Midwest Conference Corner Wrap Up

Julia Mattern ConferenceAs fireworks light up the sky for the 4th of July, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the success of the 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference! We had 301 coaches gathered at the Crossroads from all regions of the US, Canada and abroad for two and a half amazing days of learning, growing and connecting. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, from attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike. If you have not already done so, I would appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out the conference survey here to help planning for the next conference.

I was excited to walk around the Westin and see so many people from our chapter, not only in attendance, but also engaged in service throughout the weekend. I cannot tell you how proud I am of our chapter’s contributions or thank you enough for your enthusiastic support of the conference. You played a huge role in the success of this event and I am grateful for all of your participation.

Special thanks to:

  • Barbara Bougher for her outstanding service as Host City Chair. Barbara did a beautiful job managing all the hotel and conference logistics, including the food, signs, conference bags and programs, plus she was an amazing teammate. She also created and led the Ambassador program and was a champion for connection and inclusion.
  • Lynn Zettler for her excellent work leading the conference service projects. Lynn and her team created all the documents and processes, plus fulfilled our vision of contributing something meaningful to Indy and raising the visibility of professional coaching. Lynn also championed bringing the conference to Indy and contributed great ideas in the early planning stages.
  • Margie Beiswanger for the beautiful job she did as conference Emcee. Margie has also been a tireless champion of the conference and contributed in many ways, from technical support of the website, to creating conference buttons and graphics, and helping me create and deliver our commercial for Indy at last year’s conference.
  • Jane Creswell for providing an outstanding workshop on coaching effectiveness for local business and civic leaders as part of our service projects. As always, Jane was most generous in sharing her experience and expertise, while giving back to the community and helping us to raise the visibility of professional coaching in Indy.
  • Dan Johnson for donating his services as a presenter and delivering an excellent session on Resilience that got excellent reviews from attendees. Dan has also been a huge supporter, especially to colleagues in the allied professions.
  • Our Conference Committee Members: Chris Accornero, Sandi Ballard, Amy Barnes, Francine Carter, Mary DuVall and Mark Sprout (Host City); Jim Struck (Service Project Subcommittee); Julie Kratz, Margie Beiswanger and Pat Saint (Marketing); and Sean Olson (Programs).
  • Our Coaches who gave pro bono sessions for participants of the The Promise Zone Project as part of the service project: Julianne Miranda, Jeannie Phillips, Bud Roth and Jim Struck.
  • Our Ambassadors: Amy Barnes, Robin Barr, Margie Beiswanger, Barbara Bougher, Francine Carter, Mary DuVall, Dan Johnson, Angela Jorden, Pat Saint, Mark Sprout and DeShawn Wert.
  • Our Onsite Volunteers: Chris Accornero, Jenny Banner, Amy Barnes, Robin Barr, Margie Beiswanger, Ruth Boldt, Barbara Bougher, Francine Carter, Mary DuVall, Dan Johnson, Mike Johnson, Kathryn Martinie, Nila Nealy, Sean Olson, Jeannie Phillips, Bud Roth, Pat Saint, Mark Sprout, Jackie Stancil and Judy Wade.

I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our chapter on the Steering Committee for five years. Thank you for helping make this a truly memorable experience.

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – June 2016

Julia MatternWe are just three weeks away from the Fifth Annual ICF-Midwest Regional Conference! The team is busy putting on the finishing touches to give you the best possible conference experience.

Activities begin on Thursday, June 23 at 1:00 pm with the Business Outreach Project, led by ICF Indy member Jane Creswell, MCC. This free workshop is open to the public and any interested coaches. Live coaching sessions for The Promise Zone Project also begin at 1:00 pm. Our special Fifth-Anniversary Bonus Session on Conversational Intelligence with Judith Glaser is from 3:00-5:00 pm. This session is before registration opens, so go directly to the session and register afterward (5-7 pm). For just this session, attendees will receive a CCEU certificate. Other sessions will be included on the conference passport that you will need to get stamped as you exit each session.

Ambassadors meet from 5:45-6:00 pm, followed by the First-Time Attendee Orientation at 6:00 pm. Exhibitor tables will be open from 5:00-7:00 pm, so be sure to check out the latest in coaching products and services before heading to the Opening Reception at the Artsgarden (7:00-9:00 pm). Reception-only tickets are $40 each at the door (cash or check only). If you are attending the conference, please register at the Westin (2nd floor lobby) before coming to the reception.

Friday and Saturday begin with breakfast at 7:00 am. Be there Friday morning for the drawing to win an hour with Marshall Goldsmith! Sessions start at 8:30 am with Marshall’s opening keynote and run until 5:00 pm. There will be ample breaks to visit our exhibitors, network and relax in our quiet room. We will have coffee and tea during the morning breaks and snacks during the afternoon breaks. Lunch is also included.

Friday features two special events. From 5:30-7:00 pm, there will be a sponsor/exhibitor appreciation event, where you can play a game to be eligible to win one of five gift baskets. Starting at 7:00 pm is our Crossroads Cuisine and Connections event. Click here and sign up online to dine at some of Indy’s best restaurants with small groups of colleagues. There are many events taking place in Indy the weekend of our conference, so we urge you to take advantage of the reservations we have already made for you.

