Midwest Conference Corner Update – January 2016

Julia MatternAs we start 2016, I was reminded by Barbara Bougher that what we have been referring to as “next year’s conference” is now “this year’s conference”. I don’t know about you, but hearing that certainly ups the excitement level for me!

The Steering Committee took a couple weeks off to celebrate the holidays with family. Before that, we were as busy as elves in Santa’s workshop, preparing for the opening of Early Bird registration on February 1. As we get back in the swing of conference planning, here’s some of the latest news:

  • Program-Our breakout speakers have all been chosen. We are in the process of getting agreements signed, then we will officially announce. We had over 80 proposals and only 20 slots available. The program team had some hard choices to make and we are excited about the results. We have speakers from all regions of the US and beyond, including some of the highest-rated presenters from the first four years, as well as some wonderful speakers who are new to our conference. Also, in addition to Marshall Goldsmith’s opening and closing keynotes, there will be a general session on a topic that will excite you. And by attending the conference, you can earn up to 12 ICF CCE Units, right from the comfort of your own hometown!
  • Service Project-Lynn Zettler is leading the planning for this part of the conference. We are excited to be speaking with a board working on an initiative with many non-profit partners in Indy. There is the potential to coach a significant number of people between the board and their volunteers and partners. We’re hoping to set this up like our chapter’s successful Coaching Week project, with three sessions: two by phone (one prior to the conference and one after), as well as an in-person session on the afternoon of Thursday, June 23. Once plans are finalized, we will begin looking for volunteer coaches. Plan to be part of this inaugural event!
  • Sponsor Packages-Details have been finalized and information will be posted soon on the conference website. There are lots of opportunities to support the conference, from sponsorships to purchasing a vendor table or an ad in the program book. This is a great way to create exposure for your business and opportunities are limited. Please contact our Sponsor Chair Karla Walker sponsors@icf-midwest.com for more information.

As we approach the start of Early Bird registration, please help us by spreading the word to colleagues to join us June 23-25 at the Westin for The Crossroads of Coaching. With your support, I know we can make the Fifth-Anniversary edition of our conference the most amazing yet!

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

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – November 2015

Julia MatternWe’re moving closer and closer to the opening of Early Bird registration on February 1 and the conference teams are hard at work getting everything ready.

I’m pleased to announce that the conference has the support of eleven MRAC chapters, the most ever! Thanks to ICF Central Ohio, ICF Chicago, ICF Cleveland, ICF Heartland, ICF Iowa, ICF Michigan, ICF Minnesota, ICF Ohio Valley, ICF Pittsburgh, ICF Wisconsin and, of course, ICF Indianapolis!

We have now finished the process of accepting presenter applications and are thrilled to have over 80 high-quality proposals for our educational breakout sessions! There are some exceptional presenters, including some old favorites and some who are new to our conference. The program team is beginning their work to choose the best presenters and will announce the final program by mid-December.

We’re also putting the finishing touches on our sponsor packages and looking for the best vendors to share their coaching products and services. There will be plenty of opportunities for you and/or your business to support the conference! Information will be posted soon on the conference website.

Also, our special events team is creating great ways for you to connect with attendees, speakers and vendors and to build community. We’ve also finalized the conference schedule and are giving you even more space to network and build relationships, while still delivering 12 ICF CCE units!

We’re also very excited about our first-ever MRC Service Project. In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing details and making them public. In the meantime, make a mental note to arrive downtown by 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 23 to be part of this special event. Help us make a difference, leave a lasting impact on Indianapolis and raise the visibility of professional coaching!

As I write this, we are still in need of a few volunteers for the conference team, on the marketing and sponsor committees, as well as coaches to volunteer at the conference. For more information about the marketing team, contact our Marketing Chair Amber Maynard at marketing@icf-midwest.com and for information about Sponsors, contact our Sponsor Chair Karla Walker at sponsors@icf-midwest.com

I’m excited to announce that the list of volunteers from Indy is growing! In addition to those recognized last month, I’d also like to publicly thank Amy Barnes, Louise Dunn, Jan Judd, Patricia Saint and Lynn Zettler. We’d love to add your name to this list!

