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Leadership, Governance and Involvement

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the global organization for coaches and coaching. Many opportunities exist at both the local and global levels to become involved with ICF and help advance its mission.

Exciting Changes for 2020

This year marks ICF’s 25th anniversary. Over the past quarter-century, we’ve evolved from a membership association created to give credibility to an emerging profession into the leading voice for the global coaching community. Our vision is to ensure that coaching is an integral part of a thriving society.

Last year, we announced bold steps to accelerate our achievement of this vision, to lead the future of coaching and to create more value for ICF coaches.

We are achieving our vision through the work of six unique family organizations. Each organization has a dedicated board that oversees the strategic direction of its affairs, funds and property.

The International Coaching Federation Global Board provides strategic direction for and coordination of the complete ICF ecosystem.

Except for ICF Professional Coaches and the ICF Foundation, these entities are still being organized, and governance and legal documents are not yet entirely complete. As this work continues, these boards are helping to create a new future for ICF and the coaching profession.

  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)

    The International Coaching Federation (ICF):

    • Develops and advances the art, science and practice of professional coaching worldwide
    • Advances and advocates for the interests of professional coaches and coaching worldwide
    • Develops and implements strategies and direction for the ICFGE and its nonprofit member organizations as well as the field of professional coaching worldwide
    • Carries on programs and conferences that advance the interests, education and training of professional coaches and that enhance the impact of coaching worldwide
    • Preserves and advances the organization’s brand and relationships with member organizations and key stakeholders worldwide
    • Oversees and coordinates ICF’s nonprofit member organizations worldwide

    ICF operates as a membership organization. Its members include the six family organizations. Each family organization has one designated voting representative to the ICF Global Board of Directors.

    The ICF Global Board is also comprised of no more than five at-large directors (selected by a Nominating Task Force), and the Executive Director and CEO, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board.

    2020 ICF Global Board

    Jaya Bhateja, MCC (India)
    ICF Coach Training Representative

    Gaëlle Coqueblin, PCC (France)
    ICF Credentials and Standards Representative

    José Augusto Figueiredo, ACC (Brazil)
    Director At-Large

    Marita Elizabeth Fridjhon, PCC (USA)
    Director At-Large

    Rajat Garg, MCC (India)*
    ICF Professional Coaches Representative

    Scott Howard, JD, MCC (USA)
    Director At-Large

    Lisa Nitze (USA)
    ICF Foundation Representative

    Frances M. Penafort, Ph.D., MCC (Malaysia)
    ICF Thought Leadership Representative

    Tracy Sinclair, PCC (United Kingdom)*
    Director At-Large

    Andrea Wanerstrand, PCC (USA)
    ICF Coaching in Organizations Representative

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director
    Ex-Officio

    *Rajat Garg, MCC, and Tracy Sinclair, PCC, will serve as Co-Leaders of the ICF Global Board during a six-month transition period.

  • ICF Coaching in Organizations

    ICF Coaching in Organizations:

    • Advances the application of coaching practices and professional coaching standards within organizations, including both for-profit and nonprofit entities
    • Advances and advocates for the interests of coaching professionals operating within organizations
    • Facilitates and encourages the development of a coaching culture within organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit
    • Develops and carries on various education and training programs, including workshops, conferences and webinars on the implementation of best practices in coaching within organizations
    • Undertakes research on a variety of topics and issues intended to benefit and educate professional coaches operating within organizations
    • Supports coaching standards addressed to the full range of coaching roles in organizations
    • Provides a forum for those managing coaching within their organization to gather and exchange ideas, discuss important issues and share best practices

    ICF Coaching in Organizations is a membership association for for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

    The Board of Directors consists of no fewer than five and no more than seven directors (selected by a nominating task force). The Vice President of ICF Coaching in Organizations (a staff role) and the CEO/Executive Director of ICF serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board. During an initial, six-month transition period, the Co-Leaders of the International Coaching Federation Global Board will also serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board.

    2020 ICF Coaching in Organizations Global Board

    Officers

    Valerie Robert, ACC (Switzerland)
    Chair

    Sharon Toye, MCC (United Kingdom)
    Vice Chair

    Lillian LeBlanc, PCC (USA)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Sackeena Gordon-Jones, Ph.D., MCC (USA)

    Steven Sosland, PCC (USA)

    Andrea Wanerstrand, PCC (USA)*

    Ex-Officio

    Rajat Garg, MCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director, ICF

    Tracy Sinclair, PCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    *ICF Global Board Representative

    **The Vice President of ICF Coaching in Organizations will be the fourth ex-officio member of the Board. This individual has not yet been hired.

  • ICF Coach Training

    ICF Coach Training:

    • Develops and manages ICF’s coach training accreditation program
    • Provides coach training programs with a platform for the development of best practices for coach training
    • Provides coach training programs and their leadership with an opportunity to network and exchange ideas and best practices

    ICF Coach Training is a non-membership entity.

    The initial Board of Directors consists of four directors who were selected by a Nominating Task Force. The Vice President of ICF Coach Training (a staff role) and the CEO/Executive Director of ICF serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board. During an initial, six-month transition period, the Co-Leaders of the International Coaching Federation Global Board will also serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board.

