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July 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 7/3/2023

Important Dates

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

July 21 New Member Orientation 12:00 PM

August 10 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 AM - 1:30 PM CT

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

August 23-26 ICF Converge 2023 in Orlando, Florida

September 8 Chapter Celebrate Coaching 2023 Event

December 7 Holiday Party - Save the Date

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Member

William Oakley

Congratulations on Your New Credential

Donna Weber, ACC

       Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events


July 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Mindset or Ethics?
Antonieta Amendolara

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

Antonieta Amendolara is a Bilingual Certified Life & Financial Coach and is the Financial Wellness Coach Coordinator at FinPath. She was part of the board and mentor team of an international leadership and coaching School from 2009 to 2011 in Florida. Antonieta is an entrepreneur and has worked as life coach since 2009 and as financial coach since 2018. She has extensive experience working in business, training, and coaching. She received her Life Coach certification from the American Academy of Coaching & Training (ACCA) and her certification as Financial Coach from the University of Houston-Downtown. Antonieta won a Women of Impact award in 2012 and was chosen in 2020 by Who’s Who in America to be part of their biographies.

Coaches are valuable professionals that positively impact people’s lives as well as the success of businesses. Throughout your journey as a coach, you might ask yourself what is more important: a good mindset or ethics? Discover the key pieces to becoming a successful coach.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
July 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

       Chapter News


UT Southwestern Medical Center to Present at Celebrate Coaching 2023!
September 8, 2023


As we continue to gear up for our 6th annual Celebrate Coaching event on September 8, 2023, we are pleased to announce that following our keynote speaker, Debjani Biswas, CEO and Founder of Coachieve, LLC, we will host a guest panel from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (UTSW). Academic medicine comes with challenges such as balancing competing professional demands, balancing work and home life, battling burnout, and doing it all for less money than counterparts in private practice. To address that, UTSW has been developing an internal coaching program over the last three years designed as the foundation of a coaching culture.

During this panel discussion, you will hear:
  • The unique challenges in Academic Medicine that led UTSW to choose coaching as the solution
  • The operational details of the UTSW Coach Certificate Program (ICF Level One Accreditation pending)
  • How UTSW supports a distributed model of internal coach support
Event Sponsorships will be available very soon. As we did last year, we are offering a $50 discount for all ICF-North Texas chapters members who would like to sponsor and host guests at a table ($50 discount off $300 Bronze Sponsorship). In addition, if you or someone you know would like to donate an item for our guest swag bag, please contact Sandi Knight at

Mark your calendar for September 8. This is a must attend event!

13th Annual WBECS Summit

The 13th Annual WBECS Summit offers opportunities for learning throughout the year, and you can see more about their Summit here.

Member Snapshot - Mayme Doumbia, PCC

While attending meetings is always a wonderful way to network with other coaches, we also give you a glimpse of chapter members through our monthly Member Snapshot. This month we are very pleased to feature Mayme Doumbia, PCC!

Meet Mayme.
Mayme Doumbia is a PCC and EMCC-ITCA and she is known for her work with C-IQ for Executive Coaches, Positive Intelligence, Conscious Business Coaching, Organizational Coaching, and DEI in the Workplace.

Mayme can be found at Xcelsior Coaching and Consulting, LLC, where she provides corporate, executive, internal/organizational, leadership development, small business/entrepreneur, and team/group coaching for a variety of clients.

Why coaching? And more about how it is in Mayme’s world. “I became a coach after observing leaders over the years, working in healthcare, corporate, non-profits, and the U.S. Army,” said Mayme Doumbia. Mayme came to realize that she wanted to assist leaders by challenging the conventional assumptions about leadership. She explained, “I help them redefine leadership by encouraging them to be authentic and true to themselves, rather than imitating others.”

Mayme works with leaders who want to increase their effectiveness or to create a new path. As someone who has overcome numerous obstacles herself, Mayme has been drawn to others who are striving to do the same. “I introduce leaders to ‘unleash the trail blazer’ within them. And once that leader is set in motion, they must decide the direction they will take—forward, sideways, or into stagnation. I help them to propel forward, despite the immense challenges they may be facing.”

Why an organizational approach? Mayme explained that, while coaching an individual can be beneficial, creating a healthy space within a team and organization is crucial. It is comparable to curing an illness, and then placing the person back into a community still plagued by infections. She said, “While not all organizations are infected, I view problems and issues as contagious in nature. If the person being coached returns to an environment that is not conducive to their wellbeing, they may choose to leave or revert to established habits and norms.” Mayme makes it her goal to help a team become a catalyst for change, removing barriers and fostering positive transformations. “I strive to create psychologically safe environments, where trust, belonging, and a healthy culture thrive, resulting in meaningful and sustainable improvements.”

