With over 30 years experience, Michael Baroff has served the human resource development needs of people in a wide-range of business, government and nonprofit organizations. Michael is skilled in applying a blend of coaching, counseling, training and facilitation approaches. He is known for his ability to establish an inclusive, participative, flexible and enriching learning experience that elicits candid conversation, questions assumptions, clarifies expectations while offering cogent insights, observations and actionable feedback that promotes individual and group awareness and growth.
Michael is the author of The Inner Work of Work Coaching Yourself for Improved Performance series (Being Your Best; Getting Along with Others and Contributing to Your Company's Success (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000). He served as an adjunct consultant with the State of California Employment Training Network (ETN) providing staff development and technical assistance to agencies receiving Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding and with the Graduate School USA serving the organizational development needs of federal, state and local government agencies.
Michael served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and on the boards of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (PCMA), National Society for Performance Improvement (NSPI) and as Chair of the Westside Economic Collaborative Workforce Development Committee. He has taught at UCLA Extension Department of Business and Management, Santa Monica College Office of Workforce and Economic Development, and the Esalen Institute. Michael has developed mentoring programs with BizLink Welfare to Work and the Long Beach Job Corps Center and coached individuals to ensure job placement success, new hire retention and career advancement.
Michael has done community-based projects with organizations including Literacy at Work, Junior Achievement, the National Conference for Community and Justice and the Museum of Tolerance. In roles in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, he served as a PTSA President, Chair of the PTA Council Parent Education Committee, liaison to the Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed by the Board of Education to serve on the Strategic Planning Design Team.
Subsequent to receiving a BA in Sociology from UCLA, Michael worked in the information systems field -- initially as a research assistant at the UCLA School of Public Health contributing to the development of information systems in the areas of health and social policy evaluation, then with System Development Corporation where providing systems analysis, customer service, technical writing, marketing communication and training development support for a world-wide network of scientific information databases.
Michael's career-long professional development includes training in coaching, group process, mediation and dialogue facilitation from the Institute of Cultural Affairs, the Process Work Institute, Dispute Resolution Services, the Mediation Training Institute, Esalen Institute, the Center for Collaborative Management, and the Center for Dialogic Communication.