Michelle Sherbun, PCC, ELI-MP, president of Merlin Solutions LLC, recently launched The Leadership Design Alliance to strengthen socially conscious leadership across sectors. A seasoned nonprofit management consultant and accredited leadership coach, she has helped nonprofit leaders surpass fundraising goals and overcome organizational challenges for more than 35 years. She brings philanthropists, advisors, businesses, and nonprofit leaders together in collaborations that turn good ideas into great solutions.
Michelle believes that each and every challenge presents organizations with invaluable opportunities to transform. And she believes that successful people and organizations grow from the inside out. By tapping into the strengths that drive their best efforts, her clients inspire and motivate themselves and others toward success.
Michelle has led numerous management and fund development workshops. She continues to study and work in the areas of leadership development and creative problem solving, introducing her clients to new techniques that prepare them to lead change.
A published writer and accomplished speaker and trainer on topics related to fundraising, marketing, and personal development, Michelle is past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) , the Association of Philanthropic Counsel, Women in the Development Profession, the Community Memorial Foundation Capacity Building Initiative Advisory Board, and the International Coaching Federation and its Chicago Chapter. In 2016 Michelle was recognized by AFP Chicago with the Benjamin Franklin Award for her contributions to the fundraising profession. And in 2017, she received the President’s Award for her contributions to the AFP Chicago Chapter.