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Below is a list of our upcoming and past meeting speakers.

Effective April 1, 2018, speaker pictures will not be included.

Speaker Topic CCEU
May 8, 2017

Barb Girson

The Neuroscience of Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ): Why Every Word Matters (especially in Our Coaching Conversations)

Barb Girson

Barb Girson, Sales and Marketing Strategist, Trainer & Registered Corporate Coach™, ICF Credentialed Professional Coach, and proud to be one of the inaugural 250 Coaches worldwide Certified in Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ). Barb brings over 20 years of experience in speaking, coaching, business consulting, and facilitation. Barb, president, My SalesTactics,LLC, a professional skill development company, and her team help companies, teams, and entrepreneurs gain confidence, get into action, and grow by designing and delivering custom training and executive coaching programs (For organizations, teams, or individuals).

1.0 Core Competency
April 10, 2017

Gleb Tsipursky, Ph.D.
Help Clients Avoid Disasters Through Science-Based Decision-Making

Gleb Tsipursky, Ph.D.
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky runs a nonprofit that popularizes science-based strategies for rational thinking and goal achievement to build an altruistic and flourishing world, Intentional Insights ( He also serves as a tenure-track professor at Ohio State working at the intersection of history, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics, and researching emotions, decision-making, goal achievement, meaning and purpose, altruism, and agency in contemporary and historical contexts. He regularly published in prominent venues such as TIME, The Huffington Post, Lead Change Group, Lifehack, Salon, Elite Daily, The Plain Dealer, Alternet, Sun-Sentinel, Buffalo News, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inside Higher Ed, Psychology Today, and elsewhere. A best-selling author, he wrote Find Your Purpose Using Science and other books, as well as over 20 peer-reviewed articles in academic venues.

1.0 Core Competency
March 13, 2017
Kristin Beireis

Values and Marketing: Where who you are meets marketing success through the ICF Core Competencies Lens


Kristin Beireis
Kristen combines more than 15 years of marketing experience, but her commitment to supporting the coaching industry goes deeper than her day-to-day work.  She was the Marketing Chair for the ICF Midwest Regional Conference for 3 years and has taken the position of VP of Membership within ICF Ohio Valley this year.  As a Coach Kristen has been honing her skills and holds an ACC designation with ICF.  In 2015, she received the high honor of being chosen as ICF Ohio Valley Coach of the Year. Kristen believes life was meant to be enjoyed and that includes marketing.  You can find out more about Kristen and her work at

1.0 Core Competency
February 13, 2017

Karen Tiller

Social + Emotional Intelligence: Exploring What It Means and the Benefits to Clients and Coaches


About Karen Tiller
Karen is an experienced professional who has led and implemented programs that achieve strategic business objectives and people initiatives.  She is passionate about work that unleashes the potential of individuals, groups, and organizations to impact positive performance, behaviors, and learning.   Her specialties include coaching, lean systems/ manufacturing, leadership development, change management, culture transition, communications, teams, and facilitation.  She has worked for DuPont, Cummins, Alcoa, Arthur Andersen, and as an independent consultant representing clients in various industries.

1.0 Core Competency

 January 9, 2017
Using and Managing Social Media: Maintaining Client Confidentiality
About Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.  Licensed as a teacher, professional counselor and school counselor; certified as a career and executive coach, Dr. Conrad has taught at the Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, Capital University and Ashland University. His current areas of research interest are “Motivation, resilience and career trajectory” and “ Ethics, boundaries and social media”. Along with Officer Don Stanko, Dr Conrad is the co-author of Digital Danger: If You Think Your Kid is Safe Online, Think Again and is also the author of Retire Happy: How to Remain, Relevant, Reputable and Resilient. An often-requested speaker at the state and regional level, his most popular topics include Fixing Perfect: Taming Perfectionism, Manage Change Before Change Manages You, What’s Next: How To Make The Big Leap; Digital Danger: Keeping Your Career Intact on Social Media.

