Letter to all coaches and aspiring coaches from ICFNFL Director of Membership, Joe Cruz
    Feb. 15, 2021

    As you move forward with plans for taking your coaching to the next level in 2021 consider how joining ICF North Florida (ICFNFL) can aid you in achieving that objective. As the International Coach Federation Chapter based in Northeast Florida, ICFNFL provides relevant and informative programming content, as well as other resources to help you further enhance your coaching skills, gain useful insights on how to grow your practice, develop strategies for attracting clients and more. Our presenters are experienced and highly skilled experts in many areas of coaching who provide a wealth of knowledge on a variety of coaching methodologies and disciplines.

    Aside from great content ICFNFL hosts a number of educational and social events such as the Southeast Region Business Building Series, monthly Virtual Happy Hour, as well as a number of activities planned for International Coaching Week that bring members together to exchange ideas, share best practices and explore opportunities for collaboration. Ours is a welcoming and supportive group that actively promotes the ideals and values of the coaching profession. As a member you will have access to all of this.

    We are looking forward to the end of the pandemic and believe that the coaching profession is poised to continue its steady growth. In joining the ICFNFL community of coaches you will be associated with the industry’s gold standard and be well positioned to capitalize on that growth.

    Please click here to view the 58 second video testimonial of Mary Lee Cunill, PhD and CEO of Try Communication, LLC, regarding camaraderie and advantages in joining the ICFNFL community of coaches in Northeast Florida. For information on how you can become a member of ICFNFL please contact Joe Cruz, Director of Membership at [email protected]. You can learn more about joining our chapter by clicking here. 

    Sep. 1, 2020

    Inspire to Rise was selected as the non-profit that we supported with donations of $775.00 from the generous participants of the four part discussions about So You Want to Talk about Race.  On 8/28, Linda Plummer and Megan Tobin visited the Founder, Aida Seeraj, to share with her our journey in understanding racism and our generous participant’s gift of $775.00. (a check for $750 and online donation of $25)

    Ms. Seeraj and her husband founded the non-profit in 2018. They are a diverse family – she is Latina, her husband is Indian, they have a son and have adopted a brother and sister who are black.  It is an inspiring story of how they raised the down payment from family and friends for a wonderful campus in westside. The love and caring for whomever enters their doors is evident. They have an onsite Volunteers in Medicine clinic which is open 2 days/week from 10 to 3pm. It opened a few months ago and will soon expand their hours. They provide space, toys, and an outdoor fenced play area for parents to meet with their children for court ordered supervised visitation. They have programs to support HIV. They offer community education classes in life skills, wellness, nutrition, yoga and much more.  Aida also believes in inspiring children and adults through the arts. Both Megan and Linda offered to provide introductions to other resources in Jacksonville to support their mission.

    Thank you all for your generous contribution to this worthy organization.   https://www.weinspiretorise.org/

    L: Megan Tobin | C: Aida Seeraj | R: Linda Plummer

    Congratulations to our '20-'21 Board of Directors!
    Aug. 11, 2020

    Your ICF North Florida Charter Chapter is thrilled to announce your 2020-2021 Board of Directors who will assume their positions effective September 1, 2020.  

    Please join us in congratulating:

    • Immediate Past President: Patty Miller, ACC, MODL

    • President: Elizabeth Reed, ACC, MBA

    • President-Elect: Lynn Elliott, ACC, BA

    • Secretary/Treasurer: Nancy Lysandrou, ACC, MBA

    • Director of Programs: Della Shaw, CPC, BA

    • Director of Communications: Dom Addeo, ACC, MODL

    • Director of Membership: Joe Cruz, ACC, MBA 

    Win a $1,494 WBECS Coach Education package and earn up to 219 CEU's!
    Aug. 8, 2020

    ICF North Florida Members and Affiliates:

    As a fellow coach, you understand that the quality of our coaching is the most valuable asset we have. Like you, ICF North Florida believes that continued education and growth are crucial for long-term success in up-leveling our coaching practice. To this end, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with WBECS, the world's leading learning platform for business and executive coaches. The world-class presenters at WBECS cover a wide range of topics in structured learning tracks such as business development, team coaching, and neuroscience to name a few, plus you can earn up to 219 CEU's.

     In celebration of our partnership, we will draw TWO winners for the 2020 WBECS FULL SUMMIT PASS PACKAGE ($1,494 value) at our August 27 chapter meeting.  $25 buys you a chance to win. Click here to purchase as many tickets as you like. You will find the raffle ticket purchase option by clicking the Register Now button which will take you to the registration process. Meeting registration is not required for raffle ticket purchases. 

    PLEASE and THANK YOU for looking into this valuable coach resource by using the ICF North Florida partner link: ICF NFL-WBECS Partnership.

    Reversing The Tides And Turbulence Of Racism: Change begins with us. A letter from ICF North Florida member, Barbara Tolliver-Haskins.
    Jul. 7, 2020

    During our June 25th Membership Meeting, Barbara Williamson and I felt the urge to inform, engage and celebrate the energetic ideas of our newly formed Brainstorm Committee.

