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October 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 10/2/2023

Important Dates

Oct 12 Southeast Region Webinar 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Oct 13 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Nov 10 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Nov 10 Chapter Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 PM CT

Dec 6 Holiday Party - Save the Date

Dec 8 Chapter Webinar 12:00 - 1:00 PM

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Lisbeth Ceballos, PCC
Jennifer Howell, PCC
Pablo Juarez
James Marsh
Michael Mirau
Sandra Schwan
Stephanie Valadez
Jackie Wadleigh
Jessica Yancey

Congratulations on Your Certification
Laura Myers, PCC

      Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events


October 13 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Speaking for Free: A Surprisingly Profitable Way to Attract New Clients
Mary Cravets

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 Registering by October 8: Members - $40 / Non-Members - $50
Cost for In-Person Attendees Registering after October 8: Members - $50 / Non-Members: - $60

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

Mary Cravets is an award-winning Client Generation Expert and International Speaker who helps people grow their businesses without working nights and weekends. She’s heard all the confusing and conflicting advice out there, so she isn’t surprised that most business owners struggle to establish a sustainable business. But she’s here to change that. Using her methods, the majority of Mary’s clients quickly increase their income 50 percent or more. Clients range from the former CFO of Microsoft North America, to coaches in their first few years of business, to thought-leaders in a variety of service professions.
Speaking has always been a great client-generation strategy, and with the massive move to virtual meetings, this opportunity has multiplied exponentially. How do you make sure your speaking strategy brings in new clients, instead of being just a frustrating waste of time? Our presenter Mary Cravets, who built her multi-six-figure business primarily through unpaid speaking, will show you how.
CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit
Read the entire program description and register here:
October 13 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program


October 12 Southeast Region Webinar
How Artificial Intelligence is Being Used in Coaching Settings
Joel DiGirolamo

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT

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

Joel DiGirolamo is the Director of Coaching Science for the International Coach Federation (ICF), a professional organization of over 30,000 coaches in 140 countries. Joel leads a research team whose goals are to advance the understanding of how coaching works, measure the efficacy of coaching, and to provide tools and information to assist coaches in their progression toward becoming an expert coach. Joel is passionate about developing innovative and robust research that will provide this foundation for continued exploration. He has more than 30 years of staff and management experience in Fortune 500 companies and is the author of two books, Leading Team Alpha and Yoga in No Time at All.
This interactive session will provide you with the latest information on artificial intelligence and how it is currently being used in Coaching settings. Technologies such as Chatgp, Machine Learning, and enhanced computing power may provide real-time assistance for human coaches within sessions with the challenge of utilizing these ethically and responsibly.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 0.5 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Development Credits

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
October 12 Southeast Region Webinar

       Chapter News


New Pricing Structure for Chapter Meetings

ICF-North Texas continues to provide a wonderful experience at our chapter gatherings, and we take pride in the excellent value we offer to professional coaches and our entire community. We are grateful for our partnerships with Las Colinas Country Club and our ability to offer hybrid meetings. While costs keep rising, we are working to minimize the impact on you by making only a small change.

Beginning in October 2023, those who register for an in-person ICF-North Texas event early will continue paying the same price. Those who register within 7 days of an in-person event will pay an extra $10.

For Our October 13 Chapter Meeting and Program:
The cost for In-person attendees registering by October 8 is: Members – $40 / Non-Members – $50
The cost for in-person attendees registering after October 8 is: Members – $50 / Non-Members – $60

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

This change may also inspire you to register early for in person events to allow for better planning.

Thank you.


ICF-North Texas New Member Orientation

Everyone is welcome! We encourage all new members to attend. Also, if you have never attended an orientation, please come. If you would just like to hear what is included in the Orientation in 2023, you are welcome. If you would like to attend to meet our new members, the more the merrier.

