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January 2015

Tony Scopelite

President’s Message

Happy, Joyful, Fulfilling and Healing New Year to you all!!

I was looking out at the wind and sun…wondering what would be most important to say, while keeping in mind our theme for next year on the Power of We (which came out of the CTI Annual Summit in April this year). What landed was a tremendous gratitude for those in our membership who have stepped up to participate on the Board this last year, and those who have joined to actively participate in 2015.  There is nothing more powerful than working with a group of people who align on a set of values to create something of meaning.


We accomplished a lot this year by participating in International Coaching Week, starting a book club, refining our live broadcasting abilities, and becoming more active in the larger western region community group, which includes ICF Chapters from Mexico all the way up to Canada.


2015 marks the 20th anniversary for ICF-Global, so they have increased their support of regional chapters to bring communities closer and to increase awareness of coaching to the broader community, especially during ICW (International Coaching Week). We intend to build on our previous efforts - Tina Ambrosini (our superlative Events Director) is already working on doing more outreach next year during the ICW from May 18th to 24th.


We continue to strengthen ties with the coaches that exist in the region, and have a wonderful membership team in-place (Joie Seldon, Donna Davis & Elisabeth von Halem) to help make that happen.

Our past-president, Keiko Hsu, is in the leadership on the Western Region Advisory Council (WRAC) where we continue to strengthen ties with other ICF-chapters in the west. Next year we’ll be sharing programs in various ways – The LA-chapter has developed a strong webinar series they will be sharing, and we have already opened up our live-broadcast Speaker programs and subsequent videos to all other chapters, as promoted by our fabulous Sales + Marketing Director, Mila Fairfax.  Crystal Kent has stepped in to work with her on these efforts.


ICF-Global supports these efforts wholeheartedly, and will be hosting an International Leadership Conference in March. Keiko, Ricci Victorio (our VP for 2015) & I  will be there to meet other chapter leaders in-person, and strengthen connections between all of us both nationally and internationally.


None of this would be communicated to you without the expertise of our IT Superhero, Tony Scopelite, and our phenomenal Communications Director, Gail Whipple. Our finances would flail without Karisma Rodriguez, under the awesome direction of our Accountant, Sara Bronson. And none would be recorded without our steadfast secretary, so thank you Janet Fjeldstad , and welcome to Maribell Gonzalez for taking over the task next year! And thank you Greg for your smiling service as past-president this year.


It’s an exciting time in the world of coaching! …so please stay in-touch, connect with us as much as possible, and join us in 2015 to embrace the Power of We. We can truly rock the world to a positive outcome in every way - It’s just a matter of energy!

“Any great and inspiring organization that ever existed set out to do something completely unrealistic.” - Simon Sinek

—Marijke Hallberg

Welcome New Members
We’re happy to announce the following new and returning members:
East Bay - Wendy Edelstein, Joshua Steinfeldt
North Bay - Patty Bechtold
San Francisco - Annaliese Furnas, Lynne Lombardo
South Bay - Tracey Irvine

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



New Year Schedule Hiccups

Due to schedule conflicts at the Handlery Hotel, our January and February Monthly gatherings have been rescheduled from our usual 2nd Wednesday of the month. Mark your calendar for January 21st and February 25th, then back to usual on March 11th.

How We Meet Monthly

RSVP (Regional Streaming Virtual Parties) is dead. Long live Local Gatherings.

Local Gatherings are parties of 1 or more people who are live-streaming our monthly meetings taking place in San Francisco.

As of press time:

•North Bay: Contact Elisabeth Von Halem ( to see if she’s continuing her tradition of gathering people in her home.

•South Bay: Gail Whipple ( is looking for a core group who would like to work on a plan for gathering at homes, a restaurant, or office (BYOL? Bring your own laptop?)

•Regina, Saskatchewan is gathering a group (to join, see our website)

January Monthly Gathering

Wednesday January 21st 2014 6:30-9:00pm (6:30-7:00 networking, 7:00-8:30 program / speaker)

FREE for members. Cost for guests is $20.

