ICF New Jersey Coach Connect - February 2021 Print

President's Message

Click above to hear ICF NJ President Elias Scultori's monthly message.

Elias Scultori
2021 ICF New Jersey President
[email protected]

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A Message from the ICF New Jersey Board

This month, the board of the ICF New Jersey Chapter shares reflections on unity. Click above to hear our message.

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Upcoming Education & Professional Development Events


FREE Monthly Business Growth Series
Launching on Thursday, Feb. 18

ICF NJ announces a free Monthly Business Growth Webinar Series, part of its partnership with C3 Workplace, taking place from February to June 2021.

Are you a:

  • Business coach who needs help with the business side of coaching?
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs who need to beta test their start up idea?
  • Start-up who’s taken the plunge and now must create strategies for success?
  • Business owner who wants or needs to up level your results?
  • Solopreneur who aspires to build an organization that will run without them involved in the day to day

If so, this series will bring you tremendous value!

Donna Miller, a 25+ year business owner and highly sought-after business growth consultant, will teach you step-by-step how to write your own one-page Business Plan. Click here for Donna's Bio.

In Miller’s Master Class, you’ll learn the World’s Simplest One Page Business Plan© including these Four Critical Building Blocks of successful companies:

  • Financial Foundations – Avoid the #1 mistake business owners make and how to course correct (lack of financial literacy, paying yourself first, charging what you are worth / as if you are already hiring someone to do the work).
  • How to keep your sales pipeline full (target and niche marketing).
  • Creating higher prospect to client conversion ratios and close more sales (referrals).
  • How to avoid the peaks and valleys of income and cash flow on the road to building a company that runs without you (behavior planning).

Key Dates:
Masterclass on the One Page Business Plan and Series Kick-Off
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 12:00- 1:00 PM EST

Each webinar thereafter will be on the third Thursday of the month, 12:00-1:00 PM EST.

Webinar login information will be sent when you register for the event at C3 Workplace’s event page.

ICF NJ will soon share additional benefits of our C3 Workplace partnership on our website and in email communications.

Questions? Please contact Lynn Schaber at [email protected] or 732-822-3274.

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Upcoming Events

ICF NJ Announces

Our Group Mentor Coaching Series
Developing your Coaching Skills and Effectiveness

Spring 2021 Group: Wednesdays – March 10, 24; April 7, 21; May 5,19; and Bonus – May 26

Event Time: 8:30-10:00 AM (ET)

All sessions will be led Marian Janes, PCC, an ICF-registered mentor coach

Do You Want To:

  • Obtain mentor coach hours towards applying for or renewing your ACC or PCC credential?
  • Grow your understanding and application of the coaching competencies, including the Updated Model?
  • Up-level your capability as a coach?
  • Earn 9 Core Competencies CCEUs?

This program is designed to accomplish all this and more, as it provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in ongoing coaching practice and feedback.

ICF NJ is offering this Group Mentor Coaching program for coaches who are committed to achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by your desired credential level, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.

Learning will take place within a small group cohort to provide a collaborative experience alongside other like-minded coaches looking to cultivate their personal growth. The six sessions will be conducted via Zoom video conference, over a three-month period. Each group session will be 90 minutes long.

Program Participants Will Gain The Following Benefits:

  • Learn alongside other coaches looking to increase their effectiveness
  • Practice coaching others in the group
  • Receive feedback and recommendations from mentor coach
  • Learn through observation of different coaching styles
  • Apply lessons learned in a safe and supportive environment

Note: This program provides seven group mentor coaching hours for those seeking or renewing an ACC or PCC credential. Those seeking 10 mentor coach hours for credentialing or renewal will need to arrange an additional three hours of personal one-on-one coaching and feedback with a mentor coach.

(Recordings available of each session for all attendees)

The group will have a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 participants.
Space is limited so register early to ensure you have a spot.

CCEU: A total of 9 CCEUs in Core Competencies for this series - 1.5 per class. To obtain CCEUs for the online classes, you must attend the live session.

Early Bird Pricing until February 23
ICF Members - $450
Non-members - $550

Pricing starting February 24
ICF Members - $500
Non-members - $600

For more information, click the button below.

Questions? Contact Lynn Schaber at [email protected] or 732-822-3274.

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ICF New Jersey Community Groups

As we start off the new year, we have some exciting changes to some of our community groups, and news to share about others.

