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Melissa Karz

University of Pennsylvania
University of California | Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management

The Coaches Training Institute
Lore International Institute
Results Coaching
Ken Blanchard Coaching
Career Coach Institute
Michael Watkin's First 90 Days

Selected Clients
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Citibank, Raytheon, Moog, Deloitte Consulting, Agilent Technologies, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Thompson Reuters, AOL, Edmunds, Activision, Newell Rubbermaid, O'Neil Industries

Her 100-year-old grandmother, creativity in all its incarnations

Melissa is an expert in executive coaching and leadership development with over 18 years of experience.  She is fiercely committed to helping leaders uncover their growth edge in order to embody the best versions of themselves. Through her unique inside-out coaching approach, she guides her clients to increase their self-awareness, experiment with best practice skills and habits, and adopt transformative mindsets to make lasting and powerful shifts. 

Her blended coaching and business background enables Melissa to be a true strategic partner.  She guides her clients with deep empathy and targeted listening, balanced with a keen understanding of the system within which they operate. 

She has worked with hundreds of senior leaders and teams across industries.  Sample clients include Citibank, Warnerbros., Gilead Sciences,, Chernin Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Raytheon, ZestFinance, Cedars Sinai Health Systems and The James Irvine Foundation. 

Melissa holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  She previously worked at PriceWaterhouse Coopers in the Human Capital Solutions practice.  Melissa is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and holds her Professional Coach Certification (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation.  She is also the co-author of Invisible Bridges: Building Professional Relationships for Results.  Melissa lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, Goldendoodle, and a nearby large extended family.

Leadership Insights | Recent Posts by Melissa

Four Habits of Strategic Leaders

This article explores what it means to be a more strategic leader and provides context, insights and tools for improvement.


The Leaders We Need Now: Post-Election Reflections

Reflections on 2016 US presidential election and the leadership qualities needed during times of turmoil and transition.


Inoculate Yourself Against Leadership Burnout

More often than not, the roots of burnout lie not in how much we’re working, but in why we’re working. This article offers tools to realign and reboot.


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