1.0 Core Competency
 November 14, 2016
Sue McMahon
 Creating a More Confident Coaching Practice by Enhancing Your Ethical Awareness
About Sue McMahon
Sue partners with her clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that boldly challenges, inspires, and empowers individuals to courageously maximize their personal and professional potential.  She is recognized by clients and colleagues as caring, energetic, intelligent and intensely passionate. Fully committed to her profession as a coach, Sue aligns with the International Coach Federation (ICF) as the global leader in professional coaching organizations. She has been actively involved with the ICF since 2003, and has witnessed the rapid growth of this organization to now more than 26,000 members in 136 countries around the globe. Sue has served in many leadership roles involving ICF Ethics & Standards, devoting a tremendous amount of time and energy to the promotion of professional integrity and ethical coaching practices. Her efforts toward ethical conduct within the coaching profession continue in her current role as the Chair of the ICF Independent Review Board (IRB).

1.25 Core Competencies
 October 10, 2016
Patrick D 2016
 Business Attraction Factor – Using the IMPACT Process to Build Your Coaching Practice
and Barb Girson's presentation "Stop Walking on Eggshells: Tell It Like It Is” (by Marion Franklin) from ICF Midwest Conference that was not presented in September.
About Patrick Donadio
Patrick Donadio is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Master Certified Coach (MCC). Since 1986, he has guided leaders and their organizations with powerful presentations and one-on-one business communications coaching. From the boardroom to the frontlines, he shows people how to improve communications/presentations, increase profits, enhance credibility, deepen relationships and boost performance — in less time. As an executive/business coach, Patrick works with “C” Suite Executives, Entrepreneurs, and other Professional Services Providers (Consultants, Lawyers, Accountants, Physicians…) to improve communication/presentation skills and grow their business. As a leader, Donadio has served locally and nationally in numerous professional/community service leadership roles.
1.25 Core Competency
 September 12, 2016

 The Best of the ICF Midwest Conference
Speakers for this meeting. Please visit event page for speaker bios:
Chris Warnky, “Turning Frustration Into a Selling Tool for Expanding Your Coaching Business” (by Lena Gustafsson)

Karen Tiller, “Building Resilience to Optimize Client Balance and Performance” (by Dan Johnson)

Namara Dafney, “The Science and Art of Presence:  The Physical States that Create Breakthrough Moments in Coaching” (by Marcia Reynolds)

Essie Richardson and Diana Williams, “What’s Neuroscience Got to Do with Us?  Proof, Power and Purpose for the ICF Core Competencies” (by Ann Betz, Ursula Pottinga, and Amoriah Ross)

Larry Hayes, “P&L Accountability Coaching” (by Clyde C, Lowstuter)

Barb Girson, "Stop Walking on Eggshells: Tell It Like It Is” (by Marion Franklin)
1.25 Core Competencies
 May 9, 2016
Using the Marshall Goldsmith Approach for Planning & Goal Setting
About Richard Needles
Richard Needles has worked as a consultant and coach with organizations in multiple industries ranging in size from 6 employees to 150,000 employees. In his corporate career, Richard personally hired over 2,000 employees; 50 at the director and executive level. Richard also founded a corporate university to develop emerging leaders and prepare them to take on expanding roles in times of rapid growth and change. Richard is a cum laude graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Business Administration / Labor & Human Resources. In 2006 Richard launched his executive coaching and HR consulting company.

1.0 Core Competency
April 11, 2016
 Designing Actions
About Amy Kay Watson
Amy Kay Watson has extensive speaking and facilitation experience. She was trained in the performing arts and in public speaking and has spoken for a wide variety of audiences from 3 to 300, including Fortune 500 senior leaders, university faculty, staff, and students, Feeding America, and retail personnel. She recently published an ebook, Working with Stress and Fear on the challenges of managing moodiness and anger, conflict, perfectionism, work anxiety, and more. Amy is a career and leadership coach in Columbus, Ohio. Her coaching certification is from Fielding Graduate University, and she has her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

