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Date: 2/12/2019
Subject: ICF-CT Weekly
From: ICF-CT

   ICF-CT Weekly


Board Nominations Update

The slated individual for President Elect 2019-2020 has been identified – Judy Garfinkel.
This opens up the position of Virtual Meeting Management Chair.  

If you have some ease with technology and would like to develop your skill with Zoom, this is a good board position for you. You will have the opportunity to work closely with the chair of in-person meeting management and be a greeter at meetings as well as the tech facilitator for chapter webinars. This role is not overly demanding and will allow you to get to know members and participate in decisions regarding ICF-CT. If you’re interested, or have someone to recommend for Virtual Meeting Management Chair, send an email to

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The following positions are currently open:

  • Secretary
  • Marketing Chair and Co-Chair 
  • Programs (2 Co-Chair positions are available) 
  • Virtual Meeting Management Chair

The board members who currently hold these positions are available to help you learn about the position, as well as mentor you when you join the board. We plan for an overlap of at least 6 weeks so that new board members can fully understand their roles. 

If you’re interested in sharing your talent, developing yourself as a coach, and expanding your network – or if you want to nominate someone else for a board position – please send an email to me, Dina Markind, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee at In your email, include the person’s name, the position you believe they’re best suited for, and the reason for nominating him or her. 

We eagerly look forward to your participation!


FAQs About Chairing a Board Committee

Will I work alone or have support?

Some committees have co-chairs. Others are led by one person, but in either case, you can expect support from committee members and/or others who’ve been in your role before.

What if I’m interested but have no experience?
While experience is great, a strong interest in, and curiosity about a specific position can take you far – especially, knowing that you’ll get great mentoring from prior chairs and committee members.

What sort of time commitment is called for?
You can expect to invest about 2-5 hours a month, depending on your committee’s purpose and job. The amount of time you put in can decrease if you are working with a co-chair or committee members. 

How long is a term on the Board?
A Board term is two years, starting in July, which is our fiscal year. 

How often and where do we meet? 
The board meets once a month, on the last Friday of the month. We meet in-person 6 times a year, and virtually, 5 times a year. Each board meeting follows either an in-person program or a webinar. 

President's Message

Hello Coaches & Friends,

We look forward to having you join us at two of our exciting upcoming programs. 

The first, on February 13th, is our second Virtual Coach’s Circle event with Rachel Roth and Monica Leggett. Please join us from 9-10am for The Science of Habit Change. 

The second program is our Chapter Meeting on February 22 at 8am. This will be a webinar. Our guest will be Deborah Helsing from Minds at Work. Deborah will present Making Transformational Change: Diagnosing and Overturning and Immunity to Change. We look forward to seeing you then!

More information and registration are available at

Reminder: HELP WANTED!

  • Programs
  • Marketing
  • Meeting Management
  • Membership
  • Technology

If you have experience or interest in any of these areas, please contact me at It would be my pleasure to talk with you about how you can contribute to one of our amazing teams! 


Please join me in a great big thank you to our Technology Chair, Steve Porcaro, our Virtual Assistant, Kathy Pujat, and our Marketing committee for their excellent work developing and bringing our Club Express website platform LIVE! Stay tuned for more information and details for how you can make the most of our new membership management system.


Margaret Ruff, ICF Connecticut, President

Upcoming Events

Virtual Coaching Circle: Science of Habit Change


This month’s discussion led by Rachel Roth and Monica Leggett, PCC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
ICF-CT General Meeting 
Virtual Zoom Webinar

This event is open to and is free for all ICF Connecticut members.
It is held as a Zoom conference where you can sign in on-line or call in.

Learn how to best support your clients in habit formation and cessation by understanding James Prochaska’s Stages of Change (Transtheoretical) Model.

Then, delve into Eric Barker’s findings that consolidate the latest research in behavioral science about making good habits stick.

Finally, come to the February coaching circle with a habit that either you or a client wants to address, and we’ll brainstorm powerful questions that hold the potential for a positive pathway forward.

This FREE virtual program is for all ICF Connecticut members, new or experienced, internal or external. We hope you’ll come to the call ready to dig in, to discuss, and to share.

No Fee required – please register to receive all information. You will get an email with the Zoom link and call-in information. You can join on the video chat or call in.

Learn More and Register

Making Transformational Change: Diagnosing and Overturning An Immunity to Change


Presented by Deborah Helsing, EdD

Friday, February 22, 2019 
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
ICF-CT General Meeting 
Virtual Zoom Webinar

This event will ONLY be held live at 8 am. There will NOT be a recording provided to anyone on the call or who misses the event by request of the presenter.

Why is change so difficult, even when our clients are genuinely committed to it? What can we do to better support them to succeed in changing? The Immunity-to-Change model (as described in Immunity to Change, Harvard Business Press, 2009) is designed to enable individuals to identify assumptions they currently hold that are likely to interfere with their personal effectiveness. Participants in this session will gain a powerful picture, or “diagnostic,” of the systematic way they unintentionally work against the wanted behavior (this is what we call the “immunity to change”), and what they can do to disrupt that system.

Please come to the session with a personal improvement goal that is of high interest to you. Feel free to use the following question if you don’t have an immediate goal, “What is the one thing, that if I got better at, would really help me be a more effective _____ (e.g., coach, consultant, leader, spouse, or parent)?” 

Examples of personal improvement goals:

  • to be a better listener, to genuinely understand what a person says, or to express my point of view, especially when I disagree, or
  • to be less judgmental of other people and myself; to be more curious
  • to take better care of myself, to make healthier choices

You may want to ask for input from people who know you well and have your best interests at heart.  Whatever you decide upon, please write it down prior to attending the webinar and have it with you.

Deborah Helsing, EdD is a Co-Director of Minds at Work, where she coaches, consults and provides training on the Immunity to Change approach. Deb designs leadership development programs and learning experiences that are “deliberately developmental,” going beyond technical or informational approaches to engage transformational or adaptive learning and change.

She also holds a faculty position at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching courses in Adult Development, Immunity to Change, and co-teaching a course in personal mastery for leaders.  She provides executive coaching to high potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program.

Deb has co-authored several articles and books, including: An Everyone Culture:  Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (2016, with Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming, and Matt Miller) winner of an 800-CEO-Read Business Book Award; Right Weight, Right Mind: The ITC Approach to Permanent Weight Loss (2014, with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey); The Immunity to Change Coach’s Guide (2011, with Lisa Lahey and Robert Kegan) and “Unlocking Leadership Potential: Overcoming Immunities to Change” (2010, with Lisa Lahey) in Extraordinary Leadership: Addressing the Gaps in Senior Executive Development.

Deb Helsing, EdD, Co-Director
Minds at Work
c/o WeWork
31 St. James Ave, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02116


ICF Continuing Ed Credits are available to participants of Minds at Work coach training programs. Please see our website ( for more details.

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