In spring of 2012, Anne Belden and I were both members of the ICFNE membership committee. We live about 20 miles from each other, and met for the first time on an ICFNE committee phone call. Who knew? We decided there had to be more coaches close by that we had yet to meet. So Anne and I got organizing and planning.
On June 20, 2012 we gathered with about 25 Maine-based coaches. We met in Cape Elizabeth at Anne’s home. After some informal networking and lots of good food, we created a circle and all shared who we were and how we found ourselves as coaches. The stories were inspiring. Everybody present said we really need to do this, or something like it, again. A year passed.
Then, on the drive back to Maine from one of ICFNE’s in person trainings, Janice Cohen, Janet Eastman and myself started brainstorming possibilities. We decided right then to make something happen in Maine. So, in April, 2013, a small group of Maine coaches met to begin “noodling” what we could do as a coaching community to grow ourselves, our practices, and the coaching profession. As result of our continued meeting, we are now the first ICFNE Chapter – yeah for us! Our overall intention is to promote the coaching profession in Maine, create collaborative marketing opportunities, and grow ourselves and our businesses (and, spend less time driving south to receive our CCEUs!) All are welcome–wherever you’re located!
Here are a few of the things we’re doing:
- Sue McLeod and I will be leading ICF New England Chapter – Maine’s first program Sept 9, 2013: Is this Coaching? It has been approved for 2 core competency CCEU’s.
- We plan to have four programs each year and to post our calendar on the ICFNE website
- We are in conversation with several organizations to explore the possibilities of integrating coaching into what they currently do. Stay tuned!
- We are actively seeking out groups that we could provide training on some aspect of coaching in order to generate more visibility in the community.
- We are talking with groups that hold regular conferences to make the offer to provide pro bono coaching, using the model ICFNE is using with the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
- We are connecting with and collaborating with each other.
Right now, our structure is very loose. I have volunteered to be the point of contact with ICFNE. However, all of the following people have participated in some aspect of the planning and all have “action items” that they have volunteered to work on: Anne Belden; Deb Bergeron; Janice Cohen; Janet Eastman; Joe Foran; Susan M Gallant; Sue McLeod. Many other coaches have expressed interest and enthusiasm.
We want to thank the ICFNE leadership team for their support, professionalism, “can-do” attitude, follow-through, and creativity. It has been a pleasure to collaborate.
Susan M. Gallant, Ed.D, CPCC, ACC – focuses her practice on enhancing self-awareness, empowering positive change, supporting skill building, and adding velocity to the client’s development as a leader. She has extensive training in individual, group and organizational dynamics and change. Susan brings a unique tapestry of experience, education, skills, knowledge and passions to her work and relationships.
Dr. Gallant is a faculty member of NTL Institute; has taught coaching and OD programs; studied at Barbara Brennan School of Healing; and is certified in several assessment instruments. She holds a doctorate from Boston University, M.Ed. from Plymouth State College, BSN from University of Maine, and graduated from the Executive Development Program, Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Susan can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and www.smgallant.com
Sue McLeod, PCC, CPCC, CMC – brings 13 years of experience in coaching and leadership development and over 20 years of experience in high-tech consulting to her work with leaders and organizations. She works with senior managers to adapt to changing business environments, understand their strengths and development needs, focus on top priorities, develop their leadership skills, and manage their career transitions.
Sue is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, teaching programs in leadership coaching, mentor coaching, and coaching with values. She is on the board of the Association for Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) and can be reached at email@example.com and on Linkedin.