Our Blue
Tiger Leaders
& Their Testimonies

Our Clients Come From These Organizations

Beaverton C of C
I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle in two capacities. She was an outstanding strategic planning session facilitator for a statewide business organization. She was called upon at the last minute due to an illness and she handled a very delicate situation in a professional and direct manner allowing the group to move forward successfully with the goal setting work of the day. Additionally, she participated as a keynote presenter at our Joint Business Conference in March ’08. Her style was engaging, well prepared, entertaining and very highly rated by our 200+ attendees! I would highly recommend Michelle as a facilitator, speaker or coach.
—Lorraine Clarno, President
Carpenter Place
Girl Scouts
Oregon State C of C
Hillsboro C of C

Michelle is an interesting and engaging facilitator. The evaluation surveys revealed just how valuable the training was for participants. Attendees gave Michelle high marks, and wrote comments “provided excellent relevant examples,” and “helped me to critically evaluate my style and assess areas I need to work on.” She is a compelling trainer with extensive knowledge of the PeopleMap™ System.

She provides a great mechanism for teaching your employees the best way to relate to people both within and outside your organization.

—Deanna P. and Jen D., President and Business Development Manager
Women Center for Leadership
Vision Action Network
Habitat for Humanity Salem Oregon
Community Action Organization
Centro Cultural
Mercy Corps

Over the past 12 months, Michelle has been my coach. Initially, the coaching relationship was planned for six months, but due to the progress I’ve seen in my areas of improvements, especially in self-awareness, being strategic and managing relationships, we have mutually agreed to extend to another six months. The experience has been quite transformative and fun, and I believe now, I’m at the next level of my professional and personal development. I’ve taken two assessments (Hogan and Everything DiSC) which Michelle has helped interpret and make sense out of. A great listener, Michelle has mastered the art of coaching. She can take the most complex issues and challenges, identify the key insights and help you get in the right direction. She believes on self-discovery. She asks the very right questions for you to come up with the options and solutions and take full ownership of your journey. And that is exactly what Michelle has done with me.

—Yohannes Wolday, Country Director
Our Place

Fun, Knowledgeable, Playful… three words that bring out the experience as Michelle Rios demonstrated in my Coach Training Program. When we decided to launch our coach training program in 2009 we invited Michelle to come in to contribute her experience and knowledge in coaching and be a trainer in the program. One example of Ms. Rios’s contribution was in teaching about team work. She introduced a game that students found to bring out their natural talents. Simple, insightful and fun! Students agreed that this was one of their favorite experiences. Michelle brings with her an integrated knowledge that cares deeply about people. Her free spirit invites knowledge that contributes to a fully developed package. I know that her contributions made a difference in our program. I recommend Michelle Rios for any business looking for creative contributions built on an epistomology of business, communications, and people.

—Cat Wilson, Owner
Butler Community College
Granville Community College
Institute for Life Coach Training
ITT Tech
Pacific University
Portland Community College
Rio Rancho Middle School
Coldwell Banker
Keller Williams
Merrill Lynch

Michelle provided the highest level of professional service as one could expect. Her knowledge, training and insights helped me to focus on specific areas of my professional development as a leader with outstanding results. I hope to work with her again in the near future and would recommend her to anyone seeking assistance in taking their career to the next level.

—Curtis R., Vice President
Quantum Servicing
REMAX Real Estate
City of Hillsboro
City of Oregon City
City of Tualatin
City of Wichita KS
City of Wilsonville OR

I brought Michelle in to work with my executive team and to provide some coaching for members of my senior management. Michelle is a skilled facilitator. She has helped our management team to communicate more effectively, and taken us to a whole new level in terms of trust and accountability. I would recommend Michelle to anyone who is looking to build more cohesive teams, or for executive coaching. I also had her conduct a management retreat this Spring that was very well received by my entire management team.

—Bryan Cosgrove, City Manager
Clackamas County OR

Michelle improves lives! She did mine. As my executive coach Michelle helped me reach the next level of effective servant-leadership. Michelle brings experience, smarts and heart to help you achieve the leadership mastery you seek. Michelle also coached my management team, staff and other departments and divisions at Clackamas County. She has helped transform the leadership of the entire organization, one leader at a time.

