As 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 email@example.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!
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
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