Michelle Burke


Michelle Burke is President of The Energy Catalyst Group dedicated to creating more positive and engaged workplaces. Her twenty years’ experience working with Fortune 100, 500 companies and non-profits, established her as a leading expert in bridging communication, gender and cultural gaps. Michelle consults with HR and management on increasing individual, team and organizational energy. She leverages employee strengths to build collaborative, engaged and high performing teams. She collaborates with clients using her 3-A Model: Awareness, Accountability and (purposeful) Action.

Michelle’s quick ability to get to the root cause through her keen observation of individual and organizational behavior allows her to uncover key issues. She provides solutions that align with company goals, values and culture and uses an integrated competency and strengths-based approach to connect selection, development, and performance management, focused on creating a positive and energized work culture that results in maintaining a competitive edge. Michelle has trained and helped develop thousands of managers and teams improve self-awareness, communication, engagement, performance and shift negative mind-sets. Her work consistently results in improved productivity, a stronger employee engagement, and a more energized workforce.

Michelle authored the acclaimed book, The Valuable Office Professional, endorsed by Ken Blanchard. She developed, The Productivity Cycle™, a communication tool proven to enhance teamwork and increase productivity, endorsed by Stanford University. Her latest book, 15 Minute Pause: A Guide to Slow down and Smell the Roses in Your Life is due late 2016.

She has been featured in Business Week’s Frontier Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, and Star Ledger. Her articles have been in Training, HR, Chief Learning Officer Magazines and most recently the Huffington Post. Michelle is an articulate motivational speaker whose humor, wit and enthusiasm motivates and inspires her audiences. Her speaking engagements include American Management Association, IAAP, Microsoft, Disney, General Motors, YPO and many others. She has a BA degree in Humanities and completed coursework in Organizational Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She gets tremendous joy in giving back to her community through volunteer work, enjoys travel, reading and is a sports enthusiast.

Her clients include: Stanford University, Visa International, Ernst & Young, Intel, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Northern Telecom, Microsoft, Synopsis, Sears & Roebuck, E*Trade, Cobra Golf, The Ojai Foundation, Cisco Systems, Novartis, Ericson Wireless, Sony Electronics, HTC, L’Anza Hair Care, Sony PlayStation, Disney and Genentech.