Circle of Distinction Honoree: Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC
The ICF Circle of Distinction program celebrates the best of the coaching profession and ICF. Circle of Distinction members are experienced coach practitioners who have made their mark on ICF and the coaching profession. This year, ICF inducted the first Circle of Distinction class 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.
Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC (Argentina/USA), has 30 years of experience in coaching and leadership. He served on the ICF Global Board from 2010–2015, including two terms as ICF Global Board President.
Damian’s leadership positively impacted the development of ICF in Latin America. He’s coached and mentored several ICF Chapter Leaders and helped bring awareness of the ICF Core Competencies and professional standards to the region.
“As a leader, I am also very proud of facilitating board meetings effectively and bringing about a work environment conducive to the best possible decisions [for] the future of ICF and professional coaching worldwide,” Damian said.
Damian’s background is in clinical psychology, and he completed his doctoral degree in organizational psychology. He’s also a published author on topics including coaching supervision and the ICF Core Competencies.
“Even though I am very proud of publishing four books, developing many professional coaches, mentor coaches, and coach supervisors worldwide, I consider that my global leadership position gave me an opportunity to make a bigger difference,” he said.
Over the last 18 years, Damian has worked in more than 60 countries in diverse sectors including finance, energy, technology, health care, government, education and nonprofit. He says what he loves most about coaching is the “ripple effect” it can create in workplaces, organizations, families and communities.
One piece of advice Damian has for new coaches is to continuously develop new skills.
“I don’t believe we can be successful professionals if we profess the importance of coaching and we don´t have a coach or supervise ourselves,” he said.