Public Announcements

 

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

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.

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.

Warmly,

Patty Miller

President, ICF North Florida

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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

 

 

 

Share Your Gifts and Talents with Us!

The ICF North Florida nominations and elections committee is sourcing candidates for the 2020-2021 board of directors, non-board associate directors and committee members. As a volunteer organization, everything happening in our wonderful community occurs through people who willingly step up to share their gifts. Board roles begin September 1, 2020 and are a one-year commitment.

Engaging in chapter leadership offers an abundance of value including the opportunity to serve, using our talents in meaningful ways and for the good of our community, refining our leadership skills, in action learning, and deepening relationships with fellow coaches.

ICF Global members who are current with their chapter dues are eligible to be nominated for board roles. Global members and affiliates current on their chapter dues are eligible for associate director and committee roles.

If you are interested in exploring being considered for a leadership role, would like to nominate someone else, or would like to join one of our committees, please reach out to any board member or email [email protected] by no later than June 15, 2020. Our chapter is thriving and your talents are just what we need to keep the momentum flowing!