Retreat and Conference Agenda

Thursday, March 31, 2022

 

 

2:00 p.m.                   Registration Opens

 

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.         Dinner

7:00 - 7:25 p.m.         Welcome & Opening Comments

                                 CurVie Burton, ACC

                                 President, Texas Coaches Coalition

7:25 - 7:45 p.m.         How to Get the Most from this Event

                                 Cheryl Close, PCC

                                 President-Elect, Texas Coaches Coalition

 

7:45 - 8:45 p.m.         Opening Keynote

 

One ICF: Reinvention and Future of the International Coaching Federation

Presented by: Sara Smith, MCC

 

The coaching profession is evolving at a breakneck pace, and the ICF is reinventing itself to be able to lead change. Sara Smith, the past chair of the ICF Professional Coaches, will offer a view of the future of the ICF and the coaching profession. Coaches have this opportunity to pause and hear a strategic view of how the profession is changing and the steps the ICF is taking to place us at the forefront of that change. 

You will learn how the focus on delivering value for its membership is improving all over the world. From  membership perks to expanding global influence on the coaching profession, the ICF is evolving to bring more positive change in all aspects of the profession for the benefit of our members. 

 

You will gain an understanding of the unique strength of the emerging ICF organization and how it impacts individuals from the moment they step into the profession as a student and begin their journey toward business success and coaching mastery. We will cover how the entire ICF ecosystem (credentials and standards, education, coaching in organizations, thought leadership and professional coaching) is aimed at bringing more value to members and clients through collaboration and increasing global influence. We will also touch on value to individual members.

1 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

 

Takeaways:

  • Learn where we are in the reinvention of our professional organization and the value it brings to coaching 

  • Appreciate the global strength and impact of the organization, the changes that are emerging through the reorganization of 2020, and how those changes are benefiting our profession and our members

  • Be inspired with the stewardship of the profession that is occurring and the expanding professional support for ICF members

8:45 p.m. until...         Enjoy Great Conversations Around the Firepit

                               

Friday, April 1, 2022

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.       Tai Chi

                                 Presented by Stan Ward

 

In this morning activity, Stan will lead the participants in 30 minutes of Tai Chi and Chi Gong followed by 30 minutes of reflections and applications for both coaches and their clients.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:
 

  • How to create greater awareness of tension in the body

  • The proactive use of breath for self-regulation and focus

  • How to create and experience rootedness

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.        Journaling

                                 Presented by Tracy Winter

In this morning activity, participants will spend 30 minutes journaling in response to suggested prompts. Afterward, participants will be able to share their insights with the group.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:
 

  • A printed list of journaling prompts for personal reflection and development; the prompts can also be shared with clients

  • Intention setting for each day

  • Experiencing "the wisdom in the room" through shared insights

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.        Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.      KEYNOTE: JUST DO YOU! Forge Your Unique Blueprint to Coach Success
                                 
Presented by: Laura Berman Fortgang, MCC

 

Within each coach are the tenets they hold true to that guide how they coach. Laura will instruct participants on how to leverage those tenets into each coach’s unique method of coaching.   These core principles hold the blueprint for a coach’s business success. Laura will show the audience how to leverage that foundation into language and activities that will become their unique brand and key marketing message.

 

As a 27-year veteran of the profession, Laura will also address how to stay relevant as a coach as our saturated industry keeps causing us to pivot, learn and adjust to what the marketplace demands. 

 

Laura will help participants discover their own blueprint for success, through storytelling, direction instruction and principles to guide them beyond the presentation.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

 

Takeaways:

  • Give yourself permission to reinvent and rebrand your coaching 

  • Learn how to reframe and repackage your coaching to be attractive to clients

  • Create a vision for new opportunities

  • Create an Action Plan

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        Session A: The Value of Values
                                            Presented by Steve Sosland, PCC

This session is designed for coaching practitioners who work in or with organizations focused on building a positive values-based culture. Steve will walk through the steps he has used in multiple industries to identify core values in organizations and the processes to integrate those values to achieve sustainable results. He will discuss how the five universities in the Texas Tech University System are utilizing coaching to reinforce their journey to create a sustainable values-based culture.

 

The interactive session will give participants the opportunity to walk through a values-identification exercise and ask questions specific to challenges they face in cultural renovation. Steve loads his presentation with lots of references to thought leaders in various relevant topical areas.

