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International Coach Federation Announces 2017 Prism Award Honorees

AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp. and EY earn top coaching honors during ceremony.

Lexington, Kentucky, USA—The International Coach Federation (ICF) named AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp. (AFCC) the winner of its 2017 ICF International Prism Award during an award ceremony at ICF Converge 2017 on August 25, 2017. EY (formerly Ernst & Young) was recognized as this year’s honorable mention recipient.

The ICF International Prism Award program honors organizations that have achieved the highest standard of excellence in coaching programs that yield discernible and measurable positive impacts, fulfill rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, and shape organizational culture.

“It’s exciting to see how coaching is creating lasting impacts for organizations of all sizes as well as their people. This year’s honorees demonstrate once again that when coaching is present at every level of an organization, the resulting culture fosters collaboration, excellence and innovation,” 2017 ICF Global Board Chair Hilary Oliver, PCC, said.

Coaching is embedded in every aspect of AFCC’s culture. Located in British Columbia, Canada, AFCC is a joint venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company developing fuel cell modules for automotive applications. All employees, co-op students and contractors are eligible to participate in coaching, and all new hires are assigned coaches as part of their on-boarding process. AFCC credits coaching for its 161 percent improvement in leadership culture from 2014–2017.

AFCC was nominated for the Prism Award by its head of human resources, Glenn St. Onge, PCC.

EY has invested in building a robust coaching culture across its global enterprise, and coaching at EY is recognized as the key talent differentiator internally and within the marketplace. By making coaching part of the fabric of the organization, leaders are supported during defining moments in their lives, such as taking an overseas assignment or becoming a parent, to make their leadership experience exceptional and accelerate their impact and capabilities.

EY was nominated for the Prism program by Executive Coach Tricia Christian, ACC.

This year’s Prism honorees were selected by a volunteer panel of ICF Members and Credential-holders from around the world. The panel of judges included:

  • Emilia Concepción, Ph.D., PCC (Puerto Rico)
  • Mike Gellman, ACC (USA)
  • Dilep Misra, PCC (India)
  • Tamara Szabó, PCC (Hungary)
  • Nehad Tadros, PCC (United Arab Emirates)
  • Diane Wilkinson, PCC (United Kingdom)

Additional finalists for the 2017 Prism Award were:

All five organizations participated in a long table discussion at ICF Converge in Washington, D.C., and each was recognized for its strong coaching culture during the Prism Award ceremony later that evening.

Learn more about this year’s honorees at

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life Vision and Enhancement, Leadership, Relationship, and Career Coaching. Its 26,000-plus members located in more than 135 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices.

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Abby Tripp Heverin

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