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It is with great sadness we inform you

our leader, founder, coach and friend

Thomas J. Leonard
1955 - 2003

Thomas J. Leonard passed away February 11, 2003 after a sudden heart
attack at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Thomas considered you, the coaching community, his family, and
was dedicated to your success in a profession he gave
his life to building and supporting.

At this time, we extend an invitation to you to attend a memorial service for Thomas
on Sunday, March 9, 2003 in San Diego, California.
More details below.


 




Thomas J. Leonard Memorial Service

Sunday March 9, 2003
San Diego, California

10am-1pm
Handlery Hotel
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California, 92108 

So that we can best prepare for the service, please RSVP by clicking here.  Can't use the link?  Go to http://www.coachvillecourses.com and search under the keyword: memorial

Note: Although we are using the CoachVille class registration system to collect your RSVPs and ensure we are able to communicate with those of you who will be attending the service, this is not a CoachVille class.  Thank you.


From the editor of Today's Coach
A few words

Friday, February 21, 2003

Dear Today’s Coach Reader,

As you by now have heard, Thomas J. Leonard, founder of coaching, and visionary behind CoachVille and The School of Coaching, passed away on February 11, 2003 after a sudden heart attack at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Thomas considered you, the coaching community, to be his family, and was dedicated to your success in a profession he gave his life to building and supporting. To see a list of his many projects, please visit http://www.thomasleonard.com/60info.html

This last week has been one of shock and reflection.  Losing someone who has been described as “The CEO of Coaching” is without doubt, significant in so many different ways.  He was an inspiration and a guide – a true pioneer following his passion.

Despite the changes arising from his death, Thomas would be the first to say that it's also a time of opportunity. By leaving big shoes to fill, Thomas has inspired coaches around the world to step up into their own “bigness”, expanding their own vision and creativity, and inspiring clients to do the same. How are you stepping up, stepping out, into a 'bigger game' for yourself, your coaching practice, or for your clients?  We'd like to know.  Write us at steppingup@thomasleonard.com and we'll share your stories in an upcoming issue of Today's Coach.


Thomas’ vision was to bring the provocative power of coaching to the lives of everyone. Not only did he want to create the largest and most progressive community of coaches and resources in the world, he also wanted to bring coaching to the mainstream so that everyone could and would develop a coaching approach to their own lives. Thomas believed that if we all used coaching as the foundation for our work, whether it be raising children, working as a solo entrepreneur, designing mergers and acquisitions in the corporate arena, or otherwise impacting the world, the world’s capacity to love and create would be enriched beyond our dreams.
 

Thomas spoke often of helping our clients design a legacy. He knew that in designing a legacy, we are called outward and upward toward something more. From the outpouring of sentiment and well wishes over the last week, and your conviction to continue his vision, we know that Thomas has left a remarkable legacy. While we are saddened by his death, we are inspired by his life. 

To continue in support of Thomas’ legacy, CoachVille and the School of Coaching are committed to carrying out his plans -- to deliver you the best, most progressive tools, resources and training in the world, and improve the quality of coaching worldwide. 

To celebrate Thomas' life and his legacy in a special ceremony, we invite you to join us at a memorial service in San Diego on March 9, 2003.  If you unable to attend, we invite you to consider designing a ceremony in your own community. More information about how to do so is available below.

My best to you,

Andrea Lee
General Manager, CoachVille/SOC
andrea@coachville.com
 


Thomas J. Leonard Memorial Service/San Diego

Thank you to all of the Leonard family; we were honored to remember Thomas with you at a memorial service in Phoenix on Saturday February 15, 2003.  Due to the outpouring of support from the coaching community, an additional service is being held:


Sunday March 9, 2003
San Diego, California

10am-1pm
Handlery Hotel
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California, 92108 


So that we can best prepare for the service, please RSVP by clicking here.  Can't use the link?  Go to http://www.coachvillecourses.com and search under the keyword: memorial

Note: Although we are using the CoachVille class registration system to collect your RSVPs and ensure we are able to communicate with those of you who will be attending the service, this is not a CoachVille class.  Thank you.


Memorial Services for Thomas in other locations
Your love for Thomas has prompted a dozen emails inquiring about holding a memorial service in your own community.  We would be happy to support you in whatever way possible to do this, including creating a central website to list your service.  Please be in touch for more details by emailing tina@coachville.com and putting 'memorial' in the subject line. 

For those of you who may not be able to join us in San Diego, services are being planned by CoachVille community members in New York City and London, England, among others.  Concrete details for your planning purposes will be available by Monday February 24, 2003 at http://www.thomasleonard.com


In lieu of flowers/gifts
The Thomas J. Leonard Scholarship Fund

In lieu of flowers, the Thomas J. Leonard Scholarship Fund has been created by the International Association of Coaches (IAC) to help those who cannot afford to hire a coach to get the support they need to start living their dream. Visit www.thomasleonard.com for more information.
 


One of Thomas' favorite pieces of intellectual property:
The Absence of Program 

The 'Absence of' Program was one of Thomas' favorite pieces of intellectual property. Prompted by observations he made of the CoachVille R&D team, the program is for the very high-end coach or client, and in Thomas' words,

'it take(s) real courage to look at and let go of, resolve and/or transcend that which no longer fits for you, given how much you have matured, transformed, outgrown, moved on, healed, become more aware, evolved beyond, etc.'

We thought you'd enjoy an excerpt of this program, and have made two lessons available for all CoachVille members.  Click here:

www.coachville.com/absence/sample1.html
www.coachville.com/absence/sample2.html

If you’re not a member of CoachVille yet, it’s easy and free to sign up. Just go to www.coachville.com.

For those of you who are interested, we will be presenting the Absence of You Training live in Phoenix on May 30 and 31, 2003.  For more details, visit  http://www.coachville.com/conf/absenceof.html  Enjoy!
 


Coaching Community
A Time to Connect

Your Love
The outpouring of love and support from you, warms our hearts. Click to read.

CoachVilleChat.com
Click this link to chat via the internet, in real time, with other coaches and friends of Thomas.

Discussion Board
Post your memories and experiences of Thomas at this discussion board. Read and respond to your colleagues' experiences here too. http://www.room500portfolio.com/soctest

Emails
To send your condolences, simply send an email to: notestothomas@coachville.com. Your thoughts and wishes will be compiled at Thomas' website www.thomasleonard.com

For more details on Thomas Leonard and his many contributions, please visit his website  www.thomasleonard.com
 


Thomas J. Leonard Audio Collage

To listen to an audio collage of Thomas teaching, leading and laughing, click here.
(You will need a copy of Real Player, available free from http://www.real.com)

A special thank you to Coach John Satta for his inspired creation of this audio collage.

 


Questions?
Let us hear from you. Please email andrea@coachville.com.
 


 "Thomas J Leonard, the great visionary, I want to honor his memory by continuing my growth as a coach and to contribute to his belief that coaching can create a better world."
- Coach Shirley Pordominsky