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Welcome to the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance

SusanHappy New Year and may 2015 bring you all closer to turning your vision for your lives and careers into reality.

We have a wonderful blend of returning board members and new members who each possess unique talents and strengths that will facilitate both setting and achieving the organizations’ goals. We have a Board retreat scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015 to review our current Vision and Mission and the 5 key initiatives we targeted for 2014 along with setting the areas of focus for 2015. As you know, at each monthly meeting we ask your input on the following: “Strengths & Areas for Development in SDPCA meetings? How might we improve chapter meetings? What do you enjoy about chapter meetings? Do you have suggestions for other speakers/topics?”. Your input is important to us and we want to make sure we are providing you with what you are seeking as a member of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance.

As your new President I am excited about the year ahead and working with your new SDPCA board. The 2015 Board consists of the following individuals:

  • President – Susan Curtin
  • Treasurer – Carl Wellenstein
  • VP Membership – Cindi Britton (new)
  • VP Marketing – Asha Mankowska
  • Past President – Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D.
  • Member at Large/Community Outreach Coordinator – Ann Bergeson
  • Secretary – Michael Jenkins (new)
  • President Elect – Tamara Furman (new)
  • VP Professional Development – Yoram Baltinester (new)
  • VP Communications –  Joseph Metcalf (new)
  • Member at Large/Resource Library – Brooke Erol (new)

If you have any suggestions or ideas about changes or additions going forward I encourage you to share them with us prior to January 24th. If you plan to attend the January 12th meeting you can let any of the board members know and you could also e-mail the suggestions to me at:

Thank you for your membership and I look forward to connecting with you over the next year.

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. 

 February’s Meeting

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

February 9, 2015

Optimize 5: Human Potential Horse-Powered

with Christina Pitts

This engaging, energizing session for new and seasoned coaches offers a unique, cutting-edge perspective on 5 key skills that optimize human potential.

The principles are familiar, and the contextual frame is extraordinary: an innovative paradigm shift for learning. Horse partners join us in photographs to cultivate self-awareness, nonverbal communication, embodied presence, experimentation, and more, yielding immediately transferable skills.

Leave notebooks at the door. Enter a natural space to tap into senses, attune to body and energy, use “Self” fully in a dance between mind, heart, body, spirit. The herd from Pebble Ledge Ranch awaits to partner in your learning!



Participants Will Learn: 

  • 5 Skills immediately transferable to coaching practice and personal development
  • Experience with “Presence:” Fully-Engaged Mind, Body/Senses, Heart, Spirit
  • Expanded Self-Awareness to facilitate authenticity.

About Christina Pitts
As Founder of Pitts-Aldrich Associates, Christina has been coaching and consulting successfully for nearly 25 years, leveraging learning in prior careers as a university administrator, educator, business executive and attorney. Clients represent Healthcare, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Non-Profit Organizations and more. HorsePlay HP2 (Human Potential Horse-Powered) is PAA’s powerful, innovative methodology for promoting self-awareness that leads to immediate transformation. Clients engage in a safe, no-riding relationship with horses as guides, producing measurable, memorable, sustainable growth. Christina has raised over $50,000 in marathons for charities, including Motivational Trainer for Run for the Children™.

February’s Afternoon Workshop

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Content is appropriate for 3 CEUs for BCC Credential Holders  

Executive Presence:  Help Your Clients Earn a Seat at the Table

with Dr. N. Elizabeth Fried, BCC 


BoardroomSteve Jobs
Larry Ellison
Don Draper

What do they have in common? Executive Presence.

This workshop outlines the components of executive presence and provides practical activities and resources to help your clients develop the gravitas to more effectively influence and lead others.
Learning Objectives–At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the three main attributes of executive presence and how to help your clients acquire them
  • Help your clients create a personal brand to launch and sustain career success
  • Help your clients convey influence through specific posture, positioning and poses
  • Apply exercises and techniques to help your clients reduce stress when preparing for an important meeting or presentation
  • Provide resources to help your clients more effectively design and deliver their presentations with punch and pizzazz
  • Help your clients understand that tone of voice, pace and inflection impacts their ability to influence others

Who should attend?
This course is ideal for coaches who want to help senior managers, middle-level managers and emerging leaders. It offers executive coaches an opportunity to gather information, exercises and tools to help their clients move to the next level.

Why You Should Attend?
Whether your client is a frontline supervisor, middle manager, senior leader, company president or CEO, they are always in the spotlight, which heightens their responsibility. As a coach it’s your responsibility to help them become more aware and mindful of their behaviors so that they can develop the executive presence to succeed.

When and Where?

February 9, 2015
Registration at 12:30 PM
Course runs from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Four Points Sheraton
8110 Aero Drive
Kearny Mesa, CA 92123
Regular Fee: $349

However, we are offering a one-time special price of $59
and $79 to non-members until January 30th for early birds.
After that $79 and $99 respectively.

Why such a great deal? We need your input to make the final tweaks before we deliver it to our client in Los Angeles later in the month at the full price. Take advantage of this opportunity. Seating is limited to 25 attendees to insure the high level interactivity and rich discussion.

Click Here to Register Now – Only 25 Seats Available!

Approved for 3 CEUs for BCC Credential Holders

About The Facilitator
Dr. Elizabeth Fried

Author, Consultant and Executive Coach Dr. N. Elizabeth Fried has been president of N. E. Fried and Associates, Inc. since 1983. She was ranked by for three years running as one of the top 15 most influential coaches in the world. Dr. Fried is currently Past President of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance after serving two terms as president. A vibrant and informative speaker, she regularly addresses audiences on executive development issues.