For Multidisciplinary creative professionals and intra/entrepreneurs
Thought partnership, strategic planning and dot connecting for executing on the legacy building ideas and projects your spirit is calling you to do.
Over the last 7 years I've done everything from executive speech coaching and startup pitch coaching to authentic storytelling coaching and content development for artists and entrepreneurs. I'm most passionate about helping emerging POC, LGBTQ+ and women and femme-identified leaders use speaking as a means to expand the reach and impact of their work.
Having coached over hundreds of and spoken, taught, lectured, in 14 countries, I can help you show up as your most authentic self on stage and craft and deliver content in a way that shakes shit up and moves people to action (and/or helps them think and see things differently).
Thought partnership, positioning & outreach strategy, comms coaching and content development for using speaking as a means to expand the reach of your work.
emerging leaders across industries identify their unique voice, design their own path, and build a tangible plan of action to jumpstart their journeys as speakers. Our goal is to amplify the voices of people dedicated to creating a more just and equitable future.
For brands, corporate companies, and educational institutions
Learning Partner in Residence (LPiR)
Given that adults spend the majority of their time at work or school, I believe that the future of learning and work depends on the willingness of schools and organization
Drawing on lessons from 15+ years of leadership roles at fast-paced companies, and curriculum & instructional design and facilitation across K-16 classrooms and adult education organizations — I work with companies, brands, and schools to develop strategy and implementation plans around using learning and education to foster a culture of self-improvement, innovation, and impact.
to take on a lens of human development and lifelong learning for investing in the whole person vs the person hired to perform in a specific role. This better equips people to show up as thoughtful, emotionally intelligent, actualized human beings.
What’s at stake: Include my belief around what cultivating the whole human can do for the workplace + stats on how workplaces stifle human potential
Through 2-week, 1 month and quarter long engagements to that ensure our collaboration together leaves a measurable, lasting impact.
I work with to design and implement internal learning and development strategy that helps individuals and teams at all levels nurture their passions, hone their edges & strengths, and uncover/explore/act on their potential while doing their best work.
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If we’re lucky, we never stop learning. In fact, I believe it’s our responsibility to be lifelong learners. To accumulate knowledge and understanding about ourselves, others, and the way the world works and apply those learnings to growing and living more harmoniously together.
About 30% of my work is collaborating with companies and educational institutions to rethink and create strategy around what learning and development looks like for employees, teams and students. Specifically as it relates to nurturing their passions, uncovering and acting on their potential, and doing their best work.
I thought it was important for me to do the same for myself. So I took stock of all my goals, passions, and aspirations and I mapped out 6 focus areas where I want to learn and grow as a person and further develop the skillset and mindset to actualize my vision. Then for each of the focus areas, I did some research and compiled a list of conferences, festivals, courses, talks, trips, books, experiences, and self-designed projects and from it I curated a learning and development plan for myself through 2020.
"I'm unsure of how I lost it - my voice. It's like I woke up one morning and was suddenly mute. And this oratory oracle - Holley Murchison - found a way to summon my voice from wheresoever it was hiding, and remember it's power. She fortified my truth. In all practicality, she provided a framework and then crafted a one-of-a-kind experience around my intended outcomes and my unique learning style. I went to Holley to prepare for a TEDx Talk, I completed my work with her ready to carve out a new place in my industry. That is just how holistic in nature her approach to coaching is."
— Sallomé Hralima
Abolitionist & Social Architect
There are few people who excel at moving between the vastness of the big picture and the minutia of the details with ease. It makes a huge difference to how story is crafted. Holley is one of these people.
— Genevieve Ennis Hume
Co-Founder, Director of Strategy, Implikit
We brought Holley to Haverford as part of our Shapiro Speaking Initiative, which aims to support students' development as speakers and storytellers. Drawing on the ideas and experiences of students, staff, and faculty, Holley worked with us to develop a strategic plan to move this initiative forward. Her workshop gave students concrete tools with which to share their stories and amplify their voices. By tapping into local knowledge and resources, we continue to build on her creative strategies for including a wide range of voices and perspectives in campus conversations. Holley’s expertise, charisma, and professionalism make her a highly effective campus partner, and her change-making approach resonates with academic communities invested in social justice.
— Kristin Lindgren, Ph.D.
Director, Writing Center, Haverford College
I was 6 months out from launching my new business and really wanted to learn how to pitch since 100% of my revenue came from referrals. I initially hired Holley to help me with pitching my services to new clients and it blossomed into helping me flesh out an overall business strategy that included pitching. Holley is the best at she does because it felt like a consulting and coaching session. I was nervous moving through some of the pre-work and Holley helped me work through and reroute that energy by offering affirming words, anecdotes and practical strategies. As a result of our collaboration, I now have a working pitch strategy, networking scripts, and a stronger sense of my business self. My time with Holley gave me a solid foundation to stand on with my business and communicating its services out to the world.
— Kierra Johnson
Founder, Unity Studio
Holley was my game changer. Prior to working with her I didn't know how to communicate what I did without waves of anxiety compromising my message. Once I overcame my fear we worked on tackling larger opportunities. Today I command $5000 or more for speeches! Working with her allowed me to become more comfortable with telling MY story. We created my signature presentation and mined my life for my impactful stories. Working with Holley has made all the difference in my personal life and career.
— Tonya Rapley
Best Selling Author
Holley has been an integral partner for CODE2040's TAP Program, facilitating learning spaces for our students where they are empowered to own and tell their stories in ways that elevate their experiences and make them the foremost expert of their own narratives. Our students sometimes come from experiences that are devalued by dominant culture, and Holley’s approach enables them to see their own stories as beautiful and useful tools to be used for good in the world. Holley's responsiveness to our programmatic needs, willingness to collaborate on workshops and curriculum and her overall cultural competency in working in and around communities of color has made her an exemplary partner.
— Mimi Fox Melton
VP of Programs CODE2040
Working with Holley Murchison has changed the entrepreneurial landscape at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She has inspired students across multiple disciplines to fully engage in impact driven leadership. She has engaged participants in Oberlin's LaunchU accelerator in a process that has expanded and sharpened their abilities to understand, develop and share their unique stories. Holley has a deep understanding of the connectedness of education, communication and culture that permeates everything she does. We are so very fortunate to work with her.