Mike G. Katz believes all people deserve meaningful work. He brings this belief to bear with his clients, among whom have included senior executives and emerging leaders from organizations such as Google, American Express, Credit Karma, Blue Bottle Coffee, BancVue, and Project Open Hand. In these engagements, Mike and his clients practice and cultivate relational skills, including perspective taking, empathy, and dialogue-based communication. Mike complements this relational work with somatic, body-based approaches that lead to lasting change for his clients. He also leverages his training in Hogan Assessment, Subject-Object Interviewing, and Immunity to Change to design client intakes and interventions.
In addition to his coaching work, Mike is also Founding Director of the Interpersonal Development Program at U.C. Berkeley-Haas School of Business. In this role, he designs assessments, coaching engagements, and workshops for MBA student leaders, as well as manages a team of coaches. He is also a Lecturer in the Management of Organizations department, where he designed and teaches the popular courses “The Pursuit of Meaningful Work” and “People Development”. Currently, Mike also serves on the Advisory Board of O4U, a national nonprofit supporting LGBTQ students in leading more authentic lives in high impact careers. In this capacity, Mike ensures that O4U conference programming provides transformational experiences for attendees.
Mike stepped into this work as a thought leader in career management. For nearly 10 years, Mike drove results across all functional roles, including career coaching, employer relations, and strategy and operations. Most recently he served on the leadership teams of the Berkeley-Haas MBA Career Management Group and of Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Prior to these roles, he engaged MBA students and employers at both NYU Stern and UT McCombs. Throughout these years, he had been a frequent speaker at the annual conference for the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance, and had also served on their Board of Directors. He also wrote the chapter on case interviewing in finance for “Crack the Case System: How to Conquer Your Case Interviews” by David Ohrvall.
Prior to his career as a coach, Mike consulted institutional clients in financial services on customer segmentation, pricing, and organizational design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Systems from NYU Stern and a Master of Business Studies in Organization & Management from Goizueta Business School. He received his Certified Integral Coach® credential through New Ventures West and his Professional Certified Coach credential through the ICF.
Mike lives in San Francisco, California, with his partner Ryan and their mini-dachshund puppy Landy.