LEXINGTON, Ky., June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- International Coaching Week (ICW) 2018 will take place May 7-13, 2018, the International Coach Federation (ICF) has announced. During this weeklong celebration, ICF Chapters and coaches around the world will host a variety of activities and deliver pro bono services in their local communities to enable others to experience coaching and its benefits firsthand.
ICW was first started in 1999 by ICF Master Certified Coach Jerri N. Udelson, and its purpose is to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach and acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.
"ICW is a global celebration and an opportunity to experience professional coaching. During this week, we encourage individuals and organizations all over the world to understand and explore and to test and discover the possibilities that coaching provides," said ICF Global CEO/Executive Director Magda Mook. "Thanks to the efforts of ICF Chapters and professional coaches, people are able to do just that, locally, regionally and globally. Each year, more activities are being held around the globe, and more people are becoming aware of coaching and ICF because of it."
ICF's announcement follows the association's largest celebration yet. During ICW 2017, held May 15–21, 2017, more than 60 ICF Chapters around the world offered over 300 opportunities to celebrate and experience coaching, including conferences, webinars, partnerships with businesses and organizations, and free coaching sessions.
ICW 2017 highlights included:
- ICF Czech Republic launched a long-term pro bono project, in which chapter members will provide complimentary coaching sessions to employees at the Tereza Maxová Foundation.
- ICF Malaysia offered workshops and coaching awareness discussions to various local organizations, including Kimberly Clark and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
- ICF Spain provided nearly 100 activities to an estimated 5,000 participants. Events included webinars, workshops, conferences and pro bono coaching sessions.
- ICF Panama held a coaching fair, which was open to executives, professionals, entrepreneurs and students. The event garnered attention from print and television media.
- ICF Toronto offered a wide variety of ways for people to get involved, including a Twitter chat, which allowed the public to ask and learn more about coaching. The chapter also provided complimentary coaching sessions for eight local nonprofit organizations.
- As a collaborative effort on behalf of ICF Chapters in the Middle East, the first-ever Middle East Prism Awards program was held. The award recognized organizations in the region with strong coaching cultures.
ICW 2018 dates were first announced by ICF Vice President of Global Development and Membership Colmon Elridge via a Facebook Live broadcast.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life, Leadership, Relationship and Career Coaching. Its 25,000-plus members located in more than 135 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices.
Abby Tripp Heverin, ICF Global Communications and Awards Manager
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SOURCE International Coach Federation