President's Letter: June 2020

Fellow Coaches,

As I have spoken with friends, family, clients, and colleagues over the last few weeks, I’ve reflected on the impact of quarantine on our connectedness.  We understand the need for social distancing, but keenly feel the absence of the benefit of in-person encounters with others.  Community among fellow coaches is an important aspect of what ICFTN offers to its members and we miss the ability to be together. 

During the weeks since March, our chapter has shifted the professional development aspects of in-person chapter meetings, new member connections, and coach-to-coach sharing about business topics to a virtual platform.  In order to provide space for more social and relationship-building opportunities, we will begin offering two virtual social hours each month.  Dan Haile is heading up this new effort, aided by Megan Johnson Rox. 

You can find out more at ((please insert a link to this announcement)).  We hope to see you there. 

Your board continues to monitor our area’s efforts to minimize the effect of COVID-19 and discern how to operate in the “now normal”.  We have decided to conduct our previously scheduled July chapter meeting via Zoom.  Please plan to join us.  ((Please insert a link to this announcement))

Remember that ICFTN exists to help you coach more, coach better, and make a living doing it.  We want to hear from you to help us know how well we are accomplishing that goal!  You may contact me at [email protected].


All the best,

Joanna Williams, ICFTN President

Joanna Williams

If I can serve you, please reach out!  [email protected]


ICF Global has also curated a list of resources related to COVID-19 here:

Spotlight: Pamela Carter

Pamela Carter1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

Fortunately for me my “official work residence” has included some of the most varied cities: Los Angeles, Seattle, Palm Springs, San Francisco and then after experiencing the coldest winter in Chicago I decided to look for a different city adventure. The lure of a mid-size city, centrally located with mild winters and plenty of activities to keep me happy was obviously Nashville. It’s turned out to be the best place to downsize, slowdown and re-start my coaching business.

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

In my long and varied career I went from a feisty VP in heels at Paramount Studio to a Producer for Microsoft Studio to running my own Production Services company in Los Angeles. After many years on the corporate side of the rat race I decided a major course correction was necessary. While I was successful in making millions for companies, it was at the price of diminishing my own joy. Decreasing stress and frustration is a goal everyone wants to achieve. A career change was necessary. I embraced my passion of helping others through their difficult challenges. I went to work helping the blind at The Braille Institute while simultaneously becoming a licensed Hospital Chaplain and Personal Development Coach. I found my niche by helping others.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

In the game of life everyone faces challenges, including career changes. People often want balance and accountability. But they’re not sure how to implement their goals. This is when a Personal Development Coach becomes part of their solution. The mission statement of my business, SOLUTIONS, is “assisting you to reach your goals.” My motto: “never place limitations on what is possible.”

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

My greatest challenge is also my greatest reward. Helping blind adults adapt to living a a fulfilling life vs. not seeing limitations only opportunities. My greatest reward was producing an exhibition of BLIND ARTIST ARTWORK for the Palm Springs Art Museum

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

My current goal is releasing the belief that I’m painfully shy in large groups. New year, new me!

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

I enjoy spending any free time reading, walking the trails at Radnor Lake and always going out to dinner and a good movie on the big screen plus seeing art films on the standard screen at the Belcourt Theater.