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June 2024 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 6/3/2024

Important Dates

June 14 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

June 26 Southeast Reg Webinar 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT

July 12 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Aug 7 Southeast Reg Webinar 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Aug 9 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Oct 11 Celebrate Coaching 2024: Chapter Flagship Event

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members
Deanna Armstrong
Ashlie Bagley, ACC
Kim Boedecker, PCC
Kelly Hastings, ACC
Thuy Le, ACC
Clarissa McElrath, PCC
Derek Messer
Ken Myers
Stacey Perkins, PCC
Lauren Rich,
Alejandra Sargent, ACC
Therese Schmidt, ACC  
Dwight Spencer
Azhar Syed, PCC
Sruthi Venkatramani, PCC
Tamekia Watts
Jennifer Zamora, PCC
Congratulations on Your Certification
Kelly Hastings, ACC
Eric Polite II, ACC
Stacey Perkins, PCC
Stephanie Rash, ACC
Alejandra Sargent, ACC
Sandra Schwan, ACC
Sruthi Venkatramani, PCC

       Board Member Message

Lisa Yarbough, PCC

Read the Board Message

       Monthly Events


June 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Insights from Master Certified Coaches
Moderator: Paula Holland, CPCC
Panelists: Debra Austin, MCC | Neena Newberry, MCC | Dr. Frederick C. Sanders, MCC

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

In Person at Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N O’Connor Road, Irving, TX 75061
Or Virtually Via Zoom

In-Person Attendees Registering by June 9: Members–$40 / Non-Members–$50
In-Person Attendees Registering after June 9: Members–$50 / Non-Members–$60
Virtual Attendees: Members – $30 / Non-Members - $40

Resilience, creativity, and breakthrough results are the foundation of What’s Next For My Life, the coaching company founded in 2007 by Mental Fitness Coach, speaker, award-winning author and artist, and 20+-year breast cancer survivor Paula R. Holland, CPCC. Her ground-breaking survivor coaching programs and award-winning cancer journals earned her the title of “Gamechanger” in CURE Today Magazine and inclusion in the first-ever Wall Street Journal article recognizing cancer coaching as a growing profession. Paula now curates shared art experiences that ignite the imagination and evoke shared empathy, connection, and acceptance for teams, organizations, and individuals. Her audiences gain innovative ideas and tools that reduce stress and build the sustainable resilience required to flourish in today’s chaotic world.

Debra Austin, MCC is a coach, consultant, facilitator and speaker. She helps professionals clarify their vision, create a roadmap for success and overcome obstacles like low productivity and “head trash” that may be stopping them from achieving their goals. She is a proud graduate of Purdue University (BS) and Southern Methodist University (MBA). She is recognized by the International Coaching Federation as a Master Certified Coach (MCC). Debra is also a wife, proud mother of two amazing adult sons and a two-time cancer survivor.

Neena Newberry, MCC is an award-winning speaker, author, and executive coach, Neena launched Newberry Solutions in 2008 to focus on her passion for developing strong leaders, especially women. A former Deloitte executive, her experience includes 14 years of strategy, operations and human capital consulting and a role on Deloitte’s U.S. HR Executive Team supporting 34,000 employees. Newberry Solutions was honored as a 2023 Inc. Power Partner and in 2024 by the University Texas as one of the Longhorn 100—one of the fastest growing Longhorn-led businesses. The company provides executive coaching, leadership development programs, and now the award-winning New Lens app – which is designed to make leadership development affordable and scalable. Visit for leadership articles and resources. Neena’s insights are regularly featured in Fast Company, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. In the past two years, Neena was named by DCEO Magazine as one of the Dallas 500, the most powerful business leaders in Dallas. She is an official member of the invitation-only Forbes Coaches Council and teaches in Executive Education at SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Dr. Frederick C. Sanders, MCC is an award-winning, international divinity coach. He has served as an executive and leadership coach for numerous organizations, including Lyra Health, BetterUp, CoachHub, and The Vision Investment. He also serves as an ICF mentor coach. In 2022, Dr. Sanders completed his master’s and Ph.D. in professional coaching and human development from the International University of Professional Studies. He proudly sits among the two percent of elite coaches worldwide who hold the Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential through the International Coaching Federation. In 2023, he was voted Gold Winner of Best Executive Coach. In his private practice, Dr. Sanders passionately and unapologetically specializes in championing the development, empowerment, and advancement of high-impact men of color globally. He envisions a world where the highest sense of integrity, agency, and freedom fully emerges among all life on Earth.
Embark on a transformative journey with us in this one-hour panel discussion, where experienced Master Certified Coaches share their invaluable insights, lessons learned, and insider tips on mastering the art and science of coaching.