Saturday’s sessions begin at 8:30 am with a general session on the neuroscience of coaching led by Ann Betz, Ursula Pottinga and Amorah Ross. There will be breakout sessions before and after lunch, and Marshall Goldsmith’s closing keynote at 4:00 pm. Stick around at the end for an announcement about the 2018 conference in Pittsburgh and the prize basket drawing.

As you plan for the conference, we encourage you to carpool if possible due to heavy traffic downtown that weekend. Bring something for taking notes, a water bottle (water stations will be available), a sweater or jacket in case session rooms are cool and plenty of business cards for networking. Dress is business casual.

After more than a year of planning, we are excited to welcome you for a great weekend of learning, growing and connecting. See you at The Crossroads!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – May 2016

Julia MatternMay means racing in Indy and the conference team is heading into the home stretch–putting on the finishing touches and getting ready to welcome coaches from around the world to Indy, June 23-25! We can’t say enough about how much it means to have the support of the home team–our chapter–behind us.

One exciting new development to announce is that Marshall Goldsmith has agreed to give three free one-on-one sessions with attendees during the conference! All paid registrants will automatically be entered into a drawing to be held Friday morning during breakfast. The three lucky coaches chosen will meet individually with Marshall, one each during lunch on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

In honor of our conference’s fifth anniversary, there will also be another drawing held following the closing keynote for five special gift baskets of prizes donated by our sponsors, vendors and speakers. Conference attendees will play a game to connect with vendors to be eligible for this drawing. This year, we will have more white space than ever for networking, visiting tables and simply relaxing, plus a special Vendor Appreciation Event during the pre-cocktail on Friday. WBECS will also host a photo booth for attendees to capture all the fun and new relationships formed during the conference.

Speaking of connecting, don’t forget the opening reception on Thursday, May 23, 7-9 p.m. at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Enjoy appetizers, live classical music, art by coach artists in attendance and networking with colleagues from around the world. Even if you can’t attend the conference, you can buy a ticket to the opening reception only for $40 and be part of this great gathering of coaches. If you are attending the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to dine out with small groups of colleagues on Friday night. It’s a great way to build connections and sample some of Indy’s finest cuisine. You can peruse the list of participating restaurants and make reservations here. And when you need a little break from all the great learning and connecting, we’ll even have a special quiet room for you to recharge your batteries.

If this is your first conference, we’ve got you covered! There will be an orientation for first-time attendees on Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm in Grand 1 at the Westin. And don’t forget to take advantage of our new Ambassador program to help you make the most of your conference experience. Sign up during online registration to be connected with an Ambassador.

Another great way to meet people is to volunteer onsite. There’s already several people from Indy on the list and we always have room for more. You can work the registration table, introduce speakers, stamp passports or help in other ways. It’s fun and we promise that you will still have plenty of time to experience all our conference has to offer. Our slogan is “you don’t have to miss out to help out”!

49 days and counting-I can’t wait to see you at the Crossroads!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – April 2016

Julia MatternThe 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference is just 78 days away and that’s no April Fools! We have 269 coaches registered, from all regions of the US, plus Canada, Germany, Sweden and China. That number includes 42 coaches from our chapter – over half of our members! Special thanks to Mark Sprout for organizing a team to reach out and encourage Indy coaches to attend.

Registration is going well AND we would love to sell the remaining 131 tickets. Our chapter benefits from every ticket sold in two ways. First, higher attendance means more potential profit to be shared with participating chapters as marketing reimbursement. Also, our share of any profits is based on the number of people from our chapter who attend, so it really pays to encourage other Indy members to register.

Part of our Crossroads theme is also engaging people from allied professions and others who are stakeholders in professional coaching. This has the potential for growing our community and developing long-term relationships to benefit coaches doing business in Indy, something that will last long past the conference. To that end, we are offering discounts of $100 off the current registration price for those organizations sending 2 or more people.

We’re so grateful to those who have already registered. If you haven’t yet committed, we are offering a special extension of the Early Bird discount to coaches who are members of both our chapter and ICF Global until May 1. (Check your April Chapter newsletter for the discount code.) Register here.

Even if you can’t join us, we would appreciate you reaching out to people in your networks, coaches and allied professionals. Your personal touch can make a difference and help our chapter!

We’re also pleased to announce our major sponsorships are filled and many of our exhibitor tables sold. We still have a few tables and some advertising space available in the program. It’s a great way to get exposure for coaching products and services and build relationships. Information is available here. Please send any leads for exhibitors and/or advertisers to sponsors@icf-midwest.com

We’ve gotten good response to our service projects and volunteer requests. And, it’s not too late to help. Our partnership with The Promise Zone provides three pro bono coaching sessions, which count as hours towards ICF credentials, while giving back to the community. Click here for more information. Volunteering onsite at the conference is a great way to meet new people and its fun! Click here to apply or say yes to volunteering when you register.

Remember, the next conference is in 2018 (Pittsburgh), so it’s your last chance for great learning, 18.5 ICF CCE Units and networking with coaches from around the world for two years!

