C3 Chapter Events

Chapter Events 3

Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming Chapter Meetings! In the meantime, be sure to hold these dates and times (subject to change) on your calendar:

April 11
September 12
November 14

April 2024 C³ Chapter Event


April C³ Chapter Event – Your Standout Recipe: How to Mix AI & Your Story to Brand and Sell More Coaching Services

Speaker: Annie Franceschi, Branding Consultant

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific Time

CCEs: 3.0 Resource Development

LocationSkirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


  • Light bites and non-alcoholic refreshments are available throughout the evening
  • Speed networking from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Discussion begins at 7:30 PM

Parking: Open parking lot – free


  • Members & Students: $45.00
  • Non-Members: $50


Craving more clients? Wishing you felt more confident in your discovery calls?

Do you want to help more people but are not sure how to invite them to work with you?

Join former Disney storyteller-turned-established branding strategist Annie Franceschi to learn how to stand out in the sea of sameness and show up as the compelling coach you are from that first discovery call to the final session. In this empowering, action-packed talk, get the recipe for transforming your offers into ideal client magnets with a little help from our new friend, AI.

Whether you’re an AI pro or just getting your feet wet, Annie will show you simple, clear ways to start leveraging your story and tools like Canva and ChatGPT to “package your process” and fill your practice with more ease!

Join us to:

  • Learn How to Position Yourself as an Expert: Rooted in your unique story, clarify your unique value proposition, and set yourself up to become known for your expertise.
  • Explore Crafting a Branded Solution: Learn how to shift from “X months of coaching” to a compelling offer that connects to your clients’ needs and goals.
  • Discover How to Make Services Visual & Easy to Explain with AI and Canva: Discover how to use new and creative technologies to make your offers clear, visual, and easy to share via online and offline marketing.
  • Gain Sleaze-free, Authentic Selling Strategies: Discover organic, effective approaches to bringing awareness and new clients into your practice via speaking engagements, networking, and free consultations.

This fun, engaging presentation will equip you with a winning recipe and the right ingredients to attract clients with the marketing power of AI and the heart of your practice: the human connection. Your journey to a thriving, well-known practice starts here. (And yes, AI played a role in writing this description – learn how in the session!)


February 2024 C³ Chapter Event


February C³ Chapter Event - The Art of Enrollment Through Storytelling: Learn How to Craft Your Perfect Pitch

Guest Speaker: Gretchen Hydo, MCC

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific Time

CCEs: 1.5 Core Competencies, 1.5 Resource Development

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


  • Sandwiches, salad, and cookies are served between 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Speed networking from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Interactive presentation begins at 7:30 PM

Parking: Open parking lot - free


Members & Students: $45.00
Non-Members: $50


Come and join us for an interactive evening where our focus will be on how to connect with clients through storytelling effectively. Come to network, connect, learn, and have some fun. There will be light bites, non-alcoholic beverages, and great conversation.

Stories sell. Details don’t. A key to a successful enrollment call is to become a skilled storyteller. When you focus on the details of what coaching with you looks like (how many times you will meet, how long the sessions will last, and what your program costs), your potential client will glaze over and lose interest. Their left brain will engage, and all possibilities of what they can accomplish will slip away and will be replaced by their active problem solver who is worried about how to pay for it. When you engage the right brain with stories, your potential client will relax. They will see themselves in the scenario, and they often realize through stories that if coaching worked for others, it could work for them. After Gretchen's presentation, you will leave with your own story that you can use to be more successful with your connection calls. Come learn from a former publicist Master Coach, Gretchen Hydo, as she guides you through the four successful elements of a good story, how to engage a potential client, and have the opportunity to practice your pitch in real-time.

Takeaways include:

  • Learn the four key elements of an effective story
  • Create a story to connect and engage with potential clients
  • Get real-time feedback on your pitch
  • Gain confidence in your client-building skills

November 2023 C³ Event


Topic: ICFLA C³ Fall Mixer & Roundtable Discussion!

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023

CCEs: 1.0 Core Competencies / 1.0 Resource Development

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific Time

Location: California Endowment Fund, 1000 N Alameda St., Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90012


  • Light bites and non-alcoholic refreshments are available throughout the evening
  • Speed networking from 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM
  • Roundtable discussion begins at 7:30 PM

Parking: Open parking lot – free

Members & Students: FREE!
Non-Member: $20.00


Come out and join us for an interactive evening where the focus is on YOU, our members! We will host a speed networking segment to kick off the event, followed by a facilitated rotating roundtable covering 3-4 fundamental coaching topics and/or niches. Attendees can choose which topics they want to learn about and engage in an open discussion to expand their perspectives.

