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November 2022 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 11/7/2022

Important Dates

Nov 10 Southeast Region Webinar 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CT

Nov 11 Virtual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Dec 8 Holiday Party - Save the Date! 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Jan 12 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Jan 13 Annual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome To Our New Members
Mo Byres
Phyllis Cauthen
Melissa Chapel
Sarah Dao-Bai
Jerry Emeron
Samuel Gozo
Carolyn Morris
Matthew Sanchez
Glynnis Swan
Allison Williams

Congratulations on Your New Credentials!
Neena Newberry, MCC
Susan Shapiro, MCC

      Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

November 11 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program
Finding the Sacred Space in the Being and the Doing of Coaching: The Intersection of Mindset, Trust, and Presence
Mina Brown, MCC, CTNC, BCC, MBA

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

Few professional coaches have the depth of executive leadership experience, masterful coaching reputation, professional credentials and positive impact that Mina Brown does. Mina, founder and president of Positive Coaching Solutions, has been an executive coach and career consultant for 25 years. In addition to providing executive coaching and leadership development programs, she also teaches in her own coach training school in Dallas. Her clients, from a broad spectrum of industries, describe her as “engaging, compassionate, challenging, inspirational and fun.” Before discovering her calling to coach, she was an aerospace executive and CFO in large publicly traded companies. Mina has co-authored five books about careers and coaching.
Would you agree that asking insightful and provocative questions that evoke awareness must come from great listening? So then, how can a coach be an exceptional listener without bringing their open coaching mindset, deeply respectful curiosity about the client, and wholly invested presence to every coaching conversation? These three competencies are so closely related, it’s hard to imagine being excellent at one and lacking in another. Cultivating trust, demonstrating coaching presence and embodying a coaching mindset are the responsibility of all coaches. And clients instinctively know when the coach brings these to the coaching relationship. In this interactive and engaging program, participants will explore what it means and what it feels like to be fully present and completely trusted.
CCEUs for this Program:  1 Core Competency Credit

  Read the entire program description and register here:
November 11 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program

November 10 Southeast Region Webinar
Designing and Aligning for Differences
Neil Edwards, PCC

*** Note: This Webinar will NOT be recorded ***

11:00 – 12:30 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Neil Edwards, MPH, PCC, CPCC, ORSCC, CTPC, CHWC, and Owner of Edge Crossing focuses on leadership, relationships and teams, inclusion, and wellbeing. Neil Edwards is a soulful leader and perceptive coach, facilitator, supervisor, and mentor who works at the intersections of leadership, relationships, wellbeing, and inclusion. He believes wellbeing is the lowest common denominator for fulfillment in life and performance at work, that inclusive leadership and leadership are inseparable, and that leaders are always in a relationship. Neil supports leaders and teams, and centers identity, self-authority, values, and purpose.
Coaching across racial, ethnic, cultural, and other differences where power, rank, and privilege are present can leave coaches in a riptide of confusion, discomfort, or fear that disrupts their ability skillfully deliver coaching. We are living in a world where working across and with differences is essential to great coaching practice. Coaches have an amazing opportunity now more than ever to expand their range, capability, and capacity to enter what could be some of the most polarizing conversations in society. With the right tools, coaches can design connected relationships with clients no matter what differences may exist between them.

CCEUs for this Webinar:  1.5 Core Competency Credits
Read the entire webinar description and register here:
November 10 Southeast Region Webinar

       Chapter News

ICF North Texas 2023 Slate of Board Directors and Officers

Voting Ends at Midnight on Monday, November 14

Voting is available to Members only. Members must be logged in to access the ballot.

The Slate of Directors and Officers for the 2023 ICF North Texas Board was approved by the current ICF North Texas Board. According to our bylaws: “Members of the Board of Directors shall serve a minimum of two (2) years and a maximum of three (3) terms (six years) with an allowance of an exception for the President-Elect position. If a member is elected as President-Elect for the sixth consecutive year of service, he or she may serve a seventh year as President.”

Please vote YES to accept the 2023 slate by clicking here.

