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Success Stories

Success Stories: Clients

Visit Tri-Valley

Tracy Farhad, President & CEO

“Alignment Advising has been instrumental in extending my business programming as an ‘extra arm’ throughout the year. They have provided services that included drafting my marketing plan, offering professional development coaching for all staff, and recruiting for a new role that I just couldn’t have done on my own. I know I can trust Michelle and her team to always deliver and keep me on budget and on time.”

WorldWise Productions

Jinah Kim, Founder & Executive Producer

“I highly recommend Michelle Carlen and her company Alignment Advising. Each year, she leads a retreat for our small team that allows us to focus on our culture, our work over the past year, and how we’d like to grow in the coming year.  Additionally, Michelle is retained to act as our coaching consultant.  Any employee at any time can book a session with her to talk about anything related to work, challenges, and opportunities.  She’s a Godsend for small business owners like me.”

Breath of Freedom

Lisa Schoenthal, Owner 

"Alignment Advising is the perfect name for Michelle’s company. She is a master at gathering together (aligning) what seems like a million little disconnected parts. She was able to see the big picture, ask the right questions, and help me get focused about starting my business, my brand, and my message. Then, she gave me the tools to take action, and focus. Her meaningful and concise newsletter is one of the few emails I actually open and read! Her guidance is priceless and so appreciated."

Roundtree Financial

Kamie Abraham, CFP, MBA & Volunteer Board President

"Alignment Advising helped me with professional organization skills and developing a leadership presence as a business owner and Board President of a volunteer organization.  Michelle taught me to manage my time, figure out processes, taught me how to delegate, communicate more effectively, and professionally train my staff."

Sync Meeting Management

Samuel Thompson, Co-Owner

"When Michelle and I started working together, I was full of uncertainty and had no direction.  She taught me to speak my truth; to take ownership and accountability for my own energy, and to value my time, ultimately aligning me with my priorities.

Alignment Advising simplifies the simple things that we make complicated. We often get in our own way. Michelle removes the roadblocks."

Kim R.

Nonprofit Executive

"Michelle's expertise is her ability to evaluate a person's skill set and align their attributes with a career. Not only did Michelle help prepare me for senior level interview process, but she was also like a friend that encouraged me to keep going, which was so helpful to me."

Katrina Duncan

Event Services Supervisor, The Core Management Company

"Michelle's ability to recognize my unique interests, values, and strengths helped me see and describe my value proposition. As a result, I felt more confident, empowered, and strategic. Not only did she update my resume and prepare me for interviews, she taught me to be discerning about the roles I was applying for. I was prepared for salary negotiations because she had already helped me identify my essential needs. Michelle embodies the phrase, "luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

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