Michelle Friedman is a certified executive coach, organizational consultant, facilitator and speaker with an expertise is women’s career paths. She is the Founder of Advancing Women's Careers, a NYC-based executive coaching & consulting firm, which helps organizations develop and maintain pipelines of diverse talent and build progressive cultures where both employees and business can thrive. Michelle guides female executives to design and navigate careers in which they excel, and advises progressive employers on innovative strategies to attract, retain and advance their female talent. Michelle has deep expertise in financial services, particularly private equity and investment banking, and works with clients across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Michelle’s work has been covered in media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Working Mother Magazine, Fortune, CNCBC and CNN/Money.
Previously, Michelle spent 12 years in the corporate banking and financial software industries in key relationship management and marketing roles. Her corporate experience allows her to relate to the challenges her clients face in fast-paced, demanding work environments.
Credentials & Education
Michelle earned an M.A. in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University, with a concentration in Change Leadership. There she studied methodology designed to deepen individuals’ and organizations’ capacity for initiating, managing and sustaining workplace change efforts in increasingly complex and global environments. Previously, Michelle graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Marketing and concentration in Psychology. Michelle is certified by the Coaches Training Institute, the largest in-person coach-training institute in the world. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and holds their Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation. She is also a certified practitioner of the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Hogan Assessments, Leadership Circle 360, and EQ-i 2.0 and EQ-i 360.
In addition to her professional work, Michelle is an active community volunteer. Most recently she has been dedicating her time to Impact 100 Westchester, the Washington University Alumni & Parents Admission Program, and the Alumni Association for her Organizational Psychology Masters Program at Columbia University/Teachers College in NYC.
On a Personal Note
Michelle lives in Westchester County, NY. She and her husband Darren are are the proud parents of three fantastic sons ages 21, 19 and 17 and their adorable dog Lola. Michelle loves being outside in all weather, and particularly enjoys hiking and snowshoeing. She has also practiced yoga for more than 20 years and is most recently obsessed with her Peloton spin bike.
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