1.0 Core Competency
Mar 14, 2016
Establishing the Coaching Agreement


About Karen Semon
Karen brings over 25 years of progressive experience with national and multi-national companies to her role as a Leadership Coach. Karen has unique insight into organizational and human behavior, which has been developed through her experience in multiple industries and corporate cultures. Prior to becoming a coach nearly 10 years ago, Karen held senior level corporate positions at Sterling Commerce, Frigidaire/White Consolidated Industries, Electrolux, and Federated Department Stores in roles of marketing, information technology, product management, and human resources. Karen's numerous certifications include Hogan Assessment Systems, Lominger 360 Degree Feedback, Choices Architect, DiSC, Winslow Dynamics Profile, IBM Kenexa, as well as experience administering and analyzing MBTI and Birkman assessments. She completed the Graduate Executive Coaching Program at the University of Texas in Dallas and is a professional certified coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.
1.0 Core Competency
Feb 8,
Creating Awareness
About Bob Forte
Bob Forte has made a career of helping people, groups and organizations operate more effectively and with less stress through the application of the Discovering Dialogue model of organizational and personal growth. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Dayton and is a graduate of the Transactional Analysis Institute of Ohio and the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio organizational and clinical programs. He brings over 25 years of experience.  He has consulted with law enforcement agencies, taught at the university level and worked as an employee assistance counselor and organizational consultant with OSU and Wexner Medical Center. He was a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio and organizational coach with the Business of People coaching program.
1.0 Core Competency
 Jan 11,

Active Listening


About Jim Svagerko
Jim has almost 30 years working within the Healthcare industry, first as a clinician and then as a teacher and coach.  He has worked with many levels of healthcare associates including informal leaders, front line managers, physicians and executive leadership. In addition, Jim has coached in a variety of settings including legal, manufacturing and sales. As a coach, Jim has operated in various ways to meet the needs of each leader.  He utilizes many techniques such as one-on-one coaching, group coaching and mentoring.  He believes that it is necessary for individuals to evaluate their own self first, examine their current behaviors and then discuss ways of integrating the knowledge they have received into their daily routines.He guides the person to a full awareness of self, prior to moving the individual to new thought.
1.0 Core Competency
 Nov. 9,

Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client

About Amy Kay Watson
Amy Kay Watson is a specialist in leadership development as well as cultural and personal transformation. A former chaplain, she has worked with Hertz, Ohio State, and Borders Books & Music. Working with thousands of professionals across North America, Amy has helped individuals and companies re-think organizational culture while implementing effective change. She focuses on conscious leadership, organizational culture, and employee engagement.

1.0 Core Competency
 Oct. 12, 2015

Direct Communication

About Mandy Redwine
Mandy is a successful leader in the Learning and Development industry that possesses an innate ability to quickly build rapport with others and strategically plan and implement superb programs that increase employee engagement. Whether working one-on-one or with a group, Mandy focuses on how behaviors impact relationships. Connect with Mandy via Linked in at
1.0 Core Competency
 Sept. 14, 2015

The Power of Coaching Presence: Accessing Inner Wisdom

About Janine Moon
Janine Moon is a highly experienced consultant, trainer and coach who brings a rich level of understanding, intelligence and wisdom to bear on Workforce Change. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience in corporate management and leadership, she is an expert in internal and external customer service and relationship building as well as profit center development and maximizing the strengths and productivity of employees. She has initiated, managed and implemented change.
1.0 Core Competency
May 11, 2015
 Unstuck: Helping Clients Design Actions

About Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.  Licensed as a teacher, professional counselor and school counselor; certified as a career and executive coach, Dr. Conrad has taught at the Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, Capital University and Ashland University. His current areas of research interest are “Motivation, resilience and career trajectory” and “Ethics, boundaries and social media”. Along with Officer Don Stanko, Dr. Conrad is the co-author of Digital Danger: If You Think Your Kid is Safe Online, Think Again and is also the author of Retire Happy: How to Remain, Relevant, Reputable and Resilient. An often-requested speaker at the state and regional level, his most popular topics include Fixing Perfect: Taming Perfectionism, Manage Change Before Change Manages You, What’s Next: How To Make The Big Leap; Digital Danger: Keeping Your Career Intact on Social Media.

1.0 Core Competency
 April 13, 2015
Managing Progress and Accountability
About Julie McManus
Internationally-accomplished senior executive with 20+ years demonstrated results as a consultant, leader and practitioner in change management, enterprise learning and development, organization effectiveness, executive coaching and strategy management. Key executive roles and accountabilities reporting to c-suite executives. Consistently optimizes operating results through implementation of creative, world-class business solutions. Recognized by associates and clients as a visionary leader and change agent who supports, trains, encourages and nurtures teams to consistently exceed expectations.

