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

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Why I am serving on the Board: Connection is one of my core values and serving as Program Director on the ICF Georgia Board allows me to contribute to the local coaching community by providing programming that connects our members to resources, ideas, and on-going support for their personal and career development. I bring a high level of energy, curiosity, and love of laughter!


Fun Fact: I can say the alphabet backward faster than I can frontwards – Kindergarten was a wild ride!

Business Website: LinkedIn

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President Elect & Programs Director

Why I am serving on the Board: I want to provide opportunities for aspiring and established coaches to maximize all the coaching profession has to offer. Additionally, I don’t want any coach to feel like they have to do it alone.

Fun Fact: I rearrange hymns in my native language (Yoruba/Nigeria). You can find my music streaming on all major platforms!

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Director –  Communities of Practice

Why I am serving on the Board: I love to associate with people who have a passion for coaching and a desire to help others realize their full potential in life. I want to use my 35 years of leadership experience in the military, corporate, and federal sectors to expand the reach and impact of professional coaching focused on individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Georgia.  I also want to share my own coaching experience with other professional coaches through our Chapter’s supportive and nurturing events.

Fun Fact: I had the quote of the day in the New York Times (they didn’t spell my name correctly so I don’t know if that counted as my 15 minutes of “Andy Warhol” fame!).

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Treasurer and Secretary

Why I am serving on the Board: I am serving to communicate the profession of coaching for the positive impact and amazing possibilities it creates in the world.  I am passionate about building a community of coaches to support and foster each other.  The value I bring to the board is a joy for this profession and creativity for creating awareness through my experience in marketing and advertising.

Fun Fact: I love to travel and have family living across 4 different continents: North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe

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Director – Communications

Why I am serving on the Board: This year I picked connection as a theme for myself and my business, I can’t think of a better group to be connected with.  I look forward to learning and serving the greater community and helping connect our mission as coaches with the greater business community around us.

Fun Fact:  My top 2 behavioral traits are spontaneous and creative and I love to help others find their top traits as well.

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Director – Membership

Why I am serving on the Board: At the heart of my personal ethos is the word “service". I see no better way of accentuating this, than to serve my professional colleagues as a Board member of ICF Georgia.

Fun Fact: In progress...

Business Website: Linkedin

Director – Advertising & Sponsorship

Why I am serving on the Board: One of my core values is to create win/win/win scenarios: A win for “the other”, a win for me/my family/my company and most importantly a win for the greater good/our community. And for that I show up proud and tall. I am honored to be serving in a community full of integrity, intentions and important information. It’s my passion to be resourceful and pass on my resources to others, so they may become more resourceful.

Fun Fact: I grew up in the most gorgeous & serene country side in southwest Germany (near Stuttgart), surrounded by vineyards, but I couldn’t wait to get the heck out of there when I grew up!

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Immediate Past President

Why I am serving on the Board: I serve on the ICF Georgia Board because I want to contribute to the efforts to educate our statewide community of coaches and businesses about the benefits of professional coaching to their lives and organizations. 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!

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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CPs) are virtual groups of coaches interested in a specific topic area. These communities are designed to provide a platform for sharing best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips among ICF Members to advance their professional development.

CPs provide a virtual venue for coaches with a shared interest in a specific topic to advance their professional development; deepen their subject-matter expertise; and share best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips.

Each CP is steered by volunteer leaders who help facilitate the learning and organize the conversations, ideas, and trends that emerge from the group. CPs are designed to promote active participation from their members: Sharing and discussion is always encouraged.

ICF Georgia Government Community of Practice

Purpose: The International Coaching Federation (ICF) Georgia Chapter Government Community of Practice (CP) supports coaching in the government sector by providing targeted resources, professional development, and networking opportunities for internal and external coaches and others who are interested in government coaching.

Participants: The CP is open to all levels of government internal & external coaches at the federal, state, and local levels. Additionally, non-federal coaches and those interested in supporting government coaching are invited to participate.

Organization: The ICF Georgia Government Community of Practice is led by a small steering committee consisting of two (2) advisors from the ICF Georgia chapter, one (1) member from the federal government in Atlanta, and three (3) trained coaches who also serve in federal, state, or local governments in Georgia.


  • The CP operates at no cost to the ICF Georgia chapter or to any government agency.

  • There is no formal membership for the CP. All participants are included in the ICF Georgia Government CP distribution list. ICF Georgia manages the list to ensure it remains current and accurate. The distribution list is not shared with outside individuals, vendors or organizations.

  • The CP steering committee plans and hosts monthly and/or quarterly forums with no cost for attendance.

  • The ICF Georgia CP partners with government organizations to support the benefits of professional coaching in all government sectors.

  • For more information or to be added to the ICF Georgia Government CP distribution list, contact Bob Weinkle at: or check the ICF Georgia website Events page to sign up for the lunch and learn forums.

Monthly Lunch & Learn

ICF Georgia Government Community of Practice Low or No Cost
ICF Georgia Government Community of Practice Peer Coaching Benefits
Updated ICF Georgia Code of Ethics and Core Competencies

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