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February 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 2/6/2023

Important Dates

Feb 9 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Feb 10 Annual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Mar 9 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Mar 10 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Mar 23-26 - TCC Retreat & Conf - T Bar M, New Braunfels

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members
Todd Adams
Zain Ali
Heather Bonfield
Thomas Lewis, PCC
Summer Martin, ACC
Tammy O’Neil, ACC
Sonia Romanos

Congratulations on Your New Credentials!
Summer Martin, ACC
Marie Rains, ACC

      Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events


February 10 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching: Masterful Coaching Made Simple
Marion Franklin, MS, 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

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

Marion Franklin, MCC is a globally recognized master coach, mentor and teacher. She currently teaches her unique ACSTH program, Laser Coach Your Way to Sustainable Success, emphasizing masterful coaching skills. Marion is the author of the popular book for coaches, The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching: A Revolutionary Approach to Masterful Coaching that was written for coaches at all experience levels. The book emphasizes getting to the heart of the matter and immediately elevating coaching effectiveness while avoiding common pitfalls. She created and facilitates ongoing weekly group Mentor Practicums, “Coach with Confidence,” offering credential preparation, mentor requirements, CCEUs.
The session will involve listening to and unpacking a laser-focused coaching session by Marion. Each time the recording is stopped throughout the session, you will have a chance to discuss and ask questions. Marion is all about getting to the heart of the matter with efficiency and yet being highly effective to create greater insight. The session will demonstrate creating deeper curiosity about the person vs. their situation thereby creating transformational (vs. transactional) shifts in perspective. Marion typically emphasizes not only the significance and simplicity of the first question after the opening story but also the crucial role of reflection and her ‘lead by following’ technique.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
February 10 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

February 9 Southeast Region Webinar
Use Change Resistance as a Gift
Michelle Yanahan, CCMP

12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20
Michelle Yanahan, Principal and Owner of ChangeFit 360, is a passionate organizational change management strategist and thought leader with proven expertise in executing programs to enhance and grow organizational change management as a strategic business competency. ChangeFit 360 offers change management training that fuels organizational change and maintains a 90 percent participant rating for class value, expectations and referrals. Michelle has 20-plus years of progressive business experience in leadership roles and holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior as well as CCMP and Prosci ADKAR change management certifications.
Whether we are coaching a person to instill new behaviors or looking to bring change into an organization, we need to meet people where they are at, create energy and build momentum for the future. We do this by understanding common types of change resistance and their root causes and building actions and strategies to manage and mitigate change resistance.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1.5 Core Competency Credits

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
February 9 Southeast Region Webinar

       Chapter News


Member Snapshot - Sharon Coleman, PCC

With our Member Snapshot we are excited to help you know more of the ICF North Texas members, and to learn more ways you can connect with people who share your passion for professional coaching. This month, we are very pleased to introduce you to another internal coach who happens to help lead our LINC team of internal coaches.

Meet Coach Sharon Coleman, PCC
Sharon Coleman is the U.S. New Collar Apprentice Manager in Sales for IBM and a professional coach for her organization and beyond. Sharon completed her formal coach training and certification through The Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and she also holds a PCC credential from ICF. Her professional coaching covers a breath of career, internal/organizational, leadership development, personal/life, and team/group coaching. Sharon has completed various trainings with the ICF Internal Coaches CCoP, Positive Intelligence (PQ) coach training, a breadth of WBECS training, and earned an IBM Career Coaching Badge.

How does your role impact IBM? In addition to coaching clients, Sharon serves as a lead supervisor in IBM’s internal coaching education program. The initiative is called Blue Core Coaching (BCC). She shared, “We focus on creating an experiential journey where we expose IBMers to the ICF Core Competencies. It is a way for them to grow their business coaching skills on the job with real business clients.”

Why Coaching? Sharon explained, “I am a generational bridge builder; I have found there are people that I am drawn to and who are drawn to me. I meet them where they are and we then journey together.” What a beautiful metaphor for our field and the clients we serve—we journey together!

How did your Coaching begin? Sharon said, “In reality, I've been coaching all my life. I was a very curious child and was often asked by my mother to let her ears rest. Throughout my high school, college, and early professional career, I've served in the capacity of providing a listening, empathetic ear. I feel called to serve as a coach. It is integrated into my divine design—I believe it is a God-given strength.”

Initially, Sharon served as a mentor and guide to professional colleagues as well as college students and young people in her church. “I was introduced to coaching as a leadership modality and profession in 2000 by my manager,” Sharon explained. “I realized that there was a name for what I felt came naturally to me. I'd found my people.”

Sharon was fortunate to work for a leader who understood and valued coaching. Her team was successful in earning three ICF Prism awards because of the way they wove coaching into the fabric of their organization in such a dedicated manner. She said, “We leveraged coaching on an individual and group basis. We had initiatives that focused on driving sales business results as well as cultivating the relationships between managers and their direct reports.” Sharon continues to coach internal IBM clients and is particularly drawn to coaching younger professionals.

