ICF North Florida News: October 2019 Print

President's Corner

As I sit down to write this first letter as President, it is a lovey “chilly” fall day for Florida. We may not have the spectacular color changes in our trees, but with a dip in humidity I am in a fall mood. During this season I think of leaves falling, which relates to letting go. For me in this new role I ask myself: What do I need to let go of in order to fully show up as an engaged and active leader? I invite you to contemplate your letting go – what gets in the way of you being or feeling your best – however you define that. How could you benefit by letting something go? 

Fall also reminds me of the harvest. One definition of harvest is “the product or result of an action.” This past year, we have grown as a chapter – not only in size but in energy. I have noticed a fun and engaging energy at our meetings and that is directly the result of how each of you show up. For this, I thank you. 

We have been busy in 2019 planting seeds (ideas) to yield a bountiful harvest in terms of Membership Growth, Membership Engagement and Visibility in the Community. We are now ready to take specific and meaningful actions, and this requires the hearts and heads of each of us. Consider where and how you can contribute your ideas, time and talents into moving us forward. 

When I raised my hand to join this board over a year ago, I had a lot of doubts. Stepping into a position with a daunting title like President compounds my self-doubts. But then I remember why I raised my hand. I raised my hand to keep the momentum going, to serve and to contribute. They say it is lonely at the top, but then I reflect on the amazing leaders who came before me - Diane Liewehr and Terry Hoffmann - the ones who walk with me now - Elizabeth Reed, Lynn Elliott, Jennifer Connell, Nancy Lysandrou, and Jan Lipsky - as well as the ones who will surely come after - this means you. 

The ICF North Florida Charter Chapter is ours, and each one of us is creating our future through all the big and little ways we can and choose to contribute. I am honored and excited to be of service to all of you as we continue our momentum, tend our gardens, plant new seeds, and reap an abundant harvest.

In gratitude,

Patty Miller                                                                                       

President, Board of Directors- ICF North Florida  

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Message from our Members

Meet Jan Lipsky! 


How Jan’s life experiences prepared her to be a Coach?

Jan describes herself as a people person, compassionate and caring. Her career began in Nursing as a Staff RN at the bedside of open-heart surgery patients where she listened to their concerns and explained the patient’s condition and equipment to families to decrease their anxiety.  Jan’s next role was as an instructor in Cardiology for nurses. She taught RNs to care for cardiac patients, addressing the importance of eye contact, touch, reassurance, honesty and listening skills. Her career further evolved to the Director of Critical Care Nursing position with responsibilities for hiring and supervising nursing managers and several instructors for ten critical care units. This role required coaching skills not only with those she supervised but also with members of the medical staff.  

Jan’s last corporate role was VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development for a major healthcare system.  Her interaction with C-Suite executives, her teams and direct reports, benefited from her coaching skills and abilities. 

Her background has been a perfect culmination of experiences that prepared her for coaching.  She participated in Daniel Goleman’s first cohort of coaches worldwide and is certified as a Daniel Goleman emotional intelligence certified coach. This helped strengthened her coaching and presentation abilities and prepare for ICF certification.

What sparked Jan’s interest in becoming involved with the Board of ICF North Florida?

Jan was impressed with the collegiality and collaboration of ICF chapter leadership and members.  She always feels welcomed and a part of the group. Her desire to learn from great speakers and peers sparked her interest in serving on the board.  Jan has served on several boards and finds it a great way to get to know even better the members and to give back to organizations that inspire her.

Jan’s advice to individuals contemplating becoming a certified coach or coaches new to the profession.

Study your options and connect with other certified coaches to select the program best for you.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the requirements! Take it a step at a time, use your coaching friends for support as they will relate to the effort you’re making and cheer you on. 

How Jan spends her spare time (hobbies/interests)?

Jan and her family love to camp and visit national parks. She always takes some hand-sewing or embroidery to do on the road. Jan’s obsessed with making quilts and frequently gives them as gifts. There could be a quilt in your future! 

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Member-Initiated Event


Last Spring, our first ICF North Florida Master Mind was successfully completed!  The chapter is offering this free opportunity again in January of 2020.  

A Master Mind group is a forum to share ideas, suggest new ways of framing issues and offer possibilities to other group participants. This Master Mind format is focused on professional coach development and provides a setting for brilliant thinking around the topic(s) each coach brings to the Master Mind process. 

The experience and diversity in each group allows participants to come to greater clarity and resolution sooner than they might individually.  Potential topics include but are not limited to:  management issues, professional development, interaction with clients, building a coaching business, business marketing.

The group will meet in-person, every other week for 12 weeks for a total of six meetings. If you are interested in joining a group, we ask that you commit to attending all six meetings and uphold the confidentiality of the group.

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 4:30pm

2020 Dates: Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 3, Mar 17, Mar 31

Where: Private home, Southside Blvd/Philips Highway vicinity

If you are interested in learning more or are ready to commit to the 2020 schedule, contact Diane Liewehr at [email protected] or Lynn Elliott at [email protected] no later than Nov 8.

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RSVP for Upcoming Events!


Mark Your Calendar for These Events!


Chat with other coaching professionals in this virtual format         

November 13, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


November 21, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

CHAPTER CELEBRATION AND SOCIAL                                   

December 12, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:30 

Event details and registrations:  Click Here to Register    

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