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At Jody Michael Associates, we believe in you and your capacity to change. 

We believe that you are the expert in your life. That you are whole, not broken. That you are resourceful and capable of far more than you imagine. 

Coaching can be the catalyst that profoundly shifts the trajectory of your life, the performance of your leadership or the bottom-line results of your organization.

We make these statements with confidence because, for more than 20 years, we have had the privilege of partnering with individuals, teams and organizations to help them realize their greatest goals.

As evidenced by our clients’ success, we consistently deliver results. But don’t take our word for it; we’d rather you hear it from our clients — real people who have created powerful change in their own lives. Check out their personal stories and our Chicago and Atlanta Yelp reviews.

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We are a Chicago- and Atlanta-based company that specializes in career coaching, executive coaching, life coaching, trader coaching and leadership training.

Our advanced training in human behavior, neuroscience, psychology and coaching enables us to provide targeted professional and personal guidance. In addition, our extensive corporate, entrepreneurial and trading experience allows us to quickly absorb and deeply understand complex business challenges.


Jody Michael, MCC, BCC

Founder and CEO, Executive and Trader Coach

Nancy Scheel, ACC

Executive and Career Coach

Maura Koutoujian

Career, Life, and Health and Wellness Coach


Our approach to coaching is an emergent, iterative, holistic process designed to elicit powerful conversations. These conversations are intended to inspire new thinking, perceptions and behaviors to improve your performance, create directional clarity, achieve your personal and professional goals, and enhance the quality of your leadership and life.

We start each coaching engagement with a comprehensive interview and, occasionally, a perceptual lens assessment. This allows us to develop a deep understanding of you, your life stories, and your underlying operating system in a short period of time. Armed with this knowledge, we then begin to help you think about your situation, your leadership and your life in new ways.

We ask powerful questions, we assign individualized homework, we utilize proprietary exercises and processes, and we often evaluate individualized metrics to help you tap into your unique potential. Our process is invigorating; you will begin to find clarity, change your mood states and take powerful new actions in multiple areas of your life.

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We want to partner with you to help you achieve lasting change in your life, career or organization. Our coaching services can help you:

  • Discover the right career fit for you
  • Advance in your career
  • Improve your presence, performance and leadership skills
  • Attain greater work-life balance and dramatically increase your energy level
  • Take your trading to the next level
  • Shift the trajectory and quality of your life

Ready to Take the Next Step?

We would be honored to help you accomplish your goals.

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Up front, Jody focused on getting to know the professional environment in which I am immersed daily, as well as me personally. We then engaged in a coaching process that was transformational. Remarkable results, personal satisfaction, and a sense of harmony followed in an effortless manner.”

-- Frank Pacholec, VP of Research & Development, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Stepan Company
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