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Date: 11/10/2020
Subject: ICF-CT Weekly: Spotlight on Naomi Rafalowicz
From: ICF-CT Communications

   ICF-CT Weekly

Board Member Spotlight

Who am I?  

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to meet all of you. I am Naomi Rafalowicz. I live in West Hartford and I am actually a Connecticut native! I have been in the Hartford area most of my life, but when I can, I love to spend time on Cape Cod. These days, you can find me walking my sweet dog Mona on a quest to explore new neighborhoods and towns.

What do I do?  
Like some of you, my career has entered a second exciting phase as an ICF Credentialed Transition Life Coach. I am passionate about working with socially conscious and spiritual Women Educators in their pre- or post-retirement years. I help women in education transition into retirement and manage the sense of loss retirement brings. I provide support they need as they enter their creative next phase and reestablish their purpose in order to pursue the next chapter of their lives. Our coaching begins with a unique Foundation Session to illuminate purpose, core strengths and core values.

What am I passionate about?  
Prior to coaching, I enjoyed an incredible 35-year teaching career as a Special Education Teacher in the CT Public School system. During those 35 years, I always had a sense that the work that I did with the staff and families of my students was very special and different from my typical teaching duties. Today I know that that work was coaching! I know what it feels like to move from a 35-year career into retirement, wondering how I will make a difference in the world going forward. I am passionate about helping others create their new beginnings. I am not here to tell you what to do, but I will listen, ask powerful questions, and help you use your wisdom and strengths so you can move forward with your goals. I know you are your own best source of wisdom.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, what are you most thankful for, particularly this year?
I am most thankful for my circle of friends and family who support me every day. I am thankful for the connections that I have been able to maintain, and the new connections that I have made over these past eight months. And I have to say a big thank you to my dog, Mona, who keeps me calm, grounded and healthy during these stressful times.

Thank you, Naomi for the work you do as our Membership Chair!. 

You can learn more about Naomi at her website at

or connect with her on Facebook at

or Instagram at
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  • Offering professional development for our members
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  • Facilitating networking among our members
  • Supporting the professional programs of the International Coach Federation
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