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About Jackie Michel

Over the couse of her career, Jackie has impacted thousands through her counseling, coaching and consulting and through leading workshops for women a well as training seminars for businesses and not-for-profits.  All her work has been grounded in the belief in the possibility of all people, regardless of their background, to thrive, to contribute and to make a difference in the world.

Her interest in gratitude grew as she worked on a project with her son, an environmental educator, to inspire Moms and Dads to host eco-friendly birthday parties for their kids.  Since Jackie was in charge of creating the thank you notes for the kids to send out, she began to explore the numerous writings and scientific information on gratitude and the connection between gratitude and happiness in addittion to being in touch with gratitude for the gifts of the earth and caring for our resources and the environment.

Head shot of Jackie Michel,  author of "Hooray for Parenting!  Your Guide to Raising Great Kids

Today, she and her husband live in Fayetteville, NY where her work focuses on inspiring mindset shifts and breakthrough actions in caring for the environment and by creating a context of gratitude personally, at home and in the workplace.


  • Masters Degree – Simmons College

  • Bachelors Degree – Simmons College, Oberlin College

  • Executive Challenge , Mastery programs offered by Gap International

  • Coaching for Clinicians, offered by

  • Other Continuing Education includes courses in Psychotherapy, Brain Science, Positive Psychology, and Happiness, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, Leadership, Individual and organizational transformation, Effective communication, Motivation,  Productivity and Professional /personal coaching.



  • Women in Business Award, Utica, NY

  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, Utica Club



  • Jackie volunteers for the Onondaga Earth Corps, an organization in Syracuse committed to empowering youth through environmental work

  • She co-created the "Grandparents Connection" at the Montessori School of Syracuse

  • She is a grandmother of six, ages 12 - 23

  • She is a member of the satellite environmental club of the New Hartford, NY Rotary

  • Her husband, Peter Michel, is a nationally known sculptor with public art work in Upstate NY, Springfield, Mass, Urbana, Ill, Houston, Dallas and Washington DC

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