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May 2022 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 5/2/2022

Important Dates

May 13  Virtual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM-1:15 PM CT

May 16 - 22  International Coaching Week

June 9 SE Region Webinar: 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

June 10 Virtual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM-1:15 PM CT

June 23  New Member Orientation - 12:00-1:00 PM CT

October 14  Celebrate Coaching 2022

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Nicholas Dillon
Mayme Doumbia
Darius Frasure, ACC
Rachel Heyduck, ACC
David Martin, ACC
Zach Mierva
Ann Plat
Lisa Rubenstein, PCC
Rob Stogsdill
Greg Sumpter
Ashley Troggio
Nilsson Ulrika, PCC

Congratulations on Your New Credentials!

Cheryl Close, MCC
Lupe Prado, PCC
Lisa Rubenstein, PCC
Nilsson Ulrika, PCC

      Board Member Message


Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

May 13 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program
A Peek at the Future of ICF North Texas
Led by Tim Kincaid, PCC

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

Tim Kincaid, EdD, PCC, is our current chapter president and has served our chapter for many years, including holding a variety of Board positions. His company, Kincaid Associates Coaching & Consulting LLC, provides leadership coaching, training, and consulting for change management and strategic communications. Tim is also on the roster of coaches for coaching companies including Lee Hecht Harrison and Ezra, as well as executive coaching rosters with UCLA-Anderson Business School, the Rice University Doerr Institute for New Leaders, and UNT. Tim is a contributor for choice, the magazine of professional coaching.
Earlier this year, your board identified three strategic initiatives that will guide us for the next three years. Those initiatives are challenging, but they also carry the potential for a great deal of opportunity, for all of us. Join us on Friday, May 13 for a brief summary of the strategic plan and an opportunity to provide important feedback. We will break out into several small groups to discuss key questions pertaining to our strategic plan. Your board will be listening.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
May 13 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program

        Chapter News

International Coaching Week

Lunch and Learns - May 16 - 20

During International Coaching Week, ICF North Texas will celebrate the power and impact of professional coaching by hosting 45-minute “Lunch and Learns.” The structure will include a 15-minute micro learning session and 30-minute discussion/breakout sessions. Theses free virtual learning engagements are open to the public, and we ask for your help by sharing the registration links with your network.

All sessions are from 12:15 – 1:00 PM, May 16 – 20. Register here for the Lunch and Learn Sessions.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Presenter: Karen Gray
What Would Your Future Look Like If You Could Stop Carrying Around the Rocks from Your Past and Could Instead Use Those Rocks to Build a Path to Your Best Life?

Coaching isn't magic, but when you begin to change your mindset and release some of the blocks you have and change how you see yourself and your future, it will FEEL like magic! In this lunch session, I will help you:
•    Identify the ROCKS you have been carrying
•    Move Them out of your bags
•    CREATE a new path

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Presenters: Laurie Goetz and Michele Galen
Title:  What Would Your Future Look Like if You Could Boost Your Executive Presence?

Learn the success model for executive presence and the four ways you can strengthen yours. The group coaching workshop will include an executive presence self-assessment and a breakout discussion.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Presenter: Teresa Dabney
Title:  How Would Your Future Be Different If You Had More Time and Fewer Distractions, Starting Today?    

What would you accomplish in one year and beyond? Learn four key factors that rob you of time and contribute to chaos in your life when left unharnessed.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Presenter: Dara Rossi
Title:  What Would Your Future Look if You Knew How to Make a Career Leap?

Are you ready for a career transition but not sure how to go about it? Come learn the P.R.E.P career success strategy to make a leap—no matter your starting point.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Presenter: Staci Witten
Title:  How Would Your Future Be Different if You Had a Winning Profile on LinkedIn?

This session will share tips on creating a winning profile on LinkedIn that will help you as a professional, business owner or a job seeker.

Member Snapshot - Cheryl Close, MCC

This month we get to feature our chapter’s newest MCC, Cheryl Close!

Here is Sara Smith, MCC, pinning Cheryl Close upon the announcement that she has earned her Master Coaching Certification (MCC)!

Coaching business. Cheryl offers executive and leadership coaching to individuals and teams as well as being a mentor coach to other coaches. In 2011 she established Close Coaching & Consulting and she has built a beautiful reputation.

An Interesting path to coaching. Before she opened her coaching business, Cheryl enjoyed a wonderful career in education, beginning as a teacher’s aide and interpreter to put herself through college. “As a teacher, assistant principal and then Principal, I found I loved working with people—big and little—and see them accomplish their goals.” She explained, “I saw growth happen at a much deeper level and ‘stick’ when it was based on their own insights and style.” So, she began coaching her teachers and new principals at neighboring schools. “Like watching the little six-year-old in my first-grade classroom realize he could now read, I was soon witnessing how my partnership with colleagues was opening up new possibilities for them, and I felt the same kind of thrill and honor.”

