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The SIG meetings will be held either in person or virtually, and are intended to offer ICFLA members and non-members more connection points with ICFLA and other coaches around the world.

ICFLA members can register for one or more SIGs for free.

Non ICFLA members registration fee is $10 per session. However, we invite you to become an ICFLA member ($75) and register for these SIGs for free during the term of 1 year from the date you become a member. In addition to register for these SIGs for free, ICFLA members receive great other benefits listed here.


Elaine PadillaCareer Coaching SIG

Leader: Elaine Padilla
Date: Monday, July 16th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Pacific Time
Topic:  Career Coaching SIG-Kickoff

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom.us / Your link to join the conference will be sent after you register.

"A unique Zoom video link will be provided for each session upon registration. Be sure to register every time you plan to attend to receive the updated link.”

Upcoming session dates:

  • September 17th
  • November 19th

Let's kickoff this SIG by discussing what topics/issues are most important to those interested in this SIG.

Elaine Padilla has over 20 years of experience in higher education, the last 15 at the USC Marshall School of Business. In addition to working as an Associate Director in MBA Admissions Office, she is also an Associate Coach for USC’s Center for Work and Family Life.

She earned her MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from the USC Rossier School of Education, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara. She recently became International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach. 



Newer Coaches (Evening) Virtual SIG

Leader: Keith Miller
Guest Speaker: Melissa Maher
Date: Tuesday, July 17th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Pacific Time

Topic:  Newer Coach or a stuck a bit? - Learn and explore as we connect with those who have walked across the coals.

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom.us

"A unique Zoom video link will be provided for each session upon registration. Be sure to register every time you plan to attend to receive the updated link.” 

Upcoming dates: 

  • September 18th
  • November 20th

Intro New Coaching (Evening) SIG

Why attend?

Are you curious to know HOW others created their personal success formula towards a thriving coaching practice?

What would you ask them?

Because you will have that chance on our calls!

Curious to know how they felt, and how they navigated forward anyway? What did they do to get out of their own way?

Want to feel connected to the courageous journey we are all on?

Our calls will be 30 minute of content, and discussion, followed by a coach guest; a professional coach whose success has more recently expanded, a seasoned coach, and a coach who is at the senior stage of her/his career...sharing her/his own personal ‘way.’

How often do you have such a rich interaction available from such an authentic place? Come and feel the love, connection, and generosity.

During this session, we will jump in from where we left off, in a question and expansive answers format from Melissa, with her insights of 'What worked for her when her journey began, what would she wished she had done differently, and questions of this nature’.  Again, expect interaction with you and the group.

Melissa’s Bio:
Melissa Maher is a Certified Professional Coach trained through the ICF-accredited Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (where she also had the joy of serving as an assistant trainer with the wonderful Keith Miller for several years), with a background as a yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist and, prior to that, as a 9-5 employee in a few soul-sapping jobs that ultimately led her onto the intuition-driven, contribution-oriented, freedom-drenched path she’s been on as a coach since 2010.

Melissa has been a dedicated Vipassana meditation and mindfulness practitioner since 2006 and is currently completing a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation teacher training program under the guidance of wise and beloved teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

As a Mindfulness Coach, Melissa helps smart, self-aware, “successful-on-paper” women reconnect to the present moment and to themselves, connecting to deeper levels of peace, joy, and freedom as they go.

You can find more about Melissa’s work at www.melissamahercoaching.com, on Instagram or on Facebook.

Keith Miller, PCC, ELI-mp; past president ICFLA

Keith loves coaching and believes ‘Nothing feels better than being of service to another human.’
Keith has been a lead ICF trainer for over 10 years and currently coaches executives who want to create a shift within themselves, and within the culture they lead. Keith supports executives to be at the ‘cause’ of their life and work experience, instead of being at the ‘effect.’

“When our self perception is in alignment with the Highest Truth, we have the ability to lead by ‘Believing in others, by inspiration, by what’s right as the way of leading’ and magically, the leaders’ experience and the organization’s culture is joyful.”



Integrating Technology Into Coaching SIG

Leader: Vanya Koonce
Guest Speaker: Brighton West

Date: Tuesday, July 24th
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM Pacific

Topic: 80% of Internet Traffic Is Video - Don't Get Left Behind.

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom.us / Your link to join the conference will be sent after you register.

"A unique Zoom video link will be provided for each session upon registration. Be sure to register every time you plan to attend to receive the updated link.”

Upcoming dates:

  • July 24th
  • September 25th
  • November 27th

YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn - people are seeing more and more video when we access the Internet. Is your coaching expertise visible with video?

You should be using video to connect with your clients and potential clients - but which platform is right for you? Can you post your Facebook videos on YouTube? (not a good idea) Can you quit your day job and just become a YouTube millionaire? (If you're willing to do the work, yes - I'll show you how.) Horizontal, Vertical or Square? (it depends.) Periscope, Twitch and Daily Motion? (Huh?) Vimeo versus Wistia. (you'll need to attend the webinar to get the answer to this one.)

Join me July 24th to talk about all things video. Get your questions answered and get answers to questions you didn't even know you had.

