Become a more effective & inspiring leader

Develop your confidence & executive presence

Master your communication skills

Why Partner with Melissa?

We collaborate with leaders across the spectrum, from C-suite executives and senior management to entrepreneurs, spanning Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits. Our goal is to enhance effectiveness in achieving your aspirations by cultivating crucial leadership capacities.

Master Productive Communication Skills

Hone listening, non-verbal, and strategic communication skills

Cultivate Strategic, Design, & Systems Thinking

Develop a systems mindset to solve complex problems. 

Develop Confidence & Leadership Presence

Boost decision-making skills. Banish self-doubt. Gain influence

Uncover Blind Spots 

Gain perspective, awareness, and self-reflective capacities

Build Better Relationships & a Stronger Team

Develop your interpersonal skills. Raise team performance and employee motivation

Navigate VUCA

Learn to manage organizational change and VUCA - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity

Gain Power & Influence

Expand your strategic influence and persuasion abilities

Manage Time, Energy, & Goals

Optimize productivity and develop accountability 

Build Resilience Muscles

Develop mental fitness and increase capacity to handle stress and burnout

About Wide Lens Leadership

Melissa Eisler is a partner at Evolution and founder and executive coach at Wide Lens Leadership, a WBENC-certified WBE. She is very passionate about supporting senior leaders by being their strategic, dependable thought partner to navigate their toughest leadership challenges.

She blends a Master's degree in organizational leadership with a deep background in mindfulness and 15 years of experience in leadership positions in the corporate world, reporting directly to C-suite. Melissa has coached over 500 leaders ranging from C-suite to entrepreneur, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries.

In her role as executive coach, she focuses on helping high-performing senior leaders and their teams magnify impact by building trust, collaboration, influence, accountability, and healthy communication skills.

Melissa About

I’ve gotten value in every dimension of my role as CEO

"The changes I’ve made in my role of CEO over the last six months with Melissa's help have been really tremendous, and I would not have been able to make all the progress I made without her support as my executive coach. My ability to problem solve, build confidence and courage, level up my mindset, and initiate difficult conversations transformed while working with a coach. I've gotten value in every dimension of my role as CEO — from the relationships I have with my board, to defining my leadership values and living them, to structuring my team and org chart, to tackling bigger challenges that seemed insurmountable just six months ago. I have appreciated the recommended readings, the thought partnership, the probing questions, the perspective, and I now have a whole set of tools I can lean on for support. I definitely see a major difference in who I was six months ago and who I am now in this role, and I’m looking forward to a continued partnership with her as my executive coach."

Jaclyn P
Jaclyn Pascocello
CEO at Heywear / New York, NY

Structure and follow-ups continually make me see things with a fresh perspective

I was fortunate to find Melissa in an early stage of our start-up, when my role began to shift from doing the work to overseeing the work. I sought a coach with the sense I'd been feeling confined in my leadership approach for given situations, but then circumstances would change and the issue would resolve. But it wasn't until working with Melissa that I actually addressed some of the root learnings I needed to develop past that phase and into a place where my leadership style can flourish alongside our rapidly growing team.
As someone who hadn't worked with an executive coach, Melissa's structure and follow-ups continually make me see things with a fresh perspective, but they also make me squirm a bit in precisely the way one should be when you are out of your comfort zone and addressing important questions. She is wonderful at helping develop through problem-oriented collaborative sessions, but most of all has a finely honed ability to drive accountability and consistency in your leadership development. My cofounder and I also did a program together, led by Melissa, and that has been wonderful for our work relationship in building communication and trust. I feel really fortunate to work with Melissa and highly recommend her as a partner for leaders at many stages of their business and career.

