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ICF Gulf Coast Chapter Conference 2023: Pause and Listen

We're excited to offer ICF Gulf Coast's signature yearly conference, back in person April 3-4, 2023!

This year, we invite you to join us to Pause and Listen. As we put the challenges of the last couple years behind us, we're gathering together again to learn, grow and find community in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama. Our venue is a lovely golf resort near the white sugar sand beaches of the Gulf Coast.

Over two days, we'll pause to consider the power of intuition with Maureen Purcell, PCC and listen to the power of silence with Dr. Laura Janusik. We'll also take introspective moments using yoga and mediation with Anna Pantano.

Sand, sun, learning, mindfulness and a community of fellow coaches. What more could you ask for in a short getaway that will transform your 2023?

We hope you'll join us!

Won't you join us to Pause & Listen... to your intuition, to the silence, to your fellow coaches?

Session & speaker details

Join two of ICF Gulf Coast's most dynamic teachers for their interactive, half-day sessions:

Growing Your Coaching Presence Through Intuition

  • Coaches are naturally curious and often highly intuitive.  While intuition is listed as a sub-bullet under the ICF Core Competency of Embodies a Coaching Mindset, it isn’t often addressed in coach training beyond a mere mention. Coaches might be reluctant to ‘trust’ their intuition, let alone grow their use of this powerful coaching tool. Some coaches might trust their intuition but then may not be sure how or when to use it with a client.  This workshop is designed to explore intuition, identify ways intuition strengthens one’s coaching, and share intuition practices of other coaches.

    Bring your curiosity, open mind and sense of play for this fun learning experience. You’ll find the time will fly by as we grow our intuitive senses together.

    Key Takeaways

    • Understand the interrelationships of using intuition to the Core Competencies:
    • Embodies a Coaching Mindset
    • Maintains Presence
    • Listens Actively
    • Evokes Awareness
    • Facilitates Client Growth
    • Identify different ways one’s intuition can present itself.
    • Practice the art of blending presence and active listening to access intuition.
    • Know how to apply the tool of intuition as a coach within your coaching sessions.

This session has been approved for 2.5 Core Competency CCEUs by the International Coaching Federation. 

About Maureen Purcell

Maureen Purcell (ICF PCC) is as career and life coach in her boutique coaching firm, SolWork, where she brings her intuitive self to every coaching session with clients. Since intuition is often not addressed in coach training, Maureen is passionate about bringing this topic to coaches through workshops and one-on-one sessions with coaches. By utilizing this often-under-utilized tool, she finds intuitive coaching sessions flow with ease and go deep for the coach and client alike.

A coach educator since 2010, Ms. Purcell has effectively used a coaching approach with her coaching students so they can easily experience and master the power of coaching. She designed and taught in an Executive Leadership Coach program in a Master’s Program at a private university for over ten years.  She is currently faculty at Positivity based in Athens, Greece. Maureen has mentor-coached many who have successfully achieved their ACC and PCC ICF designations. She also works with coaches in one-on-one sessions who are interested in growing themselves and their coaching practices with emphasis placed on the use of intuition. 

Her academic credentials include a Masters in Organizational Development from Fielding University. She also holds a Masters in Health Services Administration. Her coaching credentials include an International Coach Federation (PCC) designation, Emotional Intelligence coach certification and a certified Mentor Coach.

Gain More Value for your Clients through Silence!

Whether you’re a beginning or advanced coach, who doesn’t want to provide more value for their clients? One of the biggest ways to provide value is by Holding Space, and large part of holding space is learning to be silent. Silence is a concept that’s a little confusing for beginning coaches and one that experienced coaches well understand. Join this experiential session where you’ll learn the latest research on what actually happens in the brain during silence as well as at least three new silence skills you can practice and put into effect immediately! And, don’t let the title fool you…this session is for both beginning and advanced coaches. There’s something for everyone!

Key Takeaways

  • Coaches will better understand how listening adds value to your client by learning the research on silence.

  • Coaches will learn and practice at least two techniques that they can put into practice immediately to make themselves and their clients more comfortable with silence.

This session has been approved for 2.5 Core Competency CCEUs by the International Coaching Federation. 

About Dr. Laura Janusik

 On a scale of 1 to 10, how comfortable and confident do you feel as a coach? Laura Janusik, also known as Dr J Listen, has worked with hundreds of coaches and found that beginning coaches cringe at the idea of holding space, and more experienced coaches say Holding Space is a primary factor in feeling like a coach.

Holding Space starts with listening, so Laura is leveraging her world-wide recognized expertise in teaching and training Listening to help coaches with research-based solutions that work. These listening solutions help coaches to Listen Well, Hear More, and Change Lives. Her PhD in Communication and MBA and over 20 years as a leading listening researcher and professor help coaches better help their clients.

Laura’s published nationally and internationally and has been cited in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and US News and World Report, among others.

Laura’s background includes 15 years of HR Management in private industry and 20+ years of academic experience as a professor, scholar, speaker and trainer. She’s the past president of the International Listening Association. Finally, she has 20 hours of Listening for Coaches courses accredited for ICF CCE’s.

Day 1: Maintaining Presence through Mindfulness 

The ability to to maintain presence is a sub-bullet under the ICF Core Competency of Co-Creating the Relationship. Even though coach training teaches the importance of presence in the client-coach relationship, coaches are often not taught how they can powerfully stay present during coaching. Being present allows the coach to create a safe space for their client and connect to insights that create major shifts within their clients. This workshop is designed to explore how Mindfulness practices can help coaches master maintaining presence and lends to expanding a coaches ability to cultivate trust, evoke awareness and embody a coaching mindset that is client centered.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore how a Mindfulness practice is used to strengthen the following Core Competencies:
    • Embodies a Coaching Mindset
    • Cultivates Trust and Safety
    • Maintains Presence
    • Evokes Awareness
  • Learn and experience different ways to practice Mindfulness. 
  • Know how to start applying Mindfulness to coaching to uplevel the ability to be present with clients in order to support self-expression and insights.

