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October 2021 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 10/4/2021

Important Dates


Oct 8 Virtual Meeting/Program: 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Oct 14 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Nov 11 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Nov 12 Chapter Meeting/Program: 11:15 AM-1:15 PM CT

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members:
Nikki Brown
Jennifer Hipskind
Lacey MacLeod

New Credential Congratulations To:
Juanita Rowley, PCC
Lizette Warner, PCC

Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

Monthly Events

October 8 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program
Personal Branding for Extreme Competitive Advantage
Valerie Sokolosky, PCC

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Virtual Meeting and Program Fee: Chapter Members: $10 / Non-Chapter Members: $20

Author of eight leadership books, Valerie Sokolosky was featured in The Wall Street Journal as having one of the first executive coaching practices in the nation. As an ICF accredited coach and past board member, her niche is in working with leaders to create a strong Executive Presence and Leadership Brand. Valerie’s focus is well defined—helping develop authentic leaders who drive their high performing teams to produce a culture of superior employee engagement. She has expanded her reach over the past three years by hosting the YouTube Podcast Doing It Right—recognized as one of Apple’s Top 25 Business Podcasts.

When coaches have strong personal brands, great things happen! You’ll start seeing new opportunities, stop leaving unseen opportunities on the table, and become better skilled in your impactful careers. People will want to work with you, which elevates the impact and influence you can have with them. We will focus on three areas to develop an extreme competitive advantage: Know your brand, Show your brand, Grow your brand.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit 

Read the entire program description and register here:
October 8 Virtual Meeting and Program

October 14 Southeast Region Webinar
The Power of Emotions-Centered Coaching
Dan Newby, PCC

12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Dan is a champion for Emotional Literacy, and works with leaders, educators, and coaches worldwide. His passion is helping emotional literacy become common sense and emotions a tool for daily use. He is the originator or Emotions-Centered Coaching. He has authored four books on emotional literacy and its application to coaching. He regularly leads his course Emotions-Centered Coaching for coaches and “people who support people” including leaders, therapists, educators, faith leaders, and parents.

While most coaches believe that emotions are important in coaching, they often lack a simple, practical way to bring them into their client conversations. This concise session will introduce you to a new interpretation of emotions, a simple method for understanding their meaning and purpose, and practical ways to integrate them into your coaching. Your comfort with emotions will increase which will allow you to easily and organically use them as a coaching tool. You will find that working with emotions directly can deepen and shorten your coaching and often produces more sustained results.

CCEUS for this Webinar: 1.0 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Development Credits

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
October 14 Southeast Region Webinar

      Chapter News


2022 North Texas Board Election

Our President-elect Tim Kincaid and the 2022 Board Nominating Committee—Steve Coxsey, Ken Jenkins and Susan Shapiro—are busy identifying a slate for the upcoming Board election. This is a fantastic way to make connections and uncover opportunities. If you have an interest in serving as a Director on the 2022 Board, or as a Manager/Committee Member who works alongside a Director, contact Tim Kincaid at as soon as possible--no later than October 11. Coaching opportunities are expanding at a tremendous pace and serving as a director or manager is a meaningful and fulfilling way to learn more about the breadth of our coaching community across North Texas and beyond.

Celebrate Coaching 2021

Thank you to all our members and associates who attended Celebrate Coaching 2021 and to those who brought clients to enjoy what I think we can all agree was an amazing event! We truly got a glimpse of why coaching works and why it is becoming more important now and in the future.

The feedback we have received has only been positive—including what we heard from our phenomenal speakers: Richard Boyatzis and Marcia Reynolds. Thank you again for your wonderful engagement in this virtual event. We will see you next year for Celebrate Coaching 2022!

~ Sandi Knight, Chair of Celebrate Coaching 2021

Member Snapshot - Dr. Debra Atkisson, ACC

Dr. Debra Atkisson combines her skills in an interesting way as a Physician Development Coach at Texas Christian University (TCU) and UNTHSC School of Medicine, and we are pleased to feature her this month in our ongoing efforts to help our chapter members to know each other better.

