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June 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 6/5/2023

Important Dates

June 8 Southeast Region Webinar 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CT

June 9 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

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

August 23-26 ICF Converge 2023 in Orlando, Florida

September 8 Celebrate Coaching 2023 Event

December 7 Holiday Party - Save the Date

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Ann Hamilton
James Hendley
Fanchon Henneberger
Karen Hunt
Lindsay Preston, PCC
Arun Sivaramakrishnan

Congratulations on Your New Credentials
Lindsay Preston, PCC
Natalia Robalik, PCC

      Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

June 9 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
The Six Figure Coach: Your Fast Path to More Clients, Impact, and Profit
Krista Martin, MBA, CPCC, PCC

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

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

Krista Martin, MBA, CPCC, PCC, is a sought-after speaker, business strategist, and coach. She helps her clients create a clear plan to attract more clients, make more money, and create a much bigger impact through their business. Most coach training programs teach how to be great at coaching but they don’t teach the necessary mindsets, skill sets, and strategies that are required for business success. That’s where Krista comes in. She leverages her coach training along with her corporate and sales experience to help her clients create real results, quickly.

Her Six Figure Impact® supports homeless animals, with an ultimate goal of closing down animal shelters because of no longer having a need for them. Through population control, education, and other ongoing efforts, her company’s mission is for all animals and their humans to live together in happy, healthy homes.

It’s zero fun to know how to coach but not have enough clients to work with. (Plus, it makes your business feel more like a hobby.) And, as you know, a successful coaching business isn’t built by hope, luck, or chance.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit

  Read the entire program description and register here:
June 9 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

June 8 Southeast Region Webinar
Leveraging Technology in Coaching: Best Practices and Future Trends
Nabil Bouassaba, ACC

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CT

Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Meet Nabil, a remarkable entrepreneur and coach who has built a reputation for his exceptional leadership and coaching prowess. With recognitions from the prestigious Forbes Council for implementing cutting-edge AI in coaching, he was nominated as the President of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Charlotte Charter Chapter. On top of that, he is a certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach, a proud member of the American Psychological Association, and the esteemed International Leadership Association. Nabil has coached top-level UN officials, executives from a diverse range of industries, and fellow coaches from all corners of the globe.
In today's fast-paced world, technology has revolutionized the coaching industry, enabling coaches to enhance their practices and connect with clients in new and innovative ways. This webinar will explore the benefits and best practices of leveraging technology in coaching, as well as emerging trends that will shape the future of coaching. Join us for this informative webinar and learn how to leverage technology to enhance your coaching practice and stay ahead of the curve in the coaching industry.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 0.75 Core Competency and 0.75 Resource Development Credits

  Read the entire webinar description and register here:
June 8 Southeast Region Webinar 

      Chapter News


A Note From Your ICF-North Texas DEIB Committee

ICF’s vision is to make coaching an integral part of a thriving society, and to make that happen, it is important to give coaches the ability and support to thrive. Each day we are working toward creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive coaching profession—and a sense of belonging for all professional coaches and clients. And for our chapter, we bring that vision to North Texas. In addition to our DEIB committee focusing on building this approach into our culture, this coming year we will add a new officer to our board to lead this effort. Remember, our chapter is on a learning journey. We invite you to share ANY comments, reflections, or resources with a member of the DEIB committee as we continue working at Thank you!

As part of our commitment to DEIJB within our chapter and our broader community, we would appreciate your participation in a one-minute demographic survey. Please scan the QR code to take the survey. The survey will be open through June 12, 2023. Please note that your responses will remain confidential.

Thank you in advance!


Save the Date!
Celebrate Coaching - September 8, 2023

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for Celebrate Coaching 2023: Debjani Biswas, CEO and Founder of Coachieve, LLC. Debjani is a PCC Certified Coach, speaker and author of several books on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion. Not only did Debjani serve on the ICF-North Texas Board many years ago, she also was a former coach for BNSF in their Internal Coaching program. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and NAPW “Woman of the Year.” Debjani Biswas applies her unique background of engineering, diversity, and strategy to ask: "What is the business impact of inclusion at work?" Ms. Biswas' powerful and life-changing keynotes resonate across boundaries of space and function at large corporate events, conferences, and universities. Biswas was in the news recently for multiple radio interviews, leveraging her expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion. She was designated as one of the top Influential Women Leaders of the Year 2021!

We are also excited to announce our second hour presentation by UTSW that will showcase a panel of coaches and executives from UTSW who started an Internal Coaching program last year and will be sharing their experience getting that started and where they are today.

This is a must attend event so please save the date and join us in September!

