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July 2022 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 7/4/2022

Important Dates

July 8 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM-1:15 PM CT

July 8 Hybrid Chapter Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 PM CT

August 11 Southeast Reg Webinar 11:00 AM-12:30 PM CT

August 12 Virtual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM-1:15PM CT

October 6 New Member Orientation 12:00-1:00 PM CT

October 14 Celebrate Coaching 2022 8:30 AM-12:00 PM CT

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Michael Bumgarner
Seeja Devassy
Ashwina Kirpalani-Vasanjee, ACC

Congratulations on Your New Credentials!
Lacey Macleod, ACC
James G. Wetrich, PCC

       Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

       Monthly Events

July 8 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Three Ways to Make it EASY for Clients to Invest with You! ... Just by Pinpointing Your ROI
Lisa Ann Edwards

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

Hybrid Chapter Meeting Cost For Members and Non-Members:
In-Person Attendee – $40 / Virtual Attendee – $30

Lisa Ann Edwards is an award-winning coach who specializes in measuring things that are nearly impossible to measure. Her specialized ability to provide measurable return on investment for clients has demonstrated upwards of 251% ROI, and lifted employee engagement nearly 20%.

As a globally respected collaborator, author, speaker, and educator, Lisa has developed an automated system,, to track and measure the ROI of coaching, leadership development and consulting. Lisa’s organization is one of the few select entrepreneurial businesses supported by an official Advisor from Zuckerberg Media. Lisa’s client ROI projects include Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Gates Foundation, Pinterest, Gusto, The Federal Reserve, Nationwide Insurance, TELUS, and many more.

In a competitive landscape, with increasing price pressure, it has never been more important for best-in-class coaches to distinguish themselves with ROI data and retain their fees. But did you know there’s a way to make a small tweak in your business that gets BIG results without a massive upheaval in everything you offer today? As a Best-in-Class coach, you can land and expand client business, without spending endless hours in business development activities that take years to get results. You’ll learn how to use ROI data to show your value, build your authority and grow your impact.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
July 8 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program


July 8 Hybrid Chapter Workshop
Success Habits in a World of Raplexity
Valerie Sokolosky, PCC

1:30 – 3:30 PM CT

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

Or Virtually Via Zoom

Workshop Fee: $69

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 a ICF PCC accredited coach and past board member, her niche is in working with leaders to ensure they ‘show up authentically—at work and in life. Her main message has always been “We focus on people skills—those soft skills that create the hard dollars!”

While maintaining her coaching and speaking engagements, Valerie’s international vlog cast, Doing it Right!, is now in its fourth year recognized as one of Apple’s Top 25 Business Podcasts. Guests are successful leaders who have consistently maintained integrity while building their careers. Each share how they did that, and their lessons learned. Coaches will especially find value in learning from their stories and experiences.

Join us following the Chapter meeting for this dynamic workshop presented by Valerie Sokolosky, PPC. We’re living in a world of RAPLEXITY! That’s two words together! (You’ll explore what they are and what they mean in the workshop.) As coaches and leaders, we must capitalize on using our Coaching Core Competencies as we learn to conduct our business in ways that were simply not explored just a few short years ago.

CCEUs for this Workshop: 1 Core Competency Credit and 1 Resource Development Credit

Read the entire workshop description and register here:
July 8 Hybrid Chapter Workshop

        Chapter News


Celebrate Coaching 2022

Save the Date!
October 14, 2022
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebrate Coaching 2022 will be presented virtually via Zoom and in person at:
Las Colinas Country Club
4400 North O'Connor Rd
Irving, TX 75062

Sponsorships are now available! Prospective sponsors may contact Sandi Knight, Director of Special Events:

Here are additional links to assist you and your guests and clients:
Celebrate Coaching 2022 Event Flyer
Celebrate Coaching 2022 Sponsorship Flyer

It's a fact that coaching enables leaders and their teams to deal with the unknown—to work better together in a dynamic workplace environment where success often requires resilience…like never before. Coaching has been proven to increase leadership effectiveness, team effectiveness, and employee self-efficacy.

This year, we are pleased to present two speakers who will offer two different perspectives on the value of coaching:

The Impact of Coaching—Starting with the CEO
Carol Kauffman, PhD

Carol will discuss the results of surveying over 1,000 CEOs and the impact of coaching in their organization, starting with the CEO. Carol is known globally as one of the top leaders in the field of coaching. She has been named the #1 leadership coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith group. Thinkers 50 shortlisted her as one of the top eight coaches for her contribution as a thought leader and coach.

She is on the faculty at Harvard where she is the Founder of the Institute of Coaching. In addition, she supervises an international fleet of leadership coaches and has created a Coach Approach training program with a global footprint.

