conversation was around the ICF Foundation, who lives in the question, “What is coaching’s greatest possibility for humanity and the planet?” The Foundation is about igniting social progress through pro bono coaching. Many people see pro bono as doing something for free. Pro bono isn’t about doing something for free; it’s about doing something for good.

Lori Raggio, President-Elect (left); Rayna Schroeder, President (right)

When have you experienced the power of coaching to impact humanity?

That was a question asked at the Forum. When I heard the question, impacting humanity sounded like such a large ask.

I reflected back to the story of a boy walking along a beach littered with hundreds of starfish that had been washed ashore who was eagerly throwing them back into the ocean, one by one.

When a passerby comments, “You can’t possibly make a difference; look at the hundreds of starfish on the beach,” the boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and said, “I made a difference to that one!”

Making a difference to that one through coaching. Isn’t that why many of us chose the coaching profession? ICF Maryland is offering you an opportunity to make a difference to that one through coaching by joining us in our new ICF Maryland Ignite initiative. Ignite initiatives offer pro bono coaching to leaders in the field of education and we have partnered with The Arc Maryland to provide coaching to their leadership team. At the global leader forum, ICF MD was announced as the newest Ignite project, number 62, of the Ignite projects around the world.

Our ICF Maryland Ignite initiative is a reflection of our passion and commitment to make a difference so please read the details in the Ignite article in this newsletter and contact Angie Dabbs, ICF-MD’s Outreach Committee Chair and Board Member, to explore these opportunities: [email protected]

I look forward to sharing more about our ICF Maryland Ignite initiative, hearing your stories, and continuing to have ICF Maryland make a difference.


Rayna Schroeder, PCC
2019 ICF-Maryland Chapter President
[email protected]

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Be The Best Coach You Can Be

Many of us joined this profession because we’re passionate about helping our clients become the best version of themselves. As a trained PCC coach, I know that ICF Membership helps me be the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.

Locally, I’m excited about what 2019 has in store for those of us who choose to rejoin ICF for another year:

Whether you’re a new or seasoned coach, there’s value in joining ICF-Maryland! What are some additional benefits? Here’s what you can expect – you will…

  • Expand your coaching network and create opportunities for client referrals and collaboration with other coaches

  • Increase your brand awareness and attract new potential clients by appearing on our online coach directory

  • Learn from speakers about the latest coaching trends, skills, and business-building practices

  • Earn CCEUs from various workshops and webinars on vital topics

  • Log pro-bono coaching hours while serving others through outreach projects and events. 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

As an ICF Member, you’ll also continue to enjoy the credibility, community, and opportunities for continuous development that come with identifying yourself as a member of the world’s largest community of professionally trained coaches. Rejoin ICF for another year to connect with our cutting-edge coaching research, lifelong learning, and opportunities for networking and community-building.

You are a valued member of ICF Global and ICF-MD Charter Chapter. Maintain your ICF Membership by renewing your ICF membership today. Please remember to designate Maryland as your local chapter at no additional charge to you. We are pleased that you are part of our vibrant Maryland Coaching community!

We look forward to continuing to partner with you in 2019 as we strive, individually and collectively, to be the best coaches we can be.

Karen Jacobs, PCC, ICF-MD Membership Chair

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The Phenomenon of Black Panther

The Use of Pop-Culture To Enhance the Coaching Experience

Presented by
Karen Parker Thompson, MSOD
& Karen Mack, MOSD, CPCC, ACC

April 12, 2019 | 8:30 – 10:00 AM
The UMBC Training Center
6996 Columbia Gateway Drive
(Check with Front Desk for the Suite Number)
Columbia, MD 1046

1.5 CCEUs in Resource Development

When you see a popular music video, a modern painting or a scene from a meaningful movie, can you visualize it as material for your clients? Join us for an interactive session, which through the lens of the movie Black Panther, illustrates themes, lessons and the benefits of incorporating pop-culture as a relevant intervention and reflection tool. This session offers coaches and associated practitioners valuable resources for a chance to learn, discuss and reflect on innovative ways to engage with your clients, help clients explore and find solutions to their challenges, enhance interventions, and deepen coaching skills. Participants will be introduced to the Parker Thompson-Mack Pop-Culture Model of Change—a road map to infuse pop-culture in work with your clients.

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Ignite: Engaging Humanity Through Education

Angie Dabbs
Community Outreach Chair

We are thrilled to announce an exciting program in which our chapter is participating called Ignite, and we are calling on you, our members to consider joining the movement!

Through pro bono coaching projects, the Ignite Initiative leverages the collective power of ICF chapters to accelerate the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Since Ignite’s launch in 2017, the specific focus has been on Goal #4: Education – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

One of our chapter’s primary focuses is to promote social good and positive community change in Maryland through the volunteer services of our members making the Ignite program a perfect fit for us. We are grateful to have formed a partnership with The Arc Maryland, whose mission is to create a world where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.

In addition to directly advocating for inclusive education (among many other things!), The Arc Maryland has a number of coalition partners who are very involved in educational programming, implementation, and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our chapter will have the privilege of working with The Arc Maryland directly as well as their coalition partners.

Ande Kolp, Executive Director of The Arc Maryland, said, “We are so pleased to partner with ICF-MD members to bring this incredible opportunity for professional coaching to our colleagues and coalition partners. We foresee benefits to enhancing our expertise as we collectively work to create inclusive opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” ICF-MD President Rayna Schroeder shared a similar sentiment, saying “We finalized this partnership right before I left for the Global Leaders Forum (GLF), which brings together chapter leaders from all over the world. We join a global movement of coaching becoming an integral part of a thriving society for progress. Having the privilege to coach leaders within The Arc Maryland gives us an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in our community.

How does the Ignite Program work?