I also want to ask you to start spreading the word to your coaching friends and colleagues. We are ALL the marketing team. Let’s share our passion for Indy, the conference and coaching, so we can meet our goal of 400 coaches in attendance!

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

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – October 2015

Julia MatternAs we usher in a new season of the year, the conference Steering Committee is entering a new phase of planning for 2016. In early September, we had a site visit to our conference venues, The Westin Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Arts Garden. It was a great opportunity to walk through the spaces together, get our questions answered and start seeing our vision for the conference come to life. The committee also had a great time connecting and brainstorming in person.

We have been busy on our bi-weekly conference calls putting together all the elements of the budget, which will be presented to the chapter leaders who form the Midwest Regional Advisory Council for their approval in October. We are setting conference and registration policies, putting together sponsor packages and getting the conference schedule lined up, all important foundational pieces for the success of our conference!

As we head into October, we’re also wrapping up the call for conference speakers. We already have some terrific proposals, and it’s not too late to submit! You can find all the details and our speaker application form here. Deadline is October 15. Please help us spread the word to any dynamic speakers you know who offer innovative and experiential sessions. We want to have lots of great choices for the program committee!

A couple of months ago, I asked for volunteers to help with pre-conference planning and onsite at next year’s conference. I’m absolutely delighted by the response and so grateful to those who have already committed their support. I’d like to give a public shout out to all the wonderful volunteers from our chapter: Chris Accornero, Sandi Ballard, Robin Barr, Margie Beiswanger, Barbara Bougher, Francine Carter, Mary DuVall, Dan Johnson, Angela Jorden, Julie Kratz, Lesa Moore, Sean Olson and Mark Sprout. For the complete list of all conference volunteers to date, click here.

2016 ConferenceIf you have not already raised your hand, we’d love to add your name to our growing list! We’re still looking for coaches to serve on the Marketing Committee (a great opportunity to help spread the word about the conference and pick up some tips to use in marketing your own business) and Sponsor Committee (learn about the latest products and services for coaches, while building relationships with businesses). We also need people to help onsite, mostly with registration and programs. You can find more details and fill out a volunteer application here.

Please help us continue to spread the word by inviting colleagues from coaching and allied professions to join us in June. And stay tuned for more exciting updates. I can’t wait to share all the conference plans with you as they unfold!

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

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – September 2015

Julia MatternCall for Breakout Session Proposals

ICF Midwest Regional Conference
The Westin, Indianapolis, IN
June 23-25, 2016
The Crossroads of Coaching

We’re excited to announce that Marshall Goldsmith will be our opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2016 conference. Now, we are looking for dynamic presenters with creative, innovative and experiential proposals for our educational breakout sessions that:

  • Fit our conference theme The Crossroads of Coaching and at least one of our program tracks: The Crossroads of Complementary Disciplines, The Crossroads of Client Growth, The Crossroads of Research and Innovation, The Crossroads of Our Coaching Businesses and The Crossroads of Professional Development
  • Address one or more of the ICF Core Competencies, and
  • Can be approved for ICF CCE Units, particularly ICF Core Competency CCE Units

Detailed guidelines and the official application form may be found at http://www.icf-midwest.com/2016presenters

Application deadline: October 15, 2015

Questions may be directed to John Moore, Program Chair, 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference: programs@icf-midwest.com

Join our Conference Team

Are you looking to hone your leadership and teamwork skills, while developing relationships with colleagues across the region? Do you want to serve the coaching profession and make a difference in this year’s conference? We still have room on our conference team for you! For more information or to volunteer, please visit http://www.icf-midwest.com/volunteers

Help us Spread the Word

It’s your turn to help us spread the word about the conference. We want you to have some ownership in inviting the people you want to see attend the conference. So, we’ve created some buttons to help you out. Visit http://www.icf-midwest.com/buttons to download and share!

