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Guest Faculty

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We are pleased to welcome Melanie DeMore and Michael Balaoing to help us harness our full individual, organizational, and collective power.


Melanie DeMore Melanie DeMore

Grammy nominated singer and song-writer. Born in the Bronx, raised in Anchorage, folks moved all five kids to San Antonio, finished school, got out of Texas, kinda got off on being the only Black folk singer in Taos, NM, then decided to get back into the mix, took all her stuff and moved to Oakland where she’s been for the last 21 years. (Actually Mel and Tracy C. had a good laugh one day in San Francisco where they finally met and realized folks had them mixed up all the time. They still do!) Every town Melanie traveled became her teacher and an opportunity to hone her craft as a songwriter, troubadour, and an emissary of tolerance, kindness, and harmony through the sound of her golden voice.


Michael Balaoing Michael Balaoing

Michael Balaoing, Esq. has devoted his life to social change as a 25-year veterans of strategic communications, leadership development, corporate responsibility, and global philanthropy. Today, Michael coaches people how to communicate – whether you’re a nonprofit advocate in Montana, a start-up CEO in Silicon Valley, a philanthropist in Manhattan, an actress in Hollywood, or a high school student in Nairobi. He is the founder of Candlelion LLC, former Senior Coach at Own The Room and past president of its parent company Blue Planet Training. He has personally trained over 10,000 people around the world. During his tenure, Own The Room has grown from a single coach to a world-class cadre of professional trainers fluent in 7 languages reaching 100 top businesses in 27 countries.