ICF New Mexico
Quarter 3 2016: July - September
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In This Issue:
Sara Douglas

An esteemed ICF New Mexico member once told me her secret for growing her business: "get involved in your trade association."  With that in mind, in 2013 I casually said that I would "do whatever you need" for the chapter.  The minute I offered, however, I had doubts.  Bad memories of committee experiences came to mind:  boring meetings, people not pulling their weight, etc…
Happily, my experience with ICFNM leadership has been the exact opposite of that. Not only has it helped grow my business, but it has also led to wonderful friendships, professional growth, and a deeper connection to this fabulous community.
I encourage you to consider joining the 2017 Leadership Team.  Here’s why:  
  1. Build your business and grow professionally: Working with people gives you an opportunity to see them in action.  You get a sense of who they are and you build trust.  In my experience, that trust is key to client referrals.  In addition, the chapter’s wide array of activities creates opportunities to learn and to connect with people, both in and outside the chapter.  If there is an area of coaching or leadership that you would like to explore or develop, chances are you can do so through involvement on the Leadership Team. 
  2. Experience an uplifting fun team environment and develop friendships:  As a leadership team, we attempt to be coach-like in our approach.  We have set of norms to which we try to adhere: commitment, collaboration, community, consistency/focus, communication, appreciation, simplicity and fun.  As a result, the atmosphere is inspiring, energetic, positive, supportive, and focused.  Wonderful friendships and professional collaborations sprout in this fertile environment.
  3. Make it work with your schedule:  With our value of simplicity, our aim is to efficiently conduct chapter business, only take on projects for which we have resources, and make the volunteer experience one of ease and enjoyment. Meetings are minimal.  You are invited to contribute whatever you can.    
If this has piqued your interest, please consider putting your name in the hat for President Elect, Secretary or Membership Chair, joining a committee (Communications and Membership are looking), or volunteering in some other way.  Our chapter is built on community, collaboration, and sharing our best with each other.  We invite to share yours.       

An Introduction to Rising StrongTM
Sandy Mitsch, MCC, CPCC

Our September virtual program featured Sandy Mitsch, a certified facilitator of Brene Brown’s work. The program was aptly titled Rising Strong and featured a review of the Rising Strong three act curriculum. The program had twenty attendees participate over 90 minutes. Sandy was generous in her time and content sharing. We can all access more online learning at


Join members welcoming new members and associates at our first meet and greet scheduled for October 5 from 5pm-7pm at Dialogue Brewing located at 1501 First Street NW, Albuquerque. Please join in this fun and intimate atmosphere. There is no cost to attend this event.  Click here to register


Breaking The Rules: How Neuroscience Can Help Us Move to the Next Paradigm of Coaching
Speaker: Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC

Date: October 27, 2016
5:00 – 5:30pm: Networking
5:30pm – 7:00pm: Program

Location: The Bio Science Center
5901 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

CCEUs: 1.5 in Core Competencies


Get ready to break the rules! Learn how neuroscience can help expand our effectiveness as coaches — and perhaps even lead into some forbidden territory. We believe coaching is at a crossroads in its development, and it’s time to expand our current thinking around what’s possible within the coaching relationship. With a deeper understanding of both neuroscience and consciousness, new ways of interacting become possible, and even necessary for maximum client growth.

In this fun, research-based and highly-interactive session, you will learn:

  • How to activate the most open and receptive state in your client’s brain, making any coaching tool more powerful and transformative.
  • The power of stories – your client’s and your own – to inspire deep-seated change, and how this works in the brain and even the body.
  • Why telling people what to do shuts down creativity—and when it doesn’t.
  • The amazing impact of sharing knowledge and wisdom with our clients—and how to do it in a way that provides greater context and builds their capacity (keeping the focus on the client at all times).
  • How to honor and work with the deep hunger human beings have to integrate both science and spirit.
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC, is co-founder of BEabove Leadership and co-leader of Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching. An international speaker/trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation, Ann was neuroscience consultant to The Coaches Training Institute and provides neuroscience, leadership and coaching consulting to corporations and non-profits, including the ICF.

Ann is author of a groundbreaking white paper on brain research and coaching, and Integration, the Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life. She contributes to Choice Magazine, Coaching at Work, Coaching World, and the ICF’s and CTI’s blogs. As an international speaker on neuroscience, leadership and coaching, she excels at making the complexities of the brain come to life with depth, humor and simplicity. For more information:


Winter Social
Date: December 6, 2016
Starts at 5:00pm
Location: The Range in Bernalillo
More details coming soon


Kelly Chisholm, a native New Mexican, came to coaching via a presentation from Thomas Leonard in Canada. At the time, she felt moved to pursue coaching in some way though she decided to became a mental health clinician. During this time she used elements of coaching in her practice and still pursued coach like training. After a career in counseling, she completed her formal coach training about four years ago.  

Kelly’s clients are typically women with some life experience who are independent and willing to look at their own history around money. She works with clients from all financial backgrounds. Kelly found that the topic of money was common in her clinical practice, and she had been coaching around the area of money for a few years and found a true calling to make this her area of expertise.

As a clinician, she did a tremendous amount of work with couples as well, and she found that many problems would come back to money in terms of communication and the relationship. In clinical practice, she started using different tools to work with her clients. Kelly strongly believes that money is the connection to everything in our lives.

Her financial coaching evolution now includes another business in financial services, including holding insurance licenses and providing products. Currently, she belongs to a woman owned and independent group called Better Money Decisions.