Credentialed coaches (must be ICF credentialed as ACC with at least one renewal; PCC; or MCC) will coach interested leaders of The Arc Maryland and their coalition partners. These pro bono coaching engagements will last up to six months with up to 10 sessions. As with all coaching relationships, the client will drive the agenda and focus.

How can I get involved?

There are MANY ways to participate, and we will need a stellar team to make our chapter’s Ignite program meaningful for The Arc Maryland. Imagine joining a global network with other ICF Ignite chapters from around the globe, including Bangalore, India; Brazil; Hong Kong; New York City; St. Louis; and Hoboken, NJ! You will, no doubt, realize tremendous personal fulfillment while giving your time, talent, and treasure to the community.

Interested? We would love to talk with you about getting involved as a:

  1. Coach (must be ICF credentialed as ACC with at least one renewal; PCC; or MCC)
  2. Program management team member; opportunities include:
    • Drafting promotional materials
    • Collaborating with ICF-MD committees
    • Matching potential coaches and coaches
    • Managing administrative components such as required paperwork and data collection
    • Recruiting coaches and coaches.

Contact Angie Dabbs, ICF-MD’s Outreach Committee Chair and Board Member, to explore these opportunities: [email protected]

Where can I learn more?

The Arc Maryland:
ICF Foundation’s Mission and Vision:
Volunteer opportunities: [email protected]

“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 ~

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Recognizing Those Who Achieved ICF Certifications

by Wanda J. Campbell, Ph.D., PCC
Newsletter Editor

Achieving an ICF Certification is a huge accomplishment, and we want to begin recognizing your achievements in the February and August Newsletters.

If you have achieved an ICF Certification and want to be recognized in the August Newsletter, please send me an email at [email protected] with ICF Certification in the subject line. Beginning in August, we will list the names of the folks by certification (e.g., ACC, PCC, and MCC). The next listing will occur in February of 2020.

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I’m Glad I Volunteered with ICF Maryland

Come Join Us – It Will Be Fun! 

by Wanda J. Campbell, Ph.D., PCC
Newsletter Editor

I’ve never been happier than I am now as an executive coach. The only potential downside I can think of is that it sometimes gets lonely working on your own. That problem disappeared when I became involved as a volunteer for ICF Maryland.

In my case, I like to write, so the Communications Committee was a perfect fit. Since joining the committee, I’ve made a number of friends with whom I regularly stay in touch. We have a lot in common and we support each other. It is also nice to have someone you can trust if you want to “bounce off ideas” or discuss a challenge.

It is also great knowing that I will see my friends at the ICF Maryland events.

Whatever your skills and abilities, there is an opportunity for you to find a home on an ICF Maryland committee. This is a great way to make friends while doing good! I hope that you will consider getting more involved. I’m so pleased that I did!

Angie Dabbs
Community Outreach Chair

Volunteers Needed for ICF Maryland

Have a love of recruiting new members, developing programs, community outreach, communicating, or a love of numbers? Look no more. The ICF Maryland Chapter is seeking volunteers in the following areas. And, while we would love for you to join a committee, we understand that might not be possible due to schedules, etc. So, even if you have a little time and want to take on a project, we would be thrilled.

Below is an outline of our committees. Please take a minute to review and if you are interested in volunteering, please reach out by sending a note to [email protected] and list the committee you are interested in supporting. Someone will be in touch with you shortly.

Professional Development - We are working to plan our 2020 offerings and welcome help. If you have an interested in development or a background in training, organizational development or anything related to developing coaches, this is a great opportunity.

Membership – Our members are our greatest asset. Bringing on new members and ensuring we are meeting the needs of our current members is critical to us. We are holding three socials a year and if you love event planning or recruiting, this team is for you.

Communications – Have a love of connecting to others, working on newsletters, e-news, or videos? We would love to have you join our team or support a project.

Community Outreach – We have an amazing team working in our communities. Turnaround Tuesday has been a great success and we are excited for 2019/2020. If you enjoy connecting others and can donate 6-7 hours or pro bono coaching to make a difference in the communities in which we live and work, this team is for you.

Finance – Every successful Chapter is grateful for the team who makes all the financial budgets possible. If you love finances, this is the team for you.

Come help us grow and Connect, Learn and Promote the principles of coaching.

Send an email today with your interest to [email protected].

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Community Coffees

Columbia ICF Coaches Coffee

Bagels and Grinds
7791 Arundel Mills Blvd
Hanover, MD 21076

April 11, 2019 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM

RSVP: Raquel Cosden at [email protected]

Brief, casual, connections between professional coaches - sign up and stop by close to where you work or live. Reground yourself with colleagues. Find home. Share resources, stories of success and heart. Be inquisitive. Just be. Coffee Meet-Ups are also open to non-ICF members who are curious to meet other coaches.

Frederick Coaches Coffee

The Common Market
5728 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704

Topic to be Announced
April 26, 2019 | 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Event Coordinator: Elizabeth Vismans at [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

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

Tuesdays – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
March 26 • April 9 • May 7 • May 21

Zoom Webinar
5 CCEU in Core Competencies and 2.5 CCEU in Resource Development

The Columbia ICF Coaches Coffee
Bagels and Grinds • Hanover, MD

Thursday, April 11th – 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM

RSVP: Raquel Cosden at [email protected]

The Phenomenon of Black Panther: The Use of Pop-Culture to Enhance the Coaching Experience
Presenters: Karen Parker Thompson, MSOD & Karen Mack, MSOD, CPCC, ACC

Friday, April 12th – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

The UMBC Training Center • 6996 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD
1.5 CCEU in Resource Competencies

Frederick Coaches Coffee
Topic to be Announced

Friday, April 26th – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

The Common Market • 5728 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD

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