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ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors


The ICF Professional Coaches Global Board of Directors is a body of elected members who govern the affairs of the organization, which is a membership association for trained, professional coach practitioners. Its purpose is to lead the global advancement of the coaching profession through its members and chapters worldwide. The Board of Directors is comprised of no more than nine members who have been nominated based on competencies of exceptional boards. Each director serves a two-year term, with a maximum of two terms. 

The elected 2023 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board of Directors is currently serving. As the 2024 election approaches, more information and key dates will be posted here. 

FAQs and Requirements

  • Why Serve on the Board of Directors

    As ICF continues to evolve into a large, complex global organization, we require governance with an expanded set of knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal attributes to continue leading the organization and the profession of coaching into the future. ICF Professional Coaches is a membership association for trained, professional coach practitioners. Its purpose is to lead the global advancement of the coaching profession through its members and chapters worldwide. 

    The ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors is a body of elected members who govern the affairs of the organization. The Board of Directors is responsible for strategic development, policy creation, fiscal and management oversight of the organization. The Board of Directors represent, serve and advocate for more than 40,000 ICF-credentialed coach members worldwide. It is up to the Board of Directors to clearly define its expectations, goals and measures of success based on information and input from ICF staff. 

    Watch the video below to hear from ICF Professional Coaches Board Members on why you should apply for a position on the 2023 Board of Directors. Or, watch on ICF’s Vimeo.

  • Who We're Looking For

    Ideal candidates will have experience leading at the executive level of complex multi-national organizations, have previous board experience (private, public or not-for-profit), and a deep understanding of the ICF ecosystem as well as emerging trends in the coaching profession. A typical work cadence might require up to 10 hours weekly dedicated to project work, meeting attendance, professional networking and advocacy. 

    For additional information please see our bylaws.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    ICF Members in good standing who hold an ACC, PCC or MCC Credential may apply for an open seat on the ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors.

    Please review the following requirements for eligibility to serve on this Board of Directors:


    • Current active ICF membership in good standing for at least one year 
    • ICF Credential (ACC, PCC or MCC)
    • ICF Committee service at the international level and/or demonstrated leadership at the local level (Officer, Board or Chair) preferred
    • Familiarity with ICF’s complex structure, current strategic plan, global initiatives and role in the global coaching industry  
    • Consummate coaching professional who reflects the spirit, training, credentials and integrity of the coaching profession 


    • Attend at least two (2) Board meetings in person (subject to our transition into the post-COVID era) 
    • Attend and prepare for regular Board tele-meetings (two or four hours each, pre-scheduled) 
    • Flexibility and willingness to attend urgent or impromptu Board conference calls 
    • Be prepared and willing to lead the Board and/or a committee and/or a task force 
    • Attend part or all of a number of ICF-branded events 
    • Participate in meetings/events in an ambassadorial capacity 
    • Follow, participate, and contribute actively to online Board discussions in a timely manner 
    • Time commitment for officers can be up to 10 hours weekly. 


    • Senior level leadership experience in large, multinational organizations (for-profit and/or nonprofit) 
    • Global business experience in operations and/or positions of influence 
    • Experience working with professional services firms or third-party vendors 
    • Experience leading volunteers within ICF, similar association or global organization. 


    These required competencies incorporate the universal competencies for all ICF Global Boards of Directors and Trustees:


    • Demonstrates ability to enhance and develop board performance and effectiveness for the long-term success of the organization
    • Strives to obtain diversity of thought and inclusion of ideas within the board without compromising on standards to achieve diversity metrics
    • Demonstrates fearlessness in asking uncomfortable questions
    • Has experience with a for-profit or nonprofit as a senior executive or board member with a track record of advancing the organization’s mission
    • Shows the ability to make timely decisions accounting for risks and making prudent use of the organization’s resources

    Global Mindset

    • Adopts the broadest possible view of an issue or challenge when developing and implementing strategy
    • Easily projects future scenarios and anticipate trends
    • Demonstrates the ability to discuss multiple aspects and potential implications of issues and actions
    • Effectively manages, leads and /or collaborates with people with different backgrounds and experiences
    • Possesses deep understanding of the coaching industry across the globe


