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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. //

Date: 3/1/2020
Subject: March Catalyst 2020
From: ICF Minnesota


March 2020

Be the premier organization for advancing the coaching profession.


To cultivate a multi-cultural community of coaches that advances the coaching profession through professional development, networking and adherence to ICF professional and ethical standards

Presidents Letter

Deb Johnson


Change, Is it your Enemy or Friend?


Change, it is a word that can cause several thoughts, feelings and emotions to bubble up for us.  Change is one of those things that we are constantly faced with in life, personally and professionally.  As a coach we have the opportunity everyday to work with our clients as they face change in many forms.  So, my question is, what makes change so incredibly interesting in terms of our reaction as human beings?  Perhaps it is the idea that we are wading into the unknown, outside of our current world into a world that we do not know.  There are so many questions that arise:

· How will I fit in?

· What will it be like?

· Will it be ok?

· Do I have what I need?

· How will it feel?

Although change can be tough, if we take time to reflect back at all of the changes we have “mastered” I wonder what treasures we would find.  As I reflect on the changes that I have gone through, which have been many, what I have found is that with every change comes lessons and growth if we choose to embrace it.  If we choose to walk into the “wilderness” with an understanding of that we need to go through it versus around, over or under it we can and will become stronger, wiser and empowered.

Have you ever tried to ignore a push to change?  I have found that what persists will exist until we listen to the messages and see the signs that change is something we need to do.  It is like getting a wake-up call where the pain of staying where we are is so great that we finally move no matter what.  I am always interested and amazed at people’s stories and how that has shaped their life and how they are today.  Understanding what others have been through so many times provides insight into how they react to things in current situations.

My belief is that for each lesson we learn creates an opportunity to share it with someone else to help them on their journey.  The lessons can create empathy which is quality that is a key ingredient needed to become a great leader, coach and person.  The more we have the ability to understand the more we can connect with others.  It helps us on the journey called life.  I have often heard the thought “there is a reason a windshield is bigger than a rear-view mirror”.  If we focus on moving forward and use the lessons that have threaded through our life, we will have an opportunity to create a powerful to the coaching profession and the world.

My questions to you is this, “What are those lessons that have created your life tapestry and how are you sharing them with others?”


Deb Johnson

ICF MN Chapter President


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Speaker: Marcy Nelson-Garrison, M.A., L.P.,C.P.C.C.
Transformational Product Coach & Founder of The Coaching Toys Online Store

If you are a coach, there is a high chance you have utilized coaching products, tools, of cards in some form over the course of your work.  Have you ever considered designing your own coaching products?  If you haven't, there are good reasons you should reconsider.  Coaching products are an engaging way to extend the essence of your brand and provide opportunities for transformation beyond your immediate client base. 
We invite you to put your design-thinking hat on and jump on this webinar, so you have a solid foundation for moving forward. 

On March 26th, from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM.  Register with the link below.
Register Here for Upcoming Events!!

Curiosity Corner

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"We want to hear from our members in different ways.
One of those ways is to pose a question each month, both in the Catalyst
and on our Facebook page, so you can weigh in and share your opinion or ideas.
We will collect answers and share themes in the coming month.
You can either respond on the Facebook page or via email at"

"What is your favorite powerful question?"

Chapter News

2020 ICF Minnesota Chapter Prism Award

The ICF Minnesota Chapter Prism Award honors businesses and organizations with coaching programs that:

  • Fulfill rigorous professional standards
  • Address key strategic goals
  • Shape organizational culture
  • Yield discernible and measurable positive impacts
ICF Minnesota will accept nominations for the 2020 Minnesota Chapter Prism Award between April 1, and May 30, 2020.  The Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 29, at the Metropolitan Ballroom, as part of the Annual Celebration of Excellence and Service in Coaching.  Registration and additional details on this event can be found here.

If you know an organization in Minnesota with an outstanding coaching initiative, please encourage them to apply for the ICF Minnesota Chapter 2020 Prism Award by completing the Prism Nomination Form.

The nomination form is available from Judy Zimmer.

All nominations must be sent by May 30 to:, ICF MN Outreach Chair


Meet our new members!!

Phillip Brooks
Michael Wear 

Elizabeth Korbuly-Johnson  
David Christianson 
Marnie Hausauer 
Heather Galli 
Daniel Blackburn

Maureen Sullivan 
Nicole Sullivan 
Steve Olson 
Ann Edwardson 
Brittany Schmaling  
Kris Quale

Board Opportunities

Professional Development Board opportunity!

Are you passionate about creating new opportunities for learning and connecting with fellow coaches?

Do you enjoy being involved and making an impact to the coaching profession?

If that sounds like you then we have a board position just for you.  We are searching for one Professional Development Board member for 2020.  The positions focus on the events for the chapter which include Speaker Events, Coaching Connections and webinars.  It also includes venue selections and management as point of contact.

If you are interested please contact Deb Johnson at

We want to hear from you. Our professional development team is already busy planning for next year so we can provide high quality programming to you. Let us know what kinds of topics and programs you would like to see in 2021 by emailing

Meet the coach

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen, MCLC

1. What brought you to coaching?

Mostly I was ready for a change.  I had been working in church work and had developed a coaching style of leading.  When I found out about the field of coaching, I felt like it was the perfect next step in my career.

2. Tell us about your coaching practice. (Niche, ideal client, etc.)

My practice is primarily focused on coaching with the Enneagram.  The Enneagram build self-awareness, emotional health, and personal growth.  I work mostly with women in transition (women who fell into a career and want a change or women starting to empty nest and wanting to gain clarity on what’s next.  I also work with teams wanting to continue creating a culture of self-awareness and improving communication & alignment.

3. What do you love about your coaching work?

I love walking with people on a journey of self-discovery whether that be women in transition or teams.  My work starts first with reconnecting with who you are and understanding both natural strengths and when that strength gets overdone.  When I see the light bulb go on and see breakthrough as they begin to recognize why they do what they do and how to achieve their goals - it’s a special moment!

4. Tell us about the coaching tools, books, podcasts, etc. that you follow that helps you to stay informed.

I follow more Enneagram related coaching than anything else, but am newer to coaching and working on reading more from coaches.  Right now, I’m reading books on the Enneagram like The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut and Spiritual Practices for the Enneagram.  I also follow the podcast Typology which is on the Enneagram.

5. How has ICF-MN helped you as a coach?

After finishing my coaching program, I didn’t know a lot of coaches.  Joining and getting involved in the ICF has been invaluable in learning more about coaching, connecting with other coaches for community, and learning from the wisdom of coaches who have been coaching longer and have more experience.

6. How can folks connect with you?

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Extra Coaching Resources

“Did You Know”

 Coaching World Digest

Here are a few of the exciting articles now trending in Coaching World:

Coaching World is a dynamic online resource for the coaching community.
Book Review:
I recommend the book "Better Than Before" by Gretchen Rubin which talks about habits and how to manage them.  I really enjoy all her books.  I started with her book "The Happiness Project" because it intrigued me that someone started a project with the objective of being happier.  I guess it spoke to my project management side.
~ Cherly Hegland

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Minneapolis,  MN  55419-1930
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