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December 2016

Tony Scopelite






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President’s Message

Dear SFBAC Chapter Members,

I think we can all agree that our country (and the world) is experiencing a great disruption. If you have been meeting with coaching clients over the last month, you know that people are upset, anxious and feeling the rush of cortisol that moves us out of our logical thinking and into our “fight or flight” reflex. There have been many wise coaches posting on social media, encouraging us to stay centered in remembering who we are and not to fall prey to fear, anger and upset.


I would like to address the healing power of dreams. Dreams are a subject that have been drawn on caves, written about in sonnets and plays, and recorded in song by a multitude of artists. What are dreams? Is it just our brain processing our worries from the day? Do we step into another ethereal realm to live alternative realities? Are we learning from the angels?


Two weeks ago, we had our annual SFBAC board strategic planning retreat. We invited Kimberly Errigo, a Master Coach, teacher and integrative healer trained in mind-body medicine, to initiate our day-long meeting with a meditation exercise to help us clear, connect and center. This is what I experienced:


My hands are open. As my arms open wider, I feel I am expanding bigger beyond capacity. I see the ocean below me and I feel as if I am embracing the ocean with my arms - no, not arms, with my wings! I am an eagle soaring in the sky. My wings span the width of the ocean. I glide, feel my power and the ease of following the wind currents. The sky before me is filled with puffy clouds.


Behind me, I look back and see dark skies clouding over a mountain range with a single, rocky path winding through the tall boulders. I look forward again and the clouds are parting to a beautiful, blinding light.


This was a powerful waking dream and it has stayed with me these last 10 days. I wanted to know the symbolism of eagles within a dream so I looked it up. “When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Eagle totems appear to inspire (push) you to reach higher and become more than you think you are capable of. They tell you to be courageous and really stretch your limits and see what you can do. They bring a sense of courage and a desire to explore and grow.” Fly Like the Eagle by Trish Phillips


This has given me pause to reflect on an awareness of my heart speaking to me to step up to remember who I am, be courageous, and stand for the core beliefs in the values that I hold dear. As coaches, we need to have compassion for ourselves, so we can be there for our clients. It is our responsibility to also be compassionate for our clients, to call forth their values, encourage and challenge them to continue to dream, commit and manifest the life they want.


Keep dreaming! We need to focus on what we want to manifest and bring into our world, not materialize what we are afraid of. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than we believe we are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that we may not yet be able to see. We are about to take flight.






With love,



Inbox Inspiration

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

William Arthur Ward




Welcome New Members

We are happy to have you as part of the the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of ICF and want to make sure that you feel at home and as part of this group of outstanding coaches.


Please reach out to any of our board members should you have a question.


We’re welcoming:

North Bay: Christine Barnes
San Francisco:  Lani Camill, Heidi Fuller, Sunny Pate

Which brings our new member count to 46 for this year.

As a member you get the benefit of creating a profile at Please make sure you complete the profile as it shows both potential clients and your peers that you are now part of the leading professional association in coaching.  Also join our private Facebook group in order to receive our latest news and information. (request access on FB). Also visit and like our public Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @SFBACoaches and join in on the discussion on LinkedIn.


If you have questions about this, contact Tony Scopelite:


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The Board has decided to NOT hold a chapter meeting this month. Please stay tuned for details on all of the exciting programs we will offer you in 2017 as they emerge!


We would also like to announce that our January Chapter meeting will be a webinar! Mark your calendars for January 11th at 6:30 pm PST. Details and registration information will be posted ASAP.

Title: How to Coach Your Clients to Become Influential

Presented by: Dr. Karen Keller, MCC

This presentation proposes to introduce the participants to the Keller Influence Indicator® (KII®) and how it will help the client clearly define and quickly move toward goals, how it will impact the coach’s ability to work with a client, and how it will help grow the coach’s business. The key elements used are an understanding of the impact of the Seven Influence Traits™ and what they mean for a person to be influential, an introduction of the relationship between the Seven Influence Traits® and the Five Organizational Competencies™; leadership, communication, team effectiveness, strategy & solutions, and execution & evaluation.


Participants will:

  • Discover how influence impacts the success of their practice

  • Explore using the Keller Influence Indicator® as a marketing and coaching tool

  • Learn how to use a new model of building their client’s influence

  • Understand how the Seven Influence Traits™ impact their clients

  • Identify and develop high potential leaders and forward-thinking influencers within an organization

Dr. Karen Keller is a clinical psychologist and Master Certified Coach specializing in human behavior. She has spent her career studying, researching, and developing the Art of Influence. She is CEO and Founder of Karen Keller International, Inc. focusing on influence testing and training; corporate, executive and small business coaching; and inspiring and informative keynote addresses.    Based in Michigan, Dr. Keller has traveled internationally speaking and facilitating workshops on Influence Mastery for companies of all sizes from startups to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations.


The Keller Influence Indicator® (KII®) is the world’s only statistically validated assessment of a person’s influence potential. The KII® delivers two unique, customized reports. The KII® Report gives you a total influence score and measurements of the Seven Influence Traits®; confidence, commitment, courage, passion, empowering, trustworthiness, and likeability. The SOCR™ Report correlates the Seven Influence Traits® scores with the Five Organizational Competencies™; leadership, communication, team effectiveness, strategy & solutions, and execution & evaluation. There are specific levels of materials available to coaches to use in conjunction with the KII® Assessment.


ICF Core Competencies Applicability

CC#4 – Coaching Presence

CC#6 – Powerful Questioning

CC#7 – Direct Communication

CC#8 – Creating Awareness

2016 Strategic Planning Meeting  

On November 19th, the Board, both current and incoming members participated in an all day strategic planning meeting for 2017. Items on the agenda (to name a few):

  • Review of our 2016 Business Plan, including a SWOT analysis.

  • Drafted new goals and objectives for 2017.

  • Lengthy discussion on what programs we would like to deliver in the coming year including new ways to deliver content to our members including webinars.

  • Communication - Plans for our updated website, potential sponsorships and partnerships with business and coaching schools.

  • Brainstorming on new and exciting events for our coaches to get involved with the community.

“It was such a great experience to spend this day together in service to our community. We truly have a passionate and wonderful group of coaches dedicated to making this world a better place.” - Tracy Irvine, Social Media Director


“I liked our deep dive on our mission and core values. We refined our main mission to serve our community better and although our members did not attend, they were our primary focus for all our conversations that day.” - Sophie Leroi, Communications Director


“The collective mind is so much more powerful than the individual one. And I felt we really gelled together at the meeting to create a great organization for our members.” - Sue Steinfeld, Secretary Co-Director


Most of your Board Members for 2017!!

Election Results for the 2017 Voting Board  

We are pleased to announce the Voting Board election results:

Ricci Victorio - President

Florian Brody - Vice President

Ray Pifferrer - Treasury

Secretary - Sue Steinfeld


Members - We need your help for the New Chapter Website

The Chapter Website Is Getting Re-Designed

We are redesigning our website for a fresher and more interactive feel. We always welcome our members to participate and contribute, and we would like to request your input or feedback.


  • Which new features you would like to see on the new website?
  • What would you like to see more of? Less of?
  • Which elements should we add so that the website brings even more value to you as a member?

We plan to have the website ready and live by end of 2016 and we rely on your help as well. Please send your ideas, suggestions, critique to Sophie Leroi at:


Want To Be Our Next Presenter?

Do you love teaching and facilitating? Why not be one of our next presenters at a monthly meeting? For details, go to our website at click on the link for Events and Programs and download the Speaker Presenter form or contact Jon and Curt at

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