ATTENTION Female College Athletic Coaches - from all sports, in any division - who need a time-out to make real change happen next season
ANNOUNCING: The 7th Annual Women’s Coaching Summit - the ONLY professional development opportunity for female athletic coaches where you are given the time and space to address your biggest challenges and come away with a real and do-able game plan.
These three days are specifically focused on you the coach and what you can do to be a stronger leader, teacher and communicator: even if you’re new to coaching, even if you’ve gone to every professional development opportunity out there, and even if you don’t know how long you’ll stay in coaching.
The Women’s Coaching Summit has proven to be a place where you can just show up...be exactly who you are wherever you are in your coaching career (yes...even if you've just finished up the season from hell!)...an opportunity to reflect on your own coaching journey and make deeper connections with coaches you can count on for support when you really need it.
Dear Future Summit Coach,
Remember when you first decided to go into coaching?
How you said to yourself, “I really want to make a positive difference in the lives of my athletes!” Remember that?
No matter what your coaching story is...your own personal experiences have shaped and influenced who you are as a coach and how you interact with your athletes today.
You have this vision of who you WANT to be and what you WANT to do...yet when your season begins things move too fast. You spend all your time dealing with the unexected crap that comes up.
It's all you can do to just 'make it through'.
And you never get to be at your best - in any part of your life!
That’s EXACTLY what I want to help you do.
Hi, I’m Erica Quam, President & Founder of a really cool company called The Coaching Experience. I work with athletic coaches to help you become the leaders you were meant to be - in all areas of your life.
I’ve facilitated 18 women’s coaching summits over the past six years and seen first-hand the impact these gatherings have had on hundreds of coaches. I work with coaches one-on-one all year long to provide you with consistent support, an expert perspective, and accountability it takes to be a winning coach and always stay on top of your game.
Before I started organizing these summits, I was a summit participant for years (and I still am). It's been the best thing I’d ever done for myself - both personally and professionally. In fact, my original summit group has continued to meet for the last 22 years (except 1 extraordinarily busy Olympic year). For me, it’s way more than professional development…it’s a special commitment that's been an integral part of my life.
The result? coaches come back year after year. They share, acknowledge, and celebrate the progress they’re making - in personal growth, leadership skills and in their own confidence and power. It's an extraordinary community!
Give me just three days...
I'll help you develop a winning game plan for you to succeed - on and off the field - in ways you never thought possible!
If you've ever felt alone...and wondered to yourself, "I'm coaching all these people, but who is coaching me?"
This is the time to be around other athletic coaches, someone who works specifically with coaches for a living, and get the support you so desperately need.
Does this sound like you?
Denise was a first-year head coach. Her team had done well this season...but it still wasn't good enough - for her athletes, her boss, or even for her.
She knew taking this job would be more pressure. Yet, she felt more pressure than she ever thought possible. And...to top it all off...at the end of the season her assistant coach quit, two athletes transferred, and her boss called her in to talk about the athletes and parents who had called him complaining. She was devastated.
She started focusing on recruiting - thinking it was all about finding the right talent. But it's not about finding the right talent. It's FIRST about realigning yourself with your own personal values as a coach...and tapping into the wisdom, grit, and confidence you know you have.
WHAT MOST COACHES THINK WINNING IS ALL ABOUT...
WHAT BEING A WINNING COACH IS REALLY ALL ABOUT...
Coaching isn't just your job, it's your lifestyle.
Yet, you rarely have time to stop long enough to consider what you really want and how to make coaching as fulfulling, sustainable, and rewarding a career - as it should be!
This 3-day experience is intentionally designed to help you move out of survival mode to a place where you thrive with fresh new ideas and enthusiasm for the season ahead.
Here's a fraction of what you’ll discover…
The truth is, you only need two things to get these kinds of results...
FIRST, YOU NEED TIME
Time to focus on YOU - the coach, the leader, and the person.
Let's be really honest here, coach. You rarely take any time for yourself.
