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Circle of Distinction

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.

The inaugural Circle of Distinction inductees are:

  • Teri-E Belf, MCC (USA)
  • Judy Feld, MCC (USA)
  • Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC (Argentina/USA)
  • Keiko Hirano, MCC (Japan)
  • Patrick Williams, Ed.D., MCC (USA)
  • Beverley Alridge Wright, PCC (USA)

Honorees were formally inducted into the Circle of Distinction and celebrated by their coaching colleagues during the 2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference, June 21–23, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

2019 Nominations

ICF will open nominations for the 2019 Circle of Distinction on February 13, 2019. The nomination deadline will be April 3, 2019, at 2 p.m. (New York).




  • Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for the Circle of Distinction, a coach must be nominated by a colleague or peer.

    A nominee must also meet the following criteria:

    • The nominee is an ICF Member in good standing
    • The nominee is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) or Master Certified Coach (MCC) in good standing
    • The nominee was not a 2018 Circle of Distinction inductee
    • The nominee is not a current member of the ICF Global Board of Directors
  • Honoree Recognition

    ICF will announce the 2019 Circle of Distinction inductees on October 3, 2019. We will formally induct these coaches into the Circle of Distinction during ICF Converge 2019.

  • Nomination Worksheet and Scoring Rubric

    Before you begin your online nomination on February 13, download the 2019 Circle of Distinction nomination worksheet. We also recommend reviewing the 2019 Circle of Distinction scoring rubric. This is the same document our panel of judges will use to guide their scoring work.

  • Webinar for Nominators

    If you plan to nominate someone for the 2019 Circle of Distinction, register now for “2019 Circle of Distinction and Young Leader Awards: Understanding the Nomination Process.”

    Join us February 13, 2019, at 9 a.m. (New York) to learn more about the 2019 Circle of Distinction and Young Leader Award nomination and selection processes. You’ll also discover strategies for preparing a successful nomination.

2019 Nomination Webinar

Meet the 2018 Inductees

  • Teri-E Belf, MCC (USA)

    Teri-E offers personal and professional coaching, coach training and mentoring on five continents. She founded and directs Success Unlimited Network® (SUN).

    Teri-E created the world’s first international coaching symposium; served on the board of the Personal and Professional Coaches Association prior to its merger with ICF; initiated and chaired ICF’s first accreditation, credential and continuing education committee; and continually volunteers on local and global ethics committees and communities of practice to preserve the integrity of  coaching. She was a founding member of the Greater Washington Alliance for Coaches, the Association for Coach Training Organizations and, in New England, Healthcare Training Network, organization Transformation Network and Renaissance Business Associations.

    In 2013, Teri-E was honored to receive the Coaching Global Leadership Award at World Coaching Congress. She is a zealous writer and frequent contributor to coaching publications, and is part of the editorial board for Choice, The Magazine of Professional Coaching.

  • Judy Feld, MCC (USA)

    After a distinguished career as a corporate leader, Judy has been an Executive Coach since 1995. Her international practice includes a wide variety of executives, entrepreneurs, managers, scientists and business teams. She also co-founded and directed the award-winning Executive and Professional Coaching Program at the University of Texas at Dallas from 2005–2014. Judy now serves on the board of the UTD Retiree Association.

    Judy served on ICF Global’s Board of Directors from 1997–2004, and served as 2003 ICF Global Board President. In November 2017, she received the first ICF North Texas Distinguished Service Award.

    Judy was director of distance learning for the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program with master classes by Dr. Martin Seligman. She was a founding board member of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching and was an instructor at CoachU in the mid-1990s, where she created the first CoachU website, along with individual coaches’ websites. During the same period, she created a program for the Center for the 21st Century at the University of North Texas on the virtual corporation and co-authored a diversity seminar, Faces of the Future: Dealing Successfully With Tomorrow’s Workforce … Today.

  • Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC (Argentina/USA)

    Damian has 30 years of experience in executive assessment and coaching, leadership development, talent management, facilitation, strategic planning, and team building services. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Alliant University in California. He develops and facilitates virtual training on coaching, Mentor Coaching and coaching supervision.

    Damian served on the ICF Global Board from 2010–2015, and was ICF Global Board President during 2013 and 2014.

    Damian has published four books in Spanish on personal development and coaching, along with several papers and book chapters.

    Damian has a background in business and mental health, and his areas of expertise include emotional intelligence, communication, delegation, conflict resolution, behavioral interviewing and 360-degree assessment feedbacks He is a member of ICF, EMCC, ACTO, Gay Coaching Alliance, National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International.

  • Keiko Hirano, MCC (Japan)

    Keiko has been a leader in Japan’s coaching community since the 1990s. She was a founding member of Coach 21 in 1997, and was one of the first writers for COACH A’s Weekly Global Coach, a Japanese email magazine that today has more that 190,000 subscribers.

    In 2000, Keiko oversaw the development of the first ICF-accredited coach training program in Japan. In 2008, she developed a systemic coach training program for organizations, and in 2010 she was involved in the development of Medical Coaching Training Program, which has since trained more than 250 healthcare professionals to become internal coach practitioners.

    Keiko was the first Asian coach to serve on the ICF Global Board of Directors (2002–2004), and she acted as the bridge between ICF and Asia on facilitating coaching development.

    Keiko wrote one of the earliest coaching books in Japan, and writes about coaching for the website AllAbout.

  • Patrick Williams, Ed.D., MCC (USA)

    Patrick is the founder of The Institute for Life Coach Training. He was licensed as a psychologist in 1980 and began Executive Coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM and Kodak. He joined Coach U and was a founding member of ICF.

    Patrick is a past member of the ICF Global Board, a past president of the Association of Coach Training Organizations, and honorary vice president of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. He co-authored Therapist as Life Coach: Transforming Your Practice and Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance your Practice and Your Life. His best-selling book (with Diane Menendez) is Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training. Pat also co-edited Law and Ethics of Coaching, which is used at many academic institutions and training schools.

    In May 2006 Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village initiative to bring coaching methodologies to villages in developing countries and to leaders of nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations who serve them.

  • Beverley Alridge Wright, PCC (USA)

    Beverley is a dynamic public speaker, insightful Executive and Leadership Coach, successful business leader, and community advocate. Bev shares life lessons through stories that help her clients and audiences live intentionally and successfully on their own terms. Her partnership encourages those she mentors and coaches to become proactive Choice Agents℠ in their lives.

    As Founder and CEO of Wright Choice Group, LLC, her 30-plus years of experience working for IBM provide a rich background for services that focus on Executive Coaching and leadership consulting to diverse clients and industries. Ms. Wright and her team created an award-winning internal coaching business at IBM.

    She has served as vice president of membership and president of ICF North Texas. Bev is also a dedicated community servant as a mentor in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals, a Leadership Dallas Alumni Association board member and a committee member of the inaugural Plano Prime program. Since 2002, she has been the chair of Dallas Dinner Table.

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