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February 2014

Tony Scopelite


President's Message

The year has gotten off to a strong start for SFBAC.  We completed our Board with the addition of some dynamic members to our team, and welcomed volunteer Regional Liaisons and Coaching School Liaisons.  We held a day-long Board retreat and created an exciting and ambitious strategy for our organization in 2014, including participation in International Coaching Week in May and ongoing outreach to our local coaching schools.  We revised our mission to reflect our global reach through live streaming, and we set an agenda predicated on fun and building community among our members.

I invite you to join us as a volunteer with our chapter Volunteering is a great way to build relationships among fellow coaches and get to know our organization and our Board.  We are actively seeking a Social Media Administrator to help us with our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages, as well as additional Coaching School Liaisons, particularly a New Ventures West Liaison.  Please email me at if you are interested in a volunteer position.

I look forward to seeing everybody at the monthly gathering on February 12!

Krisztina Kohlhaas, MBA, MA
President, ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches

Support Our Sponsors

We’re so grateful this year to have CRR Global Advanced Coach Training as an annual sponsor.

For February we’re also pleased to have two other sponsors who have special offers for our members:

Having sponsors is a new adventure for SFBAC, so please check out their offerings at the end of this newsletter, and let us know what you think.

Welcome New Members

We’re happy to announce the following new members:

San Francisco: Frank Ma
North Bay: Doneen Barone
South Bay Paula Ewanich, Elisabeth Stitt, Janet Valentino, William Benoist
East Bay: Victoria Brown, Leila Monberg

New members, be sure to create your profile at, and join our private FaceBook group at ! If you have questions about this, contact

Welcome New Volunteers

Regional Liaisons
Kym Cadle - East Bay Liaison
      Fabienne Slama - South Bay Liaison
      Elisabeth von Halem - North Bay Liaison
      Janette Valentino  - Santa Cruz Liaison

Coaching School Liaisons
     Lanette Ferguson - iPEC Liaison
     Sarabeth Janzen - iPEC Liaison
     Janet Parks - CRR Liaison
     Laura Vella - CTI Liaison
     Gina Zappariello - CTI Liaison

Meet This Year’s Leadership Team

February Monthly Gathering

Coaching With The Emotional Brain - Sylvia Kurpanek
Wednesday February 12, 2014 - 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM

Have you ever thought about the particular neurological processes that inhibit people from changing? In our coaching work with clients, many of us have experienced the following frustrating scenario: As a result of the coaching, our client has developed a clear strategy and defined the next steps to take to achieve their goal. But something blocks him/her from putting that hard-won new strategy into actual practice. Very often these blocks are non-conscious. Learn exactly what’s behind those blocks and other unpleasant and dysfunctional emotional responses. In this presentation and live demonstration you will hear about the specific part of the brain that creates these blocks and how we can speak its language to achieve lasting results in coaching. Come and learn what is possible!

Sylvia Kurpanek is the creator of the Limbic Coaching ® method. She is a professional personal and executive coach and founder of the Palo Alto Institute for Systemic Coaching. Originally from Germany, Sylvia was educated in Europe, has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology, a law degree, and degrees in Mediation and Intercultural Training and Coaching. An NLP Master Practitioner and certified Systemic Coach, Sylvia also coaches in a variety of other proven methods.

CCE Credits - 1.5

Wednesday February 12, 2014 6:30-9pm 
FREE for members. Cost for guests is $20.

Attend in San Francisco at the Handlery Hotel, Click here.
Attend via a Regional Streaming Video Party, Click here.  
Attend via Video Livestreaming, Click here.

Refund Policy: ICF SFBAC maintains high standards for its programs and speakers. Even so, we cannot guarantee that every program will resonate with every viewer. ICF SFBAC therefore maintains a "No Refunds" policy for viewer satisfaction with program content. Refunds will be considered for cancelled programs or technical failures at the point of origin (refunds are not available if the program is not viewable due to technical failure at the Purchaser's end).

RSVP Program Expands Our Reach

Introducing Four New Regional Volunteers
We're growing and we're excited about it! Our Regional Streaming Video Parties (RSVP) now have Regional Liaisons organizing live-streaming of our monthly chapter gatherings in four different corners of the greater SF Bay Area:

North Bay, Elisabeth von Halem:
East Bay, Kym Cadle:
South Bay, Fabienne Slama:
And our new reach into Santa Cruz, Janette Valentino:

The ABC’s on RSVP 
RSVP is for all of us who live far away from San Francisco but still want to engage directly with the coaching community and deepen our learning. These meetings happen concurrently with the San Francisco gathering, and allow for intimate connection & networking with your geographical neighbors. We welcome non-members, so please bring a friend. Pre-registration is required for all meetings. If you'd like to start an RSVP gathering in your area, please contact a Regional Liaison close to you. All that is required is that you be a member of SFBAC and that you have a newer computer.

See where the RSVPs are held and sign up for our February 12th meeting here:
February 12th RSVP Regional Gatherings: Featuring Sylvia Kurpanek on “Coaching With The Emotional Brain
The Big Shift Has A Big Offer For SFBAC Members

Bill Barren’s “The Big Shift Experience” will take place March 21-23 2014 in the Bay Area: If we get 15 people to sign up via our website, they get FREE tickets to the live event. Tickets are regularly $997 so we’re thrilled to secure this generous gift from Bill, who is also Past President of SF Coaches.

This is going to be a magical weekend. Over 400 coaches from all over the world are expected to be there. So reserve your complimentary ticket and learn more about the event here:

Think about it: Making small changes to your business will bring about equally small changes to your results. The Big Shift Experience is designed to help you create BIG SHIFTS in your business and your life. Take Bill up on this tremendous offer, say YES to a vision on a whole new level ... and build the solid business to go with it.

Calling Volunteers: A Few Good Jobs Left

Members have really stepped up to our call and our governing board and committees are almost completely filled. But there’s still a call for:

Marketing/PR Director
  • Responsible for external communications and attracting new members to grow our chapter
  • Communicates and promotes our programs and benefits via our website and external channels to attract new participants and potential new members
  • Secures and maintains relationships with existing and potential sponsors and advertisers
  • Leads the Growth Committee, which sets the strategic direction based on clearly understanding the needs of our target market, and provides specific guidance and recommendations to the Board and other committees
  • Responds to requests from the media and research organizations
  • Works with local media to raise public awareness of the benefits of coaching
Social Media Administrator
Helps manage SFBAC's social media presence and updates, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others as necessary.

Coaching School Liaisons - New Ventures West
School liaisons primarily ensure that SFBAC collateral is distributed to students and that schools are announcing SFBAC meetings and events and inviting students to attend. We still need a New Ventures West Liaison and although we already have volunteers for the following schools, we can always use more:
  • Academy of Coaching & NLP
  • Academy for Coaching Excellence
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
  • The Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
  • CRR Global
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)
  • Sofia University
  • Strozzi Institute
  • Other local ICF-affiliated coaching schools you know of
To volunteer please email Krisztina Kohlhaas at by February 5th with the following:
  1. Your name
  2. What city do you live in?
  3. Why would you like to be an SFBAC volunteer?
  4. Preference will be given to volunteers able to commit for the entire year.  Please address your ability to do so
The Institute for Generative Leadership Foundational Workshop

