Conference News

We’re Looking for Presenters for 2016!

We’re excited to announce that Marshall Goldsmith is our opening and closing keynote speaker for 2016!
Our next order of business is to start lining up educational breakout sessions highlighting our theme The Crossroads of Coaching.  We’re looking for dynamic presenters with creative, innovative and experiential proposals for our educational breakout sessions that:
  • Fit our conference theme The Crossroads of Coaching and at least one of our program tracks:
    • The Crossroads of Complementary Disciplines
    • The Crossroads of Client Growth
    • The Crossroads of Research and Innovation
    • The Crossroads of Our Coaching Businesses
    • The Crossroads of Professional Development
  • Address one or more of the ICF Core Competencies and
  • Can be approved for ICF CCE Units, particularly ICF Core Competency CCE Units
  • Click here  for detailed guidelines and the official application form.
    Application Deadline:  October 15
    Questions may be directed to John Moore, Program Chair  programs@icf-midwest.com
    We’re excited to see what proposals come our way!

     

We’re off and running!

2016 Steering CommitteeThe 2016 Steering Committee is already hard at work planning next year’s Midwest Regional Conference in Indianapolis!  We couldn’t wait to get started, and had our first official meeting in Kansas City.  Our bi-weekly conference calls started in July.

I want to introduce our amazing team for 2016:  Barbara Bougher, Host City Chair (ICF-Indianapolis), Amber Maynard, Marketing Chair (ICF-Indianapolis), John Moore, Program Chair (ICF-Heartland), Heather Bradley, Registration Chair (ICF-Michigan), Anne Papinchak, Special Events Chair (ICF-Pittsburgh), Karla Walker, Sponsor Chair (ICF-Wisconsin), Joyce Wietrecki, Volunteer Chair (ICF-Chicago), Susan Slocum, MRAC Treasurer (ICF-Chicago) and yours truly, Julia Mattern, Conference  Chair (ICF-Indianapolis).  Once the city for the 2017 conference is chosen, we will also be joined by a representative from that chapter, who will serve as Chair-Elect.

If you want to join our team and be part of planning this unique coaching conference, it’s not too late!  We are still looking for people to join our Marketing, Special Events and Sponsor Teams, as well as people to volunteer on-site at next year’s conference (help with registration, stamp passports, introduce speakers, etc.).  Volunteering for the conference is a great opportunity to build your leadership and teamwork skills, contribute something valuable to the coaching profession, and build relationships with coaches from across the region.  And it’s fun!

For more information, click here to visit our Volunteer page.  If you are interested in volunteering, scroll down to the link for our volunteer application.  Fill out the form and our Volunteer Chair will follow up to  match you with the best opportunity for your interests and skills.

Please consider being part of creating this special 5th Anniversary edition of the ICF Midwest Regional Conference.

–Julia Mattern, Conference Chair

 

Get your CCEUs here!

We are so excited about the speakers lined up for the ICF Midwest Regional conference!

You can see the conference schedule at this link. Get started right away lining up the sessions you want to attend. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Coaching is a new industry attracting people who might or might not be able to provide the services their clients need.Passport That is why we belong to ICF. We can distinguish ourselves from those fly-by-night coaches through our credentials.

All ICF members need continuing education to provide top service to our clients. The ICF Midwest Regional Conference offers those precious CCEU’s to maintain your certification!

The conference has been approved with 15 Continuing Education Units (CCEU’s)! This is more than 25% of the CEUs required for credential renewal all in one conference! What a wonderful opportunity!

To ensure everyone gets credit for the sessions attended, all participants will receive a CCEU Passport (last year’s pictured above). The passport lists all the sessions and the credits available for each session. When you attend the session you receive a unique stamp on your passport. The completed passport is the documentation you need for CCEU’s. Simple as that.

This is just one more way the conference team is making it easy to enjoy this conference. With great speakers, a great host city and an easy-to-navigate conference, what more can anyone ask? See you in June!

