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Jason Jones ICF-MN fills my bucket!! I look forward to the in person meetings to connect with my tribe of coaches and enjoy the way of being only coaches embody. It energizes me.
Bev Lutz ICF membership provides incredible professional networking opportunities, professional and personal growth, and opportunities to explore my strengths as I volunteer in service of my profession.  My chapter really helps me stay current with coaching, thought leadership, and learn-n-earn (CEU’s) from professional development events.  But it’s the supportive coach-friends and collaborators who have made membership for me priceless. //

Irene Kelly

Being a member of ICF offers me the opportunity for certification by the industry professional standard bearer; being a member of ICF Minnesota connects me to my professional peers for networking and collaboration.  Membership in both establishes me as “credible” and provides me opportunities to learn and grow.


Mary Kay Delvo  

Being a member of ICF-Minnesota helps me continue to bring my 'best self' to my clients.

Trish Perry ICF-MN gives me a place to authentically connect and share with other coaches. I have created long lasting friendships, collaborations and mentorships that have profoundly enriched my life and my business. //
Ann Marie Forshay ICF MN has provided me with crucial connections to other entrepreneurs and colleagues who share similar goals and challenges in their businesses. It's a welcoming place full of great ideas that have moved me forward both professionally and personally. //
Sara Krisher ICF Minnesota is the place to be if you're a coach or you're interested in the coaching profession. We come together to connect, grow and give because we are stronger together than we are apart. //
Lance Hazzard I chose to get involved with the ICF Minnesota Chapter to be part of a community of coaches who help our clients grow and achieve their goals. This organization brings great content to our coaching community and enables opportunities to learn and collaborate in multiple ways. //


Phillip Sandahl
By Amy Davis
Posted on 4/30/2020 2:48 PM

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In Memory of Phillip Sandahl,1948 - 2020
Co-Founder of Minnesota Coaches Association 

When I think back to receiving my first “coaching letters” through the Coaches Training Institute, I am reminded of meeting Phil Sandahl. He was one step ahead of me. He too traveled the path of changing his career to become a Co-Active Coach in the mid-1990s. This is how we met.

We were both drawn into this newly developing profession. We both wanted to be in community with others who felt the draw. So we started collecting names and sending out invitations to “coaches in training” to come together. I had an interesting Office Space to offer and Phil had the willingness to collect and form the first unofficial MN Directory which he simply referred to as “the list” so he became the “keeper of the list”.

In Phil’s early days of transitioning from writer to coach, he would use my Office Space to host small gatherings to practice the art of coaching. This is how he launched his coaching business. He would often say “it was like playing the scales”, he was practicing the art of coaching.

In a sense we were also the Program Coordinators for our newly forming MN Coaches Association. We would dream up topics for our monthly gatherings which quickly out grew the open floor plan space of my office. This moved our gatherings to Southdale Library and the need for Greeters as members flowed in--which we did.

Phil received his CPPC –Certified Personal and Profession Coach –a little ahead of me. As I prepared for my oral exam, Phil and I met in my Office Space one afternoon to have me practice and calm my inner butterflies. “Oh, you’ll be just fine” says he. My imagination was much bigger than the reality.

Phil eventually moved to California where he served The Coaches Training Institute in various capacities.

Phil was a very spacious and a dear man. He opened himself to a world filled with many new horizons as seen in his official obituary. Words from one of our cohorts, Milne Kinter are so descriptive: "Phil seems like an arrow that was

streamlined for the role of taking coaching forward. He kept it moving with a lot of energy and direction. He helped it move beyond California, into book form, more firmly into Japan, into something new called team coaching. It's easy to imagine the wind whistling by steadily as that arrow moved into realm after realm as coaching itself took shape."

I along with many other Minnesotans am grateful that our paths crossed. He inspired many throughout the world forever carrying the torch of Coaching. What a wonderful co-founder for us to remember.

Elaine Gaston, MEd, CPCC, MCC, CNTC, Co-Founder Minnesota Coaches Association

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