Presentation: ICF/HCI Report on Building a Coaching Culture
Sara C. Smith, MCC, CPCC
Vice Chair, ICF Global Board of Directors
Sara Smith, MCC, CPCC, is a long-time coach from Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). After working for IBM for nearly 30 years, she now has her own o coaching firm, Smith Leadership.
Sara began her coaching journey as part of the IBM global transformation team. It was there she taught coaching skills to leaders and trained to become a group and executive coach. Since leaving IBM, she has been a coach and transformational consultant for global businesses, universities and non-profit organizations. She delights in being in “ah-ha” business.
Sara has been a member of the ICF since 2001 and became a volunteer in the ICF North Texas chapter in 2006 where she held the unlikely role of VP of technology for 3 years. She established a branch of ICFNT in Tarrant county in 2009 and when it was incorporated back into ICFNT 18 months later, increased the chapter membership by over 30%. In 2010, she was asked to start a region in the southeast region. She founded the ICF Southeast Region and served as its co-leader for 6 years. During that time, she was an adjunct member of the ICF North Texas board in the role of chapter liaison to the region. Sara has served as an ICF assessor. She was also on the global nominating committee for 3 years where she helped transition the ICF to a business competency-based board and established ongoing board leadership development. Sara was elected to the ICF Global Board of Directors in 2017 and is now serving as vice chair. She will began her second term in 2019.
Sara earned degrees from Texas Christian University and became a Master Certified Coach (MCC) in 2010. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute, attended the Teleos Leadership Executive Coaching program and completed Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching for experienced coaches through BeAboveLeadership. Sara has been an adjunct professor with the SMU Cox School of Business MBA program and also taught the fundamentals of emotional intelligence to doctoral students at two seminaries. She has also worked with Division 1 college athletics in the US and is author of Coach to Coach – Emotional Intelligence and Leadership for Winning Coaches for athletic coaches.
Sara spends her free time RV’ing with husband, Paul, being a doting grandmother to Birch and playing with Jake, a rescued greyhound. She is expanding her interest in music by playing the Native American flute and joining the Fort Worth City Band as a percussionist.