And the Winner Is . . .

The Glen Hogard Award – for
Distinguished Service to
the Professional ADHD Coach Community

An ADD Coaching “Lifetime Service Award”

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Hogard-award-clip-artPresented to me in Phoenix
on May 3rd, 2014!!

Finally able to announce the news

I wish I could have told you all about this wonderful experience immediately after it happened – honored by my peers, as with the Academy –  but I’ve been totally covered up until a couple of days ago.

As I posted a few days ago in Waldo, Carmen Sandiego and mgh, blogging has been impossible, email languished broken and unseen and, for most of this year I have not had EVEN the time, the physical ability, the cognitive bandwidth or the computer connection to access the internet.

STILL, I want to finish this article to announce the news because this is a VERY big deal and I feel like I have earned the right to crow a little (and it will make me feel GREAT!)

Please indulge me as I exercise some bragging rights — as I tell you about my wonderful award!

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Following a networking luncheon on Saturday, ACO President Joyce Kubric provided a wonderful acknowledgment (thank you SO much, Joyce) as she presented me to the room as the 2014 Recipient of The Glen Hogard Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community.

After listening to her summary of what the Glen Hogard Award is about, the criteria on which the decision is made and her introduction of Glen Hogard himself, I was beaming as I heard her say the following words:

The Glen Hogard Award is awarded this year to
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie.

Below is a transcript of her words, explaining why I was being honored:

Let me tell you about this year’s winner.

She was the founder of the ADHD Coach Training industry, co-founder of the ADD Coaching field, and is a multi-certified life-coaching pioneer with a lot of “firsts” to her credit. She has spent 25 years working with hundreds of people struggling with Executive Functioning issues, her specialty.

She was one of the original Thomas Leonard cadre of coaches and trainers in the early 1990s that included Sandy Vilas  (who now owns Coach U), Cheryl Richardson (well known author & speaker currently with Louise Hay), noted business coach & author Laura Berman-Fortang, Shirley Anderson (whom Leonard used as his personal coach, who also coached prolific author Ken Blanchard prior to his 1996 book with Don Shula “Everyone’s A Coach”), Madeleine Homan (Homan-Blanchard after marrying Ken’s son – now working with the Blanchard organization in Corporate Coaching), and other top-of-the-field names you might recognize — joined subsequently by still more, including Patrick Williams (Institute for Life Coach Training founder – a program of his Therapist University)

By 1994 Madelyn had developed and began delivering the world’s first ADD-specific coach training curriculum establishing the world’s first training program for ADHD Coaches — based upon her work with Thomas Leonard, the founder of the Life Coaching Industry.  Her curriculum was multi-year, brain based and International Coach Federation certification tracked.

To many, her brain-based approach to coaching ADHD is the gold standard for ADHD coaching.

In the early years of her Optimal Functioning Institute™ [OFI], she trained ADD Coaching notables like David Giwerc and Linda Anderson, followed later by Cameron Gott, Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo, Dee Doochin, ADDA founder Mary Jane Johnson, and ACO’s Sarah Wright.

Other greats she trained were Glen Hogard himself, Dana Rayburn, Pat Wood, and several movers and shakers at the Institute for Challenging Disorganization like Denslow Brown.

After representing ADD Coaching on ICF’s Coaching Schools Panel – along with seven “vanilla” coach training institutions – which developed accreditation standards and policies for coach training programs to come, she continued her efforts on the founding board of IAAC, working to develop ADD Coaching’s first certification.

She watched proudly from the wings as several of the coaches she had trained founded the ADHD Coaches Organization in 2005.

It has been her dream since 1994, when she founded OFI, to train the next generation of ADHD coach trainers, which now include (among others) David Giwerc, Barbara Luther, Denslow Brown, Cameron Gott, Kate Kelley, Peggy Ramundo and Lupita Volio (working in Europe and translating into Spanish), and Barbara Edwards in the UK.

Sometimes dreams come true. Her legacy and influence on the profession is profound.

Pretty cool, right?

I was practically worn out anew simply listening to the retrospective, but I felt so acknowledged and appreciated! All my years of non-stop work that necessitated many, many sacrifices seemed suddenly “worth it” in a way that was more than conceptual.

It’s truly amazing how much acknowledgment can do for the spirit, isn’t it?

Once I have time to figure out how my new iPhone works, I’ll come back and insert a photo of the beautiful plaque that will ultimately command pride of place on one of my office walls.

Meanwhile, let me give you a bit of context for this award and the organization that awarded it to ME, and why I consider it a H-U-G-E deal.

A bit of history – looking back

In the latter part of 2010, ADHD Coaches Organization co-founding board member Ken Zaretzky came to the ACO Board of Directors with the idea of creating an ACO outstanding service award.

He also suggested naming the award for fellow founding board member, Glen Hogard. Glen was truly the initiator of the formation of the ACO itself.  Not only was he there to plant the seed, he nurtured it, holding the vision in an action-focused manner for the many years it took to bring the idea to fruition (in a community not known for its follow-through skills).

Sadly and very unexpectedly, Ken died in February 2011, a great loss to the ADD Coaching community.

