Michelle Janke


Leaders are capable of making a positive difference. They need to open their minds to seeing things through a different lens and have the courage to question their own assumptions.



I thrive on tackling tough challenges while at the same time giving my clients the peace of mind knowing that I’m always in it with them. I’m not afraid to help my clients see their role in taking action on a solution, and to help them move from where they are to where they need to be. I listen well, focus on doing great work, and have the humility to know that l don’t always have the answer, but I do know how to get to a solution.

I love spending time with my husband, Olaf, and our two kids. We like to travel a lot as a family, and hope to visit every continent someday. I also enjoy being in our backyard with friends, and exploring Portland’s amazing food scene.

A few clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with:

  • Travel Oregon
  • Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board
  • Aflac
  • Portland State University
  • Greenbrier

Articles by Michelle

A Manager’s Guide to Trauma-Informed Leadership: How to Build a Sense of Team When the Team Has Lost Their Steam

Over the past 18 months or so, I’ve made it a regular habit to make a personal connection with one… Read More

Building a Customer Centric Strategy of the Future, Today

Over the last decade, developing a customer centric strategy has dramatically evolved. From its roots in the Total Quality Management… Read More

What have you done today to create meaning and purpose as a leader?

Gallup’s recent “State of the American Workplace” report indicates that U.S. workers are increasingly confident about the economy and ready… Read More

Getting on the Map: Prospering as a DMO

It’s an exciting prospect—the travel and tourism industry and policy makers come together to increase funding for the marketing of… Read More

How will you keep your key players?

As the economy rebounds, how will you keep your key players? If you’ve been reading anything about managing employees in… Read More