We will have light bites and non-alcoholic refreshments available throughout the evening. This is a great opportunity to expand your network and your coaching horizons!

Upon conclusion of this event, participants will:

  • Walk away with at least 1-2 new contacts to add to their network.
  • Expand their perspectives on 3-4 pressing coaching topics that they can apply to their practice.
  • Generate ideas and opportunities to grow their network and contribute to the ICFLA community and mission.

September 2023 C³ Event

How AI, DEIBJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice), and Team Coaching Will Shape the Future of Coaching

Speakers: Brentt Brown, Vice President of Growth & Innovation at Mursion, Dr. Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC, CSP, ESIA, Joel Pérez, Ph.D., PCC, and Nicole Venner, Executive & Leadership Development Coach

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific Time

: 2.0 Core Competencies, 1.0 Resource Development

LocationSkirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


  • Sandwiches, salad, and cookies served between 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Speed networking from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Panel discussion begins at 7:30 PM


After a scorching (but hopefully relaxing!) summer, we are back in action and ready to welcome you for a fun, educational, and mobilizing evening.

In this special panel event, we will discuss how AI, team coaching, and DEIBJ will play an ever-important role in the way organizations and individuals operate, plan, and communicate with one another.

We are in the midst of a cultural and economic shift, and with this change, our role as coaches must evolve as well. Come join us to learn, connect, and grow with your fellow coaches and ICFLA community!


March 2023 C³ Event


Topic: ICFLA Spring Networking Mixer

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

CCEs: 1.5 Resource Development

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific Time

Location: Homebound Brew Haus, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012



Come out and mingle with your fellow coaches for a fun evening filled with food, drinks, and laughs! We’ll have a few networking games and plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

The event will be held at Homebound Brew Haus, located in Union Station in downtown LA. Food will be provided, and alcohol and drinks are available for purchase. Attendees can either opt for street parking or covered parking at Union Station for $8.





Topic: Start 2023 STRONG: Create Your ‘More Clients, Less Marketing’ Plan

Speaker: Mary Cravets

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific Time


LocationSkirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Skirball Covid Policy: At the Skirball, we believe a welcoming environment is a safe one! When you come to visit, please be prepared to:

  • Show proof of full vaccination
  • Wearing mask while indoors is encouraged



Members & Students: Early bird $35 (purchase by 1/15/23 at 12 a.m. PT) $45.00 after 1/15/23

Non-Member: Early bird $40 (purchase by 1/15/23 at 12 a.m. PT)   $50 after 1/15/23



Are you looking for new ways to grow your business and expand your network in 2023? The post-pandemic world of work is ever-changing, and it can be overwhelming to figure out how to market yourself effectively as a coach. In our first Chapter Event of 2023, Mary Cravets will be teaching us how to cut through the noise and implement a client generation system that works for you.

Referred to as “a coach approach to marketing,” Mary’s engaging presentation quickly shows audiences how to get better results from their client-generation efforts while feeling more authentic and actually having fun!

In a no-hype environment, participants get immediately implementable tools, including:

  • The 6 key elements that keep you out of the feast-or-famine cycle of client generation
  • How to stop wasting time and money on marketing that doesn’t work so you can attract clients consistently and get your nights and weekends back
  • A client generation system that has a proven track record of helping both new and experienced business owners quickly generate more clients and increase their income by 50% or more.

After Mary’s presentation, we will be facilitating a 30-45 minute speed networking segment where attendees will be able to discuss a range of topics, share tips and resources, and build connections with one another.  We will also be acknowledging and thanking the 2022 ICFLA Board of Directors (BOD) and introducing the 2023 BOD. Join us for an informative and interactive evening, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.



More About Mary Cravets (pronounced CRAY-vets)

Mary Cravets is an award-winning Client Generation Expert and International Speaker who helps entrepreneurs significantly grow their businesses without working nights and weekends. Using her methods, the majority of her clients quickly increase their income 50% or more.

Clients range from the former CFO of Microsoft North America, to coaches in their first few years of business, to thought-leaders in a variety of service professions.

Mary is also a huge fan of roller coasters, obsessed with otters and rocks she finds on the beach, and is a member of her local NAACP branch.







