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Growing Ourselves,
Growing Leaders.

Leadership is about discovering and growing the capacity in ourselves and those with whom we work. Inspiring one more person to discover who they are as a leader; discovering who we are as people first - leaders second.


That’s what I’m doing at PlusONE. I work with leaders in education and beyond to first know themselves because “Who we are is how we lead”. (BB) I help them develop the tools they need to lead themselves and others to lead better, build courageous cultures and change their world.


I’ve been there. I know the loneliness, challenges and satisfaction that comes with leadership. Having led a variety of systems for almost 30 years, I know the ups and downs of leadership. My offer is to be your “plus one” in your own leadership journey. Our partnership will help you to discover what supports you to move more deeply into being the leader you want to be and the people you lead need you to be!


Let’s cut out the crazy — there’s no magic bullet or secret approach. It starts with you asking yourself the right questions that will inform your next steps for yourself and those you lead. I can help you to do that.





Are you interested in exploring what’s next in your career? Or, maybe you’re stuck in some leadership habits that you want to let go of ? Or…maybe you’re lonely and want a partner to talk through the many leadership challenges facing you.


The coaching conversation is a radical vehicle for awareness and change. Together we can explore what you already know about yourself and leadership; what you want to amplify; and what you want to let go of.


Join me in this process of uncovering. I don’t bring the answers - but oh the questions we can explore together! My approach to coaching is driven by what you want to explore. One size does NOT fit all!


Interested in exploring leadership topics with a group? I speak to education and business groups across the country on a variety of topics related to leadership. Recent topics have included: an exploration of how gender dynamics impact leadership; concepts from Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead” curriculum; how self awareness impacts our leadership; Leading through Conversation. Reach out and let’s explore how I can support what your organization needs to grow leaders!



An objective third-party that knows the ins and outs of complex leadership settings can be an invaluable resource as your team works through challenges. Could your team use a tune up on how they show up and work together? Are there relationships on the team that are getting in the way of the work that needs to be done? I can partner with you to make sure all voices are heard, and share tools and strategies to strengthen relationships.


Supporting leaders is my passion. It’s my “why”. My career has included some amazing opportunities to lead and partner with people to make a difference. I know the impact of leadership. I also know the personal challenges and limitations that leaders face. My goal in working with leaders is to help them to see in practical, usable ways that “who they are is how they lead”. Whether it’s personal exploration through coaching, facilitating a tough conversation, or speaking to a packed auditorium, encouraging self awareness as leaders is  ALWAYS at the core of my work.


My work is anchored in years of experience and my never-ending exploration of leadership ideas, theories, and practical strategies that are out in the world. I love learning and thinking about what matters to leaders. Listening to what is important to others; what they want for themselves and the people they lead - ahhh! Yes. That’s what I love.



7 years as a Classroom Teacher

10 years as a Principal

6 years as a District Superintendent

6 years as a Regional Program Director

5 years as Sonoma County Deputy Superintendent

5 years as a Founder/Coach/Facilitator at PlusONE Leadership



Certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) Coach

Coaching for Life and Leadership Program — UC Davis

Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator

Certified Fierce Conversations Facilitator + Trainer

M.Ed and Administrative Credential — CSU Sacramento 

Educational Leadership + Administration — CSU Sacramento

B.A., International Relations — UC Davis


When I registered for Dare To Lead training, I hoped to recognize and embrace the leader in me and be able to have tough conversations with my supervisor and coworkers. I didn't think about the crossover effect it would have in my personal life with family and friends. WOW! Thank you Mickey for guiding us on our daring journey! 

DtL Participant

I always walk away from my coaching sessions with Mickey feeling validated, focused, and grounded in who I am and what I do.

District Office Leader — Coaching Client

I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Mickey in a number of different contexts and watching her lead and facilitate. Mickey is, without question, one of the best facilitators I have ever seen. Working behind the scenes, it is evident Mickey is organized and fully prepared for any session she leads. What participants experience is a disarming approach that is a perfect balance of professionalism and relatability. Mickey weaves equity into her session design, content, and conversations with consideration for all participants. Whether it's one to one coaching, delivering workshop content, or skilled group facilitation Mickey excels.

Sandra Azevedo
Coordinator, Continuous Improvement
Butte County Office of Education


Let's chat to explore the ways we can work together and amplify your impact with PlusONE.

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