With a deep commitment to leaders, teams, and organizations, our vision is to support our clients on a path of discovery and empowerment
• To identify and cultivate your purpose within
• To develop your internal capacity to realize your mission and fullest potential

We invest in fostering trust and long-term relationships with our partners, built on listening and understanding who you are and what drives you

• Helping you hone, operationalize, and realize your solutions within

• Understanding how people, culture, systems, and processes intersect to achieve your results within

​At your side, your advisor, partner, and executive resource.

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Michelle has coached, trained, and advised leaders and teams for over 15 years, partnering with corporate, nonprofit, and public sector organizations across the US and internationally. She holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Since serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, Michelle has worked in more than 15 countries across North America, UK and Europe, East and Southern Africa, Central America, and South Asia, and has lived in Argentina, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Spain, and the United States. Applying her experiences facing complex, systemic, global challenges, she supports leaders to see possibilities and uncover creative solutions through an abundance mindset, to stay resilient and centered in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.


As the founder of Purpose Within, she provides leadership and organizational development services, including coaching, training, and facilitation to mission-driven organizations; and delivers project management and program design support services to other training and capacity building providers. Michelle’s approach blends a commitment to service with management acumen, supporting the creation of partner-led strategies and solutions. She is passionate about fostering sustainable and effective collaboration within organizations, and across networks, communities, and sectors.


As an International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified coach, Michelle starts from the assertion that “people are, by their very nature, creative, resourceful, and whole” (Co-Active Coaching). She supports clients to identify and cultivate their purpose within. She combines this with a values-based mindset, bringing her experience listening, learning, and adapting to a range of cultures and operating contexts, and when relevant, applying the insights that the creative arts, neuroscience, and the contemplative sciences can offer us as leaders and members of a compassionate, interconnected society.