As President-Elect of the IAC, I want to begin by introducing myself, inviting dialogue, and announcing an opportunity to meet at the ICF Conference in Orlando.
A little about me: After graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1979, I worked for about 20 years as a pastor before becoming a full-time coach. I’ve loved every minute of coaching and was certified by the IAC in 2005. What a privilege we have to be learning professionals! Whether it is in the most personal of life coaching relationships or in largest of organizational contexts, to come up alongside our clients and to share in their journey is quite an opportunity. Like every coach, I’ve learned as much from my clients as they’ve learned from me. You can read more about my background and work by visiting www.LifeTrekCoaching.com.
Inviting dialogue: I have so enjoyed and appreciated the work that we are doing through the Strategy process. So many great ideas are surfacing that will serve us well for years to come. Our President, Angela Spaxman, has spearheaded a great process here that will leave quite a legacy. As we move forward, I promise to do my best to follow in her footsteps and to support the continued evolution of the IAC. Please do not hesitate to write me with your ideas, questions, and suggestions at any point in time: PresidentElect@certifiedcoach.org.
Invitation to meet in Orlando: Several of us from the IAC, including Joan Marie Johnson, Kristi Arndt and myself, will be attending the ICF Conference in Orlando during the first week in December. If you will be in attendance, please let me know so we can connect. The IAC is hosting a get-together on Thursday evening, December 3, 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819. We will watch the video, “Celebrate What’s Right With The World” by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, and use the occasion to appreciate what the IAC has to offer in the coaching world. Whether or not you are attending the ICF Conference, if you're in the Orlando area you can attend the IAC gathering on Thursday and we would love to meet up with you. Please RSVP to PresidentElect@certifiedcoach.org so we can reserve the right size room at the Resort.
That’s enough for now. I hope to see you in Orlando and/or to hear from you soon.
May you be filled with goodness, peace and joy.
[Added December 2, 2009]
Our conversation will flow naturally into our discussion on the future of coaching. The IAC is formulating a strategy for creating the future we want for coaching and the world. Your insight, experience, wisdom, and opinions in Orlando will be helpful us decide how to best advance the coaching profession. We hope you can be part of the experience.
When: 7:30 – 9:00 PM, Thursday, December 3, 2009
Where: Suwanee 11, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819-8122, Phone: 407-996-9939
Coffee, tea, and light desserts will be provided.
No reservations necessary. Everyone welcome.
Call Bob at (757) 345-3452 for any questions.
If you are attending the 14th ICF Annual International Conference, this event is being held at the same hotel and it does not compete with the ICF Conference’s schedule of events.
Also, if you are attending the ICF Conference, Kristi, Joan, and Bob will be hosting table-topic discussions during the Thursday luncheon 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Our topics include: “Innovation in Coaching” and “The Coach Consultant: Fostering a Coaching Culture through Traditional Consultancies.” Please join us there as well, if you are interested and available.
Bob, Kristi and Joan look forward to meeting you!