Topic: From Idea to Print


  • Monica Fernandez, Media Director, Red Hen Press
  • Damian Goldvarg, MCC, Author
  • Kim O’Hara, Book Coach to Best Sellers™ and Publishing Consultant
  • Cat Williford, MCC, Coach, Speaker and Author

Moderator: Carrie Williams, PCC, ICFLA President

CCEs: 1.5 Resource Development

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time

  • Outdoor seating for sandwiches and cookies served between 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Event starts at 7:00 p.m.  (doors will remain open to courtyard for ventilation)

LocationSkirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049




Do you have a kernel of an idea, a gem of inspiration, a journal full of notes, or a complete book swirling around in your head? If you have ever been intrigued about the possibility of sharing your wisdom, helping others and establishing yourself as an expert by writing a book, join ICFLA for our October Chapter Event: From Idea to Print.

We have a panel of authors, a book coach and publisher ready to share their candid wisdom and experiences to help you take the next step toward your dream.

We’ll be getting the straight talk on topics like:

  • Honing your book idea.
  • Outlining your story.
  • Doing your research.
  • Establishing the discipline for a writing routine.
  • Getting published.
  • Leveraging your book to gain new clients, speaking gigs and other opportunities.

It’s time to turn the page and start writing.

Join us for an informative and interactive evening, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. We are back to in-person Chapter Events at the Skirball Center and we can’t wait to see you there.

There will be giveaways throughout the evening, including:

  • Coaching sessions and books provided by the panelists
  • 2 Pro Passes to the full, year-long WBECS 2022 Summit valued at $1,597 each!


Panelist Bios


Monica Fernandez

Monica Fernandez is media director at Red Hen Press, where she manages the media and publicity of all Red Hen’s books, as well as the team of marketing and media interns who help the department run.

She also pioneers the Red Hen Reading Series in Pasadena; arranges the company’s participation in literary events across the country; promotes book news, reviews and press publicity across Red Hen’s social media networks and contacts; connects authors with media and interview opportunities; and liaises with Foreign Rights and Film Rights agents for prospective sale of language and film rights.

She has had several short fiction and creative nonfiction pieces published in The Chaffey ReviewRind Literary MagazineScribendiThe Left Coast ReviewCreepy Gnome, and Pure Slush Magazine’s Envy anthology.

She graduated from the University of California, Irvine cum laude with a BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, and from City University London with a MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. She is Filipino-American, a proud Hufflepuff, and a film and theater enthusiast.


Damian Goldvarg

Dr. Damian Goldvarg is a Master Certified Coach, Accredited Team Coach, Certified Supervisor (ESIA), and the Past President of the International Coaching Federation (2013 and 2014). He has 30 years of experience in leadership development, working in more than 60 countries.

He is a recipient of the 2018 Circle of Distinction from the ICF for his global contribution to the coaching profession and the 2019 Supervision Award from EMCC for his contribution to developing Supervision worldwide.

He is the author and co-author of eight books on coaching – six in Spanish and two in English – and has trained hundreds of professional coaches, mentor coaches, and coach supervisors worldwide in English and Spanish.

He is the co-leader of the Americas Supervision Network, Asian Supervisors Network,  Spanish Speaking Supervisors Network, and Master Certified Coaches Network from Latin America and Spain.


Kim O’Hara

Kim O’Hara helps coaches, thought leaders and executive clients author books when they have no idea how to be writers. After 40 years as a writer, Kim works with clients who have seen success in many areas of their lives and want that same level of accomplishment with a book.  Kim’s clients’ books have appeared on the top five Wall Street Journal Business books, USA Today top ten lists, as well as number one non-fiction books in Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Kim’s two-decade career in Hollywood as a movie producer and screenwriter is a notable perk, as she adds that special edge of storytelling when coaching her authors through their books.

She is a sought-after speaker for women’s leadership conferences such as the National Association of Women in Business and has taught teleclasses for ICF Los Angeles and Orange County. She has a popular weekly podcast, You Should Write A Book About That, where she talks to all kinds of writers about their lives… and of course writing.  Her self-help book on the denial of abuse will be released in 2023, and she is in negotiations for her second book, House.

She can be found on social media on IG @kimoharacoach as well as LinkedIn. Her website is www.kimohara.com


Cat Williford

Cat Williford is an internationally renowned coach, speaker and author since 1994. She has supported thousands of women to move from debilitating self-criticism, fear, and so-so results, into experiencing outrageous levels of self-acceptance, authentic confidence, and success on their terms.

In her just-released book, The Ovarian Chronicles, Cat shares her vulnerable honesty which gives women permission to get real, forgive, heal and recover their own resilience.

In 2019 Cat launched Your Heroine’s Journey Live show, coaching programs and retreats to help women unmask their own brilliant stories, heartfelt vulnerabilities and resilience.

