Leadership, Governance and Involvement
The International Coach Federation (ICF) encourages members to volunteer in its governance and oversight. Many opportunities exist at both the local and global levels to become involved with ICF and help shape its future and give back to the coaching community.
ICF Global Board of Directors
ICF’s Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction of its affairs, funds and property. It determines policy and interprets the organization’s bylaws. The Board supervises the direction and control of ICF and its committees and publications, and may adopt rules and regulations for conducting its business as deemed advisable.
As ICF continues to evolve into a global association, its Board of Directors requires an expanded set of knowledge and skills to further lead the organization into the future.
In 2012, the Board approved downsizing to no more than nine members—nominated based on competencies of exceptional Boards—three of whom will hold the offices of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. Each Director serves a two-year term, with a maximum of two terms. The Chair is elected annually and can run for a second term.
The Nominating Committee will present at least one nominee for each vacant or expired seat on the Board, and all ICF Members have a voice in the future of their organization and can vote.
For more information on nominations and elections for ICF’s Board of Directors see Election Process.
Global Committees/Taskforces/Core Teams
Volunteer groups are meant to ensure more effective and efficient decision-making and ensure all ICF volunteer work is tied to the objectives of the Strategic Plan. The Board will create more taskforces, panels, and focus groups, as specific needs arise.
Communities of Practice
ICF Communities of Practice (CPs) provide the opportunity to discuss specific aspects of coaching. CPs hold monthly teleconferences and are open to ICF Members at no additional cost. Each CP is hosted and/or co-hosted by ICF Members. If Members are interested in being involved in a CP, contact its leader and ask how you can help. See a current list of CPs. If Members have a topic they would like to discuss in a CP, contact ICF Headquarters.
Chapter Regulatory Liaisons Network
The Chapter Regulatory Liaisons Network gathers input from all over the globe from volunteer Chapter representatives who monitor and discuss regulation issues impacting the coaching profession. Members interested in the liaisons network, please contact email@example.com.
Local ICF Chapters
ICF Chapters are led by local ICF Members. Volunteer opportunities vary among chapters but may include serving on a local Chapter board or committee or assisting with local public relations/marketing efforts. Please contact local ICF Chapters directly to get involved.
Founded in 2004, the ICF Foundation is a separate nonprofit entity that exists exclusively for education, research and charitable purposes in professional coaching.
The Foundation’s current work includes drafting ideas for pro bono coaching, creating plans for future sustainability of the Foundation, leadership development, and discussions of the possibility of scholarships for individuals unable to pay for coach specific training.