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Raleigh chapter one of three awarded by International Coach Federation

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Laquanna Tyler

The Raleigh chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) is one of three chapters that was recognized this week for achievements with 2013 ICF Chapter Awards.  ICF-Raleigh received the Breaking Barriers Award for its work in organizing and promoting the 2013 International Coaching Week.

“It means that we’ve contributed to something really important in our community, and it was recognized by our colleagues around the globe,” says Sackeena Gordon-Jones, ICF-Raleigh president and an executive coach. “Winning the Breaking Barriers Award is significant to us because it means that we’ve done something that is difficult to do, and that is to elevate the work that coaches do and really impact the lives of the people they work with.”

The goal of International Coaching Week is to endorse the power of coaching and to help facilitate professional development.  This is ICF-Raleigh’s first award from the organization, which has chapters in 115 counties. Other honorees were the Kenya ICF Chapter, which also received a Breaking Barriers Award, and the Washington, D.C.-Metro ICF Chapter, which was recognized for its outstanding community activism with the I Care For Award.

The Raleigh chapter’s efforts included securing proclamations for International Coaching Week from the State of North Carolina, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the Raleigh City Council, and the Durham County’s Board of Commissioners. The chapter also held a symposium, in which attendees received free coaching, and provided guidance at “coaching cafes” in Raleigh and Durham.

Gordon-Jones says the honor will motivate chapter members to expand efforts to serve nonprofit and for-profit leaders. “We are hoping to touch all segments of the state with the power of coaching,” she says, adding that members strive to work with under-resourced nonprofits that need help.” Never underestimate what a small group can do when they’re committed.”

ICF-Raleigh will present a half-day Breakfast Wellness Workshop on Oct. 9 as part of its Wellness Month observance. Health coaches will teach strategies on topics such as managing stress and overall wellness at the Builders First Center, 5580 Centerview Drive, Raleigh. For registration or information, visit the ICF-Raleigh website at http://www.icfraleigh.org/.

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