You're always running around making sure everyone's okay, has what they need, and things have been done.
Here's the deal though...if you don't commit to taking this time for yourself...someone else will take this time away from you.
There's an endless list of 'other things' people will ask you to do...
There's always going to be another:
This list will always go on - every single season of your coaching career. The amount of stuff you need to do as a coach will never stop.
YOU have to be the one who stops.
YOU have to make the decision that this kind of time - for yourself - is important to you.
YOU have to be the one who makes the commitment...that says to yourself (and everyone else in your life),
"I'm going to take this time..for MYSELF...because I'm worth it!"
Because, you are totally worth it!
SECOND, YOU NEED SUPPORT
You need to be around people who get what you do, understand the challenges you face, and have a sense of what you've gone through.
Coaches are a special breed.
No one really gets what you do....except for other coaches!!!!
You constantly juggle relationships and responsibilities...trying to make sure everyone gets what they want and need.
You push hard all season long...you can't stop...because you can't let anything drop.
You need to finally be able to share what's gone on for you...with people who will listen and can understand.
You need to hear you're not alone.
You need to know there are coaches out there who've gone through similar struggles as you...AND have actually gotten through the challenges and learned amazing lessons along the way.
It's with great pleasure that I invite you to the 7th Annual Women's Coaching Summit in Bellingham, Washington.
Join me (and a select group of your coaching colleagues) for three days of self exploration, leadership training, and self care. The summit will give you the time you need and the support you require to get YOU ready for a winning season. It's definitely about more than just coaching!
Wednesday, April 18 - Friday, April 20 (Only 3 spots left!) OR Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8
NOTE: Coaching summits are small retreats held in an intimate setting, so you’ll literally be DOING what you learn on the spot. (You know, all the stuff you should do but never actually do? That’s what you’ll dive into.) This is NOT hours upon hours of speakers and power point presentations that give you lots of information but you never do anything about. This is ultra-clarity, big aha’s…and applying what you’re learning right then and there to your unique situation – while getting in-the-room access to me.
Summit space is limited. Seats filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How would it feel to:
Bellingham is located 45 minutes south of Vancouver, BC at this threshold - between the sea and nearby mountain summits of the North Cascades. There's more to it than the contract between water and earth. Whether you want to believe it or not, the life force out here is extraordinarily strong in a literal, biological sense. Twenty-three species of whale live in or pass through the region's waters, and the area is home to one of the nations highest concentration of resident bald eagles.
It's a special place with lots of wisdom all around.
This is why coaches love coming here for a summit. Shifts happen here that DO NOT happen anywhere else. Bellingham is famous for the 'Summit Vortex' we create when we are physically gathered together.
The 2018 Women's Coaching Summit will be no exception.
Bellingham offers a variety of food & lodging options for you to choose from...
Maybe you want to connect with a new coach to share a room with, find a group of coaches to share a VRBO or an Air BNB...or maybe you just need to take care of yourself and splurge with some alone time...why not!?
Take the time to consider which option will be the best for you to get the most out of your summit experience.
And...no matter where you decide to stay, there are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries to keep your cravings satisfied. (I'll send you my list of favorites as soon as you sign up so you can start to plan and look forward to your trip!)
1. Take a 360º look at your season
On the first day together, you'll look at the past, present, and future of you and your team.
And the reason we're doing this is because most coaches tend to plow forward without taking any time to digest all you've actually done over the course of the season. You never reflect on all the things you've actually learned...so you can begin to integrate this knowledge next season and avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
2. Small group check-in
During the second day of the summit, we'll break up into smaller groups and share more details about your year - your highs, lows, victories, and challenges - both personally and professionally.
Coaches rarely get a chance to do this in the midst of the season...since you're the one in charge. You're expected to have it all figured out and keep it all together. You need a place to talk about your season with people who really get it - other coaches.
3. Reverse engineer your season
During this session, I'll walk you through a step-by-step process where you'll get clear on the goals, results, and outcomes you most want for next year and determine what you must do to get there.