Brighton West is a video-prenuer. He began his video journey making narrative and documentary videos – but he was always behind the camera. Along the way, he learned that being on camera was more influential/beneficial/profitable than being behind it. So he overcame his on-camera jitters and now helps his client turn the camera on themselves. Brighton has built his business by creating YouTube tutorials about using YouTube in business. Through this channel, he’s positioned himself as the expert for coaches, authors and speakers who want to grow their global audience with YouTube. He now helps these subject matter experts avoid his early mistakes and accelerates their journey to success with YouTube.

Brighton works with coaches around the world, handling the technical and strategic side of YouTube, and teaching them to record their own videos. His team then edits, uploads, optimizes and promotes the videos to position the coach as an expert in their niche. Brighton also teaches coaches how to do everything necessary to be successful on YouTube (from picking topics, writing a script, shooting, uploading and optimizing so the video attracts potential clients.)

Visit Brighton's Website

About your host:

With an extensive education and background in psychology, human resources, personal growth, and entrepreneurship, Vanya Koonce draws on a wide range of coaching skills in her private practice, BeYourself.

Vanya is also the co-founder of an exciting new, interactive coaching app, AgilGoals, designed to provide business, executive, and personal development coaches a simple, innovative way to extend communication and offer their clients support outside of coaching sessions. Her excellent coaching reputation and development of the AgilGoals software app led Vanya to be invited by the “Jobs Vision Success SoCal” in Los Angeles to empower women as a mentor in their popular WoMentoring program.



Building a Small to Medium Size Business SIG

Leader: Mary Miller
Date: Wednesday, July 25th
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

Topic:  Effective Business Development

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom.us

"A unique Zoom video link will be provided for each session upon registration. Be sure to register every time you plan to attend to receive the updated link.” 

Upcoming dates: 

  • September 26th
  • November 28th

In July, we'll be talking about a critical aspect to growing your coaching practice - business development.  We'll consider a range of possible activities including leveraging strategic alliances, effective networking, subcontracting, speaking gigs, and others. We will also talk about the four questions listed below.  Please join us!

  1. How much time do I want to spend working on the business vs. in the business?
  2. Who are my specific targets?  What would be the most effective networking for the kind of client I want?  Where can I go to meet the right people/groups?
  3. What has actually brought in business in the past?  How could I improve on that activity?
  4. What does my brand convey to prospective buyers?  Tagline?

Mary Miller, J.D., PCC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,  is an expert in business building and has been coaching executives, managers, emerging leaders, and forward-thinking individuals since 2001. She brings unique perspectives to her clients based on her past experiences, including her work as an attorney and a human resources executive. Mary has broad coaching experience, ranging from an entrepreneur with a product sourced sustainably from West African women farmers (Whole Foods Market now carries this product), to senior staff of The International Council on Clean Transportation (this non-profit was a pivotal player in the 2015 VW emissions testing scandal).

She also offers group coaching, including her Best Boss Ever™ group coaching program, for teams and executive groups; group coaching usually includes use of the DiSC™ and other assessments.



Coaching Supervision SIG In-Person (w/trainees)

Leader: Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC
Trainees: To be announced
Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
Time:  5:00 - 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Upcoming sessions dates:

  • October 3rd
  • December 5th

Supervision is a partnership in which the coach brings his/her work to a supervisor to explore challenges, ethical dilemmas, emotional responses and how the personal may intrude into the professional. All leaders are students of Damian Goldvarg’s coaching supervision certification program.



Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCCMCC SIG

Leader: Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time:  12:00 - 1:30 PM Pacific
Topic: Launch

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom.us / Your link to join the conference will be sent after you register.

"A unique Zoom video link will be provided for each session upon registration. Be sure to register every time you plan to attend to receive the updated link.”

Upcoming sessions dates: 

  • September 27th
  • November 21st

This special interest group presents an opportunity to Master Certified Coaches to meet, network, and share challenges with experienced peers. Participants will be actively engaged sharing best practices and challenges in their everyday activities.
Requirement: to hold an MCC.

Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC, ESIA has thirty years of experience in executive assessment and coaching, leadership development, talent management, facilitation, strategic planning, and team building services. Originally from Argentina, he has extensive experience working with people from different cultures and social backgrounds. He has worked with individuals and organizations in over sixty countries, including the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, offering services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

He is a Master Certified Coach and received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant University in California. He is also an Accredited Coach Supervisor (ESIA) and facilitates certifications on Professional Coaching (ACTP), Mentor Coaching and Coaching Supervision. He was the 2013-2014 ICF Global President.

Through his work with multinational Fortune 100 companies, governments and community-based organizations Damian’s coaching and consulting services have realized extraordinary results for his clients. These results enhance productivity and communication, impact the quality of leadership present within these organizations and improve the quality of the work and personal lives of those individuals he coaches and consults. He published four books in Spanish on personal development and coaching and several papers and book chapters.

Damian has a background in business and mental health with areas of expertise in emotional intelligence, communication, delegation, conflict resolution, behavioral interviewing, and 360 feedback. He is a member of ICF, EMCC, ACTO, Gay Coaching Alliance, National Speakers Association, and Toastmasters International.


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