Board Members Proposed for the 2022 Slate

1. Past-President: Tim Kincaid, 2nd year of 4th term

2.  President: Staci Witten, 2nd year of 2nd term (2nd year as an Officer)
3.  President-Elect: Steve Hendon, 2nd year of 2nd term (1st year as an Officer)
4.  Treasurer: Elisabetta Mroski, 1st year 1st term (1st year as an Officer)
5.  Secretary: OPEN

 6.  Alliances: Dara Rossi, 2nd year of 1st term
 7.  Communications: Lizette Warner, 2nd year, 1st term
 8.  Membership: Cheryl Close, 2nd year of 1st term
 9.  Online Platforms: Teresa Dabney, 1st year of 2nd term
10. Programs: OPEN
11.  Special Events: Sandra Knight, 1st year of 2nd term

For more information on each person on the slate, please click here.

We have two open Board Positions: Secretary and Director of Programs.

Serving on the Board gives you an opportunity to have an integral role in helping grow our chapter. You have input in strategic planning, and the opportunity to collaborate with an awesome group of coaches on a regular basis.

If you want to hear about the benefits of being a Board member and the responsibilities, or if you are interested in the Secretary or Programs position, please contact Staci Witten ( for more information.

Coming Soon: Call for nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Service Award

Each year, the ICF North Texas Board of Directors puts out a call for nominations for our Distinguished Service Award (DSA). This annual award recognizes distinguished service by one of our own to the coaching profession and the North Texas Chapter. Prior award recipients are Judy Feld, MCC, Sara Smith, MCC, and Teresa Pool, MCC.

On December 1, an email will be sent with details and a link to the nomination form. DSA nominations are due by December 15.

The 2022 Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the chapter's Annual Meeting on Jan. 13, 2023.

Save the Date: December 8 ICF North Texas Holiday Party

ICF North Texas will hold our Holiday Party on Thursday, December 8 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. This will be an in-person only event and will be held at the Las Colinas Country Club. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon. You won’t want to miss the good food, festivities, prizes and music!

Coming Soon: ICF North Texas Text Notifications

ICF North Texas will begin sending text notifications, about two to three per month, to remind members about our programs and events. Here is what you need to know and do:

Only members who 'OPT-IN' will text receive notifications.

Be on the lookout for an email in your inbox regarding ICF North Texas Text OPT-IN Instructions. Then, follow the instructions. It will take less than a minute to OPT-IN after you sign in.

If you have questions about text notifications, please contact Teresa Dabney, Director of Online Platforms at

Pro Bono Coaching Update

It has been a busy fall for many of our pro bono coaches. We are running three simultaneous projects with a number of coaches.

North Texas Food Bank – 19 coaches
United Way Metropolitan Dallas – 7 coaches
Texas Conference for Women – 10 coaches

We represented ICF North Texas at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Dallas Southwest Learning Summit on November 3 and offered attendees the opportunity to sign up for complimentary coaching sessions. We received a great deal of interest from attendees and need a few more coaches. If you would like to provide a 45-minute virtual complimentary session scheduled at your convenience (by December by 9), please contact Dara Rossi at

Celebrate Coaching 2022

Thank you to all our members and associates who attended Celebrate Coaching 2022 and helped make it a great event. It was so nice to see everyone in person. We especially want to thank the committee for their amazing work, headed by Sandi Knight: Cheryl Close, Teresa Dabney, Steve Hendon, Ken Jenkins, Amanda Panko, Patty Vaccaro, Lizette Warner, and Staci Whitten.

We also greatly appreciate and thank our Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: BNSF Railway and SMU.Cox Executive Education

Silver Sponsor: Measured Transitions

Bronze Sponsors: Close Coaching & Consulting, Kincaid Associates Coaching & Consulting, Klaviter Coaching & Consulting, Knight HR Consulting & Coaching, Optimum Vobis Boutique Leadership Development, Physician Healer, Practice to Business, Steward Leadership, Strive 4ward Coaching & Consulting

We had 88 in-person attendees and 16 virtual attendees. We were all extremely impressed by our presenters: Carol Kauffman and BNSF Railroad and walked away with an abundance of information. We received much positive feedback. Here is a sample:

The event was very well executed. Great speakers and flow! I’m most excited about BNSF and how I might be able to take back and apply some of their best practices.

Really good program. Well worth attending.

Carol Kauffman was amazing!!!

Big gratitude for incredible ongoing learning opportunities providing personal and professional development offered by our ICF North Texas chapter. Thank you.
I wish I could have been there in person. Great job on hybrid delivery.

Excellent face-to-face and the opportunity to learn others’ perspectives is invaluable.

Attendees should have received the recording of this event (with the exception of the BNSF presentation, per their request not to record).

Our date for next year will be announced soon. You will want to mark your calendar early!