1.0 Core Competency
March 9, 2015
John Schuster
Creating Awareness
About John Schuster
John P. Schuster began coaching in 1988 when, as a facilitator of CEO learning groups for what is now Vistage, he conducted monthly intensive “one-on-ones”, as they were then called, with each CEO member. With hundreds of hours in this setting he helped pioneer the conversation-based development processes that we now know as coaching. He is a coach in residence with Merryck and Co., and serves as a senior faculty member of the executive coaching certification programs at Columbia University and The Hudson Institute of Coaching. He is the founding partner of The Schuster Kane Alliance, Inc. a consulting firm he started in the 80’s. John Schuster has helped private, public and non-profit enterprises on many fronts, from strategic planning to leadership development, to engaging the workforce. His company is known for its ability to connect soft people skills with lasting results.
1.0 Core Competency
February 9, 2015
Establishing the Coaching Agreement
About Piper Moore
Piper V. Moore is the owner of PM Morning, LLC, established in 2010, where she offers Professional Development Services through Executive and Professional Development Coaching, Customer Service and Generational Diversity Training and Motivational and Informative Speaking Engagement. All services focus on changing the mindset and behaviors of clients. Ms. Moore is a State of Ohio Certified Public Manager and University of Georgia Certified Executive Coach. Her passion to assist others to succeed led her into the professions of Executive Coaching, Professional Speaking and Human Resources Management.

1.0 Core Competency
January 12, 2015
Active Listening
About Jerry Browning
Jerry has been dedicated to promoting the coaching profession and has served on this board and as President of our chapter.  She has been an ICF member since 1999 and active in various international level committees, including serving as a coach to new ICF Chapter Presidents. Jerry has studied a variety of disciplines to support coaching that include The Field Institute where she is a certified facilitator, a Master Level of NLP, Certification in Gestalt, and recently became certified in Motivational Interviewing. Her business is Chiron Company with a motto of, “Your success is our business.” Jerry has helped to build coaching programs in organizations and is currently working on such at Nationwide here in Columbus and across the country.  Jerry’s education includes MS of Education and Clinical Counseling from University of Dayton, BSC from Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, and is working on a Masters of Coaching at Middlesex University in the UK. Visit her website at:
1.0 Core Competency

November 10, 2014


Patricia Bright

Patrick Donadio

How does “Coaching Presence” create better results for your client?

About Patricia Bright
Patricia Bright has been a transformation specialist through 3 careers that span HR Recruiting and Relocation Manager, Wellness Practitioner, then Leadership/Career Coach since 2008.  Her work with clients opens a pathway to stress reduction and self-discovery that enhances life and career.  Patricia is an explorer of sorts and is comfortable in the worlds of Jungian psychology, dreamwork and neuroscience, as well sweat lodges, meditation retreats and touring Europe’s sacred sites.  She has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for 11 years. From her Wellness days she is certified in Asian somatics, ie Qigong Instructor and Shiatsu Acupressure Practitioner.  These and other experiential practices come in handy in her client work. Visit her website at

About Patrick Donadio
Patrick Donadio, MBA, CSP, MCC is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Master Certified Coach (MCC). Since 1986, Donadio has worked with leaders and their organizations to improve the way they communicate with staff, customers and the general public with his powerful presentations and one-on-one business communication coaching.  From the boardroom to the frontlines, he teaches people to increase profits, improve presentation/verbal communications, enhance their credibility, deepen relationships and boost performance — in less time. Visit his website at

About Pat Snyder
Pat Snyder coaches attorneys who want to take their businesses and personal lives to the next level. A Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, she also holds a JD degree, a masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology, and the ACC credential from ICF. When she is not running her coaching business, I Can Fly, LLC, she writes a humor column called “Balancing Act” for This Week Community Newspapers in Columbus. Visit her website at

1.0 Core Competency

October 13, 2014

Larry Hayes

Coaching Sales Professionals

About Larry Hayes
Larry Hayes, CPC®, ACC® is an experienced coach and trainer with more than 30 years experience helping people develop themselves to achieve their goals. Larry has coached top performing Financial Advisors in the US and in Europe, leaders and executives and served as Master Coach and Coaching Team Head at UBS in the USA where he was responsible for the talent development of others in their coaching organization. He uses a 28-point coaching outline aligned along 6 major themes: Business Plan, Team, Profiling and Planning, Products and Investments, Administration, and Client Acquisition.