Kelly describes ICFNM as a wonderful group that is active and lively. She specifically appreciates being part of an Association that has outstanding standards, ethics and professionalism. She appreciates the switch from virtual to in-person programming and looks forward to her next visit to Albuquerque.


Kathrin M. Wyss, ACC, moved to Santa Fe a year ago after living most of her life in Switzerland, and her background is rich! She began her career as a pharmacist, meeting the health needs of her patients, and eventually found herself in marketing. While extremely successful, in 2003, Kathrin began questioning why she was doing what she was doing. She took an unpaid leave to reassess her motivation and discovered a passion for the psychological and mental health of business professionals. The result of this discovery was the start of her own coaching company in 2004.

As a coach, Kathrin offers executive coaching, transformation coaching and support as a change agent. Her ideal client is typically in their early 50s and has already achieved a great deal, yet may be struggling with an internal misalignment or an absence of self-nurturing. Kathrin also works with women who may be taking on new roles and positions along with broader responsibilities.
Beachtig, her agency name, is the Swiss-German word meaning "to be aware and pay attention." Ultimately, Kathrin’s keen focus is the individual – the human being as a whole. This authentic and mindful method led her to the development of BizShamans in 2015, specializing in a holistic and sustainable approach to change management by applying shamanic principles to the corporate environment.
Kathrin was president of the Swiss Female Entrepreneur Association until 2014 and is a strong supporter of entrepreneurism. In her free time, Kathrin likes to cook, hike, snowboard and read. She enjoys thoughtful conversations and practices regular Zen meditation. Kathrin views coaching as an investment in people and enjoys spending time with peers of equal mindset. As a member of ICFNM, Kathrin sees possibilities for collaboration and the generation of new and better things together.


Book Review:
Group Coaching, A Comprehensive Blueprint by Ginger Cockerham, MCC, CMC

Sara Douglas introduced our community to this resource during the summer gathering as part of the group coaching presentation with Barb White and John Ledwith.
My interest in reading the book came from my own need and desire to support a specific group of managers at my own workplace. As the title states and Sara reiterated this is truly a blueprint for providing group coaching. Ginger Cockerham provides concepts, skill building ideas and case studies to demonstrate the use of tools she introduces throughout the book. I can honestly say that the author’s promise of what the reader will receive is absolute.
The book is divided into brief and specific chapters. Each chapter can function on its own to be a quick reference once a full read through is complete. Chapter one identifies the many categories of group coaching with descriptions. The benefit of this beginning chapter is the categories of group coaching are described so the reader can identify which category fits their group coaching need. After identifying a category, the reader can use the upcoming chapters to learn specific skills for that particular area of group coaching.
Another element that makes this resource useful is the collaboration of seasoned coach experiences interwoven throughout the book. Ginger Cockerham includes examples and case studies from various coaches to describe the concepts and skills of each chapter. At the end of each chapter there are multiple coaching questions for the reader to respond and integrate their own learning.
Group coaching, a comprehensive blueprint by Ginger Cockerham is a solid guide for coaches at all levels to add to their skill base and diversify their practice.


Our Associate Campaign is Underway
Being an Associate of the ICF NM Chapter allows for great networking opportunities as well as attending coach-related educational programs at a reduced rate. Other benefits for joining include:
  • Connecting with a community of fellow coaches and gain an instant network of colleagues
  • Participating in local programs and events (some in-person, many via teleconference and webinar) at reduced rates
  • Gaining Continuing Coaching Education Units (CCEUs) from your participation
  • Connecting to social media (ICF New Mexico Facebook page) and receiving other chapter communications
To join or renew as an Associate, click hereThe new online process and electronic application makes it easy!

Join or Renew Your ICF Membership

Many of us joined this profession because we're 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.

Want to Have Your 15 Minutes of Fame? Look No Further - 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!


ICF Election Update
The application period for the 2017 Board of Directors closed on August 26, 2016. The Nominating Committee is now in the process of scoring all completed applications and selecting candidates for further interviews. Go here to learn more about the ICF election process.

2017 Global Convention
Mark your calendar! The 2017 ICF Global Convention is scheduled for August 24 – 26, 2017 in Washington, DC (USA). This will be ICF's first Global Convention since 2012, and promises to be our best one yet. Go here to be notified when new information is released!


Coaching World
The August 2016 issue of Coaching World is now online! Coaching World is the award-winning quarterly online magazine produced by the International Coach Federation. This month's issue focuses on the Science of Coaching.
Past issues of Coaching World are available here


Credential Corner
19,511: ICF Credential holders
510: ICF Credential applications approved in August 2016
Credential Requirements Update
Last year, ICF adopted new requirements for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials. These new requirements will go into effect on October 1, 2016. For more information on these changes, read this
news item.


Business Solutions Partners
ICF has developed the ICF Business Solutions Program to offer members discounts or special pricing on goods and services. This is another benefit of ICF Membership.

AudioAcrobat is a web-based audio service you can use to record calls, create podcasts, video and more. ICF Members can use the discount code f6trial to receive the special rate of $99 USD for six months (a 17 percent discount) after completion of their 30-day free trial. 
Global Coaching Study
Information and insights from more than 15,000 professional coach practitioners and managers and leaders. Go here to view findings from the study. 


Join members welcoming new members and associates at our first meet and greet scheduled for
October 5 from 5pm-7pm at Dialogue Brewing located at 1501 First Street NW, Albuquerque.

Please join in this fun and intimate atmosphere. There is no cost to attend this event. 

Click here to register

Kathrin Wyss

Kelly Chisholm

Upcoming Events

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