The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announced as Winner of the ICF Washington State PRISM Award

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was named the 2014 ICF Washington State Prism Award Winner at a Celebration of Organizational Coaching Excellence Ceremony and Dinner at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle on November 3, 2014. Three other nominees for the PRISM Award were The Boeing Company, Clark Nuber and Gravity Payments.

“PRISM recipients have stood above the rest in terms of their effective use of coaching and documented return on investment (ROI) and/or return on expectations (ROE).” Janet Harvey, Past President ICF Global, WA State PRISM Task Force Leader

The 2nd Annual PRISM Award is a celebration to honor organizations that have achieved a standard of excellence in the implementation of coaching programs for culture change, leadership development, productivity and performance improvement measured by ROE and ROI.

Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary, Washington State Ferries was the keynote speaker, delivering valuable insight to obtaining leadership endorsement and leveraging leader champions to create success and sustainability of coaching programs in organizations.

The four organizational coaching programs nominated for this year’s award were evaluated according to four International Coach Federation criteria: 1) fulfilling rigorous professional standards, 2) aligning with key strategic goals, 3) yielding measurable results, and 4) sustaining coaching programs within the organization over time.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s coaching program “Gear Up” is aligned with its mission, values and strategic goals. The Gear Up program is tailored to fulfill the goals of the organization as well as address the development needs of each participant.

The Foundation uses coaching with motivated and high potential leaders and key contributors who have the potential to be even more effective. The program began in 2009 and since then over 250 leaders and managers have received 1:1 coaching.

Susan Mann, Director of Learning & Development; Program Coordinator, accepted the 2014 PRISM Organization Award and as nominating coach, Kelly Holm, PCC and Executive Coach accepted the 2014 PRISM Coach Award. Gear Up Coaches: Sandy Smith, Janet Boguch, Jeff McAuliffe, Nancy McCaughey, Rick Torseth and Learning Coordinator, Emily Isensee were also present.

ICF Global adopted the PRISM Award in 2005 to recognize organizations that demonstrate how professional coaching benefits both people and results. This year saw the 2nd annual award from the ICF WA State Chapter, which will continue presenting the PRISM Award annually to organizations in Washington.

About ICF Washington State

ICF Washington State is a Charter Chapter of the International Coach Federation formed in 1998. As a coaching community, ICF Washington State is committed to service with excellence, leading for transformative change and inspiring action that can be carried through with ease. Coaches foster collaboration for the future across the region within business organizations, education and government.

More information about the PRISM Award and the local ICF Washington State Chapter is available at

Thank you to Diamond Event Sponsors, American Management Association and inviteChange.
Thank you to Emerald Event Sponsor, Coach Supervision Academy –US
Thank you to Sponsors: Accomplishment Coaching, Lake Washington Human Resource Association, Vera Whole Health and Pinnion.

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