Cat has held the coaching profession’s highest credential of Master Certified Coach since 1998 and has trained over 13,000 coaches internationally.


Moderator Bio:

Carrie Williams 

Carrie is a leadership and executive coach, speaker, and Amazon best-selling author, of “eyes on the prize, a kick ass guide to setting and achieving great goals”, as well as, the founder of LA based RainShadow Coaching.

She holds a graduate certification in evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University, and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.



Topic: Build your Brand through Podcasting

Moderator: Jonathan Wilson


Tom Henschel The Look and Sound of Leadership

Dave Stachowiak Coaching for Leaders

Anna Vocino, Fitness Confidential

CCEs: 1.5 Resource Development

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time

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




It’s a sizzling hot summer, and we’ve cooked up a great event for you! Join ICFLA for a panel discussion featuring three top podcasters and learn how to utilize podcasting to fire up your brand and take your business to the next level.

Each of the panelists has built a successful podcast audience and is ready to share their secrets with you. This event is for you if:

  • You want to start a podcast.
  • You have a podcast and want to take it to the next level.
  • You’re curious what makes a good podcast guest, and how to get booked on podcasts.
  • You want to tell your story and develop a brand.

There will be giveaways throughout the evening, including:

  • Complimentary consultation time for podcasting sessions from our panelists
  • 2 Pro Passes to the full, year-long WBECS 2022 Summit

Join us for a fun and interactive evening, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. We are back in person at the Skirball Center for the first time in over two years, and we can’t wait to see you there.


Panelist Bios


Tom Henschel

For more than 20 years, Tom Henschel has been coaching senior leaders to achieve The Look & Sound of Leadership™ at companies like Disney, Mattel, HP, and Citi.

The insight Tom has gained as an executive coach allows him to bring creative, experiential challenges to team meetings and off-sites. And the same timing, comedy, and energy that made him a successful actor on television and director in theatre distinguish the keynote speaking and corporate training he delivers on all aspects of communication skills.

The Look & Sound of Leadership, airing since 2008, is consistently cited as “What’s Hot” in the Business category on iTunes.

As a senior executive coach on the rosters of many coaching consortiums across the country, Tom is an active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Association of Talent Development (ATD), which, in 2010, awarded him with their Lifetime Award for continuing contributions to the field of training and development.


Dave Stachowiak

Dave Stachowiak (STA-HOE-VEE-AAK) is the host of Coaching for Leaders, a top-rated podcast downloaded 25 million times. Apple Podcasts currently lists the show as the #1 search result for management and the #2 search result for leadership in the United States.

Dave has interviewed many talented thinkers, including New York Times bestselling authors Simon Sinek, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, Ambassador Susan Rice, Daniel Pink, Gretchen Rubin, General James Mattis, Daniel Goleman, Marshall Goldsmith, Seth Godin, Guy Raz, John Maxwell, Patrick Lencioni, and many others.

He’s also the founder of the Coaching for Leaders Academy, a year-long leadership development cohort. The Academy is an intimate group of managers, executives, and business owners who work personally with Dave and other participant leaders to develop their leadership excellence — and empower each other through global relationship building.

Dave’s credentials include a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, several international business leadership awards from Dale Carnegie, and graduation from Coach U. He serves on the board of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University and co-hosts the Ending Human Trafficking podcast with longtime friend, Sandie Morgan.

Like most people, he’s never had it all figured out. Dave has been passed up for promotions, failed at launching his first business, and still fights through an occasional fear of speaking to people.

Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveStachowiak.


Anna Vocino

Anna Vocino is an actor, comic, voice-over-er, podcaster, and best-selling cookbook author of Eat Happy and Eat Happy Too. Celiac and gluten-free since 2002, Anna started a website to recreate gluten-free versions of comfort food favorites from her half-Italian, half-Southern Girl heritage.

In 2012, she partnered with the inimitable Vinnie Tortorich to co-host and produce the Fitness Confidential podcast, and her recipes these days are mostly free from sugars and grains — the Vinnie term is NSNG — No Sugars No Grains.

In her books, real food wins every time over counting calories and macros and eating fake diet shakes, powders, potions, and artificial sweeteners.

She likes hiking, books, cocktails, and Italy and loves her husband, daughter, and dog. If you laugh at her jokes, you’ll probably be fast friends. If you make her laugh, you’ll probably be best friends.

Follow Anna on Twitter and Instagram: @Annavocino.



For the first time ever we are both in person and virtual. We are excited to offer this live event on zoom for any audience member that cannot join us in person at USC. Please register to reserve your seat either in person or on zoom with the link below.

