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December 8 Special Event: Holiday Breakfast and Earlier Start Time
Fee $15 Members and First Time Guests, $25 Returning Non-Members

 After a successful holiday party last year, the SDPCA board has decided to celebrate the holidays together again at our December 8 meeting. In addition to the outstanding networking with San Diego’s finest coaches, a delicious, hot breakfast will be served, along with festive holiday music to celebrate the season. We will kick off this special holiday party by opening registration at 9:00 a.m., so please arrive 30 minutes early to the December meeting.

While SDPCA is contributing to part of this cost, there will be a fee of $15 per person for members and first time guests, and $25 for returning non-members at the December meeting. Since we must guarantee a minimum number and have additional expenses associated with the cost of the holiday party, please be aware that all attendees will be charged for the holiday party, whether you choose to partake of breakfast or not. Please come prepared to pay the additional fee with cash, check, or a credit card. 


Hello, I’m Elizabeth Fried.  As your president serving my second term, I’m delighted to welcome you to The San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance (SDPCA).  We are a professional learning community dedicated to providing abundant opportunities and connections for coaches.  We also encourage others interested in  coaching and allied fields to join us as well as those who serve coaches.  Our goal is to co-create a better world for all.   SDPCA offers stimulating professional development programs that cover a balance of coaching skill core competencies as well as business and personal development.

We are proud to be an approved provider for CEUs by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Center for Credentialing in Education (CCE) for the BCC.  As such, we  are committed to bringing our members excellent programming  in our vision to become the premier coaching organization in Southern California.  We’d love for you to join us at a meeting and try us out.  You’ll find our members warm and welcoming and truly interested in getting to know you.  I encourage you to subscribe to our monthly newsletter  by completing the brief form on the right hand side of this page so you can stay up to date on latest speakers, workshops and planned activiites.  Also, if you are looking for a way to develop your leadership skills, we have many opportunities to  volunteer   in a variety of roles.  We’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

SDPCA Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are the second Monday of every month at The Sheraton Four Points, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego 92123 (858-277-8888). Meeting registration and networking take place from 9:30 – 10:00 am.   Our meeting and guest speaker run between  10:00 am – noon.  Check out this month’s Guest Speaker below!

After each meeting at 12:15 PM, you can join Coaches in Action.  This sub-group meets with an experienced coach to do some “rapid recall” of what you learned and how you can apply it in your coaching practice. Sometimes the speaker will join you as well. It’s a great opportunity to ingrain your learning and get to know your colleagues on a deeper level. These sessions usually lasts about an hour,  depending on the interest and conversation. It is not only useful, but fun! Feel free to bring your own lunch or grab something from the coffee bar in the lobby if you want.

All meetings are free to members, except for those seeking CEU credits. SDPCA members seeking CEU credits will be charged the member rate processing fee of $10. While pre-registration is not required, all members and guests must sign in and wear their badges at the meeting to gain entrance.  Guests are always welcome. First-time guests attend for free unless CEU credits are desired.  In that case the first-time guest will be charged a processing fee for the CEU credit at the non-member rate of $15. Meeting costs for returning non-member guests are $25 (cash, check, or credit card) per meeting, plus $15 if CEU credit is desired.  If you decide to join the day of your first paid meeting, the $25 meeting fee will be applied to your yearly membership if paid in full on that day.

EFFECTIVE October 2014: The fee for obtaining CEU credits has been reduced to $10 for members and to $15 for non-members. 

December’s Speaker

1.0 CEU Approved in Core Competency from ICF
Content is appropriate for 1 CEU for BCC Credential Holders  

December 8, 2014

The Biology of Performance: Understanding Energy Management

with Heidi Hanna

Heidi HannaOur energy is our most valuable resource, but most people fail to manage it effectively. In times of plenty, the brain sees positive change as something good and energizing. However, in our fast-paced, stressed-out society most people function in a state of energy deprivation, or “survival mode”, which leads the brain to pull away from anything that might cost more energy, including incorporating new healthy behaviors. When we overload people with too much information or too many options, we complicate the process, require additional energy from them, and often turn them away.