New Member Orientation is your opportunity to:
   •    Meet and connect with other chapter and board members
   •    Learn about chapter activities and events offered
   •    Learn about opportunities to help you grow as a coach and/or grow your business
   •    Discover ways to plug in and engage within the Chapter

New Member Orientation is for:
   •    All new ICF-North Texas Chapter members
   •    Any member who has never attended an Orientation
   •    Any member who would like to reboot and reconnect!

Click on this link to register for the Orientation so you can receive the ZOOM link:
October 20 New Member Orientation

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Close by emailing

"The Integration of Diversity in Coaching" Virtual Conference October 20

Coaches of Color and Culture will host “The Integration of Diversity in Coaching” virtual conference on October 20, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM (Central). All are welcome.

The conference features an exciting lineup of renowned speakers, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Among the outstanding presenters at the event are three ICF-North Texas members—Lisa Ong, Nick Dillon, and Mayme Doumbia.

This event is designed to bring together professionals, practitioners, and enthusiasts from various backgrounds to explore the power and importance of diversity in the coaching field. This conference aims to foster a deeper understanding of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency in coaching practices and to provide a platform for meaningful discussions and knowledge sharing. Diversity is a cornerstone of personal and professional growth. It encompasses a wide range of dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, abilities, and more. In today’s interconnected world, it is essential for coaches to embrace and integrate diversity into their practice, ensuring inclusivity and understanding for all individuals they work with.

For more information, including the conference agenda and sponsorship opportunities, and to register, please visit

Stewart Leadership LEAD NOW! Certification

*** Note Correct Pricing ***

You asked, and we answered! We heard when you asked for more assessment resources and have now partnered with Stewart Leadership as an affiliate sponsor to bring you the LEAD NOW! Certification Program. It is being offered to all ICF-North Texas coaches at a special rate, and our chapter receives compensation for every member who takes training through Stewart Leadership.

Leadership is critical to an organization’s overall performance and success. The LEAD NOW! Certification Program will guide coaches and consultants through Stewart Leadership’s acclaimed and results-oriented LEAD NOW! Leadership Development Model. The program is designed to prepare coaches to fully utilize the LEAD NOW! Self-Assessment, 360 Assessment, and the entire LEAD NOW! suite of supporting materials including award-winning books, coaching cards, and action planning resources.

If you’re looking for a way to support your external clients with self-awareness and actionable feedback tools, then the LEAD NOW! Certification Program is for you.

Two-Day Virtual Event
October 24 and 27
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CT
Special ICF Member Rate: $615.00
CCEUs: 3 Core Competencies | 7.5 Resource Development Credits

To reserve your space, scan the QR Code, visit, or email Tyra Bremer at

For more information, download this helpful document.

December 6 Holiday Party - Save the Date!


Save the date and join us for our Member and Guest Holiday Party! This year's event will be held at 12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse on Wednesday, December 6, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. More details and registration information is coming soon.

Introducing the ICF-North Texas Speakers Bureau

Are you a business or organization decision maker? Is your organization ready to learn about the impact coaching makes…
Within organizations?
For teams?
For leaders?
For individuals?

The ICF-North Texas Chapter Speakers Bureau was designed with you in mind.

Through our speaker’s bureau, our vision is to elevate the visibility and value of life, business, and executive coaching in North Texas. Our mission is to provide a diverse pool of qualified ICF-North Texas coaches who will deliver keynote speeches and presentations that amplify the power and impact of coaching.

Our speakers are all strong, articulate credentialed coaches with years of experience serving individual coaching clients and organizations who value coaching. You can count on our speakers to deliver a powerful and memorable keynote or other presentation that will resonate with your specific audience.

Our goal is to help you find the right fit for your needs and make the whole process easy, from choosing a speaker to coordinating logistics to collaborating with you to create a memorable experience for your attendees.

Put us to work for you today! If you have an interest in requesting a speaker but don’t have all the details yet, let us know and we’ll schedule a call to start the process and work on your timeline.

Ready to request a speaker? Click on this link to submit a request.