Cheryl moved into a role as the Director of Advanced Academics and Program Integration which meant she became responsible for coaching all principals for their first three to four years through a coaching-based leadership development program she co-created with another principal called Coaching Lewisville Administrators for Student Success (CLASS). It was adopted by Lewisville ISD as their leadership development program for campus leaders and it won the ICF North Texas Prism Award in 2011.

“At the beginning of my coaching career,” said Cheryl, “I was able to attend the International Coaching Federation Convention in Fort Worth which was amazing for me as a new coach.” All this experience, along with training through Results Coaching Global, set her on a pathway to open her own business. Cheryl shared that she really loves working with executives who are stepping into a new role as well as those who already understand the value of excellent leadership and who have a desire to serve others and take their organizations to new heights.

Why are you an ICF Global and ICF North Texas chapter member? “I love ICF North Texas for so many reasons, but the first would be for our members who are all at various points on their coaching journey,” Cheryl explained. “It’s the perfect group from which to get and give support to others.” Besides the great relationships she has gained, Cheryl treasures the fantastic learning opportunities from ICF North Texas and our Southeast Region, the chances to give back to our community, and the ways to participate in the global coaching community.

Cheryl has served as a chapter volunteer in several ways over the years, including being an ambassador who would call members about upcoming programs, serving on our Membership Committee and now, as the Director of Membership.

LINC group champion. And we can’t talk about Cheryl without sharing that she helped to establish and launch our LINC groups alongside ICF North Texas member Jim Cooper. LINC group are part of our chapter’s ‘secret sauce,’ an especially rich way to enhance relationships with members. “Jim and I talked about it over lunch one day and then brought the idea to build a small group dynamic to the board,” she explained. While she has attended a few meetings with the original Book Club LINC and the Digital Marketing LINC, the group that means the most to her is the MCC Study LINC. “I owe so much to the MCC Study LINC members,” Cheryl said. “Each of them has contributed to my growth. Month after month our MCCs Sara Smith, Teresa Pool, and Mina Brown donate hundreds of hours of their time to help our MCC Study LINC members grow and reach their goals. It’s an incredible gift.”

More about Cheryl. Beyond her ICF roles, Cheryl has also been President-Elect of the Texas Coaches Coalition for its first two years and beginning in July, will serve a two-year term as President. She is also the Executive Secretary of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club and one of its 120 members who are committed to community and international service.

Here is Cheryl with her Cross Timbers Rotary pals on a cruise to Cozumel, delivering 40 backpacks stuffed with medical and education supplies for the school there as part of the work they did in cooperation with the local Rotary Club.
Cheryl married her high school sweetheart, Van, and they recently celebrated their 48th anniversary.

Cheryl and Van loved their daughter Vanessa with all their hearts for her 19 short years, and they keep her legacy alive by sponsoring an Annual Girls Invitational Golf Tournament for some of the best golfers in the state. They also provide two scholarships in her name each year.

They gained a ‘bonus son’ Marco, an exchange student from Italy, who lived with Cheryl and Van for a year. Marco and his family have all become an extension of the Close family.

Cheryl and Van live in Copper Canyon with their Maltese, Sugar, and their Golden Retriever, Ranger. She shared, “We love to travel in our RV, spending time with friends and family, and I enjoy reading, writing, sewing, embroidering, quilting, and more.”

Get Involved

We have several volunteer opportunities coming up. If you are interested in one or more of these, please complete this volunteer form.

United Way new Partnership – pro bono coaching (Q2-Q3)
  •    Ten Leaders
  •    Three hours over 90 days

NTFB Partnership – pro bono coaching (Q3-Q4)
  •    Leaders in transition and top talent/high potential leaders
  •    Six hours over four months (in-kind donations)
  •    In-person kickoff (late summer)

ATD  Southwest Learning Summit, August 18, 2022 at Plano Event Center (7:15 AM– 6:15 PM)
  •    Volunteers for two-hour booth shifts
  •    Laser Coaching Volunteers 30-minute sessions the week following the conference

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

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 Cheryl Close for more information

Thanks to Our Volunteers

We owe our gratitude to Sara Smith, Teresa Pool, and Jay Harris for providing some wonderful coaching demos for us at our April hybrid chapter meeting. We received very high marks for this event and members truly appreciate that our MCC members are so active with us. A real treasure for our North Texas professional coaches! We also thank Ryan Brown for producing the hybrid event.

Contact Information 


President  Tim Kincaid, PCC
President-elect  Staci Witten, PCC 
Secretary  Natalie Mendez, ACC
Treasurer   Jay Harris, MCC
Past President Kathleen Klaviter, PCC
Programs   Steve Hendon, PCC
Alliances  Dara Rossi, ACC
Membership   Cheryl Close, MCC
Communications   Lizette Warner, PCC
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