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March 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 3/6/2023

Important Dates

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

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

Apr 13 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Apr 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Marc Felton
David Fisher
Jeri Fuller, ACC
Lisa Johnson
Gary McNeil, ACC
Monica Watson

Congratulations on Your New Credentials!
Debra Austin, MCC
Kristen Lobenstein, PCC

      Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

       Monthly Events

March 10 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

“The Belief Mindset”
A Discussion About How the Book Has Been an Effective Tool for Coaching Clients
Nicholas Dillon, MS, MA

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

In-Person Attendees: Members – $40 / Non-Members $50
Virtual Attendees: Members – $30 / Non-Members - $40

Nicholas Dillon is the CEO of Believe Wellness Center in the Dallas area. He is a degreed professional with a MA and MS in Adult Education and Counseling. He has completed Post Graduate Doctoral Certificate In Behavioral Psychology. Dillon is part of the John C Maxwell Leadership team of Coaches and Trainers and completed his ICF Coaching training with the Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching Program in 2020. Nicholas has spent many years as a senior Corporate leader in the training and development space before branching out on his own.  Now, Dillon is a best-selling author and international speaker. He has been written up in many publications including The Business Journal, Fast Company, and Huffington Post. He is being honored this month with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to community service, mentorship and helping his clients get their beliefs in alignment with their purpose.
In an evolving workplace landscape, many professionals continue to pivot, shift, and change based on their ability to remain competitive in the today’s marketplace. Embracing differences, exploring curiosities, and increased self-awareness of our own mindset and beliefs are a large part of achieving new and even greater success and performance. Nicholas Dillon will talk about how our beliefs and mindset play a big part of shifting the narrative of leadership development, employment engagement, and coaching along with regular feedback.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:

March 10 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

       Chapter News


Texas Coaches Coalition - All Texas Retreat and Conference

March 23 – 26
T Bar M Camps & Retreats, New Braunfels, Texas

Register Today

This year, our All Texas Retreat and Conference is focused on "Connecting the Pieces: Mind, Body, Spirit."

Time is running out! If you have not registered for the Texas Coaches Coalition’s All Texas Retreat and Conference yet, hurry to Register and secure your lodging which includes meals. We have a few rooms left before the entire facility will be full.

Honoring ICF North Texas Past Presidents

ICF North Texas is unique among all chapters in having a large cohort of active and engaged past presidents. To recognize their ongoing contributions to ICF North Texas, the annual Past President's Brunch on February 11 was a gathering to recognize past presidents, introduce them to the new chapter board Members, and say farewell to those who are leaving the board. It is also an opportunity to update the past presidents on the chapter’s 2023 goals and draw on their collective wisdom and insight.

“The coming together and sharing of ideas with the new ICF North Texas Board (and new president, especially) is appreciated beyond words,” said Staci Witten, 2023 ICF North Texas President. “For the board, knowing they are there as mentors and to provide guidance means a great deal.”

This year’s brunch had 11 past presidents attending, representing terms from ICF North Texas’ founding in 1995 (Judy Feld) to 2022 (Tim Kincaid).

Thank you to these past presidents for participating this year’s brunch: Bev Wright, Buzz Kolbe, Frances Shuster, Judy Feld, Julie Overholt Dearing, Kathleen Klaviter, Mike Caracalas, Neena Newberry, Randy Fernandes, Susan Shapiro, Tim Kincaid, and Sara Smith (who is a past president of ICF Global). And to the six past presidents who could not attend this year, we hope you can attend in 2024. You have all made, and continue to make, our chapter a notable one across the globe.

