Michelle Levister
Leadership Coach

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 “Coaching provides the space to think about who we are and how to be more intentional with our impact.”  

Michelle was a high-level leader and corporate attorney, whose 20 years of practicing law in corporate and government settings, gave her insights into cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, innovative teams collaborating to create outcomes in high-stakes and complex situations. She now brings her deep sense for perspective-taking and observing to her coaching conversations for clients to enhance confidence and resilience, expand capacity to communicate effectively to build collaborative relationships, and engage in conversations that create change. She supports her clients as they understand more about themselves, deepen their leadership wisdom, and delve into unconsidered perspectives to better navigate or drive disruption in the systems in which they operate.

Passionate about helping leaders build positive cultures, she has an affinity for coaching high achieving, human-centered, senior and next-gen leaders seeking to create positive change, as they shape the future of their organizations. Her global clients span a variety of industries, to include, technology, law, engineering, private equity, entertainment, consumer goods, public policy, medical devices, design, academia, AI, and gaming. 

Experience

  • As Deputy General Counsel, Commercial and Intellectual Property, Michelle advised the C-Suite and senior leaders on legal matters of first impression and teamed with corporate innovators on pioneering business opportunities to include global expansion through new services and establishing foreign subsidiaries.
  • In her role as Director of Government Relations, Michelle co-led the government relations team’s efforts to raise visibility with US Congress, in Congressional hearings and meetings with members and staffers, as well as, with public officials in federal, state, and local agencies, and grassroots organizations.
  • Prior to entering corporate, Michelle was an Assistant Attorney General and Staff Attorney in Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, law clerk for a state judge, summer associate in a law firm, and judicial intern for a federal judge. 

Education, Training and Certifications

  • Juris Doctor (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching (Georgetown University)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)(International Coaching Federation)
  • Certified Confidence Coach (American Confidence Institute)
  • Completed coursework in positive psychology, emotional agility, human-centered design, adult development, and venture deals 
  • Assessment Certifications:  Leadership Circle Profile 360 

Personal

  • Serves on nonprofit boards (former Vice Chair) and on governance and audit committees
  • Part of the startup ecosystems and reviews applications for startup accelerators and fellowships and pitch decks for startup challenges
  • Global traveler, animal lover (especially dogs) and Bonsai enthusiast

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