—Gary Schmidt, County Administrator
Department of Energy
East Bay Reg Park Dist
Kirtland AFB FTD
Los Alamos National Laboratory

If you are ready to look at yourself personally in order to grow professionally, Michelle is an ideal executive coach. She helped me work through deep and difficult issues with her balance of the pragmatic and insightful, bringing both challenge and compassion as needed. I have transformed how I interact with others at work and in my life overall. As a result of working with Michelle, I am not only more effective, I am happier!

—Elissa Gertler, Planning and Development Director
National Park Service

I utilized Michelle after I took the 360 assessment. Michelle helped me understand the results, and begin working on areas I needed to improve on- for managing people. The results were excellent, she pushed me into uncomfortable areas, but at a reasonable pace, and I found success in her ideas, methods and suggestions. I also used some of her tools in my personal life to help me and my wife communicate and understand each other better. I also encouraged a subordinate to use Michelle as a coach in dealing with a difficult employee.

—Andy Banta, Retired Superintendent
Sandia National Laboratory
State of Kansas (SRS)
USAF Para-Rescue School
Washington County OR
Lane Powell
Tonkon Torp
Williams Kastner
Ascension Via Christi

My favorite aspect of coaching was the very relaxed environment and the assignments that pushed me out of my comfort zone.

—Leann M., Training Department
Catholic Health Initiatives
Diversified Clinical Services
Merit Medical

Michelle is very good at bringing out the best in people. She is a motivator and provides the type of mentoring/coaching that pushes you forward to get results you knew you were capable of doing, but just needed that gentle push to get there!

—Trulene B., Applications Systems Analyst
Multicare Health Systems
NE Occupational Exch
NE Occupational Exch
Pacific Anesthesia
Palomar Health
Providence Health System
Pulmonary Consultants
St. Francis Medical Center
VA Hospital
Blue Wave Car Wash
Entrees Made Easy
Harry’s Fresh Foods
La Prairie

Michelle possesses a unique combination of talents and experience that allows her to excel in the areas of executive coaching, organizational development, assessments, training, and more. Her assessment-based approach allows her to immediately affect people and organizations where they currently are in their development and to devise effective strategies to move them to effectiveness and satisfaction. I enthusiastically recommend Michelle to individuals and organizations.

—Mike O., Chief Learning Officer
Meijer’s Retail Stores

Initially, I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go. That is no longer the case; I now have a clear vision. Michelle is a great coach! Very insightful and very knowledgeable.

—Chris B., IT Department

Michelle is an excellent coach, gently guiding me to look inside myself to find the answers I am looking for. She has taught me a great deal about my own personality as well as that of others I’m involved with. She has given me a new perspective on life and work and my potential. I will forever be indebted to her for the work she is doing with me.

—Karen S., Product Developer
Brown and Caldwell

Before coaching it was as though I was trying to scale a mountain without any rope. With my coach (rope) I felt secure in my ability to plan my next moves more carefully and discovered new rocks to use as support for making my ascent.

—Shawn S.,Project Manager

Michelle has an outstanding grasp of human development and the challengers thereof as they relate to optimizing the energy and resources that people and organizations have to contribute at any given time. Sometimes, you just need an objective opinion from someone who will put you through your paces in order to “see” what is next, what needs to change and how to make it happen. Michelle is an excellent coach, HR and OD resource; I highly recommend her.

—Susan O., HR Director
Lockheed Martin
Wilson Miller

Working with Michelle has been a solidly reaffirming experience about the skills I offer and my best career fit. With a keen intuition and solid training, she guides you to discover, identify and capitalize on your talents and personality strengths to chart a course to achieve your life’s calling. She provides objective feedback to see yourself as others see you and shows you new ways of thinking about your choices. It has been enlightening and a pleasure to work with Michelle.

—Maria M., Marketing Project Manager
Donor Dynamics
Red Wind Casino
Ruby Receptionists
Terwilliger Plaza
Wise Heart Coaching


“If I had to pick one word for how this process affected me, it would ‘liberating’. I feel liberated to own any space I occupy, whether it’s in the community, at work or in my personal life. I can own my space. No more and no less.”

– Juan Carlos Gonzalez
“In just two short years, the team launched themselves from the lowest possible scores to the highest – quite an impressive achievement and one to be celebrated.”

– The Division of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation
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“Michelle has this skill to connect deeply, on an intuitive level.”

– Todd Smith, Regional Vice President of Sales for LaPrarie

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