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Michele D'Amico

Michele D'Amico

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Hi, I'm Dr. Michele D'Amico, CPC, CELC and the Founder of Vetta, an Executive Coaching firm based in Los Angeles. I'm an executive leadership coach and valued expert in resilient leadership, executive presence, emotional intelligence and conscious communication.

I specialize in developing a strong leadership culture through executive presence, conscious communication, resilience, and team building in a variety of corporate, entrepreneurial and individual settings.

I use a whole-person approach that supports individuals to grow to their next level of personal and professional development by building the leadership and resilience skills necessary to successfully navigate an ever-changing corporate or personal environment.

I'm currently focused on helping women find success both personally and professionally.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I love the squads! I became a squad mod by accident (the scheduled mod did not show) and I loved it. Met some great women and volunteered to be a mod for the next 12 weeks!

I'm a member of Ellevate because I want to continue meeting amazing women and learn new things. Being able to take advantage of the Ellevate brain-trust is phenomenal.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

A good listening ear and the desire to grow, learn and help others. Strong questions also help! I find also that a deep understanding of human behavior is essential.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Finishing my doctorate at age 58! Also, starting my own coaching business.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Well, like everyone else, Covid has been a game changer in some ways. The challenge for me now is to make inroads with organizations who don't know me and for them to trust me to work with their leadership team.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I started out with a desire to become a child advocate attorney. I was accepted in to law school but at the same time was going through a divorce and had a 3 year old daughter. With no family here to help,I realized that there was no way I could go to law school while taking care of her. I put that aside for a few years and then decided to go back to school for a masters in psychology. I Initially thought that I wanted to be a child psychologist. I went on for my doctorate and along the way found organizational psychology and also started coaching to make money while putting myself through school. I finished my doctorate but found that I loved coaching and was pretty good at it! I then decided I would focus my energies there. So, I got certified as a coach and the rest is history!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The AHA moments are the best or when a client writes to me years later and tells me how much I've helped them. I'm constantly learning, which I love.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I've been successful so far..that tells me something LOL. Also, clients refer their friends and family to me. Most of all, I love it!

What is your morning ritual?

I wake up with out an alarm. I think it's because my dog sleeps at the foot of my bed and he starts moving around until I wake up. I get dressed, brush teeth, etc. then come downstairs to take my dog for a 30 minute walk every morning, rain or shine. He won't leave me alone until I do! We come back home and I feed both my dog and my cat. They each get some turkey and whipped cream from the can every morning and on the rare mornings that I forget, they both sit and stare at me until I remember. I then make my coffee and sit at my computer to read the morning news, answer emails, etc...and get ready for my day.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Keep putting one foot in front of the other...and most importantly, reach out. reach out for help, support and laughter! We moms have to laugh together.

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