Who we are

Transformation Design is a linked set of processes, designed experientially to move individuals

and groups from where they are (and are stuck) to where they need to be. 

Using our processes, practices, and insights, you can manage organizational change. You can

develop strong leaders. You can build healthy communities. You can change the way you

work, think, feel, and live. You can do this at scale and have it stick.

Our work is people-centered and systems- aware. We use the best of creativity and design

to inform how we address the places transformation will have the most impact. Design is

human-centered and focused on how we already work and think so that the

changes we make stick for each person, team, system, or organization.


What makes us different:


We combine strategy with coherence so that the plans you make and the changes you need take root.

We use 6,000 years of human history and the most up to date research to reach every part of every person.

We understand that change is the only constant, and that it is made difficult by past experience. We address both.

We know that a diversity of people, ideas, thinking, is the only way into the future so we help you get there faster, and with less friction.

We creativity into business and business into creativity - because we flourish when we are making connections and pushing boundaries. 

We know we are the company we keep, so we make sure you keep the best company.


Michelle Auerbach

Michelle is a geek who sees everything thought the lens of story and neuroscience. She brings emotional intelligence, communication and creativity together with interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness to find her clients' superpowers. Michelle is a former professor of Ancient World Literature who brings the 6,000-year perspective on the possibilities that exist in our work life to show up as creative, engaged, strategic, and connected. She was trained in the 1990’s by the New York City Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente, and through Columbia University School of Public Health on facilitation, group process, and coaching. Michelle uses storytelling and empathy as a way to connect Design Thinking and the creative process to team building and leadership development and works with Google on their work-based mindfulness program. Her clients include huge companies like Johnson& Johnson, McDonalds, and Mars, Incorporated, smaller companies who think big, and non-profits all over the world. Her books can be found on Amazon and her journalism in the New York Times and London Guardian. 



Lisa Henderson

Lisa is unabashedly committed to enabling individuals and teams employ design—the same processes and techniques used to create remarkable, products, services, and experiences—to do their best work and live their most extraordinary lives.  In addition to coaching, facilitating workshops, and consulting, Lisa teaches—and founded—the design leadership core of the Strategic Communication Design Masters Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Lisa’s creative juices flowed early:  chocolate pudding drawings on the dinner table and patterns made with Kalamata olives on her fingertips, gave way to tree forts constructed with found objects including the kitchen sink, which morphed into new product development for global financial services companies, multi-channel content creation for organizations, and running a social impact driven innovation lab.  Diffusion of Innovation was Lisa’s favorite book in college and her curiosity about the impact of innovation remains alive and well:  in the past few years she has written two books on the impact of digital technology on marketing and on organizations’ relationship with their stakeholders. 

An Early Bird according to Foursight’s creativity assessment, Lisa is also a “7” on the Enneagram, an ENFJ, and a Virgo.  Lately she’s been talking about Robert Glasper’s combing of hip-hop with traditional jazz (she just discovered him), manageable hikes in the Rockies, and the leader’s new role:  fostering creative space in which transformation can occur.