Michael Welsh

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Michael serves as the Vice President of Corporate Services at the Hudson Institute of Coaching where he leads a team of experts in coaching, organizational development, and instructional design. They partner with organizations to build cultures of development via executive coaching, coaching programs, and consulting services designed to up-level the coaching skills of leaders and managers. He also provides executive coaching to leaders and managers at all levels in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, media and journalism, and non-profit sectors.


Prior to joining Hudson, Michael worked as an auditor and certified public accountant (PwC) and financial consultant (McCrory & McDowell). His clients ranged from medium-sized family-held to Fortne 100 businesses, in the banking and capital markets, investment management, manufacturing, and food and beverage industries and he specialized in business valuations.


Michael was also instrumental in building the “people operating system” at tech companies in Silicon Valley, where he held a variety of L&D, OD, and HR roles and facilitated hundreds of workshops for thousands of individuals. He was actively involved in scaling these organizations from 250 to 15,000 employees at Facebook (pre-IPO 2,000-15,000), Intercom (250-500), and most recently Stripe (500-2,000), where he was the Head of Manager and Leadership Effectiveness and Coaching Programs. He earned his MBA at Berkeley Haas where he was a graduate student instructor for four courses in leadership development and design thinking.


In 2011, Michael pivoted his career to human resources and leadership development as he further embraced his professional passions. His mission now is to enable people to maximize their full potential and live their most meaningful lives.


Michael’s "superpower" is the ability to marry intuition and analysis. He uses this, along with systems thinking, to diagnose with acuity and simplify with heart issues faced by individuals and complex organizations.


He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and recharges by trail running. He has run 45 miles across the Grand Canyon (and back!), completed 19 marathons, and once was voted “people’s choice” for best “arm styling in a rhythm dance” at an Arthur Murray dance competition--it is unclear whether he was good or if the field was small.