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Prism Award

The International Prism Award honors businesses and organizations with coaching programs that:

  • Fulfill rigorous professional standards
  • Address key strategic goals
  • Shape organizational culture
  • Yield discernible and measurable positive impacts

2018 International Prism Award

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) was named the winner of the 2018 ICF International Prism Award during a September 26, 2018, ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

HSE’s Prism nominating coach was Irene Harris, ACC.

The 2018 Honorable Mention recipient is the University of British Columbia (UBC). UBC’s Prism nominating coach was Donna Howes, PCC.

Additional finalists were Airbus, nominated by Brian Chaloner, PCC, and the Co-operative Bank of Kenya, nominated by Eileen Laskar, MCC.

ICF hosted the Prism Award ceremony in conjunction with the Human Capital Institute’s 2018 Learning and Leadership Development Conference. Delegates from all four finalist organizations were invited to attend the full conference and share their organizations’ coaching success stories with more than 280 HR and talent management professionals from around the world.


2019 Prism Nominations

ICF will open nominations for the 2019 ICF International Prism Award on March 12, 2019. The nomination deadline will be April 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. (New York).

  • Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for Prism consideration, an organization must meet the following criteria:

    • The nomination is submitted by a coach who holds a current ICF Credential and has delivered coaching in the organization.
    • The organization implemented coaching before January 1, 2018.
    • Employees in the organization directly benefit from the coaching culture by receiving coaching and/or working with a manager/leader who uses coaching skills. The Prism program is not designed for coach-training organizations or organizations that provide external coach practitioners to organizations and/or individuals.
    • The organization was not a 2018 International Prism Award winner or honorable mention recipient.
    • The organization, its leaders and its public relations team are willing and able to publicly share information that points to the success of the coaching initiative (e.g., annual revenue, return on investment data, employee engagement and retention data). If you will use data in your nomination to demonstrate the impact of coaching, you must be willing to have ICF share the same data in press releases, case studies, etc.
  • Finalist and Honoree Recognition

    ICF will publicly announce the 2019 International Prism Award finalists during the Human Capital Institute’s 2019 Learning and Leadership Development Conference, September 10–12, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Finalist organizations’ coaching sponsors will share their success stories as part of a panel discussion at the conference.

    ICF will announce the winner of the 2019 ICF International Prism Award at ICF Converge 2019, October 23–26, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Nomination Worksheet and Scoring Rubric

    Before you begin your online nomination on March 12, download the 2019 Prism nomination worksheet. Although only one individual may access the online nomination form, we encourage you to make the worksheet a collaborative document. The most successful Prism Award nominations represent a team effort that includes the nominating coach, coaching sponsor and other individuals involved with developing, managing and measuring the impact of coaching in the organization. A collaborative planning process ensures that you provide our panel of judges with the fullest and clearest picture of coaching and its impact on the organization.

    We also recommend reviewing the 2019 Prism scoring rubric. This is the same document our panel of judges will use to guide their scoring work.

  • Webinar for Nominating Coaches and Coaching Sponsors

    If you are an ICF-credentialed coach or an HR or talent development professional who wants to spearhead your organization’s Prism nomination, register now for “Preparing Your Prism Award Nomination: Strategies for Success.”

    Join us March 12, 2019, at 9 a.m. (New York) to learn more about the 2019 Prism nomination process and discover strategies for preparing a successful nomination.

2019 Prism Nomination Webinar

Local Programs

Some ICF Chapters and regional groups also honor local organizations with Prism Awards each year. Please contact your local Chapter for more information.

If you are an ICF Chapter Leader interested in launching a local Prism Award program, contact ICF Communications and Awards Manager Abby Heverin at

Prism Program Contact

  • Abby Heverin

    Communications and Awards Manager

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