The 2010 Sherpa Executive Coaching Conference
The fifth annual Sherpa Coaching conference saw record attendance once again in 2010. Certified Sherpa Coaches from sixteen United States and Mexico gathered in Cincinnati for continuing education and community-building. This leadership event has become an executive coaching summit, the longest-running event for top coaches.
Sunday saw ‘bonus’ sessions on both internal and external executive coaching. Pam Basil, 2009 Sherpa of the Year and Sandra Thomas, 2008 Sherpa of the Year, led the session for internal coaches with a big assist from Brian McConnell, 2009 Trailblazer of the year. The external coaches’ session was a panel discussion led by CSC Dan Hussey and Sherpa sales staff.
Karl Corbett, Michele Breier (Penn State 2009) and Brian McConnell (Penn State 2007)
The evening reception opened up our summit with a time to renew class acquaintances and enjoy an evening of coaching conversation. Dave Stewart, keyboardist for Midnight Star, provided music, accompanied by 'Duck' Stewart on bass.
Our theme this year was "Get into Sherpa Shape." We started the first morning with a brisk walk. Our leader was Ann Chinnis, M.D. (CSC, UGA 2010). Everyone who participated enjoyed creating and renewing friendships. Each Sherpa received a Sherpa water bottle and a running diary. The running diary was a big hit, serving as the conference agenda for the next two days.
Sherpas from around the country and around the world enhanced this event by presenting 'Sherpa Stretches'.
- They created and developed charas, exercises and ideas to fit their needs and their environments. Susan Steinhardt shared her involvement with local school leadership.
- They added who they are, their experience and their dreams to a process they continue to master. Brian McConnell , Erica Flukinger and Pam Basil sharing the personal growth as Sherpa executive coaches.
- They continue to use the Sherpa coaching process and make it more powerful. Dr. Laura Bierama includes Sherpa tools and exercises in her PHD advisory role.
- They have incorporated technology within the Sherpa process and created magic. Steve Laswell talked about his blog and the discipline it takes to keep it alive.
Record attendance is reflected here. 70 Sherpas all in one room!
The 2010 Sherpa Coach of the Year award went to Mary Burness.
Mary helped create the first Sherpa University class, working hard to establish a pool of new Certified Sherpa executive coaches in Washington, DC. Her leadership was recognized, as Mary presented how she did that at a 'Sherpa Stretch'.
Mary Burness, Doyen Consulting, Penn State Spring 2007, 2010 Sherpa of the Year.
The 2010 Trailblazer of the Year went to Alex Marquez.
Alex has taken on Mexico. He has translated the journal into Spanish and has created Sherpa Coaching Mexico. His adventures were shared in his Sherpa Stretch as well.
Alex has reached his personal summit as an executive coach. Visit the 2011 conference page to see his astonishing publicity coup.
Alex Marquez, Sherpa Coaching Mexico, Penn State 2009, 2010 Trailblazer of the year.
First stop, Why it matters: looking at it from a variety of new ways. Comments from the survey told us this portion of the conference was the best. We began with the benefits of 'why it matters', knowing yours as well as understanding your clients. Rubi Ho looked at six different ways to find evidence about your client's 'why it matters'. Judy Colemon summed it all up by sharing what 'why it matters' is NOT. Great group work!
Another highlight of our summit: six volunteers from the University of Cincinnati, from a program for inner city students. These leaders in education allowed Sherpas to ask questions and help them find their 'why it matters'. What a great experience. Thanks to our volunteers for putting all their energy into working with the Sherpas.
Support Mountain, all began like it does on a Tuesday morning at Sherpa Headquarters, Rubi Ho, Brenda Corbett, and Judy Colemon, discussing Support and how important it is to our clients.
Day two: Support Mountain: Digging Deeper. You know the Sherpa team by now. We are obsessed with digging deeper, finding more profound work with our clients. The group was not disappointed. The Support Mountain was brought to a new height. Karl Corbett, Sherpa Managing Partner, taught us how to look at the support we need as professional coaches to guarantee success.
Our evaluations confirmed that meeting your ‘running partner’ was a grand success. Finding a ‘twin’ was a great way to establish an accountability partner. Look on LinkedIn for further discussion about running partners.
One Sherpa conference attendee said this, “It should not be called a conference that has such a ‘traditional’ connotation, this is anything but. Call it an institute or an executive coaching summit. This is a grand learning environment. I haven’t stopped learning since the moment I arrived.”
Thanks to all who attended. See you next year, save the date, June 5, 6 and 7, 2011.