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January 2024 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 1/2/2024

Important Dates

Jan 4 Southeast Region Webinar 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

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

Feb 8 Southest Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Feb 9 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Mar 21-24 All Texas Retreat & Conf

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members
Heather Moulder, ACC
Manasa Velpula

Congratulations on Your Certification

Eric Kebschull, ACC

      Board Member Message


Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

January 12 ICF-North Texas Annual Meeting
Cultivating Abundance, Embracing Belonging: A Reflection on 2023 and What’s Next
Steve Hendon, PCC
Staci Witten, 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

In-Person Attendees Registering by Jan 7: Members - $40 / Non-Members - $50
In-Person Attendees Registering after Jan 7: Members - $50 / Non-Members: - $60

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

Steve Hendon, PCC – Steve Hendon is a seasoned professional with a forty plus-year journey in sales, sales management, marketing, team building, and training. With a BBA from West Texas State University and coach training from the International Coach Academy, he empowers individuals and teams, administering DISC Behavior assessments as an affiliated expert with Target Training International. He is also certified as a Stewart Leadership coach. Steve actively contributes to ICF-North Texas, having served as Program Director and President-Elect. Beyond leadership roles, he facilitates the Business Building LINC Group, guiding others with his wealth of experience. For Steve, ICF-North Texas is more than a professional association; it's a source of fellowship, learning, support, and inspiration that fuels continuous growth.

Staci Witten, PCC – Staci Witten, PCC is dedicated to fostering the professional growth of coaches, expanding their influence, and contributing to the community's well-being. With a background as the Director of Online Platforms (2019-2020) and active participation in various ICF-NT committees, she stands as a catalyst for positive change. Staci also leads the Digital Marketing LINC, exemplifying her commitment to innovation and advancement in the coaching realm. Currently serving on the ICF-NT Board in the Past President’s advisory role , Staci's primary focus is on nurturing the growth of ICF-NT members as coaches while championing a broader understanding of coaching in our North Texas community. Her dedication to elevating the coaching profession is evident in her multifaceted contributions and unwavering commitment to the advancement of both individuals and the coaching community at large.

We are excited to extend an invitation to our upcoming ICF-North Texas Annual Meeting. Please register by January 7 so we can reserve your spot.

Join us either in person or virtually for a dynamic and inclusive experience. Staci Witten, our 2023 President, will share insights and reflections on the highlights of the past year. Steve Hendon, our 2024 President, will provide a glimpse into the exciting opportunities and initiatives planned for the upcoming year. Gain valuable insights as Staci and Steve share feedback gathered from the 2023 Chapter Survey and engage in extended breakout sessions, where your input will play a crucial role in shaping the direction of ICF-North Texas in 2024.

Whether you choose to be with us in person or virtually, your voice is highly valued. This interactive annual meeting provides a unique opportunity for all members to actively contribute to the future of ICF-North Texas. We encourage you to bring your insights, ideas, and enthusiasm as we collectively navigate the path ahead.

Thank you for being an integral part of our community. We look forward to seeing you at this important gathering.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit

Register here:

January 12 Annual Chapter Meeting

January 4 Southeast Region Webinar
How Women Executives (and Men) Can Elevate, Build Credibility, and Support Each Other Through Collaborative Promotion
Dr. Bonita Thompson

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Dr. Bonita Thompson, Ed.D, MBA, is New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value. Currently, she serves as a faculty in Organizational Performance & Leadership at Vanderbilt University and is a celebrated lecturer at prestigious institutions worldwide, including Harvard's Institute of Coaching, John F. Kennedy University, and at forums like The Conference Board and the World Economic Forum. Her upcoming book, entitled Nobody Does It Alone: The Science of Collaborative Influence, is based on her development of the world’s first ‘Collaborative Leadership’ construct in the social sciences. Dr. Thompson holds an Ed.D from University of Pennsylvania's Chief Learning Officer doctoral program; an MBA in information systems from University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in industrial psychology from San Jose State University.
Emerging female leaders often find themselves caught in a dilemma. In order to be seen as a leader, an employee must show assertiveness, confidence, and even a bit of self-promotion. Many training programs emphasize that women must be more promotional. However, researchers warn women that due to social norms, promoting yourself, the way men promote themselves, can result in being perceived as less likable. Senior leaders in organizations don’t promote people that they don’t like. Collaborative promotion is a technique for promoting your work and the work of others in a way that is both likeable and results in leader-bound perceptions. This technique works for men as well as women in improving your promotability. Our session will provide an opportunity to team with other coaches and create effective and likeable promotions.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1 Resource Development Credit
Read the entire program description and register here:
January 4 Southeast Region Webinar

       Chapter News


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. Please email Teresa Pool for more information about this LINC (

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

Early Bird Discount Extended
All Texas Coaches Conference and Retreat

The discounted registration has been extended until January 5 for the 6th annual All Texas Coaches Conference and Retreat, March 21-24, in New Braunfels. About 100 professional coaches from across Texas, and beyond, are expected. Don't wait, spaces are selling fast. For information and to register, visit

Lisa Yarbough, PCC, Elected ICF-North Texas Director of Communications

The ICF-North Texas Board of Directors has elected Lisa Yarbough, PCC, to serve as Director of Communications for the chapter’s 2024 Board. In her new role, Lisa will provide strategic communications support for the chapter’s three-year strategic plan. She will lead the Communications Committee, which produces our monthly newsletter and other member communications as well as content for Lisa previously served on the chapter’s 2018 Board as Director of Marketing.