    2020 ICF Coach Training Global Board of Directors

    Officers

    Micki McMillan, MCC (USA)
    Chair

    Zoe MacLeod, ACC (Canada)
    Vice Chair

    Andre Keil, ACC (USA)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Director

    Jaya Bhateja, MCC (India)*

    Ex-Officio

    Luke Davis
    Vice President, ICF Coach Training

    Rajat Garg, MCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director, ICF

    Tracy Sinclair, PCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    *ICF Global Board Representative

  • ICF Credentials and Standards

    ICF Credentials and Standards:

    • Develops and manages ICF’s professional credentialing and standards programs
    • Develops and manages additional credentialing and micro-credentialing programs based upon evolving specialties within the coaching profession
    • Develops and encourages standards of ethical and professional practice within the coaching profession

    The initial Board of Directors consists of three directors who were selected by a Nominating Task Force. The Vice President of ICF Credentials and Standards (a staff role) and the CEO/Executive Director of ICF serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board. During an initial, six-month transition period, the Co-Leaders of the International Coaching Federation Global Board will also serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board.

    2020 ICF Credentials and Standards Global Board

    Officers

    Benita Stafford-Smith, MCC (Oman)
    Chair

    Kara Exner, PCC (Canada)
    Vice Chair

    Gaëlle Coqueblin, PCC (France)*
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Ex-Officio

    Carrie Abner
    Vice President, ICF Credentials and Standards

    Rajat Garg, MCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director, ICF

    Tracy Sinclair, PCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    *ICF Global Board Representative

  • ICF Foundation

    The ICF Foundation connects and equips professional coaches and organizations to accelerate and amplify impact on social progress through coaching.

    The Foundation is a non-membership body, established as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt education and research-oriented legal entity.

    The Foundation’s Board of Trustees consists of no fewer than three and no more than nine members, including the ICF CEO/Executive Director (who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member) and the President, Secretary and Treasurer. At least one-half of the Board of Trustees shall be comprised of ICF Members in good standing. Board of Trustees members are selected via a Nominating Committee.

    2020 ICF Foundation Board of Trustees

    Officers

    Morel Fourman (United Kingdom)
    President

    Ann Dorgan, PCC (USA)
    Treasurer

    María Elena Retter, ACC (USA)
    Secretary

    Trustees

    Yene Assegid, MCC (Belgium/Africa)

    Saima Butt, MCC (United Kingdom)

    Dumisani Magadlela (South Africa)

    Lisa Nitze (USA)*

    José Piñero (Puerto Rico/USA)

    Ex-Officio

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director, ICF

    *ICF Global Board Representative

    Learn more about the Foundation and its work by visiting the link below.

  • ICF Professional Coaches

    ICF Professional Coaches is a membership association for trained, professional coach practitioners.

    The ICF Professional Coaches Board is a body of elected members who govern the affairs of the organization. The Board is comprised of 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 Vice President of ICF Professional Coaches (a staff role) and the CEO/Executive Director of ICF serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board.

    The Nominating Committee will present at least one nominee for each vacant or expired seat on the Board, and all ICF Professional Coaches Members (formerly ICF Members) have a voice in the future of their organization and can vote.

    2020 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board

    Officers

    Sara Smith, MCC (USA)
    Chair

    Catherine Tanneau, MCC (France)
    Vice Chair

    Emily Kamunde-Osoro, ACC (Kenya)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Jean-Francois Cousin, MCC (Thailand)
    Immediate Past Chair

    Rajat Garg, MCC (India)*

    Rosarii Mannion, PCC (Ireland)

    Linda McLoughlin, MCC (Ireland/United Arab Emirates)

    Kaveh Mir, PCC (United Kingdom)

    Marjorie Woo, MCC (China)

    Ex-Officio

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director, ICF

    Ann Rindone, ACC
    Vice President, ICF Professional Coaches

    * ICF Global Board Representative

    Learn more about the election process for the ICF Professional Coaches Board by following the link below.

  • ICF Thought Leadership

    ICF Thought Leadership facilitates interaction between innovators, researchers, technologists, venture capitalists, press and influencers to build and maintain the most comprehensive and highest-quality body of knowledge on the art and practice of coaching.

    ICF Thought Leadership is a non-membership body, established as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt education and research-oriented legal entity.

    The Board of Directors consists of no fewer than five and no more than seven directors (selected by a nominating task force). The Vice President of ICF Thought Leadership (a staff role) and the CEO/Executive Director of ICF serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board. During an initial, six-month transition period, the Co-Leaders of the International Coaching Federation Global Board will also serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board.

    2020 ICF Thought Leadership Global Board

    Officers

    Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
    Chair

    Anna Gallotti, MCC (USA)
    Vice Chair

    Janet M. Harvey, MCC (USA)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Richard E. Boyatzis, Ph.D. (USA)

    Frances M. Penafort, Ph.D., MCC (Malaysia)*

    Ex-Officio

    Rajat Garg, MCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    Alicia Hullinger, Ph.D.
    Vice President, ICF Thought Leadership

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook
    CEO/Executive Director, ICF

    Tracy Sinclair, PCC
    ICF Global Board Co-Leader

    *ICF Global Board Representative

Additional Leadership Opportunities

  • 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.

  • 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. Contact ICF Headquarters to volunteer.

  • Communities of Practice

    ICF Global Communities of Practice (CPs) provide a virtual venue for coaches with a shared interest in a specific topic to advance their professional development; deepen their subject-matter expertise; and share best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips.

    Each CP is steered by volunteer co-leaders who help facilitate the learning and organize the conversations, ideas, and trends that emerge from the group. CPs are designed to promote active participation from their members: Sharing and discussion is always encouraged.

     

  • Global Committees, Task Forces and 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 task forces, panels, and focus groups, as specific needs arise.

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