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International Coaching Federation and World Federation of People Management Associations Partner to Advance the People Management Profession


Lexington, KY – The International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) have forged a new partnership aimed at transforming the landscape of professional people management. Through groundbreaking research and joint initiatives, they seek to empower organizations and leaders with the tools and resources they need to excel in an ever-evolving world.

Through this collaboration, ICF and WFPMA will embark on research endeavors, exchange best practices, and create resources to foster the growth and development of the professional people management field. Moreover, this partnership will create valuable opportunities for members of both organizations to connect, learn, and draw inspiration from one another.

“We are thrilled to join forces with WFPMA and tap into their extensive global network of people managers,” said Robert Garcia, Vice President of Coaching in Organizations at ICF. “Through this extraordinary partnership, we aim to build organizational and coaching cultures, that will pave the way for more effective, engaged, and productive workplaces.”

ICF, in its 27-year history, stands as the gold standard in the coaching profession and serves as a trusted source for coaches and organizations worldwide. Its commitment to advancing the field is evident through independent credentialing, standard-setting practices, and a wide array of resources and events that foster continuous learning and networking. As the leading voice in the global HR profession, WFPMA champions excellence in people management through research and network facilitation across nations, federations, and external organizations.

“We are excited to welcome the International Coaching Federation as an associate member, as they are a great partner, and this agreement exemplifies their dedication to people practices. Anthony Ariganello, President of the World Federation of People Management, stated. “This partnership also reflects our desire to collaborate under a shared vision in improving our members’ lives. There is tremendous affinity between human resource professionals and coaching professionals, and this collaboration will further advance the work that our organizations do.”

Magdalena Nowicka Mook, CEO of ICF, adds, “By collaborating, we will gain a deeper understanding of the evolving needs of modern leaders and organizations, enabling us to equip them with the resources required to drive transformative change.”

The collaborative efforts of ICF and WFPMA are poised to revolutionize the people management profession, shaping the future of work and fostering the creation of thriving, sustainable organizations.

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About the International Coaching Federation

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world’s largest organization leading the global advancement of the coaching profession and fostering coaching’s role as an integral part of a thriving society. Founded in 1995, its 60,000-plus members located in more than 170 countries and territories work toward common goals of enhancing awareness of coaching and upholding the integrity of the profession through lifelong learning and upholding the highest ethical standards. Through the work of its six unique family organizations, ICF empowers professional coaches, coaching clients, organizations, communities, and the world through coaching.

About the World Federation of People Management Associations

The World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) is a global network of professionals in people management, founded in 1976 to aid the development and improve the effectiveness of professional people management all over the world. Its members are predominantly the continental federations which are made up of more than 90 national human resource associations representing over 660,000 people management professionals. The WFPMA advocates the development and recognition of the HR profession across the world and, with its member organizations, serves the public, organizations, and communities worldwide by ensuring the relevance, reputation and value of the global HR profession.

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