    This session has been approved for 0.5 Core Competency and 0.25 Resource Development CCEUs by the International Coaching Federation. 

    Day 2: Mindful Movement

    To truly understand what powerful presence is and how to bring it with you to your coaching it must be felt in your body not just understood intellectually. Accessing the soma (body) through movement is a powerful way to connect to presence and practice maintaining it.  The more presence is practiced the easier it is to maintain, the faster we can tell when we are not present and the easier it is to return to presence. This Mindful Movement class is designed to explore maintaining presence and cultivating trust in a safe environment. The method of movement can also be used in a coaching situation to help the client access insight and learning in a safe environment that is not available without the container of safety and presence.

    Key Takeaways

    • Explore how Mindful Movement is used to strengthen the following Core Competencies:

      • Embodies a Coaching Mindset
      • Cultivates Trust and Safety
      • Maintains Presence
      • Listens Actively
      • Evokes Awareness
    • Learn how to practice and maintain presence through experiencing it firsthand.
    • Strengthen the coach-client relationship to support client self-expression and insight by bringing Mindful Movement to your practice.
    • Experience trauma-informed mindful movement to learn how to cultivate trust and safety.

    This session has been approved for 0.5 Core Competency and 0.25 Resource Development CCEUs by the International Coaching Federation. 

    About Anna Pantano

    Anna Pantano is a Transformational Coach, Mindfulness Facilitator and Yoga Instructor committed to healing the way we navigate life and work. By marrying Ontological Coaching with Mindfulness modalities she helps entrepreneurs and parents maximize productivity from a place of peace instead of overwhelm and stress which can ultimately result in burnout, health issues and broken relationships. 

    She strongly believes that success does not have to come at a cost to your health, relationships or joy. True success is achieved when you are able to pursue individual passions while staying deeply connected to your family or those in your intimate community. 

    As a coach, the ability to be truly present with our clients is essential to guiding them through lasting transformation. To be truly present with clients we must first learn how to be present in our own life by finding the balance between striving and stillness. 

    Anna is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher,  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Facilitator,  Ontological Coach and Yoga Instructor, RYT-200 with specialized training in Trauma-informed Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga methods. Anna’s scope of services range from seminars, webinars, workshops, coaching and somatic healing classes.  She holds a BS in Business, a Masters in Management International and has been a small business owner for more than 20 years.

    What's included

    The conference will include two half-day sessions on April 3 and 4, 2023. Our two-day agenda includes:

      • Day 1 opening lunch 
      • Mindfulness practice
      • 3.5-hour CCEU session with Maureen Purcell
      • Cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres (one drink ticket included)
      • Day 2 early somatic awareness and yoga
      • Breakfast
      • 3.5-hour CCEU session with Laura Janusik

    Day 1 starts at noon, with our learning session ending at 5:30pm, followed by cocktail hour until 7:00pm. You'll begin Day 2 with an early yoga session, breakfast and our second learning session. The program will end at noon on April 4 to allow for travel home. 

    DAY ONE:

    Noon: Arrival and check in

    Noon-12:45pm LUNCH

    12:45-1pm Welcome Tawnya Dukes

    1-1:15pm Welcome ICF Global Angie Holleran

    1:15pm-2pm MINDFULNESS FOR COACHES—Anna Pantano (Tawnya)

    2pm BREAK

    2:15pm-5:30pm CCEU session—Laura Janusik “LISTENING TO CHANGE” 

    5:45pm-7:00pm Cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres (one drink ticket included)

    DAY TWO:

    7:00am-7:45am SOMATIC AWARENESS AND YOGA—Anna Pantano

    7:45am-8:30am BREAKFAST

    8:30am-8:45am Welcome Raymond Osbun

    8:45am-12:15pm CCEU session–Maureen Purcell “INTUITION IN COACHING” 

    12:15pm Closing Angelica Alexander-Defillo


    The conference will be held at Craft Farms Golf Resort, 3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542.

    We've got two recommended hotels with special rates if you mention ICF Gulf Coast:

    1.  Courtyard Gulf Shores Craft Farms offers a rate of $109 per night
    2. Island House Hotel (Hilton) offers a rate of $209 per night.  Guests may also call 251-981-6100 and use the 3-letter code ICF to book via phone.

    Or, there are many nearby hotels on the beach in nearby Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. 

    Wondering about local restaurants?  We've got you covered: Dinner options - Gulf Shores Alabama.pdf

    Continuing Education

    The full program has been submitted for Core Competency and Resource Development CCEUs by the International Coaching Federation. 

    Partial CCEU credit will be provided for attendees who choose to attend only some of the sessions available. 

    conference pricing

    Here's a pro tip:  if you're liking the look of chapter member pricing, why not become an ICF Gulf Coast chapter member?

    We'd love to have you and you'll have the added bonus of immediate savings for the conference. Contact us at info@icfgulfcoast.com

    Early Bird

    November 1 to January 15

    ICF Gulf Coast members - $229


    January 16 to  February 27

    ICF Gulf Coast members - $279

    ICF Global members - $339


    February 28 to April 2

    ICF Gulf Coast members - $349

    ICF Global members - $399

    For more information on pricing and to register for ICF Gulf Coast Chapter's Conference

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