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January 2013

Lisa Murray


                                                            CHECKING IN                         January 2013
In This Month's Issue of Checking In:
:: President's Message
:: Co-Sponsorship Opportunity with SFBAC at HR West
:: Welcome New Members!
:: Monthly Gathering: Coaching Excellence in Organizations
:: Can't Make it to San Francisco for Meetings?
:: SFBAC Essay Contest
:: ICF Updates January 2013
:: Coaching Resources and Announcements
Welcome to  Checking In, the monthly newsletter for ICF San Francisco Bay AreaCoaches members and friends. In this newsletter you will find details about the next chapter gathering, ways to take advantage of your ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches membership and other valuable pieces of information to benefit you as a coach. 

President's Message - January 2013 


Welcome!   Greg Peters


As we begin a new year, I wish you and your families all the best.  In reflecting on all that we accomplished last year as an organization, I know that we are well positioned to achieve much in 2013.  We are a strong, thriving community of Coaches; working to create transformation for our clients in a world that continues to shed outdated constructs.


Together we have elevated our visibility as professional coaches and the visibility of our Chapter.  Our membership has grown tremendously, as has attendance at our monthly gatherings where we often now have quite a number of guests who are seeking us out to connect and learn more about our profession.  More businesses and other communities of interest will learn of us through focused promotional efforts and collaboration with professional groups where we have known synergies.


We have listened very intently to what you've told us you want from this community.  There will be exciting new developments as we implement new technologies, including an updated website platform to expand our programs and connect our membership in learning, collaboration, and social opportunities.  


I am so fortunate to be working with an amazing Board of Directors in 2013!  This all-volunteer board is an incredibly committed and caring group bringing great diversity of backgrounds and expertise.  Let me introduce you to them:

Returning board members include Alan Roby and Sherry Davis as co-Treasurers; Pat Obuchowski in the newly created role of Business Development Director; Susan Blake - Communications Director; Duncan Anderson and Kellie Barrow as co-Directors of Membership; Eydie Watts - co-Director of Programs; Fabienne Doze - Virtual Programs Director; Janet Valette - North Bay Liaison & Keiko Hsu as Past President. 


Our new board members are Krisztina Kohlhaas - Vice President; Pauline Tang - Marketing & PR Director; Alicia Berberich - co-Director of Programs; Becca Pronchik - ICF Liaison; and Veronica Wolfe as East Bay Liaison.


We still have openings for the positions of Secretary and South Bay/Silicon Valley Liaison, as well as many opportunities to help on various committees. Are looking for a way to contribute? If so, I want to talk to you!


At our Holiday Gathering in December we announced the winner of our Excellence in Service Award:  Susan Blake!  Congratulations to Susan on this well deserved recognition. 


I hope you'll join me on the many occasions we'll have to connect, learn and grow.  Here's to making 2013 a prosperous and memorable year!


Best regards, 

Greg Peters Signature  

Greg Peters, CPCC


ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches 


Co-Sponsorship Opportunity with SFBAC at HR West


HR West is the premier conference for HR Professionals on the West Coast, and SFBAC is making our debut as an exhibitor at the event taking place April 22 - 24 in Oakland!  We have a very limited members-only opportunity for co-sponsorships that will give you direct access and exposure to over 600 HR decision makers that attend the event.


To receive more information about this opportunity, provide your contact email via this link: 


For more about HR West, visit 


Welcome New Members


Welcome to the following new members: 


East Bay: Janice Bastani

North Bay: No new members this month!

San Francisco: Kathy Scheiern

South Bay: Sandra McNeal, Susan Nguyen


Monthly Gathering

Coaching Excellence in Organizations:

The Anatomy of Conversations

Speaker: Bob Dunham  



  • What is the existing language of leadership within an organization?
  • As coaches, how do we listen for the "missing elements" and highlight these for our clients?
  • How would communication between leaders and teams be more effective if these distinctions were used daily?
  • How do we evoke more valuable actions in teams and organizations? 

Bob Dunham has been working with leaders and organizations for over three decades and was doing executive and leadership coaching before there was a name for it.  At our request, he is bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to the topic of how coaches can increase their impact in their work with organizations. According to Bob, one of the best ways to generate value for organizational clients is to identify the conversations between leaders and teams that optimize performance.  If you coach on an organizational level, or think you might like to, this is a presentation not to be missed.


Sign up at


Date:                Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Location:          Handlery Hotel - Union Square Room, 351 Geary Street 

                         (Powell & Mason St)

Cost:                 Free for SF Bay Area Coaches members. The cost for guests is $20.

