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Michelle Davis, ACC, Career and Leadership Coach

Michelle Davis - Leadership and Executive Coach

Michelle Davis specializes in helping professionals manage their careers, from job transitions to leadership development, and every step in between. Her practical and empathetic approach to coaching helps her clients stay accountable to their goals, while helping to remove the internal and external blocks that can get in the way of fulfillment and success in the workplace.

Transforming workplaces through conscious leadership is a passion of Michelle’s and is the “Why” behind her career as a coach. She believes that if leaders focus on empowering and developing its people first, productivity and profits will follow.

Michelle has over 15 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and leadership. She has held various development positions at the University of Michigan including in annual giving, alumni relations and major gifts. In her last role at U-M, she served as Director of Development at Michigan Medicine where she led a team responsible for raising philanthropic funds for ground-breaking research and patient care in the neurosciences. Currently, Michelle is a coach with OptimizeU Leadership Coaching, a coaching collaborative aimed at helping clients optimize their careers and leadership and with Sounding Board Inc., a leadership development platform that offers scalable, personalized coaching to help enterprises grow their next generation of leaders.

Specialties: Career Management, Leadership Development, Conscious Leadership and Team Coaching

Industry Expertise: Non-Profits, Fundraising, Philanthropy, Higher Education, Healthcare, Business Development, Sales

Education and Training: Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). In addition, she is a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index (ELI-MP). She has additional experience in team coaching, Gallup Strengths Finder, CareerLeader, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Stanford University’s Designing Your Life program.

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