ABOUT ICF GEORGIA

Providing Partnership & Practice For Georgia’s Coaching Professionals

About Us

We are the official Georgia Chapter of the International Coach Federation, the largest worldwide resource for business and personal coaches. We offer a supportive community, opportunities for professional development, networking, and an enjoyable way to connect with coaches from all backgrounds and specialties. We actively promote awareness of coaching to our communities. Curious about what coaching is and the impact it creates? Explore the ins and outs of the coaching profession to understand more about empowering others to achieve goals through coaching here.

Our members are entrepreneurs with their own coaching business and corporate professionals using coaching as a performance and development tool in their jobs.

Join us and experience the potential of coaching through career-enhancing, powerful programs and community involvement throughout the year. Via our virtual offerings, we are able to extend beyond Atlanta to offer benefit to our coaching professionals across the state. Our meetings & events are open to both members and guests.

Board of Directors

KATIE KARPPALA
President

Why I am serving on the Board: I am deeply committed to the credibility, advancement, recognition and education in the coaching field. My drive is to see quality coaches develop, so they can go out and impact others in a positive way. I bring to the board creativity, strategic thinking and a passion for connected coaching community.

Fun Fact: I love to travel and learn about other cultures.

Business Website: www.authenticdimensions.com

DENISE HALL
President Elect

Why I am serving on the Board: Our profession is fairly new and governance is needed. I am pleased that ICF has stepped into this role and I want to support their efforts. Personal learning is a core value for me and I wanted to create programs that appeal to all of our members.

Fun Fact: I have two daughters adopted from China and I am an advocate for adoption.

Business Website: www.ignitecoaching.info

NEELAM SHARMA
Immediate Past President

Why I am serving on the Board: I wanted to give back to the coaching community, as well as refine my leadership skills. I love working with this team to advance coaching and this chapter! Connecting to the other chapters in the Southeast Region and globally has been a bonus. In my 25 years in the corporate world as well as a leadership coach, I have always had a passion for helping people to develop their best selves. In my role on the board, that passion along with my ability to make connections helps me to add value as a Board member.

Fun Fact: The year between my 7th and 8th birthdays, I lived on 3 different continents and attended four different schools.

Business Website: www.neelamsharmacoaching.com

LELE RUBY
Secretary and Treasurer

Why I am serving on the Board: Serving as Treasurer on the ICF GA Board combines both of my loves:  coaching and number crunching.  I jumped in with both feet and offered to be considered for the Treasurer board position at my first chapter meeting. I provide monthly financial statements, take minutes at all meetings and jump in for various projects especially those that involve increasing our revenues.

Fun Fact: I have visited all 50 states.

Business Website: www.rubycoaching.com

TONYA ECHOLS
Director – Communications

Why I am serving on the Board: I serve on the ICF Georgia Board because I want to contribute to the efforts to educate the Atlanta community about the benefits of professional coaching to their lives and businesses. My contributions to the board are my energy, new ideas, and commitment to spreading the word about Chapter activities, community events, and the overall benefits of being involved in with the ICF both locally and globally.

Fun Fact: Nothing makes me happier than new stamps in my passport – I love to travel as much as possible!

Business Website: www.thrivecoachingsolutions.com

Jennifer Bristol ICF Georigia Board Member

JENNIFER BRISTOL
Director – Membership

Why I am serving on the Board: I am honored to be able to serve as Membership Chair for ICF GA. I want an opportunity to get involved with helping to grow and support the profession of coaching by bringing in new members who are passionate about coaching and who want to network with other like minded professionals. This is a great way for me to stay engaged and involved in the coaching community.

Fun Fact: I love to sing and do Karaoke

Business Website: www.propel4ward.com

JEN BAGGETT
Director – Programs

Why I am serving on the Board: I am serving on the board because I want to help grow and develop the coaching community in Atlanta.

Fun Fact: My high school was voted the one of the most beautiful campuses in America and tons of movies/tvs have been shot there including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills 90210, Bruce Almighty and more. Buffy the Vampire Slayer filmed while I was in high school.

Business Website: www.wecatchlight.com

MARY MCCOY
Director – Sponsorship and Alliances

Why I am serving on the Board: I’m serving on the Board to better understand the coaching industry. I’m adding value to the Board by broadening opportunities for companies aligned with the coaching community to reach our members and share benefits.

Fun Fact:  I love to play golf!

Business Website: www.linkedin.com/in/marymccoy01

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