Co-creating the best of feminine & masculine leadership excellence in

    in business.

  • Our framework

    We consult and coach CEO's, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Managers and teams on integrated leadership'. This enhanced leadership approach capitalizes on the complimentary strength and creative breakthroughs available when enlightened leadership fully embraces and values multiple intelligences. Results include improved self awareness, interpersonal skills, congruence, engagement, retention, problem solving and customer satisfaction across industries and sectors. A choice to take the higher ground.

    Framework and Process: First, Second and Third Person Perspective

    1. Our four quadrant symbol represents our Integrated framework; comprehensive, conscious, respectful, and non-marginalizing.
    2. The center point represents new perspectives and a new leadership paradigm.
    3. The colors symbolize the evolution of conscious thought.

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  • We audit, design, implement & measure


    We deliver a comprehensive leadership and executive coaching model that engages and unleashes both women's and men's creative excellence. Our unique Gender Balanced Score Card is one element of our Gender Empirical Metrics (GEM) framework. A combined platform to ensure leadership is balanced, realized and optimized across operations. The resulting change in behavior is designed to promote a respectful, powerful and integrated feminine and masculine leadership allowing for different perspectives, multiple intelligences, improved outcomes including financial returns.


    Our first step is to help clients ensure there are opportunities for women to engage as leaders with men across 5 core areas that impact workplace culture; recruitment & promotion, leadership development, mentoring, sponsorship, flexible work, and salary parity for equivalent work.

    • Our approach is conscious, strategic, measurable and EXPANSIVE.
    • Our process includes a systemic audit, assessment, ongoing accountability, and is imbedded in performance management. 
    • Our training and coaching is informed by neuroscience, developmental psychology, Conscious Leadership, Conscious Capitalism and acts as transformative by dissolving limiting beliefs and facilitating engagement across multiple domains.  
    • We act to support Athena Swan in higher education and EDGE certification.

    The shift

    Co-creating Feminine & Masculine leaders

    Integrating the best version of masculine intelligence (orange sphere) and the best version of feminine intelligence (turquoise sphere) into a new evolved, complimentary and integrated 'whole' leadership paradigm. Visual by Graeme Bowman, Australia

  • Different thinking leads to different results

    This clip absolutely nails the artificial disconnect between the masculine and the feminine, as it plays out in relationships, communities and corporations.

    'Us' A Masculine & Feminine Narrative

    Australian sculptor, Thomas Bowman, has created this metaphorical insight into the masculine-feminine divide.

  • Our services

    Leadership style and corporate culture often run counter to the overall purpose of an organization, assuming purpose is to deliver great products, quality services, profit and a long-term benefit to the organization and society as a whole.

      Leadership Assessment

      Leaders whose head and heart crave courageous conversations and a new integrated leadership paradigm

      We work with CEO's and Senior Executives to assess current practice through our unique assessment. We identify any impediments or unconscious behavior that limits progress with meeting business and institutional goals. From here we develop a balanced approach that aligns corporate culture, values and supports the rich engagement of talent. This  improves the creative leadership potential of all people in the organization.


      Leadership style and corporate culture often run counter to the overall purpose of an organization, assuming purpose is to deliver great products, quality services, profit and a long-term benefit to the organization and society as a whole.


      Instead of creating a leadership team which is ultra-masculine or ultra-feminine, our aim is to develop a complimentary, respectful leadership style that harnesses the expansive power of difference. This leads to a noticeable shift in corporate culture towards innovation and inclusion of multiple intelligences improving ROI and sustainable results.

      Professional Development & Training

      Women & Men

      Our training challenges self limiting assumptions, promotes a growth mindset and develops new habits in four critical areas; strategic influence: communication, team work, executive presence, and career/family/life integration. Women gain advanced awareness, capabilities and confidence in their whole unique contribution. Men will gain awareness strengthening their leadership from a whole self perspective increasing their desire for greater understanding within interpersonal relationships.


      Our whole systems approach is based upon research, neuroscience, developmental psychology, universal wisdom, and empirical evidence. Importantly, our training is designed to disrupt old thinking and foster a meaningful change in habits that is lasting.


