Spotlight: Debra Radish-Respess, Invisible Horizons Coaching and Consulting VP, Human Resources

1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee? 
After vacationing in Nashville in 1990, in August, in 100* weather, I was bound and determined to make Nashville my home. I moved to the Nashville area in 1991 and have called middle Tennessee home since then (minus 1.5 years in Orlando, Florida).

2 - What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach?
Having been in corporate organizations in multiple disciplines, specifically, warehousing, logistics/distribution, supply chain management, information technology, and most recently as a human resources executive, coaching was a natural progression. I was called to coaching in 2017 and completed the Newfield Network program, which specializes in somatic.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?
My passion lies with middle management in organizations. Supervisors, managers, and directors play a key role in profitability, productivity, culture, company brand, among numerous other things… I feel that this level within organizations has been neglected despite its direct and significant influence on profits, retention, customer satisfaction, etc., that I am called to work with this level within [any industry] organizations as an extension of the executive business strategy. 

Leadership coaching and team coaching/development are my specialties.

4 - What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?
As the new business owner of Invisible Horizons, my greatest rewards are my clients’ “a-ha” moments and being a part of their journey of transformation.The main challenge, as a new business owner, is getting clients. 

5 - What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you?
I ride my own motorcycle and went on a 5,000-mile roundtrip honeymoon trip with my husband in 2012. We went to Yellowstone and camped with the gear we had packed on the bikes!

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I’m very active in our small country church – reaching our community for the Kingdom [of Christ]. We call it our “ROCK” ministry. I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.

We Celebrate Coaching and You

This month as we look forward to celebrating International Coaches Week, April 29 to May 5, please consider the blessings we share as a coaching community to work where our passion has led us. I was given the special opportunity to attend the ICF Global Leadership Forum representing ICF-TN along with Joanna Williams, ICF-TN President-Elect. It was inspiring and affirming to be in the company of hundreds of professional coaches from all over the world, an audience getting younger every year by the way, eager to develop as leaders, connect as a community, and who see coaching as a way to influence the world around us and recognize that thriving societies need coaching.

Currently there are 25,259 ICF credentialed coaches across the globe. When ICF was founded in 1995, its purpose was to give credibility to an emerging profession and give members a place to connect with one another. Today, the International Coach Federation has emerged and is the leading voice for the global coaching profession.

As a community of coaches, ICF-TN chapter members enjoy the support of ICF resources including a focus on professional growth so we may impact our world as coaches with confidence.  Resources also include an internationally recognized credentialing process that lends credibility to our identity and the influence to position ICF coaches as the gold standard.  ICF is committed to be the thought leader for the coaching profession, shaping conversations and standards, supporting our work with research and partnerships.

Next year ICF will celebrate the twenty-five (25) year anniversary as an organization representing our profession. Coincidentally, ICF-TN formally known as Tennessee Coaches Alliance will also celebrate our 25-year anniversary.  As we come together as a Tennessee coaching community, I ask you to think about what the next 25 years might bring. Coaching has now been codified as a profession. Our credentials are recognized and mean something to our clients. What is the future of coaching from your perspective and how can our community, our chapter, our partnerships, continue to drive the profession forward?  If you are looking for any of the following, belonging to ICF and ICF-TN will add value to your proposition as a coach.

  • More professional development opportunities

  • More networking to foster connections and help build your business

  • More evidence of your professionalism and credibility as an ICF coach

  • More job opportunities as global awareness of coaching grows

  • More industry research

More than ever, the world needs passionate, committed coaches like us.  As our profession continues to evolve, ICF will help us become more than we ever imagined we could be.  Our focus this year as a chapter is to add value to your membership through professional development and through community networking. To connect with more coaches across Tennessee and throughout the Southeast Region, we will be looking at adding virtual options to our calendar of professional development programs. 

Connect with the ICF-TN chapter, join in our professional development, our networking and our outreach to the community in taking clients from fans of coaching to evangelists. 

Send me your ideas for the chapter and how it can add value to your coaching practice at [email protected].

Donna Yurdin, ICFTN President

Donna Yurdin