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Congratulations to one of our founding members, Pegotty Cooper, a divorce coaching specialist who who was recently featured in a Chicago Tribune article.

The CDC Certified Divorce Coach® co-founded by Pegotty and Randy Cooper is now a recognized certification mark in the United States, the United Kingdom and with pending approvals in two other countries. The program has graduates from around the globe, from China to Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Africa, Europe, across Canada and throughout the US.

Pegotty also recently had a peer-reviewed paper published in The Journal of Mediation and Applied Dispute Resolution, published through the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland.

Kudos on your success, Pegotty! You can read the full article here.

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  • 15 Jul 2013 9:40 PM | Anonymous
    This Mojo Moments radio show episode aired on 7-15-13 with Host Barry Foster and guest Vera Polyakova. Vera spoke about being agile and the journey to your passion.

    "On July 15, 2013 I was invited to speak on an internet radio show Mojo Moments with host Barry Foster. Mojo Moments is aired on Monday mornings. Barry’s passion is to enable listeners to launch their week off with positive energy and Mojo. This show is about Inspiration, Motivation, and Education! When Barry invited me to speak on the radio show, the title or the content was not pre-determined. One of the only things we did identify ahead of time was the word of the day for that Monday. Our lively conversation and energy around the word journey and agility lead us on a path of discussing the topics of being agile and the journey to your passion. We also talked about aligning your passion with the current market needs, staying competitive and thinking about the business aspect of what you love to do, reflecting on your accomplishments, and the importance of building relationships among many other topics!"

  • 14 Jun 2013 8:17 PM | Anonymous
    Pegotty Cooper of CDC Divorce Coach Training & Certification shares advice in three CEO Update articles: 
    Showing a Poor Employee the Door

    "When you begin to build a relationship with an employee, you want to be clear about that person’s career goals, said Cooper, who spent 10 years as director of special interest group services at the Association for Computing Machinery. Do those goals align with the organization, so the employee has something at stake in its success? And are you building a foundation from which to speak frankly about performance? “When you build that foundation of trust, you can say these things,” she said." Read more here.

    How to Handle Layoffs
    Executive coach Pegotty Cooper of Career Strategy Roadmap has been in both positions: as a director at the technology distribution company Tech Data, she had to lay people off, and she herself was laid off as part of downsizing. She was given six weeks to wrap up loose ends.
    “If someone is being terminated because of a layoff you can create a longer transition plan,” she said. “They put a lot of blood and sweat into creating an organization. It is only fair they get to hand [that work] off.” Read more here.

    Master Workplace Conflict

    Where does conflict happen in the association world?
    It can occur between boss and direct report where one feels that the other has withheld information or has failed to meet expectations. It also can happen between staff and committee or chapter leaders where one feels unappreciated or that the other is not contributing in the way they should, or between a board member and the CEO, because there are differing understandings of each other's roles. Read more here.
  • 21 May 2013 8:24 PM | Anonymous
    Career Planning: How To Know When It's Time To Go

    Pegotty CooperPegotty Cooper of CDC Divorce Coach Training & Certification is the main source in this article in Associations Now.

    But for an association leader, how do you know when the time is right to make that next career move, whether that means moving on to another association or hanging up the uniform and calling it a career? “There are two messengers on this question: the internal voice and the external signals,” said Pegotty Cooper, IOM, FASAE, leadership and career strategy coach with Career Strategy Roadmap. “Sometimes they can feed one another, and sometimes they are independent.”

    The internal voice asks that nagging question that keeps sneaking into your head, asking if you still find value in your current position or if the job still stimulates you. “It is important to explore your platform of values and get back in touch with what is most important to you instead of trying to silence that voice,” Cooper said. Continue Reading Here
  • 26 Jan 2013 7:38 PM | Anonymous
    To Shed Shame, Dare to be Vulnerable 

    Yvonne UlmerBy our member Yvonne Ulmer of Coaching by Design, article published in the Tampa Bay Times.

    "My first encounter with shame was as an 11-year-old returning home from a weekend at Girl Scout camp. Our group leader, the mother of one of my friends, was driving several of us home on a Sunday afternoon. As we approached my house, panic struck. A voice inside me said, "You can't let your friends see where you live." I was ashamed of my home with the chipping paint, sagging foundation and yard full of sand spurs...

    "Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity," she writes. Shame, meanwhile, is linked with addiction, violence, aggression, depression, eating disorders and bullying...

    How about you? Are you ready to let go of shame and open yourself up to wholehearted living? What if you decided to dare greatly? Would you leave a toxic relationship? Go back to school? Change careers? Get a gastric bypass? Seek help for drug or alcohol abuse?
    Continue Reading Here
  • 03 Jan 2013 7:47 PM | Anonymous
    How Do I Love Me? Suggestions from Pros 2013 

    Laura ScottBy Daylle Schwartz  for blog includes our member and Executive, Life and Transition, and Reproductive Decision Making coach Laura Scott of 180 Coaching.