Time:                 6:30 Registration and refreshments

                         6:50 Welcome and announcements

                         7:00 Presentation

                         8:15 Wrap up and Proud Plugs

                         8:30 Speaker's reception


Robert DunhamRobert Dunham has been developing world-class leaders and organizational coaches globally for over three decades. He founded the Institute for Generative Leadership, is co-author of The Innovator's Way, founded Enterprise Performance, was a VP at Motorola Computer Systems, and founded the Company of Leaders, an ongoing community dedicated to developing embodied leadership. He holds two degrees from Stanford University, co-holds two patents for workflow technology, was on the staff that developed the three-year Ontological Design Course for Dr. Fernando Flores, and is an Executive in Residence, Adjunct Faculty, at the Presidio School of Management where he taught in the MBA program in Sustainable Management for three years. Robert developed the action-based discipline of Generative Leadership, offered by the Institute for Generative Leadership in the three-year Generative Leadership Program™.  He also developed and leads the three-year community of practice, Coaching Excellence in Organizations (CEO) in joint venture with Newfield Network( 


Can't Make It to San Francisco for Meetings?


Have you ever said (or thought) this?


"I'd really like to get together with other coaches, but I just can't get into San Francisco for meetings."


If being with a community of coaches is important to you but coming into San Francisco is just too hard, we encourage you to participate in our next campaign of "Listen In!" - a private pilot program of broadcasting our monthly gatherings to the coaching community.


The response to our initial trial in November was very positive and we are ready to expand this virtual program to all corners of the Bay Area for our January 23rd meeting. We have hosts lined up for the North Bay in Petaluma and Napa, and we are still looking for hosts for the East Bay and South Bay. Would you be interested in hosting 4-8 people in your home or local library? 


This is a great opportunity to be part of the coaching community and advance your learning without having to travel too far.  This will be our last time to offer this program for free to anyone who wants to participate, so please come try it out to see if it is a good match for you.


If you can host in either the East or South Bay, please contact Virtual Programs Director Fabienne Doze (


To attend in Petaluma (easy freeway access!), please RSVP to Elisabeth von Halem


To attend in Napa (near downtown) contact Becca Pronchick at 


SFBAC Essay Contest:


Business Building Blastoff




How Has ICF SF Bay Area Coaches Helped My Business Grow? 

Let Me Count the Ways:

What I've Learned and What I Plan to Implement in 2013 


One of our major priorities at SFBAC is to enable the business growth of our members. And we'd love to hear from you, the members of our chapter: What have you learned with us that has been helpful for the growth your business? To that end, we are sponsoring an essay contest:


How Has ICF SF Bay Area Coaches Helped My Business Grow? Let Me Count the Ways: What I've Learned and What I Plan to Implement in 2013


Please submit your essay of 350-500 words on the topic to Susan Blake, Director of Communications, at All entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2013. This contest is open only to current members SFBAC.


The Grand Prize winner will receive: 

  • 2-hour one-on-one in-person coaching session in San Francisco chapter President, Keiko Hsu, to review your business strategy, brainstorm possibilities, and to create an actionable business plan to take your business to the next level. (This prize expires June 30, 2013.)
  • $50 gift certificate to Better World Books, and
  • 2 complimentary guest passes to SFBAC meetings. 

Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will have his/her essay and profile featured on our new website, with a link to his/her coaching web site!


The second prize winner will receive: 

  • $25 gift certificate to Better World Books, and
  • 2 complimentary guest passes to SFBAC meetings. 


One Honorable Mention winner will receive: 

  • 2 complimentary guest passes to SFBAC meetings. 

Deadline for essay submission is 1/15/13. Winning essays will be chosen by a panel of our board composed of past, present and future Presidents (Julie Daley, Keiko Hsu & Greg Peters) and our Communications Director, Susan Blake. Examples of the criteria to be considered for choosing winners will be:  Quantified Results, Depth and Breadth of ICF SFBAC Engagement & Resources Used, and Quality of Writing. The winners will be announced in the early February in the SFBAC newsletter.


ICF Updates 

January 2013


Live out Your New Year Vision with (almost) Free Peer Coaching!


Join the ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program-- a fabulous opportunity for creating and living out your dreams for professional and personal development.  This program is open to all interested ICF members-- and it's ready to go NOW.  The aim of this program is to make coaching more accessible for coaches through the best way going-- coaching!


In addition to investing your time in offering coaching and being coached, you will only need to pay a nominal coordination fee for the program to match you with a coach and client and to monitor each reciprocal peer coaching relationship.  Because of the size and caliber of the ICF coaching community and the carefully coordinated process of the ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program, you are now much more likely to receive just the right coach for your needs. You may also expand your global experience by either coaching or being coached by colleagues in other parts of the world.