Emily O
Emily Onkey
Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Aplós / New York, NY

ROI on our work together would be more than a 10x return

"Melissa has been a phenomenal executive coach to work with, and I think any executive that gets the opportunity to work with her, will be pushed to be the best version that he / she needs to be -- for both themselves, and for their entire organization. Back in December 2021, with our company's growth trajectory, I saw I was out of my depth in knowing how to be a CEO, and how to build out methods of accountability and build out a team. I realized I needed help, and started interviewing executive coaches. On my sixth interview, I met Melissa, and I immediately noticed she was different… If I had to put an ROI on our work together, it would be more than a 10x return on the company's financial investment, as I don't think we, as a company, would have made as many strides as we have on building a team and trusting one another, if I had not hired Melissa as my coach. I feel more confident in continuing to improve relationships within my team and improving our culture. There are simple, yet powerful, initiatives and habits that Melissa and I have outlined that I take on a daily basis. Our weekly check-in surveys provide an opportunity for me to reflect on my highs and lows of the week. As the Founder & CEO of a rapidly growing company, Melissa has helped me grow from the "Chief ExecutION Officer" of The 5th Ingredient, to learning to trust my team and starting to walk down the path of an actual CEO. I highly recommend Melissa as a coach to anyone that wants a safe place to openly work through issues and find a person that you can trust!"

Pulkit Agrawal
Founder & CEO at The 5th Ingredient / Miami, FL

Professional, thoughtful, compassionate, and has a wealth of tools

"I'm an executive coach myself, and I hired Melissa to be my executive coach to help me clarify my goals, grow my business, and deal with stress and burnout. She is a consummate professional, thoughtful, compassionate, and has a wealth of tools for any situation. She helped me clear the noise and avoid distractions in my life, create more healthy and sustainable habits, focus on the priorities that matter, and take the leap into some new opportunities. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone looking to develop more structure, balance, and mindfulness in their lives, and to develop as conscious and compassionate leaders."

Eric Weiss
Executive Coach & Podcast Host / San Diego, CA

Provided invaluable advice on managing a team

"I worked with Melissa as I transitioned into the role of CEO at my company, LitLife. Melissa provided invaluable advice on managing a team, business development and internal systems and structures at a time when I really needed the support! Working with Melissa was more than just a check-in. She pushed my thinking and ensured that my working style was taken into account when we made plans - everything we did was tailored to my authentic style of leadership, which allowed me to integrate all my learning in a sustainable and ongoing way. I highly recommend working with Melissa to gain clarity, move your work forward and gain an accountability and thought partner along the way!"

Talia Kovacs
CEO at LitLife / New York, NY

Uncover deeper cognitive blockages

"Need to make objective progress? Melissa Eisler can help you do that and more. Melissa supported me over a 6-month Executive Coaching program starting in January 2020. I initially started with her to keep me accountable to my specific personal goals and to help me improve in my role as Director of Marketing Operations at Confirm BioSciences, but I quickly found that working with Melissa would positively impact me more significantly than I had imagined. Melissa’s process and ability to uncover deeper cognitive “blockages” help me discover unconscious reasons why I’d historically had trouble achieving many of my plans. During our coaching sessions, she helped me create practices to manage or eliminate my self-inflicted limitations. Melissa truly focused on what I wanted to achieve and helped set me up for success, even after our coaching engagement came to a close. I can honestly say that I have evolved a great deal as a leader, a professional, and in many areas of my personal life. I know I will continue using the lessons and tools I learned for years to come. I’m delighted to give Melissa Eisler my highest recommendation, for anyone with a desire to make positive change and achieve their goals."

Javier Castillo
Director of Marketing Operations at
Confirm BioSciences / San Diego, CA

Melissa led an engaging session on leadership at our annual conference

"Melissa led an engaging session on leadership at our annual conference for the Women's Leadership Council - and it was a huge success! We have gotten wonderful feedback and favorable comments on her session and hope to have her back someday."

Brent McClendon
President & CEO at National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) / Alexandria, VA

Melissa really has a knack for helping me focus

"Melissa - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so grateful to have connected with Melissa - my coaching engagement was very productive and positive. When I hired Melissa, I was feeling stuck in my career and had a number of important decisions before me. After only three months with Melissa, I was not only able to make those decisions but also feel really good about them. One of the challenges I was dealing with was second guessing the decisions I was making, which kept me feeling stuck in a "hamster wheel". Now I have tools to productively work with my negative thoughts and transform them into something more positive. I also learned how important my physical body language is in my reactions and behavior, and how to become more aware of it. Melissa really has a knack for helping me focus on whatever issue is really going on, and prodding me to come up with a tangible solution or ideas or tools that I could follow or use. She made me focus on what was most pressing in the moment, and then held me accountable to what we discovered and planned together. Overall, I’m feeling more positive and accomplished and although I am pausing for now, I am sure I’ll work with Melissa again in the future."

