Founder’s Bio

027Depending on the project, we engage a number of qualified experts to help deliver our services.

That said, Gisele M. Michel is the founder, lead strategist and President of Icatalyst Consulting and Coaching (Icatalyst).

Gisele is a multilingual, multicultural professional with over 20 years of nonprofit management experience and training in organizational development, executive and leadership coaching, external relations, policy development and analysis, capacity building, business development, mediation and conflict resolution. Gisele has provided management consulting, coaching and technical assistance to a wide range of sectors including businesses, non-profits and governmental organizations in Washington, DC, Miami, Minnesota, and Boston. She has also worked with client projects in France, Northern Ireland, Haiti, and Liberia. She is a former graduate lecturer in the Leadership Management program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and has taught courses on Ethical Leadership, Cross-Cultural Communication, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Gisele’s professional experience includes consultations with a wide range of clients including the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for whom she facilitated a 3-day workshop on Effective Partnership Development for US State Attorneys and Chief Executive Officers of housing authorities from cities around the US. The training focused on creating mechanisms that helped the participants assess community and client needs, and develop strategies that build safe environments for their residents. The event was attended by both siting US Attorney General Janet Reno, and former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. Former clients also include DC Office of International Trade where she was contracted to help frame international business development strategies for the nation’s capital, and WCVB-TV, Channel 5 in Boston, for public relations.

Some recent Icatalyst Coaching and Consulting clients have included the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) – JRI Health, MassEquality, Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants, Department of Transitional Services, and the Department of Human Services.  Gisele has worked with the Irish International Immigration Center on the feasibility of conducting post-conflict projects in Liberia and in Northern Ireland. In January of 2012, Gisele was part of a team who travelled to Haiti with a group of senior leaders and foundation representatives from around the world to explore the possibility of creating a community foundation in that country.

With an undergraduate degree in International Relations from George Washington University and a master’s degree with a concentration on East European Studies and Political Economy from the University of Pittsburgh, Gisele’s life experience, academic training and passions position her to work with a wide range of clients and audiences.  Her life’s work has been and is committed to economic justice, community building and the empowerment of people who have been economically, socially and politically disenfranchised. She has been particularly effective at bringing together people from diverse communities, cultures, economic and social backgrounds for the purposes of effectuating positive, personal, organizational and systemic change. Allow her to direct those talents to advance your organization.

Gisele M. Michel is an effective communicator who has appeared on television and radio, has been featured in the Boston Globe and, quoted in the Washington Post.