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President's Report

President’s Letter APRIL 2018

Pam Brown

 Hello, Fellow ICFTN Members,

I’ve just returned from the ICF Global Leadership Conference in Vancouver, where representatives from 127 of the 131 ICF chapters gathered to share best practices and learn ways to effectively lead our chapters. I’m now organizing my notes in order to share specifics with the board committee chairs and share outlines with the full chapter. For now, here are the ICF Global strategic goals.

ICF Global

I came away from the conference with one specific goal: to create a path for ICF Tennessee members to self-identify as future leaders wishing serve on the board, and then equip them for service. It will be a “wonderful problem” if the number of people willing to serve outnumber the available board seats. Why? We have many selfless board members who have served for quite a few years, others who agreed to return after a brief break, and only a few who are serving this year for the first time. You have a fantastic board and everyone works hard behind the scenes to serve the chapter. I anticipate some will soon seek a well-deserved break! Healthy organizations benefit from a “pipeline” of future board members who represent diverse experiences. Stay tuned for specifics and begin thinking about YOURSELF as a future board member!

If you missed the March meeting, you may not know the membership voted for Donna Yurdin to serve as chapter President-Elect, effective May 1, 2018. Donna is already serving as the board Outreach Committee Co-Chair. She’s taking on the President-Elect role as an additional responsibility and I could not be more grateful. Donna brings to the chapter her deep experience chairing nonprofit boards including CABLE Nashville. She is profiled elsewhere in this newsletter.

Speaking of Donna and the Outreach Committee, you recently received from her and Co-Chair Janet Walls an invitation to nominate organizations to receive pro bono coaching. Please give this request serious attention (and if you meet the qualifications to serve as a pro bono coach, I hope you will raise your hand). Not only does this project introduce people to the benefits of coaching, the hours provided have lasting positive effects on the individuals and nonprofits served. I was reminded of this during the chapter awards ceremony at the Global Leadership Conference. The stories told about organizations that were transformed due to coaching were deeply affirming of our profession.

And finally, hats off to those of you who agreed to serve during May’s Coaching Week activities. Terry Warren and his committee are doing a lot of work, but their efforts would be for naught if so many of you hadn’t agreed to participate in “a night of coaching.”

Thank you for the honor of serving as your 2018 chapter president, and as always, I can be reached at pambrownlifecoach@gmail.com.


Pam Brown, ACC, CFRE
ICFTN President

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Calendar of Events

Co-Creative Accountability


Presented by: Deb Palmer George

The May session is an invitation to conversation and experience rooted in the fundamental tenet of coaching, “people are already whole, resourceful, and creative.” It’s almost like a mantra, a vehicle for transporting the mind. In meditation, mantra transports the mind to stillness. In coaching, our “mantra” transports the mind to connection, connection in the moment with all that is present within client and coach so their process “inspires the client to maximize their personal and professional potential.” (www.coachfederation.org/about)

The ways that this tenet manifests in coaching are as unique as the individual coaches who practice.

  • What is it like for coaches to know themselves as whole, resourceful, and creative?

  • How does that connection within ourselves create an invitation for clients to know themselves in that way?

  • How does the wholeness of “you” and “I” co-create the “We” from which shift, choice, and progress emerge?

  • What is the usefulness of stuck places and what is possible on the other side of that which no longer serves?

Join us as we discover 'co-creative accountability' together through the modality of Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ).

As we celebrate coaching and all coaches during International Coaching Week, we look forward to the whole, resourceful, and creative group that gathers on May 13 for this exploration. We invite you to register today and bring a friend!


Deb Palmer GeorgeDeb Palmer George’s mission is to guide individuals and organizations to thriving. She does this by combining over 25 years of executive experience in HR/OD, strategic planning and business development with advanced training in Appreciative Inquiry and Conversational Intelligence® and Gestalt practice intended to help people connect with the best in themselves and others to achieve what matters most. 

Earn 1 ICF Core Competency CCE

Get Coached


The week of May 6-12, 2018, has been designated as International Coaching Week and will be celebrated all around the globe. The goal of the week is to raise awareness of coaching. Most people could benefit from having a personal coach, but most people don’t understand coaching – how it works or how they might benefit.

To celebrate coaching week in Nashville and the surrounding area, the ICF Tennessee chapter and Lipscomb University are hosting “Get Coached,” an evening of complementary coaching on Tuesday evening, May 8, from 5 to 9 PM at Spark in downtown Nashville. Anyone in the Nashville area is welcome to register and receive a 45-minute complementary coaching session. We will have coaches from a variety of disciplines available. There will be executive coaches, life coaches and wellness coaches.

Get Coached

Please tell anyone you think may want to have the opportunity to experience coaching.