There was this one client… Mayme shared a time that a client who came to her as a new director (an emerging team leader) really took off with professional coaching. “Throughout our coaching relationship, this client underwent significant growth in his leadership abilities and gained confidence not only in his role as a leader, but also in his professional endeavors. He earned two promotions while we worked together and has earned a C-suite position within a Fortune 50 company, and is still growing.” Mayme shared, “It was incredibly rewarding to witness his career progress so rapidly.” What stands out in this client’s story is how consistently he redefined his future aspirations—and the steps to make them happen—during coaching sessions. “His unwavering commitment and determination made it a genuine honor to have been a part of his transformative journey, and I’m thrilled he continues to evolve and achieve even greater heights.”

ICF chapter involvement is key. Mayme is involved with:
   •    DEIB Committee
   •    PCC LINC
   •    Business Building LINC

Mayme said, “As a coach and entrepreneur, one of the crucial aspects of our work is to continuously expand our knowledge and hone our coaching skills. It is essential to keep learning and continue growing competency to effectively support and assist the clients entrusted to our care. I find the LINC groups enjoyable because they provide an opportunity to delve deeper into specific topics like these.”

Mayme is also Founder of Coaches of Color and Culture. Coaches of Color and Culture (CCC) is a non-profit organization that is focused on empowering coaches of color and cultures of diverse cultural backgrounds to achieve their full potential. Mayme explained that this group emerged as a unified collective with a simple yet powerful objective: to create a sanctuary where coaches can find solace and rejuvenation beyond the confines of their daily routines. “In the midst of life's challenges, coaches often lack dedicated spaces to engage in meaningful discussions and seek support for their personal journeys. This provides a psychologically safe space where coaches can heal, grow, and thrive together,” Mayme said. “We recognized the pressing need for coaches to have an outlet for deep conversations that foster personal growth and healing, and CCC quickly evolved into a vibrant community of mutual support and empowerment.”

I find great joy in embarking on daring adventures, especially while traveling. As a leader and coach, I consistently instill the values of bravery, audacity, and conquering fears in my clients. To truly inspire and motivate them, I try to make a conscious effort to exemplify these principles in all aspects of my personal and professional life.


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
Our new Bylaws Update Workgroup has a six-month volunteer opportunity. 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
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 in on the planet. Please contact Lizette Warner ( to learn more.

Join a LINC

earn  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

The Celebrate Coaching (CC) Sponsorship Team needs an additional volunteer to serve as the point of contact. This volunteer will:
  • Be listed by name online and in marketing material via an ICF chapter email address that will forward to your personal email.
  • Respond to requests and interact with sponsors about their participation, including the gathering of logos and materials so that our ICF Chapter can help them gain awareness.
  • Work with the Celebrate Coaching Sponsorship Team and help optimize Sponsors’ purchase experience.
Investment: You will contribute an average of 2-3 hours each week, from mid-July through September 8.

If interested, please contact Teresa Dabney, Director of Online Platforms by email at

       Global News

ICF Converge 2023
August 23 – 26 in Orlando

If you haven’t experienced Converge before, you should consider joining this fantastic event in Orlando in August. You will learn the latest coaching trends and strategies, expand your network, and strengthen your professional expertise at ICF Converge 2023. With more than 70 sessions to choose from, you’ll have opportunities to align your coaching with core competencies, explore evidence-based practices, learn new skills, expand your coaching business, and map out your coaching future.

                                                  More from ICF Global

Be sure to check out blog articles like this one on our global ICF site.

We all benefit from our LINC groups at ICF-North Texas, and we can gain additional benefits and resources from our coaching community with Community of Practice among global members.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Special thanks and recognition goes to our Membership Team! This group meets monthly and they are committed to ensuring new members are welcomed and that all members engage in a way that benefits their journey. We just enjoyed our first quarterly dinner meeting at the beautiful home of Rory and Linda Brannum. Thank you to:
Lola Aje
Paula Alencar
Rory Brannum
Sarah Dao-Bai
Natalie Mendez
Ginnie Plauché
Minette Velez

Alma Weaver Jones

Congratulations to Ann Helyer who is taking some time with their new precious edition, Benedict Reginald Helyer.

Photo of Membership Team at Rory’s home for dinner.

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