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Monthly Meeting: Improving Your Influence: When Empathy Informs Assertiveness

  • February 23, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Non ICF-Local Member, Non ICF-Global Member. You do not have to be a member of ICF to join our meetings - all are welcome. There is a $20 fee to attend, payable online via PayPal, Credit or Debit card during the registration process.
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  • ICF Local (Austin) Members are both ICF Austin and ICF Global Members.

    ICF Local (Austin) Affiliates are ICF Austin Members, but non-ICF Global Members.

    ICF Local Members and Affiliates can attend monthly meetings for free!

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Monthly Meeting

Improving Your Influence: When Empathy Informs Assertiveness

CCEU: in progress

As professional coaches who utilize the framework of emotional intelligence to support our client's in reaching their goals, we notice a consistent struggle amongst our client-leaders to successfully balance empathy and assertiveness towards greater professional influence and advancement.

During this presentation we will explore the latest research on the topics of empathy and assertiveness and suggest new mental models for working with others. We will engage in group discussion to more clearly define both terms and learn how empathy and assertiveness when jointly employed exerts greater influence in any system.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain better working definitions
  • Better understand associated behaviors
  • Learn how empathy and assertiveness inform one another
  • Identify personal steps towards greater balance

“I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.” Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand


  • 6:30PM–8:00PM
  • Zoom Call - You will receive the link in your confirmation email.


Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. 

  • ICF Local (Austin) Members and Affiliates - FREE
  • ICF Global Members, Non-ICF Local Members -$20
  • Guests (Non ICF-Local or Global Members) - $20

About the speakerS

Kelley Russell-DuVarney, MA, PCC, is an executive coach working in a variety of industries including higher education, healthcare, technology, government, and the non-profit space. She is trained as a certified positive psychology coach (CPPC), appreciative inquiry practitioner and she is a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is certified to administer the EQ-i suite of individual and 360 assessments of emotional intelligence. Her background in sociology keeps her curious about the interplay of agency and structure and helps her to notice both institutional and self-imposed barriers to success. She served on her local ICF Board for four years and is now Past President of the Greater Austin Chapter. When she’s not coaching you will find her out for a run, volunteering in her community, spending time with friends, family and neighbors and traveling to explore new places. Originally a native New Englander from Massachusetts, Kelley, her husband, and two adult sons have called Austin, TX home for the past 20 years.

Many coaches find a niche - for Marilyn Orr, MA, CEC, PCC, that niche is emotional intelligence and resilience. She published “How Resilient Are Your Shocks?”, a practical workbook on increasing resilience and loves helping clients increase their capacity. Marilyn is the training partner for the world leader in emotional intelligence assessments, MHS, for South/Central Texas both completing assessments with clients and equipping other professionals to use the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ-i 360 tools. You might catch the odd word or phrase that lets you know Marilyn has Canadian roots (eh!). Marilyn and her husband Bill realized a long-held dream last year in the completion of their sustainable, modern wellness and event center in the Texas Hill Country. 

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