From the President

by Vicki Zanini


My husband and I recently traveled with friends to Taos, New Mexico, which is only a three and a half hour drive from our Colorado home. It's amazing what you can discover in your own backyard. We began our journey with no itinerary and little expectation but a desire to explore new territory. On our way to Taos we traveled the “Highway of Legends” and drove through San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. During our stay we enjoyed hiking and disc golf on the ski slopes at Sipapu, wine tasting in Taos, and we even witnessed the Azteca dance group, Izcalli In Nanantzin, as they honored Santiago, the patron saint of Taos, during the annual Velacíon. At the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church we were given a private showing of the mystery painting, “The Shadow of the Cross”.

Aztec Dancers in Taos

Returning home from Taos I felt renewed, inspired, and deeply moved. Our traveling companions were among our dearest friends who have witnessed and coached me through 23 years of extraordinary living. As I reflect on my trip I am reminded of the transformation that occurs in a coaching relationship when we have the courage to explore the heart, mind and spirit of “our own backyard”. This truly is the road that leads to mastery and I can’t imagine the journey without a coach at my side.

In July the Board of Governors elected secretary Pepe del Rio to the newly-formed position of 2nd Vice President. I wish to personally congratulate and thank Pepe for his continued service to the IAC. In addition, Marissa Afton has been elected to fill the secretary position and I wish to congratulate and welcome her. Marissa joined the IAC Board of Governors in January and has a background in coaching, counseling, consulting, and education. Read Marissa’s bio and get to know others serving on the board of governors here.

In June Natalie Tucker Miller, Dr. Susan Meyer, Aileen Gibb, and Krishna Kumar presented for the World Business and Executive Coaching Summit. The webinar has been uploaded to the IAC website where members can login and listen now. WBECS is a world leading event for coaches and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to listen to these four thought-leaders on the cutting edge of our beloved industry.

The Board of Governors is a diverse and talented group committed to the IAC mission of expanding the path to coaching mastery by inspiring the ongoing evolution and application of universal coaching standards. We are also quite honored to serve you, the IAC family. I invite you to reach out to any of our governors with comments, suggestions, or feedback. We love hearing from you.

With gratitude,

Vicki Zanini Vicki Zanini is founder of Vicki Zanini Coaching & Training. As a certified holistic life coach, she works with individuals and groups who are ready to create new possibilities, boost personal effectiveness, and experience a deeper sense of meaning and inner peace. She has been leading coaching groups and workshops for over 15 years in personal development, self-care, creativity, and intuition. Visit her website at

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