You want to feel amazing about the work you and your team are doing.

We can help.

To empower your team to deliver at the highest level.

And  you want to do this great work while staying true to who you are beyond your role. Your values, health and wellness.  

We know that great work can be done by tapping your own Unique Brilliance – and helping your team do the same.

There is incredible, untapped brilliance in your team that we can’t wait to help you reveal in your leadership.

Our mission is to help you and your team have the clarity and communication skills to perform at the highest level possible with way more ease.

Who we are:

We believe wholeheartedly that each human being is put on this Earth to do great work. 

We consider it our mission – and our honor – to empower current Executive and aspiring leaders to step into their greatest work and inspire their teams to deliver incredible results.

In fact, we believe so strongly in the power of leadership and high-impact communication that we only work with companies who are committed to making our world a better place through their work. 

Our mission is to amplify the brilliance in your teams – starting with the highest level leaders – so that your organization has the greatest positive impact in our world.

As you can see, we are not your average Executive Coaching and Presentations Skills Training company. We opt for a more human, less stuffy approach for fun and useful customized trainings, and executive coaching that activates the best, most authentic and powerful work in leaders. 

Our unique approach doesn’t stop there.

Unlike other leadership training out there, we combine the power of speaking and presentation skills with customized leadership sessions. We will augment your current leadership development program or provide on demand programming for your emerging leaders. We listen to what you need and we build you a program that meets that need. Head on.

Our training is designed for smart and busy people who expect excellence in their learning experiences.

Attendees will leave with tools they can use right away in their current leadership challenges and presentation opportunities.


Today’s session exceeded my expectations. A variety of great tools shared, many opportunities to practice in a fun environment. I would definitely recommend Michelle to other colleagues in any field.

Karen Fitzgerald,
Lean Practitioner, St. Charles Health Systems

We offer companies and individuals:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Acclaimed presentations skills training from Speak So It Matters™
  • Communication workshops
  • Leadership Training programs
  • Outside experts to bridge any gaps


Book a call and let’s talk about the possibilities!

Our Mission

Brilliance at Work is a global Executive Coaching & Education company for organizations who are doing great work. We offer executive coaching, speaking and presentation skills coaching, and custom training including executive presence, leading from the inside out, Speak So It Matters™ presentation skills and more.

Our mission is to amplify the Unique Brilliance in the high-performing leaders inside your company to maximize your growth and positive impact in our world.

Our Vision

We envision a world where every person feels a powerful connection with the brilliant, innate health and vibrancy that lives within them. From this place, our clients and our own team members serve the greater good by bringing their best ideas, clearest communication and most powerful conviction to their contributions. Business that is built on this foundation can be a beautiful force for good.

The Team

Michelle Barry Franco
Founder, Lead Coach & Training Facilitator

I’ve been teaching communication and leadership skills for more than 20 years and I’ve worked with thousands of people in technology, insurance, finance, health care, pharmaceuticals, and non-profit organizations on expressing their ideas with clarity and conviction and leading with their own kind of natural charisma. 

From helping high-level executive leaders to clarify their vision, work through difficult team dynamics, to crafting State of the Company speeches for annual company meetings, I’ve had the honor of supporting executives as a trusted advisor and coach for more than a decade. 

As a TEDx speaker coach, I get to help thought leaders turn their exciting ideas into captivating talks that delight their audiences – and even get them up on their feet in applause!   

I believe our world – now more than ever – needs leaders who are committed to making it a better place to work and live for everyone. I believe that clear, conscious, confident leaders will lift up entire organizations to make their biggest impact. 

I am certain that clarity, conviction, and confidence in communication are among the most powerful things a human being can carry. I really do feel, when I’m in the room training a large group or working with a private client, that I’m giving them the most precious gift: authentic leadership and confident communication skills.


  • TEDx and Keynote coach to award-winning founders, government officials and celebrities.
  • B.A. in Biological & Cognitive Psychology from San Jose State University
  • M.A. from San Francisco State University in Speech Communication Studies
  • Whole Person Coaching certificate from Baraka Institute (now Coach Training World)
  • College public speaking and communication course faculty for 15 years
  • Training in The Leadership Challenge™ workshop and coaching system


  • Collecting thousands of healthy, whole food recipes for my family that I will someday learn to make
  • Feasting on mind candy audiobooks of leadership and personal development
  • Dark chocolate and salted caramel and lots and lots of coffee
  • Romantic comedies
  • Family date nights at Barnes & Noble sitting with stacks of books and warm yummy coffee drinks

Jim Franco
Finance & Operations

I spent years in the trenches of quintessential corporate environments as a Senior Manager, Director, and consultant in Product Management and Development.

While I occasionally experienced the gift of an engaged, conscious leader with excellent communication skills, too often this was not the case. It’s difficult to feel motivated and excited about projects when the leaders are either flatlined about them or the communication is so confusing that no one knows what to get excited about. 

As I lead my own teams in our businesses now, I keep this experience in mind. This is a big part of why I feel great about the work we do at Brilliance at Work. I know that when leaders have the support they need – and bring that support to their teams so everyone can communicate clearly and in an engaging way, so much great work can be done. It’s also way more fun that way.


  • Majored in History at Yale
  • MBA (Concentration in Marketing) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
  • Over 10 years corporate experience in Product Management and Development in Fortune 500 companies and rapidly growing startups
  • Over 10 years of successful small business ownership
  • E-Learning expert…and student!


  • Pizza
  • Anything sports: watching, sports trivia, playing when I can, all of it
  • Reading mysteries and science fiction
  • Hanging out with and caring for my 3 amazing daughters (though not a stitch of guilt here!)
  • Sneaking out to the beach for some fun (and clear thinking!)

Kelly Morrison
Client Care Specialist

Kelly takes amazing care of our clients, our systems and so many other things here at Brilliance at Work. She’s an expert at everything marketing, client care and technology. In fact, she’s so busy taking care of things on the business homefront, that we’re writing this bio for her so she can stay in her zone of genius while we get this website updated! You’ll see what we mean when you work with us because Kelly will often be a point of contact for getting things in motion. Prepare to be amazed! (She’s going to love that we’ve said all of this 😁)