WHW-ICF OC Partnership

Top Performer Program

Back in 2015, we launched a partnership with the non-profit organization WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) to provide pro-bono coaching to WHW's clients via the Top Performer Coaching Program. Since then, we've paired 32 courageous clients with our very own ICF OC coaches.

About WHW

WHW provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.  Since 1993, WHW has served over 70,000 job seekers referred by over 275 partner agencies at no charge.  Each year more than 8,000 job seekers participate in programs focused on equipping them to be the most marketable candidate for the job they seek.  Programs include Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Support and Professional Apparel.   For more information on WHW and how to support their job seekers, please visit www.whw.org.

The Top Performer Coaching Program typically runs for 3 months in the Spring and in the Fall. Here's how each edition of the program works:

  • WHW selects 15-20 of their most promising, dedicated clients for the program.
  • ICF OC matches 15-20 of our members with the WHW clients.
  • Engagements last approx. 3 months (or 6 sessions).
  • Coaching sessions take place over the phone, face-to-face, or via Skype/FaceTime. The duration of each is typically 1 hr.


Creating a Little Happiness

By Christie Cooper, Ed.D.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - Buddha

If you are looking for a way to pay it forward, you could certainly do so at Starbuck’s by paying for the person’s coffee that is in line behind you or you can be a volunteer coach. While the former may make you feel good, I’d propose the latter you may have a bigger impact on our society at large.

ICF member, Chery Kitchner decided to find a way to have a more significant impact and partnered up with Women Helping Women (WHW) – they do help men too! Cheryl, in partnership with ICF-OC and WHW, created the WHW’s Top Performer Coaching Program (TPCP) in 2015. Now three years later, I’d like to give a recap of our Spring TPCP results.

One of the many successful partnerships celebrated this year.

The TPCP matches ICF certified coaches with WHW participants who have received a job and held it for a minimum of 90-days. The coach who volunteers his/her time to this event will work with the client for 3 months. Using the True Colors® assessment, 19 clients were matched with a coach. In addition, clients were given a pre and post survey that measured areas of their life, such as; happiness, self-esteem, mastery orientation, planning, anxiety, disengagement, and more. Happiness went up 6% - and who would not want to be happier in their life? Mastery Orientation went up 20 points and Disengagement went down by the same amount.

The strides the clients made as a result of their hard work and encouragement of their coach can be seen by some of their remarks:

“The sessions had great value to me. I could go home and think and meditate on how I am and how I want to solve the particular problem.”

“Since my coaching session, I’ve had a $2 raise and I am now thinking about returning back to school.”

“I learned to value myself more and admire myself for the person that I am and for the things I have accomplished.”

“When I have a lot on my plate, I am able to set priorities and have learned how to take on tasks in the proper order. “

“My coach kept me moving forward. I had been stuck, feeling like opportunities were passing me by. He saw the pain in me and encouraged me to reach for what I wanted and needed.”