• 08/14/2017 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings Fellow Coaches,

    As you prepare for the fall uptick in professional activity, I hope you reserve time on your calendar for our chapter meetings in Richmond, Roanoke and Hampton Roads. We also expect to offer more webinars you can take part in right from your workspace. As a community of Virginia coaches, we have so many great professional development options and chances to connect coming up.

    It’s also your last chance to sign up for group transportation to the Converge conference in Washington, D.C., a bargain at only 10 bucks! Register Here. I look forward to seeing my Virginia colleagues among the 1500 conference participants. Registration for this travel bargain will close on August 15.

    On a volunteer note, we have had some shifts on the board in the last few months. To address several departures due to professional commitments, we have shifted Libby Dishner back into the Communications Chair role, and Shizuka Modica stepped out of the Secretary role to support Membership. We need to fill in the board spots of Secretary and Program Co-Chair that have opened up as a result. Please contact me directly at if you would be willing to serve and are interested in hearing more about what these roles entail. The fall is a busier time for the board, and we would be grateful for your interest. Even if you are just curious, please let me know.

    Finally, I am pleased to formally introduce Lee Wiercinski, our new virtual assistant. Lee has been working behind the scenes over the summer to get our messages out, support the board and get up to speed on bookkeeping needs. She also monitors our gmail account. If you have administrative or other questions, please reach out to, and she will respond or get you to the right resource. Happy Summer everyone!

    Gay-Lynn Carpenter

  • 05/04/2015 9:50 PM | Libby Dishner (Administrator)

    International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession. ICW 2015 is scheduled for May 18-24, 2015.

    Originally started in 1999 by ICF Member Jerri N. Udelson, MCC, ICW is intended to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach and to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.

    During this week, coaches around the world offer a variety of activities and pro bono services in their local communities to enable others to Experience Coaching and its benefits firsthand.

    During International Coaching Week 2014 (May 18–24, 2015), the ICF will invite individuals and organizations from around the world to “Experience Coaching.” Here’s what ICF Virginia is doing to celebrate ICW 2015 with your help!

    Monday, May 18 – Evening Social for Members and Guests – Spend a couple of hours meeting with other coaches and talking about all things coaching. Wine & hors d'oeuvres will be served.

    Tuesday, May 19 – Coaching on the Corner - Come to our Coach Awareness Event in honor of International Coach Week! Take part in our 15-minute laser coaching and talk to the friendliest coaches around!! We’ll also have all you need to know about becoming a coach.

    Wednesday, May 20 – Group Coaching for JAM – Come volunteer to coach people in a group setting who are looking for their next career opportunity. We are in need of approximately 12 coaches for this session. If you love coaching groups, this opportunity is for you! 

    What You Can Do to Help:

    • Sign up to volunteer for the week’s events. We are assigning roles now, so don’t delay! Sign Up Here
    • Spread the word about ICW to the members of your personal and professional network, as well as via social media.

    To learn more about ICF Global’s ICW celebration, visit

  • 03/01/2015 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings Coaching Colleagues,

    One of the things I love about being a Virginian is that we have the opportunity to experience the four seasons each year. While summer is my favorite time of year, I have learned to appreciate the stark contrast of winter. When the temperature dips into the 30's, I look forward to evenings by a roaring fire. When the trees become barren, I notice how earth's neutral backdrop becomes the perfect setting for a cardinal. When the snow starts falling, I pull on my boots and begin anticipating the enchantment of a snow day-no school! no work! And just like that, the realities of what a snow day means-digging out and rescheduling appointments-tempers my spirit. Through the flurry of it all, I ask myself-how truly resilient am I to what life has to offer?

    If you joined us at our chapter meeting last week, you had the pleasure of learning more about the concept of resilience from Hile Rutledge, president of OKA in Fairfax, Va. Hile framed his discussion on resilience around five aspects of emotional intelligence: Self-Esteem, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Responsibility, Self-Regard and Optimism. He helped us become aware of our own level of resilience and learn strategies for adopting new behaviors to combat life's stressors. The session was powerful and enlightening-reminding us all that with just a slight shift in behavior, we can build resilience. If you weren't able to attend, remember that one of the benefits of membership is access to chapter meeting materials and handouts. Just go to our website:, click on the "members only" tab and then, "presentations/tools". I hope that you'll find these resources valuable in helping you build your own resilience.

    Enjoy the best that our winter wonderland has to offer you!

    Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D.
    Virginia Tech Richmond Center and
    Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers,
    Newport News & Virginia Beach
    Office: 804.662.7288
    Mobile: 804.387.8377


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