Volunteers Wanted for Bylaws Update Workgroup

Do you have an eye for detail? Have a talent for proof-reading documents? Interested in getting involved with a short-term (six months) volunteer opportunity? Our new Bylaws Update Workgroup is for you. ICF Global requires every chapter to review its bylaws to align with Global's template before the end of 2023, making this a relatively short project. Our chapter's bylaws are well crafted and current, so we will use this as an opportunity for a new review and update as needed. If this short volunteer project appeals to you, please contact Tim Kincaid at, or Sue Shibley at

Join the Communications Team

What would it be worth to you to learn how to boost your connectedness with the ICF-North Texas board and our chapter’s various audiences? We are looking for our next team member to help us boost our communication and social presence with the newsletter. If you enjoy gathering information, and some writing and editing, and the chance to work alongside other communicators who manage content across our various platforms, this role will enhance your experience immensely! You will get to know more coaches and gain exposure to the breadth and depth of all that is offered through one of the strongest chapters on the planet. Please contact Lizette Warner ( to learn more.

Member Snapshot - Rory Brannum, ACC

This month we are pleased to introduce Rory Brannum and his business: Coaching By Rory. We enjoy featuring our chapter members as another way for you to get to know each other. Our chapter members cover an incredible breadth of professional coaching and related work, and our connectedness with each other is a great benefit to being a member of our North Texas ICF chapter.

Credentials and training: Rory Brannum is an ACC-credentialed coach as well as being a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. He is currently working toward achieving his PCC credential. Rory shared that he received his training in life and leadership coaching from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and through the Gallup Global Strengths Coach training from the Gallup Organization.
Why coaching? “I have always enjoyed walking alongside people who are facing big challenges in life. When I was younger, I spent several years in the Middle East working with Iranian refugees who were fleeing persecution in their home country. I recall so many heartbreaking conversations,” Rory shared. “And yet, I felt that it brought out the best in me as I listened and helped them navigate the life-altering questions they were facing. I couldn’t provide the answers they wanted, such as a passport or a visa to some other place, but I discovered that simply being on that part of the journey with them made a profound difference.” Rory came to know years later, there actually is a profession doing what came so naturally to him—professional coaching! “I realized that this role truly checks all the boxes for me, and with training around the ICF Core Competencies I have become better at the things I love most about coaching such as asking better questions, listening, and journeying with clients as they face new challenges.”

Who are your clients? “While most of my clients have tended to be leaders in the second half of life, I have not chosen a single coaching niche, Rory explained. “I provide leadership development, personal or life, small business/entrepreneurial coaching. With any of those, I provide strengths-based coaching that resonates with my clients and motivates them to lean into who they want to become with their strengths.”

There was this one time... Rory loves those moments when we actually see ‘the light come on’ for a client—a moment of true insight. He reflected on one that he enjoyed: “I was coaching a founder around her decision to sell or not sell her business. She was only exploring the potential regrets of selling and as I was able to delve into some additional discovery with her, it opened a ‘new world’ of thinking for her making her decision clear.”

Why ICF North Texas? “The Chapter provides a priceless opportunity to connect with other coaches at all levels of professional experience,” Rory said. “And I love that it is an encouraging place to network, refer, learn, and contribute. I currently volunteer on the ICF-North Texas Membership Team. I was part of the ACC LINC group when I was working on my credential, and the Business Building LINC group for the opportunity to learn and share ways to grow our coaching businesses.” As you will often hear from others, Rory says he continuously benefit from the monthly webinars and the educational content of the monthly chapter meetings.

Rory takes his strengths wherever he goes!

Here's a guy who clearly knows how to keep momentum going!

Get Involved

Pro Bono Opportunities
If you are interested in any of our pro bono opportunities, please complete this Google form now.

Volunteers Wanted for Bylaws Update Workgroup
See the write-up in this newsletter for more information and consider volunteering.

Join the Communications Team
Read our write-up in this newsletter and volunteer for this great opportunity.

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
- Business Building LINC
- Digital Marketing LINC
- ACC Credential Support LINC
- PCC Credential Support LINC
- MCC Credential Support LINC
- Internal Coaches LINC
- Ready to Retire - Now, Later, or Never? - New Group

Coming Soon:
- Virtual Book Discussion LINC, re-forming soon
- Team Coaching LINC, forming now
- Experienced Coach Mastermind type LINC, possible new LINC. Email Cheryl if interested.

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

       Global News

Available Now: Advanced Certification in Team Coaching

ICF Credentials and Standards is now accepting applications for the ICF Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC). This certification allows coach practitioners to build upon their competence as an ICF Credential-holder (ACC, PCC or MCC) and demonstrate their advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities in the specialized discipline of team coaching. Additional information can be found here.

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  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