The last BCC cohort Sharon led was called the Asian Golden Cats. This word cloud represents what the coach trainees wanted to gain from attending the training.

Meaningful client story? Sharon wanted to share this story because it was significant in that she felt so ‘stuck.’ She was reminded that rather than continuing to lean into her frustration, sometimes something simple or completely different can be just the right thing.

“I had a very tough client early in my coaching pursuits. We met consistently, however, I never felt like we'd made a connection. One day, I didn't know what to say or ask. We actually sat in silence for a few minutes. Then, I remembered a question that I would ask when I was in sales. What keeps you up at night? (I don't recommend that question unless there's a point to it, lol.) That opened a way for the client to share a very difficult personal situation they were dealing with that was impacting their professional performance. The dialog that took place allowed them to clear their head and focus on a plan. Our coaching sessions from that point forward were rich and purposeful.”

Coaching recognition: Sharon gladly shared, “I was part of a team that was awarded three global ICF Prism awards. I was in a full-time role to lead the efforts to design, execute and measure our initiatives, so I’m really proud to have been part of what we accomplished.

ICF Experience and Leadership: “It was important to me to meet up with ‘my people,’ so joining ICF North Texas was a no-brainer,” Sharon said. “I've met scores of coaches, received first-class education, and have a sense for really being connected to the profession.”

Sharon feels fortunate to have served on a program committee for one of the international coaching conferences. She has also held board roles for ICF North Texas. “I attended many conferences with the work team I was part of, and it gave us a special time to learn and grow together. During my stints with the ICF North Texas Board, I enjoyed working with the other Board members and relished their mentorship.”

She continued, “As a co-leader of the Internal Coach LINC group, I have a chance to meet monthly with an amazingly creative group of unselfish coaches who share so much. I really enjoy being in a LINC group that allows me to continue to learn and grow alongside other internal coaches,” Sharon explained.

Sharon said, “I credit the author and finisher of my faith (God for me) for the gifts of patience, wisdom, and an empathetic, listening ear. When I found coaching, I not only found a level of peace, I also found purpose.”

Get Involved

Making plans for 2023? Have you scheduled time to volunteer with ICF North Texas? Volunteering is a wonderful way to develop contacts, use your expertise, and become a leader in your local chapter. Programs, Special Events, Membership, Communications—whatever you enjoy doing, we have a role for you!

Please reach out to Sue Shibley at

Join a LINC

Learn  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.

       Global News

ICF Diversity Roundtable: Using DEIB Coaching to Increase Employee Engagement and Performance

The ICF Diversity Roundtable is back. You’re invited to join ICF and Joe Matthews on February 28 at 12 Noon (New York) for a candid conversation about using diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) coaching to increase employee engagement.

Joe is the first-ever diversity officer for Gentex, a leader in the automotive industry. Since 2018, Joe’s efforts have helped Gentex gain recognition as a world-class employer, and he has won numerous awards for his work at the company and in the community. In his current role, Joe is responsible for the continued development and focus of Gentex’s DEI initiatives, serving as a representative in the community and driving meaningful change at Gentex.
Register for this Zoom meeting here.

Coaching Science Community of Practice

Join the Coaching Science Community of Practice and David Clutterbuck on March 2, 2023, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST (New York) for getting insights on the latest research on team coaching.

Becoming a team coach requires a radical shift from how we engage with individual clients. It’s messier, more challenging—but also more fulfilling and more impactful. David Clutterbuck shares ongoing research at the leading edge of team coaching and reviews where this fast-expanding discipline is going.

*This session has been tentatively approved for 1.5 CCE units in Core Competency.

Register Here

ICF Advanced Certification in Team Coaching

ICF Global is pleased to announce that the application for the ICF Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC) is now open.

Coach practitioners ready to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in team coaching are encouraged to obtain their recognition in team coaching with the ICF ACTC. With this new certification, clients will easily be able to identify you as a practitioner with the advanced expertise and experience necessary to meet the complex needs of this emerging discipline.

Apply today!

Share Your Insights via Coaching World

ICF Global is currently accepting article submissions for our Coaching World blog. As a contributor, you can help us provide content of value to the global coaching community on a variety of topics that span different facets of the coaching industry. We encourage you to share your stories, insights, and expertise.

Here are a few specific benefits to you:
  •  Positioning as a thought leader on a given topic
  •  Advancement of your personal brand
  •  Professional network building

Learn more and submit your article at

Thanks to Our Volunteers

We are grateful to Ken Jenkins for facilitating the ICF North Texas Chapter Board Retreat in January. Your work will help us focus and bring our best to chapter members in 2023.

Contact Information 


President  Staci Witten, PCC
President-elect  Steve Hendon, PCC 
Secretary  Sue Shibley
Treasurer   Elisabetta Mroski, ACC
Past President Tim Kincaid, PCC
Programs   Open Position
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