Our Princeton Community Group welcomes a new leader, Lisa Tyson, as Marc Celentana moves on to join the ICF NJ board. Lisa has been an active member of the group and actually started leading the group in December. So, she is an old hat at leading it already. LOL! We are excited for her in this new role, and thank her once again for stepping up to take it. In the Princeton group’s January meeting, they will be discussing what topics to address in 2021, so make sure to come give your input!

Our Executive and Leadership Group will make their meetings more topic driven as well, leaving some time to still discuss any issues the members want to address. Here are the topics for the next two meetings:

  • February 3, 2021 @ 12 noon: Coaching with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Mind - A conversation with Willa Edgerton-Chisler, leading DEI coach and advisor. and ICF NJ Board member.

  • March 3, 2021 @ 12 noon: Emerging Trends in Technology Enabled Coaching

Our other community groups also discuss various topics, such as ‘Best Practices in Marketing,’ ‘Positive Intelligence,’ ‘Assessment Tools,’ and ‘Powerful Questioning,’ just to name a few. The conversations are packed with learnings. The Somerset/Essex/Morris, as well as the Monmouth groups, often use breakout sessions within their meetings as well.

If you would like to be added to the invite list for any of our community groups, please contact me. Remember, you can join as many groups as your calendar allows and they are always free to attend!

Mark your calendar for those upcoming ICF NJ Community Group meetings you’d like to attend:

  • February 1, March 1, and April 5 - Monmouth, 12pm
  • February 3, March 3, and April 7 - Executive and Leadership, 12pm
  • February 9, March 9, and April 13 - Personal, Life, and Career, 11am
  • February 15, March 15, and April 19 - Somerset/Essex/Morris County, 10am
  • January 26, February 23 and March 23 - Princeton, 11am

To get more information on community groups, please go to this link:

ICF New Jersey Community Groups

Come join us!

Denise Yosafat
ICF New Jersey Community Groups Director
[email protected]

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Monthly Messages

Voice of Inclusion

Inclusion begins “I”: Self-awareness, knowledge, understanding and action.

Think of your own identity (who and how you identify as a person) as a salad bowl. Your identity is made up of different "ingredients": race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, geographic location, education, family structure, hobbies, beliefs, career, experiences, etc. There are times when you will share the same "ingredients" as others, and there will be times you will have completely different "ingredients." No one will ever have the same exact "salad" as you.

As Coaches, you must be willing and able to look at the “salad” within your own cultural and racial awareness along your client’s “salad” – addressing both conscious and subconscious levels of awareness. To develop an inclusive mindset and greater sensitivity towards what different coaches, clients and your community are experiencing it begins with self-awareness:

  • Check your own biases and beliefs about different groups. Examine your own biases and consider where they may have originated.
    • What are your own blind spots as that may or have already impacted your coaching business success ?
    • Can you list 2-3 unconscious biases that could have an adverse impact on your clients?
  • Check your colleagues' biases and beliefs about different groups. We cannot ignore the challenges that many coaches and coaching clients face due to systemic problems in their communities. Challenge the "colorblind" ideology.
    • What part of your identity do you think people first notice about you?
    • What part of other people’s identities do you notice first?
    • What part of your identity do you feel you face oppression for most often
    • What part of your identity do you feel you receive privilege for most often
    • What part of your identity do you see having the most effect on your interactions with clients, colleagues and the community?
  • Have honest conversations about racial oppression, biases, and privilege, which are crucial first steps in a long journey towards awareness, knowledge and understanding in order to create a world that works for everyone. These conversations topics might make you feel uncomfortable. That's OK. If necessary, talk with a close friend, another coach and then try to broaden your circle. You owe it to yourself and the next generations to make progress on tackling bias, systemic racism. Starting a conversation can make a difference.
    • List 3 opportunities where you can learn, have conversation, with people who are different than you.
  • Move from being non-racist to being anti-racist. The difference? It’s the difference between activity and passivity. To be non-racist is to be passive in issues of social justice; it is to believe in the humanity of people of color, equity in the workplace, gender equality, however, take no steps in making a change. To be anti-racist takes it a step further and requires action - proactivity. It suggests that you are willing to take action, to do the work to eliminate the structures that marginalize Black people, bully LGBTQ individuals, etc., etc., etc., even if it means going out of your way to have tough conversations to dismantle oppressive systems - and feel really uncomfortable along the way. As it stands today, non-racism equates to complicity in these systems.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