Join our moderator, Paula Holland, CPCC, and our esteemed panelists as they reveal the secrets to their success, drawing from their own rich experiences and diverse backgrounds. From navigating the complexities of client relationships to honing your unique coaching style, this discussion promises to provide aspiring coaches with the guidance and inspiration needed to elevate their practice to new heights.

CCEUs for this Program:  0.5 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Development Credits

Read the entire program description and register here:

June 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

June 26 Southeast Region Webinar
Beyond the Individual: A Guide to Effective Group Coaching
Toni Taylor, PCC

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Toni Taylor received her International Coaching Federation PCC in 2016. Her mission is to provide leadership and care coaching for individuals, groups and teams to reach their goals and maximize their potential for success. Toni's long-term experience in team coaching led to her selection by ICF to volunteer on the development and calibration of the new Advanced Team Coaching exam for the new credentialing. She provides visioning and strategic planning for non-profits, focused on building relationships, developing trust and provide accountability for teams using resources such as “Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” “The Speed of Trust” and “Start with Why.” Toni specializes in group coaching with clergy in the area of self-care and leadership across the state of South Carolina.
Embarking on the journey as a group coach can be both exciting and rewarding. Are you ready to delve into this transformative practice together? Join us as we navigate group coaching, exploring its possibilities and unlocking the doors to growth and development. During this webinar participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of group coaching, discovering invaluable insights into how to cultivate and expand their practice through group dynamics. Together, we'll uncover the strategies and techniques to effectively support both individual growth and the collective journey of the group. Get ready to embark on this enriching exploration together.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1.5 Core Competency Credits

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
June 26 Southeast Region Webinar

       Chapter News

Chapter Partner and Affiliate Updates

New Organization ICF-North Texas Partner and Sponsor - SMU
A big thank you to Dara Rossi, President Elect, for securing our newest sponsor, Southern Methodist University.

As part of the SMU Human-Centered Interdisciplinary Studies, SMU offers a concentration in Executive and Leadership Coaching that can be taken as a standalone set of courses that provides students with a comprehensive, classroom-based, learning experience that gradually builds on skills and knowledge throughout the program. The coursework provides students with the ICF theoretical grounding and applied practice needed to enter the field of coaching.

This Partnership is a significant positive development toward creating our Partner and Sponsorship program, helping to open the door for more sponsorships.

New Affiliate Partner! Coach Automator
ICF-North Texas is proud to announce an Affiliate Partnership with Coach Automator! This means that when you purchase their services using an affiliate link for chapter members, you will receive SPECIAL PRICING and will be supporting our chapter!

Coach Automator has been helping coaches and other service providers launch and grow their businesses since 2013. From websites, landing pages and sales funnels, bulk emails and newsletters, database and lists, appointments and calendars, ecommerce and payment gateways...all the way through to a powerful course builder for your courses and challenges...Coach Automator allows you to do everything you need to do, all on one platform.

If you are an ICF North Texas Chapter member, you are eligible for affiliate pricing.

Save the date for two different webinar options and to see demonstrations from Coach Automator.

June 4 at 12:00 PM CST – The Psychology of Sales and Marketing for Coaches

June 10 at 12:00 PM CST – Essential Tools you need in your Marketing Toolbox

June 5 and June 11 – Full demo of the Coach Automator platform. And, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

To register for any of the sessions (or to join in all of them), please visit here.

Stewart Leadership
Save the Date for LEAD NOW! Certification for ICF Members:

August 6 and 9
October 15 and 18

Leadership is critical to an organization’s overall performance and success. The LEAD NOW! Certification Program will guide coaches and consultants through Stewart Leadership’s acclaimed and results-oriented LEAD NOW! Leadership Development Model.

