About Us

The path to becoming a career coach varies. Some know that this is what they want to do but most are coming to this profession to find a higher sense of service in their personal and professional journeys. These are experiences that brought Cara Heilmann and Christy Watz together to form the International Association of Career Coaches (IACC)®.

Our Purpose

Our Vision

To help people discover jobs they love

Our Mission

To create standards, educate our members, and advocate for the profession of career coaches worldwide

Our Goals

  • Create, implement, and follow standards based on the professional career coaching code of ethics
  • Educate emerging career coaches through training and certification in practicing the art and science of career coaching
  • Educate practicing career coaches through programs to stay relevant in the business world
  • Advocate as a champion the practice of career coaching
  • Create a community of career coaches to support one another with member communication, targeted marketing, and coaching opportunities so that we create an open exchange of experiences and viewpoints

Our Code of Ethics

  • Uphold the highest standards of career coaching, deliver the best possible service to our clients, act in the best interest of our client, and reflect positively on the profession.
  • Build trust with our clients and represent our areas of expertise with honesty, integrity, and transparency in all aspects of marketing, contract agreements, and coaching.
  • Maintain absolute client confidentiality, including company and client anonymity, unless permitted by client or mandated by law.
  • Continue to evolve both as individuals and professionals so as to be present, relevant, and knowledgeable, with emphasis on uncovering and being mindful of our own unconscious biases.
  • Keep the highest level of professionalism when managing and maintaining boundaries and embrace the richness of our global community by welcoming diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion.
  • Build a strong and supportive community of coaches around the world by honoring copyrights, requesting permission to use original materials, and acknowledging and crediting creators.

Becoming a Professional Coach

The path to becoming a career coach varies. Some know that this is what they want to do but most are coming to this profession to find a higher sense of service in their personal and professional journeys. These are experiences that brought Cara Heilmann and Christy Watz together to form the International Association of Career Coaches (IACC)®.

Upon hitting the pinnacle of her career, Cara Heilmann wrote down what she loved about her years in HR. This list was simple, but it changed her life.

  • I love helping people find jobs that leverage their gifts.
  • I enjoy helping people to know their worth in their work.
  • I love helping people show up authentically who they really are.
  • And, figure out how to not care so much about what others think about them.

From these simple tenants, her career coaching practice was born. In four months, she created an elevated career coaching leadership and business-forward curriculum and has helped over 2,000 people find meaning in their work and more importantly rediscover the brilliance that they bring to the world with her first student being Christy Watz.

Christy was a frustrated leader wanting to pivot her career to do something more fulfilling and yet be there for her children. Because she had a long history of leading nonprofits and community groups, which planted a seed that grew with Cara.

Cara had a vision that could see people as bright lights, like herself and Christy that span the globe helping people get jobs. One light turned into 20 that turned into 200 then 2000 bright lights. Thus, the International Association of Career Coaches (IACC)® was launched in 2018 with Ready Reset Go® as our education-based online certification program partner and Christy Watz as our Executive Director.

Today we have coaches in Canada, Zimbabwe, Tokyo, Toronto, Spain, and the US. We span across languages and cultures. Amidst our obvious differences, we are united. We are career coaches, shining brightly giving hope, and teaching job seekers to find jobs. Through the IACC, we have a common coaching language and grow in knowledge about the steps and nuances of landing a job with meaning. We support one another as we make a difference in the lives of others in our companies, in our communities, in our counties, and even in our world.

If this calls to you, take the small step and join us. And then saturate yourself with exciting learnings and help people get amazing jobs. To make a difference in the lives of others. To help them put food on the table; those who yearn for the dignity of work. Join the movement. So that you can join something exciting and big.

Our Team

Christy Watz, MA SPCC MPCCTM RCC CBC

Executive Director
Christy Watz Coaching, President and CEO

Cara Heilmann, MBA SPCC MPCCTM

President
Ready Reset Go Inc., CEO and Master Coach

Michelle Traino, SPCC MPCCTM SPRWTM

Director of Member Experience
Career Pursuits, Career Coach & Master Résumé Writer

Lisa Tober, BA SPCC

Director of Certification Experience
Ready Reset Go Inc., Client Success and Career Coach