If you are a member of ICF-North Texas and would like to apply to join the Speakers Bureau, Submit an application:

2024 ICF-North Texas Board Voting Begins November 1

Members in Good Standing of ICF-North Texas are eligible to vote for the 2024 Board of Directors. Voting will be open November 1-15. As in past years, all voting will be done online. Later in October, the voting process and the slate of candidates will be announced via email and on the ICF-North Texas website.

Celebrate Coaching 2023

Our Celebrate Coaching 2023 event was a huge success! For those of you who attended, we’re sure you will agree that both Debjani Biswas and Mike Caracalas and the UTSW team were amazing. Both were so engaging and informative. Many people said, “I didn’t want it to end!” Debjani’s information on inclusion was spot on and riveting. She requested that we not record the session to be sure people felt comfortable to be authentic and honest about opinions, thoughts, and feelings on this topic, so you will not see a recording on this one. There were many great questions that prompted deep and honest discussions, so thank you to everyone who participated.

Following our keynote, we hosted a team from UT Southwestern Medical Center to share how far they have come with implementing a Coaching Culture. Hundreds of professionals have benefitted from their program to date, and they are just getting started. This part of the program was recorded, so watch for the email with the link to watch it again.

Our great thanks go to the Special Events Committee once again for their hard work and dedication to making this another great Celebrate Coaching event. We could not have done this without them. Thank you to Teresa Dabney, Ken Jenkins, Schartryce Mason, Laura Myers, Patty Vaccaro, and all the others who showed up on event day to be sure we were ready to open right on time. A special thank you to Ryan Brown, our Av expert, who always handles our events with extreme professionalism.

Save the Date for Celebrate Coaching 2024 on October 11, 2024! After much consideration, we made the decision to move Celebrate Coaching into October, as it was in 2022. With back-to-school events and last-minute vacations around Labor Day, we felt an October event would provide more people the opportunity to attend. We look forward to seeing you in October 2024 for our 7th annual flagship event!

Member Snapshot - Nick Dillon

Our board and other members of ICF-North Texas chapter are a very active, highly engaged, and progressive group of professional coaches, and we love to help you know your fellow members a bit better with a monthly Member Snapshot. These ongoing glimpses can help you to know who to reach out to and to better understand the resources we have available through our chapter. We hope it may also inspire you to join a LINC group or volunteer, the ways that members consistently tell us help them to get the most value from their membership. This month, we are pleased to highlight another wonderful ICF-North Texas member, Nick Dillon, who will also be part of a panel discussion at our October event.

Tell us about your coaching business. I am the CEO of Believe Wellness Center PLLC. I serve those who are ready for more with Executive, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership Development, Multicultural, Life, Entrepreneur, and Team coaching, helping them to reach more of their potential. I bring 20 plus years of leadership and organizational development to my clients which includes leadership coaching as well as DEI training and development.

What coaching training have you experienced and who do you serve? I have completed Life Coach Training at the Life Coaching Institute, as well as a Recovery Coaching Certification and Mindset Dimensions Assessment Practitioner with Mindset Dimensions. I am also a licensed therapist specializing in addiction and recovery work.
Why Coaching? Coaching has been a natural progression for me in my years of leadership and organizational development. As an individual committed to lifelong learning, I love adding positive value to people. The helping profession, including professional coaching, speaking, training, counseling, and mentoring, all help individuals to be great leaders and productive individuals in our society.

As a survivor of bullying from my teen years, it is important to me to help others build a positive self-image so that they can be the highest expression of themselves without judgement. As a teen, I was planning my suicide because I believed the names the bullies called me, and I believed I was not good enough. Thankfully, I was able to rest my thoughts and become a living, walking testimony of the power of shifting your mindset to achieve something greater. Seeing how it has impacted my own life lets me know and empowers me to support others to be the best that they can be. This work as a coach is right and necessary for such a time as this when stress, mental health issues, loneliness and other negative forces are all on the rise and can diminish our abilities as well as the joy we are meant to have in our lives.

