Founder & CEO

Michelle Burke

Michelle Burke is a highly respected and sought-after consultant, team and leadership coach, facilitator and speaker. As founder and president of Energy Catalyst Group, a consulting, coaching and training company for well-being, she has devoted her 20+year career to helping women become more empowered leaders and helping individuals, teams and managers become more mindful, and energized by shifting negative attitudes and behaviors that get in the way of a thriving, energized life and workplace.

Burke’s deep experience and knowledge coaching leaders and consulting with Fortune 500 companies include Microsoft, Genentech, Snap, Cisco, Disney, HP, and Sony PlayStation, and have established her as a leading expert in inspiring individuals, and teams to be fully engaged, energized and effective, positively impacting relationships, productivity and the bottom-line  — her latest book, “15 Minute Pause: A Radical Reboot for Busy People” provides simple and effective ways to step off the stress-treadmill, increase self-care and live with more purpose.

Michelle’s superpower is her 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 increase team trust, productivity, morale and engagement.

She has developed hundreds of workshops, team training and leadership programs based on her 3-A Model: Awareness, Accountability and Action and her Energy Impact Model, which continually garner rave reviews from clients. Michelle is a Master Strengthscope Facilitator and uses the Strengthscope Assessment to identify energizing strengths for individuals and teams. As a coach, she has worked with executives, senior managers and individuals who want to adapt a mindfulness approach to their leadership capabilities. She has achieved great success especially in empowering women into leadership roles. Her coaching consistently results in greater awareness of their impact on their staff, teams and their personal relationships 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. Other clients include: Visa, Stanford University, Ernst & Young, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Lanza Haircare, Synopsis, E*Trade, Cobra Golf, The Ojai Foundation, Cisco Systems, Ericsson Wireless and HTC.

Michelle has been featured in Business Week Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal and Star Ledger. She was 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 also a member of Harvard Business Review’s Advisory Council and completed UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) Intensive program.

Her highly acclaimed book, The Valuable Office Professional was endorsed by Ken Blanchard and the foundation of her EA training programs. She also co-developed The Productivity Cycle™, a communication tool proven to enhance teamwork and increase productivity, endorsed by Stanford University.  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 dog, Jadie, swimming, mindfulness and meditation.

Michelle Burke, CEO