 

1 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

 

  • Understand the value of values

  • Identify the steps to create values-based culture

  • Understand how coaching is critical to cultural success

  • How to approach senior leaders to begin the process

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        Session B: Building Resiliency by Moving from Languishing to Thriving
                                           
Presented by Teresa Bitner, ACC

How do we bounce back from adversity and thrive? There are things we can do to build our resiliency and move from languishing to thriving. This interactive workshop for those who desire to thrive amidst times of change, to move from languishing to thriving, and to build resiliency in themselves and clients.

During this hands-on workshop, we will describe and assess your current state to determine if you’re languishing or thriving or somewhere in between. You will learn methods to celebrate and practice gratitude, self-compassion, connection, small steps forward, grow and nurture, resiliency skills for yourself and clients through celebration, gratitude, self-compassion and more. You will have a set of small steps you can take to build your resiliency and move towards thriving.

 

1 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

 

Takeaways:

  • Understand how to recognize the states of languishing and thriving

  • Learn how to move forward grow and nurture resiliency skills for yourself and clients

  • Use methods of celebration, gratitude, self-compassion, connection and more

  • Develop a personal play with small steps to build resiliency and move towards thriving

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.      Lunch: Refuel & Reflect with Friends

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.        Session A: Find Happiness Through Neuroscience
                                 
Presented by Juanita Rowley, PCC

Understanding the processes that are going on in our brains gives us the advantage of being able to purposefully and mindfully choose our thoughts, direct the flow and processes, and rewire our brains in order to produce the mindsets and behaviors that can give us peace, contentment, and happiness. Specific ideas, and knowledge about the impact of attentional focus, error detections, learning paradigms, emotional control, and environmental factors can change the physical makeup of the neurons and reroute functions to different areas of the brain. These changes drastically impact the results that can be expected in expressed behavior. By integrating the research and data from the scientific field of neuroscience into the executive coaching process, a new model of coaching can be developed.

 

1 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

 

  • How Attentional Focus can reshape the brain

  • Why telling doesn’t work and the effects of Error Detection

  • What does Learning look like in the brain?

  • Expectations and reality- how “Metamapping” can determine outcomes

  • Emotions and choices- Can this be done?

  • Environment’s impact on your thinking

 


2:00 – 3:30 p.m.        Session B: Be Your Own Business Coach
                                 
Presented by Laurie Hall, PCC

Does running your own business ever give you nightmares? Are there areas you already know you could optimize if you just had the time or information? Most of us didn’t start our coaching practices to do the business side of it (scheduling, taxes, legal, marketing, sales, etc.) yet it’s required nonetheless! How well are you working both “in” and “on” your business? 

This interactive presentation is designed to ensure your future intentions come to fruition. Often, we start our planning by looking forward, but Laurie will encourage us to look back to make sure you’ve set the right foundation for this year of prosperity using skills we already honed by becoming a coach! You’ll leave with three solid exercises to help bring your goals to fruition.

 

1.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

  • Diagnose why FUN and Running our Businesses don't often overlap

  • Set up the right mindset with data and intent

  • Build upon our foundation of success to catalyze future successes using an easy set of tools

 

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.         Break & Optional Activities

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.         Coloring to Relax and Focus Your Amygdala

                                  Presented by Tyler Mallet

This fun afternoon activity offers a facilitated discussion and creative activity using adult coloring to focus our attention, relieve overwhelm, and gain perspective.

 

1 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:
 

  • Opportunity to unplug and detach to lower stress and overwhelm. 

  • Experience an effective new tool for enhanced focus and clear thinking.

  • Discover a new approach or tool to help clients increase their creativity and out of the box thinking.

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.     Creative Questioning Promotes Creative Thinking

                              Presented by Ellen Zimmerman

 

Art and creativity have been making an impact on people for thousands of years. Whether you are looking at cave paintings or the flourish’s found on Medieval manuscripts, creativity has been woven into our history. Our modern methods of communication and fast paced realities don’t always encourage creativity. In this session, Ellen will lead the participants to practice using creative questioning in conversations to help others open their minds to take bold steps toward action.

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

 

  • Participate in a creative brain activity

  • Understand the value of creative questioning

  • Practice in reframing questions to engage creative thinking

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.         Dinner


 

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.        Lessons Learned from the Journey of Creating a Sustainable Coaching Practice

                                 Presented by CurVie Burton

 

Join CurVie for a relaxed retrospective and facilitated discussion about coaching and building a business from inception to now.