Why this type of coaching? I love being an accountability partner and celebrating success with my clients. Helping others to understand that life and our ability to be successful is about our belief and mindset is a big part of my holistic approach to wellness and wellbeing. Every day of our life is about the energy we bring from our thoughts and beliefs—both consciously and unconsciously. As a mindset coach (often called "The Believe Coach"), I help individuals get their beliefs in alignment with their purpose using several different modalities.

Favorite coaching story? I was working with a client who saw himself as little more than an Uber driver with minimal ambition. He was willing to invest in himself for 90 days when we started and after several weekly sessions and lots of self-awareness, self-discovery, and positive self-talk, we expanded the coaching to over a year. In that time, he went back to school and completed his degree, became a published author, got married, purchased a home, and is currently working for a Major fortune 500 Corporation. This person was able to see the power of shifting his mindset, trusting the process, and realizing the abilities he had within as an effort to see it manifest outwardly. I am one of his biggest fans, and he continues to demonstrate the power of professional coaching by changing his beliefs about who he is and who he can become.

Awards: I received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award this year in March 2023 These are given to individuals who are dedicated and work hard to serve people in their community. I was nominated and along with a gold medal at an award ceremony, I received a certificate and personal letter from President Biden.

Why are you a member of ICF-North Texas? I chose to be a member of ICF-North Texas because it is a great way to stay connected with the coaching industry and to learn from colleagues right here in the area. In addition, I feel like my support, input, and ideas are encouraged and valued.

It has been especially gratifying to volunteer on the ICF professional development committee as well as the DEI committee. I’m very pleased to be a part of the LINC group that is helping me reach my next level, a PCC accreditation, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Retreat this year. It was a truly great and engaging experience to see and hear the vision of ICF NT!

What else can you share about yourself? I am a husband to my lovely wife Beverly of 33 years, father of 3 adult children, and grandfather of 4. They are “my WHY” and it works out very well that they are also some of my biggest fans and supporters.

Nick Dillon - Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Nick and his wife Beverly

Nick Dillon - The Belief Coach

Get Involved

Upcoming Pro Bono Opportunities:

  • The Alliance team has been working hard to seek out opportunities for our members to work with diverse populations. As a result, we are in discussion with the Greater North Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to provide pro bono coaching for some of their members who are creating startups and possible coaching the Board for the Chamber.
  • Pro Bono coaching current enrolled Dallas ISD unsheltered young adults ages 8-21, who are attending an entrepreneurial program through a local university.
  • University of Dallas-Doctoral (DBA) Program, coaching doctoral students (3 sessions). NOTE: Coaches must hold a PhD, EdD or DBA to participate.
If you are interested in these, or any of our other pro bono opportunities, please complete this Google form now. 

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
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.

      Global News


Wisdom Weaver Stijn Broecke believes that advances in technology can improve the quality of life for workers by automating simple tasks. Learn more here: Technology can bolster our ability to find meaning at work.

As generational change and economic dynamics continue to influence our world, rewards and challenges will be equally present in the coach profession. To help you make sense of what is yet to come, this article focuses on three major trends that will shape the future of coaching.

If you are not sure how you show up on “Find a Coach” – check here to make sure all is up-to-date!

In this Forbes article, Christine Comaford shares 6 words that undermine and 6 better alternatives.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

We are so grateful for Celebrate Coaching committee members Teresa Dabney, Ken Jenkins, Shartryce Mason, Laura Myers, Patty Vaccaro, Staci Witten, and our Chair Sandi Knight. In addition, we appreciate the support of Rory Brannum, Natalie Mendez, Ginnie Plauche, and Alma Weaver from the Membership Committee.

Heartfelt thanks to Reeshemah Davis who helped to review and update our ICF-North Texas Bylaws. You have done an excellent job with these "eye-crossing" details and helped us provide everything to the ICF-NT Board and to ICF Global by the end of the year.

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