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ICF PROFESSIONAL COACHES GLOBAL BOARD ELECTIONS

As ICF continues to evolve into a large, complex global association, we require governance with an expanded set of knowledge, skills, abilities and personal attributes to continue leading the organization and the profession of coaching in the future. 

ICF Professional Coaches is a membership association for trained, professional coach practitioners. 

The ICF Professional Coaches Global Board is a body of elected members who govern the affairs of the organization. The Board is comprised of no more than nine members—nominated based on competencies of exceptional BoardsEach Director serves a two-year term, with a maximum of two terms. The Chair is elected annually by ICF Members and can run for a second term. Three Directors are elected by the current sitting board to hold the offices of Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Director of Strategic Initiatives.*  

*Note: the Director of Strategic Initiatives is aadditional officer position that was added for the 2021 calendar year only. 

The Vice President of ICF Professional Coaches (a staff role) and the CEO of ICF serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board. The Immediate Past Chair also may return as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board. 

The ICF Professional Coaches Nominating Committee presents at least one nominee for each vacant or expired seat on the Board, and all ICF Members in good standing have a voice in the future of their organization and can vote. 

Now Closed: ICF Professional Coaches Nominating Committee Applications

The window to apply for the ICF Professional Coaches Nominating Committee closed on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. (New York). Election results will be announced no later than April 26, 2021.

ICF Professional Coaches’ bylaws require that the Nominating Committee members represent the diversity of our membership, possess appropriate experience within ICF, demonstrate competence in the task of addressing leadership talent for board service and embody a global mindset.

Current ICF Professional Coaches Nominating Committee

The current Nominating Committee includes the following members:

  • Grace Thomas, PCC (Australia), Chair
  • Terry Hoffmann, PCC (USA)
  • Zsofia Juhasz, PCC (Australia)
  • María López-Herranz, PCC (Spain)
  • Navid Nazemian, PCC (United Kingdom)
  • Karl Van Hoey, MCC (Belgium)

Updates on Upcoming Board of Directors Elections

The elected 2021 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board of Directors is currently serving. As the 2022 election approaches, updates will be posted here.

Election Process

Completed applications go through an initial review by the ICF Professional Coaches Nominating Committee to narrow the field of applicants based on criteria for Board membership and requirements for the 2021 Board. 

Selected applicants will then be asked to participate in an interview. Once the Nominating Committee has selected candidates for the ballot, all applicants will be notified of their status and the election will be held. 

ICF Professional Coaches Global Board Criteria

  • Directors

    Criteria

    • Two years minimum of ICF Membership
    • ICF Credential (ACC, PCC or MCC)
    • ICF Committee service at the international level and/or demonstrated leadership at the local level (officer, board or chairmanship) is preferred
    • Familiarity with ICF’s complex structure, current strategic plan, global initiatives and role in the industry
    • A sustained, successful and documented coaching practice comprising less than 25 percent coaches as clients
    • Consummate coaching professional who reflects the spirit, training, credentials and integrity of the coaching profession
    • Should understand the time commitment necessary for this position

    Commitments

    • Attending as many as three (3) ICF Board of Directors meetings in person
    • Attending regular bi-monthly Board tele-meetings (two hours, pre-scheduled)
    • Being flexible and willing to attend urgent or impromptu Board conference calls
    • Being prepared to attend a part or all of an ICF-branded event
    • Participating in meetings/events in an ambassadorial capacity

    Experience

    • Business experience (for-profit and nonprofit)
    • Leadership experience
    • Global experience with operations or influence
    • Experience working with a professional services firm or third-party vendor

    Competencies

    • Ethical decision making
    • Knowledge of government regulatory compliance
    • Understanding of legal responsibilities of nonprofit Boards
    • A global mindset
    • Financial management and budgeting experience
    • Familiarity with research/innovation in the application of science, practice and education
    • Creation of strategic partnerships and an outward view
    • Leadership experience, including involvement on other boards
    • Social responsibility
    • Comfort with public speaking and presentations
    • A demonstrated commitment to the purpose of the organization
    • Experience with a professional association (preferred, not necessary)
  • Chair

    Criteria

    • Must be a member in good standing of the Association upon nomination and election and during the entirety of their term of office
    • Must have been granted an ACC, PCC or MCC Credential by the Association and be in good standing with the credential upon nomination or election and during the entirety of the term of office
    • Possess the competencies as approved by the board for new directors
    • Be in a position to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    • Must have previously completed one term as a Director within three years of the date of their election
    • Should understand the considerable time commitment necessary for this position

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Leads and facilitates all board meetings in a professional and collaborative manner
    • Serves as ex-officio member of all committees
    • Monitors time of the meeting
    • Works in partnership with the CEO to make sure board resolutions are carried out
    • Calls special meetings if necessary
    • Consults with the CEO on the appointment of committee, task force and core team members
    • Sets agenda for board meetings
    • Assists the CEO in conducting new board member orientation
    • Serves as spokesperson for the organization
    • Periodically consults with board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance

    Experience

    • Business experience (for-profit and non-profit)
    • Leadership experience
    • Global experience with operations or influence
    • Experience working with a professional services firm or third-party vendor

    Competencies

    • Ethical decision making
    • Knowledge of government regulatory compliance
    • Understanding of legal responsibilities of nonprofit boards
    • A global mindset
    • Financial management and budgeting experience
    • Familiarity with research/innovation in the application of science, practice and education
    • Creation of strategic partnerships and an outward view
    • Leadership experience, including involvement on other boards
    • Social responsibility
    • Comfort with public speaking and presentations
    • A demonstrated commitment to the purpose of the organization
    • Experience with a professional association (preferred, not necessary)

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