ICF Volunteers Named 2013 President's Award Winners ICF Markers Core Team members Holm, Langner, Krigbaum and Mathews honored for their contributions.

LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The members of the International Coach Federation's (ICF) Markers Core Team were awarded with the 2013 ICF President's Award during the team's December 2013 meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. Each year, the president of ICF Global presents an individual or group with the ICF President's Award in recognition of outstanding work to promote coaching in a humanitarian capacity.

The Markers Core Team members and 2013 President's Award honorees are:

  • Soren Holm, PCC (Sweden)
  • Hope Langner, MCC (USA)
  • Margaret Krigbaum, MCC (USA)
  • Patricia A. Mathews, MCC (USA)

"The ICF is committed to enhancing our already world-class credentialing program. Over the last two years, the coaches who volunteered for the ICF Markers Core Team have been integral to this project, contributing their subject-matter expertise and hundreds of hours of their time to revise the evaluation system for ICF's credentialing exams and improve training for our body of volunteer assessors," said 2013 ICF Global President Dr. Damian Goldvarg, MCC. "Volunteers are the heart of ICF, and Soren, Hope, Margaret and Patricia exemplify the dedication and passion that enable us to lead the way in advancing the coaching profession."     

Since the inception of ICF's credentialing program, providing an accurate assessment of each applicant's coaching performance has been central to the credentialing process. To this end, the ICF utilizes a small team of trained volunteer assessors to evaluate the performance of credentialing candidates.

Since 2011, the ICF Markers Core Team has led efforts to revise ICF's oral-assessment evaluation system and improve training for volunteer assessors. The intention is to develop and implement an evaluation process that is fair, consistent, valid, reliable, repeatable and defensible. This, in turn, will support the ICF's stated strategic goal of constructing a global-standards system in service of advancing the coaching profession and, in turn, supporting the flourishing of humanity.

"Leading this project has so far been an amazing opportunity to contribute to the long-range development of professional coaching. If ever there was a labor of love, surely this is it: lots of labor and lots of love," said Holm, the team's leader. "To get to do something worthwhile for a profession we love has been ample reward in itself. Receiving the 2013 President's Award was a complete surprise to all of us and we are touched, delighted and humbled by it. There is still lots of work to be done on this project, and the award fuels our inspiration to continue and see the revised procedures fully implemented and embraced by the community of coaches worldwide."

The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with more than 20,000 members and 10,000 credentialed coaches in more than 100 countries worldwide. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring or training. ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. For more information, please visit our website at www.coachfederation.org.

Abby Tripp Heverin, +1.859.219.3529

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