The Coaching Week Committee seeks ICFTN members who are willing to participate as a volunteer coach during Coaching Week, in May 2018. If you are willing to serve, please respond to this short survey. If you have any questions, please reach out to Glenn Maul at glennmaul1@gmail.com.


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Training & Networking

group mentoring with pat white, mcc - june & july 2018

Pat White, MCCThis once a year program led by Pat White will help you polish your coaching skills AND provide 10 hours of mentor coaching to apply for or renew credentials. Space is limited, so take the NEXT step now!



All training events are two-day classes, total of 16 CEUs upon completion. Registration required to attend. $50 for Brentwood Baptist members. Non-Brentwood Baptist members ($250 fee).

For registration and class information contact Janet Walls, jwalls@brentwoodbaptist.com.


Radiant Coaches Academy-holistic coach certification training - october 22-november 2, 2018

Holistic Coach Certification



The Middle Tennessee SHRM Programs, Legal Education and Professional Development committees invite members of our business community, academic scholars, subject matter experts as well as professional and associate members to share their experiences and best practices with MT|SHRM members. Find a list of focus areas and information to submit your presentation information here.

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Donna Yurdin

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Donna Yurdin | Co-Founder, Credo Management Consulting | President-Elect, ICFTN

Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I grew up in Springfield, Illinois. After high school I moved to Iowa to attend Iowa State University and then to start my career in HR in Dallas, Texas. I gained my experience as a recruiter and then an HR Generalist in the banking and healthcare industries. My healthcare position was in a hospital that was owned by HCA. HCA transferred me to Charleston, SC, and then to the corporate office in Nashville in 1995. Like so many people, Nashville chose me via a corporate move. Since leaving HCA to start my coaching and consulting practice, I have chosen Nashville. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else and, in fact, my parents have just moved here too.      

What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach? 

My professional background is Human Resources. Starting as a generalist, I was responsible for recruiting and benefits and compensation planning and employee relations and, and, and. Like so many I coach, I meandered down my career path eager to learn, growing into larger roles but not having a specific aim in mind. But, I do believe in fate and that life will unfold as it is meant to do. For me, that means I have accepted that I will intentionally walk through doors that open to me, open to what opportunities present themselves. Coaching was a door that opened after I left HCA. I walked through the door and found a place where I can continuously grow professionally (something that is a key motivator for me) and at the same time, be a catalyst and conduit for another’s growth and development. I find in coaching a way to fulfill what motivates me to get up in the morning and feel good about what I have accomplished  at the end of the day.

How did you choose your specialty area?

I am not sure I can speak about what specialty area I coach in since I go where the client needs to go. This takes us from career to wellness to professional development. If I am effective as a coach, I am present and find a way into what is at stake for the client. I am most effective when I can create the best question (only done by listening first) that leads to silence (uncomfortable silence usually) and finally, to a dawning of some new awareness. Nothing to do with me. It was in there all along. I just helped encourage it to come out. This happens whether we are talking about changing jobs, “I don’t like my boss,” “I am stressed and can’t manage my time” or “I’m bored.” I will admit to finding great satisfaction in coaching young women and female mid-careerists whose journeys are just beginning, need exploration or a course correction.    

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? 

The greatest challenge is of my own making typically. It is the self doubt that creeps into my brain and causes me to wonder if I am a good coach, if I am really benefiting my clients. That leads to one of my greatest rewards, when I can talk to one of my friends in the ICFTN coaching network and realize this is not a unique phenomenon to me. I hope I have not had the greatest reward of my career. I have a few years left!!!

What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you? 

Instead of giving away my secret all at once, I would rather give you the answer to this question one at a time. Let me know when you want to meet, have coffee, sit together at an ICFTN Luncheon. I would love to get to know you better, too.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Normally, my answer is reading, watching movies, walking around the neighborhood and travel. This last year has been focused on getting my parents moved. For those of you who know me well, I will stop bending your ear on this now. The move is done. I am going to Italy in May. Ciao!

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Welcome New Members

Please give a warm welcome (or welcome back!) to our NEW members and our RENEWING members.

Dana Brown, Lifeline Coaching, LLC

Esther Bailey-Bass, EBB 'n Flow Leadership Coaching

Kristi Hunter, Wellpower Health Coaching, LLC

Jennifer Gamble, Trusted Advisor

Teresa McKee, Real Source Care

Karl Anderson

Ginger Duncan, Human Capital Group


Member Note: Don't hesitate to contact the ICFTN Assistant, Celeste Shepherd, if you need any assistance with renewing a membership, filling out your profile, or navigating the site.

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Mentors Needed

The ICFTN Membership Committee would like to welcome all new Members and Returning Members.  Help us make your membership a learning and rewarding experience by letting us know your goals and intentions. As usual, we are always looking for ideas and suggestions from our membership. 

2018 Membership Co-Chairs: Hank Staggs and Anna Walker

Read more about becoming a Mentor.

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