Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Local ICF Chapters are the core community of the coaching profession…they provide a voice for coaches in countries all over the world. The ICF annually recognizes exceptional Chapters that have either given back to their communities through coaching or demonstrated outstanding success in a key area during the year.
Two new award categories were introduced this year…the I Care For – Pro Bono Coaching Award and the Breaking Barriers Award. An outstanding 22 applications were received for the 2012 awards.
A total of six Chapters were chosen by an awards task force and were honored at a special awards and appreciation luncheon in conjunction with ICF Global 2012 in London, UK.
For the I Care For – Pro Bono Coaching Award, two Chapters were selected based on the establishment of a significant coaching presence in their communities.
In February of this year, MALEV Hungarian Airlines went bankrupt leaving many unemployed and a country in shock. Members of ICF Hungary offered coaching services to former MALEV employees—the total initiative provided 700 hours of coaching at an estimated $100,000. National media outlets saw the power of coaching through the work of ICF Hungary.
In May of this year, an earthquake struck an area of Northern Italy. The earthquake was devastating: it took the lives of 25 people and damage was estimated at five billion Euros. ICF Italy took action and in just a matter of weeks, 40 certified coaches began participating in a project offering free coaching sessions for organizations or entrepreneurs affected by the earthquake. The program will continue through December.
For the Breaking Barriers Award, four chapters were selected based on success in membership growth, an innovative special event, creative strategic alliances with allied organizations, extraordinary fundraising efforts, impactful media relations program; and/or other notable achievements or activities.
It has been a year of firsts for ICF Jakarta…they were officially inaugurated, their membership multiplied, and they organized two major events. Following their inauguration, the Chapter immediately set to work to educate the public about coaching—first during International Coaching Week 2012 and again at the first ever Indonesia Coaching Summit.
ICF Russia spearheaded a weeklong event over International Coaching Week 2012 that led to the growth of their Chapter and contributed to the growing awareness of the coaching industry. Throughout the week, more than 70 events organized by ICF coaches, coaching companies, and coaching schools were attended by some 2,500 participants across several regions and cities in Russia.
|ICF Bulgaria and ICF Victoria|
Though far apart geographically, members of these Chapters teamed up to extend their influence by creating the Australian-Bulgarian Cross Development initiative. By doing so, they were able to address membership issues and specific challenges more effectively. One year ago, ICF Bulgaria was a young Chapter with newer coaches and ICF Victoria was experiencing a decline in membership and less involvement with their experienced coaches. The Chapters teamed up, joining young coaches in Bulgaria with experienced coaches in Australia for pro bono coaching sessions. The initiative has led to an increase in attendance by attracting several new members to ICF Bulgaria and re-engaging 17 inactive senior members in ICF Victoria.
Congratulations to all 2012 Chapter Award winners!