 

1.0 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:
 

  • Learn new strategies for business growth

  • Gain insight to other professional coaches' approaches to their business challenges

 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

 

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.       Tai Chi

                                 Presented by Stan Ward

 

In this morning activity, Stan will lead the participants in 30 minutes of Tai Chi and Chi Gong followed by 30 minutes of reflections and applications for both coaches and their clients.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:
 

  • How to create greater awareness of tension in the body

  • The proactive use of breath for self-regulation and focus

  • How to create and experience rootedness

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.        Journaling

                                 Presented by Tracy Winter

In this morning activity, participants will spend 30 minutes journaling in response to suggested prompts. Afterward, participants will be able to share their insights with the group.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:
 

  • A printed list of journaling prompts for personal reflection and development; the prompts can also be shared with clients

  • Intention setting for each day

  • Experiencing "the wisdom in the room" through shared insights

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.        Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.     Play a Bigger Game
                               
Presented by: Rick Tamlyn, MCC

 

In this engaging and interactive session, Rick will share his Bigger Game methodology, a tool that inspires leaders worldwide to get out of their comfort zones and create the life they want.
 
Rick believes that if you focus on your “Bigger Game,” rather than on achieving bigger goals, a dramatic shift will occur. If you align with this thinking, you can experience dramatic game-changing results. 

 

Reminiscent of a simple tic-tac-toe board, the Bigger Game was designed from the premise that life itself is a game that we get to make up as we go. And if life is a game, then why not play one that excites, fulfills, and challenges you to fully express your talents and creativity?

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

 

  • Discover a hands-on tool that can be used in all aspects of life, personally and with clients

  • Learn a methodology that teaches how to think and work in a broader, more constructive way

  • Be inspired to challenge clients to deeply explore their uniqueness and courageously make important life choices

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Session A: The Being of a Wildly Successful Coaching Business:

                                        What Clients are Really Buying    

                                        Presented by Meg Rentschler, PCC

Coaching is continually evolving, and clients’ needs and expectations are evolving. So, what are clients really buying? What do they need and expect from us? From her coaching, business, and interviewing experiences, Meg has observed patterns of beliefs and myths that hinder excellent coaches from creating thriving businesses. 

In this interactive workshop, these myths and traps will be exposed and challenged. The essence of the coaching process that makes it distinct from other helping conversations and brings incredible value will be honored along with the need to be bold, courageous and direct with our clients. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion, exploration and design of packages, programs and offerings that set the stage for reaching goals and creating the transformation that their clients desire.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 1 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

  • Gain a new perspective on the best aspects of the coaching partnership for a thriving business

  • Identify myths and traps that stop coaches from engaging fully

  • Be challenged on how to partner boldly

  • Learn how to create and offer wildly successful client offerings

 


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Session B: What Every Coach Should Know About Wiring
                                         Your Brain for Good

                                       
 Presented by Kelley Russell-DuVarney, PCC

So many of us are introduced to negativity bias in our professional coach training but rarely do we receive instruction on hardwiring our brains for good, i.e. Positive Neuroplasticity. Are you curious about why that is? The practice of wiring your brain for good is simple enough although like many practices, not always easy. Like any new habit it takes time to see the benefits, and you will certainly feel resistance to this practice at times. We have so many opportunities throughout each day to 'wire our brains for good' and offset our inherent negative bias but without the 'know how' we are unable to take advantage of them. Over time, these practices can support you in leading a more responsive and less reactive life. As professionals who support clients in leading their best lives, this practice will ultimately improve your coaching presence and your ability to create awareness for greater outcomes.

 

1 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

 

  • Define Positive Neuroplasticity (PN)

  • Differentiate Positive Neuroplasticity from Negativity Bias

  • Learn about different approaches for improving Positive Neuroplasticity

  • Practice and debrief your learnings with others

  • Introduce the concepts of Positive Neuroplasticity to others

 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.      Lunch: Refuel & Reflect with Friends

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.        Session A: Goal Setting and Other Tasty Tidbits
                                 
Presented by Mina Brown, MCC

A common challenge for coaches and aspiring coaches at every level is to help clients create clear and manageable goals for every session. It is undeniable that by identifying and focusing on specific goals leads to more productive sessions and more significant outcomes. Without a clear goal, sessions can sometimes “wander in the wilderness”, fail to produce meaningful insights, or just stay on surface level discussions.

