Tracy Farhad, President & CEO
“Michelle has become a trusted advisor for both my professional and personal life. She helps me continually think in the big picture framework, strategically offering new ideas or avenues to follow, renewing my own sense of confidence and accomplishment of goals.”
Strategic Marketing Group
Carl Ribaudo, Owner & Chief Strategist
"Michelle's experience and track record of success give her the insight and knowledge that any organization or individual can benefit from. A total professional".
City of San Luis Obispo, Economic Development
Molly Cano, Tourism Manager
"Founder, Michelle Carlen provided excellent facilitation, guidance and support to the long-term strategic planning for the City of San Luis Obispo's Promotional Coordinating Committee. She was able to craft and lead an effective planning session that resulted in tangible outcomes the committee could put into action immediately. Her unique skill of drawing participation into the work from all members of the team made for a balanced conversation and broader buy-
Kamie Abraham, CFP, MBA
Business Owner and Volunteer Board President
"Working with Michelle has helped me to step into my new role as President of a business organization. She helped me to present myself as an executive leader, lead and manage our board of directors, and stay organized while focusing on the most important aspects of my role. Her executive presence training has been valuable in this leadership position and in my own business".
Dali Rivera, Owner
"I had a business consultation session with Michelle Carlen. I was so impressed with how she strategically structured our call. She provided suggestions that were like a roadmap; achievable, realistic, and what I felt would yield promising results. Before speaking with her, I felt like I had a million pieces all over the place that didn't make sense and she easily just took them right out of the air and started putting them together so that I could see my own big picture clearly, getting me right on track".
"Michelle's expertise with career and job search coaching fulfilled my needs perfectly. She made the daunting task of rewriting my resume into a productive and pleasant exercise. Michelle asked thought provoking questions which brought out the best in me providing me the confidence needed during the process. The result is an updated, current, and concise reflection of my extensive experience. Additionally, she was there every step of the way to coach me through interviewing during my search. I am grateful for Michelle's professionalism, knowledge and thoughtfulness during this process".
"I hadn't had an updated resume in 15 years and worked with Michelle as I didn't know where to begin. She helped me to understand and formulate my experience, unique skill set and career goals and then put together an updated resume that is clear and concise. I highly recommend working with her."
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Krista Rupp, Executive Director
“Alignment Advising is the real deal! Through one-on-one coaching, Michelle Carlen helped me navigate a layered and complicated situation within my non-profit role. The guidance ultimately led to the advancement of important projects and establishing a sustainable operational framework. I have added a couple of powerful new tools to my kit, thanks to the highly specialized service I received. If you’re in a tough spot individually or organizationally, give Michelle a call!”
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