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Welcome to the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance

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.  These members will be charged a $15 processing fee. 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 at the non-member rate of $25. Meeting costs for returning non-member guests are $20 (cash or check) per meeting, plus $25 if CEU credit is desired.  If you decide to join the day of your first paid meeting, the $20 meeting fee will be applied to your yearly membership if paid in full on that day.

EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2014: The non-member guest fee has increased to $25 per meeting. The cost  of obtaining CEU credit for meetings remains an additional $25.00.

October’s Speaker 

1.0 CEU Approved in Core Competencies from ICF  

October 13, 2014

7 Things to STOP Doing to Start Getting More Done in Your Life and Business

with Meshell Zwicker

Most coaches suffer a little bit at the end of every day because they just don’t feel that they’ve gotten enough done or the right things done, in order to have the life and business they want. You’ll leave this presentation knowing how to create a quality of inspired momentum inside your days, allowing you to joyfully produce the results you want day after satisfying day.

In a provocative, fresh, story-telling, rapid-fire and tough-love fashion, Meshell Zwicker calls out the all-too-common habits that interfere with our progress. These habits range from personal behaviors to ingrained mindset patterns. The list of things to STOP doing is juxtaposed with things to START doing. Attendees will leave knowing exactly what to do to improve their personal performance in their work and their personal lives…creating a more satisfying life.


Coaches Will: 

  • Know exactly what you are doing to slow yourself down
  • Feel inspired to make behavioral changes to support more productive days
  • Leave with at least one new commitment

About Meshell Zwicker
Meshell is a Firestarter, and productivity coach/expert. She helps executives, solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses get more done. Meshell has been a business executive and leader for 20+ years, providing companies with mindset, tools and strategies to create rewarding lives and real bankable results. Today Meshell’s focus is coaching her clients into bigger, more satisfying, and massively productive lives! Meshell also serves on the Board of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance in the role of Community Outreach. Meshell’s presentation style is  real world, conversational, confrontational and engaging!

October’s Afternoon Workshop

October 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Program Delivery Training Introduction

with Brad Maybury

Brad MayburyFREE Introduction - Learn about delivering a proven high-value programfor your clients, which solves a deep problem for them, and gain valuable insights and tools from this introduction.

 Sign up TODAY and learn how to make more money while helping your clients more: Your clients benefit from significantstress reduction and performance enhancement (as do you). You make more money by attracting and enrolling more organizational clients for longer engagements.

This is a two-hour introductory workshop which covers the highlights of the full 16 -week program. Yes – we’re doing this with the hope that you’ll sign up for the full course. And, Yes- we’ll provide real value in this introduction that you can use. No – we’re not doing a heavy-handed sales pitch, but providing enough information on the course subjects for you to get a good taste of it and be able to make a decision if this is something you’d like to use to enhance your coaching practice.

The full program trains you in the use and instruction of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Performance Enhancement Training (MBSR & PET) so that you can instruct and coach your clients in this powerful model. Key parts of this program are closely modeled after the world-renowned stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., our approach combines meditation, mindfulness, and detachment, along with coaching-specific instruction and coaching tools to integrate performance enhancement, in addition to stress reduction, as an integral part of the process.

Participants Will: 
  • Learn a simple technique for distressing and focusing to better serve your clients
  • Get hands-on practice with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – see how this benefits both you and your clients
  • Discover the powerful communication tool of Insight Dialogue – improve effectiveness
  • Learn the Happy Method, a way to become unconditionally happy
  • Find out about two specific ways to spend much more time coaching and much less time selling
  • Learn about an income opportunity – We need trained coaches for large organizations

To reserve a seat contact: Brad Maybury 619-572-3443

About Brad Maybury 

Brad brings twenty years of experience working with executives and other leaders to optimize results. He has authored many articles on coaching and personal development, and he’s the author of the recently published book The Happy Method. He created and taught classes on the “Co-Intuitive Coaching” model. With over two decades of eastern-thought studies and practices, including tai-chi, qi-gong, and meditation, he brings the insights and benefits afforded by these disciplines to his work. Brad is currently a Consultant, Workshop Facilitator, and Coach working with organizations and coaches to bring Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Performance Enhancement Training to their clients.

November’s Speaker 

1.0 CEU Approved in Resource Development from ICF  

November 10, 2014

Create AHA Moments with Page-Turning Books & Assessments

with Timi Gleason

Whether you are leadership-coaching or life-coaching, you probably have clients who want your help to make changes. What if you could shorten their learning curve and help them create lasting, dramatic shifts in behavior? What if you had a book they could read and discuss with you during your coaching meetings that would add structure and context to your discussions?
How would you select the right book?
Are there certain kinds of books that work best?
What options do you have if your client doesn’t like to read?
What kinds of coaching results can you expect by introducing concurrent reading?

Coaches Will Learn How To: 

  • Energize “stuck” clients
  • Create safe-entry into difficult conversations
  • Spark self-paced insight and AHA moments

About  Timi Gleason
Our speaker Timi Gleason is a curious coach:  always on the alert for well-designed, affordable assessments and books to trigger client transformation. Timi is the author of Coach as Strategic Partner on She combines strategic planning, Virtual Facilitation skills as a member of eVirtual Roundtables (mastermind groups for professionals); and she specializes in leadership coaching.  She received her Master Coach designation from Career Coach Institute in 2005 where she also taught coaching and mentored new  graduates. Timi developed her coaching style in the middle 1980’s when collaborating with seasoned VP’s and Directors on HR issues in various Fortune 500 companies.  She changed careers in 1999 from HR to Coaching.  Her first paying client was a “take no hostages” Coach University student needing a Mentor Coach who “wasn’t a wimp”.  That was just a glimpse of what was yet to come and shaped the type of clients Timi was able to help.  Timi will share with you how the addition of select books and assessments used with an array of coaching approaches almost guarantees that a client will experience a “breakthrough moment” and forever treasure their coaching experience with you.