Advancing the Value of Membership

It has been an honor to serve as President of the ICFTN chapter in 2019.  Making that honor even more special was the genuinely committed members who served on the Board of Directors.  Our goals for this year were to inspire our members with outstanding programming, encourage our members to engage with each other as professionals, develop as a coaching community in order to grow our businesses and become better in delivering service to our clients and promote the coaching profession in our community through pro bono coaching for non-profit leaders.  We committed as a Board to do all this while preserving the financial assets our chapter has available to sustain and grow our Mission.

I hope you agree we have achieved our goals this year to nurture the professional development our membership requires to achieve their highest potential as coaching professionals.  Please join me in thanking your Board for their time and efforts to make the chapter more relevant to you and the coaching profession. 

I would like to encourage you to engage your Board in conversation about what you would like the Board to do on your behalf, advancing the value of your membership. To that end, your participation in our local chapter member survey was very much appreciated. More than half of our membership participated in the survey. We learned, for example,

  • a majority of our members have between three and ten years’ experience as coaches,

  • are in private practice,

  • primarily practice career and executive coaching and a great many practice personal/life coaching,

  • joined the chapter to cultivate their network and learn from more experienced coaches,

  • want to obtain the necessary CCEUs through our programming and,

  • want to gain support for building their coaching business,

  • most members attend an average of four learning events annually.

One area that I would like you to consider as we close out one year and begin another is the issue of volunteerism. Based on your answers to the membership survey, 63% of respondents have not volunteered for a committee. During 2019 the Board reached out to participants at a couple of events to communicate what committees do and how volunteers could help. We will commit to you to communicate more about how you can help make the chapter better and better. We want your active participation and input.

As we prepare for 2020, your Board of Directors wishes you and yours a joyous and safe holiday season. 

Donna Yurdin, ICFTN President-2019

Donna Yurdin

Spotlight: Tami D'Angelo

Tami D'Angelo1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I grew up in Indiana, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in the early 80s (a Red Lobster commercial, 3 game shows, and a singing part on one episode of a sit-com are my claim to fame over the course of 8 years; it didn’t pay the bills!) I moved to Nashville area in 2004 because I felt called to be here. Without knowing anyone or having a job, I threw caution to the wind and never looked back. I love it here.

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

I started my HR career after said acting career left me quite unfulfilled. Within the HR space, I quickly fell in love in employee development and training; I have been specializing in that arena over the past 15 years.

Coaching was a natural add-on. In putting hundreds of managers through workshops, there was a follow-up piece that was missing. I got certified in a few different assessments and realized my internal customers needed one-on-one coaching to move from good to great. Coaching is where growth and change is really positively impacted.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

I think it chose me! I love facilitating the learning process. The first time, early in my career, that I was asked to train a group of people and I facilitated a discussion, I was hooked! When you get to
see those “light bulb” moments -- whether as an individual coach or as a facilitator in a group workshop, it’s very rewarding.

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

Currently my greatest challenge is figuring out what I want to do next. I was laid off in November 2018. I took some time off (i.e. sabbatical sounds better) to get married, travel, move into a home that needed some renovations. It’s been great, but I am so ready to get back to work and enjoy another 10 years of rewarding work helping people make incremental growth changes in their life.

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

Probably #1 above. The game shows always seem to be of interest. And for the record, I was on Price is Right, Card Sharks and To Tell The Truth! Such fun experiences.

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Life offers so much. It’s just fun trying new things. My husband and I go to a lot of music venues and we travel every chance we get -- this year was Africa. Next spring it’s Bali. In this new house, we have
over 100 rose bushes that now need to be cared for (it’s about 50 too many!). And I have two granddaughters (ages 3 and 2) that live 5 minutes from me, who love playing with their “gee gee” very much. Our playtime together has reminded me of the importance of creative play and using our imaginations.

Tami D'Angelo