Meet Michelle ...
Certified Professional Coach · Presenter · Writer/Editor · Mom/Wife/Daughter · Community Builder
For those of you visiting this corner of the world for the first time, let me introduce myself. I’m Michelle and my most prominent roles at the moment are as coach to clients who constantly blow me away, daughter to two of the most generous people I know, wife to a man whose heart touches mine, and mom to two equally sweet, amazing boys, each with a unique set of gifts.
I once put my career on hold to deal with the special challenges my family faced after the birth of my first son. Now I’m bringing what I’ve learned to those who face transitions and challenges of their own. I know, without a doubt, that I can give more to others when I give generously to myself. I encourage the individuals and families I work with to discover that, too.
I’m a life coach with specialties in ADHD and grief coaching, as well as a workshop presenter based in Washington, DC. What seems like a lifetime ago, I used to be a news editor. Funny thing I’ve discovered is, being a coach and an editor isn’t as different as it might seem.
As a news editor, my job was to take someone else’s story and help her or him to improve it.
As a coach, my job is to take someone else’s story and help him or her to improve it.
As a news editor, I made sure the most important information was at the top of the story, not buried.
As a coach, I help clients set priorities so that they put the most important things – like self-care – at the top of their to-do lists.
As a news editor, I kept an eye out for inconsistencies and then worked with the writer to clarify the copy.
As a coach, I help clients get clear on their values so they can live in a way that is consistent with their core beliefs.
As a news editor, I corrected grammar, spelling and style mistakes.
As a coach, I happily couldn’t care less about that stuff. (Unless I’m helping a client polish a resume or a college essay.)
I’ve earned the second-highest coaching designation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC), from the largest coach accrediting body, the International Coach Federation. I’m also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through a pioneer coaching school, The Coaches Training Institute, and a graduate of Georgetown University’s Organization Development program.
I got my ADHD coach training from one of the first and one of the best, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett. I’m a certified grief coach through the Grief Coach Academy and am qualified to work with clients using the True Purpose Institute’s method for finding your calling in life.
Before my career transition into coaching, I spent a decade as a news editor and manager. At the news service that brought me to Washington, I was lucky to lead an award-winning staff and earn company recognition for managing change. I earned my degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
I've been known to combine my passions for writing and coaching in my occasional blog here and at Grief, Interrupted, where I once blogged about recognizing and honoring all kinds of transitions and losses while shifting, learning and growing in their wake.
My professional affiliations include the International Coach Federation and the ADHD Coaches Organization. In 2006, before being asked to serve on the board of directors of the 800-member ICF Metro DC Chapter, I was honored with the chapter’s President’s Award in recognition of my community-building efforts.
I was honored again for community building in 2016, this time at DC’s Adas Israel Congregation, where I serve as the member engagement vice president and on more committees than I can count (including one to create the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington). And as a mom to two young boys, including one with special needs, I spend many hours volunteering and coordinating projects in my sons’ schools.