ICF North Florida News | Special Edition | July 2020 Print

    President's Corner

    Hello Members and Affiliates of the ICF North Florida Charter Chapter,

    I do hope you and your families are doing well and have had the opportunity to rejuvenate in nourishing ways this summer, despite navigating challenges that have taken center stage in our lives over the past four months. For so many of us, the life-altering imprint COVID-19 has had on our lives coupled with more displays of human injustice and civil unrest fueled by racism has challenged our thinking and influenced our daily decisions. Many are yearning for a path forward, to contribute in a physically and psychologically safe manner, to connect with our communities in meaningful ways. And there is no clearer demonstration of this in action than what I have witnessed in our very own ICF North Florida chapter. 

    In April, two of our members, Dale Beaman and Barbara Williamson, led the Coaches Gathering, a program designed to support coaches as we expanded our understanding of and grappled with the impacts of COVID-19 on us personally, professionally, and as a community. That program ignited a spark that has become symbolic of our core values (community, excellence, support, learning & growth, fun). The spark we kindled through the Coaches Gathering continues to light a path forward.

    On June 8, I invited you to partner with us to build a thriving society in which coaches play an integral part in deepening understanding, expressing empathy, and taking action to heal wounds and end patterns of racism.  I am honored and humbled to learn about the member-driven conversations and initiatives that have emerged. This newsletter serves to highlight them, and I invite you to read it in its entirety to take in the details. We welcome your voice, your participation, and your ideas for chapter supported events.

    Chapter members, Barbara Tolliver-Haskins and Barbara Williamson led a group of chapter members and affiliates in brainstorming ideas to pursue pertaining to racism in response to recent events. Read their Call to Action, regarding the ideas generated from their initial meeting.

    The brainstorming session illuminated that an important step to addressing racism is to start having meaningful conversations about it. To this end, chapter members Linda Plummer and Megan Tobin are offering an opportunity to engage in conversing together using a book as the basis of discussion. This four-meeting book study is entitled Coaches Gathering: Conversations About Racism. Take a look at their communication, which highlights the book they will discuss and registration details.

    Thank you for reading both messages contained in this newsletter as well as our upcoming events. Thank you for getting involved in whatever way feels right for you.Thank you for infusing our chapter with your energy, passion, compassion, and talent. It is an honor to stand beside you as a fellow coach to maximize our opportunities to advocate and support positive change in the communities we serve.

    Thank you!

    Patty Miller

    President, ICF North Florida

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    Message from our Members



    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

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    Member-Initiated Event

    Coaches’ Gathering | Conversations About Racism

    4-Part Series:  So You Want to Talk About Racism, by Ijeoma Oluo

    Recent events sparked by the killing of George Floyd brought several coaches together to brainstorm how we can better understand racism and work together for healing, protection, safety, and justice. As coaches, we also recognize that we have a responsibility to live the ICF Code of Ethics.                                           

    Section IV Responsibility to Society - #25 Avoid discrimination by maintaining fairness and equality in all activities and operations, while respecting local rules and cultural practices. This includes discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or military status.

    We invite you to participate in an interactive book discussion in August. In the NYT best-selling book, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, we will find a frank, user-friendly examination of race in America. (Available from Amazon, $14/paperback 240 pages. Also available for Kindle, Audible.)

    Our gatherings will be each Tuesday in August from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST. Please join us having read the chapters with a willingness to have honest conversations about race and racism and how they impact almost every aspect of American life. You’ll leave with a broader understanding of racism and with concrete ideas for dealing with racial prejudices and biases.

    Guests are welcome to join the discussion.

    Voluntary Donations: ICF North Florida Chapter has selected the Jacksonville nonprofit organization, Inspire to Rise to receive voluntary donations. Inspire to Rise focuses on holistically helping families and individuals rise, overcome, and shine through their most challenging moments in life to become their best selves.

    How to Donate: While not required for participation in the Coaches Gathering, you will be able to donate when you register for the Coaches’ Gathering | Learn ?? About Racism. We will present our collective donations to Inspire to Rise on behalf of the ICF North Florida Chapter.

    Facilitator will be Linda Plummer, SHRM-SCP. Linda is a coach, workshop facilitator, and human resources consultant. She has facilitated many diversity and inclusion workshops over the past 20 years for organizations such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, JTA, Deutsche Bank, Florida Blue, and JAXPORT. She was also a facilitator with the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission for the Mayor’s Study Circles Initiative to open dialogue on race relations. She served two years as the Diversity Chair for the SHRM Jacksonville Chapter and has facilitated several programs for the First Coast Diversity Council.

    Producer will be Megan Tobin, PCC. Megan is a Management Consultant, Executive Coach, and Corporate Trainer experienced working with board, senior, and middle-level management on strategic business growth and career development initiatives. Clients include corporate Fortune 500, nonprofit and educational entities, as well as international professionals, in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. 

    Important Details:

    • The title of the book is So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • Members must register in advance to receive a Zoom link
    • Registration closes at 10:00 am on the day of each Coaches Gathering
    • See dates below


    Gathering 1 | August 4 | Noon – 1:00 pm EST | Chapters 1-4

    • Is it really about race?
    • What is racism?
    • What if I talk about Race Wrong?
    • Why am I always being told to “check my privilege”?


    Gathering 2 | August 11 | Noon – 1:00 pm EST | Chapters 5,7, 9-11

    • What is Intersectionality and why do I need it?
    • How can I talk about affirmative action?
    • Why can’t I say the “N” word?
    • What is cultural appropriation?
    • Why can’t I touch your hair?


    Gathering 3 | August 18 | Noon – 1:00 pm EST | Chapters 12-17

    • What are microaggressions?
    • Why are our students so angry?
    • What is the model minority myth?
    • But what if I hate Rev. Al Sharpton? “tone policing”
    • Talking is great, but what else can I do? How to be an Ally


    Gathering 4 | August 25 | Noon-1:00 pm EST | Chapters 6 & 8      

    • What is the school-to-prison pipeline?
    • Is police brutality really about race?
    • Ax Handle Saturday – 60th anniversary 8/27/2020 Information about what happened on this date in Jacksonville.


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    RSVP for Upcoming Events!

    ICF Southeast Region Town Hall

    July 15: UNITED-- Breaking Down Barriers of Race and Systemic Inequality 

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings             

    July 23: Stress Management and Resilience Training with Mayo Clinic Well Being Specialist

    August 27: The Reach Method

    September 27: Annual Meeting                 

    Upcoming Virtual Happy Hours                                        

    August 12 & September 9




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