The program is designed to prepare coaches to fully utilize the LEAD NOW! Self-Assessment, 360 Assessment, and the entire LEAD NOW! suite of supporting materials including award-winning books, coaching cards, and action planning resources. If you’re looking for a way to support your external clients with self-awareness and actionable feedback tools, then LEAD NOW!

CCEUs: Core Competencies 3 | Resource Development Credits 7.5
Regular Price: $1495 | ICF Member Price $615

To reserve your spot, email Give Coupon Code LNICF2024.

It's Not Too Late To Join the World's Largest Coaching Event!

The Free Summit continues through June 13.

It's the largest coaching event in the world and your opportunity to learn from leaders in the coaching industry. The Free Summit offers mastery sessions on a wide variety of coaching topics to appeal to all coaches, along with live coaching demonstrations, implementation sessions, CCE opportunities and more.

To sign up, click here or on the registration button on our Affiliate Partner page. For every signup, using the link, our chapter earns a small commission.

Teresa Dabney, Director Online Platforms

ICF-North Texas Receives Global's 2023 Chapter of Excellence Award

During International Coaching Week, ICF-North Texas was honored with the prestigious ICF 2023 Chapter of Excellence Award. We are thrilled to be recognized as one of only ten chapters worldwide, and one of just two chapters in the United States, to receive this esteemed accolade.

This award celebrates our chapter's unwavering commitment to promoting coaching and supporting professional development within our community. Our achievements include:

Active and Strategic Promotion: We diligently advocate for the value of coaching, enhancing its visibility and impact within our local community.

Professional Development Support: Through initiatives like peer coaching and pro-bono coaching, we provide valuable opportunities for growth and skill enhancement for our members.

Partnership Engagement: By collaborating with relevant organizations, we strengthen our community ties and expand the reach of our coaching programs.

Event Hosting: Our events are designed to highlight the benefits of coaching, offering insights and inspiration to both coaches and clients.

Succession Planning and Credentialing: We maintain a strong focus on succession planning and credentialing to ensure the continuous development and recognition of coaching professionals within our chapter.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our 2023 Board, Committees, and active members for their invaluable contributions to our success. We look forward to celebrating this achievement at our upcoming meeting in June!

Thank you for being a part of our journey and for your continued support. Together, we are making a significant impact in the coaching community.

From Your ICF-North Texas Board - June 2024

Your Board of Directors have been working hard to provide resources and opportunities for our members. Our Internal Coach LINC Group is restarting soon. Be watching for information. We also celebrated the ICF-North Texas Chapter of Excellence Award. Out of 144 chapters worldwide, we were one of ten to receive this award. More to come. You will also be getting more information very soon about the DEIB Belonging Focus Group initiative. This is a big step toward understanding what our members think about our culture, belonging, comfort, connection, and contribution. It’s an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Steve Hendon – President ICF-North Texas

Calling All Internal Coaches!

We had a great program last month by Cherie Silas on Internal Coaching.  It created quite the buzz.  I’ve heard from some of you, and I believe we have enough interest to re-start the Internal Coaches LINC!  Would you like to meet once a month with other coaches navigating the Internal Coach landscape? (The group can decide day and time and on ZOOM or in person details.)  This could be a great opportunity for you to get to know others in the Internal Coaching field.  I can just imagine the robust conversations that will happen. If you are an internal coach and would like to be part of this newly formed LINC, don’t delay.  Email Cheryl Close at so I can put you on the list.

Volunteer Opportunity: Chapter Report Coordinator

Are you organized, detail-oriented and looking to be more involved in the things that make ICF North Texas an award- winning chapter? Annually, we prepare a report that represents our chapter highlights and successes and we submit it to ICF Global. Our chapter has won the Distinguished Chapter award two times because of our work and our service to our members and the coaching profession. The Chapter Annual Report is the document that tells ICF Global who we are and it’s what they use to make decisions on who will win the Distinguished Chapter Award.

The Chapter Report Coordinator will assist the Secretary in gathering the appropriate information throughout the year that will be incorporated into the annual chapter report. This role allows for interaction with the Chapter Board and members with the goal to ensure that the happenings of the Chapter are gathered so that the final report can be written and delivered to ICF Global. It’s a role that you can manage on your schedule. Typically, the work begins in August and continues through the end of the year.

