ICF New Mexico
Quarter 2 2016: April - June
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Sara Douglas

Thanks to you and our Membership Committee, our annual renewal campaign was a success.  Fifty of you renewed your ICF membership, which means that we will retain our Charter Chapter status.  As a Charter Chapter, we receive a rebate from ICF for a portion of your dues, which helps “keep our doors open.”  Thank you for renewing and contributing to ICFNM.

So who are our members?

As always, we cover a large geographic area.  While most of us are in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, we also reside throughout New Mexico and into Colorado and Texas.  


Nearly 70% of us hold ICF credentials.  Within that group, nearly 70% are PCC’s and MCC’s, indicating a high degree of coaching expertise.  In my experience, these coaches are generous in sharing their knowledge, thus creating a very supportive environment for newer coaches.  

We also serve a wide variety of clients.  It always amazes me to hear about your practices.  They are as unique as you are and no two are alike.  What I love is how we share best practices and, in doing so, help each other become better coaches.   

Finally, we value community.  Around 36% of our members are either on the Leadership Team or have offered a program in the last year.  The participation rate gets even higher when we include those of you who attend our events.  At the ICF conference in March, other chapters wanted to know what we do to create this level of involvement. 

That said, we can do more to enhance community.  We would love to connect more with those of you outside Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  We would love for more of you to join our community as Associates if ICF membership is not for you.  And, we would love for more of you to contribute your talents by getting involved.  If any of this is of interest or you have ideas about it, please let us know.

Thank you for being part of our community and making it fun and rewarding to be a coach in our part of the world.

When Business and Organizational Development Issues Show Up in the Coaching Session
Elizabeth Roll, PCC

Elizabeth Roll explored how the consulting dynamic can show up in coaching sessions and shared some options for supporting clients when it does, including a "Cycle of Change" tool for helping clients lead a new change or initiative in their organization.

Guided Imagining to Meet Your Captain & Crew
Mary Beth Shewan, MS, CPCC, BCC, MCC
As coaches we want to help each client access their most powerful self. The Captain and Crew provided tools to use with your own clients in order to find a strong inner voice and their inner leader.

Summer Social: Exploring Approaches to Group Coaching
John Ledwith, Sara Douglas, and Barb White

John Ledwith, Sara Douglas and Barb White discussed different approaches they've taken to design group coaching efforts – both inside and outside of organizations, and the group experimented with a simple group coaching format.

No meetings will be conducted in July or August.
Our next meeting is in September.

An Introduction to RISING STRONG
Led by Sandy Mitsch, MCC, CPCC
A Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator & Consultant

Virtual Program

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm MST

Location: Conference bridge line


The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong™ is a book and curriculum about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

This program is based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past fourteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame and her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Katie Show, and Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday. Brené's work is transforming individuals, marriages, families, and the work place, and it is powerful because it is tapping into what we were all profoundly and deeply created for ... love and belonging.

Sandy Mitsch, president of Sandy Mitsch LLC, is a master certified coach and provides leadership/team coaching and organization development solutions for clients who are braving new challenges. Sandy’s deeply compassionate coaching approach gets to the root causes, creating higher levels of resiliency and success. Sandy is a certified facilitator and consultant for Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ program and has more than twenty-five years of experience in the world of human development. She uses unique methodologies, tools, and workshops to help her clients live, lead, and achieve courageously.

We had a great time kicking off summer with our June Social Event at St. Clair Winery & Bistro.

Here is our fabulous coaching community in action!

Karen Ross, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CLC, has over 20 years of human resources and organizational development experience and works as a human resources manager and consultant. Her expertise has led her to teach part-time at UNM for the last 16 years in areas such as strategic management, team building, diversity and SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) certification classes. It is no surprise that as a professional in human resources, Karen often found herself in the role of coach.

When a colleague took a risk to leave her job and pursue a certification and business in coaching, Karen was inspired to seek out her own coaching certification. She enrolled at the Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, California and earned her Life Coach Certification in November of 2015. Karen’s ideal clients are interested and invested in the process of coaching, have a vision for themselves and are in a space to expand their thinking. Karen continues to teach and work as a human resources manager and consultant. While her coaching experiences may evolve, Karen currently sees herself utilizing her coaching skills as an internal coach. She anticipates she will receive her ACC certification from ICF in the Fall of 2016.