Learn more now at (ICF login required).


Core Competency Call - The Coaching Agreement--  What It is & How a Coach Creates It (Demo & discussion)


This virtual class is on Wed., Jan. 16th, 12 - 1 PM Pacific Time.

Call-in number:  805-399-1000 Pin: 997934#

Facilitator:  Chana Klein, Master ADHD Certified Coach, PCC,

(ICF & PAAC Certification Assessor)


Understanding and implementing this competency is essential for every coaching session. 


The Coaching Agreement is critical for long term planning, for short term planning, and for passing any level of the ICF and/or ADHD Coach Assessor exam.

Some of what will be addressed in this meeting if time permits:

·      The Coaching Contract . . . The Client Agreement . . .

·      What is it?

·      Is the Client Agreement Oral? Written? Implied? Understood? Legally binding?

·      How does an ICF coach create it?


Free for all coaches, $10 fee for CCEU for each class.

Go to, Events, December to view bridgeline for this class.


So you think you know your Core Competencies? Think again. There is nothing like this. Prepare to immerse yourself in a deep exploration of these aspects of coaching with incredible insights to provocative questions in a powerful group conversation. Discover aspects and levels to your coaching skills that you never imagined. 


New coaches, build your coaching foundation powerfully.

Intermediate coaches, refine and deepen your coaching knowledge

Experienced coaches, prepare to discover what you didn't know.


ALL coaches, there's something here for you and you will leave each call with an insight and shift that you can take immediately back to your coaching. This is for coaches who want to kick it up a notch, dig deeper, and learn something new about your coaching core competencies.


Visit for more information and to listen to archived recordings. 



Coaching Resources and Announcements



For a special all-day workshop with

Greg Levoy

"Callings: The Power of Passionate Work"

Saturday, April 13th 2013


Sponsored by ICF SFBAC

Stay tuned for details! 


Out of the Box Thinking to Plan Your Year

Achieve What You Want in 2013!

Using Right-Brain and Left-Brain Strategies

**Create the life YOU want for yourself!

*Figure out what is important for YOU and make it happen!
*Why settle for dreams when YOU can create the life YOU want!

Pick the date that works best for you:

Sunday, January 6, 10 am - 1 pm
Wednesday, January 9, 6-9pm
Friday, January 11, 9am-12pm 
**This is a completely OFF-LINE (i.e. No computers are used) method for
planning your year! Especially good for creative people, coaches, right-brain
thinkers, artists, authors, etc. You get the picture! 
Out of the Box Thinking to
Plan Your Year!

RSVP to Alicia: 415-596-9806
Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
Location: Fort Mason Building C room 205 Friday room 210C
$35 includes supplies


Sacramento Coaches Monthly Meeting


Interested in improving an ICF Core Coaching Competency?


Speaker: Cami McLaren, CPC


January 8, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  (General Meeting, Networking and Presentation)


Imagine what it would feel like to know you were an expert at establishing trust and intimacy with your clients?  Seasoned coach Cami McLaren will provide tips for building trust, not only with clients, but others as well, largely from Stephen M. Covey's book, "The Speed of Trust".    You will:

  • Gain familiarity with the core competency of trust and intimacy with clients and others
  • Know when you have established trust or lost trust; and
  • Learn specific ways trust is built and broken 

Read More: 


The Courageous Entrepreneurial Leap


6 Figure Speakers Series

Coming January 21st through Feb 27th

1 pm Pacific Time - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 


Attention all aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs!


Are you feeling stressed and burned out on a regular basis?


Do you feel like your business is limping along and you are considering giving up?


Do you want to step into your passion but are afraid you can't support yourself?


If so, then the Courageous Entrepreneurial Leap 6 Figure Speaker Series was designed for you!


20 successful and powerful entrepreneurs are coming together to share our secrets of how to tap into your courage, overcome your fears and take inspired action to courageously leave the prison you are in, to create the business and life that YOU want - in a way that is conscious, creative, integrated and spiritually aligned.


To learn more and receive FREE access to the Courageous Entrepreneurial Leap 6 Figure Speakers Series go 


You are an important part of this community of coaches! Let's make our communication two-way: Email me! Submit items to this newsletter! And members can post items to our Facebook page! Better yet, here's my picture - find me at the next meeting and introduce yourself. I want to hear from you.
Susan Blake 
Susan Blake
ICF SFBAC Communications Director


ICF - San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
268 Bush St. #4039
San Francisco, CA 94104