The Gardner Institute Attends 2012 International Coach Federation Conference in London

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More than 1,300 coaching professionals from over 55 countries plans to join the world’s biggest coaching community gathering at Novotel London West in London, UK, this October 3-6, 2012 for the coaching industry’s largest global event of the year.

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"I think London will be a special conference, bringing together people at the leading edge of our coaching profession from all over the world - very exciting!" - Philip Brew, MCC

Professional coaches, coach trainers, renowned speakers, industry leaders, and exhibitors from all over the world will gather for four days of accredited education, networking, and celebration during the International Coach Federation’s 17th Annual International Conference.

ICF Global 2012 is a uniquely designed opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, and explore future opportunities. Coaching professionals will leave their daily routine behind for four days of connection with international colleagues, learning the latest in coaching techniques that they can directly apply to their practices, and inspiration that will leave them recharged and ready to take on the world when they return home. While reflecting on our industry’s young history, we will come together as a profession to embrace the knowledge, innovation, diversity, passion and vision that will move coaching forward another 17 years. Coaches and others interested in the coaching profession are invited to attend for this truly memorable occasion.

At past ICF Annual International Conferences, attendees enjoyed keynote speakers. A keynote speaker is a highly skilled public speaker or a speaker who addresses a central theme. Building on this, the "keynote speakers" at ICF Global 2012 will be referred to as Mega Catalysts as they will lead sessions that enable growth and thought. Mega Catalyst = Big agent of change. Their sessions are the educational anchors to each day's schedule and will set the tone for the remainder of each day.

Three World Class Mega Catalysts will be presenting at the conference. Brené Brown will present on Thursday about how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, and lead. She examines the critical role vulnerability plays in our personal and professional success; dispels the four major myths of vulnerability; explores the most common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability and how they move us away from our goals; and identifies actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of strength and inspiration.

David Whyte, an internationally recognized poet, author, and speaker, will serve as Friday's Mega Catalyst. David will explain how one of the primary uses of poetry is to look at the way an individual never forges their identity alone, or successfully, if they simply try to imitate the world that surrounds them. David looks at good poetry as a way elucidating different milestones and crucial thresholds and the way people try to hold a conversation with their world, with people who surround them, with customers, with their industry, and with their future career.

The third Mega Catalysts will be Camila Batmanghelidjh - Human Potential and the Philosophical Framework of Leadership. Camila is an inspirational businesswoman, charity leader, author, founder of two non-profits, and a psychotherapist for more than 20 years. She has created a unique and pioneering approach in delivering services to vulnerable children. After starting her first charitable organization in her early 20s that reached thousands of children, she decided a decade later to create her second non-profit, Kids Company, of which she is currently the director. Since the organizations conception, Kids Company has reached out to over 17,000 vulnerable children every year, many of whom have been neglected or abused.

In addition to the Meta Catalysts, there will be education offerings showcasing new coaching techniques, concepts and ICF CCEUs. There will also be numerous occasions for networking including daily receptions and city tours. Registration is now open for this must-attend coaching event of the year. To register and learn more, visit

The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 13,800 members in more than 90 countries, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF is the only organization that awards a global credential which is currently held by more than 6,300 coaches worldwide. For more information on how to become or find an ICF Credentialed coach, please visit our website at

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