Our Coaching and Consulting Approach

Our coaching and consulting approach uses a proven system customized to your needs, learning style, goals, and preferences. This program can include regular meetings, structured exercises, and accountability check-ins.

A typical program includes five interconnected, non-linear phases


Together, we clarify and define your vision by exploring your values, interests, and goals. We’ll identify and focus on what you love and enjoy doing, and what want most from your work and your life. You’ll be guided through a customized series of exercises to help you discover your true wants and needs. Our objective is to determine what enlivens you, find the direction that generates the most energy, and hone your wants to a definable set of information that can be further refined in later phases.


During this phase, we help you evaluate your options for achieving your objectives. In a safe setting, we’ll test a variety of alternatives—without commitment to any particular one—to illuminate your right path. From research, to exploratory interviews, to investigating training alternatives, you’ll explore your options so you can make an intentional decision about the direction you want to go. You’ll leave ready to pursue one or two options in earnest


Next, you’ll take step-by-step focused action to achieve your goals. This phase may include writing, reflecting, connecting with others, acquiring training, or other activities that support momentum, tailored to your situation. You’ll be held accountable and receive support. You’ll feel encouraged as you move forward in ways that may have never seemed possible before.


As you gain traction toward your objectives, regular tune-up sessions will keep you on track. During this phase, we’ll continue to address and adjust your course as your needs, wants, and circumstances change and as you step into your next chapter. We’ll work through obstacles and issues—helping you start a new position off right, and maintain your commitment to your career vision by practicing new behaviors and getting improved results. Many clients find that maintaining continuity with coaching support, as they continue to navigate their new path, is a key ingredient to ensuring their ongoing success.


Throughout the four phases above, as you gain clarity about what you want and work toward your goals, life will start to shift and you will notice dissonance with your current situation more than ever before. Together, we’ll identify immediate changes that make your current situation more satisfying and productive, and help you process whatever comes up as you endeavor to improve your situation. Whether it’s helping you strategize an important conversation with your boss or practicing new habits to reduce the amount of stress in your life, we’ve got you covered.

Ready for a breakthrough, but not sure where to start?

  • Kathleen Bryson, Marketing & Communications professional
    Deborah helped me develop a dialogue about how to position myself as a seasoned professional looking to transition into a new industry. She helped convey this on my resume and LinkedIn page as well. I loved working with her, and found our work together extremely useful for my career search.
    Kathleen Bryson, Marketing & Communications professional
  • Melissa Bell, Media Producer
    I wanted to let you know that I got a new job! I’m absolutely sure it’s the result of all the work you did with me to focus my goals and the wonderful resume and LinkedIn profile Madelyn created for me.Thank you so much for all of your amazing guidance. I could never have achieved this new job, my dream job, without you.
    Melissa Bell, Media Producer
  • Niccolina Mangroo, Head of Global Programs
    Prior to working with Merideth, I had interviewed seven other coaches. It only took one conversation with her for me to know that Merideth was exactly the kind of coach I was seeking.
    Niccolina Mangroo, Head of Global Programs
  • Jonna Hensley, Country HR Consultant
    I got a contract HR Business Partner job through some crafty networking, which makes me proud. The job has a high probability of conversion to regular/full-time. It feels 100% right and I can say that with clarity because of my time with you!
    Jonna Hensley, Country HR Consultant
    Keysight Technologies
  • Erik Ward, Vice President Systems and Technology
    Deborah was an absolute joy to work with and when the time comes, I will work with her again without question. She unlocked multiple doors of opportunity by allowing me to answer fundamental questions about myself and my expectations. It was a sincere pleasure to go through the journey of discovery with her, and for our efforts to lead to such an outstanding outcome. Thank you, Deborah!
    Erik Ward, Vice President Systems and Technology
    GCT Global Container Terminals, Inc.
  • Beth Budwig, UX Leader
    Celia is one of those rare people—she’s incisive and direct, yet warm and compassionate. This balance was key as I grappled with job search and then unemployment. She helped me play at a high level and I landed a fantastic job thanks to Celia's help with interview prep. She shifted my thinking and helped me show up as my best self.
    Beth Budwig, UX Leader
  • Merideth Mehlberg Career Group makes the most of our time together—when we leave an interaction, I’ve gotten what I needed and more!
  • Jorge Dalmau, Boat builder & racer
    Deborah's comprehensive approach helped me with my career transition. Her enthusiasm and expertise was invaluable in plotting a course toward a new career. I would strongly recommend Deborah to anyone looking to improve or change his or her career.
    Jorge Dalmau, Boat builder & racer
  • I’ve had more interest in my career, and I’m being presented with more opportunities from recruiters and company execs, in the last 6-8 weeks than I’ve had in years. These are mostly unsolicited interactions.
  • It’s like job therapy.
  • Niccolina Mangroo, Head of Global Programs
    Insightful, thoughtful, savvy, and action-oriented, Merideth was instrumental in catapulting me from analysis-paralysis to defining my goals and building an action plan to meet them. She has the ability to validate your thoughts and ideas, yet simultaneously challenge and encourage you to think outside of the box.
    Niccolina Mangroo, Head of Global Programs
    Merideth is supportive, personable, and takes a genuine interest in helping you achieve your goals.
  • Niccolina Mangroo, Head of Global Programs
    Merideth served as both a coach and a cheerleader for me, which was exactly what I needed at the time, and she quickly picked up on this. Ultimately, my desire to make a change in my career became a reality with Merideth's coaching support.
    Niccolina Mangroo, Head of Global Programs
  • Jonathan Kaplan, Communications Officer
    If you're looking to better understand your career and how to give more or get the most out of where you are, I highly recommend working with Merideth. Her work ethic is second-to-none and, more importantly, she's compassionate and empathetic. This was a real partnership and, because of it, I feel more energized, more skillful, and more creative.
    Jonathan Kaplan, Communications Officer
    Open Society Foundations

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