Success Stories

"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. She was comforting to speak to and I recommend her to anyone feeling lost.

Dali Rivera


"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".     

Amy Esnault

Hospitality Sales Professional

"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-in". 

Molly Cano
Tourism Manager
City Administration/Economic Development

City of San Luis Obispo

"Michelle has the uncanny ability to assess situations and pinpoint potential solutions with lightning acumen. Her business development skills and advice brought our sales department their first strategic plan. Additionally, with superior collaboration and under immense pressure, she also delivered a comprehensive marketing plan for the entire organization. Michelle brought clarity, direction and the extra brain-power where needed, right when we needed it the most." 

Tracy Farhad

Executive Director

Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau

"Michelle's experience and track record of success give her the insight and knowledge that any organizaton or individual can benefit from. A total professional".

Carl Ribaudo

President/Chief Strategist
Strategic Marketing Group (SMG)

"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." 

Kristina Cornejo

Data Analyst

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