What Is Storied Awareness?

I believe that the power of connection and understanding is radical.

At its core, Storied Awareness creates spaces for nonprofit leaders to be seen, heard and understood. Together we create space to reflect, connect and continuously improve so leaders may more effectively serve their constituents and our communities. Here's a great interview that explains Storied Awareness in more detail. 


Typical Clients:

  • ​Ambitious up-and-coming executives, heads and board leaders

  • Organizations and individuals at times of leadership transition

  • Seasoned nonprofit executives and boards needing to fine tune big ideas


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Combining insights from our industry surveys, interviews and field research coaching clients understand and reflect on their own stories and their leadership impact - with an emphasis on turning learning into action.

Why Storied Awareness?

The richest path to improvement and change is always at the place where thinking and feeling intersect - and living at this intersection is tough work. 


When we challenge ourselves to understand and reflect on our stories and the stories of those around us, we cannot stop ourselves from shifting. Once individuals start shifting, the impact ripples out to transform other individuals, families, organizations and communities.


We cannot always answer our own questions and find solutions to our leadership challenges alone. But by answering them together - thoughtfully and intimately - the answers will be transformational.

Hi, I'm Michele

I've been working, consulting and volunteering in nonprofit sector for 30+ years. With leadership and directorial positions at many national and local non-profits, I know what it takes to lead an organization from all sides. By maximizing the capacity of purpose-driven executives, I help people reach their goals faster, steward resources effectively and love what they do. 



Michele has gained valuable training experience as a certified professional coach with IPEC, coaching and head coaching with Akimbo's altMBA, founded by Seth Godin, and work with numerous clients.

She has won industry awards including the Oprah’s Angel Network Use Your Life Award and the Greater Atlanta Community Foundation Managing for Excellence Award. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and is certified as a coach through IPEC (The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching). 


She currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her family. They are in the coaching phase of parenting with their college and high school aged children and the training phase with their elementary school aged child, which all includes lots of conversions, laughter and creative tension. Michele enjoys reading, meditating and cooking for her family, and is working on writing a book for those seeking to tap into their spiritual nature. 


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Michele's coaching has been invaluable to me in navigating a new leadership role this year. She is a deep listener and a thoughtful guide, advising when necessary but more often asking the right questions to get me to the answers I need. Her wisdom and depth of experience has been a gift. I highly recommend Michele as a coach.

-Kimbrell Smith, Head of School of the Atlanta Girls' School

"Michele’s understanding of the dynamics of how people can be brought together to make important decisions in a stress-free way made our time with her easy and fun. She brought a depth of experience and a confidence in the potential for creative change that  has proven invaluable to our




She shepherded us through an inspiring array of exercises and activities to bring out previously unspoken insights and realizations that have already changed the way we do business. We are healthier and more proactive now as an organization, and we anticipate that our collaboration will continue to yield fruit."

-Stewart Cubley, Founder and Executive Director of The Painting Experience


Michele is an outstanding leadership coach whose approach is thought-provoking, balanced, and incredibly well-tailored to her clients' needs. She has a steady hand, a warm heart, and an innovative mind.  


Michele helped me through a complex time at work when my organization's senior leadership was in transition. I was challenged to provide clear direction to my team of 10, continue to meet challenging financial goals, and prepare to onboard a new CEO.  My needs changed frequently throughout our coaching period, but Michele provided high quality insight, helpful context, and valuable ideas for prioritizing every time we met. With Michele's help, I was able to stay on target and devise the roadmap I needed to successfully prepare for new leadership . I couldn't have done it without her!  I would highly recommend Michele to anyone seeking great coaching and support as a leader. She has the magic touch.  


- Emily Pelton, Nonprofit Leader

“Truly Living Well’s work with Michele was transformational. She was able to listen to our story, learn from our team, and help us map a clear and operational direction towards our future aspirations. With humor, joy and intelligence, Michele was a support for me and our organization in a way that just made sense. I unabashedly support and recommend the work of Michele Reiner.”


-Rashid Nuri, Founder and Former Executive Director, Truly Living Well

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“As chair of the The Children’s School’s board of trustees from 2013-2016, Michele initiated and partnered with the board, community and administration on a number of critical and impactful projects. She has a clear and transparent style of leadership that listens well to different viewpoints, offers respect and patience to all, and is inclusive of any difference of opinions while still decisive. 


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Her support and ability to shed her own ego aside in favor of the institution’s needs and interests earned her tremendous respect not only from my team and me but from her peers on the board and the rest of the parent community as well. She has had a tremendous influence on my own growth as a leader and head of school. I still lean on Michele for her counsel and guidance and hope to work with her again in the near future.”


-Nishant Mehta, Head of School, The Children's School

Get In Touch!

Set up a free 20-minute consultation with Michele, where we get to know each other and explore how a leadership development opportunity may meet your needs. Schedule it here with Calendly.