Karen hails from Minnesota, but has been in New Mexico for 31 years after falling in love with Albuquerque during a visit to the International Balloon Fiesta. She has two adult sons – one who is a civil engineer and the other finishing his PhD in neuroscience at Duke. Karen loves to be physically active and participates in several tennis leagues, golf tournaments and does TRX and CrossFit at K-Fit. Wow! She also enjoys travel and will be visiting Cuba in August. As she becomes more involved with ICF NM, Karen is most interested in staying connected with others in the world of coaching and learning tools, tips and approaches from other coaches.

Join or Renew Your ICF Membership

Many of us joined this profession because we are passionate about helping our clients become the best version of themselves. As ICF Members, we each represent the highest quality of professional coaching. Together with our colleagues around the world, we are raising the standard for our industry.

ICF Membership provides credibility, community and opportunities for continuous professional growth. Renewing your ICF Membership is the best way to set yourself apart in a crowded marketplace. By choosing to rejoin ICF in 2017, you’ll enjoy continued access to cutting-edge research, resources and marketing tools that help you become the best coach you can be.

Do you or do you know someone who would like to be and ICFNM Associate?

First, what is an Associate?  An associate is someone who wants to be part of the ICFNM coaching community, but not at the member level. Why would someone choose to participate as an Associate? There are many reasons, such as:
  • You're not a coach, but interested in coaching
  • You want to network with the coaching community
  • You work in a field that is related to coaching, perhaps HR or training
  • You're scaling down your coaching business, but still want to stay connected
  • You're a coach, but not ready to join as an ICF member
  • You're a student and want to focus on school, but still want the connection
  • You want to test the waters before jumping in
Associates don't have all the benefits of ICFNM membership, though Associates are able to take part in chapter events at the member cost, participate on committees, and receive our newsletter and much more. 
We consider our Associates as a valuable part of our growing community, bring us a diversity, complexity and richness we could not otherwise achieve.  
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Associate to the ICFNM community, go to our webpage at and check out the membership tab.  Feel free to contact anyone on the Membership Committee. We’d love to hear from you.

Appear on the ICF NM Website

If you are an ICF NM Member, please submit a listing on our Find a Coach webpage.  It's easy to do and a great place for members to locate other coaches. Use this information if you are looking for a specific coach to refer to someone.

As we continue to make enhancements to our website, please do provide feedback and insights to how we can make improvements to the Membership page or any webpages to enrich the browsing experience!


International Prism Award -
Nominations open through July 15

Nominations for the 2016 ICF International Prism Award are now open! Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. (New York) on July 15, 2016. We encourage all coaches to nominate organizations they have worked with as internal or external coaches. Organizations are eligible for the award if they have implemented coaching no later than May 15, 2015.
Action Item: Nomination information and resources are available on this page.
Questions around the ICF International Prism Award can be directed to Abby Heverin at

Special Chapter Discounts for ICF Advance
ICF is offering an extra incentive for ICF Chapters who help build attendance for ICF Advance 2016: Science of Coaching. Now through August 1, Chapters who achieve a certain number of registrations (based on criteria below) will receive a complimentary registration to the event!
Registration Criteria
Large Chapters (251+ ICF members) receive a complimentary registration for every 10 Chapter Members who register.
Medium Chapters (81-250 ICF members) receive a complimentary registration for every 5 Chapter Members who register.
Small Chapters (80 or fewer ICF members) receive a complimentary registration for every 2 Chapter Members who register.
Action Item: To receive the complimentary registration, the minimum number of Chapter Members must register for ICF Advance 2016: Science of Coaching between now and August 1 and must attend the conference. They must hold both an ICF Chapter and ICF Global membership in order to qualify towards the minimum number, and must indicate their Chapter affiliation in order to be counted. Any questions about this incentive can be directed to

International Prism Award nominations open through July 15
Click Here to Submit a Nomination
Karen Ross

Upcoming Events

Sara Douglas, President
Ildiko Oravecz
, President Elect
Barb White
, Past President
Deb Mohesky, Treasurer
Lorna Kuyk, Secretary
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