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Monthly Meeting: From Expression to Impact: The Uses of Arts-Based Experiential Learning in Leadership and Personal Coaching

  • June 28, 2022
  • 6:00 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.
  • ICF Global Member, Non-ICF Austin/Local Member. Fee is $20, payable online by Palpal, Credit or Debit card as part of the registration process. Interested in becoming an ICF Local member as well? Please visit our Membership tab for more information!
  • 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

From Expression to Impact: The Uses of Arts-Based Experiential Learningin Leadership and Personal Coaching


1.0 Core Competency 

0.5 Resource Development Competency

This virtual program will show participants how to use arts-based experiential learning as a powerful coaching methodology. No art experience is necessary. In fact, the more terrible you think you are at “art” the more powerful the experience. Please have handy 3 blank sheets of paper, 1 pencil and 1 eraser for the program. 

The program will introduce participants to the theory and science behind arts-based experiential learning (ABEL). We will engage participants directly in arts-based experiences as we explore different “seeing” strategies employed by the great artists to make their artistic breakthroughs and which coaches can use to help clients uncover opportunities in their lives and organizations. We will examine an actual use case within a Fortune 500 company as a way to demonstrate the what, how and outcomes of selective coaching relationships. 

Participants will also learn about an innovative assessment instrument that directly and objective measures the impact of ABEL on individuals and teams. 

Participants will walk away with: 

• An understanding of the theory and science behind ABEL 

• Practical examples of arts-based experiential exercises immediately implementable by participants 

• Research based data which demonstrates the impact of ABEL on individuals and teams

• Introduction to a breakthrough method for measuring impact of training on learners.


  • 6:00PM–6:30PM Creating community (aka networking)
  • 6:30PM—8:00PM Meeting and program
  • 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


Fred Mandell uniquely combines his experience as a senior executive in a Fortune 100 company with that of a nationally collected visual artist and sculptor to help leaders, organizations and businesses challenge convention and achieve breakthrough performance. 

During his 21 year career as a senior executive at American Express Financial Advisors, Fred built leading marketing and sales businesses and ran a multi-billion dollar investment company. He was responsible for introducing, testing and scaling an innovative, fee-based financial planning business model which transformed AEFA into the market leader. 

In 2019 Fred founded with Harvey Seifter Creating Futures That Work (CFTW) a training and consulting firm that draws on the resonant power of arts-based experiential learning to help leaders globally create futures that matter. CFTW works with corporate clients in the areas of leadership, innovation, collaboration and organizational culture.

Fred has taught the number one rated leadership program at MIT Sloan School of Management SIPSeries called The Leader as Artist since 2013. He is also the co-author with Kathleen Jordan ofBecoming a Life Change Artist; 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Your Life at Any Stage (Penguin Avery.)As an artist Fred’s sculptures, paintings and drawings are in private and corporate collections. Most recently his bronze self-portrait has been commissioned for the international conference on “TheSelf/Le Soi” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne. 

Fred holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and an Ed.M. in psychology from Boston University. He has three grown children, six grandchildren, and lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with his wife Karen, a writer and teacher.

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