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January 2017

Tony Scopelite







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President’s Message


As I sit at my desk this first of the new year, writing my 19th message as your President, I continue to be humbled and grateful for the support, enthusiasm and dedication of the team who, without fail, make the ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches one of the most robust, exciting and cutting edge chapters within the country!

I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the 2016 team that made last year one of our best! There were ground-breaking ideas for community outreach, interactive chapter programs and we expanded the board to lighten the load, which has created a sustainable leadership culture and just made it so much more fun! Thank you, thank you for your joyous efforts!

Dana Cole, Treasurer

Joie Seldon, Volunteer Coordinator

Kimberley Elliott, Marketing Director

Now ICF-Nevada President!!!

Jose-Antonio Villalobos, Membership Director

Tina Ambrosini, Events Director

Sara Bronson, Accounting

For 2017, I am very excited to share that we have had very little turnover. We moved some people to new roles, divided some others, and added several terrific new members:

Ricci Victorio, President

Barbara Koeth, School Liaison

Previously ICF Liaison

Florian Brody, Vice President

Previously Communications Director

Jon Shuster, Programs Co-Director

Ray Pifferrer, Treasurer

Curt Mandell, Programs Co-Director

Sue Steinfeld, Co-Secretary & Facilities Coordinator

Lisa Monzóon*, Events Co-Director

Janet Fjelstad, Co-Secretary & Operations Director

Kate Greer*, Events Co-Director

Sophie Leroi, Communications Director Previously Public Relations Director

Carol Anne Inceoglu*, Accounting

Tracy Irvine, Social Media & Newsletter Maven

Sahar Azarabadi, Membership Director

Wendy Edelstein*, Marketing & Web Content Manager

Rob Balaam*, Volunteer Coordinator


Sunny Cheree*, Public Relations Director

Tony Scopelite, Virtual Admin

Deanna Stouder*, Business Development & Sponsorships


*New board members

Please reach out to us - with your questions, ideas, feedback and support. As we look to the New Year, we are excited with the possibilities that this kind of high-level collaboration and experience will create! We are planning on experimenting with technology to bring national speakers and programs to all of our members who are spread out across the Greater SF Bay Area Region. We look forward to seeing you all at our first webinar this January, and for our next in-person chapter meeting in February!

With love and gratitude,


Inbox Inspiration

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson



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:

South Bay - Javier Llerena
Outside of SF Bay Area - Tanya Bibby

Which brings our new member count to 2 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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For our January Chapter meeting on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm PST, we are happy to announce a webinar with

Dr. Karen Keller, MCC

How to Coach Your Clients to Become Influential

Details and registration information can be found here:

Dr Keller,  a clinical psychologist and Master Certified Coach specializing in human behavior introduces 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.

CCE Credits - 1.0

Details and registration information can be found here:

Our Monthly SFBAC Meetings

The ICF San Francisco Bay Area Chapter meets monthly either in person or via webinar. We are looking for space to hold our 2017 meetings! Please contact Sue Steinfeld at All webinars and presentations will qualify you to earn CCEUs for continuing education.

Please register at the SFBAC website to save your place at the in-person meeting or receive instructions on how to view the live stream from your computer.

Upcoming Events

Watermark Conference for Women

Location: San Jose Convention Center

When: Wednesday, February 1st

Time: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

We are honored to be partnering again with the prestigious Watermark Conference for Women to provide on-site coaching to attendees, which will be held on Feb 1st at the San Jose Convention Center.

Volunteer coaches are asked to sign up for UP TO three 90-minute shifts over the course of the day. Coaches commit to providing coaching at the conference and in turn receive a free conference pass, name and business listed in the conference brochure, name and business listed on Watermark conference website, and the opportunity to connect with ambitious and impactful women throughout the day.

Please note that we have reached the maximum number of coaches, but if you would like to considered for the waitlist, please do so here:

**Please note that you will be contacted at a later date to select your coaching time slots.**

To learn more about the Watermark Conference for Women, click here:

February Monthly Meeting Featuring Susan Carlisle

Creating a Luminous Future Vision and Managing the Blockages

Location: TBD

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

To register:

How will coaches benefit from your program?  They will have tool to bring to their coaching to create a powerful vision and tools to deal with the blockages that appear on that journey.

What is the overall intent of your program? Have fun and learn!

Interactivity & Live Coaching Demonstrations:  Coaching Demo, debrief and dyad coaching.

Susan CarlisleThe foundation of Susan’s work with individuals and leaders is to support them in living lives of liberation and freedom in which everything they do has meaning and value. Susan believes the wisdom of the heart is the greatest untapped resource of most leaders and that the new wave of corporate leadership development is in this area. In supporting leaders in this area, she is on the frontier of transformative change in leadership development and organizational change.



Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Life Balance, Coach Training, Mentor Coaching, Team Coaching and The Leadership Circle 360, Coaching Executive Directors for Non-Profit Organizations.


Clif Bar, Inc. ~ Kelley-Stanton ~ Hewlett Packard ~ IBM ~ Baker & McKenzie Law Firm ~ San Francisco LGBT Center

CCEU Credits - 1.5

To register:

SAVE THE DATE: Mix and Mingle with a Global ICF Board Member

Location: TBD

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

To register:

ICF Global Board Member Sara Smith will be visiting San Francisco and would like the opportunity to meet both Board and Chapter members. Come join us for this rare opportunity. Time and Place TBD

Upcoming Training Classes

Open Heart Project Meditation Instruction Certification Program

When: January 24th - March 21st, 2017

This program was developed by Susan Piver, founder of the Open Heart Project, and Jenna Hollenstein, a meditation guide and nutrition therapist. It is specifically designed to support those who wish to offer meditation instruction within a professional context. It will help coaches, yoga teachers, therapists, counselors, managers, and others who wish to bring mindfulness to their clients, students, patients, colleagues, and so on.

The Open Heart Project is proud to offer its Meditation Instructor Certification Program. This online program is specifically constructed to serve those who work one-to-one or in small groups with clients or patients.

The Open Heart Project has been recognized by the International Coaching Federation. Federation members may claim 28 CEUs (14 core and 14 resource development) toward maintaining their coaching certification.

Mindfulness meditation is now a cultural phenomenon. It may appear that teaching meditation is a simple thing—what is so complicated about sitting down and breathing?! However, 2600 years of mindfulness-awareness practice has shown us that though the technique is simple, the results it produces are not. A responsible meditation teacher has some knowledge of how to guide others as their practice takes root.

Over this nine-week program, participants will gain the necessary skills to teach the meditation technique clearly, answer the most frequently asked questions with confidence, and gain insight into the teacher-student relationship.

This program is not about becoming a spiritual guide, but about learning to impart this ancient technique responsibly, kindly, and skillfully.

To register and for more information, please visit:
ICF - San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
268 Bush St. #4039
San Francisco, CA 94104