Behind the Curtain: Coaching Secrets from Those Who Know

January 22, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Central Library
800 3 St SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7
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If you are a fairly new coach of 3 to 5 years, join us on “Opening Night” on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 5:30 in the Central Library Downtown Room 0-13 (lower level) for the first in a series of panel discussions with experienced coaches to hear their stories of challenges and successes and what they have learned.

We will start at the start, with the topic “Contracting with your Client”, focused on all that can happen between your first contact, your initial "discovery" meeting, and your planned first session. We know that newer coaches wrestle with how to handle this well and would be grateful for some insights from experienced coaches.

Our expert panel members are Dr. Ric Durrant,  Larissa Thurlow, and Martha Willson (Bios below).

Official ‘opening night’ snacks will be provided; maybe some popcorn, candy, pop, water, etc.

As a bonus, you will receive a resource sheet for you to take away at the end of the evening.

Psssst . . . if you are a more experienced coach, you are also most welcome to join us!

CCEU’s - 2.0 Core Competency CCEUs Approved

Hosts/Facilitators and Bio’s

Dr. Ric Durrant CEC, MCC

Ric has had a busy leadership coaching practice since 2003 when he completed the Royal Roads Certified Executive Coach (CEC) program and joined ICF Calgary. Most of his clients are senior executives in large corporations, but his clients also include high potential developing leaders, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders. Ric is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC) who holds a doctorate specializing in leadership development and executive coaching (Middlesex University, London UK, 2013). He believes that Calgary needs more strong leadership coaches who can offer both an insightful understanding of real-world leadership challenges, and a results-oriented coaching style tuned to fast-moving men and women.

Larissa Thurlow, MDDE, CEC, PCC, Coach Supervisor

Larissa is a facilitator, leadership coach, coach supervisor, and coach mentor as well as a Professional Certified Coach with ICF. Her clients have included international Human Resource professionals, executives and middle managers in the fields of Business, Education, Health Care, and Information Technology. Larissa currently works as an HR Consultant in People and Culture with the City of Calgary.  She also volunteers as a leadership coach and coach supervisor with the Center For Non-Profit Coaching and EthicalCoach. She holds a Master’s of Distance Education, a Diploma in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship and certification in Coach Supervision and Executive Coaching.

Martha Willson, BA, BEd, CPCC

Martha knows the power of meaningful work, first hand.  For over thirty years, she has witnessed and lived the transformative energy of finding work that matters.  She was the Director of Coaching and Senior Coach for Tactics for Success, a program that helped thousands of people find employment and purpose in Calgary.  Her own coaching practice, Meaningful Work, continues to support clients with career advancement, transition, and management. For the past twelve years, Martha has been a Senior Career Transition Coach with Toombs Inc. 

As well as holding BA and BEd degrees and an MTS (incomplete), Martha is a CPCC coach through the Co-Active Training Institute and is currently awaiting her PCC designation. Martha taught “Coaching in the Workplace” for several years and then co-designed and delivered the Integrative Health Coach Certification program at Mount Royal University for three years. Her community involvement includes being a co-founder of the long-running Calgary Women’s Network, host for 14 years of the HR Career Network, President of the YWCA of Calgary, member of the Board of Directors for Propellers, and now on the Board of Directors for Handsome Alice Theatre.


$15.00 Non Member

$12.00 Basic Member

$10.00 Community Member