Melinda Rothouse // Creative Executive Coach
Melinda Rothouse helps individuals and organizations tap into their innate creativity for greater productivity and innovation. She’s a creativity, leadership, and career coach certified by the International Coaching Federation, as well as a consultant, educator, and facilitator. Her approach draws on learner-centered education and humanistic psychology. She enjoys close collaborations —characterized by mindfulness and deep listening — with clients to enhance their creativity and develop their confidence.
Her diverse experiences inform Melinda’s work. She is a PhD candidate in psychology with a specialization in creativity studies at Saybrook University, where her research focuses on mindfulness techniques to facilitate organizational creativity and collaboration. Her work product is equally diverse, ranging from writing, communication, and creativity coaching for creative professionals, academics, executives, and artists to consulting on innovation with digital tools that enhance communication and collaboration for teams and organizations.
Melinda has facilitated workshops, trainings, and panel discussions on creativity and expressive arts, communications, neuroscience/psychology of creativity, entrepreneurship and career management, mindfulness, and storytelling for organizations including the International Coaching Federation, Texas Department of State Health Services, Tech Ranch Austin, St. Edward’s University, Seton Cove, and Americorps/Literacy Austin.
Melinda received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and holds master’s degrees from New York University and Indiana University. She is a certified meditation instructor and teacher of contemplative arts and photography with Shambhala International, as well as a musician, songwriter, and performer.
Prior to working with Melinda, I was stuck in a rut. Melinda helped me not only identify the actual goals that I really wanted to achieve, but also helped me to realize those goals. Her warm personality, encouragement, and consistent feedback were a catalyst in helping me obtain admission to the prestigious Medill School of Journalism graduate program at Northwestern – on a Knight Foundation scholarship! Without Melinda’s help, NONE of this would have been possible.
— Kulwant Saluja, Journalist, Blogger, and Data Scientist
Melinda facilitated a career transition retreat for my staff as our organization is shutting down. She worked with me to shape the content and make sure that the sessions were relevant and useful for our staff. She led a rowdy and very connected team through some great visioning exercises and helped our staff really build a plan for successful career transitions. I’m very appreciative of Melinda’s coaching and would recommend her for any career development retreat or one on one coaching.
— Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director, Enroll America
Melinda brings an incredibly wide range of experience to her coaching – I appreciated that she has so many deep wells to pull from as we discussed my writing project: religion, spirituality, creativity, music, and the human family. Her intuition, good cheer, expertise, and faith in the process of writing have opened many doors for me on my current project.
— Charlotte Gullick, Novelist and Chair of the Creative Writing Program at Austin Community College