Attend in San Francisco at the Handlery Hotel, Click here.

Attend locally via Video Live Streaming, Click here.

     •Click here for the latest update on how to Live Stream


With James Baraz

James Baraz will draw from his deep experience in teaching meditation and leading retreats to share the nature of resistance from a Buddhist perspective, to enhance our understanding of what gets in the way, and to support people in holding those knots with compassion while helping them connect with their strengths as well. He’ll be drawing from the "Learning to Love Ourselves" chapter in his book, “Awakening Joy.”


About James Baraz

James Baraz has been teaching meditation retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S. and abroad since 1978. He is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, where he started numerous training programs.

He's been teaching the popular online Awakening Joy course, which has been taken by over 15,000 people since 2003. James is co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy, which is based on the course. He loves teaching people how they can open to true happiness not only for their own well-being but so they become agents of consciousness for the well-being of others and the planet. James has been focusing on Dharma and Climate Change in recent years and is an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist teachings and responses to Climate Change.

He lives with his wife in Berkeley, where he's led a meditation community since 1980. He has two sons and three grandchildren.

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December Monthly Memories: A Good Time Had By All

Thank you Greg Peters and Tina Ambrosini for planning and hosting a fabulous holiday dinner and speaker, comedian Alicia Dattner. Congratulations to our President, Marijke Hallberg, who won the Service Excellence award. Here’s a link to some pics from the event:

Next Book Club: The War Of Art


February 1, 2015 -  2 to 4 p.m. we’ll discuss THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield

Hosted by Joie Seldon in Oakland (close to Lake Merritt BART). Address available upon registration here.

In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity and success. THE WAR OF ART is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every artist, visionary, or entrepreneur. It’s an easy read, yet the lessons are profound. A great tool for coaches in working with client’s inner resistance.


Members Make It Happen


Start The New Year Off Right With Mindfulness

Eileen Spillane will be teaching the 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Pacific Heights, January through March. This is great for coaches to complement coaching work as well as a useful practice for clients. Through the 8 weeks, participants learn how to actively practice mindfulness to  impact their everyday lives at home and work.

This course, founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, has been researched and proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and physical symptoms of discomfort and as well as increase self-esteem. Watch a video about the course here:

Free introductory class:

January 6 6:00PM-8: 30PM - or - January 8 1PM-3: 30PM

Join the class: Choice of two 8-Week Series

Tuesday evenings January 13- March 10th  6PM-8:30PM


Thursday afternoons January 15 – March 12th 1PM-3:30PM


Swedenborgian Church

3200 Washington St (at Lyon St)

San Francisco, CA, 94115

Registration: $375 (Less than $40/class)


Unleash Your Creative Hero Teleclass
Unleash Your Creative Hero
Get your creative ideas off your mind and into the world: Unleash Your Creative Hero in 2015 in a new teleclass on courage, creativity and productivity. Janet Valette and Gail Whipple have develop an engaging, enlightening way to satisfy your creative hunger by finding and finishing a project that calls to you — while you have fun getting it done.

There's a lot to explore: Learn about your creative process, how best to support and expand your creativity, add some great productivity tools to your toolbox — and meet like­-minded people to help you on your creative and heroic journey through life. 
The first six week teleclass begins January 11. Click here to see details, pricing, and our special offer for earlybirds.
We Scored Again!
A team of our members, led by Events Director Tina Ambrosini, offered a day of coaching at SCORE in SF on Tuesday December 16. This was so popular for both SCORE and our participating coaches that we might make this a regular thing. Contact Tina Ambrosini for more information - and check out the SCORE website by clicking here...

Thanks CRR Global For A Great Year

We’re so grateful to have had CRR Global Advanced Coach Training as our annual sponsor in 2014. Thank you for your great support!


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

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