The Chapter Report Coordinator should be  familiar with Google docs and have experience with Excel. Contact Sue Shibley ( if you’d like to see an example of a report provided to Global in the past and/or to better understand this role and whether it’s right for you.

Now You Know

Helpful Information for New and Not So New Members

Welcome to our 17 new members this month. We are glad you are here! Please read the rest of this article about LINC Groups as we have one especially created for new members!

What are LINC Groups?  ICF-North Texas created and launched LINC groups in 2017, and they are still going strong!  LINC stands for Learn, Interact, Network & Contribute.  These are groups of 5 - 15 people who value building relationships with other coaches while they focus on a particular common interest.  These groups can be organized by any member in conjunction with the Director of Membership. The members of each group are responsible for the group’s facilitation.  Some groups divide up the few facilitation tasks, and some groups rotate those responsibilities.  LINCs are not “sit and get” they are dynamic interactive opportunities.

We have two types of LINC groups. There are four LINCs that support coaches in their pursuit of improving their coaching skills and/or attaining the next level of credential. There are also other LINCs that are focused on interests or commonalities other than credential support.

You can check out all of our current LINC groups here.  You must be an ICF-North Texas member to participate in these and they are free.  Some of our members belong to more than one group.  Just remember when you join a LINC you are helping to maximize your benefits and it is a commitment to attending, connecting and contributing.

New members, I hope you will join our Connections Crew LINC.  The organizer is Dr. Dara Rossi, our President-Elect.

Have a great month!
Cheryl Close, Director of Membership

Chapter Recognition


Thank You to the Communications Team!

A tremendous amount of administration and creativity happens behind the scenes to keep you informed of all chapter, regional, and ICF Global events and opportunities on all our different platforms. Here’s our team:
  • The team includes Lisa Seay, our 2018 and 2019 Communications Director, who leads the coordination of our newsletter. She collects and edits the articles, and is gifted in the way she creates and refines processes and offers new ideas.
  • Norma Martinez, the chapter’s 2017 Social Media Director, brings you the Member Snapshot each month, showcasing the diversity of personalities, backgrounds and coaching experience within our chapter. Norma identifies members, collects and edits the stories and brings her unique insights to improve the process.
  • We have a virtual assistant, Patty Vaccaro who is our professional graphic designer, the social media lead, and I’d even say “advisor” because she has strong marketing knowledge and does so much more for our chapter.
  • We also have a virtual assistant Peggy Peterson, who is essential to publishing our newsletter and the special email blasts that you receive. Peggy has been with us for years and it is a huge help to have someone on board familiar with our operations.
  • New to our team, but not new to our chapter, is Past President, Tim Kincaid, and we are excited to have him join us and to leverage his expertise.
Sincere thanks to Lisa, Norma, Patty, Peggy and Tim!

Lisa Yarbough, Director of Communications

Member Snapshot - Pallavi Ridout, ACC

Our Member Snapshot is an ongoing glimpse of your fellow members, giving you a great network of resources available to you and reminding you why it is so valuable to belong to ICF-North Texas. This month our feature member is Pallavi Ridout, ACC, Founder and CEO of The ELM Advisory Group.

Tell us why you founded The ELM Advisory Group. When I exited my very promising and successful corporate career, it was very clear how unhappy and stressed I was. This helped me define what I wanted out of life and what I did not want.

I took a year off and went on an eat, pray, love journey of sorts. This led to deep reflections of the kind of life I wanted to lead. It led to the uncovering of my “Ikigai,” the Japanese word for “your reason for being.”

That’s when I decided to stay true to my values, to live a life that leveraged my strengths and enabled a deep-rooted desire to “impact a million lives.” I realized that if I could not truly live my values of: Family, Freedom, Challenge, Influence and being Strategic then I would continue to be unhappy. I also realized I am happiest when I am leading with my (Clifton) Strengths: Woo, Activator, Communication, Responsibility and Strategic. That’s when the call came to me. “Leading a life of no regrets” became a life philosophy that I live and breathe every single day.
This philosophy led me to committing to giving 25 percent of my working time back to the community and charitable causes, and includes elevating the status of women, children, and our environment.

