Melanie Weaver Barnett

Chief Executive Education Officer, Executive Education Faculty Member, Certified Master Coach

Career Background

Melanie Weaver Barnett is chief executive education officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Under Melanie’s leadership, Michigan Ross Executive Education has been consistently ranked among the top 10 in the world, offering programs in multiple locations in the Americas, Asia (including India and the Middle East), Europe, and Africa.

Melanie brings an inclusive, collaborative, and energetic leadership approach to her work, and, with the Executive Education team, has created new global partnerships, developed innovative learning experiences, and earned high levels of customer satisfaction, all while achieving unprecedented growth. Prior to joining Michigan, Melanie worked for then Fortune 500 firm Ethyl Corporation in its management and organization development area, spent several years with boutique marketing consultancy EMME Associates, and later established her own firm The Leadership and Learning Alliance as a consultancy in organization and management development.

In her current role, Melanie works directly with a wide range of client organizations. These include, for example, the largest bank in the world ICBC, DTE Energy, Toyota, Saudi Telecom Company, and the National Football League, among others. She serves as a faculty member in executive Education as well, developing and teaching programs on leadership, change management, and team-building.

In addition to holding an MBA from Michigan Ross, Melanie earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where she was an all-American distance runner. She is a member of the Hall of Honor and received the University’s Gerald R. Ford Award, awarded to one former athlete each year for achievement in academics, sport, and society.

Coaching Background

Melanie brings a powerful combination of business and behavioral knowledge in both for-profit and non-profit contexts to her coaching work. She understands the soft and the hard sides of leadership and management, and she brings a robust tool-set to her coaching practice to help leaders more effectively think, make decisions, and lead in complex situations.

Melanie’s coaching approach is one of a caring catalyst. She genuinely cares about each individual and every group with whom she engages, and the goal is elicit their own strengths, ideas, and commitment—elements of which often lie dormant in people until they truly understand how to access them. Through her inquisitive, thoughtful, and client-focused approach, Melanie helps others gain insights, discover strengths, address gaps, and create action plans that both inspire and achieve sustainable results.

Melanie has coached executives and managers in sectors including healthcare, chemicals, energy, real estate, sports, public service, government, and academia.

Education & Certifications

  • MBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • BA, Education, with honors, University of Michigan
  • Certified Professional Coach, Center for Coaching Certification, an ICF Approved Program
  • Certified executive coach, Linkage, Coaching Leaders Certification Program
  • MBTI and DiSC certifications