Michelle Hollingshead


Michelle is committed to helping individuals and organizations leave a meaningful imprint on our world. She is a strategist on large-scale organizational change initiatives co-creating culture transformation, where she bridges gaps between people from diverse backgrounds. She designs and delivers innovative leadership development programs, connecting business outcomes with the human dimension of business.

With more than 15 years experience in learning and development, Michelle understands that the barriers to organizational transformation are stubborn and complex. Solutions must be holistic, systemic and address long-held biases. She focuses on mindfulness, authentic communication, gender and inclusive leadership, and personal change as the foundation for sustainable culture change.

Michelle coaches and consults with executives, managers and teams in Fortune 500 companies, privately held companies and nonprofit sectors. She has worked with organizations such as Cigna, Cisco Systems, Lexmark, Johnson Controls, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide Affinity Solutions, Brown-Forman, University of Kentucky, Microsoft and others.

Michelle completed her professional coach training through Coach University and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC)-credentialed member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute’s intensive leadership program. She holds a Master of Education degree in curriculum development from Lesley University.

Michelle is certified in Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI), Life Styles Inventory™ with item-level feedback (360°), Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI®), Organizational Effectiveness Inventory, Barrett and the Deliberately Developmental Organization Assessment as well as extensive training in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.

Michelle began her career in multicultural education before transitioning to coaching, consulting and entrepreneurship. She is an award-winning teacher, yoga enthusiast and proud mother of two.

Recent Posts by Michelle
Culture Shift Series #3: And Now for the Heavy Lifting…The Unsexy Work of Shifting Systems
By Michelle Hollingshead
These are some of the symbols and systems that shape workplace culture and we'll explore one of the fundamental shifts needed for a new paradigm...
Culture Shift Series #2: Personal and Organizational Transformation Go Hand in Hand
By Michelle Hollingshead
Over the past 10 years, I have worked in organizational change, leadership and team development, and raising consciousness. Early on, my work focused more heavily on changing processes and systems with less emphasis on personal transformation. The thinking was if we can get these systems in place and get people to buy in and adopt them, then the change will be successful. What I noticed with this approach was a lack of sustainability in the results, so I evolved my focus to the interconnection and interdependence between personal and organizational transformation, which is the human dimension of business.
Culture Shift Series: FROM Toxic — Defensive and Reactive — TO Constructive and Creative
By Michelle Hollingshead
How do you know if your workplace culture is toxic? These are three warning signs your workplace culture might be toxic and how to begin a detox.
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Areas of Expertise
  1. Executive coaching
  2. Leadership development
  3. Culture and organizational change
  4. Culture transformation
  5. Gender and inclusive leadership
  6. Mindfulness and stress management
  7. Workshop design and facilitation