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December 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 12/4/2023

Important Dates

Dec 6 Holiday Party 6:00 - 9:00 PM

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

Jan 11 Southeast Region Webinar 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Jan 12 Annual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Mar 21-24 All Texas Retreat & Conf

New Members and New Credentials


Welcome to Our New Members
Maillil Acosta, ACC
Sarah Bell, PCC
Margaret Boehme
Summer Butler
Rebecca Masinter, ACC
Mollie Rivas
Kevin Shuman
China Starr, ACC
Tonya Stuber
Martha Tween, PCC

Congratulations on Your Certification
Norma Martinez, ACC
Rebecca Masinter, ACC

      Board Member Message


Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

December 6 Chapter Member and Guest Holiday Party


Please join us for our annual Member and Guest Holiday Party—a time to celebrate the season and share some holiday cheer!

Wear your favorite holiday sweater, tie or other accessory and bring a new, wrapped book for our gift exchange. (Book suggestions: coaching, business building, leadership, etc.)

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
6:00 – 9:00 PM CST
12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse, 18010 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287
Members only, plus one guest, at $30 Per Person

Heavy Hors d'oeuvres | Sweet Treats | Book Gift Exchange | Door Prizes | Cash Bar Available

Register here:
December 6 Chapter Holiday Party

December 8 Chapter Webinar
AI-Driven Leadership: Revolutionizing Executive Coaching for the C-Suite
Dr. Allen Badeau

12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

Webinar Cost: Chapter Members – $10 / Non-Chapter Members – $20

Dr. Allen Badeau Jr. is an award-winning CTO and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in AI, Quantum Computing, and Cybersecurity across federal and commercial sectors. In 2023, he founded Allen Badeau LLC, an AI consulting firm, and co-founded Harmonic AI, a startup focused on Cognitive Intelligence. Previously, he served as CTO of Empower AI and ASRC Federal, earning the title of "2020 Federal CTO of the Year." A certified ethical hacker, Dr. Badeau advises multiple corporate boards and has six successful exits from ventures in software, pharmaceuticals, and M&S. Based in Key West, FL, he is a leading voice in ethical and trusted AI solutions.
In today's dynamic business landscape, executive coaching is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Traditional coaching methods, while valuable, often suffer from high costs and scheduling constraints. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize this space, offering personalized, real-time insights to enhance leadership skills. Unlike traditional methods that require in-person meetings, AI coaching is available 24/7, providing ongoing self-improvement opportunities. In this presentation, an introduction to AI and Large Language Models will be presented, while examining the good and the “bad” aspects of using them for coaching. Nuances, prompt engineering, and other aspects will be leveraged throughout the presentation for the first half of the session. For the second half, live demonstrations, as well as a Q&A session (both the presenter and the AI Chatbots), will show participants the power and dangers of using these toolsets.

CCEUs for this webinar: 1 Resource Development Credit
Read the entire webinar description and register here:

December 8 Chapter Webinar

      Chapter News


Call for Nominations:
2023 ICF-North Texas Distinguished Service Award (DSA)

DSA nominations must be received by Monday, Dec 11, at 12:00 noon CST.

Nominations are open for the ICF-North Texas Distinguished Service Award (DSA). This annual award is presented to a chapter member in recognition of outstanding service to the coaching profession and to the North Texas Chapter. The award is traditionally presented at the Board’s discretion at our chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting in January. The four prior DSA recipients are Beverley Wright, PCC; Judy Feld, MCC; Sara Smith, MCC; and Teresa Pool, MCC. (MCC credential is not required!)

DSA nominees will be evaluated for their contributions to ICF-North Texas Chapter and the coaching profession, the example they set as a role model for other coaches, and their professional coaching practice.

To be eligible, DSA Nominees must:
•    Be an active member in good standing of ICF-North Texas
•    Hold an up-to-date ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, MCC)
•    Have or have had an active coaching practice

To make a nomination, you must be a member in good standing of ICF-North Texas and hold an up-to-date ICF credential (ACC, PCC, MCC). You may self-nominate.