Participants Will: 

  • Understand the impact of busyness, stress, and aging on both energy management and brain functioning
  • Be able to identify the 5 key factors for creating a sustainable energy management routine; personally and professionally
  • Learn and utilize training techniques for mental strength, flexibility, and endurance

About Heidi Hanna
Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit. She is the New York Times Best Selling author of The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, 2013), and the follow-up publication, Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, 2014). Heidi has a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition. In 2011, Heidi was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as Editor of their publication, Contentment.

December’s Afternoon Workshop

Content is appropriate for 3 CEUs for BCC Credential Holders  

How to Mindfully Coach

with Billie Francis

BillieFrancisJoin coaches, managers, therapists, consultants, HR and other human services professionals for a lively, interactive workshop to learn proven coaching methods that will expand your awareness and enhance your professional skills.

  • Learn how to offer your clients new and rewarding structures and techniques to mindfully implement change and improve their lives
  • Discover the distinctions between consulting, counseling and coaching and how to ethically practice coaching techniques
  • Learn to be your own coach to expand well-being and increase your effectiveness


CEUs: This program qualifies for 3-hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (pce #1690), and Board Certified Coach Continuing Education 3 Clock Hours (Centers for Credentialing and Education).

CONTACT: Billie Francis, 619-297-7542

Workshop only: $29
Workshop with CEUs: $49

To register, go to

About the Facilitator:
Billie Frances, LMFT and Board Certified Coach, is a nationally renowned coach and published author who received training in professional coaching in 1996. Since then she has developed a successful coaching practice and founded the Mindful Coach Certification, a nationwide coach training program for select professionals who what to empower the lives of others through mindful coaching. Billie is a Past President of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance and San Diego CAMFT.

Coming In January

1.0 CEU Approved in Resource Development from ICF
Content is appropriate for 1 CEU for BCC Credential Holders  

January 12, 2014

Make A Positive Difference In The Lives of Youth And Grow Your Own Practice: The Power of Teen Life Coaching

with Tami Walsh, M.A.

Tami Walsh

In this lively presentation you will learn cutting edge information about the fastest growing demographic in the U.S.A., teens. You will leave with practical ways to expand your current projects and coaching practice into the youth market, and learn the essential qualities of a successful teen life coach. Tami will also share specific methods to market yourself to the youth market and earn a great income!! If you have a true desire to impact the lives of youth, and enhance your current coaching practice to impact this critical market, you MUST attend this powerful session!

Participants Will Learn: 

  • How to successfully expand your current projects/coaching practice into the youth market
  • How to be relevant to your current clients by being aware of the top teen trends/issues affecting today’s youth
  • Specific methods to effectively market yourself and your services to the youth market

About Tami Walsh
As President of the San Diego based teen and parent empowerment company, Teen Wisdom Inc, Tami is the first life coach for teen girls in the country and has personally impacted the lives of over 25,000 teenagers. Tami is committed to impacting 2 million+ teens by training 1,000 women worldwide on her cutting edge life coaching certification program. A recognized expert in the teen and parenting community, Tami has appeared on both local and national radio & television shows including, KUSI, Fox and SD 6 News, and has been a featured expert on the Mary-Kate and Ashley website. Tami has spoken to over 25,000 teens nationwide, and is the author of the top selling “Did-Wells Journal” for teen girls and popular audio series for parents, “Communication: Turning Battles Into Bridges With Your Teen. Currently Tami can be seen in the feature film, “The Compass” with other world renowned speakers and authors including Joe Vitale and Brian Tracy. Tami is a graduate of UCLA and received her Master’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University. To learn more about Tami’s Certified Teen Wisdom™ Life Coach Training Program and other programs to empower teens, please visit