      We use actors, multi media, tools, humor and experiential learning to foster new habits. Delivery is:

      1. On site, half day or whole day

      2. "Lunch and Learn"

      3.. Virtual learning modules single delivery or whole program

      4. Interactive Webinars

      Coaching & Mentoring

      Executives, Entrepreneurs, Managers

      Our unique Master Mind Coaching for leaders/managers is available face to face or virtual global in two modes:

      1. Individual 1:1
      2. Mastery Circles 

      The process is highly engaging, relatively easy and very supportive. We assess each individuals current state through a tool to uncover beliefs, bias, behavioral patterns, latent talents and life purpose. See also Conscious.Money


      Through a process of self discovery and personal accountability, transformative new insights occur. This allows life-altering worldview shifts, meaningful change, mindful actions, and creative energy to flow, positively impacting potential, self worth and being your best self.


      Key Note Presentations

      Open The Mind

      Our key note research based presentations inspire and ignite senior leaders to leverage the multiple intelligence of integrated leaders. Benefits include improved innovation, creativity, thought leadership and problem solving.


      We demonstrate how leadership styles, workforce profiles, communities and the environment are evolving. Within this context, the way we currently manage organizations, institutions and business is increasingly out of date, biased and disconnected from the real needs of people and our globe. This disconnect hurts progress, profits and deployment of capital. For too long, men and women have internalized the belief that leadership requires either / or thinking and a hyper-masculine approach that is separate, individual, adversarial, divisive and win-at-all-costs.


      At the core of this evolutionary shift is the recognition feminine influences like creativity, collaboration, connectedness, empathy, vulnerability and social harmony are equally necessary for business, communities and economies. Evidence shows that innovation, profits and shareholder value improve in organizations that include diversity and the voice of women. This improvement can become even greater when in concert with men and combined with other conscious business practices and a desire to optimize people's potential.

    • News

      Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

      3w Peace Through Commerce Peace Through Commerce youtube.com
      USD Student Captures the Essence of Shakti Leadership  I'm convinced, as more women lead differently, corporations will change. We design workshops for leaders and aspiring leaders that are balanced, integrated and based on an archetype that is generative, cooperative, creative, inclusive and...
      It surprises me how many people who care about gender equity still don't know the impact and difference they can make by investing their capital in the publicly traded companies that further the advancement of women. By investing in companies that address pay equity and job status for women in...
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    • Our faculty

      Interchange brings together the expertise of specialists who "educate, inspire and develop leaders to integrate more fully their whole self, contribute their talent and inspire others through insight, integrity, purpose and wisdom".

      Michelle's career spans Board Membership, Senior Executive, Researcher, Author, Coach & Consultant in strategy and implementation. In addition, Michelle is program manager for the Shakti Fellowship and Chief Strategy Officer, Peace Through Commerce. She is founder and coach of Conscious.Money, the women's adviser for Braid Theory and Board Treasurer of eChange Endeavors.

      • Michelle pioneered major initiatives to further the advancement of women by co-founding the Victorian Work/Life Association, Australia, a Think Tank designing and promoting best practice workplace policy to leaders, government and policy makers. 
      • Michelle co-authored, The Orange Line: A Woman's Guide to Integrating Career, Family & Life, a qualitative study of 118 women identifying a woman's self-limiting bias and skills to integrate a fulfilling career and personal life.
      • She researched, audited, designed and implemented an Award winning 'employer of choice' strategy for Australia's largest G8 University and HR Policy & Diversity Framework for a national bank. 
      • As VP, she drove business development for the corporate child care division of Knowledge Universe. 
      • As SVP, she spearheaded an on-line Diversity tool globally for Fortune 100/500 accounts including IBM in 26 countries. 
      • Her earlier career involved managing her own success business for a decade, appearing before a Senate inquiry into work based child care and co-founding Beaconhills College with 3000+ students and premier best practice think tank, WorkLife Association.
      • She holds a M. Mgt. and B.Ed.Studies from Monash University, Australia, Certificate of Welfare Studies, Institute of Social Welfare, Victoria, is a Certified Money Behavior Coach (CMC)®, completed the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School and is a graduate of the Shakti Fellowship advanced leadership for women.

