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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: 4/1/2020
Subject: April Catalyst 2020
From: ICF Minnesota


April 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


What if?

During my walk last week, I came across some very colorful writing in chalk on the sidewalk.  There was a big heart and the words “together apart”.  As I continued my walk those words kept running through my mind and I realized they are right.
In the last few weeks, as we face a tough situation and are asked to stay home, the more we are connecting in unique ways to stay together as families, friends and colleagues.  The unknown space that we are navigating is referred to by William Bridges in his book “Managing Transitions”, as the “Neutral Zone” or what I call the “Fuzzy Zone”.
As we find ourselves in this space, we try to find things to stabilize ourselves or control what is happening when in fact we can’t control everything.
What we can do is focus on what we can control and how we show up.

As I was talking to a friend the other day, we both agreed, this feels like a major reboot of the entire world.  When your computer is acting up typically, we go to “reboot” to see if it will take care of or fix what ever was out of alignment.  We hope that by rebooting it will clear everything out and we will be back to normal. Read more...   


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ICF Minnesota would like to invite you to our
Virtual Coaching, Cocktails and Connections,

an informal networking event designed to help you build your own coaching community.  While there will be no formal program, guests will be nudged toward building relationships and community.

 Register here!

Why Attend?
  • Connect with professional coaches from different specialty areas
  • Share ideas - Get ideas
  • Build your coaching community
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:  Virtually - Zoom
ICF MN Members who have paid the annual fee: free
ICF Global & MN Members (who have not paid annual fee) and non-members: $15.00
We look forward to seeing you there Virtually!!

Register Here for Upcoming Events!!

Curiosity Corner

We want to hear from you!
Answer the following question:
How can you soar today?
Post your response on our Facebook page or send an email to
We will share your answer at the ICF Minnesota event.

Chapter News

Meet our new members in March!!

Teresa Schmitz
Angela Norby
LaTanya Black
Stephanie Jacobs
Lecia Grossman

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


Gaston Nomination

Gaston Award Nomination Opportunity!

What is the Gaston Award?

An Annual Award recognizing a coach who exhibits distinguished service to the coaching profession and the ICF MN chapter. The Gaston Award has been given to a distinguished coach every year since 2006. The award is in honor of Elaine Gaston, one of our founding members and our first Gaston Award winner!

What is the deadline for nominations? July 1, 2020

How do I nominate someone? 

Covid-19 Corner

COVID-19 Corner

We are introducing a new area in our ICF MN Catalyst that we hope will provide awareness, resources and acknowledgment of situations impacting our coaching community. Our hope is that this will help you navigate these interesting and stressful times and create a “go to place” for insight and helpful resources.  As coaches the ability to ensure that we help our clients and each other with some very real and tough situations that are a reality for them.

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ICF MN Mirror Team: Reality and Acknowledgement – Words Matter

As we see things unfold through the media there has been terminology used to define our current situation that impacts all of us and additional concern in minority communities causing fear.

The reality that exists is the pandemic we are experiencing is COVID-19 not the Chinese Virus

· This has been extremely difficult for the Chinese Americans and touches other Asian communities such as Hmong, Korean, and Japanese.

· Not only is there fear of being infected by COVID-19, but also the stigma and discrimination that would potentially follow.

· History tells us that when national-level crisis exists, people of minority groups can and are impacted. Calling COVID-19 “Chinese Virus” has pushed Chinese Americans to an awkward position causing concern for their safety.

· For self-protection, some have joined virtual “SOS” groups based on where they live. The purpose of the group is that if an emergency happens to someone, the person will send a message to the group and members nearby would drive over as fast as they could to help.

· During the crisis, many Chinese Americans are actively seeking ways to help, either by donating money or donating personal protective equipment to local hospitals.

· During the Coronavirus pandemic, hatred and division won’t get us through, but love and unity will.

A New Tool created by Christina Brandt (coach and current ICF MN board member): I was inspired on Friday to create the below. I simply and only offer it to you if helpful please feel free to pass it on.

"I was thinking about the role fear is playing in decision-making and how we are living life during this uncertainty. Drawing upon my life coaching, should you find it an option or helpful, I share a "tool" with you, slightly modified for the moment.

F.O.R.W.A.R.D. “May we define how, not have it defined for us.”

F = Identify your fears

O = Brainstorm all the outcomes related to your fears

R = List what is real about these outcomes, feelings, facts, etc.

W = Of the realities what are you willing, unwilling to accept as truth

A = How is your attitude affecting what you are choosing

R = If needed, could you reimagine, an alternative perspective

D = Now empowered, what decisions can you make for today, the week, etc."

ICF Global Resources ·

Additional Resources
· Small Business Emergency Loan 
· Federal SBA Disaster Loans (COVID-19)
· Unemployment Insurance 
· Frequently Asked Questions for Employers & Businesses

Meet the coach

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Karen Failes-Coad

1. What brought you to coaching?

As a HR leader at Target Corporation, I saw the benefits of having an executive coach via the coaches we hired to work with some of our Executive Leaders. The results were very positive which impacted the trajectory of the leader/client, improved team performance, and ultimately led to better business results. I was fortunate to work with these coaches and they inspired me to pursue Executive/Leadership coaching once I retired from Target in 2015.

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

The majority of my coaching practice focuses on major transitions. This includes leaders promoted to much larger areas of responsibilities, leaders moving into new roles in a new organization, and leaders taking on a new area of responsibility with a substantial learning curve. Additionally, some of my ideal clients are women in traditionally male-dominated businesses or organizations, leaders who are struggling with a leadership dimension, and leaders in non-profit organizations.

Before my HR leadership roles, I ran three very profitable multimillion dollar businesses with complete responsibility for P&L. These responsibilities, for 15 years, provide me with experiences to draw upon relative to strategy, marketing, negotiation, team leadership, partner relationships and more. Read more...

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