Founder & President
Michelle is a highly respected and sought after team strategist, coach, and speaker. As Founder and President of Energy Catalyst Group, she has devoted her 20-year career to helping individuals, teams and organizations shift negative attitudes and behaviors that get in the way of a thriving energized life and workplace.
Her deep experience and knowledge consulting with Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits has established Michelle as a leading expert in bridging communication, team and cultural gaps. She has an unique ability to determine the root causes of challenges, through her keen observation of individual, team and organizational behavior, allowing her to quickly assess issues and provide sustainable, actionable solutions that are aligned with the individual and the client’s vision, values, and culture.
She has developed hundreds of workshops, team training and leadership programs based on her 3-A Model: Awareness, Accountability and Action, which continually garner rave reviews from clients. As a coach, she has worked with executives, senior managers and entrepreneurs to adapt a mindfulness approach to their leadership capabilities. This has consistently resulted in greater awareness of their impact on their staff and business enabling them to lead more effectively and positively.
Throughout her career, Michelle has trained thousands of participants on practical strategies for shifting negative mindsets and behaviors by improving self-awareness, communication, morale, and performance. Her work consistently results with increased work-life balance, positive well-being, higher productivity, and re-energized people. Her clients include: Sony PlayStation, Visa, Microsoft, Stanford University, Ernst & Young, Intel, Hewlett Packard, McDonald’s, Synopsis, E*Trade, Cobra Golf, The Ojai Foundation, Cisco Systems, Disney, Ericsson, HTC, Snapchat, Sony Electronics and Genentech among others.
Michelle is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Valuable Office Professional, endorsed by Ken Blanchard. She co-developed The Productivity Cycle™, a communication tool proven to enhance teamwork and increase productivity, endorsed by Stanford University. Her latest inspirational book, 15 Minute Pause, A Radical Reboot for Busy People is now available. She is also the Co-host of the Re-Energize Your Life Podcast with Tracy Pattin.
She has been featured in Business Week Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, and Star Ledger. Michelle is a regular contributor for Great Work Cultures on the Huffington Post, and her articles have appeared in Training, HR, and Chief Learning Officer magazines. She is also a member of Forbes Coaches Council and contributes to Forbes.com. Michelle is an articulate motivational speaker whose humor, wit and enthusiasm energizes and inspires her audiences.
Admired for her positive spirit, keen eye, creativity and warmth…Michelle is energized by fun adventures, traveling, cooking and sports. She practices her 15 Minute Pause by walking her black lab, Roxie, swimming, mindfulness and meditation.
Michelle Burke, CEO