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November 2014

Tony Scopelite

President’s Message
I’m sitting here, at the brink of a week off, warm, and superbly refreshed from the rain we were blessed with overnight. I’m truly sitting in gratitude for the abundance today while embracing the opportunities to come.

I attended the “Global Oneness Summit” the other day and was inspired by so many people working towards global peace, awareness and unity. It reminded me how we coaches are in a prime position to be a part of that, no matter how large or small.
In this same vein, we at SFBAC are looking forward to next year and have designated the theme of 2015 to be “The Power of We.” We invite you to be a part of that as a participating member.

Our speakership next year will also participate in this theme. James Baraz (of Spirit Rock fame) will kick off the year on January 21st with a presentation about “resistance!” But first we have Halloween, then Angella Okawa in November, followed by Thanksgiving, and our annual Holiday party in December, so please join us to celebrate every step of the way as we meet, greet, and work together to make a global impact through coaching!!

—Marijke Hallberg

Welcome New Members
We’re happy to announce the following new members:
East Bay - Susie Chang, Sheila Duffy & Caroline Wood
North Bay - Joyce Lillis

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

Calling All Voters

It’s time for our annual election, where members vote for our leadership positions. If you are an active member of our chapter, please follow this link and vote! Results will be revealed at the Holiday Party.

November Monthly Gathering
Wednesday November 12th 2014  6:30-9:00 pm (6:30-7:15 networking)
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 Live Streaming, Click here.
Blind to What Binds: How challenging childhood experiences block a client from moving forward… with Angella Okawa
Many people don’t think to include childhood events like bullying, growing up with an alcoholic, or having narcissistic parents in the definition of trauma. Yet The brain stores those challenging life experiences and they can have dramatic, but under-detected, impact on an adult’s relationships.

Through interactive training, Angella Okawa will show us how you can recognize those patterns in coaching.

Angella Okawa, MFT is a certified Integral Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, and graduate of the Hakomi Method, a mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy. Angella spent 6 years at IDEO, an award-winning global design firm, and currently works with tech professionals to help them get out of their own way. With a passion for bridging disciplines and simplifying complexity, Angella offers a unique perspective on how individuals can realize their full potential. 

CCEU Credits: 1.5
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).

*For RSVP questions contact:
North Bay: Elisabeth Von Halem:
East Bay: Kym Cadle:
South Bay/Silicon Valley: Fabienne Slama: 

December Holiday Happening

A Holiday Heads Up that we are planning a fun event for December 10th. We traditionally all come together in San Francisco for this event so make your travel arrangements now to join us at the Handlery Hotel for a night of celebratory socializing.

Hear Here: How To Get With Our Programs

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month and offer several options for participating in or viewing our speakers, described below. For Options 1, 2, and 3 below, please pre-register by going to, and click on the Event Calendar to find your desired viewing option.

FREE Admission for SFBAC Members & Virtual Program Subscribers.  $20 for Non-Members.

SF Gathering … Attend our main San Francisco meeting in-person. Gather with fellow coaches in a lively, large-group setting. Create connections. Meet the speaker.
Regional Gathering … Attend a Regional Streaming Video Party (RSVP) at a designated Bay Area location near you. Enjoy the evening with coaches in your locale, and watch the live-streaming broadcast together in an intimate, small-group setting. 
Individual Viewing … Watch the live-streamed video broadcast on your own computer in your home or office, in real time. 
Video Recording … If you missed the event, watch the video recording afterwards. Go to, and click on Storefront.

How Non-Members Can Save Money

If you’re not a member of SFBAC, join our chapter to access our great speaker programs and lots of other benefits!  Go, click on Join Online for more details.

If you’re a member of  a different ICF chapter but would like to attend SFBAC’s livestreaming broadcasts and access our Past Event Videos, purchase a Virtual Program Subscription to save on per-event fees. Go to, click onVirtual Program Subscription for more details.
** CCEUs are offered to attendees of our live events or livestreaming broadcasts who pre-register or sign in AND submit a Feedback & CCEU Request Form.  CCEUs are for Core Competencies or Resource Development, depending on program content.  (CCEUs for Resource Dev’t  are available for viewing a video recording after the event. If the viewer submits a Feedback & CCEU Request Form.)

Support Our Sponsors

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

Click to learn more about our annual sponsor, CRR Global.

Leadership Circle Profile Certification: San Francisco Nov. 19-21, 2014

Grow your practice - take coaching deeper. Master three breakthrough assessments that will add velocity to your client's leadership effectiveness: Leadership Circle Profile 360 ™ (LCP), Manager Edition™ 360, and  Leadership Culture Survey™ for teams and entire organizations.    
Only LCP measures leadership competencies (what's going on) and reactive
behaviors (why it's happening). That's why leading organizations, consultants/coaches, and top universities consider our assessments their "strategic advantage". 

Take a Free Test Drive Demo - Register for Certification  
ICF approved for 20.85 hours CCEU 

Free Positive Intelligence Event at Stanford November 13th, 2014

Our members are invited to a very special upcoming event on November 13th from 6-8:30pm:  An Intimate Conversation with Shirzad Chamine, Chairman Emeritus of CTI and author of the NY Times best selling book, Positive Intelligence. The event will take place at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Knight Management Center.
There will be filming that night as part of a brand new program being developed: They need coaches in the audience to really give a coaching focus to the event. There will be no selling whatsoever – and there will be wine and cheese, in this intimate gathering with an opportunity to interact live with Shirzad and other coaches. 
Register here:
Positive Intelligence is a breakthrough science and practice of activating the brain regions associated with positive mindset and emotions to achieve your performance potential. Shirzad will be speaking about how to identify and conquer the mental Saboteurs that get in the way of peak performance. 
We ask that everyone who plans to attend take the Positive Intelligence Saboteur Assessment prior to arriving (takes 5 mins or so) so that you can engage with the session.   target="_blank">

SFBAC Joins The Greater Good to promote Self-Compassion

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley presents:
Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Dr. Kristin Neff

November 7, 2014
Live @UC Berkeley Campus... or via webcast
6 CE hours available for health professionals
SFBAC members receive 10% off with the code PERICF

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.
Drawing on a decade of her trailblazing research, Dr. Neff will provide simple tools for giving ourselves the support we need whenever we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. She will provide an introductory overview of self-compassion, weaving together lecture, scientific research, video presentations, small group exercises, and discussion.

Members Make It Happen

Ann-Marie Heidingsfelder offers Six-Step Group Sales Coaching Program

End the year strong, Build 2015 pipeline & Save over $1500 with Group Sales Coaching!
  • Begins November 6th: the program is 3 months with two 60-minute sessions monthly
  • Limited to 10 B2B salespeople to foster collaborative and creativity
  • Includes laser coaching for each salesperson who wants to call in for a specific session
  • Discover tools, skills and proficiencies you need to increase meetings, pipeline & sales
  • 6 Bi-weekly (3 months) Tele-Sessions facilitated by Ann-Marie & with other B2B sales professionals help you work smarter -- not harder. 
    $295 per monthOvercome the roadblocks to sales success. We’ll identify your specific end-of-year goals & create strategies for rock solid results.

RSVP today: 707-526-6911. Invite a peer and get 50% off your first month.  - See more at:

Submissions For Future Newsletters

We hope you found this issue of Checking In fun and helpful. Our goal is to provide you information useful to you as a coach, and to help members and friends share their announcements with this community. Please submit announcements to Submissions are due by the 25th of each month.

Gail Whipple
Communications Director
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches

December Holiday Happening
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