Having a well-defined goal to start with doesn’t mean it won’t change during the course of the session. Often the process of even defining the goal produces important insights and discoveries for the client. This fun and highly interactive session is designed to shine a bright light on the importance of goal-setting. Participants will learn or reinforce some tools and techniques in this area, practice goal-setting skills, and gain a heightened commitment and understanding of the importance of goal setting for positive client growth.

 

1.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT

 

Takeaways:

 

  • Gain a better understanding and appreciation for the value of creating strong goals for every session

  • Learn techniques for handling problematic agendas offered by the client

  • Identify ways to measure or validate success

  • Learn an NLP-based framework for cultivating goals that are highly motivating and compelling

  • Recognize how to effectively adjust when the goal shifts during discovery discussions

  • Review the key components of a “proper wrap up” for closing sessions

 

 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.       Session B: Love it or Hate it...Negotiate for What You Deserve
                               
Presented by Ruth Calabrese, ACC

Love it or hate it, we negotiate every day. Developing negotiation skills is critical for effective leadership, professional advancement and running your own business. And here is the not-so secret secret: these skills are critical in our personal lives too! Whether you want to ask for a raise, land a new deal, implement change or tackle a difficult conversation, understanding and applying fundamental negotiation styles and tactics can boost your chances of success while preserving important relationships. Every coach can benefit from the topics covered in this workshop.

 

1.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

  • Self-assess personal Negotiation Style, recognize the go-to styles of others and understand effective use of each Negotiation Style and their pitfalls

  • Avoid the Four Deadly Sins of Negotiation

  • Identify immediate next steps to build and enhance Negotiation Skills

 

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.         Break & Optional Activities

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.        Sherry’s Unforgettable Design Party

                                 Presented by Sherry Yellin, ACC


Grab your comfy clothes, your favorite snack and beverage, and join Sherry in a fun, laid-back, hands-on design session…Sherry style! One of the fastest ways to grow your business is by creating and delivering unforgettable learning experiences that integrate coaching. The key word here is … UNFORGETTABLE. Whatever your idea or message, existing program or new one, Sherry will help you design coaching experiences that inspire, impact, and create lasting results for your clients and your profits.

 

1.0 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

 

Takeaways:

 

  • Tap into creativity and inspiration to develop intellectual property of your own

  • Collaborate with peers to refine ideas and direction

  • Add unexpected elements and content to existing program to up the “wow” factor

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.     A Healthy Rhythm: Ebb and Flow Rule of Spiritual Life from a Christian Perspective  

                              Presented by Jason Fry, ACC

 
This activity will focus on how a "rule of life" as part of spiritual practice can assist both coaches and clients with creating and sustaining healthy life rhythms. Drawing from the work of St. Aidan of Northumbria, Jason will share historical Christian spiritual practices that supported a rule of life.

 

0.5 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT, 0.5 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

  • Developing the foundations of a personal Rule of Life as part of a healthy rhythm of spiritual practice and work

  • Exploring how to apply a spiritual lens through which to view the coaching relationship

  • Becoming better equipped to help clients (who are people of faith) develop their own healthy rhythm Rule of Life utilizing Ebb and Flow concepts and practices

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.         Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.         Meet the Authors

7:00 p.m. until...         Enjoy Great Conversations Around the Firepit

Sunday, April 3, 2022 

 

 

 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.        Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.     How NOT To Wreck Your Own Sales
                               
Presented by: Catherine Brown

Leaders in "helping professions" sometimes struggle to notice how our own beliefs keep us from the success we desire. We can coach others, but we forget to coach ourselves. In her talk, "How to Not Wreck Your Own Sales," Catherine will share how our beliefs about business development create our business' financial outcome. She will provide a path to sell more business with confidence and integrity.

 

1.0 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Takeaways:

  • Identify common false beliefs about sales that are harmful 

  • Learn the relationship between beliefs and results

  • Discover the key to sales success

 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.      Break

 


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.      Inspiration and Learned Wisdom from Veteran Coaches
                                   
Moderated by Mina Brown

In this relaxed final session, a few “veteran coaches” will share some short stories about their journeys and answer your questions about credentialing, coaching successes and pitfalls. Following the Q&A period, the participants will split into small groups for “mini-demos” and discussion of observations and questions.

1.0 CORE COMPETENCY UNIT

 

Takeaways:

  • Celebrate the learning experiences of the credentialing process

  • Reinforce appreciation for the power and impact of great coaching

  • Observe short demonstrations and engage in small group discussions about the experience

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Closing Recognitions and What's Next

                                          Cheryl Close, President-Elect