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Diversity and Inclusion at ICF

At ICF, it is our vision to make coaching an integral part of a thriving society, and to make that happen, we must first ensure coaches have the ability and support to thrive in their own right. Each day we are working towards creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and just coaching profession for all professional coaches and clients worldwide.

ICF’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

In July 2020, the ICF Global Board of Directors approved the ICF Statement of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice. Staff and volunteer leaders from ICF’s six family organizations subsequently cosigned this statement. This statement of principles reflects a position we invite every ICF Member, Credential-holder and accredited training provider to subscribe to.

Below you will find the statement and its signatories.

  • ICF's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

    ICF Members and Credential-holders live and work in more than 140 countries and territories. ICF is a vibrant global community committed to the shared vision of making coaching an integral part of a thriving society. Our mission is to lead the global advancement of coaching. To do this, we must reflect on our blind spots and be aware of opportunities for improvement. We cannot ignore the challenges that many coaches and coaching clients face due to systemic problems in their communities.

    As members of the ICF community, we ascribe to the core values of integrity, excellence, collaboration and respect. The foundation of these values is a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice.

    We will place diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make within our Association. As we continue the journey toward our vision, we will recommit ourselves to valuing the unique talents, insights and experiences that every coach and client brings to the world.

    July 2020 Signatories:

    Carrie Abner | Vice President, ICF Credentials and Standards
    Luke Davis | Vice President, ICF Coaching Education
    Morel Fourman | 2020 ICF Foundation Board of Trustees President
    Rajat Garg, MCC | 2020 ICF Global Board Chair
    Todd Hamilton | COO, ICF
    Alicia Hullinger, Ph.D. | Vice President, ICF Thought Leadership Institute
    Micki McMillan, MCC | 2020 ICF Coach Training Global Board Chair
    Magdalena Nowicka Mook | CEO, ICF
    Ann Rindone, ACC | Vice President, ICF Professional Coaches
    Renée Robertson, PCC | Vice President, ICF Coaching in Organizations
    Sara Smith, MCC | 2020 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board Chair
    Benita Stafford-Smith, MCC | 2020 ICF Credentials and Standards Global Board Chair
    Silvia Tassarotti, MCC | 2020 ICF Thought Leadership Institute Global Board Chair

ICF’s DEIJ Task Force

Since the release of ICF’s Statement of Diversity and Inclusion, we’ve begun to put our words into action. Shortly thereafter, the ICF Global Board of Directors convened a DEIJ Task Force. This group is comprised of board, coaching and staff members from all regions of the world – you can find the members of this task force listed below. This Task Force worked diligently to create a sustainable framework that aligns with ICF values, ideals and Statement of Intention.

What is a Task Force?

A task force is a work group typically comprised of experts in specified areas of knowledge or practice. It is a small group of people and resources brought together to accomplish a specific objective, with the expectation that the group will disband when the objective has been completed.

What are the DEIJ Task Force’s objectives?

  • Create a clear DEIJ implementation strategy that will be taken forward for implementation
  • Align strategy to ICF philosophy/ideals, values and statement of intention
  • Create a clear implementation project plan to deliver on the strategy
  • Develop goals, milestones and timeline
  • Create a communication plan/strategy while being intentional and paced
  • Provide a roadmap
  • Support ICF’s Family Organizations in developing measures, KPIs and incorporating target-setting
  • Become a source/center of education, information, resources and guidance
  • DEIJ Task Force Members

    George Nuthu, PCC (Kenya)
    Co-Chair of Task Force

    Tracy Sinclair, MCC (United Kingdom)
    Co-Chair of Task Force

    Yene Assegid, Ph.D., MCC (Zambia) 

    Jaya Bhateja, MCC (India) 

    José Manuel Estrada, PCC (Argentina) 

    Sackeena Gordon-Jones, Ph.D., MCC (USA) 

    Mickey Gustafson (USA)
    ICF Staff

    Alla Kazajeva (Russia)
    ICF Staff

    Minji Oh (South Korea)
    ICF Staff

    Rajat Garg (India)
    ICF Global Board Chair, 
    ex officio 

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    ICF CEO, 
    ex officio 

Additional ICF Statements

  • ICF Coaching Education Stand on Social Justice

    We, at ICF Coaching Education, celebrate and honor diversity. We commit to inspiring and holding accountable coach training institutions to provide safe learning spaces that are inclusive and fair for all faculty, staff and coach-students to thrive. We do so in alignment with the overarching one ICF commitment to place diversity, inclusion, belonging, and justice at the forefront of everything we do.

    Submitted by the ICF Coaching Education Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and
    Belonging (DEIJB).

    ICF Coaching Education Resource Guide on Diversity and Inclusion for Coach Trainers & Educators

    Through the hard and diligent work of special and advisory committees, ICF Coaching Education has created a resource guide on diversity and inclusion for coach trainers and educators. This guide is a continuously-evolving resource, and we look forward to future iterations with input from all coach-training programs and providers. Download the most up-to-date version of the resource guide below.

  • ICF's Statement on the Destructive Impacts of Violence

    The International Coaching Federation​ (ICF) is committed to a vision of a thriving society around the globe​. We believe that​ ​coaching ​can help ​realize this vision by unlocking people’s potential and breaking down the barriers between us. When people can show up as their full selves, vulnerable and fully present, this is a gift that ​moves us forward and toward a more peaceful, loving and equitable society.

    Violence of any kind is contrary to what ICF and coaching strive for—a thriving, healthy, cooperative human society. We condemn all acts of violence against race, religion, gender or any other aspect of diversity.

    ICF stands in solidarity with all those who face assaults on their human rights.  This moment of challenge must be a time to uphold dignity for all. We remain committed to our statement of placing diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make within our Association and calling for consistent action against violence and discrimination.

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