- Dr. Martin Luther King

Inclusion Matters,

Willa Edgerton-Chisler
ICF NJ 2021 Member-at-Large, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
[email protected]

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Congratulations to Our Newly Credentialed Members

Amy Bergen-Larranaga, ACC Marilyn Jacobs, ACC
Arun Chinnaraju, PCC Genevieve Jones, PCC
Jessica Day, ACC Debra Levy, PCC
Anne Flugstad-Clarke, PCC Christin Merkel, ACC
  Lemonte Williams, ACC

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Welcome to Our New ICF New Jersey Members!

Bergen County
Leah Meir

Morris County
Anne Flugstad-Clarke
Somerset County
Alexander Kosnik


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New Member Program: Leveraging Your Investment

Design your Coaching Experience: New Member
Coach Planning Program - 5 Sessions

How are you going to leverage your investment and your time? Only you can direct both and we want to help you. We have crafted a series of exchanges that will help you:

  • Gain clarity on your direction and how to leverage ICF NJ and ICF global programs and network.
  • Meet others and exchange ideas and actions
  • Be inspired and be inspiring to your peers
  • Make sure you start the year with forward momentum.

The program is designed to handle five topics throughout the year. Each one is interdependent and independent of the others. We suggest you calendar all of the meeting dates. Being present and involved is the best way to leverage your investment. If you can’t, the recording will be available for you to review if you are a registered member of the program.

Session 1: What do I desire? What do I need? Getting a handle on the direction and the Market Possibilities, Opportunities, Vision Scenarios, Wayfinding, Goals and Actions
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Session 2: Market Desires and Satisfaction – Needs, wants desires and our Actions
Thursday, May 27, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST

Session 3: Repeatables – Measuring what matters
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST

Session 4: Assess, rework, pivot and thrive – Celebrate
Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST

Session 5: Jump-start 2022
Saturday, January 15, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Pricing: FREE for ICF NJ Members

Sign up for all five sessions at once or register for one or two at a time.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Cashman-Walter at [email protected].

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Renew Your Membership

Renew your ICF Membership

Thank you for your membership. We value you and your involvement with ICF Global and ICF New Jersey. As an ICF Member, you’ll also continue to enjoy the credibility, community and opportunities for continuous development that come with identifying yourself as a member of the world’s largest community of professionally trained coaches.

Rejoin ICF for another year to connect with our cutting-edge coaching research, lifelong learning, and opportunities for networking and community-building. There is a one-time payment or two-payment installment plans. We highly recommend also choosing the automatic renewal process for next year.

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ICF Global - What's New in the Coaching World?

At ICF Converge 2021, we're diving deep into expanding and diversifying coaching practices.

Would you like to be at the forefront of this discussion and positioned as a thought leader in the industry?

If so, we invite you to submit a proposal to speak at Converge, taking place virtually October 26-28, 2021. The deadline to submit your proposal is Monday, February 22, 2021, at 2:00 pm (New York).

In the "Build" content group, we're looking to explore topics such as:

  • Measuring the impact of coaching
  • Establishing yourself as a thought leader
  • How to sell your services
  • Articulating the benefits of coaching
  • Using technology platforms to manage your business
  • Leveraging social media
  • Strategic networking
  • Identifying your personal brand
  • Becoming a professional speaker
  • Identifying and targeting organizational decision makers
  • Writing a business case for coaching in organizations
  • Content marketing
  • Selecting a coaching niche
  • Using video


However, don't let this list stop you. If you have a topic that fits under the build group that isn't listed above, don't hesitate to submit!

For more information about the event and the submission guidelines, please visit: https://coachingfederation.org/presenting-at-icf-converge. Please also feel free to share this opportunity with members of your network.

If you feel your subject-matter expertise and facilitation skills are a great fit for this event, we invite you to apply at the now open Call for Proposals (CFP) portal.

If you have any questions about ICF Converge or the CFP process, please contact ICF Director of Education Nicole Zafian at [email protected].

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Follow Us on Social Media!

Our Chapter has a new company page on LinkedIN! You can now follow us on: https://www.linkedin.com/company/icf-new-jersey-chapter/.

You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/icfnj/ and on Twitter @ICFNJ.

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