To make a nomination for DSA 2023, you must use this online Nomination Form.

ICF-North Texas Chapter Member Survey

Your ICF-North Texas Board of Directors needs your feedback. Take our 2024 Chapter Survey and tell us what’s on your mind. The results will be studied and used for strategic planning. This is your opportunity to be a part of that process. You can go to and enter the Code 36745551 or use the QR Code to access the survey. The survey will stay open through December 20, 2023.
Thank you from you ICF-North Texas Board of Directors.

Save the Date!
January 12 Annual Chapter Hybrid Meeting

Cultivating Abundance, Embracing Belonging: A Reflection on 2023 and What's Next
Staci Witten, PCC

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM CT

Mark your calendar for our Annual Chapter Meeting on January 12, 2024. Make plans to attend as we celebrate our 2023 wins and brainstorm for 2024. Your input is needed!

Registration information is coming soon.

Three Outstanding MCC Keynote Speakers Coming to
2024 All Texas Coaches Conference and Retreat

The Texas Coaches Coalition (TCC) announced more details for the 6th annual All Texas Coaches Conference and Retreat, March 21 – 24, at the T Bar M Retreat Center, New Braunfels, Texas:

Three acclaimed MCC keynote speakers: Marcia Reynolds, Sophia Casey, and Rick Tamlyn:
  • Ten fascinating coaching presentation sessions and breakouts TBA soon (ICF CCEUs awarded)
  • Early-bird discount ($100) registration is still available through December 31.
  • Sponsorships for all budgets are now available to showcase your services.
  • 100+ professional coaches from across Texas, and beyond are expected!

About the Conference: The annual event is hosted each March by the all-volunteer Texas Coaches Coalition (TCC) and is designed to spark collaboration between coaches with a variety of experience and specialties. The conference is a must-attend event for all coaches who are interested in growing, learning, and connecting with other passionate and like-minded professional coaches across the state of Texas.

The conference offers unparalleled learning opportunities through high-impact keynote presentations and interactive workshops, with the opportunity to earn numerous CCEUs across the 3-day event. In addition to the learning opportunities, attendees can network and exchange ideas through a variety of special interest Affinity Groups, as well as take advantage of the built-in “retreat” time to relax and recharge. This event is recognized by the ICF as an Alliance Partner.

ICF-North Texas 2024 Board of Directors

Chapter member voting was conducted November 1-15 to select the 2024 Board of Directors. On November 17, per the ICF-NT bylaws, the vote was certified by the current Board of Directors. Here are your 2024 ICF-NT Board of Directors:

President: Steve Hendon, PCC (returning)
President-Elect: Dara Rossi, PCC (returning)
Treasurer: Elisabetta Mroski, ACC (returning)
Secretary: Sue Shibley, ACC (returning)
Past-President: Staci Witten, PCC (returning)

Alliances: Mayme Doumbia, PCC (new to board)
DEIB: Laurie Goetz, ACC, Interim Director (returning)
Membership: Cheryl Close, MCC (returning)
Online Platforms: Teresa Dabney, (returning)
Special Events: Ben Dilla, ACC (new to board)
Programs: Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC (new to board
Communications: OPEN

Note that we are still trying to fill the open Communications Director position. If you are interested in learning more about this position, contact Tim Kincaid, chair of the Nominating Committee, at

Three current Board members are not returning in 2024 – we thank them for their service:
Tim Kincaid, Past President
Sandi Knight, Special Events Director
Lizette Warner, Communications Director

Nominating Committee for 2024 Board:
Tim Kincaid, PCC – Past President
Kathleen Klaviter, PCC – Past President
Natalie Mendez, PCC – Past Secretary

Road to Advanced Coaching Mastery LINC

The Road to Advanced Coaching Mastery (RACM) LINC is designed to be a learning bridge between achieving the PCC credential and preparing for the MCC credential. Participating coaches will be ICF-North Texas members, have a PCC credential, and between 1500 and 2500 logged coaching hours.