It all began at TCU when they created a physician development coaching program in which 12 physicians of differing specialties were hired and trained in a nine-month class (written and developed by Jennifer Allie, PhD). Debra explained, “ICF North Texas members like Sara Smith, MCC; Cheryl Close, PCC; Dan Wilson, PCC, and others worked with our staff so that we could work with medical students with a coaching approach, and we are now working with our third class to support students and their development.” She added that they help them to navigate the journey to becoming a physician, considering academic pursuits, research, professionalism, and wellness. This work is important as medical students learn to balance many factors, including retaining and refining their ability to be empathetic scholars and remain well themselves. In addition to what they provide for students, Debra also worked alongside Dr. Allie and other coaches to develop a Faculty Wellness Program and study its impact on their school.

Coaching Background: Debra became an ACC in August of 2020, adding to an already impressive list of achievements. She earned her MD (Texas Tech), became a certified general, child and adolescent psychiatrist (Karl Menninger in Topeka, KS). The Menninger Psychiatric Training Program is now affiliated with Baylor of Houston and many of her mentors are faculty members there. When it comes to coaching, in addition to training with Dr. Allie, Debra continues to engage with the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) to keep growing her coaching skills.

Why coaching? “I absolutely love coaching!” Debra exclaims. “It is such a positive way to assist people in achieving empowerment to find and follow their purpose and dreams.”

Recognition: While she has not won coaching awards yet, Debra has received notable recognition that relates to qualities that also make her a wonderful coach—her mentorship, service, compassion and leadership.
  • 2018 – National award from the American Psychiatric Association: Resident and Fellow Mentor
  • Distinguished Service from the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians
  • John Bush Leadership Award from the Federation of Texas Psychiatry
  • Compassion Award from Sierra Tucson
Favorite client or team story? Debra also has a private coaching practice,, through which she helps a vast array of professionals with burnout and frustrations by developing new career, relationship, wellness, communication and other goals, in both individual and group coaching environments. Debra says she is regularly inspired by how people show up and work in coaching, where they create the steps and leaps for their path forward. She shared there was a time when she engaged in a group coaching effort for a local hospital and led the group to determine areas for improvements that they were eager for their organization to try. Debra said, “When I took their work to the leaders of the organization as part of the alliance designed with the group, the COO immediately agreed these were great ideas and they would implement them! Coaching can create a path forward which is so needed today.”

Why Are You an ICF North Texas Member? “I really enjoy being involved in the ACC and PCC LINC groups,” Debra shared. “I have learned much and been mentored by fantastic members like Sara Smith, MCC, and Cheryl Close, PCC, who helped me to see the advantages to our coaching community. ICF North Texas provides a welcoming atmosphere and opportunities to continue learning and growing.”

Get Involved

Our organization depends on our volunteers. We appreciate all you do to keep us such a vibrant ICF chapter!

Please reach out to Jane Koenecke if you are able to help with communications such as coordinating emails or writing newsletter articles. Thank you!

Join a LINC

Laugh  Interact  Nurture  Contribute 

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
ACC Prep and Coaching Start-Up
Internal Coaches group
PCC Certification group

If you are interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups, contact Laurie Goetz for more information

      Global News

ICF Global Resources

Remember that ICF Members have fantastic resources at our fingertips!

•    Business Solutions Partners
•    ICF/HCI Research on Coaching Cultures
•    ICF Research Portal
•    Write for Coaching World
•    Social Media Ambassador

Thanks to Our Volunteers

It takes a lot of management of a number of details for Celebrate Coaching. Great thanks to Chair of the event, Sandi Knight and her team!

Tyra Bremer
Teresa Dabney
Laurie Goetz
Steve Hendon
Ken Jenkins
Kathleen Klaviter
Jane Koenecke
Amanda Panko

Contact Information 


President  Kathleen Klaviter, MSOD, PCC
President-elect  Tim Kincaid, PCC 
Secretary  Natalie Mendez, ACC
Treasurer   Jay Harris, MCC
Past President Kristin Robertson, PCC
Programs   Steve Hendon, PCC
Alliances  Susan Daniel, ACC
Membership   Laurie Goetz, ACC
Communications   Jane Koenecke, ACC
Online Platforms  Teresa Dabney, ACC
Special Events  Sandra Knight, 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