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

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – August 2015

Julia MatternAs our summer temperatures climb outside, planning for the 2016 conference is also heating up. Thanks to everyone who participated in the discussions at our July chapter meeting. Your questions and ideas will help us create the best event possible.

As a coach, I teach my clients to ask for what they need. So this month, I’m going to take a page out of my own book and ask for what the conference team needs.

Make a commitment to attend the conference. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from experienced coaches and presenters, including our wonderful opening and closing keynote speaker Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, without the expense of traveling to another city. You will earn CCEUs, network with amazing coaches from around the US and Canada, and explore the latest coaching products and services from our vendors.

I'm AttendingHelp us spread the word. While Amber Maynard is our conference Marketing Chair, we are ALL the marketing team. Please invite colleagues and share the word on social media and online coaching forums. We even have buttons for you to put on your website and in your email signature line. (Created by our President Margie Beiswanger, thanks Margie!) Click here to download buttons.

Join our team. We still have opportunities for you to help plan and implement the conference, while developing your leadership and teamwork skills, and building relationships with other amazing coaches. Specifically, we are looking for people to serve on:

  • Host City Committee-In charge of all local logistics before and during the conference (chaired by our own Barbara Bougher)
  • Marketing Committee-Responsible for all aspects of promoting the conference, different specialized positions available
  • Sponsor Committee-Recruits and manages sponsors and vendors for the conference
  • Special Events Committee-Plans activities and events to connect attendees and create relationships with vendors

We also need people to volunteer on-site during the conference (help with registration, stamp passports, introduce speakers, etc.). Click here for more information. Fill out the volunteer application and we will follow up with you or contact me directly.

2016 ConferenceHelp us identify and invite the best speakers. In the next couple of weeks, we will be putting out the call for speakers for 2016. Information and our official application form will be posted on the conference website. Please help us get the word out. If you have any recommendations for cutting-edge, high-quality speakers, please contact our Program Chair John Moore.

As always, please reach out to me with any ideas, questions or concerns. I only ask that you hold ideas lightly and without attachment, because it might not be possible to implement everything that is suggested to us. What I can promise is that all ideas will be heard and considered!

Can’t you just feel the excitement building for the 2016 conference?

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

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – July 2015

Julia MatternAs I write this month’s update, I’m still basking in the glow of a wonderful weekend in Kansas City. Our conference is known for great, experiential learning and amazing networking opportunities that build a strong community among attendees, speakers and sponsors. The 2015 conference continued this tradition, infused with all the energy of our heart-centered theme. I left inspired by powerful keynote speeches from Simon T. Bailey and Caroline Adams-Miller, excited by new perspectives and ideas from terrific breakout sessions and fueled by all the connections to colleagues, old and new.

And now, the countdown to Indy in 2016 has officially begun! Margie and I had the honor of representing our chapter, to share our vision for the conference and invite our colleagues to join us next year. We put together a fun “commercial” that featured a video about Indy and a Letterman-inspired Top Ten List. We’ll share this with you at the July chapter meeting. Our message was well received. People are excited about our plans, and everyone I spoke with afterwards told me they’re coming to Indy!

The things that generated applause from our list were the message that Indianapolis welcomes all, our plans for a service project associated with the conference and the announcement of our opening and closing keynote speaker: Marshall Goldsmith! Marshall received his doctorate at IU, so has ties to the area. He is very excited about being our keynote and will be creating special sessions around our theme The Crossroads of Coaching. Special thanks to our colleague Sean Olson for connecting me with Marshall.

2016 ConferenceLast, but not least, we also unveiled our conference logo, which you see here. Soon, we will have buttons on the conference website that will make it easy for you to share in emails, on your website and social media. Please help us to spread the word.

I hope you’ll join us at the July Chapter Meeting for a review of this year’s conference and a planning session for 2016. I can’t wait to share our vision with you, get you up to speed on all the latest conference news and find the best role for you on our conference team!

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

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