Discover the Leader Within.

Get Introduced to Your Future Self.

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About Michelle

Alongside being a certified coach focusing on leadership, life, and mindset development, Michelle has indeed found her passion.  Over the last 30 years, she has assisted hundreds of women, and organizational leaders achieve their goals and realizing their maximum potential.


Michelle has overcome many adversities in her life that lead her to have some pretty strong biases.  She has survived childhood physical and sexual abuse, cancer, divorce, and the blending of two families.  She was born in California, raised in Alaska, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. 

Michelle was a single mother to her son Alejandro for ten years before meeting her husband Kevin and his two beautiful daughters, Rusty and Madeline.  She and her son have an amazing relationship.  He has grown to be a strong independent man who can identify and talk about his feelings and listen to others with an open and compassionate heart.  In 2018, Michelle and Kevin decided to blend their two families and currently live in Vancouver, Washington.

After a 27-year career with Multnomah Co. Juvenile and Adult Community Justice, Michelle retired at 53 in 2019.  Her Career journey started as a Custody Service Specialist in the Juvenile Detention Center and ended with her being appointed as Deputy Director.  A few months before her retirement date, Michelle looked back over her career, trying to figure out how in the hell she got there to that moment in time.  She started young, overweight, and full of hope with grandiose ideas of changing the world, making her mark, and making a difference.  In her first 30 days, Michelle discovered that this young overweight girl was working in a white male-dominated culture and would have to rethink who she was,  wanted to be, and how to get there.  Along this journey, she learned the difference between males and females, how they communicated, how they spoke to each other, and how they needed to be heard.

She also learned that leadership is NOT about the position you hold but more about how you show up, your willingness towards continual learning, and lasting changes for growth and grace.  Yes… GRACE.

The grace needed to give herself and to others along the way.

In need of up-leveling your life or the new leaders in your organization?

If you're serious about making some changes, then let's chat!  I invite you to book a 
During this 45-minute session, we'll get clear on your goals, the necessary changes to make, and how to get better results with ease and confidence.  We can also explore if coaching is a good fit.

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Michelle's Talks


Do you really know the people you serve? Learning and overcoming your unconscious bias.

Let’s face it, working with people is not always easy. It can be frustrating and downright exhausting if you are honest with yourself. When you look back on those times of frustration, you will realize that often it is our own core beliefs that get in the way.

This workshop was created to help people identify their unconscious biases and how they get in our way of building those relationships with the people we serve. This workshop has break-out groups, class participation, and activities to challenge yourself to replace those old, preconceived thoughts and feelings, thereby creating new habits to serve your clients more effectively.

Michelle creates a fun and safe space to recognize your personal biases by sharing her own experiences and teach you the steps to overcome them. You will also hear from a diverse panel who share their stories of adversity and how they overcame other people’s biases by discovering their own.

You will leave this training feeling empowered to make the personal changes needed to be the best version of yourself to serve others better.

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Who Michelle Has Worked With

Multnomah Co. Department of Community Justice

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Oregon Food Bank

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Creating the Path to Meeting Your Future Self

10-10-1. Ten years, ten dreams, and one goal. This is the practice it takes to walk the path of meeting your future self. To create the best version of YOU that you want to be.

Here is what you will gain in this 6-hour workshop of creating your vision board:


  • You will receive a workbook that will help you unlock the possibilities to create the person you strive to be. Michelle will walk you through this workbook to help you lay the foundation of your journey

  • You will spend time creating a vision of empowering thoughts and images to motivate you to complete your goals.

  • You will have the opportunity to network with and be inspired by other people who share the same journey of being the best version of themselves.

Personal & Professional Growth Coach

It is gratifying to witness people overcome obstacles, get unstuck, gain clarity, embrace their purpose, and create and become the future version of themselves. As your coach, Michelle will walk beside you to push through boundaries and embrace challenges to achieve growth.

Michelle offers two different coaching programs if you are serious about getting results for yourself or the leaders in your organization.


  • Personal life coaching: Working with individuals overcoming obstacles or life roadblocks, navigating a career change, promotion, or transitional growth.

  • Professional coaching: Working with leaders in your organization during their onboarding, helping them with navigating difficult conversations, navigating organizational change, how to strengthen their leadership skills by having them discover the pro’s and cons of their leadership style and how to make that work with the different personalities that make up their teams.

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“I attended the Unconscious Bias Training with Michelle Tallmadge and the training was nothing like I experienced before. It was AMAZING!! While it made me feel a certain way because I didn’t think I had many biases and I work hard to be aware when they arise. The unconscious ones are the ones that are a problem! This training showed me myself in a non-threatening way and it gave me the space to talk it through.”

Lavonya Douglas
Community Supervision Officer Supervisor


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Phone Number:  (503)966-9095


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