Keynote Speakers have Heart

We are thrilled to have two wonderful speakers already scheduled as Keynotes for the 2015 ICF Midwest Regional Conference this year: Simon T. Bailey and Caroline Adams Miller. Let me share a bit about why we are excited!

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If you haven’t seen Simon T. Bailey speak you are in for a treat. He brings great enthusiasm and energy as he “teaches influencers how to improve themselves and change the world” as he says in his LinkedIn profile. He comes to coaching, teaching and speaking through a sales career including many years with Walt Disney World. He created the strategy to expand the Disney Institute globally! That is a story I want to hear.

In 2003 Simon started his own business, the Brilliance Institute, Inc. to demonstrate how to “live the brilliant life that you want.” He has worked with over 1000 organizations on six continents and written seven books including his latest, Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc.

Simon will share his brilliance with us and show us how to leverage our own brilliance. It will be a brilliant way to kick off the conference. Check out Simon on being successful and you will know why we are thrilled to have Simon as the opening keynote speaker.  Click here to check out her LinkedIn profile!

We close the conference on a happy note with Caroline Adams Miller a professional coach, author, educator and speaker on positive psychology and goal accomplishment. After all we come to this conference to learn how to accomplish our own goals.

Caroline is an Applied Positive Psychologist and accredited performance coach who works in the field of motivation and goal accomplishment. She is the author of Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide highlighting the connection between happiness and goals. We are so busy helping everyone else that we have little left for ourselves. Get an advanced peak at Caroline speaking by checking out Caroline’s 2014 talk at TEDxGramercy, The moments that make champions.

Registration is Open

registerYou snooze you lose! Don’t sit on your hands. Registration just opened for the 2015 ICF Midwest Regional Conference to be held on June 18-20, 2015 in Kansas City MO.

Registration opened on February 9, 2014. Click on this link to get to the heart of the matter and register for the most heartwarming conference yet. We have loads of great speakers lined up from Keynote speakers Simon T. Bailey and Caroline Adams Miller to workshops on all aspects of the coaching business.

Avoid the rush. Get registered now then mark your calendar for June 18-20 in Kansas City MO to get to the heart of coaching!

Easy Peasy: Rock your CCE Units

We are so excited about the speakers lined up for the ICF Global 2014 North America Midwest conference!

You can see the conference schedule at this link. Get started right away lining up the sessions you want to attend. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Coaching is a new industry attracting people who might or might not be able to provide the services their clients need.Passport That is why we belong to ICF. We can distinguish ourselves from those fly-by-night coaches through our credentials.

All ICF members need continuing education to provide top service to our clients. The ICF Global 2014 North America Midwest Conference offers those precious CCE Units to maintain your certification!

The conference has been approved with 12.5 Continuing Education Units (CCE Units)! This is more than 25% of the CEUs required for credential renewal all in one conference! What a wonderful opportunity!

To ensure everyone gets credit for the sessions attended, all participants will receive a CCE Unit Passport (shown above). The passport lists all the sessions and the credits available for each session. When you attend the session you receive a unique stamp on your passport. The completed passport is the documentation you need for CCE Units. Simple as that.

This is just one more way the conference team is making it easy to enjoy this conference. With great speakers, a great host city and an easy-to-navigate conference, what more can anyone ask? See you in June!

Getting there is Half the Fun

Leaving town is an adventure! Every city has its own vibe, a defining smell and texture that makes it unique. Leaving your city and coming to Cleveland for the ICF Global 2014 Midwest Conference begins with your arrival in Cleveland.

Getting here is half the adventure.

Figure 1: Welcome to Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Figure 1: Welcome to Cleveland Hopkins Airporthere is part of the adventure.

In the winter the Cleveland host city team pretended they were visitors to see what it is like to arrive. They wanted to look at the adventure from YOUR eyes. They were pleasantly surprised which is probably normal since Cleveland-ites are naturally modest folks. They are especially modest about their city.

A few members of the Host City Committee and Steering Committee pretended to arrive at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. They walked out of the arrivals area to the information desk to decide what to do next.

