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Meet the team

Michelle

Moore

Hernandez

CEO.

Breakthrough Coach. Org Culture Geek.

Secret weapon


Michelle gets at the heart of complex leadership challenges, surfacing unspoken conversations in ways that bring healing and possibility.




Specializations


Executive leadership. Leadership teams. Human centered change management. Organizational culture. Facilitation.




Her story


Michelle founded Leading Elephants to provide a proof point that achieving great impact and caring for the humans involved don’t have to be exclusive. As CEO, she champions the head, heart, and backbone method across our practices and directs the organization toward its human centered mission. Prior to forming Leading Elephants in 2010, Michelle served as Senior Leadership Director for The Broad Residency, a fellowship program designed to place, train and develop talented leaders in urban education. In this role, she designed the Residency’s comprehensive leadership curriculum, led a team of transformational leadership coaches and managed communities of practice to support residents in maximizing their impact and development. Michelle began her career at PwC where she was one of only two women partners in the Firm’s US Mergers and Acquisitions practice.




When not at work


Michelle lives with her husband and twin boys in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is obsessed with farflung global adventures and thrives on the adrenaline rush of a good skydive or powder day on the slopes.





AmbeR

Mackay

Managing Director.  Strategic Leader.  Jane of All Trades.

Secret weapon


Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.




Specializations


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.




Her story


As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.




Amber is passionate about


Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.




When not at work


Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.





Marion

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Coach. Community Builder. Working Group Magician.

Secret Weapon


Marion helps teams and leaders to embrace difficult conversations and see new paths forward - together.




Specializations


Facilitation. Working Group Design. Talent Practices. Leadership Development. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.




Her Story


Marion coaches leaders and consults with social-impact organizations through her business at Illuminate Coaching and collaborates often with the Leading Elephants team. Marion started in education as a 5th grade teacher, then became Teach For America’s founding executive director of the Chicago region. She served in many leadership capacities in Teach For America’s Human Assets team before launching her work at Illuminate Consulting. Marion also launched the Philadelphia chapter of Tide Risers, a year-long personal and professional growth experience for women leaders, where she serves as the facilitator. Marion is a certified coach through Coach Diversity Institute, and co-founder of a network of women who come together to build deeper relationships across race called Women in Community.




When not at work


Marion is a proud resident of Cheltenham Township just outside of Philadelphia, where she is the mom of two teenagers and a black lab. A Louisiana native, she especially appreciates the four seasons and abundant nature of her adopted region.




Marion is passionate about


Marion is passionate about helping mission-driven leaders and organizations amplify their impact. Particularly, she is energized in continuing her journey to learn and foster racial justice in her community and all areas of her life.





Miwa

Kamras

Leadership coach.

facilitator.

talent guru.

Secret weapon


Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.




Specializations


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.




Her story


As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.




Amber is passionate about


Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.




When not at work


Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.





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OUR COMMUNITY

At Leading Elephants, we expand the community of support to bring diverse and technical skills to complex challenges.  Where appropriate, we partner with other organizations to help our clients receive help they need most.

MEET OUR

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

Diversity, Equity, And

Inclusion Partners

Academic strategy and

implementation partners

We seek to provide a seamless experience when our clients engage with multiple partners.

We work to jointly scope an initiative and what is needed.  Often, our partner will bring deep expertise and technical credibility and will facilitate meetings and advise on the “what” of an initiative.  Leading Elephants may support in the initiative design, stakeholder engagement, cultural healing, leadership coaching, and other elements of the “how” experience.
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See how Leading Elephants works with our partners to meet each organization's unique needs.

Case Study 1

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Our Client's
Story

A Charter Management Organization located in the North East came to Leading Elephants for help with:

1. Merging three organizations into one​

2. Navigating a redesign of their central office

 

3. Redesigning their academic team

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What Leading
Elephants did

—Facilitated merger conversations

—Developed the change management plan

 

—Reconstituted the leadership team

 

—Advised the new COO and CAO in day to day leadership

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What our
partner did

—Created a new academic model

 

—Selected curriculum

 

—Developed consistent academic practices

 

—Advised the organization design of the Academic Team

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