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 leaders, their teams and organizations shift negative attitudes and behaviors that get in the way of a thriving energized 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 generational 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 each client’s vision, values, and culture.
She has developed hundreds of team training 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 and senior managers to adapt a mindfulness approach to their leadership capabilities. This has consistently resulted in greater awareness of their impact on their direct reports and organization enabling them to lead more effectively and positively.
Throughout her career, Michelle has trained thousands of managers and teams on practical strategies for shifting negative mindsets and behaviors by improving self-awareness, communication, morale, and performance. Her work consistently results in higher productivity, stronger employee engagement, and more energized workplaces. Her clients include: Sony Playstation, Stanford University, Visa, Ernst & Young, Intel, Hewlett Packard, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Synopsis, E*Trade, Cobra Golf, The Ojai Foundation, Cisco Systems, Disney, Ericsson, HTC, Genentech, and Snapchat 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 book 15 Minute Pause, A Radical Reboot for Busy People is now available. She is also the Co-host of the 15 Minute Pause Podcast with Tracy Pattin.
She has been featured in Business Week’s Frontier 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. 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