Figure 2: The new taxi stand at Cleveland Hopkins

Figure 2: The new taxi stand at Cleveland Hopkins

One team member, Saul, walked to the far south end of the terminal to the taxi stand. A friendly woman directed our traveler to the taxi stand line, engaging him in conversation about the weather and the upgrades to the taxi stand area. It is really well laid out, clean, and typical of Cleveland, not crowded.

He found a cab right away and got in. Twenty minutes later after some friendly conversation with the driver he disembarked at the Conference hotel, the Marriott Downtown Key Center in Public Square.

The taxi method is fast and direct. The taxi drivers are friendly. It typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes and costs about $16 to $20 depending on traffic.

Figure 3: Entrance to rapid transit at Cleveland Hopkins

Figure 3: Entrance to rapid transit at Cleveland Hopkins

Two other host team members, Jim and Katherine, took public transportation.

Figure 4: Getting a ticket is easy

Figure 4: Getting a ticket is easy

They took the escalator down to the lowest level. About 20 steps to the left is the entrance to the Cleveland Rapid Transit. On the left are two machines dispensing tickets. A ticket booth to the right was not staffed that day. After purchasing one way tickets for $1.50 each, our travelers walked right to the terminal.

Rapid transit trains run from downtown to the airport every 15 to 20 minutes from 4:30am to 10pm. There are no barriers or steps to the entrance, just walk on over

Figure 5: Clean, friendly and not crowded

Figure 5: Clean, friendly and not crowded

to the platform. They waited for only a few minutes before a train pulled in. While waiting a friendly RTA employee came over to ask if we needed help. She chatted for a while about the weather and the train system then, with a smile, off she went.

The train emptied and we got on, finding a seat right away. The nine stop trip took about

Figure 6: Exit train at Public Square

Figure 6: Exit train at Public Square

20 minutes.

The train is completely above ground until arriving at Public Square so they got a chance to check out the city on the short trip.

Public Square is Cleveland’s city-center. This is one of the biggest public transit stops too. Travelers can connect to other train lines, buses or trolleys for downtown travel. Our travelers exited the train and followed the crowd off the platform. Like most public transportation in other cities, hold on to that ticket to run it through the turnstyle on your way out.

Figure 7: Take the escalator to Tower Center

Figure 7: Take the escalator to Tower Center

Leaving the train station, they walked a few yards to the up escalator leading to Tower City, a big shopping center created from some the historic Higbee Building. The new casino, Horseshoe Cleveland, is located in

Figure 8: Walk through Tower City

Figure 8: Walk through Tower City

this complex too.

Walk directly straight ahead from the escalators through the shopping center to the exit at Public Square. If you get turned around, just ask someone. Remember, Cleveland residents are very friendly.

After walking across Public Square, Jim and

Figure 8: Walk across Public Square

Figure 8: Walk across Public Square

Katherine arrived at the Marriott in Key Center about 40 minutes after leaving the airport.

Enter the hotel from Public Square to the gorgeous lobby with bright big windows

Figure 10: Public Square is pretty in summer

Figure 10: Public Square is pretty in summer

overlooking Public Square and the medical convention center. You can see Lake Erie from the second floor where our conference will be held! A few more steps to the familiar comfort of Starbucks. Ahhh, you are here.

Figure 11: Hotel lobby

Figure 11: Hotel lobby

Take the Rapid Transit. It was a little longer but a much less expensive trip and certainly more scenic trip than the taxi. Take off your shoes and rest a while. The conference is about to begin!

The Labyrinth at Trinity Cathedral

We are excited to go to the ICF Global 2014 Conference—North American Midwest. It gives us a chance to meet old friends and make new friends among coaches with a similar focus on helping people. The conference promises to be exciting. Of course it will be! Coaching Rocks!!

In the midst of all this excitement take a moment to breathe and find your center. This will make the conference experience “stick” better and more meaningful.

