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President's Message

Rachel Karu, ICF Los Angeles President

January 2018


Rachel Karu

Getting to Know Me

Hello ICFLA! I am honored and delighted to be your new President. I must admit that this role is a bit daunting. Thankfully, we have a wonderful structure of creating bookends for the President which means that I am supported by both our President Elect - Sarah Khambatta and our Past President - Yu-Lin Kong. This structure sets us up for success by honoring our history and giving our future President hands on experience so she will hit the ground running. I am also incredibly excited about our Board of Directors for 2018.

For those of you that don’t know me, I started my career over 20 years ago in Human Resources and quickly realized that this was not my passion (although a valuable and needed function). I then turned my attention to Training and Organization Development. Over time, I realized that the work I enjoy the most is coaching.  I learned that I thrive when I inspire reflection, mindful action, and results to support people personally and professionally. I have had the blessing of owning my organization for the last 17 years.  I am the CEO of Stepping into More - a professional and personal development company.

Aside from my corporate background, it is important for you to know that my first passion has always been singing. Performing helps me honor my value around creative self-expression. I stopped singing for over 20 years due to my perfectionism. This changed about 11 years ago when a car accident changed everything. I started honoring my passion for performing again and wrote an autobiographical self-help book: Stepping into More - Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist as well as produce a CD of songs also titled Stepping into More.

I share this with you as I want to convey that although I am structured and organized with a corporate background, I am also creative, flexible, and open. This blend of my right and left brain has helped me form my vision for the year.

New Year, New Direction

ICFLA would not exist without our members! With that in mind the acronym you will hear throughout the year is ARE. This stands for:

  • Attract
  • Retain
  • Engage

It is my intention to find innovative approaches as well as honor time tested best practices to entice you to continue and perhaps step up your support and involvement of ICFLA.

The first step in manifesting this vision is to adjust our programming agenda and schedule that will appeal to our coaches that are as diverse as Los Angeles itself (we all know how big LA is).  We recognize that it is difficult to make it to the Skirball one night a month. We also recognize and are delighted that our members are not only from Los Angeles but are nationwide and global.

With this intention in mind, I am excited to share:

  1. Beginning January 2018, we will be holding 6 In-person meetings at the Skirball.

    1. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month for January,  March, and May
    2. Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of the month for August, October, and December. Check the calendar for our new Weds night dates" and add link

  2. We are launching Special Interest Groups that will occur in the off months in an effort to offer more meetings throughout each month on a variety of topics that appeal to our diverse members.  Our times and location (virtual and/or in person) are to be announced - please stay tuned! We are basing this approach on similar time tested models such as the Association of Talent Development. I have been a leader of a Special Interest Group with them for over 11 years.  I have seen how this type of structure allows for innovative and targeted programming for its members in a more intimate setting.

We are currently seeking leaders to run these meetings. Want to get involved?? Please contact me or our In-person Programming team at office@icfla.org

Please note that our world class teleclasses and our coaching cafes will remain the same and will continue to offer outstanding programming and networking opportunities.

Many of you, I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting. For those of you I haven’t yet met, I want to meet you! Allow me to say “hello,” get to know you better and learn how we can continue to attract, retain, and engage YOU!

On we grow…



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