When I reflect on the month of August, I think of summer coming to a close, with ‘back to school’ around the corner. As a kid, it was about picking out new school clothes, shopping for school supplies (I LOVE new pens and notebooks), and seeing the friends I’ve missed over the summer (no FaceTime back in the 70s!)
But this summer has been like no other. Many of us haven’t been with our friends and colleagues (except by Zoom) since March, maybe longer. And just when we thought we might be getting to the other side of COVID-19, we backslide to where we were a few months ago. This means that the connection we all crave will have to be satisfied with virtual programming, most likely through the end of the year. We’ll continue to assess the situation, and with the guidance of our local government officials, we’ll decide on the best, safest course of action for our membership.
Save the date!
Were you able to attend our special July Chapter Meeting? If not, you missed a fun event…Business Improv® Tips for Coaches & Your Clients was a blast. A key takeaway for me as a way to quickly get to know each other and create connection: ‘[Name], I’ve got your back!’
We’ve got more great programming for you this month, including our August Chapter Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th. The topic, Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust, supports the critical ICF Core Competency of building trust to advance the coaching relationship. Click here to register.
Additionally, we are offering a special event on Tuesday, August 25th, hosted by Damian Goldvarg, MCC and Jo Washington, MCC, entitled Navigating Race in Coaching: Approaching Anti-Racism Through Self-Awareness and Compassion. You’ll have an opportunity to share your experience and learn from our hosts and others how to address racism in the coaching context. Click here to register.
This feels like a good time to remind you of some key resources available to you as a member of ICFLA:
- Our Members’ Events page: ICFLA members can post their upcoming events on this page for other members and subscribers to see.
- Social Media: Some of our members prefer getting their ICFLA updates via social media; please consider ‘liking’ and ‘following’ our social media pages. You’ll find the links at the bottom of this newsletter or webpage.
- Our Resiliency Resources page: These resources are still available as we continue to navigate COVID-19. If you have access to resources from which others might benefit, please add them to the page!
- Our periodic Membership Town Hall events: Our Membership team facilitates these virtual events to review the benefits of ICFLA membership and answer any questions a new or prospective member might have. We’re targeting September for our next Town Hall, so stay tuned for more details!
- Finally, update your Member Profile: Your profile feeds into our Find A Coach search engine for anyone looking to hire a coach! Go to your personal Dashboard, then click on Member Details → Profile → Edit. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to upload your profile photo and cover image!
Current Volunteering Opportunities with ICFLA
Our search for volunteers from our diverse coaching community to support ICFLA and our mission continues! Several of you have expressed your interest through our event feedback forms, and we’ve started to connect to talk about what’s possible!
As a reminder, without volunteers in these key roles, we are unable to effectively deliver on some of our key programs and initiatives. Please consider being of service to your local coaching tribe! We have some open roles in a few of our Volunteer teams, including:
- Programming - We are looking for a Director of Programming; someone who will support the Associate Directors (ADs) who oversee three (3) of our programming verticals: Chapter Meetings, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and Coaching Cafe Conversations. This leadership role works closely with the ADs to support the execution of their strategic plans.
- Teleclasses - ICFLA Teleclass Programs is looking for volunteers to support our on-going webinar programming. Ideally, these volunteers are familiar with the Zoom Webinar or Zoom Meeting platform and able to provide a warm, welcoming and professional presence while on-camera. Attention to detail is a must. Facilitation and moderating skills are a plus.
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - We are looking for someone to take on a leadership role (Associate Director) to support SIG program leadership and strategy. We are also looking for one or two more SIG Hosts to help our SIG Leaders facilitate their virtual events. Similar to Teleclass programming, a familiarity with the Zoom Meeting platform and the ability to provide a warm, welcoming and professional presence while on-camera. Attention to detail is a must. Facilitation and moderating skills are a plus.
- Volunteers - Many members of our community want to help in ‘one-off’ projects or committees, and this often leads to other opportunities to grow as a chapter leader. The Associate Director of Volunteers helps us to connect volunteers with projects that need support. Organization skills are a must for this critical role.
Again, if any of these roles is sparking your interest, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. We would love to have you join us!
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to ICFLA!