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Whether you are a Master Certified Coach or just starting your practice… whether you are an executive, life or business coach, or something in between… whether you are interested in adding coaching to your professional skill set, are simply curious about coaching, or are looking to hire a coach… ICF Houston Chapter is your best professional coaching resource!

ICF Houston Chapter is the local chapter of the International Coach Federation, the largest non-profit worldwide association of professional business and personal coaches. With more than 13,000 members in over 80 countries, and over 150 chapters in 42 countries, the ICF’s core purpose is to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching. 

Our vibrant ICF Houston Chapter community is buzzing with programs, possibilities, and connections to help you sustain yourself, your business, and the coaching profession. If you are seeking a coach, we have resources to help you better understand coaching and help you find a professional coach from our member directory. Please join our email list to find out about upcoming programs, meetings and events. Guests are always welcome!

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Upcoming Events
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October's Programs
With Beatrice "Bebe" Hansen


A Deep Dive into
Presence-Based Coaching®

October 6, 2014

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Hess Club

Presence-Based Coaching® is a cutting edge approach that addresses the questions: What creates sustainable change?  How do we work with our habits and conditioned patterns that get in the way of our presence and limit our ability to create change in the moment?  And what does the body have to do with this?
Join Presence-Based Coaching faculty Bebe Hansen, MSSW, ACC for a dynamic session on an essential aspect of Presence-Based Coaching: Including the Body in Change.  This will be an interactive learning event that offers new and innovative perspectives on presence and the body, and explores the crucial importance of presence for both coach and client in coaching.   

We will work somatically in and through the body to begin to access, create and support change. This 2 and 1/2 hour session encourages coaches to try on new activities and practices for themselves, so that these emerging skills can be embodied, and thus applied more skillfully in real client situations.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
  • Participants will have an increased understanding and experience of coaching presence, and be able to support their clients in accessing the presence that underpins any change effort.
  • Participants will understand how the intersection of neurobiology and history either supports or inhibits progress toward coaching outcomes.
  • Participants will take away several practical coaching tools that can be applied immediately with their clients.
  • ICF Core competencies covered: Coaching Presence, Active Listening, Creating Awareness, Powerful Questions.
Presence-Based Coaching®:
How Does Presence Support Change
October 6, 2014

6:00pm - 8:30pm

Hess Club

Presence is an ICF core competency.  Presence is also at the very core of resilience, and a meta-competency for our clients that support every other coaching outcome.  Since Presence is central to seeing and acting on new choices, evoking presence in our clients is essential to delivering on their outcomes.

Presence-Based Coaching® uniquely integrates mindfulness, somatics, leadership theory, developmental psychology and interpersonal neurobiology, all underpinned by Presence. Join Presence-Based Coaching faculty Bebe Hansen, MSSW, ACC for a lively evening session that introduces several fundamental concepts from this coaching model.  Interact with coaching tools you can apply immediately, and begin to understand how Presence can impact both our coaching and our client’s success.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn several key distinctions from Presence-Based Coaching methodology that contribute to our understanding as coaches of how change happens.
  • Participants will have a deeper view of how barriers to change both operate and impact client’s coaching goals.
  • Participants will understand more about how accessing Presence both as coach and as client supports sustainable change.
  • ICF Core competencies covered: Coaching Presence, Active Listening, Creating Awareness, Powerful Questions.



*You must register for these events separately.
About Beatrice "Bebe" Hansen
Beatrice “Bebe” Hansen, MSSW, ACC is a leadership coach, consultant and trainer.  She integrates her extensive family business experience with her psychotherapy background to coach executives and emerging leaders in building leadership skills and capacities. She has worked with leaders in the private, non-profit and government sectors. In addition to her individual client work, Bebe teaches as faculty with Doug Silsbee, PCC, creator of Presence-Based® Coaching, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program.  She offers Mentor Coaching services at the ACC level and delivers leadership training throughout the greater Washington DC area.

Bebe holds certifications from Presence-Based Coaching®, the Strozzi Institute, the Enneagram Institute and the Hendricks Institute and is an Associate Certified Coach through ICF.  She has a BA in Business and a MS in Social Work, and has been in the Diamond Approach spiritual path for 13 years.  Bebe is committed to regular meditation and yoga practices, enjoys whipping up tasty meals with family and friends, and can occasionally be found sailing the Potomac.

Message from our President

Dear Colleagues: 

Welcome to the International Coaches Federation (ICF) Houston Chapter. The profession of coaching is expanding rapidly and the ICF Houston Chapter is leading the way by delivering innovative programs, educational events and networking opportunities for the professional coaching community and its sponsors.  Our vision is simply to be The “Go To” resource for Houston area coaches.

Our 2013-2014 Goals align with our 3 year strategic plan to:

  • Enhance the visibility of the ICF Houston Chapter and its members
  • Add incremental value to our membership, sponsors and community
  • Improve our internal processes to further enhance the ICF Houston Chapter experience
I would like to extend a warm thank you to Liz Plaster, our Past President, for all of her hard work and dedication these past two years. We all deeply appreciate her commitment of time, energy and passion to shaping the organization and her continued service to the coaching community.

We have a talented and committed board of directors along with an incredible spirit of volunteerism among our committee members that create and implement the ICF Houston Chapter experience.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as President this year and look forward to helping define and deliver the resources, tools and programs that will enable you to serve your clients more effectively. If you’re not a member yet, I invite you to join us in celebrating the profession of coaching and in pursuit of coaching excellence.

Matt Williams

President, ICF Houston Chapter 2013-2014