      Nilima Bhat

      Nilima is a Conscious Leadership and Integral Health expert with 24+ years of global corporate experience and consciousness-based health and growth training. Nilima facilitates personal transformation, gender reconciliation and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

      • She co-authored with Raj Sisodia, Distinguished Professor, Babson College, Shakti Leadership; Embracing Feminine & Masculine Power in Business ; and My Cancer is Me: The journey from Illness to Wholeness. 
      • She has spent the last few years between India and the US, serving as guest faculty at the Whole Foods Academy for Conscious Leadership, Bentley University, Babson College and Esalen.
      • Nilima is actively involved with supporting the Conscious Capitalism Movement and WIN (Women’s International Network) and is on the Board of Peace Through Commerce. 
      • Her client base includes multinational organizations, Tata Consultancy Services, Societe Generale Bank, Microsoft, Vodafone and the YPO.

      Johanna E. Hollowich

      Johanna is President of Potencium, and adjunct faculty member at UCLA Department of Engineering, Information Systems and Technical Management. Johanna has 25 + years consulting and training experience, and specializes in global leadership, performance management, mentoring and personal development for optimizing individual and organizational performance.

      • She has successfully facilitated international leadership development programs, online learning courses, and interactive webinars worldwide, Johanna utilizes experienced, multilingual intercultural associates from countries around the world .
      • Her clients include Amgen (UK & USA), Boeing (Russia & USA), Direct TV (USA), Novartis (Switzerland, UK & USA), GM ( 9 countries), Google (USA), Northrup Gruman (USA), Pfieizer (UK & USA) and Toyota. (Thailand) etc.
      • Johanna holds a M. Sc. in Adult Learning and Education from City University London.
      • A native of England, Johanna knows only too well the challenges of working globally and remotely.

      Annalise Jennings

      Annalise is a highly experienced business and community strategist who uses risk culture and governance principles to deliver sustainable outcomes across various industry sectors and community organizations, locally and globally. Annalise introduced the concept that of whole community change and that lasting social reform can only be achieved by community growth and economic development, not intervention.

      Annalise is a brilliant enabler of business and personal transformation. Particularly in relation to developing a balanced pragmatic and strategic culture to understand and manage Community Governance.

      Annalise is a world leader in her field and displays huge empathy for the plight of indigenous people while exercising an appropriate level of pragmatism. She is resourceful and has worked with a professional approach in often trying conditions. She is a strong leader and works well in often complex social situations. .She is Director of Dynamic Exchange consulting

      Susan G. McDaniel, Ph.D.

      Susie is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Dr. Susie McDaniel is an award-winning educator, coach, trainer, and mentor. Throughout her career, Dr. McDaniel has excelled in program development, leadership development, personal growth, communication, mentorship, and the “hands-on” application of vital interpersonal skills.

      • Susie corporate career spans organizational development training and marketing.
      • Susie educates and trains adults in the areas of interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationship development, family communication, narratives, rituals, and grief.
      • Her engaging and multi-faceted instructional style has earned her awards including “Most Supportive Instructor,” Most Inspirational Instructor,” and “Rookie of the Year.”
      • Susie holds an MA in Interpersonal Communication from the California State University, Northridge, and a PH.D. in Interpersonal and Family Communication from Arizona State University.
    • Publications

      Our Strength, Experience & Wisdom

      Michelle A. Waters & E. Anne Bardoel: Asia Pacific Journal of HR

      This study uses qualitative data from focus group interviews of 76 participants to investigate factors that influence employees' decisions to use or not use work–family policies. The data identified 5 barriers that limit the use of flexible work policies including lack of communication about the policies, high workloads, management attitudes, career repercussions, influence of peers, and administrative processes. This study reinforces the notion that organizational commitment to an environment that supports work and family integration is not merely about providing policies for their symbolic value, but is also about creating a workplace culture that supports and encourages the use of the policies.

      Jodi Ecker Detjen: Michelle A. Waters: Kelly Watson

      Why do women find work-life balance so hard? Why is having it all such an elusive quest? Why haven't women yet reached parity in the leadership ranks?

      The Orange Line probes these questions and is based on a study of 118 interviews across America. It inspires women to look inward, challenge self limiting beliefs, find - and claim - their power and purpose. Importantly, the book outlines the skills and change process to actualize a whole life.

      The Feminine Filter

      Michelle A. Waters

      Transcript from an interview with show host Lisa Caprelli and Brian Gaps from The Business Experience Show where Michelle outlines assumptions and one of six bad habits that spring from a woman's Feminine Filter which limits or even sabotages a women's leadership potential, career, finances, and experiencing a prosperous, full life.

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