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Date: 2/19/2019
Subject: ICF-CT Weekly
From: Kathy Pujat

   ICF-CT Weekly


Board Nominations Update

Nominations Update February 16, 2019

Filling the slate for the ICF-CT chapter board is going well. 

We now have 2 co-chairs of programs as well as the president elect!  

Being a member of the board is a great way to learn more about how boards function working as a team, and about ICF.  You’ll have an opportunity to deepen your connection to ICF, the core competencies and your colleagues. 

We are looking for people to fill the following positions:

Marketing chair/co-chair – if you have marketing-related experience and you’re interested in leading a strong committee, this is a great opportunity for you. 

Secretary – if you have experience taking and writing up notes, this position may be for you. This is a great way to be on the board without having to spend a lot of time beyond board meetings. Occasionally, there is a special project that may require the secretary to pitch in. 

Virtual Meeting Management
chair position remains open as well. 

If you are interested in any of these please contact 

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. 

Upcoming Events

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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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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142 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton, CT 06897

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