Chances are you have encountered people who have offered good counsel that helped to put or keep you on a path to success. Intentionally sought out or serendipitously received, we can all use a little coaching from time to time.

Central Ohio nonprofits stand to benefit when the Columbus Chapter of the International Coach Federation conducts the 40/40 ICF Columbus Initiative as part of International Coaching Week May 15-21. Members will contribute 40 free hours of coaching in a 40-hour work week, focusing on local nonprofits. Coaching is distinct from other types of professional and personal support, as we previously reported.  

SWACO is inviting a little coaching from businesses and multifamily residences to help the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio increase recycling in those sectors. Take an online survey to help SWACO identify the resources, incentives and recognition that will help reduce waste and create best practices for sustainable materials management.

Mentors can be helpful coaches, too. The Women’s Small Business Accelerator works to connect the right mentor to the right mentee in its formal, six-month Mentor Match program. Contact WSBA to become a WSBA mentor.

Good counsel can be had in a May 18 Women’s Leadership Conference, Leading with Confidence, which features executive speech coach, trainer and facilitator Ruth Milligan. The week before, WSBA joins with the Small Business Administration and others to offer a May 11 lunch workshop on Building Your Support System with Jeanette Armbrust of Skyline Exhibits and Catherine Lang-Cline of Portfolio Creative.  

Advice is also available in our CEO Corner, as Lang-Cline and other former CEO of the Year honorees address labor availability, a top concern raised in our most recent CEO Survey. Sign up online to receive the 2017 survey from Columbus CEO and Capital University’s School of Management and Leadership.

Women who would like to run for public office can get coached on sharpening their speaking skills in a two-part workshop, Communicate to Win, May 10 and June 10 at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at OSU.