Companies are struggling with the accelerating pace of change and the pressure to grow. They face the challenge to renew their leadership thinking and develop people’s skills more rapidly and with deeper impact.

The community of professional coaches in Finland (ICF Finland) celebrates its 10th anniversary in a sell-out seminar on 16 August 2017. The keynote speaker of the Loistan Työssäni (Shine at Work) seminar is John Mattone, Global Coaching Guru #2, and recently named  as one of eight finalists for the 2017 Thinkers50 Leadership Award. Thinkers50 awards are described as the “Oscars of management thinking”.

The lineup of speakers at the event include:

  • Kaija Bridger, Work and Organizational Psychologist and Head of Talent Management, Kone
  • Heli Partanen, Head of B2C, Telia
  • Leda Turai-Petrauskiene, Executive & Leadership Team Coach, MCC
  • Carina Räihä, the first Finnish woman to conquer Mount Everest

“The seminar highlights value-based leadership and coaching organizational culture, as well as leaders and professional coaches who make people shine in their work,” says ICF Finland President and Senior Executive Coach, PCC Nonna Babitzin.

The organizations that focus on development and on achieving good results use coaching as a way to inspire people to maximize their personal and professional potential. The impact of coaching can be demonstrated with the organizational metrics of competitiveness, performance, leadership, collaboration, competence and wellness.

ICF Finland was established in the autumn of 2007. In ten years, the association has grown to an inspiring community of nearly 200 certified coaches who develop their competence in trainings and events.

The chairs of ICF Finland include the Finnish pioneers of coaching:

  • Tiina Harmaja 2007–2008
  • Tuula Nurmiluoto 2009
  • Pirjo Kuusela 2010
  • Christel Berghäll-Högström 2011
  • Vesa Ristikangas 2012
  • Tiina Hellgren 2013
  • Tuovi Haikala 2014
  • Ranja Koverola 2015
  • Päivi Äijälä 2016
  • Nonna Babitzin 2017–

ICF Finland is a local chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF Global). ICF Global was established in 1995 and it is the leading global organization for professionally trained coaches. It is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. It’s strongly growing community of coaches includes more than 25,000 members in more than 135 countries.

John Mattone is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership, talent and culture. He is a respected advisor and coach to Fortune 1000 CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a leadership and talent culture that drives superior operating results. John is the author of eight books including three best-sellers (Cultural Transformations, Intelligent Leadership, Talent Leadership). Recently, The Association of Corporate Executive Coaches awarded him the International Executive Coach Thought Leader of Distinction Award. He holds a Master of Science Degree (Industrial & Organizational Psychology). John Mattone’s work has been featured in Fast Company, CNN, CEO Magazine, Chief Learning Officer, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, MarketWatch, Inc. Magazine, among others. John and his wife Gayle have been married for 37 years and are the proud parents of four adult children, Jared, Nick, Kristina and Matthew.

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  • Loistan työssäni seminar #LoistanTyössäni
  • ICF Finland anniversary #ICFFinland10

Additional information



For further information please contact

  • Nonna Babitzin, Chair of the Board, ICF Finland, tel. +358 400 711 529,
  • Johanna Tuutti, Member of the Board, ICF Finland, tel. +358 50 350 4005,

Event photos available after the event. Send text message to Johanna Tuutti +358 50 350 4005.