Expression of Appreciation

Huge thanks to our members who have volunteered to be part of our Membership Team. We appreciate your jumping in and making our launch an exciting one. Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to greet members at our meetings, assist with attendance, make calls and texts and more. It is exciting to see what wonderful ways you serve our membership.
Lola Aje, PCC
Paula Alencar, ACC
Rory Brannum
Sarah Dao-Bai
Ann Helyer
Natalie Mendez, PCC
Ginnie Plauché, ACC
Linda Diane Smith, ACC
Heather Tolmachoff
Minnette Velez
Alma Weaver-Jones, PCC
Jason Weber, ACC
Allison Williams

Member Snapshot - Tyra Bremer

This month we are pleased to feature our member Tyra Bremer who provides Leadership Development with Stewart Leadership. In addition, Tyra is our Associate Director of Programs for ICF North Texas. Please enjoy this glimpse of another example of our fantastic members!

Why do you enjoy being a Leadership Development expert? Tyra explained, “I have a passion for helping people become their best self. I enjoy connecting with professionals at all levels within an organization, igniting strong leadership and enabling good people to have a secure future while maximizing business performance.”

A lifelong learner, Tyra has received some excellent training to help her support clients.
Certification in Merger and Acquisition Integration
Stewart Leadership LEAD NOW Certifications
Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate
Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate
Coaching Certificate
Designing Learning Certificate
Training and Facilitation Certificate
Virtual Training and Facilitation Certificate

Why coaching? Tyra shared, “About 14 years ago, as I was leaving my annual review and heading to the airport, I reflected on the discussion I had with my boss. One thought weighed heavily on my mind: I sure am bored, but I love my organization and the people I work with.” She added, “I realized there was only one person who could do anything about that, and it was me! On that very drive to the airport, I made the decision to change—to stop being an order-taker and start being an impact-maker. I wanted to figure out a way to light my flame while lighting the flames of others. I made a commitment to pursue formal training and education around leadership development, coaching, and training and facilitation. I can proudly say that I absolutely love being able to champion, energize, and unify in this space.”

More background: While working for a rapidly growing collision repair organization, Tyra earned a promotion to the organization’s first-ever female vice president in less than one year for her successful and proactive initiatives. Tyra created and managed the company’s M&A training integration strategy while directing the design, development, and execution of multiple operational and leadership conferences, one of which was cited by the CEO as “the best conference our organization has ever had.” Tyra was selected to conduct interviews with leading industry publications and news outlets, contributing to the organization’s listing as a Dallas Business Journal “Best Places to Work” company for four consecutive years. As you can tell, she became very good at coaching herself, and preparing herself to coach others.

And that led to this: Tyra developed a comprehensive Leadership Academy program for more than 500 people managers. She includes blended learning curriculum and focuses on raising employee engagement and retention, improving business performance, enhancing leadership bench, and driving a culture of continuous learning.

Why ICF? Tyra exclaimed, “From the moment I walked into the door in August of 2018, I was welcomed with open arms!” She has participated in and moderated numerous in-person and virtual events, and Tyra has been an ICF North Texas volunteer since 2019. “It has been an amazing experience and I've built life-long friendships and received valuable education with our chapter. I'm looking forward to continuing to serve the coaching community.”

Tyra with three-year-old daughter Ainsley
My daughter Ainsley and my husband Chris are my "why." These two bring an abundance of joy, love, and laughter into my life. The three of us are committed to being caring people, always trying our best, and loving with our whole hearts. #teambremer

Get Involved

How do you want to get involved? Volunteers will tell you that they benefit so much more by engaging with our North Texas Chapter. Get to know other coaches, network, and share by volunteering with one of more of these groups.
  •  Special Events Team working with Sandi Knight
  •  Alliances Team working with Dara Rossi
  •  Finance Team working with Elisabetta Mroski
  •  Communications Team working with Lizette Warner
  •  Online Platforms working with Teresa Dabney
  •  Facilitator of Book Club LINC
  •  Facilitator of Team Coaching LINC
  •  Facilitator of “I’ll Never Retire” LINC
  •  Facilitator of an Experienced Coach Mastermind type LINC

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 Global Offers Coaching Resources


We Value Our 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  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