About Michelle

Michelle's Manifesto

I believe
we all have a unique purpose—a reason-for-being that guides us towards easier decisions and a more meaningful life. What is life without meaning?

I believe
that your personal values and heart-felt goals are not optional—if you are going to be fulfilled, they cannot be suppressed.

I believe
that sexism is real and it affects us all. It is but one of the many ‘isms’ that seek to tell us who we are and who we can become.

I believe
every one of us craves to be heard and deserves to be listened to.

I believe
there is always an opportunity for more: more perspective, more options, more love, more connection, more challenge, more freedom.

Most of all, I believe
women—aligned with purpose—will and already are changing the world.

This is why I coach:

Because I believe—no, I know—
that when we have someone to hold our vision and challenge our inner critic with love, we become master architects of our very best life.

About the name GreenLight

When I was in Hawaii, I learned about the GreenLight flash. It happens in those few moments when the sun sets and hits the ocean water. It’s stunning and in order to see it, you have to pay close attention. This is what I named my business after—an homage to the awareness that slowing down and being present are often the first catalyst toward uncovering your purpose.

Quick Facts about Michelle

I hold an MA in Organizational Psychology and am a certified coach (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). I have dedicated my education and career to understanding psychology, group dynamics and communication.

I have worked with clients at corporations such as Apple, Google, Pinterest, Facebook, Uber, Adobe, Deloitte and Yahoo. I leverage my knowledge as an insider/outsider to serve these clients well.

I am a recovering Catholic. I was raised in a Irish Catholic family and though I identify as Spiritual, I am not Religious.

I grew up in Illinois, I am proud of my mid-western roots.

You can mostly find me reading books on Anti-Racism, the Climate Crisis, Spirituality, Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, and Leadership. Fiction is something I strive to read more of.

I have a “photographic memory” when it comes to meaningful conversations. I will remember the conversation in full and all the details of the moment, including what you were wearing. Meanwhile, I cannot remember movies at all. I am notorious for starting a movie and part way in, realizing why it seems so familiar... I’ve seen it before.

I held a ten-year sales job at Dun and Bradstreet followed by five years in the Learning and Development Group at Deloitte. I get how corporations work and I understand the politics.

I did a two year training through the Matrix Leadership Institute and learned how to facilitate and lead through radical human interconnection. I have a deep love for leading and facilitating groups and CONNECTION is a core value!

I am a Momma with two kids — a daughter and a son. Motherhood has both kicked my ass and opened my heart.

A few of my favorite things, in no particular order: nature, camping, music, the ocean, meaningful conversation, spirituality and my loved ones.

My undergrad degree is in Anthropology. I love learning about different cultures. In hindsight, this started me as a coach. I love to connect the dots and chapters of life.

Our family dog growing up was a German Shepherd named Lyndy. I miss her.

I love to DANCE! I’ve been described as ‘BOUNCY’. I hear a good beat and I can’t help moving. Can you relate?

I love to laugh. Life is full of things that are serious. It’s a gift when we can see what’s not.

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Michelle's story in detail

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