Dr. Michelle McGrath is a change agent who collaborates with others to support personal and professional transformation. Author, professor, researcher, speaker, non-profit leader, co-founder and lead facilitator at ZENith Retreats, and a youth leadership development expert. She has led schools, non-profits, national organizations, state championship athletes, and world-renowned service organizations. She has proven success in strategic planning, communications, board relations, relationship development and organizational change. Known for agility, positivity, relationship building, intuitive skills and ability to “get things done” while managing multiple tasks. 


Michelle uses her infectious energy to empower people to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear. She authentically connects with audiences. She has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives through her sage advice, graduate courses, publications, seminars, public appearances, consulting and retreats.  She was one of the top “40 Under 40” leaders in Madison. She lives with her husband and blended family of 4 children in Madison, WI.


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Personal Relationships Success: Achieved success through exemplary networking and community-building skills and developed long-term personal and professional relationships locally, statewide and nationally, including partnerships with signature organizations i.e. Milwaukee Bucks, UW Badgers, WIAA, Madison Downtown Rotary leaders, National Association of Secondary School Principals, etc. These relationships remain intact today, withstanding the test of time.


Synergistic Leadership Program Development; Applied disciplines of research and analysis, planning, targeting, relationship building and evaluation to collaboratively develop proven leadership development curriculum and programming for school-age children and adults.


Communication Expertise: Developed expertise in business and personal communications. Led the planning and execution of all print materials, presentations, video, website and digital media, social media campaigns, and public speaking on behalf of WASC, ZENith, and my book – “Dropping the F-bomb”. A proven ambassador both in print and in speaking, successfully representing each organization I worked for and for the community and national organizations I led as President – Madison Downtown Rotary and NASSCED.

“When I first met Michelle I could easily see she was smart, hungry, had a can-do attitude, and embodied a strong faith."

- John Skogen, Founder of Festival Foods & Author of "Boomerang"

"."Michelle is a leader of leaders. Her enthusiasm fuels her intelligent, committed, and positive support for those she serves. She has the knowledge and skills to lead a team to successfully realize the mission and vision established by the organization.""

- Jim Lynch, AWSA, Executive Director

"Dr. McGrath has the leadership, passion, humility, and infectious energy to make anything happen.  Her recent book is full of learned and lived wisdom plus a fun journey to share.  The wisdom is even more powerful with its brain science backing.  There are many ideas that are universally applicable to all of us."

- Niraj Nihawan, MD, Founder and CEO of Life Ecology Organization

"Part memoir, part guidance, part humor, and 100% inspiration- In Dropping the F-Bomb, Michelle's passionate and authentic story-telling urges us to own our own stories, including the messes, in order to be our best selves.  Her short, pithy, and on the mark chapters create a punch list of awareness on the way to becoming a go-giver.  This book is a F-Bomb written for women by a woman who exemplifies Funny, Fierce, Frank, and Fabulous.”"

- Terry Hamm, NASSCED President & Director of Texas Association of Student Councils

"Michelle is one of the brightest and committed community leaders, stellar role model, and rock-star mother balancing her work-life aspirations. She is a positive, disruptor, leading with vulnerability, teaching courage and compassion. She is what author Charles Nanz refers to as The New Super Leadership."

- Joanna Burish, Founder of Brauds Network

"Dr. McGrath is someone that gets the job done. I've been fortunate enough to work with her on several initiatives and she continues to lead by example and has a proven track record of success in each.  Michelle has the ability to bring the best out of people and maximize their skills."

- Jamie DeMatthew, Milwaukee Bucks, Senior Executive

“Michelle is your best friend and teacher. She instills confidence, courage, and shines the light on where you get to heal and where you get to call out your fears in order to find the magic in life. faith."

- Megan Walker, Self-Love and Body Coach

© 2020 Dr. Michelle McGrath