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Michelle Rios, MA, MCC

Portland, OR, USA
Michelle Rios Bio Portrait, Executive Coaching Connections, LLC, Portland, Oregon

Michelle Rios is a keenly strategic, results-focused leader who blends extensive experience in global and domestic human resources and organizational development with superior coaching & leadership development skills. She exhibits an unusual combination of personal intuition, creativity and business savvy. 

Clients rely on Michelle for surgical precision in locating an organization or leader’s largest opportunity for improvements and guiding them through transformations that not only provide the highest impact on the organization, but on the person’s life holistically. Her focus on communication and emotional intelligence gives leaders and teams tools to promote long-lasting success in any given role they assume. Her passion is supporting leaders learning to function at their best while navigating the competing priorities, ambiguities, and ever-shifting landscape of today's organization. Representative industry assignments include public & private, nonprofit, healthcare, technology, retail, and local government. 

Michelle has executed organizational development and effectiveness strategies in her leadership roles in several multinational corporations. She created a leadership development program with worldwide implemented after graduates experienced an 86% promotion rate. She drove productivity, performance, and morale improvements by creating a learning culture that included 360-degree performance reviews and bi-monthly Management Coaching Circles for professional development; attendees reported sales team productivity increases of up to 10%. She recently founded a transformational leadership development program that combines assessments to improve clarity of self, experiential learning to discover the impact of self on others, simulations to test and adapt newly learned skills, and follow-up coaching sessions to solidify the positive changes in leadership practices when back in their organizations.

One of her career highlights was spending 3 years in Asia as an expat Director of HR (akin to VP role) for the MidPacific Division of DFS, an LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Company. In collaboration with the Managing Director and Director of Finance & Operations, she led all aspects of a $350M division and over 700 employees, including a management operations team of 25 in a multi-site, multi-national, multi-lingual organization. In addition, she was responsible for developing and implementing a world-wide Learning & Development program that trained employees in management, leadership and team effectiveness.



  • The Leadership Circle Profile
  • Everything DiSC™
  • Benchmarks 360
  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™
  • ICF Certified - MCC
  • Leadership Versatility Index
  • EQi and EQi 360
  • Hogan Assessment Series
  • PeopleMap™
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™
  • KornFerry-Lominger Suite of Tools


  • Executive Development, I/O Psychology Post-Graduate Certificate - Capella University
  • MA, Human Resources Development - Webster University
  • MA, Counseling - Webster University
  • BS, Psychology & Human Services - Friends University

Practice Areas

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership & Team Development
  • Change Management
  • Organization Development
  • People First Business Strategy Alignment
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Strategic Intervention
  • Performance Management & Improvement
  • Talent Assessment & Review
  • Learning & Development
  • Career Development

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