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ICF New England's 2024 Conference
Monday, June 10 - Woburn, MA


With Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Living your practice

Join fellow coaches from all over the New England area for our June regional conference where we will lean into and explore the concept of living our practice as coaches. How do we most fully show up to this wonderful vocation in a way that sustainably fills us and allows us to be successful. We are thrilled to offer this gathering, centrally located and at a reasonable price for such inspiring speakers as well as a chance to connect with fellow coaches.

This is ICF New England's first conference in what we hope is a regular tradition. We can't wait to see you there!

New! We are now offering a virtual option to join the conference via Zoom. Pricing is the same as attending in person. Your ticket includes your participation in the entire day's formal agenda (from 9:00am - 4:00pm). This option represents our intention for equitable access for our members who cannot travel. Indicate when you register whether you would like to attend in person or virtually.

Continuing Education Units

Participants will receive 5 continuing education units in Resource Development.

Conference Speakers

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students.

In 2022, he designed and launched the world’s first Master’s Degree in Happiness Studies in collaboration with Centenary University.

Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include leadership, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness.

His most recent books are Happier, No Matter What: Cultivating Hope, Resilience, and Purpose in Hard Times and Happiness Studies. He is also the author of The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World, The New York Times bestseller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, and others.

Ben-Shahar is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of the Happiness Studies Academy (HSA), Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.

An avid sportsman, Ben-Shahar won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

Alesia Latson

Alesia Latson has been studying and practicing the art and science of leadership and organizational development for over 25 years.  Through expert facilitation and executive coaching, Alesia has worked with teams and hundreds of leaders at all levels to expand their management and leadership effectiveness.

She is formerly an adjunct faculty member of Lesley University, St. Joseph’s University and Bentley College.  Ms. Latson is a frequently guest speaker at Babson Executive Education, MIT Sloan School of Business, Simmons School of Management, the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School and served as an executive coach for Harvard University’s Professional Leadership Development Program. 

She co-authored More Time for You – A Powerful System for Organizing Your Work and Get Things Done.

She lives in Sharon MA with her husband, Brian and their adorable dog – Pipe.

Liz Myers

Liz Myers is an executive coach and consultant specializing in leadership development and team effectiveness. Her superpower is giving structure to the intangible, blending practical, actionable steps towards progress with the wisdom that comes with a conscious inner journey.

Liz earned a Master's degree from Stanford University in engineering and earned her PCC coach credential with the International Coaching Federation. Learn more about Liz's work at or

Amy Perez

Amy began her career supporting women post-incarceration, partnering with mental health, DOC, and other services to foster community well-being. With over two decades in non-profit leadership and corporate training, she's skilled in building teams focused on impact through resilience and accountability, managing extensive social services networks that significantly save costs and resources.

Since launching her business in 2020, Amy has helped leaders enhance their communication, collaboration, and conflict management skills. As a PCC, ELI-MP, and certified in Enneagram and Mediation, she deeply understands personality dynamics.

As Vice President of Education for ICF New England and a Community Champion for the Women’s Business League, Amy is passionate about promoting female leadership and facilitating unity and empowerment across diverse groups

Laura Weiss

With over 25 years as an innovation partner for global brands, Laura Weiss supports organizations to develop their people into talented leaders who successfully navigate change and get results.

Originally a licensed architect, Laura’s own change story began when she left architectural practice to focus on the broader world of innovation. She spent a decade as an Associate Partner at world-renowned design consultancy IDEO where she helped launch two practice areas and led numerous innovation programs for Fortune 500 businesses as well as organizations in the social and public sectors. While at IDEO her clients included AT&T, Morgan Stanley, and the Government of New Zealand. 

After serving as a Principal in Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Professional Development practice, Laura was inspired to re-launch Design Diplomacy, LLC to support organizations that are investing in relationship-driven leadership in order to envision, develop, and deliver innovative outcomes for a better world. Her own passion for developing talent extends to academia, where she has been an Adjunct Professor in pioneering graduate programs focused on leadership at both the California College of the Arts and the Yale University School of Architecture. In addition, Laura has served as a director on several nonprofit boards including the American Institute of Architects' Strategic Council.