Hope to see you at the Crossroads!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – March 2016

Julia MatternI’m excited to report that we currently have 114 coaches registered for the conference, including 15 from ICF Indy! Our registration numbers are running ahead of any other year at this point in the process. This is great news AND we still need to keep getting the word out to colleagues in order to meet our goals.

As of February 29, the following members of our chapter have already registered: Robin Barr, Margie Beiswanger, Barbara Bougher, Jane Creswell, Danielle Dittberne, Mary DuVall, Ashley English, Dan Johnson, Kathryn Martinie, Julia Mattern, Julianne Miranda, Nina Nealy, Bud Roth, Mark Sprout and Lynn Zettler. We would love to add you to the list. Click here to claim your seat and take advantage of the ICF member discount!

I’m pleased to announce we have secured 3 Major Sponsors. Our Global Sponsor is ICF Global, Wiley is once again our Premier Sponsor and The World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS) is our Fifth-Anniversary Sponsor. We also have three Advantage Sponsors and have sold a number of exhibitor tables. There are still a few tables left, plus opportunities to advertise in the program book. Click here for more information.

As part of our partnership with WBECS, we will have a Special Fifth-Anniversary Pre-Conference Session on Conversational Intelligence with Judith Glaser on Thursday, June 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Westin. This session will generate two ICF CCE Units, giving you the opportunity to earn up to 14 for the conference! WBECS is also making available three virtual sessions from their 2015 event for attendees to listen to at their convenience, for additional ICF CCE Units.

The conference kicks off with our community-service project at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Westin. Our Business Outreach, “Coaching for Organizational Effectiveness” with Jane Creswell will be held from 1-4 p.m. Click here for information. Please pass the word to business, corporate, government and non-profit leaders in your networks. Our Community Service, The Promise Zone Project, will have coaching starting at 1:00 p.m. We are still looking for coaches to volunteer their time and talents. Click here for information and to apply.

We are also looking for coaches who are artists to participate in our first-ever art exhibit during the opening reception at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. More information is available here. Please help us spread the word about this unique opportunity!

And if you’re joining us for the conference, please consider becoming an Ambassador or an onsite volunteer. It’s a great way to meet people and enhance your conference experience. We promise that you don’t have to miss out to help out! Just check “yes” to volunteering and/or being an Ambassador when you register and we’ll follow up with you.

I cannot be more proud of our chapter and more excited to show our colleagues some Hoosier Hospitality in June! Thank you all for your continued support of this exciting event.

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – February 2016

Julia MatternIt’s February and that means registration for the 5th Annual ICF Midwest Regional Conference is officially open! Now’s your chance to claim one of 400 tickets for The Crossroads of Coaching, June 23-25, 2016 at the Westin Indianapolis. Register before March 15 to save $100 on your conference fees. Be part of the largest gathering of coaches in the US in 2016, happening right in your own backyard!

As a special bonus, the first 100 paid registrants will also receive a free, autographed copy of 2016 keynoter Marshall Goldsmith’s newest book Triggers, A New York Times Bestseller!

To make it even easier for you to say yes, we also have a two-payment plan available for the Early Bird registration period only (February 1-March 15). Details and registration are here.

You will:

  • Learn proven methods and the latest research findings from experts and thought leaders, including:
    • Opening and Closing keynotes by Marshall Goldsmith
    • General Sessions by Ann Betz, Ursula Pottinga and Amoráh Ross (Neuroscience and the ICF Core Competencies) and Judith Glaser (Conversational Intelligence)
    • Interactive Breakout Sessions, including ICF-Indianapolis Vice-President Dan Johnson, who will be presenting on Resilience!
    • Click here for complete program information
  • Earn up to 12.75 ICF CCE Units
  • Network with 400 of your coaching colleagues from across the US, Canada and beyond
  • Learn about the latest coaching products and services from our industry-leading exhibitors

We’ll also help you connect with the greater coaching community:

  • Opening Reception-June 23, 7-9 pm at the Arts Garden, featuring an art exhibit by coach artists and live classical music
  • Crossroads Cuisine and Connections-make new friends and dine out in small groups on Friday evening at Indy’s best restaurants
  • Ambassador Program-new for 2016, it’s our way of welcoming first-time conference attendees to Indy and helping them make the most of their conference experience. We hope to have lots of volunteers from our chapter serve as Ambassadors!

As a conference attendee, you can also participate in Community Crossroads: The Promise Zone Project!

Our first-ever conference community-service project is a partnership with The Promise Zone Project on the East Side of Indianapolis. Coaching will be offered to leaders and volunteers within neighborhood organizations and will be aligned with the goals of the project. Click here for more information and to volunteer as a coach.

We are also offering a Business Outreach Project Coaching for Organizational Effectiveness, led by our chapter’s own Jane Creswell, MCC. This three-hour workshop is geared to business, corporate, non-profit and government leaders, and will give practical tools for accelerating leadership through coaching.

Take advantage of these great opportunities to learn, grow and connect with the greater coaching community, without even leaving town. Let’s have a great turnout from ICF-Indianapolis and show our colleagues what an amazing chapter we have!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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