As the CEO of Jody Michael Associates, a company she founded in 1996, Jody recognizes the value in disrupting the status quo to position people and organizations for growth.
Jody takes a direct, results-driven approach to executive coaching and leadership development, working with C-suite executives, senior managers, aspirational leaders and high potential employees seeking to enhance their performance.
Her coaching philosophy focuses on closing skill gaps while building emotional intelligence, executive presence and mental fitness — all essential to leading with impact and influence.
Jody Michael, CEO and founder, is a successful entrepreneur with extensive leadership experience in the finance industry.
As a leader, she led over 100 traders and support personnel on three trading floor operations; turned around an “in-the-red” vertical to a $40 million profitability center within two years; and partnered with HR to drive, attract and retain talent while driving cultural change.
Jody Michael was born a trailblazer; as one of the first female traders on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and one of the first executive coaches in the country, she has challenged the boundaries of convention.
Today, she remains on the cutting edge of executive and organizational coaching. As a thought leader in the industry, she marries transformation and technology to facilitate rapid results for clients coast-to-coast.
Jody is passionate about delving deeper and pushing beyond the traditional standards of coaching, applying an approach that incorporates human behavior, psychology and neuroscience.
Jody is a Master Certified Coach (MCC), the highest international commendation awarded to coaches by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a distinction held by fewer than 4% of coaches worldwide, and fewer than 5% of coaches in the United States.
She is also a Board Certified Coach (BCC), a credential awarded by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) to those who are both licensed as a psychologist, credentialed as a coach, and pass a rigorous certification exam.
Jody is no stranger to personal challenges. She learned to process her own far-from-idyllic childhood without negative residue or scars that may have otherwise impeded her capacity to trust, risk, love. By developing emotional intelligence at an early age, Jody realized the power of resilience first-hand and credits it as a springboard to her success.
She firmly believes that life is less about finding yourself; it’s more about creating yourself. With intention.
One of Jody’s core convictions is that people can change — often dramatically.
She has seen it first-hand, through partnering with over 1,000 clients who have employed coaching as a catalyst to change the trajectory of their leadership, career and lives.
“I’ve watched people reach goals they had coveted for years, even decades. I’ve witnessed people who dramatically change their perspective on the world. Like compounding interest, a small change over time can yield tremendous results.”
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