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Dr. Michael Forlenza, PhD, MPH

Senior Consultant


Michael is an experienced leader, international leadership trainer, and leadership development coach, having worked extensively with executive and emerging leaders across a wide variety of corporate and economic sectors including financial services, legal services, biotechnology, healthcare, and higher education. His focus is on building and expanding the leadership capacity of his clients for leading in complex, uncertain, and highly changeable work environments. Michael applies theories from transformational learning and adult development, mindfulness and mental training, positive psychology and neuroscience, and polarity and systems thinking for complex adaptive systems in the purposeful development of organizational leaders.

Prior to becoming a full-time coach, consultant, and facilitator, Michael served as Assistant Dean in the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University where he gained practical, real-world experience managing and leading a highly complex and dynamic organization. In this capacity, he initiated, founded, and taught in the Professional Coach Certification Program (PCCP), an International Coach Federation Accredited Coach Training Program, also serving as its Executive Director. Additionally, he designed and delivered leadership courses as a part of the University graduate leadership faculty. This rare combination of knowledge tempered by experience enables Michael to create and facilitate challenging and effective developmental engagements.

As a coach, Michael helps leaders to successfully create and align personal and professional vision, lead organizational change and manage interpersonal conflict, transition to larger and more influential roles, inspire team members and colleagues to collaborate more effectively, see and balance multiple conflicting perspectives, and persistently innovate new and sustainable solutions. Clients report a deeper sense of engagement along with superior results.

Michael holds a BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College-City University of New York, an MS and PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served on the faculty at Simon Fraser University, Duquesne University, Duke University Summer Academy, and the Carnegie Bosch Institute Global Leadership Executive Forum at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a graduate of the Professional Coach Certification Program at Duquesne University and has advanced coaching training through the Center for Leadership Maturity and Growth Edge Coaching.