Welcome to February sponsor, The Institute for Generative Leadership

Foundations for Generative Leadership Workshop
Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Thursday and Friday, and to 4 PM on Saturday
This workshop promises to empower you to produce better results as a leader or coach by developing new practices and ways of approaching the challenges of leadership. These are hands-on practices that let you take new and more powerful actions in response to the challenges you face today. These are new actions that open up new possibilities for the results you will become capable of producing.
This rigorous, three-day learning experience is led by Bob Dunham and the Institute for Generative Leadership, in partnership with Newfield Network.
Benefits of participation include:
  • Make bigger and more valuable promises and fulfill them with your team
  • Reduce the number and severity of breakdowns you experience by learning to identify common blind spots for teams and powerful ways to remedy them for good.
  • Increase commitment and follow-through of teams by learning and practicing the essential skills for coordinating action, and by identifying and resolving the most common pitfalls of communication in teams.
  • Greater skill tackling challenges of trust and mood that impact many organizations, but are difficult to pin down or talk about by learning how to produce the positive outcomes you care about.
  • Close the gap between learning and doing by identifying concrete next steps to immediately apply what you learn, and to produce more satisfying results in your coaching and leadership roles.  The workshop is about learning to practice, not just learning about leadership. 
Where: Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley CA, 555 Redwood Forest Highway, Mill Valley, CA
Cost: $995
Discounts available for ICF members, Newfield Network alumni, and multiple people from the same company.
CCUE’s: 19 
For more information or to register: 
For free videos:

Thrive At The Gay Coaches Conference

Welcome to February sponsor, The Gay Coaches Conference

The third annual International Gay Coaches Conference, hosted by the Gay Coaches Alliance (GCA), is scheduled for May 1-5 at the Easton Mountain Retreat Center, near Albany, NY. 

Gay men who are coaches now or who have a strong interest in becoming coaches should attend. Also invited are gay men who do similar heart-centered work – psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, educators, clergy, consultants, non-profit organization leaders, sacred intimates – who wish to bring stronger coaching skills into their practices. You need not be a GCA member to attend.

Experience something rare and special with like-minded colleagues, brothers and fellow travelers. 
Experience over 20 interactive workshops led by powerful men with a wide variety of coaching practices and real world experience.
It's one part retreat, one part traditional conference experience and one part personal growth experience. 
Past attendees have reported finding this conference reenergizing on both practical and personal levels. It’s also a chance to build relationships, find support and bring sharper focus to your practice.

The main conference session is offered with optional pre- and post- conference sessions:

Pre-Conference Session May 1-2 (optional)
Thriving Business: focus on business development

Main Conference May 3-5
Thriving Clients: Two tracks of interactive workshops relevant to gay coaches 

Pre-Conference Session May 4-5 (optional)
Thriving Self: Self care invoking power and wisdom of the physical

Details and a complete workshop listing are available at

Member Eve Siegel’s “Success With Soul”Available on Amazon

Eve Siegel. M.S., PCC, CPCC is thrilled to announce that Success with Soul-- Loving Your Livelihood, Living in Balance, is available in e-Book and printed format on Amazon. Success with Soul is a traveler’s guide on the path to manifesting a livelihood and a life that authentically express who you are and what you are here to do in this lifetime.  It includes the author’s own experiences, transformative client stories, photos, useful exercises, and illuminating quotes. It’s an accessible, affordable, and supportive resource both for you and your clients.

Member Sue Bock Launches New Program

Sue Bock, CPCC, ACC announces "Discover the 8 Levels of Having it All Your Way"  
 - a program available at her website  Working the program gives you the basics to living a life through your eyes, seeing the life that you truly want, including:
  • Freedom and Peace of Mind – learn powerful new strategies to balance work and family.
  • Renewed Sense of Purpose – reignite aliveness and inspiration in your life… family and friends will comment on a difference they can’t put their finger on.
  • Confidence and Pride – light up your “mojo” through how you take care of yourself and how you dress.
  • Increased Capacity for Joy and Love - Your negative thoughts diminish and are replaced with more positive and loving thoughts.
  • Ability to Act From Your Core - You find that even through, a divorce, loss of a loved one, and stressful situations that you make decisions based on your essence of who you are, instead of what others think you should do.

Is Your Profile Pushing To Potential Clients?

Question to all of you SFBAC members: Are you finding that you are getting "hits" on your profile on our website? In other words, are potential clients either calling you or emailing you? Please take a minute to let us know. Contact Janet Valette at
Submissions For Future Newsletters

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Gail Whipple
Communications Director
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches

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