  1.0 Core Competency

September 8, 2014


Coaching with the Brain in Mind

About Raymond Forbes, Jr., Franklin University
Dr. Ray Forbes is currently Chair of the Masters Degree Program in Business Psychology within the College of Arts, Sciences and Technology at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. A university excellence medallion recipient, he develops, manages and teaches courses in business and applied psychology. A former Associate Dean, Ray has been a full time faculty member since 1993 when he was hired to help begin the MBA program and the Graduate School of Business. Currently  President of the Faculty Senate, he was instrumental in the startup of the MBA coaching program, Executive Coaching specialization, and the university mentoring program.

  1.0 Core Competency
May 12, 2014

Powerful Questions -- A Practical Coaching Tool

About Barb Girson, My Sales Tactics:
Barb Girson, ACC, is a Registered Corporate Coach™ and uses her 20 years of experience to provide contract-coaching, and training services to company owners, senior executives, and professionals across numerous industries including technical environments (accounting, engineering, law etc.), Fortune 50 and 100 companies, Insurance Industry, Public Services and privately-held organizations. Barb is a DiSC train-the-trainer and uses a variety of assessment tools including Everything DISC (Leadership, Manager, Workplace, Sales), Personal Listening Profile, Time Mastery Profile and 363 Assessments. She is the CEO/President, My Sales Tactics, LLC

1 Core Competency
April 14, 2014

Co-creating the Coaching Relationship

About Jan Allen:
Executive coach, successful entrepreneur, speaker, author and veteran of government and politics, Jan is a catalyst and innovator. She spurs leaders, leadership teams, and entrepreneurs to take bold action and achieve
breakthrough results.

Specifically, Jan serves senior and emerging leaders in the corporate, civic, non-profit, media and academic sectors -- helping boost profitability, develop leaders’ capacities and capabilities, nurture creative teams, improve performance, launch and grow new enterprises, manage transitions, and achieve dreams.

1 Core Competency

March 10, 2014

The Power and potency of the Enneagram: A useful tool for your client and you

About Connie Frecker, The Enneagram Institute

Connie Frecker, L.S.W., is Director of The Enneagram Institute of Ohio, a Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teacher and a Certified Personal and Professional Coach with a diversified background in education, counseling, music and the public and non-profit sectors.

Core Competency - 0.7

Resource Development - 0.3

February 10, 2014

Business Blueprint:  How exactly to spend your time to spend your to earn six figures as a coach

About Michael Charest, Grow Your Business, Grow Your Life:

Michael is a 14 year veteran speaker and coach.  He participated with Coach U creator, Thomas Leonard, in his Millennium Tour.  He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Business and held management positions with both Embassy Suites and American Golf Corporation before leaving the corporate world to start his own coaching and consulting business.  He has addressed Coaching Chapters and other associations around the U.S. as well as abroad.  He has presented several times to the ICF National Conferences in the U.S., once in Italy, and at the Australasia Conference.  His specialty is helping small business owners, solopreneurs, independent contractors, and service-based professionals grow their companies and provide the best possible service to their clients.

Core Competency - 0.4

Resource Development - 0.6

 January 13, 2014
John Savage

Managing your life core issues layer by layer

About John Savage:
Dr. John S. Savage, was the founder and president of L.E.A.D. Consultants, Inc. for 25 years.  He is currently a Sr. Consultant/Trainer for The Wooten Associates. He is a lecturer, trainer, consultant, author, coach, designer of training systems, and conflict manager.  He is a psychotherapist. He completed a two-year internship at Rochester General Hospital.  In addition, He has received graduate degrees; a M.Div. and a D.Min., from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and an M.A. in education from Syracuse University.  He is a consultant to many organizations, Dr. Savage works in the areas of educational designing, problem solving, conflict management, team building, leadership development, listening skills, transitions and consultation models.  

1 Core Competency