President’s Message, November 2016

Hello Everyone,

I know we often remark, “my how time flies”, but I can tell you, no truer words were spoken at the writing of this my last President’s Message. Truly… the year has been remarkable and has absolutely flown by. We have accomplished so much and yet I still see things to be completed and things to change. I’ve been hungry to meet every need, every suggestion and to harness your great ideas. I’m grateful for the conversations I’ve engaged in about the future of our profession and for the stretch of my leadership as I juggled all the balls that go along with being President.

At the beginning of the year I set the intention of being an ICF Brand Ambassador everywhere, all the time. My theory was that if I educated everywhere I went, I was laying a seed of understanding for our membership to step into as you looked for ways to connect with our community.  At every opportunity, client meetings, public speaking events, visiting other associations, I looked for ways to educate the public on the difference ICF credentialed coaches make in the world.  It is my sincere hope that you are feeling the positive impact of that. In addition, driven by my passion for coaches thriving, I’ve constantly looked for ways to refine our Membership’s resources, events and happenings to continue to promote education and create connection amongst our vast and diverse membership base. That work will continue as I move into the role of Past President.


ICF has been doing a great job on its own spreading the word and educating the public.  Another result is the steady increase in the number of coaches seeking credentialing.   You may have read that on September 28, 2016, the ICF reached an incredible milestone. More than 20,000 professional coaches worldwide now hold an ICF Credential.

Here is an excerpt from ICF Global on the matter:

“Increasingly, individual and organizational consumers of coaching are demanding practitioners who hold professional credentials. Among coach practitioners who responded to the 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study, 77 percent agreed that people and organizations who receive or use coaching expect their coaches to be certified or credentialed. Consumers agree: Among 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study respondents who’d participated in a coaching relationship, 83 percent agreed that it was important for coaches to hold a credential. Among consumers who had partnered with a credentialed coach, 93 percent expressed satisfaction with the coaching experience.”

It can be frustrating at times distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, it’s nice to have some facts and stats to support the notion that things are indeed changing in our industry.


Speaking of change… It is now time to turn over the reigns to our incoming board and to allow their fresh eyes and vibrant energy to fill the space left by our amazing, completing board members. We welcome them with a spirit of gratitude.  As the outgoing board, we know the commitment that it takes to stay the course and fill our roles and we’ll be by their sides as they transition in.


As John F. Kennedy stated, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” I’ve certainly learned a lot about my leadership from this team of brilliant powerhearts and am grateful for them and the profound opportunity this year afforded me.

A heart felt thank you to each of our board members for the unique and amazing ways in which they contributed. The synergy was palpable and our meetings were full of laughter and accomplishment.

Tracey Burns, President VI ICF Chapter