    This committee, consisting of Lynn Elliott, Linda Plummer, Karen Anderson, Terry Hoffman, Dale Beaman, Dom Addeo, Megan Tobin, Barbara Williamson, Patty Miller and myself was created shortly after the George Floyd killing and subsequent events that resulted in protests across our nation.

    Rather than ask the question “WHY?”   Our chapter’s response was and continues to be: “What can we do as a chapter, as coaches and as citizens of our respective communities?”

    We intend to learn about race, understand its impact and engage in dialogue with those who have experienced racism and its potentially lifetime impact.   Finally, we intend to be pioneers as we embark upon a new and different type of leadership journey.

    Barbara and I are pleased to share that Linda Plummer, Patty Miller and Megan Tobin have taken a leadership role in launching a Virtual book club discussion series around the book: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This is a great opportunity for our members to learn and share experiences together.  Additional details about the Virtual Book Club and your participation is on the way.

    Marilyn Feldstein has presented a unique and tempting idea.  She has suggested a virtual event to create a digital Chapter Vision Board around racial equity and what we would like the future to look like for our chapter.  We need members to get on-board and assist in creating this historical and meaningful document.  Feel free to email Marilyn at [email protected] with your suggestions and desires to support this endeavor. Let’s be the “first” ICF Chapter across America to make this happen.

    Other significant ideas include:

    A virtual panel discussion relative to race, experiences, outcomes and how we can collectively make a difference from both a personal, business and community perspective. We are currently seeking participants for our panel.

    Possible Guest Speakers:  JSO Officer and a Public Defender.

    Community visibility and engagement to attract new members and support significant charitable or scholarship opportunities to qualified and deserving organizations.

    We want to hear from you.  Please contact Barbara Williamson: [email protected] or Barbara Tolliver-Haskins at [email protected].  We need your support.  We can be the sparks for change in our community.

    “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The triumph begins with you. Always.”    ~Oprah Winfrey

    ICF North Florida stands against systemic racism. We stand for our core values.
    Jun. 8, 2020

    Dear ICF Community Member,

    On behalf of the ICF North Florida Board, I want to share with you that our hearts are heavy. Sometimes words are not enough, but we feel they are a start. I also want you to know that we stand against the systemic racism that has been perpetuated far too long. We stand for our core values. They are heartfelt and each of us does our utmost to embrace and act in service to them. Yet, we know we can do better, be better—we can take actions to deepen the positive impact of them on our community. Won’t you join us?

    • Community: We are a community of coaches that fosters camaraderie, collaboration and opportunities for development to make a collective impact on the world.
    • Excellence: We set and demonstrate standards of excellence for professional coaching, including ethics, qualifications, skills and competence.
    • Learning and Growth: We engage in continuous learning and growth to benefit our members, the coaching profession, and the North Florida community.
    • Supportive: We exemplify a positive, welcoming, uplifting, and non-judgmental environment to bring out the greater potential for our members, the coaching profession and the North Florida community.
    • Having Fun!

    You may have already read about their commitment to change from ICF Global (please read below). We are proud to partner with them. And we invite you to continue partnering with us as we build a thriving society in which professional coaches play an integral part in deepening understanding, expressing empathy, and taking action to heal wounds and end systemic racism. 

    Reach out. Share your voice. We are listening. We welcome your stories, your ideas, and your examples of action you are taking at this time.  Please email your suggestions to [email protected]. This is the beginning of open dialogue, listening, action and hope.


    Patty Miller

    President, ICF North Florida

    Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor.

    We have heard their names, read their stories, and mourned their early and senseless deaths. Our disbelief and sadness have prompted us to consider changes we must make in our own lives, actions and attitudes in order to dismantle inequality, be better allies, and drive meaningful and lasting change.

    As the global association for coaches and coaching, ICF can harness the collective power, influence and voice of our membership to champion changes that will benefit our industry, our clients, our communities and the world.

    As coaches, we consider our clients’ context, identity, environment, experiences, values and beliefs as we partner with them in unlocking their potential. However, we cannot help our clients reach their greatest potential unless we also work against entrenched conditions that limit it.

    The continued perpetuation of systemic inequality is at odds with our shared values and vision as ICF. As coaches, we know that change often begins in moments of discomfort. Change begins with tough conversations. Change begins when we open ourselves to feedback about where we are getting it wrong and to guidance on what we can do to get it right. We must act.

    In the days, weeks and months ahead, we are committed to an open dialogue that can open the door for our Association and our industry to move us closer toward the creation of a thriving society.

    As One ICF, we stand together. We stand for greater diversity and inclusion. We stand against racism. We stand against violence. We stand for respect, dignity and integrity.

    It is our sincere hope that you will join us as partners on this journey.

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook, CEO, ICF

    Sara Smith, MCC, 2020 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board Chair

    Rajat Garg, MCC, 2020 ICF Global Board Chair