Shelly Darnutzer

Career Strategist and Coach

Unlock Your Leadership Potential

Career Coaching for Leaders at all Levels

Work with me if you are an emerging or established leader who wants to strengthen your leadership skills and have more impact, influence, and ease.

Practical One-on-One Leadership Coaching  Specializing in:

  • Masterful Communication Skills

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Influencing 360

  • Mindful Leadership

  • Leadership Agility

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Expanding Leadership Capabilities

  • Having a Positive Impact

Leadership Coaching for Women in Technology

How I Can Help

With over twenty-five years in tech as a software engineer, project and engineering manager and, ultimately, leadership coach, I understand firsthand the unique and solvable struggles that too many bright, passionate and hard working leaders in tech experience.

About Me

For over 25 years, I worked directly in the technology world as a top performing software engineer, engineering manager,  project manager and as a certified professional leadership coach.

Since 2006, I have coached executives, directors, managers and influential employees to build leadership skills and the mental capacity and emotional intelligence needed to navigate successfully through increasingly complex technical and interpersonal workplace challenges. 

I am passionate about supporting and elevating people  in tech to thrive in their careers and confidently take on leadership roles. 


As a senior manager of a 30 person engineering team, Shelly helped me to design and facilitate off-site team building events, mentored 2 new managers (reporting directly to me) and led training programs (with ongoing working groups) in areas such as leadership, decision making and masterful conversations. Personally, Shelly coached me to continue developing my skills as a leader and in strategizing cross-functional change initiatives within our business.

Jason Lauer

VP Engineering & Operations

Shelly brings real world experience to the table.  Her background in tech gives her a unique perspective on women’s leadership in the workplace.  This combined with her vast experience in the personal growth field allows her to pinpoint afflictions in short order, and her coaching style brings about immediate change and awareness to areas of potential growth, rather than circle around and around and not getting to the core of the issue. 

Melinda Rider

Founder & CEO

As a coach, Shelly helped me interpret the Leadership Agility 360 feedback and look at different ways to approach leadership decisions than I have in the past. She has a unique talent to ask the right questions and suggest ways in how to approach those difficult leadership problems. The result of working with Shelly was a basic change in my leadership mindset which has led to clarity and improved working relationships with stakeholders and my direct reports.

Scott Voigt

VP Engineering

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