We have an idea for a great way to relax – in addition to all the food and entertainment of course.

Does every city have a labyrinth downtown? Cleveland does!! A short 1 mile walk through downtown Cleveland from the ICF Global 2014 – North American Midwest Conference headquarters hotel at the Marriott Downtown Key Center takes us to Trinity Cathedral at 2230 Euclid.

Labyrinths are winding mazes laid out on the ground. Walking the curving paths provides an opportunity for meditation and relaxation. According to their website, the labyrinth at Trinity Cathedral is placed in the Cathedral Nave after services. This one has eleven circles based on the labyrinth at Chartes Cathedral in France. “The path winds through the four quadrants of a circle toward the center, which is a six-petaled rosette, a traditional symbol of the Virgin Mary.”

Take a moment out of your busy conference schedule or after the conference to enjoy the peaceful, serene experience of walking the Trinity Cathedral labyrinth.

Cleveland is a Food Town

You have heard all about the food scene in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But have you heard about Cleveland? And if not, why not?

cleveland food blogCleveland is foodie central these days. Iron Chef Michael Symon is only the tip of the iceberg. The city is full of talented chefs. As Clevelandfoodie.com says, “Cleveland might not have the quantity as other cities, but we do have the quality. From gourmet grocers, to mom and pop sandwich shops to high-end celebrity chef restaurants – it’s a great place for a foodie.”

Michael Bauer, the influential restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently wrote, “Cleveland is a city that rocks to food.”

The farm to table culinary movement is big here. Farms are only a short drive from even downtown Cleveland so it is easy to get fresh ingredients. Sustainable Cleveland, and the first “biocellar” reusing abandoned homes by “tearing down the existing basement and topping it with a slanted, greenhouselike roof that makes it possible to grow crops inside (Dave Davis, The Plain Dealer, November 20, 2012) are just a few examples of Cleveland’s love of fresh food.

West Side Market, a very short cab ride from the conference hotel, is filled with stalls offering fresh produce, meat, and prepared icf food blog 2items. It is located within walking distance of some delicious restaurants including Great Lakes Brewing Company, the local microbrewery.

Greenhouse Tavern from Jonathon Sawyer is part of the Slow Food movement. Slow Food Northern Ohio connects farmers, chefs, cooks, and eaters across the local food community.

Stop and visit Michael Symon’s wonderful restaurants, Lola and Lolita, but also check out the other wonderful restaurants, craft beer, and local food that makes Cleveland foodies happy. Check out the “The Top 10 Chefs You Need to Know in Cleveland”.

Positively Cleveland will help conference goers select the right restaurant to enjoy the food scene on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Mark your calendar and make your reservations for the ICF Global North American Conference in Cleveland on June 19-21, 2014 and rock the Cleveland food scene!

Want to Rock Your Business? Become a Hall of Fame Rocker for 2014

rockinA good conference stimulates on many levels: great speakers, great conversations, and great exhibitors. The ICF Global North American Conference in Cleveland already has the great speakers. YOU will be attending for great conversations. Now it is time to find exhibitors to rock our socks off.

A rockin’ exhibitor will have products and services that save coaches time, help them grow their business, or somehow positively impact a coaches’ live. If that describes you, then come share your brilliance!!

Exhibitors will be front row: We want our exhibitors to shine! We want you to have the best possible Exhibition space will be set up in the hallways around all conference meeting rooms on the second floor of the Marriott Key Center, our conference home base. Conference attendees can’t help but stop and talk as they walk between sessions. We want you to have the best possible exposure for your business.

Rock Your Business with ICF Global North American Conference! We expect a sell out, maximum capacity crowd of 400 coaches all looking to improve their business.

Will you choose to be one of our Hall of Fame Rockers for 2014?

Get your on-line application NOW!

This isn’t just an event for attendees. This is an event for attendees, collaborative sponsors, and volunteers alike to come together as a community to Celebrate the coaching industry, Collaborate to grow each others’ businesses, and Connect with one another.

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