This LINC group will be administered and hosted by Teresa Pool and Steve Coxsey. The focus will be on developing advanced coaching skills and may include any of the following, as determined by the participants:
  •  Deep learning dives into individual ICF core competencies
  •  Coaching skill drills
  •  Coaching demonstrations
  •  MCC guest speakers
  •  Optional peer practice between sessions

The RACM LINC group will be held virtually on the 2nd Friday of the month from 9:00 – 10:15 AM, starting January 12, 2024. CCEs will be provided by the ICF-North Texas Chapter.

You will find information on all the Chapter LINC groups here.

Maximize Your Member Benefits

Are you ready for a new year of opportunities? As you look ahead, be sure you maximize these ICF Member Benefits:

#1 ✏️Update✏️ Your Profile
Are you "findable?" We continue to increase the visibility of ICF North Texas Coaches within the region. The launch of the Speakers Bureau this year is an example of this. Review your profile (members must sign in first):
   •  Is all your contact information accurate?
   •  Did you get a new credential, or add or change your title?
   •  Did you launch or expand your business or add a new program?
   •  Does your Biography section include keywords to help people searching to find you?
PRO TIP: Did you know you can customize your biography to add an image banner, add color or change the size and font of your text? Does your biography align with your coaching?

#2 Opt-inFor Text Messaging
We are all busy and it's easy to forget to sign up for a meeting or event. When you opt-in for texting, you get reminders for the monthly meetings and special events on your phone.

#3 🔗Join🔗 The Private FB Members' Group (FBG). Join Now!
Stay up to date and be the first to know about events and activities. The private FBG is also a way to engage and connect with other members, ask questions, and share insights.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Dabney at

Don't wait! Start the year ready for 365 days of opportunity and possibilities.

Member Snapshot – Tim Williams, ACC

This month, we are delighted to introduce you to Tim G. Williams, ACC. We hope that getting to know Tim, or getting to know him a bit better through this Snapshot, will continue providing you a way to experience what wonderful members we have in ICF-North Texas.
What drew you into coaching, Tim? For the past 22 years, I’ve worked at a Fortune 500 global technology company; and as a business executive since 2011. In 2019, ironically through a coaching engagement, I began seriously reflecting on my strengths and passions, and thinking about my personal and professional future. Becoming a coach wasn’t my first thought. In that reflection though, I recalled feedback from others, that I was a good listener, had a calming presence, and was a strong people developer. I had also gained nearly two decades experience in leading people, working on several teams, and in partnering with business leaders, executives, and strategic thinkers.

Then in 2020, I took a four-month sabbatical, and following that time off, I started a new role shifting from finance and operations executive, to executive adviser. Reflecting further on the value I received from professional coaching and wanting to help others, I entered UTD’s professional and executive coaching program the following year. Soon after, I started my company to begin coaching part-time. In March 2023, I retired as VP & Strategic Adviser to the Board Chairman and CEO, ready to pursue building my coaching and consulting company, Bonafide Leaders, full-time.

I treasure being a part of people’s leadership and life journey.
Tell us about your coaching business. Bonafide Leaders is a firm dedicated to helping leaders in business, technology, and non-profit to maximize and fulfill their God-given potential and purpose, enabling their teams, companies, and organizations to achieve their mission and highest ambitions. The firm specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, and organizational consulting. Tim G. Williams is the leader behind Bonafide Leaders, striving to be a true thought partner with his clients. The firm works nearly exclusively with leaders who often directly or indirectly impact dozens, if not hundreds of other people regularly, and so I take my role as coach very seriously. To date, Bonafide Leaders has helped its coaching clients achieve breakthroughs and positive outcomes in managing time and priorities; setting strategy and executing results; getting clarity on purpose, vision and mission; managing relationships and networks; change management; managing and integrating work and life; communications and presentation skills; and developing soft skills such as poise, self-regulation and self-control.