This can sometimes be way too overwhemling to do by yourself. Let me guide you through so you can walk away from the summit with a resource that will help you stay more focused and on-track than ever before.
4. A Coaches Mastermind Session
On day three, I'll lead you through a coaches mastermind session: when two or more coaches get together you create a higher level of intelligence and wisdom.
You’ll be amazed at what happens when you put your focus and attention towards the one specific area you want help on. (Coaches often tell me this was one of the most powerful sessions of the summit for them!)
5. 'High Five' Happy Hour
Wednesday night we'll have an official toast...to all of your victories, accomplishments, wins, high fives, and things you're proud of from the season!
Kick back, relax, and hang out with your coaching colleagues over some tasty local Pacific Northwest microbrews, ciders, and sparkling sodas.
6. Summit Celebration Dinner
Food is an important part of any celebration...and by Thursday evening, you'll have a lot to talk about! We'll have a unique menu featuring local, seasonal produce to celebrate this special event.
Spend quality time with your fellow summit coaches - laughing, sharing stories, asking questions, and having fun. Build memories you can look back on - all season long.
Take a look at our schedule
TUESDAY You’re encouraged to come early: explore, relax, and unwind with your fellow coaching colleagues
WEDNESDAY 2:15pm - 3:00pm - Register and mingle at The Prime Sports Institute 3:00pm - 6:30pm - Summit Day 1 6:30pm - 7:30pm - ‘High Five’ Happy Hour - TBA
THURSDAY 8:30am - 9:00am - Doors open: coffee and tea available 9:00am - 12:30pm - Summit Day 2 - morning session Lunch on your own around Bellingham 2:00pm-5:30pm - Summit Day 2 - afternoon session Summit Celebration Dinner after - TBA
FRIDAY 8:30am - 9:00am - Doors open: coffee and tea available 9:00am - 12:30pm - Summit Day 3 - morning session Lunch on your own around Bellingham 2:00pm-5:30pm - Summit Day 3 - afternoon session
SATURDAY You’re encouraged to stay: explore, relax, and unwind with your fellow coaching colleagues
BONUS #1) Access to a private summit facebook page
Your summit experience actually begins the day you sign up and pay your deposit. You’ll get immediate access to the 2018 Private Facebook Page.
BONUS #2) A 90-day planner
This planner will help you begin to incorporate a series of healthy habits (that we'll talk about at the summit) into your routine on a quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily basis.
BONUS #3) A 90-Day Reset
Have you ever noticed yourself losing momentum in March? The 'newness' of the year has worn off and you're sliding back into old habbits and patterns that are holding you back. That's why I like to hit the pause button - every 90 days. That's about as long as we can hold our focus before we really start to get off track.
It's not about the information. You know what you need. It's just that many of us lack the accountabilty and support to kick things into gear. I'm offering all summit coaches who sign up before February 1st a FREE group coaching session.
Registration for the summit is now open on a first-come-first-served basis – and it will sell out. So, please click the button, fill out your details and move fast.
or 2 payments of $ 400
Here's what will happen once you sign up
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS...
Hear from past summit participants:
It was a tough year for me emotionally and I was drained...feeling like there was no break long enough for me to be excited to go back to work. I had given myself so fully during the season and hadn't taken the time fill myself up. The summit provided a healthy break from the facade and got me back in touch with who I am at my core. The last day as we were leaving I couldn't wait to get back to my team at home and implement some of the ideas I learned. I hadn't been that optimistic and excited about coaching in a long time.
--- Katie Robinson, Tulane University, Head Women's Swim Coach
Before attending my first summit, I had no idea what to expect. I was still tired from a long season and school year and was really just looking forward to a rest. It was an terrific experience to share ideas and personal trials with those who can help support and share valuable advice. I have attended hundreds of clinics & workshops during my career. This was by far, the most helpful experience I have had to make me a better coach and person. I recommend it all!
