From the President

by Susan R. Meyer,

What Can You Do?

This month, I’m thinking about volunteers. As coaches centering our work
around coaching practices, we are committed to making a difference. We hope
to help people improve their lives and businesses, and in doing so, create a
better world.

As members of the IAC, we are committed to a specific set of beliefs described
in our vision and mission statements:

The IAC enVISIONs a world where:

  • Coaching
    professionals commit to continuously learning, growing, collaborating and
    holding themselves accountable;
  • Coaching
    recipients are inspired to achieve their desired outcomes; and
  • The world benefits in many surprising, life-giving ways.

The IAC is on a MISSION to provide a highly accountable learning,
certification, and ethical framework for aspiring and experienced coaches. Their
mastery of coaching is valued and contributes to evolving human potential worldwide.

Many of you have experienced the joys of reaching out to help someone. You
understand that, as a volunteer, you get more than you give. You also change
the world. Without hundreds of volunteers over the past decade, the Masteries™
would not exist. There would be no articles in our archives, no Master Coach
Series calls, no Member Chats, no Chapters. Without our volunteer Board and
volunteer committee chairs and members, there would be no IAC at all.

In my years as Secretary, Vice President, and now President of the IAC, I have
learned many lessons about organizational function. I’ve learned a lot
about leadership and even more about myself. Yes, there have been days –
even weeks – I have simply wanted to run screaming from the room. And
those have been times when I have learned the most.

Volunteer Coaches Wanted

This month, I want to share a unique volunteer opportunity available to all
experienced IAC coaches. The Coach Initiative was announced at the first Conversation
Among Masters gathering and creates opportunities for leaders and members of
non-profit Boards to receive pro bono coaching. I have had the privilege of
serving on the Board and Outreach Committee of TCI and am providing nine coaching
sessions to Caitlin Kelly, founder of Africa Volunteer Corps. Her organization
“unites passionate, qualified African volunteers with African NGOs to
deepen their impact and empower Africans to play a vital role in shaping Africa’s
future.” I am in awe of her energy and drive and leave every coaching
session feeling excited and empowered.

The Coach Initiative has been a wonderful experience for me and one I’m
delighted to share with you. They are about to launch several new projects.
Come along – you’ll never regret it!

Here’s a letter of invitation from the TCI President:

The Coach Initiative

March 2013

Dear Coaches:

The Coach Initiative (a 501c3) is a provider of pro bono coaching to not for
profit organizations. Several not for profits that are doing important work
in the world have received coaching through The Coach Initiative. You can see
a partial list at
As more not for profits learn about our work, our requests have increased, and
along with that the need for more experienced coaches to step forward and offer
their expertise.

The Coach Initiative wants you! We are pleased to invite experienced IAC coaches
to volunteer to work with The Coach Initiative. We appreciate the mission of
the IAC and request that experienced coaches who would like to support our work
and coach these valued leaders, please apply at
Coaches must provide two references, preferably from current or previous clients.
Coaches who need coaching hours for credit are not eligible.

This is for experienced coaches only. Coaches who volunteer are matched with
one client with whom they work in a formal coaching arrangement for a three
month period. (3x per month – 45min to 1 hour sessions).

Time zones, unique areas of interest, and language differences are also carefully
considered when our matching process is done.

Please feel free to email any questions you may have about this opportunity.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Donna Steinhorn, President
The Coach Initiative

What’s new?

Before I move away from the subject of volunteers, I would be remiss if I did
not remind you that we also have many wonderful opportunities within the IAC.
These include chairing our volunteer committee! We are looking for more members
of the Membership, Chapters and Licensing committees and a few people with research
backgrounds to help us get the Research Forum fully functional. You can contact
to express your interest.

On April 24th, I will have a Master Coach interview with Natalie Tucker Miller,
Past President and Lead Certifier. Register here.
In May, I will be speaking with past Board member, licensee and virtual chapter
founder Dr. Doris Helge. Register here.

Finally, our wonderfully ambitious Asian colleagues have created a conference,
chaired by Vice President Krishna Kumar, in Bangalore, India LEADERSHIP
: Coaching Sutras for Enlightened Leadership
will be held on June 6 & 7, 2013. Sir John Whitmore will be the keynote

warm wishes for your success,
Susan R. Meyer


Susan R. Meyer, MMC is President of Susan R. Meyer, Coaching and Consulting
and of Life-Work Coach. She provides personal and executive coaching
and facilitates seminars on topics including life planning, emotional
intelligence, leadership development, communication, and coaching
skills for managers.

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