Lisa is a PCC certified coach, writer, and founder of Epiphany Coaching, LLC. Prior to coaching, Lisa had an extensive marketing career leading marketing strategies and launching communications technology products and services for Fortune 500 companies. She brings over 20 years of this business experience along with her coaching expertise to guide her clients to their desired transformations. Lisa holds a Master of Science in Management Degree with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas. She earned a Bachelor’s in Business from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas, Dallas.
With Lisa’s appointment, all positions on the 2024 Board of Directors are now filled!

Save the Dates! Chapter Meeting Dates for 2024

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming 2024 Chapter Meeting dates. You won’t want to miss these opportunities to connect and engage with our community.

January 12 – Annual Meeting
February 9
March 8
April 12
May 10
June 14
July 12
August 9
September 13
October 11 – Celebrate Coaching
November 8
December – Holiday Party – Date TBD

With the exception of Celebrate Coaching and the Holiday Party, all meeting times are 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM.

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 - Jane Koenecke

Jane Koenecke has been a volunteer working on our newsletter Member Snapshot segment for a while now, and this month, we are pleased to introduce her to you! The Member Snapshot is an ongoing glimpse of your fellow members, giving you a great network of resources available to you and reminding you why it is so valuable to belong to ICF-North Texas.

Why coaching? After thoroughly enjoying decades in the marketing and communications field and leadership roles, I hit a point when I knew it was time to make a move but felt unsure about what I was moving to. I already had some good experiences working with professional coaches, so I hired a coach to help me gain perspective and momentum into what could be next.
In that coaching experience I came to realize how guiding people to get what they truly want in life was an extremely valuable skill—and I wanted to have it! I decided to pursue coaching myself, thinking that no matter what else I do, this leadership skill would matter.

Coaching training: I received my professional coach training through Co-active Training and went on to attain my ACC with International Coaching Federation soon after that. I remain in touch with the international friends I made along the way, and am grateful for the ongoing opportunities I have through ICF where I can be with local coaches in person or virtually most anytime. It is truly the way to stay on the cutting edge of coaching and it provides what we need to serve our clients with excellence and most up-to-date approaches.

Beyond coaching: Coaching is my ‘side hustle’ and a wonderful way to stay connected with outstanding leaders in various industries. In addition to doing some coaching, I partner with other coaches to manage 360-degree interviews and reports for their clients. The people I work with are often professionals and leaders in global transportation and healthcare organizations, and I enjoy enhancing their insights and self-awareness.

A few years ago, I was introduced to an interesting concept and an offer to establish and develop a new public charity as its Executive Director. In 2020, The HALO Initiative for Catholic Education was born to support Catholic schools throughout nine counties in and around Dallas. The organization is unique in the nation because it is an independent nonprofit that works closely and collaboratively with the Catholic Schools Office. For those of you who are not familiar with Catholic education, it is known to give students an excellent learning environment as well as leadership skills and virtues to equip them to solve problems we cannot even imagine today. Regardless of faith, ability to pay, or anything else, the Catholic schools work to serve the community by giving children lifelong advantages and opportunities. Many of these schools have room for more students so I and my team are working to help more students attend while they also create pilot programs to test new approaches to school leaders’ biggest challenges.

A favorite coaching story: A client I recently worked with had an excellent reputation in Europe and Asia for outstanding leadership, yet had come to the U.S. and was viewed as less effective and in fact, as a distraction. Through coaching, this person learned to approach his leadership in a culturally appropriate manner and to lean on the team in new ways, opening opportunities for them. Doing this work together created a bond and an ability to reach the potential they had all along. Incredible to witness all that can open up with coaching!

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 direction of the coaching industry and to easily keep up with the learning required to serve clients in an excellent manner. And to be able to hang out with coaches who understand so many dynamics of improving ourselves and our leadership is extremely valuable for me personally.

And, just as it has in other parts of my life, volunteering has been very gratifying with ICF-North Texas. I have served as the Communications Director of ICF-North Texas Board for a couple of years and as a volunteer for the communications team for a couple of years.

I recommend other members volunteer or join a LINC group AND to attend meetings in person at least each quarter. We have a wealth of information and opportunities and resources in North Texas, and connecting frequently is the way to get the most out of your membership.

What else can you share about you? Pictured here are (the light of my life for more than 35 years) Mike, along with our daughter Maggie and son-in-law Michael, and our son Dave, who bring me great joy, year after year. We were enjoying a trip in Scotland.

And here is my dog Bonden.

You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the girl. Here I am enjoying kayaking on one of many thousands of beautiful lakes in my home state.

Some of the Catholic students I’ve helped become part of a Catholic school community.

Get Involved

The ICF North Texas Board Communications team seeks a volunteer to be the Newsletter Coordinator who will help to write and organize the monthly newsletter with our Virtual Assistants. If you would like to participate in the communications team in some other way, we welcome your talent and time! This is a great way to meet people all across our chapter, so please reach out to Lisa Yarbough at if you are interested.

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

Thanks to Our Volunteers

A key reason that ICF-North Texas remains such a vibrant chapter is due to the strength of our Board. As we move into 2024, we are especially grateful for the members who just finished their service:
  •  Sandy Knight, who managed events including Celebrate Coaching for the last few years
  •  Dr. Lizette Warner, who managed Communications over the last two years
  •  Tim Kincaid, who has served in a variety of roles for several years, most recently as President and then Past President of our ICF chapter.

Thank you for all you have done, and all you will continue to bring to ICF-North Texas in the coming years!

We also extend special thanks to Reeshemah Davis for all her assistance in updating our Bylaws.

Contact Information 


President-elect Dara Rossi, PCC
Secretary Sue Shibley, ACC
Past President Staci Witten, PCC

Alliances Mayme Doumbia, PCC
Communications Lisa Yarbough, PCC
Membership Cheryl Close, MCC
Online Platforms Teresa Dabney
Special Events Ben Dilla, 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