Vidya Rao
Product Leader at Meta / San Diego, CA

Helped me step into a new higher profile role with confidence

"I have had professional coaching in the past but recently found myself in need of a refresher. I hired Melissa to help with a career transition and she did not disappoint! She helped me step into a new higher profile role with confidence, gaining both visibility and authority as well as a better sense of my own career ambitions. In just a few short months, I can proudly say that I’ve accomplished my goals as well as established a trajectory for the future. I’ve embraced my new role as a leader of a larger team by running more effective meetings and focusing my team members' strengths to advance projects. As a bonus, I also was able to develop and maintain a new exercise routine with Melissa holding me accountable. In just 7 sessions, my confidence, leadership skills, and team dynamics have come a long way and I’m so grateful for that rapid progress. Melissa was quite attuned to picking up on things that need to be discussed and holding me accountable to my high-level goals. I’d definitely recommend her as a leadership and executive coach."

Richard Myers
Associate Director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals / San Diego, CA

Executive Coaching & Leadership Development Services

I offer one-on-one executive coaching, team coaching, and leadership groups. I've recently joined Evolution as a Partner, increasing the scope of services. Learn more about Evolution.

Executive Coaching

Leadership Development Training

Leadership Consulting

Mastermind Group Coaching

Leadership Assessments and 360 Feedback

Offsite Facilitation

Culture Development

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability Programming

Executive coaching maximizes productivity and effectiveness. Studies say that people who hire a certified executive coach experience these positive impacts  ...

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 Improved Relationships

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Communication Skills

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Said that they would repeat the coaching experience

*Source: International Coach Federation Global Coaching Client Study

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Articles

5 Tools to Delegate Effectively and Unlock Your Team’s Potential

By Melissa Eisler |

Learning to delegate effectively is not just about offloading tasks; it’s about strategic empowerment and trust-building. It involves understanding the strengths and potential of your team and leveraging them in a way that supports their growth and enhances overall productivity. By using these five tools, you can transform delegation from a chore into a powerful leadership strategy.

new year's resolution blueprint

New Year’s Resolutions Blueprint: 5-Part Reflection, Vision, and Goal-Setting Process

By Melissa Eisler |

December is the perfect time to set goals, intentions, and New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. This 5-part process will make sure your goals and focus for next year is strategic, thoughtful, proactive, and personally meaningful for you, and ensure you’ll spend 2024 working smarter and not harder.

Gratitude at work

7 Simple Ways to Demonstrate, Create, and Practice Gratitude at Work

By Melissa Eisler |

When you bring your gratitude practice to work as a leader, it can have profound ripple effects. Showing your employees that they are appreciated can improve morale, wellbeing, engagement, retention, and overall productivity. The problem is, we get caught up in the laundry lists of to-do items and gratitude often falls off our radar. To keep it top of mind, here are seven ways to create, practice, and demonstrate gratitude at work that make it easy to do and harder to forget.

Courageous Communication

Courageous Communication

By Melissa Eisler |

There are many ways courage is critical as a leader, but the most common place I see leaders lack courage is in communication. Courageous communication is a pillar of effective leadership, and there are countless nuanced reasons why leaders don’t say what needs to be said, but most come down to fear. What is the antidote to fear? Courage.

Both/And Leadership Mindset

6 Ways to Embrace a Both/And Leadership Mindset and Communication Approach

By Melissa Eisler |

A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.

4 Frameworks for Feedback Conversations Leaders Can Use

By Melissa Eisler |

You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.

Strategic boundaries

How to Create Healthy and Strategic Boundaries

By Melissa Eisler |

We all have the same 24 hours in each day. You must use your time wisely – in a way that meets your strategic initiatives at work and your personal goals simultaneously. Creating and communicating strategic boundaries is the best way to focus your time and resources on the high-impact, mission-critical efforts and activities that matter to you most.

power at work

Power at Work: What it Really Means and How to Gain Power (Even When You Think You Have None)

By Melissa Eisler |

Most people think of manipulation and deceit when they think of power at work. However, power is often misunderstood – and it is not inherently bad. The more you understand power, the more power is accessible to you. Learn about 11 types of power and find tips on how to gain more power at work.

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