Do you know how ICFNE’s annual Gala event got started?
Liz McGrory, 2014 Gala Marketing Team Member and 2013 Rookie Coach of the Year, recently spoke with Ted Gorski, founder of the ICFNE Gala and 2013 Executive Coach of the Year, to find out the backstory.
Liz: Why did you start the Gala?
Ted: In March 2010, I was watching the Oscars award show. As this award show was highlighting the great accomplishments of movies that year, the thought hit me. Why not put together an event which does the same for our coaching community? Why not create an event where greatness could be shared while fostering community within the ICFNE chapter? I thought it would be a great way to share our chapter’s success stories and help provide inspiration for aspiring coaches.
Liz: Do you have a vision or intentions about where it will go and why this is important? What was your end game?
Ted: The end game was to create a unique event that could be replicated within ICF. ICFNE has always been a trailblazing chapter and I wanted to help maintain that mindset. I also wanted to highlight and share the great achievements of our ICFNE members. I wanted to let our chapter members know that we had greatness in our chapter and most importantly, be aware of it!
Liz: What’s your favorite part of the Gala?
Ted: My favorite part of the Gala is when it ends because the wonderful feeling of gratitude and love that is in the room right from the start still lingers and it is just awesome ‘bask and bathe’ in these feelings! Members have told me that they did not want to leave the room because of that feeling! It is also fun to receive emails of thankfulness from members who attended the Gala. Everyone in ICFNE should experience that feeling of ENORMOUS love and gratitude at least once. It is lively and quite powerful in such a good way!
Liz: Where did the Hall of Fame idea come from?
Ted: When I was President of ICFNE, I talked with many other ICF chapter presidents who mentioned one of their biggest problems was keeping the experienced, successful coaches involved in their chapters. It got to a point that chapter presidents were resolved to the fact that these established coaches would eventually leave the chapters. So I thought this was a way to keep these established, successful coaches involved in our chapter while recognizing their contributions and success. As a sports fan, I noticed how the various sports elect and celebrate the success and achievements of former retired players. I thought to myself: “Why not do the same thing?” I thought adding this honor to the Gala was a natural fit. It recognizes the achievements and contributions of these coaches to the ICFNE community and to the coaching community as well. The Hall of Fame highlights the “gold standard” of coaching that we all should strive for and that these members live every day. The knowledge that these coaches share in their induction speeches has been nothing short of the wisdom of the ages. This is just another great reason why ICFNE members should attend the Gala!
Liz: What’s the one thing you hope people take away from this event?
Ted: The one thing that ICFNE chapter possesses is a lot of greatness. Our coaches are doing great things and we should honor that fact. This event builds community and after all, that is what ICFNE is all about!