Our Vice President Anu Arora and I just came back from the Global leadership forum held on March 15-17 in Vancouver BC. Chapter leaders from 104 countries across the globe joined. We felt fortunate to witness how big ICF is, how enormous ICF’s influence is worldwide (143 countries, 32K members worldwide). The ICF CEO Magda Mook reinforced the One ICF motto. She gave a video message for our members at Washington state.
ICF chapters are categorized as small, medium and large and we are a large chapter. We are one of the matured chapters of ICF as well. It means others look up to us to lead the way. Our virtual learning program and our distributed satellite model has been inspiring for many other chapters. They asked me how we started those programs. Many of the challenges faced by the newer chapters (fund issue, board turn over, difficulty in providing quality programs) are only a vague memory of the distant past for us. Thank you Virtual team, Satellite leaders, the board and the former leaders of the chapter for all your engagement and many volunteer hours to make this happen on a consistent basis. Thank all the past and present volunteers, members, for your support in bringing ICF WA to the chapter it is today.
Another strength we have is our very competent board members and the project leads. Our model of recruiting (in depth interview, matching opportunities with a person’s interest and competence, providing a taste of the board by allowing you to volunteer in a project before taking a full board role) is not common for other chapters. It is due to our quality recruitment we are able to maintain a stable and a capable board.
As I mentioned, in our video message, coaching promotion is our next area of growth as a chapter. The goal is to create increased awareness for coaching in the market place and hence create more business opportunities for our coaches. Here are some of our accomplishments since the beginning of the year.
- Provided seventeen (17) events via virtual and in person (Jan-March). It is more than five (5) events per month
- Launched the MBA coaching program pilot with University of Washington Bothell Business School. Ten of our coaches are providing coaching for 14 MBA students. I am hearing very encouraging feedback.
- Initiated the Ignite Program Planning Team. Our coaches will provide coaching to the leadership of a local non-profit. Full Launch is in April.
- Secured the funding to showcase ICF and Coaching at a large non-coaching conference later this year
We are planning to do a webinar to talk about our vision and share our learnings from the Global leadership forum. Stay tuned for an event announcement.
There couldn’t be a better time to be a member of ICF Washington. If you haven’t renewed your membership, do it today. Every ICF member worldwide, whether they are in India or in Ecuador pays $245 per year to be part of ICF.
One of our volunteers said this. “Volunteering with ICFWA helped me grow tremendously that I never imagined possible “. Ready to roll up your sleeves? Join the “I-to-WE” mission with us, Check out the volunteer page and email me today!
-Sharmin Banu, MS, PCC
President ICF Washington
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