Coaches Continue Legacy in APAC 2017


The leading organization of professional coaches in the Asia Pacific Region has welcomed their 10th anniversary with the most anticipated Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches’ (APAC) 2017 Coaching Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. With the theme “Harmony and Mindfulness for Humanity,” the 2-day conference provided international professionals, delegates, and professional coaches coming from various continents an opportunity to reflect on leveraging coaching to bolster harmony and mindfulness for sustainable growth in teams, private and public sectors and society as a whole.

The theme perfectly embodied coaches who have been instrumental in the success of many, may it be in corporate or in life in general. “As a coach having a more mindful self, coaching shall never be a task, instead would be an advocacy in harmony with the very basic principle of coaching – helping people become successful,” Mr. Julius Ordonez, APAC President shared.

Take-away from the 2-Day Conference

The first day of the conference was opened by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s number 1 leadership thinker and number 1 executive coach with his opening keynote, with the topic on “A Buddhist Approach to Changing What You Can Change and Making Peace with What You Cannot Change.” Moreover, Day 2 was opened by Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s keynote address entitled “Coaching and Leading with Heartfulness”. Other remarkable speakers include:

Streams on Day 1

  • Bojjhanga Archery for Mindful Coaching by Dr.  Woraphat Phucharoen
  • Reflective Supervision: An Inclusive Experience for Accessing Our Humanity and Transforming Our Coaching by Felicia Lauw & Jacki Nicholas
  • Coaching in China –With an Original Integrated Model to Help Clients Make Effective and Mindful Choices in a Fast Evolving Country by Catherine Ng
  • Creating Coaching Cultures in Organizations for Greater Engagement and Lasting Outcomes by Magda Mook
  • Yoga Psychology and Its Application in Coaching by Alka Shesha & Atul Matur
  • “The Choice” – A Simple Yet Powerful Mindset Shift to Help Leaders Achieve the Results They Desire by Brenda Bence
  • Zen Meditation and Theory U impacts in Organizational Transformation by Susumu Araki
  • East Meets West: Exploring the Transformational Impact of Wisdom in Coaching and Society by Marilyn O’Hearne and Dr. Woraphat Arthayukti
  • Let’s Dance Tango Together! – Co-creating the Coaching Relationship by Building Awareness of Our Body and Ability to Dance with Others by Elena Espinal & Damian Goldvarg
  • The Courage to Create: How Masterful Coaches Trigger Transformation by Marcia Reynolds
  • The Hidden Power of Teams – A “Live Learning Lab” in Team Coaching by Anisha Kaul & Denise Wright
  • Coaching Cultures in Asia: Trends, Challenges and Best Practices by Brian Underhill (MC), Dr. Atchara Juicharem, Charlie Lang & Gary Wang

Streams on Day 2

  • Inviting Vulnerability and Courage to Our Lives and Practice by Nancy Hughes & Avital Carman
  • Thai Coach Modelling: Integrated Approaches Towards Super Conscious Mindfulness Coaching by Dr. Poll Theerapappisit
  • The Power of Team Coaching in Organizations by Wai K. Leong
  • CEO Talk: From Self to Society by Lorenzo Chan, Jr.
  • Outer Balance – A Pathway to Inner Balance: Look in the “Mirror” and Feel Your Center by Sue Fuller-Good
  • Dancing with the Sounds by Al Falaq Arsendatama & Laurencia Lina
  • 4 C’s Coaching Model to Unlock Clients’ Leadership Potential for Fulfilling Team Success by Nappadon Tungwatcharin
  • “Taking the Fear Out of Feedback”: An Evidence-Based Relational Approach to Creating Powerful Feedback Conversations in Business and Coach/Mentor Practice by Dr. Lise Lewis

New learnings and fresh perspectives towards coaching were shared among the delegates themselves. Business leader had the chance to enhance their skills not only within themselves but also for team and organizational engagement. On the other hand, HR leaders who have attended the APAC 2017 had the chance to strengthen their coaching skills and explore coaching cultures to boost their companies.

Through APAC 2017, the coaches, businessmen, HR leaders, and other professionals surely realized how powerful a job of a coach is. Likewise, coaches themselves learned more of the importance of their whole selves first before making others better, even outside of the bounds.

The Growing Philippine Delegation

As compared to previous APAC conferences, the impressive turnout this year was a clear sign of the Philippines gaining momentum in embracing coaching. With over 60 ICF-credentialed and professional coaches, corporate executives, HR practitioners and would-be professional coaches, it was the biggest delegation at the APAC 2017 Coaching Conference.

For those who are interested to attend the next event, contact Benchmark Consulting, the premier authority in coaching, training and leadership development in the Philippines.