Melissa Williams-Gurian


Melissa is an executive coach and consultant with over 20 years of experience working with executives to identify and develop key strengths that help them achieve success. Melissa’s strength is transitioning leaders with strong technical expertise into new management roles. Her focus is helping leaders build better relationships, communicate effectively, take clear, decisive actions, and recognize and change patterns and systemic issues in the workplace. She supports leaders in developing their self-awareness and emotional intelligence capacities so they can be more effective within their organizations as individuals and in teams. Melissa’s philosophy is simple: knowing who you are as a person, the beliefs and values that drive your actions, and how you connect with others matter to the people you influence.

Melissa has worked with CEOs, high-level executives and their teams in a wide range of industries including high-tech, manufacturing, retail, financial services, non-profit, public education and healthcare. She also works with organizations on team branding and leadership development for technology leaders. Clients describe Melissa’s work as particularly effective in helping leaders learn how to engage in more authentic conversations. She knows how to help leaders and their teams define a clear and compelling purpose, identify concrete norms and determine how their culture will accomplish those goals.

She is the author of a leadership book and workbook, How Do You Want To Show Up? Find Your Inner Truths--And Lead With Them. Melissa lives in Seattle with her husband and three children and enjoys hiking and running marathons in her free time.

A broad base of experience with clients, including: Microsoft, Symetra, Concur, Nordstrom, Smartsheet, Expedia, Redfin, Starbucks, Bungie, Seagen, Cray, REI, Take-Two Interactive, Impinj, Premera, Morgan Stanley, Russell Investments, Point B, Intellectual Ventures

Representative Coaching Engagements:
CEO Coaching: support the CEO in thinking about their own leadership to cultivate organization-wide alignment, communicate priorities and strategic initiatives, valuing their teams, and spending time creating a cohesive and effective culture to deliver on the mission.

Senior Vice President at high-tech firm transition to C-level position: Executive developed clarity of leadership brand and integrated strengths and values to become more intentional and effective in leading teams.

Eight-member executive team at a technology company on developing leadership capacity and building team cohesion. Team best practices cascaded downward to the rest of the organization during a major business transition, improving morale and performance.

Coaching Certifications
the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Hogan, MBTI, DiSC, Emotional Intelligence Profile

Book Author:
How Do You Want To Show Up?
Workbook: How Do You Want To Show Up?