ADP Dealer Services
Arlington HealthCare
Bahamas Telecommunications Company
Career Contentment
Corporate Dynamics, Inc.
Dade Behring, Inc.
Edward Hospital
Heiser Automotive Group
Lucent Technologies
Midwest Heart Specialists
Naper Settlement
Northridge Holdings, Ltd.
Rockwell Collins
Roosevelt University
Stepan Chemical Company
The Chicago School of Psychology


Janet Catlett, Human Resources Manager, Stepan Company

In order to accelerate professional development Stepan Company engaged Raising The Bar Services to coach high potential individuals on a routine basis for twelve months.  Michelle coached employees through an anticipation and reflection process to translate current events and actions into meaningful lessons on leadership.  As Stepan Company’s Corporate Human Resources Manager, I saw the positive and lasting impact the coaching process delivered to the organization in terms of engagement and performance.  As a participant in the coaching program, I worked directly with Michelle on my professional development plan.  Her coaching techniques enabled me to apply insights to a variety of situations I encountered and created a valuable framework that I reference as new opportunities arise.

Todd Skertich, CEO, Arlington Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for your extraordinary yearlong commitment to this project.  You facilitated hundreds of interviews and surveys, worked with more than 15 subject matter experts, and kept all of us on track.  You have done a wonderful job, including assembling a talented design team.”

Angie Pastorek , Graduate Instructor and Doctoral Student, Communication Studies, University of Texas – Austin

I always knew I wanted to go back to school and get my PhD, but like many of us I felt “stuck” and feared making such a big change, one that would mean leaving a good job, selling my house, and moving across the country. Michelle not only helped me see that not pursuing my life’s dream of becoming a college professor was not an option for me, she helped me lay out a step-by-step plan for achieving my goal. With her help, even though I had many large obstacles to overcome, I did it - and much more quickly than I had ever thought possible. Ultimately, I got accepted into three of the country’s top programs in my field. I encourage anyone who needs a little nudge to help them realize their full potential to talk to Michelle – she’s a great coach and advocate.

Matt Eaken, Dir. Int’l. Reporting & Fin. Analysis, Stepan Company

The 360 coaching program was an extremely positive experience.  The program provided a structure that always kept my personal development plan at the forefront and did not allow it to take a back seat to the daily fires we all face.   The key benefits were clarifying the “why” of each development activity, making development plans living documents and not static, and providing a coach that brought entirely different perspectives and experiences versus individuals in my department.  From an implementation perspective, my coach was able to introduce tools, templates and past experiences that benefited me in pursuing my objectives.