Active Term: 10/2023 - 10/2024
Areas of Expertise
Director of Talent Development amp Learning
Michelle Epiphany Prosser is the Director of Talent Development and Learning
for the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). Previously, she served as Assistant Vice President/Learning Manager at Union Bank & Trust and as Director of Employee Development & Engagement for Lumos Networks. Prosser has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation from Marymount University and an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, where she also
completed her undergraduate degree.
Her dissertation was about leadership development programs adapting to the needs of Generation Z. She is also a trained executive coach. Since 2001, she has been President of Energy Focus Coaching and Consulting as a full time or part-time consultant. In 2011, she established the leadership program at Virginia Military Institute for staff and faculty, which she led through the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics (CLE).
Her clients have included the Brookings Institution, the University of Virginia, and the City of Charlottesville. Prosser is a published author of Team Medicine, Coaching Your Team to Success with Native American Wisdom by Maven House in 2019, which is the first team-building book to draw upon the wisdom of the Native American tradition for a philosophy and tools for strengthening teams.
She is also the author of the coaching/spiritual book Excuse Me, Your God is Waiting, Love Your God, Create Your Life, Find Your True Self, published by
Hampton Roads Publishing Company in 2008. She is completing a book that uses Native American archetypes as models for leadership energy entitled Leadership Medicine. Before becoming a coach, Prosser worked in government and politics for over twenty years, including leadership positions for three Virginia governors and a congressman.