ICF Pittsburgh Makes a Difference Through Pro-Bono Coaching
The last two years have been marked with volatility and uncertainty. Many individuals have endured significant transition in their personal and professional lives which may have included a complete redefinition of a job position, change of employment, personal isolation or even loss.
Through this challenging time, however, ICF Pittsburgh has remained true to its goal of expanding pro-bono coaching to those who may not otherwise have access. In the midst of turbulence, ICFP has embraced a perspective of opportunity to come alongside those who are hungry for coaching as they tackle the next chapter of their lives.
Nearly 20 individuals from 3 local participant organizations benefited from the generosity of 15 members of ICF Pittsburgh. Each participant and coach reaped reward from each other through devoting themselves to the coaching process.
When asked about the client experience, one Healthy Start participant stated:
“Over the last several months my coach has helped me in a variety of ways, including conflict resolution, stress management and how to provide meaningful feedback while having space to explore potential responses. They also provided resources where I can continue learning and growing in these areas. Additionally, we covered broader professional items that challenged me to consider my future goals. I found the experience to be very helpful and my coach was a great match for me.”
As we turn our attention to 2022, we anticipate the pro-bono program will only continue to grow. We encourage you to be part of that growth by volunteering your talents as a coach to those in need.
As ICF Pittsburgh member and volunteer coach, Stacey Etherson shared, “Pro-bono coaching is a wonderful opportunity. We have no idea what clients face in their personal and professional lives, and during this short-term engagement they have a space to be heard, explore and have weight lifted from them. While they are benefiting, I am too. I was reminded recently how valuable safety and space are in the engagement. I highly recommend participating in pro-bono coaching with ICFP at your next opportunity.”
Organizations which participated this past year include Healthy Start, Greater Valley Community Center, and the Center for Women.
ICF Pittsburgh would like to offer a special THANK YOU to the volunteer coaches who stepped forward to dedicate their services in 2021. They are listed below and as you see them in the community, be sure to offer your thanks for their ambassadorship to the coaching community!
A visionary leader, Renee has worked on nonprofit boards dealing with public relations, growth, community outreach, and donor relations. Renee has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards in and around the Pittsburgh area and the State of Pennsylvania.
She is a sought-after speaker on topics relating to business, women in business, entrepreneurship, and networking. Renee's book, Empower, was published in March 2013, and she contributed a chapter and wrote the foreword for Twenty Won, in 2021. She is a continual and tireless WBE/MBE advocate and spends time mentoring and working with women and minorities to help them start and grow their businesses.
Watch as Renee discusses being a caregiver to her parents on the Hope Grows Renovation Showcase Speaker Series. Renee connected Architectural Innovations with Hope Grows to complete renovating a home to a caregiver respite.
Women in Leadership XXIII
Congratulations Renee and the graduates of Coro Pittsburgh's Women in Leadership XXIII. Already making waves in the Greater Pittsburgh region, the participants of WIL XXIII came in ready to double-down on their commitment to continual growth and the professional advancement of local women.