Letter from the President

L045-225x300Welcome to the ICF Greater Indianapolis Chapter!  We welcome you as a member, guest or sponsor to join us in advancing the profession of coaching within the state of Indiana and beyond.  Our goal is to create a welcoming community that advances our professional development through high-quality programming, while reaching out to our larger Indiana community to educate and promote the profession of coaching.

We provide numerous benefits to our members, including:

  • A welcoming and supportive community of highly-engaged coaches
  • High-quality CCEU events to further your professional development
  • Social events to build chapter community
  • Discounted meeting and event fees
  • Coach Directory Listing
  • A welcoming social media community
  • Monthly blog opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in community outreach and education
  • Advertising opportunities for your coach events and projects

The best way to obtain value from your membership is to create your own value!  How will you get involved with our chapter? (Click the Read More button to find out!) 

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Our Chapter At A Glance

canstockphoto6966663The ICF Greater Indianapolis Chapter is comprised of a diverse blend of professional coaches. Here is a snapshot of our membership:

  • Our members represent a mixture of life coaches, business coaches and executive coaches.
  • Curious about our experience? We have coaches brand new to the profession, coaches with 15+ years of experience and all levels in between.
  • We currently have 64 active members.
  • About one-third of our members have ICF Credentials.  In our chapter, we have 11 ACC’s, 8 PCC’s and 3 MCC’s!

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Drew Carey – One to Watch in Indy

drewcareycolor100x122The Avatar: A dynamic, up-and-coming ICF coach who is coming to be regarded as an embodiment or personification of coaching and leadership.

This is the type of coach that the ICF Midwest Regional Recognition Awards Selection Committee was looking for to honor in this year’s award’s ceremony. Only two names were set apart and our own Drew Carey was one of them!

Here are a few items of additional criteria the committee were looking for:

Additional Requirements

Completed formal coach training within the past 2 years.

Holds or pending ICF ACC credential.

Selection Criteria

  • Exemplifies an uplifting spirit, positive and inspiring energy.
  • Demonstrates ICF Core Values of Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration and Respect.
  • Makes “significant” contribution to coaching profession via chapter involvement and/or community outreach.
  • Models professionalism in personal growth and growth of their coaching business.
  • Exemplifies a “coach approach” in team and chapter activities.

In his own words, “I am a collaborative, solution-focused life coach. The founder of my alma mater, Erickson College, is Marilyn Atkinson, PhD.  Dr. Atkinson was instrumental in the transition of solution-focused therapy to create the solution-focused coaching model. Using this approach, I provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I also integrate coaching techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored to you. With compassion and understanding, I work with you to help build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to achieving.”

We’re excited to have Drew as part of our Indianapolis chapter and look forward to the amazing things you’ll bring to the coaching profession this year!

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Jane Creswell Honored with Thomas Leonard Achievement Award

janecreswell100x122Congratulations to our very own Jane Creswell, MCC for being honored as one of the two 2014 recipients of the 2014 Thomas Leonard Achievement Award at the Midwest Regional Recognition Awards ceremony that took place this last Saturday at the 2014 ICF Global North America-Midwest Conference.  Leaders from across our entire region were nominated in several categories in recognition of their contribution to coaching and the communities in which they serve.  The Midwest Regional Recognition Awards committee chooses deserving coaches based on nominations from their peers. The award categories are Avatar Award, Community Outreach Award, Leadership Award, Innovator Award and the Thomas Leonard Achievement Award. Here are brief descriptions of each:

Avatar Award - A dynamic, up-and-coming ICF coach who is coming to be regarded as an embodiment or personification of coaching and leadership.


Community Outreach Award - A coach who engages coaches in the region in activities that support individuals in their community, and/or leads in the development of collaborative activities with allied organizations, such as SHRM, ASTD, etc.


Innovation Award - A coach who passionately explores possibility and is a bold innovator and risk taker—an individual who decisively acts with purpose, determination and resolve to affect positive change for the coaching profession.


Leadership Award - A coach exemplifying outstanding achievement in leadership in the ICF Midwest Regional coaching community.


Thomas Leonard Achievement Award - A coach who exemplifies the visionary perspective of Thomas Leonard, a major contributor to both the profession and industry of coaching, and founder of the International Coach Federation.

Jane was selected as one of two recipients for the high honor of the Thomas Leonard Achievement Award (along with Kay Cannon).

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Celebrating International Coaching Week: The Energy of Partnership

What strikes me as I think about my experience working in a partnership arrangement, like the Indianapolis ICF and Health Net have entered into, is the increased pool of energy that is almost immediately created. From the moment I got wind of a possible partnership opportunity I felt energy from just the idea of it.

This phenomenon, having caught my attention, makes me curious about why it is producing energy for me.

One thought comes to mind. Isn’t it intrinsically satisfying to just be helpful or to be helped? Its kind of what we say to someone when we partner up, “We can help each other.” Even a heartfelt gesture of simply shaking hands in agreement can muster increased energy.

Thinking of the equation, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and the idea of symbiosis also reinforces the idea that increased energy is an understandable result of a partnership.

When someone responds to you in a way that says, “I trust you enough to work with you” isn’t that another shot of energy?  And there is the idea of providing a service to one another, of giving that energizes. Having an outlet for your energy to plug into, to be of value to someone, to know that a little bit of help means a lot and goes a long way; all these are very energizing.

Entering into a partnership should provide an avenue to bring value, to do that thing that you do, to let people know you’re out there.  A list of benefits for both parties would be extensive and eye-opening.

I certainly have a deeper sense of awareness and appreciation for the many positives resulting from a good partnership. That could go on the list.  As for me, it’s definitely been about the energy.

Submitted by Ken Burger, member coach ICF Greater Indianapolis Chapter

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