Member Snapshot – Lupe Prado, PCC

This month we are very happy to introduce you to ICF North Texas chapter member Lupe Prado, PCC. Read on to find out more about yet another example of a professional coach who has changed and grown to provide her clients with new ways to navigate our changing world.
What is your niche and what makes your offering unique? As the owner of Lupe Prado Coaching, Lupe provides clients with career, corporate, and executive coaching. In addition, Lupe shares, “I have a podcast! It is one of the most rewarding projects that I have ever done.” Lupe’s podcast is called Paid Vocation and she interviews people who are doing work they love. This motivates her audience to find purpose and fulfillment in their work. She welcomes you to listen to Paid Vocation—noting we may be especially interested in a couple of ICF North Texas members she has interviewed, including her mentor from her work at PwC, Lisa Ong.
Tell us about your Professional Coaching training. The University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching; The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) training; International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC); Dare to Lead trained.

What else can you share about your story? Lupe explained, “An important part of my story is that my parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico. I am very proud to be Mexican-American. I was the first in my family to go to college. I chose an accounting major because my high school sophomore computer teacher told students that accountants would always have job security. I knew that I wanted to work in an industry that would provide financial security so that I would be in a position to help my family. As a college freshman, I applied for an internship and scholarship from PwC and had the opportunity to intern there for three summers. It was a dream to work for one of the Big Four accounting firms and to have a full-time offer before graduation. I spent the first eight years of my career working at PwC (in the audit practice) and at Denbury Resources (in oil and gas SEC reporting). I learned so much from those eight years and I had the opportunity to work with brilliant people.”

She continued, “In 2014, my husband encouraged me to work with a coach because he could sense that I wasn’t feeling fulfillment from my work. I realized after finding and working with my coach that I did not feel passionate about accounting. I also discovered that I did feel passionate about the transformative power of coaching! In 2018, I became a mom to my daughter Elena and decided to leave my corporate role and go back to school and launch my coaching business. I completed the Master’s in Leadership, Organization Development and Executive Coaching at the University of Texas at Dallas in December of 2020. In April 2021, I gave birth to our sweet son, Luis. Today, in addition to being a mom, I get to work with coaching clients who want to make career pivots or continue developing as leaders. I also partner with The Boda Group as an executive coach. I absolutely LOVE what I do and feel so lucky to get to do this work! I feel a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Favorite client memory? One of my clients decided to hang a "Closed for Business" sign in his office as a visual anchor that he was allowed to be off and not working all of the time. Today he has strong boundaries in his life that allow him to show up as his best self at work and in his personal life.

Why are you part of ICF North Texas? I chose to be a member of ICF North Texas for the supportive community. I love that I learn something at every meeting!

Lupe Prado with Family

Lupe Prado on her Podcast

Get Involved

Our Membership Committee is in need of numerous volunteers for the following positions:

Connections Crew: Make 10 – 12 calls a month from a provided list with names, numbers and talking points
Badge Master: Assist with compiling badge orders and work with VA who will assist in all of the mailings
LINC Liaison: Be the point of contact for LINC Group Leaders
Assistant Membership Director: Help the Director of Membership

All members would be asked to join a 30-60 virtual meeting with the director monthly.

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 Grou

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

       Global News

Communities of Practice

We like to provide you reminders that it is helpful to belong to the International Coaching Federation as well as our North Texas chapter because you receive additional benefits. For example, ICF Global members are invited to join the following Communities of Practice to improve your coaching skills and earn Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units:
Recordings of past CP sessions are available on the ICF Learning Portal. Read more in Member News.

                                            Future of Coaching Survey

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, industries globally are still feeling the impact. As they look ahead to navigate the new challenges they face, we believe coaching will become even more important to their success.

We also recognize it is important to understand how it is affecting our professional coaches and ICF Global is launching this research to understand how you are preparing to face the challenges and opportunities ahead. The Future of Coaching Study is open to coach practitioners and to managers and leaders who use coaching skills in their roles.

Please check your email for your personal link to the survey, or if you do not have one, please participate in this vital research to help create a “state of the industry” report with this link:

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Many thanks to our Celebrate Coaching 2022 volunteers who helped make reminder contacts for members and get attendees checked in and to their tables:

Lola Aje
Rory Brannum
Ken Jenkins
Sandi Knight
Lisa Ong
Dara Rossi
Sue Shibley
Minnette Velez

       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
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