Carrie Abner is an experienced association executive who has advanced professional associations at the local, state, national and international levels. With a passion for bringing together diverse communities of practitioners through common purpose and voice, Abner has more than two decades of experience in communications, domestic and foreign policy, and nonprofit management in her roles at the International Coaching Federation, The Council of State Governments and the International Council for Voluntary Action (InterAction). She currently serves as vice president of ICF Credentials and Standards, where she works to strengthen and grow the certification of coach practitioners around the world and ensure the highest standards for professional and ethical practice in coaching. Abner previously served as assistant director for communications at The Council of State Governments, where she worked with state legislators, supreme court justices and executive branch leaders to foster collaboration and sharing of best practices across the states. Her past experience includes management of U.S. federal grant projects related to prevention of violence against women, as well as the protection of refugee women and children in humanitarian crises. Carrie holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C
What inspires you?
Dreaming of the possibilities and potential that can be realized through collective action fuels me.
What relationship has been most influential in your life?
I’ve had many relationships that have been pivotal to my life. My relationship with my maternal grandmother, Dan Dan, tops my personal list.
What’s on your bookshelf?
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
Rising Strong, Brene Brown
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho