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About P.E.A.R.L. Paragon Consulting, LLC

Why P.E.A.R.L. Paragon?

P.E.A.R.L. is a transformational leadership philosophy developed over the career journey of Michelle López, CEO/Founder of P.E.A.R.L. Paragon Consulting. Michelle has learned over time that transformational leadership is achieved when leaders are:

  • proactive

  • enthusiastic

  • authentic

  • reflective, and

  • lifelong learners 

When we look to nature, pearls are formed when a particle or irritant makes its way into a mollusk, such as an oyster. The mollusk fights for quite some time to remove the irritant. Instead, from this fight, a beautiful pearl emerges. 

Over the past 30 years and still counting, Michelle has pressed against the grain to walk in her true authenticity as a transformational leader focused on equipping and amplifying others to thrive regardless of their circumstances.


Paragon, simply defined, is 'of quality and excellence'. Michelle is adamant about executing all aspects of the business in this fashion, therefore insisted on this being a part of the company's name and brand.


How did P.E.A.R.L.'s logo come about?

Michelle worked closely with an artist friend for about 6 months until they both agreed to this intersection of art and realism. A representation of the leader and coach's life. There is real science behind leading and coaching but there is also an art, which comes from each leader and coach as they go about learning the science. The mix of the two is what creates exceptional individuals practicing their craft to amplify others.

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Meet Michelle

Michelle López, MBA

CEO | Founder

MLo, nicknamed by a good-natured colleague and friend, is a mother and grandmother first. She has 5 adult sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 6 grandchildren. Other than her spiritual life, her family is her number one priority.


Michelle grew up in South Central Los Angeles surrounded by diversity and plenty of opportunities to learn from life. In 2010, she relocated to the Austin area, and her family soon followed, where she has planted roots and finally feels like she's home.


Michelle's mission is to move with purpose and has tremendous passion for helping others move out of their own way and realize their full potential. She is a firm believer in life-long learning and spends everyday learning something new from her surroundings.


As a life-long learner, she continues to pursue learning through doctoral studies in organizational leadership and through a variety of avenues for the sole purpose of continuing to grow and help others do the same.


"I have held several management roles in my career but it was only when I began working with Michelle and ultimately graduating from the first Boot Camp for Future Leaders (BC4FL) program implemented at our place of work that I saw true change. This program is where I found my voice as a Leader, Regardless of Title, where I learned to lead rather than manage, and coach instead of telling."

-- Marvin C. Washington, Jr., Senior Manager, Sales Development  at LogicMonitor, Austin, TX


"Michelle has mentored and worked with numerous people who have grown in self-confidence because of her. Michelle has the special ability of bringing out the best in people and helping them see what they are truly capable of. She leads with her values which enables her to connect with people in a genuine way.."

-- Diandra Marquez, MA, Director of Training/Master Trainer, Dale Carnegie Austin/Houston

"Many leaders, myself included, have Michelle to thank for their success through her many thoughtful and well-designed programs. Trusted ally, consummate professional and unofficial Chief Inspiration Officer, Michelle has engineered a culture of learning and achievement."

-- Colby Verrett, Director of Customer Engagement at LegalEASE


"I have known Michelle as a competent and visionary leader. She architected a strong framework for developing both leaders and individual contributors that drove results and improved outcomes."

-- Bruce Hawkins, Senior Enterprise Client Partner with FranklinCovey

"Michelle is a decisive leader who makes things happen. She is someone who is always traying to better herself and offer opportunities to better the lives of those around her! She's caring and compassionate with a passion for bringing out the best in people! Michelle is a gifted speaker and trainer!"

-- Kim Barnes, Communications Expert/Founder, Barnes Team Media

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