--- Nancy Bigelow, Tufts University, Associate Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach
Coming into the summit I felt excited to share how my year went and get to see the coaches in my group. I gained more insight into my own leadership style and learn more about the style's of others. I experienced inclusion and laughter. As I left, I felt heard and enlightened. I received a lot of help, got new ideas, and had many chances to share my experiences.
--- Leslie Shevlin, Willamette University, Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach
Coming into the summit, I felt really scattered and pulled in a lot of different directions. At the summit, I was able to get centered and re-focus on my priorities. I also learned new ideas about leadership and team dynamics that I'd never encountered elsewhere. I gained a great deal of perspective and left feeling stronger as a coach and refreshed overall.
--- Jennifer Bloome, Whitman College, Head Men's & Women's Swim Coach
I experienced an immense amount of trust and support at the summit. I was able to find the words I needed to voice and work through some of the issues I had been struggling with over the past year. I didn't realize just how much I could benefit from the supportive and encouraging atmosphere that our summit group created over just a few days. I look forward to staying in contact throughout this year - and many more - to forage deeper relationships and continue to support these fellow coaches in their professional and personal lives. Much is made about the lack of female collegiate coaches, but I know that with opportunities like the summit, the future of female coaching is bright!
--- 2017 Coaching Summit Participant
Coming into the summit I knew I was run down after a long and busy season. I had been struggling to find a place where I felt I could share emotionally charged professional issues I had been struggling with. I was feeling a bit anxious, as I wasn't sure what to expect from the summit experience. I had heard great things from others who had been to summits in the past, so I was hopeful that the experience would be positive.
I left the summit with a new perspective, as well as feeling mentally, emotionally and physically recovered. I also left full of admiration for my fellow summit members. After meeting so many strong female coaches, I was inspired to continue to learn and grow.
--- 2017 Coaching Summit Participant
For me the Summit has been a time of renewal, relaxation and reflection. I enjoy the time with the other women, getting to know each other, making new friends, strengthening our relationships, working through issues, laughing about silly things, and eating delicious food. I also enjoy the time away from the everyday work at the office. For the past two years I have used it as a time to look back and reflect on the school year/season while learning about new ideas to improve next season.
-- Associate Head Swim Coach, Carleton College
I'd like to welcome to this amazing community!
You'll have the opportunity to connect - online - with all the other new coaches before the summit even starts. I will facilitate one group call each month for the three months leading up to your summit experience.
Sign up and get started in this community today!
FAQ's: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: IS MY HOTEL INCLUDED IN MY TICKET? WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
You will be responsible for your lodging and food - with the exception of the meals listed on your Summit Schedule. (You will receive all those details once you sign up.) I've made a list of lodging recommendations - dependent on what kind of experience you want. You can have more privacy and take some time for yourself by reserving your own hotel room. If you are coming with a group of coaches you already know, you can find an AirBNB or VRBO house that can accommodate all of you. If you'd like to meet new coaches and share a room with someone, you can coordinate those details on the private summit Facebook page that you'll have access to once you sign up. Also – each day is laid out with plenty of time for meals and connection, and there are restaurants very close to our meeting space, too!
Q: WHAT IF I AM BRAND NEW TO COACHING, WANT TO GO INTO COACHING, OR AM A DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS? WILL I FEEL LEFT OUT OF ANY OF THE EXERCISES?
If you’re just getting started in coaching or considering getting into coaching in the future, it’s the perfect time to get clear about the core strategic elements of your coaching career. (In fact, some of the veteran coaches might be envious that you're getting this clarity so early on! They probably wish they this when they were starting out!) In other words, these three days will shave years off of your learning curve!
Plus, you’ll create new connections with positive, like-minded coaches who will become your support system and sounding board for years. Most coaches don’t have this level of support in their lives, and end up seeking it from random friends and family members who simply do not have the ability to understand the unique challenges involved in running a collegiate team. When you’re in this room, you’ll feel like you’ve “come home.”
Q: WHY ARE SUMMITS IMPORTANT?
