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Special Interest Groups

We are pleased to announce the launching of ICFLA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that will be held every-other month starting in February and continuing in April, June, September, and November.

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.


Tom HenschelExecutive Coaching SIG

Leader: Tom Henschel

Next Session: April 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

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: 

  • June 8th
  • July 13th
  • September 14th
  • November 16th

Are you an established executive coach looking for community? Or perhaps you’re curious about executive coaching. Or somewhere in between? No matter where you are, if executive coaching is on your radar, this is your SIG!

Turn your video on and join us!

Your host, Tom Henschel, has been coaching executives at companies like Mattel, Netflix, Lockheed and AECOM for more than twenty-five years. Most often he works alone as the head of Essential Communications. But often he subcontracts to colleagues. He was a founding coach at Corporate Coaching International and is a senior coach with Arden Consulting, Aria Consulting and Executive Coaching Connections. He coaches in person in the U.S. and via phone and video internationally. 



New Coaches SIG

Leader: Liz Mohler
Guest Speaker:
Mimi Donaldson

Next Session: Monday, April 9th
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

Location: Meets In-Person at Hal's Bar and Grill
12751 Millennium Drive, #140
Playa Vista, CA  90094
(across from Cinemark Movie Theater in Playa Vista).

Upcoming dates: 

  • June 11th
  • July 9th
  • September 10th
  • November 12th

Attend April 9th to hear Guest Speaker Mimi Donaldson & find out how to:
“Be Pitch Perfect Any Time: How Speaking Up Can Grow Your Business”

Be Pitch Perfect is a motivating presentation designed to improve the quality of how you present yourself. You need to sell your best product, which is you. You never know who links to whom, so we need to be ready to “pitch” our products and services anytime. If it can save you time and make you money, it’s worth being ready with your request or message. You may find riches in the elevator, in the check-out line, or on the side of a soccer field. Your personal pitch needs to be relevant, timely, and effective.

Mimi Donaldson will show you how. She is an internationally-acclaimed speaker who coaches others to manage the public speaking butterflies.

She provides an action plan to help you:

  • Use your energy in positive ways to burn off nervousness.
  • Analyze your audience prior to preparing your pitch.
  • Organize your pitch based on your audience's concerns.

The presentation is interactive because the handout invites immediate response from the group. Each person works on filling in their “formula.”


Mimi DonaldsonSIG Guest Speaker Mimi Donaldson is a superstar in the speaking business, keynoting with celebrities for audiences of thousands. Her rare combination of sophisticated humor and solid content makes her one of America’s most popular funny females. Mimi has created speeches and “found the funny” for executives, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and sales staffs. Before starting her speaking and coaching business, she was a Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. Her most recent book is “Pitch Perfect: Speak to Grow Your Business in 7 Simple Steps.”


Liz MohlerSIG Leader Liz Mohler, M.S., is a Coach, Speaker and Trainer. She is the author of the audio CD, “If the Job Fits Get It! Securing a Great Job Fast.” Liz has worked as a Career Coach for over 20 years helping thousands change careers or grow their business. She helps people, "realize their potential, visualize their goals and actualize their dreams." With humor and open dialogue, she challenges individuals and groups to identify their motivators, their personal styles and the importance of communicating assertively to achieve their goals. Through written exercises, interaction and hands–on activities her participants leave feeling more engaged, focused and optimistic.



Vanya KoonceIntegrating Technology Into Coaching SIG

Leader: Vanya Koonce

Next Session: Tuesday, April 24th
Topic: Launching Our group
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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: Your link to join the conference will be sent after you register.

  • June 26th
  • July 24th
  • September 25th
  • November 27th

Getting ahead in today’s coaching industry doesn’t necessarily mean adopting the latest, most cutting-edge technology, but it does mean choosing the right technology that will profoundly impact the effectiveness and efficiency of your practice.

There are many options on the market and could be overwhelming to choose what will serve your needs the best.

In this first session we will focus on why is important to “integrate technology into our coaching practice”? What are the benefits?

The form of the session will be open discussion and will help us build the base for our next virtual meetings where I’ll be inviting different speakers to talk about their experience with coaching technology and the potential impact to the industry in general.

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.



Mary Miller, J.D., PCC, SPHR, SHRM-SCPBuilding a Small to Medium Size Business SIG

Leader: Mary Miller

First Session: Wednesday, April 25th
Topic: Launching Our group
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

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: 

  • June 27th
  • July 25th
  • September 26th
  • November 28th

Are you interested in growing your business beyond one phone line?

Do you want to be the coach who hires coaches for your overflow?

Join Mary for this business-growth SIG as she leads you to the framework of what it takes to build a sustainable and solid coaching business. Below are just some of Mary’s topics of business building:

  • Considerations in scaling a business
  • Intentional organizational structure/development
  • Clarifying the Why of the business
  • Building a strong bench/succession planning
  • Where to find more clients
  • Marketing & Sales – differences & overlaps
  • Employees – when do I need help?

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

Leaders: Jamee Tenzer, Ronni Hendel-Giller, Nancy Tylim

First Session: Wednesday, March 21st
Topic: Launching Our group
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Pacific Time (before Chapter Meeting)

Location: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Upcoming dates: 

  • April 11th - Virtual meeting via Zoom.us 

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.

If you're interested in coaches supervision, please join us at the Skirball Center on Weds March 21st from 5:30 - 6:30 (before our Chapter event). We have three amazing coaches to facilitate our in-person SIG.

If a virtual meeting better suits your schedule, registrations to join Dr. Damian Goldvarg on Wednesday, April 11th, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. begin next Thursday.


Jamee Tenzer, PCCJamee Tenzer, PCC is an Executive Coach, Trainer and Mentor. For 17 years she has worked with Executives in industries including entertainment, non-profit, design and technology. Jamee served for 10 years as a Trainer for the International Coach Academy, and co-created three ICF Accredited courses; Deeper Conversations Coaching, Mentor Coach Certification and Real Coaching Sessions Unplugged.



Ronni Hendel-Giller works as an executive coach, leadership development facilitator and coach supervisor with individuals, groups and teams. As a coach, her focus is on building the mindsets, self-awareness and overall capacity to achieve results through others and to navigate through increased complexity. She works within organizations to build powerful teams and thriving cultures. Her clients are located across the globe, including Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East as well as throughout the United States. She works across multiple sectors, including finance, technology, social enterprise and non-profit.

Nancy Tylim, PCC, is a Coach Supervisor, Mentor Coach, Clinical Psychologist, and Trainer on Cultural Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Inclusion and Diversity, andThe Daring Way™ based on the research of Dr. BrenĂ© Brown. Nancy has worked with Fortune 100 businesses, non-profits, NGOs, national, state and global companies.


Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D. MCCDamian 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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