As a very active practicing coach, Carol's mission is to help leaders raise the bar on themselves, their teams and organizations to maintain peak performance and optimal life satisfaction.

On Track with Coaching at BNSF Railway
Alison Cooper, Director Talent Management
Diane Ossenkop, Director Leadership Development
Nila Sinha, Founder and Principal Sinha Solutions

The award-winning talent team at BNSF will share:

•  How to leverage coaching—with a modern twist—in leader development
•  A proven approach to using coaching for key transitions and targeted development
•  How to experience the benefits of targeted coaching in broad leadership development
•  An outside/inside view to the BNSF coaching practice and process
•  The value of building a team within the external coach team

Few industries combine the nostalgia of yesterday with the hope and promise of tomorrow as railroads do. Comprising more than 140,000 miles of track and employing more than 165,000 people, this $80 billion industry faces unique talent development challenges and opportunities—always and especially during the pandemic and great resignation.

BNSF Railway, whose history spans more than 170 years, is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of the products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply and power communities throughout America and the world. BNSF moves those goods more safely and efficiently, on significantly less fuel, with fewer emissions than the all-highway alternative.

Companies across all industries face unprecedented change. Many need to transform to remain relevant and viable. The challenge is that managing change and disruption is much easier said than done. The key to success lies in a company’s ability to engage leaders to help drive organizational transformation. In this session, you will learn how a 170-year-old company—rich in history and tradition—has leveraged leadership development broadly, and coaching specifically, as a strategic tool to develop leaders and evolve its culture.

Request for Proposals - Monthly Lunch & Learns

We would like to continue to offer monthly public Lunch & Learn presentations from our members. This will be a great way for you to try out new content, build your presentation skills, or learn facilitation on the backend. These will run monthly for the rest of this year (August 2022 – November 2022).

If you are interested in presenting, please complete this proposal form.

We Need You for Pro Bono Coaching

Several members have signed up for pro bono coaching, but we still need several more. Take a look at the opportunities coming up. If you are interested in one or more of these, please complete this volunteer form in order to participate.

United Way new Partnership – pro bono coaching (Q3-Q4)
•    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

ATD Dallas – pro bono coaching during November 7 – 11, 2022
•    Laser Coaching for 30-minute sessions the week following the Southwest Learning Summit Conference on November 3, 2022. (NOTE: ATD had change the date from August to November.

Member Snapshot - Staci Witten, PCC

This month, our Member Snapshot features Staci Witten, PCC, our current ICF North Texas President-Elect, leader of our Digital Marketing LINC Group, and much more. In addition to how she interacts with ICF members, Staci manages her own coaching and consulting business called SWP Associates, Inc. (SWP). Through SWP, Staci provides career, leadership and business coaching to professionals and organizations. Her experience and knowledge create opportunities to share her expertise in areas that include leadership development, executive presence, diversity equity & inclusion, intentional living (work-life balance), and group and team coaching. In addition, she offers small business coaching and consulting, especially in the areas of digital marketing.
What is your background and expertise? Staci started her career as an HR generalist and over time she was promoted and earned an executive role. After selling a business in healthcare in 2006, Staci launched SWP, her boutique HR and recruiting consulting practice. At that time, Staci specialized in helping start-up companies establish their human resource policies and procedures and build their teams. As SWP evolved, she recruited for more companies. Staci explained, “Professionals started coming to me, asking for help with their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. The more people I helped, the more I realized I wanted to dig deeper with them so they would find an organization and a position where they would be happy. Little did I know that curiosity is a central trait of coaching.”

What was your pathway to coaching? Staci received her CPLC and ongoing training through Christian Coach Institute, and added a DEI certification in 2020, and a Behavioral Analysis certification in 2022. She has also committed herself to ongoing learning through ICF and many other avenues that enrich her skills and help her to hone her strengths.

Staci explained, “There was a time in my career when I was trying to ‘force’ myself to excel in certain skills that were not natural for me or to fit into an organizational culture that did align with my values. Instead, I wish I would have leveraged my strengths and gifts and always honored my values.” It was exactly those personal experiences that inspired Staci to coach professionals and help them discover, explore and leverage their gifts, strengths and values so they can lead with clarity, confidence, and courage. Her recruiting and business ownership background, career, leadership, and business coaching all combine to work in a way that feels completely natural to Staci. “This self-awareness of unique gifts helps professionals and leaders serve with purpose and confidence—and to excel in their organizations,” Staci shared.