You can't always share the real challenges you're facing when you see your peers or colleagues during the season. You have a job to do: you have athletes to coach and a team to run. You don't always connect so easily with the other female coaches within your athletic department.
Summits help you get to know other coaches and establish an environment of confidentiality and trust where you can share what's going on for you. This can be so integral to the longevity of your career as a coach and help you realize how much support is out there for you.
Q: HOW ARE SUMMITS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER COACHING CONFERENCES?
Coaching summits are purposely held in a more intimate setting than a typical conference center. This setting will allow you more time and space to connect with your colleagues at a deeper level.
The number of participants is limited. Count on an environment where you can be who you are and show up exactly where you are - in the moment...and be totally supported.
Most coaching conferences give you the opportunity to listen, learn, and take in a whole lot of information. Which is great...and some coaches leave feeling overwhelmed.
You will get a lot of great information at the summit AND leave with a clear action plan, accountability and the support to actually put things in motion.
Q: WHAT IF MY BOSS, PARTNER, OR SPOUSE IS SUSPICIOUS OF THE SUMMIT - AND IS ACCUSING ME OF GOING TO SOME KIND OF WOMEN'S RALLY?
Many coaches deal with the same seemingly impossible situation: There are important people in your life who don't totally understand why you need something like this.
So, start by having a little compassion. They don't always know how you're feeling....because you rarely talk about it!
I always suggest a very simple solution: Have a conversation with the people you need to talk to about this - your boss, partner, or spouse. Let her/him know why you think this could be good for you. Get clear on what you most need right now, and share this.
Often, people simply want to be communicated with.
The truth is… most coaches can feel isolated and can also feel like they are completely crazy. Plus you probably don’t have much support. The people in your life are probably just trying to protect you because s/he cares about you. Have a conversation about this. And see if you can ask for the support you need as you join me at the summit.
Then, keep her/him posted on the things you are learning each day about yourself and how you plan on applying it. This will help them understand that you are truly taking this seriously
Q: WHAT IF I CAN'T AFFORD THIS?
I love to teach coaches how to step up as a leader and actively look for ways to get the support you need.
Having the courage to bring this up with your head coach or athletic administrator is a leadership opportunity. It's not always comfortable AND consider it part of your growth and development as a leader. No matter what you think their response might be, I always encourage coaches to initiate this conversation. You never know what resources might be out there that you don't know about until you ask the question - and get it on their radar.
That being said, I've had many coaches (too many to count) tell me their adminstration has eliminated professional development opportunities for coaches due to "budget cuts."
I've written to coaches and administrators - on your behalf - highlighting several key talking points. If you believe a summit would be beneficial to your coaching career, I would recommend you 1. read over these talking points, 2. schedule time to talk to your boss and 3. have a conversation to explore ways to fund this experience.
Let me personalize a copy of this letter just for you. Send me an email with your name and your boss's name and I'll send that your way. I want to do whatever I can to help support you and make this happen!
DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
I'd love to help! Send an email to me at email@example.com or let's set up a time to chat.
The Coaching Experience doesn’t teach or believe in magic formulas or a quick fix. I teach and believe in leading, serving, and working at a much higher level than most coaches think is possible. With that said, your coaching career is all about your personal choices, healthy habits, and taking action. I’m legally required to remind you that I do not guarantee your results, income, or outcomes if you use the tools, trainings, strategies, and secrets I share. I deliver a high level of training and content that will hopefully serve you (and your athletes) for years to come. Will you get the same results as other coaches who have worked with me? I have no idea. It really depends on you - the decisions you make, the actions you take, and a level of personal accountability. Nothing on this page (or on any of my other material) is meant to guarantee results. I do not offer legal, tax, financial or other professional advice. Thank you for visiting! Now, go out there and do the amazing work you do as a coach - changing lives and changing our world!
Summit Payment Terms: Deposits non-refundable after January 1st. Balance fully refundable up to 90-days; 60-89 days 50% refundable; 0-59 days non-refundable
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