Laura’s services include executive and leadershiop coaching for individuals and cohorts, and the creation of learning experiences focused on professional transitions, full-circle feedback, inclusive facilitation, and conflict resolution.


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am: Arrival & networking
  • 9:00 am - 9:45 am: ICF New England Annual Public Board Meeting with ICFNE President Liz Myers
  • 9:45 am - 10:00 am: 15 minute break
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: "Finding Your Ground in Turbulent Times" with Tal Ben-Shahar
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Coaches' World Cafe with Laura Weiss and ICFNE Co-VP of Professional Development Amy Perez
  • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: 15 minute break
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: "Achieving Peak Success through Deliberate Practice" with Alesia Latson
  • 3:45 - 4:00: Closing remarks
  • 4:00 - 5:00: Networking Mixer


Session Descriptions

ICF New England Annual Public Board Meeting
Join us for our Annual Public Board Meeting—a key event in our calendar, not just because our bylaws mandate it, but because it's a celebration of our community's progress and potential! This gathering is a perfect blend of ceremony and substance. We will honor our outgoing board members for their invaluable contributions and warmly welcome those stepping into new roles. Additionally, we'll provide an overview of our chapter’s progress and delve into how members can maximize their membership benefits, making the most of our vibrant community.

Finding Your Ground in Turbulent Times with Tal Ben-Shahar
The Science of Happiness
Tal Ben-Shahar on using evidence-based tools and techniques to attain resilience for ourselves and our clients in these unsettling times.

In this session, Tal Ben-Shahar will introduce participants to practical interventions that they can apply in their personal and professional lives, as leaders and coaches. Starting with the idea of antifragility, Ben-Shahar will look at what coaches and clients can do to not only deal with, but also grow from, challenging experiences. Some of the topics that will be discussed include acceptance and the permission to be human, the role of recovery in dealing with stress, the power of kindness and giving, and identifying meaning and purpose.

Coaches World Cafe
Dive into dynamic discussions at the World Café! This session uses a proven format for facilitating engaging group dialogues on various coaching topics. You’ll have the opportunity to join different groups, each hosting a unique topic, allowing for rich exchanges of knowledge and ideas. This is your chance to learn from your colleagues, share your wisdom, and foster new connections. Feel inspired to suggest a topic or lead a discussion? Let us know by filling out our form!

Achieving Peak Success Through Deliberate Practice with Alesia Latson
Unlock the secrets to reaching your maximum potential through the use of Deliberate Practice. Deliberate practice is the most powerful approach to learning that has been discovered. Want to improve your sales skills? Deliberate practice. Want to build your business? Deliberate practice. Want to improve your listening skills? Deliberate practice.

Deliberate practice isn’t just about repetition; it's a systematic approach to improvement that involves focused effort, feedback, and strategic adjustments.

In this presentation we will explore the principles and techniques behind deliberate practice, gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in any endeavor but especially in expanding your coaching practice. We’ll explore the psychology of peak performance, understanding how to harness motivation, maintain focus, and cultivate resilience in the face of challenges.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the fundamentals of deliberate practice and its distinguishing features
  • Apply deliberate practice principles to refine existing skills, acquire new competencies, and enhance overall performance
  • Create optimal practice environments and routines
  • Integrate deliberate practice into your daily life for sustained progress

In this presentation, you will emerge with a clear roadmap for achieving peak success in building your practice. The principles of deliberate practice will empower you to surpass your limitations and experience unparalleled achievement.


Crowne Plaza Boston - Woburn

Crowne Plaza Boston-WoburnA block of rooms have been secured at a great rate of $149 per night. Information to book will be provided in the during the Conference registration process.

Location & Arrival Information

15 Middlesex Canal Park Rd., Woburn, Massachusetts 01801

Contact Front Desk: + 1-781-9358760Venue map

Check-in: 3PM
Check-out: 11AM

Minimum Check-in Age: 21

Parking and Transportation


  • Members
    Fee as of 5/6/2024 $199.00
    *ICFNE Premier Members save an additional $20
  • Non-Members $179.00
    Fee as of 5/6/2024 $229.00

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