    • Considers the impact of their actions on other stakeholders and operates with positive intent
    • Builds appropriate rapport, and establishes effective relationships with various stakeholders inside and outside the organization
    • Uses diplomacy and candor effectively, can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably
    • Encourages collaboration and consistently earns the trust and support of others
    • Secures the best possible result in formal negotiations and/or when opposing interests are at play

    Systemic Thinking

    • Operates with an organization-wide lens, integrating and balancing organizational needs and objectives with those of individual, team, and departmental stakeholders to meet commitments
    • Displays a logical, organized, and systemic approach that produces high-quality, long-term solutions
    • Analyzes challenges and synthesizes them to clear priorities based on the knowledge of the bigger picture and systemic overview
    • Understands the complexities of global organizations: their goals, boundaries, and stakeholders, as well as the interactions amongst all parties.
    • Understands and demonstrates the ability to design, implement, and manage systems and processes

    Change Agility

    • Adapts easily and quickly learns how to use both informal networks and formal structures to focus on key priorities amidst instability and ambiguity
    • Demonstrates the ability to reconfigure and redistribute resources and capabilities in a timely manner in response to change
    • Sees change as an opportunity and is comfortable with long-term and/or pronounced organizational ambiguity
    • Operates efficiently and understands key organizational policies, practices, and procedures
    • Understands how organizations plan, navigate, and adopt change as well as the impact of change on culture
  • Board Chair Eligibility and Expectations

    The Chair of the ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors is the chief elected officer of the organization and shall serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. The Chair shall also serve as an ex-officio member of all committees. The Chair shall address the membership at proper times to communicate matters and suggestions that may promote the welfare and increase the usefulness of ICF. The Chair shall perform other necessary duties, including duties prescribed by the Board of Directors.

    The Chair shall possess the following qualifications in addition to those outlined for the Board of Directors (above), as well as any additional competencies as identified and approved by the ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors.


    • Member in good standing of the ICF upon nomination and election and during the entirety of their term of office 
    • Granted an ACC, PCC or MCC Credential and maintain Credential during the entirety of the term of office 
    • Be in a position to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors 
    • A current member of the ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors or have served as such in the last two years 
    • Understands the considerable time commitment necessary for this position which can be in excess of 10 hours a week. 

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Leads and facilitates all Board meetings in a professional and collaborative manner 
    • Serves as ex-officio member of all committees 
    • Partners with ICFPC Vice President and CEO to ensure Board resolutions are carried out 
    • Calls special meetings when necessary 
    • Consults with the ICFPC Vice President and/or CEO on the appointment of committee, task force and core team members 
    • Prepares agenda for Board meetings 
    • Assists the ICFPC Vice President and/or CEO in conducting new Board member orientation 
    • Serves as spokesperson for the Board and the ICFPC organization 
    • Periodically consults with Board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance 


    • Prior Board leadership experience 
    • Demonstrated excellence in executing ICFPC (or similar organization) strategic priorities 
    • Demonstrated experience inspiring executive collaboration 


    • Executive capability with all forms of communication including public speaking and presentations 
    • A demonstrated commitment to the purpose of the organization 

Nomination and Election Process

Completed applications are reviewed by the ICF Professional Coaches Nominating Committee to narrow the field of applicants based on criteria for Board membership, competencies required for the 2025 Board of Directors, and diversity and representation. The committee will invite selected applicants to participate in an interview, submit a brief presentation, and complete a personality inventory assessment. Once candidates are selected for the ballot, all applicants will be notified of their status and an election is will be held.

  • 2024 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board of Directors


    Tonya Echols, PCC, CDE (USA)
    Chair and Global Board Representative 

    Manbir Kaur, MCC (India)
    Vice Chair

    James “Jim” Wetrich, PCC (USA)
    Secretary / Treasurer

    Jihane Labub, ACTC, MCC (AUE/Morocoo)
    Director of Member Representatives 


    Graziela Cajado-Ogland, PCC. MBA (United Kingdom) 

    Kevin Kan, PCC (Singapore)

    Jass Malaney, PCC (Singapore)

    Jurgita Miscallef, PCC (Spain)

    Sophia Toh, PCC (USA)


    Dumisani Magadlela, PCC, PhD (South Africa)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

    Steve Weiss (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Professional Coaches

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

The ICF encourages people from diverse backgrounds, institutions, and experiences to apply. The ICF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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