What's your favorite client story so far? Staci said: “I was working with a successful executive of an oil/gas company. She was noticing her team was very dependent on her direction. While this client delegated well, her team members relied on her to tell them how to do specific tasks. She knew they were intelligent and capable of creating their own solutions. We explored and leveraged her strengths and she started changing her conversations with a coach approach rather than telling them the next steps.” Staci explained that over several months, this client saw her team become more creative and grow as leaders. She also noticed that changing how she led created a more inclusive environment. Staci added, “It’s amazing…coaching doesn’t just impact the coachee…it impacts their team, peers, and organization!”

How are you known in the world of coaching in and around the DFW area? Staci is a published contributing author of Called to Coach. She has also been a guest on several podcasts and summits. In addition, she represented our chapter very well as a speaker at ICF Global's 2021 Converge!

Why do you choose to be part of ICF North Texas and what would you recommend for members? “Initially, I joined ICF North Texas when I was working toward my ACC. I wanted to learn more about coaching and grow my business,” Staci said. “I’m a firm believer in networking and helping others grow as well. One coach cannot serve everyone…yet so many people need a coach. Through ICF North Texas, I have created a coaching network and we can rely on each other to meet clients’ needs. ICF North Texas coaches are ‘my peeps’!”

She added that, if she could share one recommendation about coaching, it would be to not just join but to get involved in ICF North Texas. Start with a LINC group or a committee. Talk with a Board Member if you are not sure where to start. Feel free to reach out to Staci at to talk more about what might be a great opportunity to try!

Involvement with ICF? In addition to currently serving as the President-Elect of our chapter’s Board and the leader of the Digital Marketing LINC, Staci has also served in these ways:
•  Volunteer for the first Celebrate Coaching event in 2018 (thank you Lisa Seay for asking).
•  Communications Committee in 2019
•  Director of Online Platforms in 2019 and 2020 (thank you Mike Caracalas for asking)
•  Regularly participates in pro bono coaching opportunities including Girls, Inc.; North Texas Food Bank; and Texas Conference for Women.

Staci is a firm believer that when you volunteer, you receive much more than you give. Her investment of time in serving as an ICF North Texas volunteer has been extremely rewarding, creating growth for her business and personal growth in her coaching skills and offerings.

LINC Group Leader – Digital Marketing: As a self-proclaimed ‘geek,’ Staci thoroughly enjoys leading coaches as they explore video, social media platforms, and all things digital marketing. She also helps coaches grow their organizations by incorporating online marketing techniques into their business strategies.

Staci says, “If you are a coach with a curiosity about digital marketing, whether you are beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, please join us whenever you can on the first Friday of every month. We meet coaches where they are on their digital marketing journey.” Everyone contributes to this group, which was founded by Mike Caracalas in 2018, and that makes it stronger and more resilient. Members of the Digital Marketing LINC leave each meeting motivated and energized to move forward in their business. Staci invites all who are curious about digital marketing to come and try it.

What else would you like to share with members? Staci shared that, outside of coaching, she is an artist at heart. “I received my BFA from the University of North Texas, specializing in fashion design with a minor in marketing. I love to paint, design jewelry and accessories, and create in general – and that’s why I am working on a “She-shed” where I can do all these things at my new home in Sherman!” Staci enjoys following fashion trends, history, and finding unique accessories—like the hats she often wears! She added, “I also love spending time with my family. My husband and I recently relocated to be closer to my daughter and son-in-law, and I enjoy playing with and walking my two rescue pups, LuLu and River.”

Staci's daughter's wedding in January 2022

Staci's future She-Shed/Art Studio...coming soon in 2023!

Get Involved

DEI&B Advisory Committee:
A new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging committee is forming to help explore and identify our strengths and opportunities for making ICF North Texas more welcoming and inclusive. If you have experience or a strong interest in DEI work, please contact Tim Kincaid at

Sponsorship Advisory Committee: Our chapter is ready to take the next step in organizing and implementing a sponsorship program for ICF North Texas. Members with experience and interest in non-profit organization sponsorship can contact Tim Kincaid at

Chapter Finance Team: Volunteers are needed to serve on a Chapter Finance Team. This team will meet with the Treasurer virtually once a month to review monthly financial reports, tools and processes. Your eyes, thoughts and insights will be very helpful in keeping our chapter financially strong. Please contact Jay Harris at

Membership Committee - Connection Crew: We are looking for volunteers for our Connection Crew to make monthly phone calls (10-12 people), LINC Group Liaison, and Badge Master.  Please contact Cheryl Close if interested.

Join a LINC

earn  Interact  Network  Connect

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New Team Coaching LINC: There is interest in creating a new LINC – Team Coaching LINC. If you are interested in joining a Team Coaching LINC or If you would like more information, please email Cheryl Close.

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Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
Business Building Group
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

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.

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