    Each morning I give myself a foot massage with hemp lotion and put soft cotton socks on. On cold mornings I feel toasty and my winter-dry feet thank me. I say a respectful “NO” at least once a week to something I really don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. It’s liberating and a great way to honor yourself and your boundaries. Laura Scott, Executive, Transition, and Life Coach.
    Read article here: How Do I Love Me?
  • 19 Sep 2012 7:31 PM | Anonymous
    Divorce Coach: 3 Things A Divorce Coach Can Do For You 

    Randy Cooperby Geoff Williams of Huffington Post includes our member and divorce coach Randall Cooper of CDC Divorce Coach Training & Certification

    (Reuters) - Getting unmarried is as time-consuming and detail-oriented as tying the knot in the first place, so if you were the type to hire a wedding planner, it's not a far leap to think you'd want a divorce coach."The whole process is an emotional roller coaster," says Candace Pittenger, 51, a natural healer in Carlsbad, California, who used a divorce coach this year to help end her 13-year marriage. "You're splitting up everything - your house, your stuff, our children, which in our case are our furry pets. I knew a lot of emotions would come up, and I needed someone to help me deal with all of those."
    Randall Cooper, co-founder of CDC College for Divorce Coaching in Tampa, Florida, which provides training and certification to divorce coaches, says the average cost of a divorce coach is $100 to $150 per hour, versus several hundred per hour for an attorney. The cost of either often depends on geography. Read entire article here.

  • 08 Sep 2012 6:43 PM | Anonymous

    Knowing Phases of Life Helps Get Groove Back 

    Yvonne Ulmer
    By our member Yvonne Ulmer of Coaching by Design published in the Tampa Bay Times.

    "There's an old Texas saying, "You can't light a fire with a wet match." Similarly, you can't accomplish much of any significance without enthusiasm.
    Enthusiasm is the spark that lights the flame of positive action. It is a feeling of intense emotion that compels us to take up a cause, climb Mount Everest, or win three consecutive Olympic beach volleyball gold medals... 
    I like the road map that Frederic M. Hudon draws in his book The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal. He suggests that all of us are in some phase of what he calls a "life chapter'' or a "life transition,'' and we are constantly cycling through those stages. The first step to restoring your vitality, he says, is to figure out where you are in the cycle.
  • 19 Jun 2012 6:21 PM | Anonymous

    Ways to Stay Productive in the Summer: How to Avoid Summer Slacking in the Office

    Laura Scott
    By Selena Dehne includes advice from our member and Executive, Life and Tran
    sition, and Reproductive Decision Making coach Laura Scott.

    Some employees struggle to stay focused at work during summer months. Rather than concentrating on projects and 
    responsibilities, many daydream about traveling, sunbathing, drinking fruity cocktails or hanging out with their kids who are on summer vacation... To help you overcome the urge to ditch your desk and head outdoors, consider some advice from Laura Scott, president of 180 Coaching with Laura Scott. She says, "If your desk faces a window with a view that might tempt you outside, obscure part of the view with a framed inspirational saying, a whiteboard with your schedule or running to do-list or a vision board showing the important goals you wish to accomplish over the summer."

  • 31 May 2012 7:52 PM | Anonymous
    Grown-upville: Neighborhoods for the new majority

    By Marilyn Lewis in MSN Real Estate includes our member and Executive, Life and Transition, and Reproductive Decision Making coach Laura Scott of 180 Coaching

    Childless households are the new American majority. Their tastes are shaping adult-friendly enclaves.

    Some of the deliberately childless base their decision on an ethical refusal to add one more mouth to the already overburdened planet or on the belief that they'd make lousy parents. But plenty would rather just focus on other things, says Laura Scott, who calls herself "childfree."

    Scott, a longtime life coach, helps clients through decisions about reproduction. Her own decision not to reproduce led her to research attitudes and motives of childless people, beginning in 2003. She surveyed 171 childless women and men, publishing the results in a book, "Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice." Her work is also found at The Childless by Choice Project.

    The impulse to form communities of childless people may seem inexplicable to outsiders, but it makes perfect sense to Scott. People who want to reproduce and cannot often find life among families lonely and painful, she says. Also, childless people can feel left behind when old friends focus on their young families. "They're so busy with their kids and they've got a new bunch of friends they've found through their children."

    For nonparents, the key to a rich life is in building a tribe, a family of affinity, Scott tells clients. "That's hard to do when you're living in a suburb surrounded by families and kids." Continue Reading Here
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