Michelle LandisFounder and Principal of Pinnacle 7, Inc
Founder and Principal of Pinnacle 7, Inc
Michelle is founder and principal of Pinnacle 7, Inc. a business coaching and consulting company. She is an educator and a business professional with over 35 years experience in the business world running both small and medium sized businesses. She has an extensive background in education, executive management, non-profit management, and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Michelle’s diverse background includes “hands-on” start-up experience with three successful small businesses she founded, a broad international focus including consulting assignments in China, and executive leadership roles with General Electric, Dun & Bradstreet and Armstrong World Industries. Michelle has most recently expanded her leadership and executive coaching to include non-profit organizations due to her on-going coaching work in the non-profit sector.
As a top producer with GE Capital, Michelle led a major re-engineering effort that delivered over $58 million to the bottom line. As a result, she was appointed to GE Capital’s Board of Director’s in recognition of her success. She developed a keen understanding and empathy for the challenges small businesses face when she was COO and acting President of GE Capital’s SBA business. As a senior executive with GE, Michelle was a frequent presenter for operations and strategy reviews to the GE Board led by Jack Welch.
Michelle has a master’s degree in management, business administration from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University. She is a graduate of GE’s world-renowned executive leadership training program and is a certified six sigma master black belt. Michelle’s success is case studied in the book, “Making Six Sigma Last” by George Eckes.
Michelle is a frequent speaker and presenter throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area. In 2020 she was named as a Women of Influence by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal and in 2019 was voted the best coaching/consulting firm in Greater Lehigh Valley. Michelle has been a mentor for the prestigious Women2Women mentoring program sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber for the last three years. She has won the prestigious Lehigh Valley SUITS award for management consulting excellence, was a recipient of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Spotlight Award for business and community leadership and a past recipient of the Easton Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in recognition of her business leadership. She is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Board of the Small Business Council and chaired the Masterminds Committee. She is also an active member the Good Shepherd Women’s Giving Circle where she was the past Chair of the Leadership Team, and is a member of the Foundation Board for the Charter School for the Arts in Bethlehem. Most recently she was appointed to the Board of Penn State’s LaunchBox as vice-chair.