What training have you received? I earned my ACC and a graduate certificate in professional and executive coaching, in addition to my AA-Business, BBA-Finance and MBA.
Recently, I have continued my coaching education through:
•    Ethics class on the ethical uses of artificial intelligence in coaching
•    Ethics class on the ethics of copyright
•    Stewart Leadership Lead Now 360 certification class

I worked for 22 years at a fortune 500 global technology company, primarily focused on finance, operations, strategy, and leadership. Serving as an executive for half of those years, I was privileged to help run and operate global billion-dollar businesses, while hiring, mentoring, developing and leading hundreds of employees. Outside of the company, I’ve coached youth sports, served on for profit and nonprofit boards, and taught strategic leadership as an instructor at SMU‘s Business Leadership Center for nearly a decade now.

What has your experience in coaching shown you? I've seen that coaching truly helps clients make the changes they want in their professional and personal lives, and I’ve also seen the importance of vetting a client’s commitment level and the coach/client fit. When the double-double happens, meaning the client is highly motivated and committed, and there’s a strong coach/client fit, great things can happen, and coaching is fun and exciting! I consider myself a researcher, practitioner, and ongoing student of leadership and my coaching experience to date has confirmed my passion to work with high impact leaders.

Tell us about one of your coaching clients. I was working with someone who had never been professionally coached. Prior to coaching, my client was allowing the opinions of others and their own negative self-talk and doubts to cloud their leadership effectiveness. I remember the moment when my client recognized that they had the ability to turn the volume up on the voices that mattered the most (spouse, brother, leadership team), and to turn the volume down on those voices that were noisy but did not contribute positively to the business. It was beautiful and meaningful for me to see my client amplify their own positive self-talk, which began drowning out the interruptions and distractions. Afterwards, the client felt empowered and strengthened, and this shift in mindset gave them focus—which they desperately needed to be able to run the business well. This deepened my commitment to coaching and its significant power.

Why a member of ICF-North Texas? My coaching instructors shared the importance of having a Coaching Community and I have found their words to be very good wisdom. Having a network of other coaches to lean on and to share experiences with has been valuable support for me as a new, small business owner.

What has been most beneficial part of your membership? I joined the Digital Marketing LINC group and the Business Building LINC group. I’m still in the early phases of building my business and I have found it helpful to learn from others while also sharing what I am learning. Additionally, it’s just a good way to stay in contact with ICF-North Texas members and to hear what’s going on in each other’s world.

What else should we know about you? I love to travel. I was a college student-athlete, competing in basketball and cross country, and I still love playing and talking about sports. I’ve coached lots of youth sports teams and currently coach my son’s 6th grade basketball team.

If you would like to reach out to Tim, you can find him at

I love the freedom and flexibility that having a coaching business affords, including being able to dress up and dress down, and to spend more quality time with family, like this trip to the Caribbean with my wife and two kids!

Get Involved

Director of Communications:

The ICF-North Texas Board seeks a Director of Communications for 2024.

Or, if you would like to have a different role as pat of the communications team, this is a great time to start! If you enjoy gathering information, and some writing and editing, and the chance to meet people all across our chapter, please let us know.

Please contact Tim Kincaid ( in December for more information.

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
   •    ACC Credential Support LINC
   •    PCC Credential Support LINC
   •    MCC Credential Support LINC
   •    Business Building LINC
   •    Digital Marketing LINC
   •    Ready to Retire - Now, Later, or Never? LINC
   •    Road to Advanced Coaching Mastery LINC – New Group

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

       Global News

Whether you are new to coaching or have been around for years, it may be helpful to review how the Coaching Federation is structured to offer a rich experience for coaches:

Thank You, Jane Koenecke!

A very special thank you goes to Jane Koenecke, who has been volunteering for the Communications team for several years. We especially appreciate her monthly Snapshots that have been helpful for us to know more of our wonderful members. While coaching is Jane’s ‘side hustle,’ she recognizes how her coaching skills help her in so many areas of her life. 

If you would like to do this kind of volunteer work, this could be an excellent place for you to engage. Please let Jane know if you have questions at

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