Topic: Reimagining Leadership for the Future in Los Angeles


  • Matt Auron, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Evolution
  • Alma Burke, Director, USC Department of Public Safety
  • Carol Geffner, Professor and Director of the Master of Leadership Program, USC 
  • Wendy Leshgold, President and Co-Founder, Fast Forward Group 
  • Andy Ortiz, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Cedars-Sinai
  • Natalie Samarjian, President and CEO, Coro of Southern California

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time 

CCE’s: 1.0 Core Competencies / 1.0 Resource Development

Location: USC Marshall School of Business and Virtual on ICFLA Zoom Room

Note: For the in-person event, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test results required to enter USC campus.

Masks are required on campus except when consuming food or drink.



We are thrilled to welcome you back to our first in person event in over two years!

To celebrate International Coaching Week 2022, Reimagine the Future, ICFLA C3 Events is proud to present a timely, inclusive, and essential conversation between leaders and coaches, Reimagining Leadership for the Future in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

The global and local economy is being transformed.  How will we prepare balanced global leaders with a heart for servant leadership in an increasingly polarized, technology-driven, fast changing world?

This timely and essential conversation among leaders and coaches will explore: 

  • The challenges and opportunities that leaders will be facing in the future, and the kind of leadership that will be needed to move the region forward.
  • The qualities and capabilities, as well as new models such as co-leadership, which will be required in the new landscape of leadership.
  • How coaches and consultants can be a force for guiding and delivering these positive changes in leaders.




Topic: Mastering the Art of Women’s Leadership

Speaker: Dr. Lois Frankel

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

March C3 Recap
Tickets purchased 77
Attended 69

The name Dr. Lois Frankel has become synonymous with empowering women in the workplace. She is a pioneer in the field of executive coaching, an internationally recognized expert in the field of leadership development for women, and a sought-after keynote speaker. She is the author of the bestselling business bible for women, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, and 11 books in the “nice girls” series.

Now more than ever, global leadership requires inclusivity, empathy, compassion, collaboration and deep listening; skills that are traditionally recognized as feminine leadership qualities. During this virtual event, Dr. Frankel talked about mastering the art of women’s leadership, and why it’s so vital in the current global climate.




Comments on the Event

“Lois is very passionate, and I deeply appreciate her POV and generosity to share her wisdom and experience. Thank you, Lois.”

“Great topic, fabulous, dynamic and effective speaker”

“Reinforced that women are coming into their own leadership more effectively”

“Provided opportunities for reflection on how my own beliefs about leadership have changed recently”

“Community in sharing and learning from all of the chapter- Thank you”

“Community, connection, the energy of the group while learning”


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Topic: Service: Gateway to Client Creation

Speaker: Melissa Ford

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Melissa Ford starts our year in the right direction her life and coaching practice ARE a “LIVING SERVICE”   She is Raw, honest, and full of humor, as well as a brilliant master coach.  Melissa will take us through her journey to living service as a prosperous coach, she’ll remind us that coaching is about being human and discovering a deeper connection with yourself, others and the world. We are so excited for you to be able to join this conversation and learn tonight how you can begin to develop a prosperous coaching practice by using service as a gateway to client creation. Melissa lives in the Windy city of Chicago.




Comments on the Event

“What a special presenter, presentation and focus on service to kick off 2022! I read Melissa's book Living Service last year and so appreciated her honesty in sharing her journey and her guidance for other coaches. It was a pleasure to hear her speak last night and also connect with ICFLA coaching colleagues. Thank you for a superb chapter event.”

“Great topic for this challenging time of building a coaching practice ! Like the simplicity but courageous empathy toward the big emotional steps coaches can go through creating a private practice. Fantastic tool to have Melissa's book and listen from her own voice challenging us to think about our true value of service in this profession of coaching.  keep me vulnerable and with a strong desire of revisiting my internal value of what it means to serve others. Sincerely grateful!!!”

“It was excellent. Thought-provoking and gave tools for effective application.”


Attendees shared what they liked best about the event:

“Having a place and space where I can belong professionally in my process of learning and practice coaching”.

“The breakout rooms helped me feel engaged with the other members.  I really appreciated their insights.  The President and workshop facilitator were excellent, engaging, encouraging, welcoming.  This was my first meeting here and I am looking forward to future meetings.”

“The warm, engaging community. The topic content can be immediately applied to my coaching practice.”

“The energy and activity between live tweeting and the spinning wheel of names, this was engaging for so late in the evening.”