The other 75 percent I dedicate to doing five things in my professional life:
  1. Coaching: Executives, C-suite officers, senior leaders, high potentials and female executives. Focus areas include career; diversity, equity and inclusion; organizational leadership development; multicultural; personal/life; and small business/entrepreneur.
  2. High Impact Development Programs: leaders, managers, highly functional, dysfunctional and anywhere-in-between teams.
  3. Facilitation Services: Boards, CEOs and leadership teams, committees, cross-functional and intact teams.
  4. Keynote speaking.
  5. Emceeing conferences and fun events like charitable fundraisers.
 It’s not an exact science divvying up time to give back and do meaningful work…but it’s the intentions that count and the ability to evaluate periodically and rebalance.

What training and coaching credentials do you have and/or are in the process of obtaining? I am an ACC credentialed coach and am in the process of obtaining my PCC. My certifications include:
  • Prosci/ADKAR - Change Management Certification
  • “Extraordinary Facilitator” by Development Dimensions International (DDI)
  • Assessment Certifications -Hogan, DiSC Predictive Index, Korn Ferry: Emotional, Leadership and Organizational assessments (ECI, ILS & OCS)
  • 50 Ways to Fight Bias – Lean In Certification
Why do you choose to be a member of ICF-North Texas? To find my tribe. Being a solopreneur can be lonely and getting connected to the community of fellow ICF coaches has been rewarding on so many levels. I have not only made some great professional connections but have also developed some great friendships!

My commitment in 2024 is to be more active in my attendance of the ICF-North Texas chapter meetings. I find them to be highly educational and have made some fantastic connections. I have attended the Texas Coaches Coalition (TCC) conference for two years and they have been outstanding.

I’m engaged with the LINC groups focused on Business Building and PCC. The Business Building LINC group is a great place to network and learn what others are doing to grow their practice. The PCC Credential Support LINC group is a great resource to get guidance on taking the PCC credentialing exam.

I encourage coaches to volunteer to serve on ICF-North Texas or TCC committees and the board as it’s such an enriching experience. Participating in providing pro bono coaching to our alliance organizations has also been a rewarding way for me to give back.

Feel free to contact me at

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Regional APA Pool Championship Ennish, March 2023

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunity
Chapter Report Coordinator

Are you organized, detail-oriented and looking to be more involved in the things that make ICF North Texas an award-winning chapter?

Please read the detailed description of this volunteer opportunity in this newsletter.

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
ACC Credential Support LINC
PCC Credential Support LINC
MCC Credential Support LINC
Business Building LINC
Digital Marketing LINC
Ready to Retire - Now, Later, or Never? LINC
Road to Advanced Coaching Mastery LINC - New Group
Connection Crew LINC – New Group

If you are interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups, contact Cheryl Close for more information.

We Value Our Volunteers

Our award-winning chapter is successful and works so well because of our volunteers. Volunteering increases the value of ICF membership in so many ways. Sharing your time and talents as a volunteer helps us expand the impact of professional coaching throughout North Texas and beyond. Volunteers benefit, too. Volunteering can help you build your network and grow your coaching practice. Serving on a committee is a great way (for new members, especially) to get involved and meet other professional coaches who are potential collaboration partners, allies, source of referrals, and friendship.

 ICF North Texas Board of Directors


President-elect Dara Rossi, PCC
Secretary Sue Shibley, ACC
Past President Staci Witten, PCC

Alliances Mayme Doumbia, PCC
Communications Lisa Yarbough, PCC
Diversity Equity Inclusion Belonging Laurie Goetz, ACC
Membership Cheryl Close, MCC
Online Platforms Teresa Dabney
Special Events Ben Dilla, ACC


Our Mission

Our mission is to grow and develop a competent coaching community that drives results for coaches and those they serve. We do this by providing strong credentialed coaches, educational programs, and rich resources for internal and external coaches, and organizations and individuals seeking coaches. 

Our Vision

ICF-NT will be known as the leading resource for the coaching community and the organizations and individuals it serves by providing:
  • A collaborative network of credentialed coaches
  • Continuing education 
  • Impactful contributions to the coaching profession