Michelle Braden

Michelle Braden

Location: Charlottesville, VA


Michelle has coached and trained leaders and teams for over 20 years. She is the founder of the Authentic Leadership Summit, the Emerging Executive Leadership Program, the Conversational Oxygen Program, and The Coaching Culture Experience, an ICF-credentialed program for leaders and their teams. She has also served as a panelist for the World Coaching Conference. Michelle is the author of three leadership books: Stand Out, Dare to Make a Difference, and Bottom Line. She is also a long-term thought-leadership contributor to several blogs/publications including Forbes Coaches Council, Thought Leaders, Lead Change and Leadership Courseware.

Michelle is committed to partnering with leaders to identify their motivators, drivers, values and principles that increase their awareness of who they are and how they want to be known as a leader. She works with leaders to uncover both productive and challenging behaviors that may be enhancing their leadership or holding them back from being the leaders they want to be.

One of the many things that sets Michelle apart as an executive/leadership coach is her own broad experience as a leader. She has leadership experience in the corporate arena including healthcare and staffing, small business, non-profits and education (in both private and public sectors). She has often been labeled as a “visionary leader who has the ability to create a plan and inspire people to move the vision forward.” Michelle’s down to earth approach, strategic business sense, and interpersonal relationship skills put people at ease and inspire leaders to gain the most from their coaching and

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • C-Suite
  • Change Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Presence
  • Internal Coaching Strategy

Industry Experience

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive & Assembly
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality
  • Nonprofit
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products


  • English


  • Trinity - PhD, Leadership & Management
  • Trinity - MA, Conflict Management
  • Lee University - BS, Communication


  • Hogan
  • 360 Interview
  • DiSC
  • MBTI
  • FIRO-B
  • AIIR Coaching Mindset Index

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