Young Leader Honoree: Flame Schoeder, PCC
The ICF Young Leader Award celebrates coach practitioners under the age of 40 who are poised to lead ICF and the coaching profession into the future. Honorees embody the core values of ICF and represent a diverse community of emerging thought leaders. This year, ICF celebrated the first class of Young Leader Award honorees during the 2018 ICF Midwest Region Coaches Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. In the coming weeks, we will profile each of this year’s honorees here on Coaching World.
Flame Schoeder, PCC (USA), got started in her coaching career because she wanted to help her community.
“I have always wanted to contribute to my community. I didn’t have those words before becoming a coach, but that was always my driver. Creating conscious community is what I see as one path to making the world a better place for everyone,” she said.
Flame’s coaching career started when she partnered with a coach for her own personal and professional development. She inspired her to take a coach-training course, and as Flame said, that was that.
“Learning to be a coach has been the best tool for learning to be my best self,” said Flame.
Since then, Flame has accrued more than 3,000 coaching hours and has coached companies such as PayPal, Ervin & Smith and TD Ameritrade. Flame said she coaches because she’s passionate about seeing people grow and make an impact.
“I can’t imagine more meaningful work than empowering people to really live a good life. In fact, Nebraska’s state motto is, ‘The good life,’ and I am proud to be a part of making that happen through coaching,” she said.
Flame is also an advocate for ICF and professionalism. She has goals to help coaches and ICF Credentialing become bigger and better.
“I’d love to see MCC become synonymous with CPA or MD as recognition of high standards and ethics. As ICF Chapters get clearer and stronger, they will become hubs for developing coaching businesses and sharing good ideas,” said Flame.
Flame takes her role as a young leader seriously. She was one of the youngest coaches in the field by about 20 years when she first started.
“‘I’m too young—no one will hire me,’ was a significant limiting belief that my coaches helped me get through, and I want to help others to do the same. Bringing people, young or old, into coaching and helping them be successful so that they can keep on coaching is my definition of leadership,” said Flame.
Flame said her biggest inspirations are people like Nelson Mandela and Gandhi who had visions for their people and bettered their community even though there were significant obstacles.