To celebrate both men, the Board honored Ken’s wish and initiated The Glen Hogard Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community, presenting the 2011 inaugural award to Glen Hogard himself on April 29 at the conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Award Recipients

Since the inception of The Glen Hogard award in 2011, the honorees have been:

  • Glen Hogard himself who was honored in Chicago in 2011 (see above).

After his training in OFI’s 8th group to graduate, by the way, he also served as its Dean of Students for several years — which adds a unique and personal “spin” to hanging an award plaque bearing his name on my office walls!

“What goes around” did indeed “come around” — in a wonderful manner.

  • Sarah D. Wright, who was honored in 2012 for her many years of leadership at the ACO including five pivotal years as President (and a graduate of my 11th training, by the way – another fun thing for me)
  • Kerch McConlogue who was honored in 2013 for “having written or otherwise created everything everyone experiences as the ACO including the bylaws, the first strategic plan, the website, the annual conference which she chaired for two years, and the newsletter of which she was editor for five.”
  • And ME (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie), honored in 2014 as founder of the ADD Coach Training Field and co-founder of the ADD Coaching field.

The Criteria for the Award

The recipient of The Glen Hogard Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community is someone who is making or has made a unique, impactful, selfless contribution to ADHD coaches, ADHD Coaching, and/or the ACO.

The recipient must be a current or past professional member of the ACO and must demonstrate and promote the values and vision of the ACO and its tenets.

Vision and Values

The Vision of the ACO

We envision a world where ADHD coaches are known and highly prized, respected, and sought after for their ability to help clients achieve goals and realize their full potential; a world where every person living with ADHD knows about coaching, and can easily find and work with an ADHD coach who is a perfect match for their needs.

The Values of the ACO

  • Community – The ACO is a nonprofit professional association of ADHD coaches, providing a community for ADHD coaches to come together and grow in supportive and successful ways.
  • Excellence – The ACO values excellence in ADHD coaching, providing an environment that encourages members to develop and excel professionally.
  • Education – The ACO values education, providing current, reliable, and pertinent information about ADHD and ADHD coaching to our members and to the general public.
  • Advocacy – The ACO stands for promoting awareness of ADHD coaching and its value to people living with ADHD.

My strong advice to YOU

If you are a professional ADD Coach yourself and are not already a member of this professional organization, I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out and join us.

If you are already a member and have never attended a live event (or even if you have), START SAVING NOW for the 2015 Annual Conference, again in May and again in Phoenix (pre-conference April 30th).

Don’t worry that you will be bored because you “already know everything they’re going to talk about” since you learned it in your training.

Even I find so many new goodies in the presentations each year — and I have a fairly significant jump-start on acquiring ADD/EFD information,

It’s really not what I’ve heard referred to as the “same ‘ole/same ‘ole” information presented sometimes in conferences that must be careful not to overlook the needs of attendees who are not ADD coaches and may be brand new to the diagnosis.

[CLICK HERE for the 2015 Conference Page on the ACO website – EarlyBirds $ave!]

If you are someone struggling with Executive Functioning (or living with someone who is), consider hiring one of these ADD angels on earth (or me!).  ADD Coaching, truly, can change your experience of living — which in turn, will change your LIFE.

YOU would also be well-served to start saving now to attend next year’s annual ADDA conference (this year’s just took place in Orlando) — supporting ADDults primarily (EVEN coaches!) — and/or the annual CH.A.D.D. conference (child-focused – though there are sessions for ADDults themselves too).

Since you “civilians” (who don’t work professionally with EFDers) probably do not have two or more years of ADD-focused training under your belts, there will be very little “same ole'” to any of those sessions for YOU.

You will be amazed at how much you don’t know,
and how MUCH difference it will make to know it.

PLUS, simply being in the community of others dealing with so many of your same situations and struggles – who don’t find you “odd” or misguided or “lazy, stupid or crazy” – will change your life all by itself!

But don’t take MY word for it.  Click over to listen to ADDA testimonials HERE to read (and listen to) what was posted by a bunch of other conference attendees, including presenters.

ADD Coach Doug Harris says it all when he says that you simply have to experience it to believe it.

(For those of you in Europe there’s ADDIS too!)

The Best Meds

laughter2It is often said that laughter is the best medicine — but ONLY, I have no doubt, if others are laughing with you and not AT you – the kind of “knowing” laughter that comes from a flash understanding of all of the parameters of a situation.

The laughter at all of these conferences is INCLUSIVE not derisive — which is rare, and soooooooo refreshing!

Scroll down for links to the major ADD organizations, and CHECK THEM OUT!!  Check back here (or sign up) for reminder articles as each of the conferences grow closer.

Make it a goal to allow yourself experience ROTFLOL** with a hotel full of people who really GET it!

**rolling on the floor laughing out loud – for those who are wondering

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

3 Responses to And the Winner Is . . .

  1. Pingback: Waldo, Carmen Sandiego and mgh | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  2. wendy says:

    Congratulations Madelyn!! Well deserved! You have worked so hard, and you deserve to be acknowledged! Take a bow, my lady!

    Liked by 1 person

    • ::grinning like a madwoman::

      God bless you for this comment. At this very moment I am struggling with one tiny portion of an upcoming article with tips for activation (meds portion) and your congrats is like wind beneath my wings.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!


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