About Michele


In practice for over ten years, Michele Woodward is a Master Certified Coach who has coached executives across the U.S. and around the world, from Japan and Australia to Latin America and Europe. A former White House official and corporate citizen, Michele works primarily with executives who want to be more effective in their work, grow their strategic vision and expand their leadership skills. Over the years, she has trained and mentored hundreds of other coaches and is considered a “coach’s coach.”

Before becoming a coach, Michele led a strategic communications and marketing consulting business in the late 1990s, working with technology start-ups and companies with a strategic interest in partnering with high-tech firms in the Washington, DC-area. Prior to owning her own business, she was a senior executive with the Wexler Group, a leading lobbying and public affairs firm in Washington, DC, and served as Chief of Staff to CEO Anne Wexler. Clients included Fortune 100 companies, non-profits and trade associations.

In 2010 through 2011, she was honored to serve as Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, a bipartisan, year-long effort appointed by President Obama. Commissioners included Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT), Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, John F.W. Rogers, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Allbritton Communications and Fred W. Smith, Chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Michele was a principal organizer of the State Funeral of President Gerald R. Ford and previously organized the State Funeral of President Ronald Reagan, heading ticketing and staffing operations for all events in Washington, DC.

Earlier in her career, she was Lead Press Advance in the Reagan White House, constructing some of the memorable photo opportunities of that presidency, and was Director of Press Advance for Dole for President ’88, coordinating the national press on the campaign plane.

She is the author of several books and has appeared as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Journal, PsychologyToday.com and other key outlets. She’s a sought-after speaker, leads workshops and classes around the country, and writes a popular blog.

Coaching Specialties:

• Growing leadership skills
• Learning and implementing strong executive presence
• Improving communication
• Managing effectively
• Organization and efficiency
• Dealing with difficult people
• Addressing burnout

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Media Mentions See Michele featured in USA Today, Slate Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, The Fiscal Times and more…
Michele Woodward in the Media
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Book: I Am Not Superwoman! In powerful, perceptive and wickedly funny essays, Master Certified Coach Michele Woodward takes on all the places where people get stuck and de-stuckifies them.

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Book: Lose Weight, Find Love, Declutter and Save Money In funny and perceptive essays, Master Certified Life Coach Michele Woodward offers a path toward increased happiness.

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Public Speaking See speaking topics and past audiences

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